[quote=LukeQ]Some aspects that point to a false apparition are:
- Messages that provide new revelation - All public revelation ceased with the death of the last apostle.
- Any message content from the seer that has previously been condemmed by the church as heresy;
- Message demands that the faithful must do certain spiritual practices outside of what is ruled in Cannon Law to obtain salvation/sanctification
- The message or visionary suggesting that the relivant church authorities are wrong;
- The vision/message/seer/promoters encouraging disobiendience to the local bishop or being active in disobiendience which inveribly is replicated in followers of the apparition.
- Elitest views held by seers/promoters/followers that they are the remnant of the church;
- Elitism and disobiedience manifesting in splintering the church through factions, sects, cults, or labeling unbelivers in the messages as “liberal”;
- Apocalyptic claims that fall outside the Church’s interpretation of scripture.
This list is not exhaustive.
The Church recognises the charism of discernment in the local bishop in matters of apparitions and trusts in his authority. We, the faithful are united to Christ and his Church through our local bishop who in turn is in communion with the Church and the Pope. As such, the faithful are not burdened with the responsibility of discerning the validity of apparitions. We are instructed to use the Magisterium as our source of spiritual nurishment and if an apparition is approved by a local bishop, we are not bound to believe in it but are permitted to to use it as a “help” in our spiritual journey.
Some aspects that point to a possible apparition are:
- Impeccable obiedience by the seer to the spiritual director and the local bishop
- No new revelation in the message
- Messages do not conflict with the Magisterium
This is good advice… I would suggest that the believer needs to have a degree of healthy skepticism regarding claims of apparitions and needs to look at possible underlying motivations or evidence of mental illness or instability on the part of the observer which might have a bearing on the claim. I have written a little on particular apparition, for example, which gave me some serious concerns because its teachings run counter to Church doctrine and tradition. Shortly after taking a lot of heat for my position, I learned that I am by no means alone in my views, which was a real encouragement at that time.