On the happy occasion of our first meeting, I make my own the words of Pope Paul VI, when he addressed Archbishop Michael Ramsey during his historic visit in 1966: "Your steps have not brought you to a foreign dwelling ... we are pleased to open the doors to you, and with the doors, our heart, pleased and honoured as we are ... to welcome you ‘not as a guest or a stranger, but as a fellow citizen of the Saints and the Family of God’" (cf. Eph 2:19-20).At this point in the story, every good Catholic would remember the story of the Church and her saints, particularly the story of the martyrdom of Charles Lwanga and his companions. Their feast day is June 3.
Why did Pope Paul VI use these words and why did Pope Francis echo these words? Well, because the Popes know Catholic history better than a bunch of lay traditionalists.
On the night of Mukaso’s martyrdom for encouraging the African youths to resist Mwanga, Charles requested and received Baptism. Imprisoned with his friends, Charles’s courage and belief in God inspired them to remain chaste and faithful.You will notice the June 3 feast day commemorates not just Charles Lwanga, but also his companions. That's right, boys and girls. Just as unbaptized infants are saints of the Catholic Church commemorated at Childermas, so baptized Anglicans are canonized saints of the Catholic Church, martyred companions of Charles Lwanga.
When Pope Paul VI canonized these 22 martyrs on October 18, 1964, he referred to the Anglican pages martyred for the same reason.
Lex orandi, lex credendi - the law of prayer is the law of belief. Since the liturgical calendar is promulgated by an apostolic constitution, the highest expression of the Church's ordinary infallible Magisterium, the calendar of saints is infallibly correct. The Church has declared these Anglicans to be most assuredly saved and residing in heaven, fellow saints, and members of the elect. Anyone who believes any pronouncement, papal or conciliar, to be in opposition to this fact has thereby demonstrated his/her inability to understand the documents of the Church with the mind of the Church.
Traditionalists who will remain unnamed and unlinked here apparently find papal references to the sanctity of God's chosen martyrs and saints to be scandalous. It is objectively sinful to take scandal where none is to be found. However, their ignorance, perhaps even invincible ignorance, may partially or entirely remove their culpability.