Tuesday, 13 January 2009

'Pope declares holy war on false apparitions...'

'The Pope is declaring a 'holy war' against people who claim falsely that the Virgin Mary is appearing to them.

He will attempt to snuff out an explosion of bogus heavenly apparitions with new guidelines to help bishops root out frauds.

Benedict XVI plans to publish criteria to help them distinguish between true and false claims of visions of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, messages, stigmata - the appearances of the five wounds of Christ - and weeping or bleeding statues.

In some cases exorcists will be used to determine if a credible apparition is 'divine' origin or 'demonic'.

The guidelines will be published by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Pope is said to be deeply concerned by the explosion in the number of pseudo-mystics who, claiming a direct line to God, set themselves against the bishops and lure the Catholic faithful out of the Church and into cults.

... Among those considered to have experienced genuine private revelations are St Faustina Kowalska, the first saint of the third millennium who was said to have been visited by apparitions of Jesus in the 1930s.

The visions of the Virgin Mary by three children at Fatima, Portugal, between 1915 and 1917 have also been affirmed
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More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1113943/Pope-declares-holy-war-people-falsely-claim-seen-Virgin-Mary.html

2 comments:

Pope John said...

'The Pope is said to be deeply concerned by the explosion in the number of pseudo-mystics who, claiming a direct line to God, set themselves against the bishops and lure the Catholic faithful out of the Church and into cults.'

"The difference between a cult and a religion is the number of members and the size of the bank account." - Robert Anton Wilson
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'The visions of the Virgin Mary by three children at Fatima, Portugal, between 1915 and 1917 have also been affirmed.'

So when's Ratzo gonna reveal the Third Secret of Fatima? C'mon, we're waiting........LOL

Ben Fairhall said...
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