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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?

Manuel

  { 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.

Peace,

Paul

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