Discerning Private Revelation: A Particular Pitfall

Originally published at Catholic Stand on January 16, 2016.

Over the course of my now fourteen years of studying and working with the Catholic Church’s theology of private revelation, I have come to understand a particular pitfall in discernment. This pitfall concerns the dissemination of alleged private revelations. Unfortunately, there appears to be many different ideas and opinions as to how this dissemination works. This difference is part of the reason why I wrote the book Refractions of Light. In the article, I would like to discuss this particular pitfall in order to shed some light on the confusion that today continues unabated in the Church.

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Our Lady of Fátima and the Reality of Hell

Originally published at Catholic Stand on November 19, 2015.

In the apparitions of Our Lady of Fátima, there are 2 striking aspects. These aspects are the miracle of the sun and the famous three-part secret. Recently, I had cause to think about one of the parts of the secret, namely the vision of hell. There are some intriguing questions about Fátima and hell in relation to some contemporary theological views that deserve some treatment.

To begin treating these questions, it is first necessary to state the contents of the three-part secret of Fátima.

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In Defense of the World Apostolate of Fátima

Originally published at Catholic Stand on July 5, 2015.

The World Apostolate of Fatima, USA Inc. recently published a biography of Sr. Lúcia—the last surviving visionary of Fátima (†2005)—entitled A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary (see my review here). The book itself was a translation of a Portuguese biography entitled Um Caminho Sob o Olhar de Maria and was published in 2013 by the Carmelite Sisters of Coimbra, Portugal. This translation was critiqued recently, and I would like to respond to the critique as a whole.

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Book Review: A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary

Originally published at Catholic Stand on April 13, 2015I am happy to add that the World Apostolate of Fátima has released the 2nd edition of this book.

Shortly after Sr. Lúcia of Fátima died ten years ago, I remember remarking to someone, “Her death means we will only now come to know of things about Fátima that were previously unknown.” Knowing the beautiful story of Fátima, its message, and the unfortunate controversies surrounding it, I also knew that there was a treasure to be uncovered. This treasure was guarded—and well—by Sister herself and intended by God to be known only after her death.

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Apparitions in Lipa: Is There Hope for Medjugorje?

Originally appeared at Catholic Stand on September 18, 2015.

On September 12, the Archbishop of Lipa in the Philippines issued a decree on a case of alleged apparitions from 1948 in Lipa itself. This news has been making its rounds within Catholic media. This is partly because of some history of Lipa that coincides with the Medjugorje phenomenon. In this article, I discuss this history, its importance and bearing on the expected judgment on Medjugorje.

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Has Rome Tipped Its Hand on Medjugorje?

Originally appeared at Catholic Stand on August 3, 2015.

Since I wrote an article back in 2013 on the alleged apparitions of Our Lady under the title of “Rosa Mistica,” it turns out that there have been some further developments on this case. Surprisingly, these developments might have a bearing upon the ongoing speculation about the upcoming judgment from the Holy See on Medjugorje. I would like to examine the facts beginning with the new information on the Rosa Mistica case and then apply it to Medjugorje.

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Wayne Weible & the Papal Nuncio: A Response

Originally appeared at Catholic Stand on May 10, 2015.

On March 23 last, Wayne Weible criticized a letter written in 2013 on Medjugorje by the Papal Nuncio to these United States, Archbishop Carlo Viganò. Weible, himself the author of several books supportive of Medjugorje, has since expanded his criticism in the form of an open letter dated April 27 to Cardinal Müller of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome (CDF). The following is a response to Weible’s letter.

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