Tuesday, August 07, 2007
I am posting the following email specifically because Athol Bloomer is promoting Vassula.
From the emailbox:
I copy hereunder a translation to English of the text of the internal communication dated 25th January 2007 adressed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to all the Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences regarding the case of Mrs Vassula Ryden. At the end of the document, you will find a link towards the photocopy of an original in French, bearing the Prefect's signature.
As you will see, the communication confirms the doctrinal judgement of the 1995 Notification and advises against the participation of the faithful in the True Life in God prayer groups. Regarding the reading of the writings, it should be limited to persons who are able to understand that they are not divine revelation (God is not the author of the words attributed to him in the TLIG books) and who – having a solid Catholic basis – can remain critical and attentive to the confusing or erroneous elements contained in the writings.
Thank you for circulating this document among those who are convinced that Mrs Ryden has been approved by the Vatican .
Warmly in Christ,
Maria Laura Pio
CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH
25th January 2007
Prot. N.: 54/92 – 24945
Your Eminence / Your Excellency,
Requests for clarification on the writings and activities of Mrs Vassula Ryden continue to arrive at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in particular regarding the validity of the Notification of 6th October 1995 and the criteria that should be followed in defining the provision of local Churches regarding the advisability of spreading the writings of Mrs Vassula Ryden.
At this regard, the Congregation wishes to specify as follows:
1) The Notification of 1995 remains valid concerning the doctrinal judgement on the writings examined (cf. attachment 1).
2) Following a the dialogue which has taken place with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Mrs Vassula Ryden has however provided clarifications on certain problematical points which appear in her writings, and also on the nature of her messages, which do not present themselves as divine revelations but, rather as personal meditations (cf. attachment 2: Letter of April 4th 2002 published in the True Life in God vol. 10). From the normative point of view, then, after the above mentioned clarifications, it is advisable to make a prudent evaluation, case by case, taking into account the concrete possibilities for the faithful in reading these writings within the framework of such clarifications.
3) Finally, it is reminded that the participation of Catholics in prayer groups organized by Mrs Vassula Ryden is not advisable. In the cases of ecumenical encounters, the faithful should comply with the provisions given by the Ecumenical Directory, the Code of Canon Law (can. 215; 223 §2, 383 §3) and the diocesan Ordinaries.
In sending you this information, I am sincerely yours in devotion to the Lord.
Cardinal William LEVADA
To all the Presidents of the Bishops' Conferences
See photocopy of original in French: http://www.infovass ula.ch/tligchurc hposition. htm#original