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How does the Vatican investigate miracles ?

April 25, 2011 | Comment icon 15 comments



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The Vatican has attributed many things to miracles over the years, but what exactly constitutes one ?
One example of a case being investigated is that of young Jake Finkbonner who contracted a deadly flesh-eating bacterium and almost died back in 2006. Doctors had all but given up hope that he could be saved but after his family, friends and many others prayed for a miracle to happen one allegedly did - young Jake's infection simply disappeared.
Pope John Paul II will be beatified in May, which puts him halfway toward sainthood. To have gotten this far, the Vatican must believe that the late pope is responsible for a miracle. Earlier this year, the Vatican declared that a woman was miraculously healed from Parkinson's disease after she prayed to the late pontiff.


Source: NPR | Comments (15)


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Comment icon #6 Posted by Beckys_Mom 11 years ago
So the doctors who worked on him for weeks get no credit? It just sickens me when people deny the help of doctors... I recal lmy mother showing me pictures of a girl on her wedding day... long story short... she claimed that because she can walk again after a freak car accident... it was a devine miracle... So..I said to my mother -- was this woman treateed by doctors?? She said - Yes for quite some time I said - wel lthen - there you have it...not a miracle - just the help of doctors that did it... She just told me to shut up and get out of her sight lol... Before I ran out - I uttered - AHH ... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Cryptozological Mascot 11 years ago
First of all, I just have to say that Jake's mom is really hot. Now that I've gotten that knuckle-dragging comment out of the way, let me point out that we are talking about faith. People who believe in miracles have faith which can aid in recovery. There is no denying that the power of the human mind can help heal a person. However, it has always astounded me that people don't realize that if they believe in God and divine intervention, then they must believe that he affects everything. Specifically, he would have opened the way for those doctors to go to med school and to get their positions... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Mainpoint 11 years ago
Pope John Paul II will be beatified in May, which puts him halfway toward sainthood. To have gotten this far, the Vatican must believe that the late pope is responsible for a miracle. Earlier this year, the Vatican declared that a woman was miraculously healed from Parkinson's disease after she prayed to the late pontiff. And this raises the question: How does the Vatican investigate miracles? Let's start in Ferndale, Wash., where a potential miracle is under investigation. LINK TO FULL ARTICLE AND SOURCE : http://www.npr.org/2...iracle?ft=1&f=3 Very interesting what if the previous pope n... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Beckys_Mom 11 years ago
. Are the catholics supposed to believe the pope is some type of demi-god? I was born and raised catholic... the answer to that is - NO........they see the pope as a great man of god... head of the RCC... thats it
Comment icon #10 Posted by Agent. Mulder 11 years ago
Pure energy, everyone was hoping and praying so hard that it simply worked. Im inclined to believe that was sarcasm?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Jamajkus 11 years ago
Im inclined to believe that was sarcasm? Nop its called Chi,karma,inner energy,you know some people posses that ability more like others,for example, they can stand on spikes without getting hurt,monks hiting bricks like they were made from paper. You dont need any special knowledge to understand that, Its bassicaly how hard you focus on one thing, you can change the outcome of it. Some need more practice others need pressure, we are only using like 15% of brainpower, god knows what do we have in store for ourselves. Were are capable of some many things, they just need to be activated or train... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by ~C.S.M~ 11 years ago
A miracle is indeed possible, but before stabilicing the miracule. All other alternative should be explored.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Druidus-Logos 11 years ago
Nop its called Chi,karma,inner energy,you know some people posses that ability more like others,for example, they can stand on spikes without getting hurt,monks hiting bricks like they were made from paper. This comes because of intense training and/or physics, not some mystical inner "energy". You dont need any special knowledge to understand that, Its bassicaly how hard you focus on one thing, you can change the outcome of it. Where is your empirical evidence of that? Some need more practice others need pressure, we are only using like 15% of brainpower, god knows what do we have in store fo... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by grendals_bane 11 years ago
Pope John Paul II will be beatified in May, which puts him halfway toward sainthood. To have gotten this far, the Vatican must believe that the late pope is responsible for a miracle. Earlier this year, the Vatican declared that a woman was miraculously healed from Parkinson's disease after she prayed to the late pontiff. And this raises the question: How does the Vatican investigate miracles? Let's start in Ferndale, Wash., where a potential miracle is under investigation. LINK TO FULL ARTICLE AND SOURCE : http://www.npr.org/2011/04/22/135121360/a-boy-an-injury-a-recovery-a-miracle?ft=1&f... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Arbenol68 11 years ago
First, you surely need to define what actually constitutes a 'miracle'. I would have thought that a reasonable definition would be something like: an event or occurence which defies all known physical laws or cannot be explained by known physical laws. If someone recovers from an injury or illness that has proved fatal 100% of the time - that might reasonably be claimed a miracle. But an event with a small probability of occurence (but not unheard of) cannot be claimed to be a miracle. Just my thoughts on the matter.


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