– on sightings alleged to be of divine origin –
Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Lord,
It has been reported that there have been sightings alleged to be of divine origin in Kpg Semalatong (an Anglican village) in Simunjan District. At least two local newspapers ran articles on them. Much interest and curiosity have been fuelled, especially among Christians, including Catholics. It is therefore pastorally important for me to remind Catholic faithful of what the Church teaches with regard to revelation. This teaching is given in Paragraphs 65-67 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
God has revealed himself and his plan of salvation totally in his Son Jesus Christ. In him God has said everything and there will be no new public revelation before the glorious manifestation of Christ at the end of time. The contents of this divine revelation are found in the Word of God contained in both Scripture and the Church’s Tradition. We are obliged to put our total faith in this divine revelation.
Throughout the ages, there have been so-called ‘private’ revelations. Some of these have been recognised by the authority of the Church, after long and careful investigation and discernment – for example, the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima and Lourdes. But they do not belong to the deposit of faith, though they help Christians of a certain period of history live fully by God’s revelation given fully in Christ. Private revelations neither improve nor complete Christ’s definitive revelation. Thus, those that claim to do this or to surpass this revelation cannot be accepted.
I therefore urge all Catholics not to pay attention to current claims of divine revelation but to focus totally on Christ the Word of God especially as found in the four Gospels, anchor their faith on him and live by his teachings. He is the most important and certain revelation of God. Following him and living by his teachings faithfully will surely be pleasing to God and lead to the kingdom of heaven.
In this season of Lent, I invite you to heed Christ’s call to “repent and believe in the Good News”. May your positive response bring you into a profound experience of God’s presence and union with him. God bless you.
Yours humbly in the Lord’s service,
Archbishop John Ha