Religion: Too Great an Honor

The Roman Catholic Church, traditionally circumspect in the matter of miracles, had for weeks remained aloof while the legend of Pierrette Regimbal grew & grew (TIME, Oct. 1). The legend said that 13-year-old Pierrette had been visited by St. Francis of Assisi, could work miraculous cures.* The Church noted that thousands of ailing pilgrims were visiting Pierrette's homemade grotto in predominantly Catholic Quebec, and that hundreds of others were writing to beg shipments of water from Pierrette's well.

Last week the Church decided that things had gone far enough. The Most Reverend Joseph Aldee Desmarais, Bishop of Amos (Quebec) diocese, issued a...

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