As Habte said in another thread, the Acts of Pilate
repentance scene is actually irrelevant to his Sainthood in the Ethiopian Church. Their basis for canonizing him actually comes from taking the hands washing, Ecce Homo, writing INRI, etc. as indicating genuine faith on Pilate's part.
That would be nice, but it doesn't seem to accord with Scripture:
Luke 23:4-12, emphasis mine:
And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”
When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him.So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.
Note that this is after
one of Pilate's alleged confessions. Why would Pilate become friends with an enemy of his Lord and Savior who according to Josephus would go on to kill St. James?
And why would he allow his men to mock the Lord and beat him? As I recall, beating and then
crucifixion was considered excessive punishment, but I might be wrong. I highly doubt Pilate knew enough of Hebrew Scripture to think he was just fulfilling prophecy (and if he is a Saint on the grounds of just being a part of prophecy then so is Judas).
I can see Claudia being a Saint, but Pilate being one is highly unlikely unless
he repented years later in Gaul (according to Joesphus, he was banished for the same excessive force toward the Jews and Samaritans that had gotten him in trouble with Rome after the AD 18 revolt). And even then there's the thorny issue of a suicide Saint and the question of Judas' status.