The newspaper this morning carried a short AP article telling us that the Roman Catholic Church has recognized a chapel in Champion, WI, as the only site in the USA which had an official siting of the Virgin Mary. The story goes that Mary appeared three times to Belgium immigrant Adele Brise in 1859, and since that time Catholics have visited the site to pray for miracles. I found an article with the full story at
Questions for the Romanists:
1. One woman says she saw Mary appear to her three times. Were there any witnesses? No.
2. How was Mary identified? Surely no one knows what she looked like since there are no photographs of her. So how do we know it wasn’t some other woman coming back from the dead claiming to be Mary? How do we know it isn’t demonic?
3. Can you show me in scripture where we are supposed to be talking to the dead? Doesn’t Scripture instead speak against necromancy?
4. Why is it that Marian “visions” almost always give unbiblical messages? Even in this one “Mary” identified herself by the unbiblical title “Queen of Heaven” with the unbiblical claim that she “prays for sinners.” Isn’t it interesting that “Mary” always repeats Roman Catholic dogma?
5. The vision supposedly told Adele to “Gather the children in this wild country, and teach them what they should know for salvation.” Since Adele knew only the Romanist idea of salvation, wouldn’t Satan rather have that version being propagated?
The Romanist Church claims that it “judges apparitions on the basis of their consistency with Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the Church...” However, they really only judge in relation to their tradition and teachings, and never on Scripture.
Here’s the bottom line: “For even satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.” 2 Cor. 11:14-15.
The vision seen by Adele Brise, if she did see one, was not - and could not have been - the Virgin Mary. There is no biblical warrant for such visions.
And lastly, it is no more than superstition for Catholics to go to any particular place to pray for miracles; it doesn’t matter where one prays.