Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba, Queensland, has advised Catholics in his diocese to dissociate themselves from the Magnificat Meal Movement and its activities.
    In a declaration on the movement, endorsed by other bishops including Adelaide's Archbishop Leonard Faulkner, Bishop Morris said he appointed a commission in 1997 to investigate the Magnificat Meal Movement and alleged supernatural apparitions which appeared to the founder of the movement and some of its members. The commission presented its provisional findings to the bishop in October last year. He consulted with Vatican officials who confirmed his findings that the movement's alleged apparitions were not supernatural, and that its writings indicate that it neither had nor desired a place in the Catholic Church.
   Bishop Morris said: "I invite my fellow priests and brothers and sisters to promote the worship of Christ present in the Blessed Eucharist and the veneration of Mary, the Mother of God, in the many authentic forms which have been approved by the Catholic Church."

29/03/99 3:50:44 / Southern Cross (Adelaide)


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