Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Good Morning America misrepresents Catholic faith

I should not be surprised in the least that Good Morning America would misrepresent the teaching th the Catholic faith, but this morning's example of misrepresentation is blatant and was certainly poorly researched.

In a story regarding the process of canonization for the late Pope John Paul II, GMA reported that the Vatican was investigating whether "the late Pope performed a miracle in the case of a woman with Parkinson's disease." The Church does not teach that any human being except Christ can perform a miracle, only God can perform miracles, so to make a statement that the Vatican was investigating whether John Paul "performed a miracle" is false. This is not what the Vatican is investigating.

What the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is investigating is whether God granted healing to a woman with Parkinson's disease (with which the late Pope was also afflicted) through the prayers and intercession of John Paul. That is a huge difference.

Catholics, like all Christians, believe in the promise of eternal life in and through Jesus Christ for all who believe in Him. Because of this, we do not believe that a believer dies at all when they leave this earthly shell-of-a-body, but they continue to live as Christ has promised. AS they live, we believe that they can intercede to the Lord on our behalf, just as we ask our friends on earth to do when we ask for their prayers. The Vatican is investigating whether this woman asked the late Pope for his intercession, and then whether a miracle of healing was subsequently granted by the Lord.

That is a far cry from "the Pope performed a miracle." No wonder Catholics are always having to explain the truth to non-Catholics-the media is not helping spread the facts.


At Wednesday, March 15, 2006 8:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for helping spread the truth!


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