DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     January 22-24, 1999     vol. 10, no. 15

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DIOCESE ISSUES REPORT ON INVESTIGATION OF AUDREY SANTO

          WORCESTER, Massachusetts (CWNews.com) - The bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, issued the report on Wednesday of a commission he had asked to investigate claims of supernatural activity related to a severely impaired teenage girl.

          Bishop Daniel P. Reilly, in introducing the report, said that the commission had found nothing that would negatively impact the Catholic faithful, but cautioned that further investigations must be performed. "The most striking evidence of the presence of God in the Santo home is seen in the dedication of the family to Audrey," he said. "Their constant respect for her dignity as a child of God is a poignant reminder that God touches our lives through the love and devotion of others."

          The report, which followed a year-long study, said that the mysterious manifestations of oils and other substances in the home are in and of themselves not evidence of the legitimacy of claims that Audrey is a miraculous intercessor with God. And the investigators cautioned against the faithful praying "to" Audrey rather than praying "for" her. "Our faith teaches us to pray to God and to pray for the intercession of the saints," the report said. "Therefore, the distribution of a 'Prayer to Audrey' should cease immediately."

          The commission said additional study of the matter is needed, including study of the composition of the oils, as well as determining Audrey's ability to recognize and respond to stimuli. "In the case of Audrey herself, more study is needed from medical and other professionals regarding her level of awareness and her ability to communicate with the people around her," Bishop Reilly said. "This is critical to the basis of the claim of her ability to intercede with God."

          Audrey has been bed-ridden and unable to speak or care for herself since nearly drowning when she was 5-years-old eleven years ago. Miraculous occurrences in her home, including religious statues and icons weeping oil and consecrated hosts bleeding, prompted people to begin asking her to pray for them in order to effect miraculous cures and other events.


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January 22-24, 1999       volume 10, no. 15
NEWS & VIEWS

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