I asked why the Blessed Mother would be operating outside the Church.
He told me of local corruption of the priests and said, “What else could we do? What of the many miracles and increased devotion so many experienced at apparitions site not approved by the Church?
Several members of Sweeney’s small ministry became disillusioned and left.” The organization has been at odds with the Catholic Church almost from the start.It sought approval through official channels for several years, but instead, in 1999, the Diocese of Clevland issued a statement urging extreme caution.The bishop has an obligation to pastor his people and protect and nourish their faith.As the pastor of the Diocese of Cleveland his oversight certainly includes what is identified as “ecumenical” in that the faithful of the diocese cannot be encouraged or permitted to participate in any group or organization whose beliefs or practices contradict the teachings of the Church in faith and morals.Gary Yanus, Judicial Vicar Diocese of Cleveland, since Bishop Lennon was recovering from surgery.
I showed him Thomas’ email and explained my use of the word condemned.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).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.At that point, Holy Love Ministries took an “ecumenical” approach.