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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Dec 17, 2021

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.

Imagine: A monk at a small monastery somewhere in the mountains announces that he has a miraculous cure for Covid. St. Luke the physician appeared to him, he says, and promised that anyone who drank from a certain mountain stream, located near the monastery, would be safe from the epidemic. The monk reports that several people suffering from Covid have drunk from the stream, and in every case the symptoms quickly disappeared.

Imagine the reaction to such a development. Two very different responses would be completely predictable: …

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