Q: What is the church’s opinion on paranormal phenomenon?

Q: What is the church’s opinion on paranormal phenomenon?

A: Such things are typically considered “private revelations”.

No Catholic is required to believe private revelations, no matter what the source, whether deemed authentic by the Church, or not.

The Church strongly cautions people to discern the nature of any such things, in order to not be led astray.

From the Catholic Catechism:

67 Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.
Christian faith cannot accept “revelations” that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such “revelations”.

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