CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH
CIRCULAR LETTER TO THE PRESIDENTS
OF THE EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES
REGARDING THE WRITINGS AND ACTIVITIES
From the Vatican, 25 January 2007
Your Eminence / Your Excellency,
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith continues to receive requests for
clarification in relation to the writings and activities of Mrs Vassula Rydén.
These requests address in particular the import of the
Notification of 6
October 1995, and the criteria to be considered by the local Church in judging
whether the writings of Mrs Vassula Rydén may appropriately be disseminated.
In this regard, the Congregation wishes to state the following:
1) The Notification of 1995 remains valid as a doctrinal judgment of the
2) Mrs Vassula Rydén, however, after dialogue with the Congregation for
the Doctrine of the Faith, has offered clarifications on some problematic points
in her writings and on the nature of her messages which are presented not as
divine revelations, but rather as her personal meditations (see Vassula Rydén:
Letter of 26 June 2002, published in True Life in God, vol. 12, XXI-LI).
From a normative point of view therefore, following the aforementioned
clarifications, a case by case prudential judgment is required in view of the
real possibility of the faithful being able to read the writings in the light of
the said clarifications.
3) Finally, it remains inappropriate for Catholics to take part in prayer
groups established by Mrs Rydén. Concerning the question of ecumenical meetings,
the faithful are to follow the norms of the Ecumenical Directory, of the Code of
Canon Law (canons: 215; 223, ' 2 and 383, ' 3) and of Diocesan Ordinaries.
Thanking you for your attention and with sentiments of esteem, I am
Yours sincerely in Christ,
William Cardinal Levada