URGENT! Make a gift that will be doubled. We have $10,746 left to match by December 1st.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope warns against curiosity, credulity for visionary apparitions

Catholic World News - November 14, 2013

During his homily at a weekday Mass on November 14, Pope Francis warned against the “spirit of curiosity,” in remarks directed at those who place their faith in extraordinary claims and in reported apparitions.

Commenting on the day’s reading from the Book of Wisdom, the Pope said that the Holy Spirit brings peace, unity, and serenity. This, he said, contrasts sharply with the spirit of curiosity, which arises “when we want to be the masters of the projects of God, of the future.”

The Pope rejected the attitude of those who say, “But I know a visionary, who receives letters from Our Lady.” The Virgin Mary loves all mankind, the Holy Father said. “She is not a postmaster, sending messages every day.”

The longing for extraordinary messages and signs, the Pope said, can “distance us from the Gospel, from the Holy Spirit, from peace and wisdom, from the glory of God, from the beauty of God.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($65,724 to go):
$150,000.00 $84,276.12
44% 56%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Nov. 15, 2013 1:12 AM ET USA

    He seems to be setting the stage for an unfavorable report on the hoax of Medjugorje. Praise the Lord. It's about time.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Nov. 14, 2013 12:47 PM ET USA

    Not one who receives a letter every day, but we all know of people in former Yugoslavia who say they receive messages every day and have for years. It seems the pope may have made a judgement about the veracity of those assertions.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Art and theology, beauty and truth, work together in the New Evangelization 2 hours ago
Anatomy of Conversion 3 hours ago
Anatomy of Conversion 7 hours ago
It is a failure of mercy to deny sin November 20
Yesterday's news, tomorrow November 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days