Skip to comments.Dr Michael Moran Evaluates Lourdes Miracles Reports
Posted on 05/11/2014 5:50:06 AM PDT by marshmallow
When Belfast doctor Michael Moran began volunteering in Lourdes 17 years ago, he had no idea that he would end up becoming part of a small, select team that evaluates miracles at the Catholic religious shrine in France.
The small market town lies in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and is famous for the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes that are reported to have occurred in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous.
The trainee ENT surgeon is the first doctor from Ireland to take a place on the panel.
Dr Moran said his appointment came "very much by surprise".
"I'd been volunteering in Lourdes for years and had the normal contact that any doctor would have with the medical bureau there," he said.
"Around about November 2012, I started to get a few emails which suggested that something might happen soon and it was actually in 2013 that I was proposed and confirmed as a member."
The panel is made up of about 40 people from around the world who come from different medical specialties, backgrounds and levels of training.
Their role is to decide whether or not cures that people claim to have had at Lourdes are explicable medically.
"It's very much a scientific committee so we are not the people who can say the word miracle - that's something for the church to comment on," Dr Moran said.
"I think the important thing is that members of the committee have to set whatever their beliefs are aside, be they pro or con Lourdes as a place to go, a place of miracles and a place of healing.
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