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New criteria for assessing the authenticity of visions

According to today's Independent, the Catholic Church is revising its criteria for deciding whether visions are genuine. One of the most important of these is publicity; if you court publicity for your vision you are automatically ruled out of court. That should at least cut down on the amount of candidates.

Other than that, you will have to satisfy a team of psychiatrists, who may be either atheists or Catholics, that you are sane. Any communications from the vision will have to be shown not to contravene Church teachings. After all that, you will need to be assessed by demonologists and exorcists to make sure that the visions were not of diabolical origin.

Guidelines for this sort of thing were last issued in 1976. The Pope has instructed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly known as the Holy Office of the Inquistion, to update them in a new handbook.

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