The dangers in all private revelations

Without a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures as interpreted by the Church, private revelation that contains ambiguity can lead one into heresy.

Mr. Saraceno,

your email was followed by an avalanche of statements. Most of them seem to forget that the MCG is of the domain of private revelation, and thus in no way binding as to faith and morals. Comparative studies of private revelations about the life of Mary(Bridget, Emmerick, Valtorta) show that there exist discrepancies. MCD has the status of an apocryphal document, a narrative or picture book to illustrate the foundational text of our faith, i.e. Holy Scripture. The Church never included these documents, f.ex. the Pseudo-Gospel of James(from around 150), in the official Canon. Quite frequently, private revelations take into account and use elements of apocryphal narratives. A good example: the flown-in apostles! This is a well-known topic or motif in the apocryphal literature about Mary’s Assumption, and must have been known to Maria of Agreda.
I do not deny the inspirational import of these writings, a sort of verbal Biblia Pauperum. They may lend color and emotion to meditation and prayer. They should be read, however, with the New Testament in one hand, and the Compendium of Faith in the other.

Fr. Johann G. Roten S.M.