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Vassula Ryden



Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith


 I. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has received various  questions about the value and authority of its Notification of 6 October

 1995, published in L'Osservatore Romano on Monday/Tuesday, 23/24 October  1995, p. 2 (L'Osservatore Romano English edition, 25 October 1995, p. 12),  regarding the writings and messages of Mrs. Vassula Ryden attributed to  alleged revelations and disseminated in Catholic circles throughout the



 In this regard, the Congregation wishes to state:


 1) The Notification addressed to me Pastors and faithful of the Catholic

 Church retains all its force. It was approved by the competent authorities

 and will be published in Acta Apostolicae Sedis, the official organ of the

 Holy See, with the signatures of the Prefect and the Secretary of the



 2) Regarding the reports circulated by some news media concerning a

 restrictive interpretation of this Notification, given by His Eminence the

 Cardinal Prefect in a private conversation with a group of people to whom

 he granted an audience in Guadalajara, Mexico, on 10 May 1996, the same

 Cardinal Prefect wishes to state:


 a) as he said, the faithful are not to regard the messages of Vassula

 Ryden as divine revelations, but only as her personal meditations;


 b) these meditations, as the Notification explained, include, along with

 positive aspects, elements that are negative in the light of Catholic

 doctrine; c) therefore, Pastors and the faithful are asked to exercise

 serious spiritual discernment in this matter and to preserve the purity of

 the faith, morals and spiritual life, not by relying on alleged

 revelations but by following the revealed Word of God and the directives

 of the Church's Magisterium.


 II. Regarding the circulation of texts of alleged private revelations, the

 Congregation states:


 1) The interpretation given by some individuals to a Decision approved by

 Paul VI on 14 October 1966 and promulgated on 15 November of that year, in

 virtue of which writings and messages resulting from alleged revelations

 could be freely circulated in the Church, is absolutely groundless. This

 decision actually referred to the "Abolition of the Index of Forbidden

 Books", and determined that - after the relevant censures were lifted-the

 moral obligation still remained of not circulating or reading those

 writings which endanger faith and morals.


 2) It should be recalled however that with regard to the circulation of

 texts of alleged private revelations, canon 823 1 of the current Code

 remains in force: "the Pastors of the Church have the ... right to demand

 that writings to be published by the Christian faithful which touch upon

 faith or morals be submitted to their judgement".


 3) Alleged supernatural revelations and writings concerning them are

 submitted in first instance to the judgement of the diocesan Bishop, and,

 in particular cases, to the judgement of the Episcopal Conference and the

 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.



 Taken from:

 L'Osservatore Romano

 Weekly Edition in English

 4 December 1996, 12



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