When the Church approves a private apparition as “constat de supernaturalitate”, is this declaration infallible? Or in other words, is there some chance of error in the Church’s affirmation of some private revelation as having a supernatural character, or can we be absolutely certain from the approval that it is supernatural?
If the Church is not subject to error in this regard, in what sense can we say that these apparitions only deserve the assent of ‘human faith’? As the CDF commentary on the Professio Fidei states “There are truths which are necessarily connected with revelation by virtue of an historical relationship; while other truths evince a logical connection”. Thus any truths logically connected to the infallibility of the Magisterium are also de fide. Thus if there is no chance of error when the Church affirms a revelation as supernatural, wouldn’t we be logically forced to give the same de fide assent to these affirmations as, for example, papal succession, canonization of saints, etc that the Magisterium declares without possibility of error?