NOVEMBER 28, 2012
By Catholic Answers,
October 29, 2004
Another controversial seer.
Basically we have the same situation on our hands as that for Maria Valtorta. The CDF has concluded that her writings are
(i) Not supernatural in origin and
(ii) Doctrinally deviant as well in places.
For the purposes of this website which is classified according to evidence of supernaturality Vassula Ryden is also entered under the “Discouraged” section. Regarding obedience: Vassula never stopped promoting herself (speaking tours) spreading her messages (selling her books)
Notification on Vassula Ryden
Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
October 6, 1995
Many bishops, priests, religious and lay people have sought an authoritative judgement from this Congregation on the activity of Mrs. Vassula Ryden, a Greek Orthodox residing in Switzerland, who in speech and in writing is spreading in Catholic circles throughout the world messages attributed to alleged heavenly revelations.
A calm, attentive examination of the entire question, undertaken by this Congregation in order to “test the spirits to see whether they are of God” (cf. 1 Jn 4:1), has brought out — in addition to positive aspects — a number of basic elements that must be considered negative in the light of Catholic doctrine.
In addition to pointing out the suspect nature of the ways in which these alleged revelations have occurred, it is necessary to underscore several doctrinal errors they contain.
Among other things, ambiguous language is used in speaking of the Persons of the Holy Trinity, to the point of confusing the specific names and functions of the Divine Persons. These alleged revelations predict an imminent period when the Antichrist will prevail in the Church. In millenarian style, it is prophesied that God is going to make a final glorious intervention which will initiate on earth, even before Christ’s definitive coming, an era of peace and universal prosperity. Furthermore, the proximate arrival is foretold of a Church which would be a kind of pan-Christian community, contrary to Catholic doctrine.
The fact that the aforementioned errors no longer appear in Ryden’s later writings is a sign that the alleged “heavenly messages” are merely the result of private meditations.
Moreover, by habitually sharing in the sacraments of the Catholic Church even though she is Greek Orthodox, Mrs. Ryden is causing considerable surprise in various circles of the Catholic Church. She appears to be putting herself above all ecclesiastical jurisdiction and every canonical norm, and in effect, is creating an ecumenical disorder that irritates many authorities, ministers and faithful of her own Church, as she puts herself outside the ecclesiastical discipline of the latter.
Given the negative effect of Vassula Ryden’s activities, despite some positive aspects, this Congregation requests the intervention of the Bishops so that their faithful may be suitably informed and that no opportunity may be provided in their Dioceses for the dissemination of her ideas. Lastly, the Congregation invites all the faithful not to regard Mrs. Vassula Ryden’s writings and speeches as supernatural and to preserve the purity of the faith that the Lord has entrusted to the Church.
6 October 1995
What guidance do my local hierarchs offer re Vassula Ryden?
By Catholic Answers,
September 7, 2010
I am assuming, correct me if I am wrong, that these are authentic documents of the CDF:
In addition to the warnings addressed to the faithful about Mrs. Ryden, there seems to be a January 25, 2007 instruction issued by the CDF to the Presidents of the various Episcopal Conferences, the hierarchs are allowed to make “a case by case prudential judgment” about the faithful reading her writings.
My own eparchy is the Ukrainian Catholic eparchy in Parme, Ohio – http://www.stjosaphateparchy.org/.
What case-by-case prudential judgments, if any, have the hierarchs in my eparchy, and above, reached about letting the faithful read Mrs. Ryden’s works?
I ask this because someone in an adjacent eparchy (not a bishop) has recommended these works to me.
I am operating under the assumption that if my own local hierarchs, or their superiors, have not authorized me to read and study this material, then I should avoid doing so. But I don’t know what prudential judgments they have reached.
Any assistance is prayerfully requested and gratefully accepted. -Lilburne
Stay away from any writings of Vassula. Both the Catholic and Orthodox churches have ruled her writings are contrary to the faith. -Ciero
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