The post that was quoted here has been removedI think they're absolutely right on this.
The post that was quoted here has been removedThis is just the typical Protestant rant: much ado about nothing.
The post that was quoted here has been removedYour culture has a Protestant/Anglican background and this biases you against Catholicism. I've seen the same with atheists coming from Orthodox Christian cultures.
The post that was quoted here has been removedI speak it from experience. I've seen that image of Catholicism painted in both Orthodox countries where I've lived in and I see it now here in England.
The post that was quoted here has been removedI didn't claim you were a Protestant anywhere. I said your opinions are influenced by the general view of Catholicism in England (my comment about culture) and that your rant fits the classical Protestant image of Catholic priests as power-hungry or money-grabbing weasels.
Originally posted by StarrmanIf you look at it long enough, your head will spin. Since all movement is relative, it's just a question of looking long enough.
Out of interest, how can a spherical object of uniform colour and brightness (as seen by the human eye) be seen to spin?
The post that was quoted here has been removedHilarious. And you say your view of the Catholic Church isn't Protestant-biased?
The post that was quoted here has been removedA 'clairvoyant' passing the hat for a collection that doesn't benefit the Church, the Shrine nor the faithful? Of course he is to be condemned as a charlatan.
The post that was quoted here has been removedI repeat: It's not a contradiction. The church has never claimed ALL unlikely phenomena are acceptable and actually many times has created commissions that investigate claims of miracles.
The post that was quoted here has been removedI am sure they have reasons for accepting or rejecting or remaining agnostic on any phenomena. The only question is whether those reasons are the ones that you are guessing they are (money, self benefit etc) or whether they are other reasons. You are not doing a very good job at showing that your preferred set of reasons are the primary ones - if anything you seem to be claiming that there can be no reasons other than arbitrary ones and if the results seem to benefit the Church then they must be cheating.
The post that was quoted here has been removedEntirely sensible. The Catholic authorities have for a long time sought to distance the Church from so-called apparitions. One of the most famous ones is the apparition at Medjugorje. These kind of apparitions quickly develop into a cult. In the case of Medjugorje, the parish priest claimed that Mary herself dictated a set of prayers. While bishops must accept the possibility of Marian apparitions and angelic visitations (there is after all a long tradition, not only in Knock but more famously at Fatima), bishops have to be wary that religious fakes and the mentally unbalanced do not lead Catholics astray. Just consider this:
The post that was quoted here has been removedWhat point remains? The Catholic Church is part of a religion that is based on the miracles and the supernatural. This is true of all Christian denominations because no Christian Church that believes in a historical Jesus can deny the supernatural because Jesus is allegedly part of it.