Saints Who Behaved Badly

Here’s the list of saints who behaved badly before they became saints from the Table of Contents of the book Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men, and Devil-Worshippers Who Became Saints  by Thomas J. Craughwell (Doubleday Religion, 2006):

St. Matthew, Extortionist
St. Dismas, Thief
St. Callixtus, Embezzler
St. Hippolytus, Antipope
St. Christopher, Servant of the Devil
St. Pelagia, Promiscuous Actress
St. Genesius, Scoffer
St. Moses the Ethiopian, Cutthroat and Gang Leader
St. Fabiola, Bigamist
St. Augustine, Heretic and Playboy
st. Alipius, Obsessed with Blood Sports
St. Patrick, Worshipper of False Gods
St. Mary of Egypt, Seductress
St. Columba, Warmonger
St. Olga, Mass Murderer
St. Vladimir, Fratricide, Rapist, and Practitioner of Human Sacrifice
St. Olaf, Viking
St. Thomas Becket, Hedonist
St. Francis of Assisi, Wastrel
Blessed Giles of Portugal, Satanist
St. Margaret of Cortona, Rich Man’s Mistress
Blessed Angela of Foligno, Gossip and Hedonist
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Egotist
St. John of God, Gambler and Drunkard
St. Camillus de Lellis, Cardsharp and Con Man
St. Philip Howard, Cynic and Negligent Husband
St. Peter Claver, Dithering Novice
Venerable Matt Talbot, Chronic Alcoholic


A scoffer is someone who eats rapidly and greedily.
A wastrel is a wasteful person.

Photo credit: mubi


4 thoughts on “Saints Who Behaved Badly

  1. My favorite St. Francis… is a wasteful person? Omg! But I love his (St. Francis) prayer. Beautiful!

    Wonderful article; goes to show that in each of us lies the potential to be a saint… or a sinner. The choice is always there. Maybe not always in a grand or grander scale but in our daily mundane lives.

    How are you? I hope all’s well with you.
    Be blessed and Stay blessed. God loves you.

    • Salamat po sa pagdaan ulit…May kanya-kanyang mga quirky sides talaga sila 🙂 Medyo transitioning po but I’m well. Do you have facebook? Likewise, hope you are well…

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