Tuesday, September 6, 2016

On Miracles - essay in The New York Times

To shed light on our discussion on Miracles in the Gospels, here's an enlightening article in The New York Times (Sept 5, 2016).

Title: Pondering Miracles, Medical and Religious
Author:  Jacalyn Duffin
Publisher: The New York Times
Date: Sept 5, 2016
Click here for printable copy.

Comments:
Finally, a decent article in the mainstream media on the Vatican's high bar for miracles, particularly when it comes to healings. Many people--Catholics included--are often surprised by the scrutiny of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints when it comes to healings, and how many things that most of us would consider "miraculous" are rejected. (Reasons? E.g., Being ascribable to medical treatment, not sufficiently documented by medical professionals, etc.) A hematologist and historian considers her experience with Marguerite d'Youville. - Fr. James Martin, SJ.

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Fr. Randy teaches Christology, Scripture, and Biblical Hebrew at the Divine Word Seminary, school of theology, Tagaytay City. He holds a doctorate from the Ateneo de Manila University (Ph.D., 2015) and from the Loyola School of Theology (S.T.D., 2014). He finished his licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SSL, 1999) at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He is a visiting professor for the School of Christian Studies at the University of St. Joseph in Macau, China. He had served as president of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP); as chairperson of the Tagaytay Religious Association (TRA) and was dean of Studies (Divine Word Seminary). He is also co-editor for the Diwa: Studies in Philosophy and Theology; founder and director of the Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS) at the Divine Word Seminary; founder and site coordinator of the SVD Tagaytay Alternative Learning System (SVD-ALS), an educational program for the out-of-school youth.