Have ever you heard that Private Revelation from approved apparitions is binding? How does one respond to that succinctly?
Knowing that several self-proclaimed Catechists have been posting here (and in real-life conversations) with misinformation, how does one offer correction charitably?
Most importantly, how to undo the possible damage they did to RCIA / Religious Education / Faith Formation of our youth…possibly for YEARS?
I know we’re all fallible, but approved apparitions cannot add to the Deposit of Faith.
“Worthy of belief” does not mean it is binding. I even checked Ask an Apologist, like these from Michelle Arnold:
forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=49310&highlight=worthy+of+belief " Catholics are not bound by private revelations; only by public revelation, which ceased at the death of the last apostle. However, it should be noted that the Church does sometimes approve private revelations as worthy of human belief, leaving the decision of belief up to individual Catholics, as it has done with the Divine Mercy revelations …]"
“Private revelation is never binding on Catholics, even when the revelations are deemed by the Church to be worthy of belief.”
Apparitions may not add to the deposit of the faith, which was completed with the apostles. [Error CONDEMNED by Pope St. Pius X in “Lamentabili”: “Revelation, constituting the object of Catholic faith, was not completed with the apostles.” (Pope St. Pius X, This proposition was condemned in “Lamentabili”, 1907 A.D.)] No one is bound to believe that any particular apparition is true, even if the Church has ruled it “worthy of belief”.
**Persons should not center their faith around an apparition.
** “Faith rests on divine revelations made through the prophets and apostles and set down in the canonical Scriptures, not on revelations, if there by any, made to other holy teachers.” (St. Thomas Aquinas…]).
So how do I respond charitably to misinformation and
how to undo damage that may have been done?