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At that point, Holy Love Ministries took an “ecumenical” approach.

Yet, as an ecumenical ministry it found time and space in many of its printed materials to rail against the Church. Before I wrote my original article on Holy Love, I had called and talked with someone from the ministry.

A few years ago, I first wrote about Holy Love Ministries, the 83-acre site of Maranatha Spring in Ohio.

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On the surface, everything about the site appears to be Catholic, but it is not.

The founders and visionary claim it is “ecumenical” and therefore does not fall under Catholic Church authority.

The person who wrote you quoted several canons about the rights of the faithful, but has ignored canon 223 which speaks of taking into account the common good of the Church and the obligation of ecclesiastical authority, in view of the common good, to regulate the exercise of the rights of the faithful.“We at Holy Love ministries are, and always have been, an ecumenical ministry.

We have no affiliation with the Diocese of Cleveland.

In 2005 an article in “The ministry was formed around 1986, meeting in homes of followers or a few welcoming churches. Sweeney insisted that the Virgin Mary’s messages demanded that she be given a new title, one recognized by the Catholic Church, that of “Our Lady Protectress of the Faith.” The Cleveland Catholic Diocese turned down this request.

And soon the lengthy messages that Sweeney dictated into a tape recorder began denouncing the Catholic Church; others commented on political details of the day.

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).

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.

are not supernatural in origin.” Lennon’s decree states he “forbid members of the clergy of any ecclesiastical jurisdiction” to celebrate the sacraments on the site of Holy Love Ministries.

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