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Medjugorje and the SupernaturalScience, Mysticism, and Extraordinary Religious Experience$
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Daniel Maria Klimek

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190679200

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190679200.001.0001

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Public Revelation and Private Revelation

Public Revelation and Private Revelation

How the Catholic Church Discerns the Supernatural

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Medjugorje and the Supernatural

Daniel Maria Klimek

Oxford University Press

Beginning with a study of the Catholic Church’s theology of public revelation and private revelations, the chapter considers what is the theological authority that private revelations (like Marian apparitions) have and what is the relationship that such revelations have to Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition, and the development of doctrine in Roman Catholicism. The official norms that the Catholic Church uses to evaluate the authenticity of visionaries, their apparitions and revelations, are studied, as promulgated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1978. The work of the Catholic scholars Augustin Poulain and Benedict Groeschel is considered to better understand the complexities of discerning true from false revelations. The final section considers which Church authorities can intervene in investigating an apparition site, and what has been the Church response and official status regarding the Medjugorje apparitions.

Keywords:   private revelations, public revelation, development of doctrine, Medjugorje and the Church, Augustin Poulain, Graces of Interior Prayer, Benedict Groeschel, Norms for the Discernment of Apparitions, Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy visions

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