The tree stump apparition
Has the Virgin Mary appeared in a tree stump in Limerick? I don't think anyone is seriously suggesting that she has. But the stump has a marian shape to end. End of story.
Fr Paul Finnerty, a spokesman for the diocese of Limerick, says: "The Church's response to phenomena of this type is one of great scepticism. While we do not wish in any way to detract from devotion to Our Lady, we would also wish to avoid anything which might lead to superstition."
That comment will fell a few rhetorical trees. Where does "superstition" start and where does it end?
Update: Watch Mark Simpson's report on the tree stump.