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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Speaks about Private Revelation

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Speaks about Private Revelation

The Church put out a document, part of which was a clarification of the theological status of revelations. In it Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger clarifies the difference between public revelation and private revelation. He writes:

“The liturgy (public revelation) is the criterion, it is the living form of the church as a whole fed directly by the Gospel. Popular piety (private revelation) is a sign that the faith is spreading its roots into the heart of people in such a way that it reaches into daily life.”

The Cardinal added:

“Such a message can be a genuine help in understanding the Gospel and living it better at a particular moment in time; therefore should not be disregarded.”

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