thekelvingreen asked: Saint George: I'm not sure where I got that non-saint thing then. Apparently he was "demoted" in 1963 to a third class saint so perhaps that's what I was thinking of. I also remember something about him not being recognised as England's patron saint by the Catholic church but I can't find any evidence for that so I probably made it up.
Maybe you thought the Anglican Church got him in the divorce
I can take this one!
For the dude with the Saint George question: keep in mind that “patron saints” are largely matters of folklore and tradition. Other than papal canonization (a relatively recent practice) and liturgical formularies for masses and the Divine Office for saints days, there’s basically nothing official about sainthood or patronages. Stuff like “Fourteen Holy Helpers” were popular devotions in previous eras, and may still be observed by some pious folks, but it’s not a matter of canon, you know?
When the liturgical calendar was reformed along with the rest of the liturgy after Vatican II, many saints were dropped and added from the general calendar. This was done partly to get rid of saints with dubious historical origins and partly to make sure the general calendar reflected Christian heroes from across the world’s nations and cultures, not just Europe. (Individual conferences and religious orders have their own local observances too—American Catholics celebrate Elizabeth Ann Seton’s feast, for example, because she was the first American to be canonized.)
However, none of that matters here. Saint George is still on the general calendar and his feast day can be observed as an Optional Memorial by Catholics in the Roman Rite (meaning it need not be observed liturgically and cannot be observed if a feast of greater rank [including any given Sunday] conflicts with it). Catholics of other rites probably have him on their calendars too, but that would require me looking it up. I also would not be surprised if George’s memorial *isn’t* optional in the British Catholic Church.
I think the optional memorial business is what you mean by “third-class” saint, but for the record, there’s no such thing. Feasts are categorized to ensure that people are on the same page liturgically, but it’s not like he’s Colossus and St. Peter is the Hulk or something.