No Ecclesiastical permission is required for publication of revelations,
visions, or miracles.
Permission not required
Ecclesiastical permission is not required for publication of revelations,
visions, miracles or for the frequenting of non-recognized places of
A decree of the “Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine
and the Faith” was published in the "Official Acts of the
Holy See" (A.A.S.) 58/16, dated December 29, 1966.
Articles 1399 and 2318 of Canon Law are abrogated by this
This decree of abrogation was approved October 14, 1966
by His Holiness the Sovereign Pontiff Paul Vl, who ordered at the same
time its publication.
This approval by the Holy Father took place during an
audience accorded to His Eminence Cardinal Ottaviani, Pro-Prefect for
the “Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine and the Faith.”
The decree was made in Rome, November 15, 1966. It bears
the signatures of: A. Cardinal Ottaviani, Pro-Prefect; P. Parente, Secretary.
The decree took effect three months after
its publication, hence on March 29, 1967.
The Canon 1399 forbade by right the publication of certain books such
as those that deal with revelations, visions, prophecies and miracles.
Pope Paul VI
This Canon has been repealed. This means that as far as
these publications are concerned, the prohibition is lifted as to their
being bound by ecclesiastical law.
This means that henceforth Catholics are permitted
without need of Imprimatur, or of
Nihil Obstat, or any other permission, to
publish accounts of revelations, visions, prophecies and miracles.
course these publications must not put in danger Faith or Morals: this
is the general rule which every Catholic must follow in all his actions,
even journalists — especially journalists.
No prohibition against seers
There is hence no longer any prohibition concerning the narrative of seers,
be they recognized or not by Ecclesiastical Authority.
All the more reason
is it permitted for Catholics to frequent places of Apparitions, even
those not recognized by the Ordinaries of the diocese or by the Holy Father:
Granted that the Catholic visitors who frequent these places must respect Faith and Morals. However, they are not subject to any ecclesiastical
discipline, not even for their public prayers.
Canon 2318 carried penalties against those who violated the laws of censure
and prohibition. It has been abrogated since 1966.
Therefore, publication of the 36 volumes of the Book
of Heaven is permitted.