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Adherents to Holy Love Ministries ignore Bishop Lennon's admonitions on the grounds that he is "under investigation" by the Vatican. The fact is that there has been an apostolic visitation having to do with his closure of parishes, and apparently it was determined that the bishop committed procedural violations of Church law.Nevertheless: none of this invalidates the bishop's authority as a successor of the Apostles and the shepherd of his diocese; nor does it detract in any way from his legitimate exercise of authority in condemning Holy Love Ministries. Catholics are still bound to obey him on this.
Thanks, Anita. The entire thing is creepy from my point of view and the doctrinal problems real. "Mary's hair" put me off immediately.Why do good Catholics fall for these obviously bogus and unholy so-called visions? I do not understand the attraction. A condemnation is a serious thing. I fear for some people's souls and they all could be reading the CCC instead of false words.
The words about the Holy See and asking the Archdiocese to act "definitively" on the Holy Love issue really stood out to me in this letter, SuperT.It reminds me of our Blessed Lord's words in St. Matthew's Gospel:"If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he *refuses to listen even to the church*, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector." (Mt. 18:15-17)And, from St. John:"Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world, therefore what they say is of the world, and the world listens to them. We are of God. Whoever knows God *listens to us*, and *he who is not of God does not listen to us*. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error." (1 John 4:4-6)Our Divine Savior left us *the teaching authority of His Church* to guide us on such matters. To not listen to her - either via Rome or one's particular church (and regardless of the holiness of the bishop) - is to put one's salvation in jeopardy.CK
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