- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 15, 2006

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels withdrew its invitation to host a Christian unity conference after officials learned that one speaker claims to speak with God and Jesus.

Monsignor Kevin Kostelnik, the cathedral pastor, acted over concern that the Jan. 28 event would spotlight Greek Orthodox laywoman Vassula Ryden, who has attracted attention with reports of the sacred conversations, the Los Angeles Times reported last week.

In 1995, the Vatican “cautioned Catholics that Ms. Ryden’s ‘revelations’ were merely the result of private meditations and contained doctrinal errors” and advised bishops against disseminating her ideas, Monsignor Kostelnik wrote to sponsors.

Miss Ryden told newspapers in 1995 that God gave her permission to change the messages and explained that it’s possible a perfect God regretted something He said.

An ad in the archdiocesan newspaper for the meeting said Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant leaders would discuss “a new era of relations” among Christians.

A Catholic sponsor of the meeting, Claire Mansour, called the monsignor’s actions “a betrayal by my church.”

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