With this nation in the mess it’s in, the last thing we need is idolatry and paganism.
posted on 05/19/2010 3:26:48 PM PDT
(Character, courage, common sense are more important than issues.)
To: Jedidah; shibumi; JoeProBono
The Catholic Church generally does not "approve" of these visions, and when it does, even then it does not call people to believe in the reputed apparition as a matter of faith, but only certifies that there is no apparent
attempt at fraud, and that nothing in the alleged message is contrary to faith and morals. (So it's a very limited, kind of "negative OK.")
I think it was scholar Rene Laurentin that estimated that there were --- ballpark --- 20,000 reported Marian apparitions since 1917? And the number given even the limited "negative approval" by the Church? As I remember it, 3: one in Akita, Japan; one in Rwanda; one in Syria.
Bottom line: no belief in apparitions is required "de fide"; and in most cases, the Chhurch authorities (i.e. the local bishops) emphasize either (1) there's not enough evidence pro or con, or (2) caution with regard to the so-frequent errors of wishful thinking, imagination, or mistaken perception.
posted on 05/19/2010 3:48:38 PM PDT
by Mrs. Don-o
("Everbody wants to save the earth - nobody wants to help Mom to do the dishes."--P. J. O'Rourke)
With this nation in the mess its in, the last thing we need is idolatry and paganism.
Sound advice. Are you going to take it anytime soon?
posted on 05/19/2010 4:57:21 PM PDT
( I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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