Bringing you the "Good News" of Jesus Christ and His Church While PROMOTING CATHOLIC Apologetic Support groups loyal to the Holy Father and Church's magisterium
Home About
What's New? Resources The Church Family Life Mass and
Ask A Catholic
Knowledge base
AskACatholic Disclaimer
Search the
AskACatholic Database
Donate and
Support our work
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New Questions
Cool Catholic Videos
About Saints
Disciplines & Practices for distinct Church seasons
Purgatory and Indulgences
About the Holy Mass
About Mary
Searching and Confused
Contemplating becoming a Catholic or Coming home
Homosexual and Gender Issues
Life and Family
No Salvation Outside the Church
Sacred Scripture
non-Catholic Cults
Justification and Salvation
The Pope and Papacy
The Sacraments
Relationships and Marriage situations
Specific people, organizations and events
Doctrine and Teachings
Specific Practices
Church Internals
Church History

Manuel wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Does a person have to believe in everything about the Catholic Church to be considered Catholic?

For example, I've heard that Catholics in Mexico believe in the Virgin of Guadalupe.

  • Do I have to believe in everything they believe about the Virgin of Guadalupe?
  • Like how they got her image and other related things about her?


  { Does a Catholic have to believe in the apparitions of Mary to be considered a Catholic? }

Paul replied:

Hello Manuel,

The short answer is No.

Private apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary or anyone else from Heaven, even if they are true and authentic, does not have to be believed by a Catholic.

Only public Revelation does, which is found in Scripture and Tradition; much of which is found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.



Please report any and all typos or grammatical errors.
Suggestions for this web page and the web site can be sent to Mike Humphrey
© 2012 Panoramic Sites
The Early Church Fathers Church Fathers on the Primacy of Peter. The Early Church Fathers on the Catholic Church and the term Catholic. The Early Church Fathers on the importance of the Roman Catholic Church centered in Rome.