A few years ago, I first wrote about Holy Love Ministries, the 83-acre site of Maranatha Spring in Ohio.
People have been going to this place since the early 1990‘s, drawn by founder Maureen Sweeney-Kyle’s claim that Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary and a host of saints are appearing to her with messages.
On the surface, everything about the site appears to be Catholic, but it is not.
I am writing again about Holy Love because some followers contacted me regarding my article of 11/20/09 (reproduced below), “Proclamation on Holy Love Will Test Hearts and Obedience”. emailed me last summer and we had a back and forth debate on the authenticity of the apparitions.
He challenged my use of the word “condemned” in describing the local bishop’s assessment of Holy Love. I had not used the word “condemned” incorrectly, but the term is an older one and not in common current theological use.
I had been warned by Thomas and a couple of others (friends of his, I’m guessing), that souls are at stake should my words turn people away from Holy Love.
I must disagree with Thomas in this case as souls apparition.
In my November of 2009 article, I said, “Despite all the usual Catholic trappings — chapel, statues, rosaries and religious bookstore, not to mention the throngs from across the country and globe — the purported visions by Maureen Sweeney-Kyle have been condemned.” Although the word “condemned” is the old term for a private revelation that received the “” judgment and my readers may have been better served by my simply reporting what the bishop said, the point remains: The conclusion of the bishop’s evaluation is that if there are any apparitions going on there, they .
Actual apparitions (as distinguished from hallucinations or other psychological phenomena) can only be from one of two sources: God (supernatural) or an influence of the devil (demonic, preternatural).
You might wish to review the meaning of the these theological terms.
The devil has the ability to deceive with cleverly-disguised religious apparitions, so the Catholic Church carefully evaluates such sites for discrepancies that conflict with Scripture and Tradition.
If the local bishop, after investigating, finds nothing supernatural, he will issue a decree of “to help warn and protect the faithful.
That is what the local bishop issued in the case of Holy Love. Official Church Pronouncement What actually happened according to Having been directed by the Holy See (in Rome) to act definitively in the matter of the alleged apparitions …
and having reviewed the theological content of the alleged apparitions to Maureen Sweeney-Kyle and having consulted an expert in this matter, I …