Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 23 There will be no further Revelation 66 “The Christian economy, therefore, since it is the new and definitive Covenant, will never pass away; and no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 28 Yet even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries. 67 Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revela­ tions, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church. Christian faith cannot accept “revelations” that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such “revelations.” IN BRIEF 68 By love, God has revealed himself and given himself to man. He has thus provided the definitive, super- abundant answer to the questions that man asks him- self about the meaning and purpose of his life. 69 God has revealed himself to man by gradually com- municating his own mystery in deeds and in words. 70 Beyond the witness to himself that God gives in cre- ated things, he manifested himself to our first parents, spoke to them and, after the fall, promised them sal- vation (cf. Gen 3:15) and offered them his covenant. 71 God made an everlasting covenant with Noah and with all living beings (cf. Gen 9:16). It will remain in force as long as the world lasts. 72 God chose Abraham and made a covenant with him and his descendants. By the covenant God formed his people and revealed his law to them through Moses. 28 DV 4; cf. 1 Tim 6:14; Titus 2:13. 94 84 93