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Are any apparitions ever considered dogma?

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Are any apparitions ever considered dogma?

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No. Apparitions and locutions are considered “private revelation,” and while some have been recognized by the Church, they do not belong to the deposit of faith. Catholics are not bound to believe Church-approved private revelations. The Catechism explains the role of private revelation as follows:

It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive revelation but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church. Christian faith cannot accept "revelations" that claim to surpass or correct the revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects that base themselves on such "revelations." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 67)

A good book on how the Church discerns private revelation is A Still Small Voice by Fr. Benedict Groeschel.










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  1. Gallibus Reply

    This is quite correct but, unfortunately, it is used by so many as an excuse to ignore the Lord when He seeks to speak to us. In the final analysis, no-one is forced to believe in anything including the law of gravity but there are consequences. Just as Lot’s contemporaries perished in the face of God’s warnings, so too will those who ignore God’s graces and warnings in our day. One preaches of the gifts of the Holy Spirit but so many refuse to use them and blaspheme thereby against God’s Holy Spirit. The prophets have second place in the Church after the apostles but they are the most despised because the bottom line is we don’t really believe that God is a Living God and we still prefer to listen to ourselves.

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