What the LDS Church Can Learn From the Catholic Response to Fundamentalism

From 1970 to 1995, Veronica Luekin reported ecstatic visions of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. As the visions become more widely reported, Luekin developed a following that culminated in the building of a shrine in Bayside, New York. Her visions reported that the end was near and that a Vatican infiltration caused the Second Vatican Council.

Lueken is one of many women whose intense religious experiences led to resurgences in Catholic traditionalism. However, despite their controversial beliefs and practices, traditionalist Catholics are not always condemned by Catholic leadership. I argue that the lack of condemnation benefits the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy and leads to less schism in the Catholic movement and that the LDS Church can learn something from this approach.

Cristina Rosetti, Brian Hauglid