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To: Pyro7480
I'm in that netherworld between agnosticism and Christianity. However, most of my family are Catholic, so I still maintain an interest in the faith.

Catholics have got to learn to be less defensive. Its almost like any critique of the faith is an "attack." I'm just offering my opinion, nothing more, nothing less.

The fact of the matter is that I have read scripture, as well as the work of Augustine. All of these indicate that Christ will only appear during the second coming. Christ himself explicitly said this.

Most of these apparitions are pious fiction. They serve a purpose in terms of illustrating a moral, but I don't take them at face value (neither do most Christians, including many Catholics).

27 posted on 02/22/2006 6:54:29 PM PST by Clemenza (I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked...)
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To: Clemenza

You are certainly entitled to your opinion. Disbeief in the matter of private revelation is understandable from a non- or lapsed-Catholic. I would not view that as an "attack" on Catholicism, as long as it wasn't over-the-top insulting. But you also insulted ("attacked") St. Faustina as having "too much vino," saying in the process, obviously, that that is the "source" of her visions. Don't be surprised if some people jump down your throat a bit for it. I also wouldn't be so quick to dismiss *all* private revelation out-of-hand. Sure, there are tons of fakes, but there are those which stand up to scrutiny, too. I've briefly mentioned two of them. It *does* seem that they are legit, and that what was alleged to occur at them *did*, in fact occur. No "Bayside" they!


29 posted on 02/22/2006 7:06:34 PM PST by magisterium
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