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“Theologians and bishops have problems with supernatural phenomena,” he pointed out, recognizing the taboo-nature of the subject in many ecclesial circles. While this may be the case, the popular portrayal of Maria Valtorta's work, as being perceived negatively in the Church, is not fully accurate either. Pope Pius XII was a great supporter of Valtorta's writings, explaining: “Publish this work as it is. There is no need to give an opinion on its origin, whether it be extraordinary or not; whoever reads it will understand.” Other eminent Catholic leaders and intellectuals have been influential supporters of Valtorta's revelations after studying her writings, in addition to the former Pope.
They include the Jesuit cardinal Augustine Bea, himself an ecumenical star at Vatican II,
to Msgr. Hugo Lattanzi, a former dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical Lateran University, to Fr. Gabriel M. Roschini, the renowned Church Mariologist and philosopher, as well as Fr. Gabriele Allegra, famous for translating the entire Bible into Chinese. Fr. Allegra, who was the first Scriptural scholar to be beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2002 and is currently awaiting canonization, once wrote: “ I hold that the work of Valtorta demands a supernatural origin.”
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