Asked by Anonymous at 5:11 PM on Jun. 19, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by spiritguide_23 at 5:40 PM on Jun. 19, 2009
Answer by KelleyP77 at 5:47 PM on Jun. 19, 2009
Answer by spiritguide_23 at 5:49 PM on Jun. 19, 2009
There are no church approved Marion apparations in the US. There is Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.
The closest would probably be Our Lady of America in Rome City, IN, which has been approved locally (by the local bishops) but not formally by the Vatican (to my understanding).
Answer by eringobrough at 8:17 PM on Jun. 19, 2009
Marion apparations are when the Virgin Mary appears supernatually to people here on earth. As you can imagin there are many such claims - some are investigated by the Catholic Church (generally not the ones with her appearing in pancakes or trees or such). When investigating the Church can declare a claim as a fraud or as "approved".
Marion apparations are "private revelations". When the Church approves an apparation it basically means that it's a pius apparation, worthy of belief, and faith-building, and not contrary to any Catholic doctrine. But that does not mean that all Catholics have to believe the event actually occurred. That's up to the individual. It's NOT an infallible dogma of the church.
The article "Revelations: Public and Private" explains things a bit more.
Answer by eringobrough at 8:31 PM on Jun. 19, 2009