Fact a Day: December 12th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: December 12th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 28-29

What about popular angels, Mary, the Pope, and Roman Catholicism?

 

Like most nonbiblical religions,* Roman Catholicism has a long tradition of accepting angelic visitations. A common Catholic “prayer to your guardian angel,” which all devout Catholics learn, reads, “Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom his love commits me here, ever this day (night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.”*

Many of the current books on angels are written by Catholics. In Where Angels Walk, the New York Times best-seller, Catholic Joan Anderson encourages a form of angel contact and prayers to angels. She states that “most Catholics believe that everyone receives a guardian angel at birth, a life companion especially suited to one’s unique personality. Catholic children learn a comforting little prayer to initiate ‘conversation’ with their angel and the feast day of guardian angels is celebrated on October 2.”*

Books such as W. Doyle Gulligan’s (ed.) Devotion to the Holy Angels (Lumen Christi, 1990) and Catholic organizations such as the Opus Sanctorum Angelorum cited earlier (devoted to explaining and encouraging devotion to angels) prove that Catholic believers provide a ready-made audience susceptible to the popular angel phenomenon.* Spiritist and popular angel author Terry Lynn Taylor also argues that Catholic Marian devotion is connected with the resurgence of angels: “Mary, the Mother of Christ, is often referred to as the Queen of angels. Mary is touching the lives of those involved in angel consciousness in a deep way…. That is why… the angels are so prevalent now.”* The result, however, is that the revelations given by Mary (and the angels not infrequently associated with her) uniformly support Catholic theology and teachings that are antibiblical.* For example, the occult Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, include the appearances of putti or child angels, and the message they give denies the teachings of Christ.*

*For full documentation, please see The Facts on Angels.

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