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Anonymous wrote:

Hi, guys —

We were told at church that the miracles Jesus performed in the Bible did not take place.
We were told:

  • Jesus did not walk on water.
  • Jesus did not feed 4,000 with the small amount of fish and loaves He had.
  • Jesus did not raise Lazarus from the dead.
  1. Does the Catholic Church believe Jesus did these miracles?
  2. Is our current priest mistaken on his beliefs?
  3. Does the Catholic church teach that Jesus worked miracles?
  4. If so, how does the Church determine which miracles Jesus performed?

Thank you.


  { Is our priest correct that Jesus never performed the miracles mentioned in the Bible? }

Mike replied:

Dear Anonymous,

What your priest is saying is absurd and anti-Christian.

So let me answer your questions one by one.

  1. Does the Catholic Church believe Jesus did these miracles?

The Church whole heartily believes He did these miracles. Miracles can only be only by On Person: God. As Catholic Christians we believe Jesus was True God and True Man in one Divine,
not human, Person. We also believe he was one substance with the Father.

As far as the Scriptures go, this is what the Catechism tells us:

II. Inspiration And Truth Of Sacred Scripture

105 God is the author of Sacred Scripture. "The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit."

"For Holy Mother Church, relying on the faith of the apostolic age, accepts as sacred and canonical the books of the Old and the New Testaments, whole and entire, with all their parts, on the grounds that, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author, and have been handed on as such to the Church herself."

106 God inspired the human authors of the sacred books. "To compose the sacred books, God chose certain men who, all the while he employed them in this task, made full use of their own faculties and powers so that, though he acted in them and by them, it was as true authors that they consigned to writing whatever he wanted written, and no more."

107 The inspired books teach the truth. "Since therefore all that the inspired authors or sacred writers affirm should be regarded as affirmed by the Holy Spirit, we must acknowledge that the books of Scripture firmly, faithfully, and without error teach that truth which God, for the sake of our salvation, wished to see confided to the Sacred Scriptures."

  1. Is our current priest mistaken on his beliefs?

Yes, he is gravely mistaken. Within the past 10 to 20 years there have been "new" ways to interpret the Scriptures that tend to go contrary to the official teachings of the Church. It appears your pastor has been caught up in this.

  1. Does the Catholic Church teach that Jesus worked miracles?

Yes! Of course! He is God and being such, He did these miracles. He can neither deceive, nor be deceived and that goes for the Holy Spirit as well, the guiding Spirit behind what was written in the Scriptures.

  1. If so, how does the Church determine which miracles Jesus performed?

The fact that Jesus performed all the miracles mentioned in the Bible is a matter of faith, so no process for determining anything is needed.

You should consider finding another parish.

I would address what I have said to the priest, taking one or two witnesses with you. This is what Our Lord instructs us to do in the Scriptures. If he repudiates what you say, then you should make your bishop aware of what your priest is saying sooner or later, unless your pastor recants this.

Hope this helps,


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