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In a bizarre piece of bureaucracy, more reminiscent of an edict from Brussels than a vademecum from the Vatican, Catholics who claim to have seen the Virgin Mary or developed stigmata will have to submit to a battery of tests and visits from psychologists, theologians, exorcists and even atheists before they are given any credence. What’s more, they will be forced to remain silent about the matter while under investigation. The Pope has asked the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (yes, the Holy Office of the Inquisition as it was in the good old days) to draw up a new handbook to aid bishops in distinguishing between genuine miracles and bogus claims.
Originally posted by Raist
In matters of my faith I would answer to no one but my God. All other religious figures that reside here on Earth can stick it. I’m not Catholic, so really the pope is nothing more than an over dressed priest to me, but even if I were I would tell him the same thing.
What have the Catholics ever done for us? a humourless Darwinist might ask
Originally posted by andy1033
Personally i would never tell things to anyone, even though i am catholic. Why would you need reconition from the church, for what has happened in your life.
Even though i think it is wise of them to look at everything before going further and declaring miracles. If i was that person i would just keep my mouth shut.
Originally posted by wylekat
Ya know- if the Church had kept it's stinking mitts out of things way back when, our world would be so much more advanced.