Hi Dr. Geraghty,
If all truths has been already revealed yet popes and saints continues to shed light and insights about God (e.g. fatima, St. Faustina, St. Teresa of Child Jesus, St. Theresa de Avila, etc.). Is it more appropriate to say that the truths about God continues to be revealed in the lives and teachings of the popes and saints as our world moves through time in history? Thank you.
Answer by Richard Geraghty on 10/14/2007:
The Church makes a distinction between public revelation and private revelation. The limit of public revelation have been fixed by the Church at the death of St. John the Apostle. Nothing new can be added to this. There are, however, private revelations like those given to the three children of Fatima. They do give us more insight into revelation. But the Church does not require absolute belief in them as she does to the revelations in the Apostles' Creed, for instance. Yet it would not be wise for a Catholic not to believe in apparitions like Lourdes or Fatima. Nevertheless these are private revelations.