By Thea Jarvis
In a statement distributed to the priests of the
archdiocese, Archbishop James P. Lyke, OFM, has provided guidance on reported
apparitions of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary in Rockdale County.
“At this time, circumstances do not warrant a formal investigation into these
events,” the statement said, adding that the archbishop was closely monitoring
the reaction of the local Church.
The statement said that cults and devotional practices should not distract
Catholics from the church’s central dogma and liturgical rites. At the same
time, “We cannot deny the possibility that God might continue to disclose
Himself by means of timely or historical self-revelation,” the statement said.
Noting that the Church “has always approached events of this nature with great
caution and advisedly so,” the statement quoted Acts 5: 38-39: “Leave them
alone, for if this plan and work of theirs is a man-made thing, it will
disappear; but if it comes from God you cannot possibly defeat them.”
Those drawn to the events at Conyers were reminded that the sacramental life of
the parish is the main worship of the faithful and that the Eucharist nourishes
faith and should be accorded primary devotion.
Since the reported apparitions are without any formal Church approval, “no
parish facilities may be used for the fostering of any devotion,” but parish
priests and pastors should offer counsel and reassurance to those inquiring
about the events, the statement said.
Print Issue: September 19, 1991 Georgia Bulletin
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