[Trending Video] 7 Moving Statues of Jesus Christ Caught on Camera: A Catholic Perspective


In recent times, the internet has been abuzz with videos claiming to capture statues of Jesus Christ moving. These videos are intriguing and have garnered millions of views. While some see them as miraculous occurrences, others are more skeptical, dismissing them as hoaxes or tricks of the light. As a Catholic scholar, I want to delve into what the Catholic Church has to say about phenomena like this.

Understanding Miracles in Catholic Teaching

Before diving into the subject of moving statues, it’s important to clarify what the Catholic Church teaches about miracles. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes miracles as signs that bear witness to a specific divine act. Miracles manifest “a transcendent intervention of God himself” and are meant to lead to conversion or deepen faith (CCC 547). They’re not just random shows of divine power; they have a purpose.

Public vs Private Revelations

Catholic theology distinguishes between Public Revelation and Private Revelation. Public Revelation refers to the truths of faith that God has revealed through Scripture and Tradition, which are considered universal and necessary for salvation. Private Revelations, on the other hand, are individual experiences of divine presence or messages, like visions, which are not required for belief by all the faithful.

According to the Catechism, “Even if they have been approved by the Church, [private revelations] do not improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but help live more fully by it in a certain period of history” (CCC 67). Therefore, even if a statue were to move and be declared a miracle, it wouldn’t add anything to the faith that wasn’t already there.

The Role of the Church in Evaluating Miracles

The Church has a responsibility to discern the authenticity of purported miracles. Rigorous investigation by theological experts and Church authorities is often required. This is to ensure that the faith is not misled by falsehoods or misunderstandings.

“The bishops have the right to demand that writings to be published by the Christian faithful which touch upon faith or morals be submitted to their judgment” (Canon Law 823). Hence, if something as extraordinary as a moving statue is reported, it is within the Church’s jurisdiction to examine it meticulously.

What About Moving Statues?

Now, what about these moving statues of Jesus Christ? Should we immediately see them as signs from God? Well, it’s complicated.

Firstly, the Church would need to investigate such occurrences thoroughly. This involves both scientific and theological assessments. Usually, the Church is very cautious about declaring something a miracle. This caution helps to prevent the faithful from being deceived and ensures that any genuinely miraculous events are accurately recognized.

Secondly, the “moving statue” would need to pass several tests. Is it drawing people closer to God, or is it causing division or superstition? What are the fruits of this phenomenon? “By their fruit you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:16).

A Word of Caution

As fascinating as these videos may be, it’s essential to approach them with discernment and not let them overshadow the core teachings of our faith. The Catholic Church warns against superstitious practices. The Catechism states, “Superstition is a deviation of religious feeling and of the practices this feeling imposes. It can even affect the worship we offer the true God” (CCC 2111).

Therefore, while it may be tempting to see these moving statues as proof of our faith, it’s crucial to remember that our faith is not based on miracles, but on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Jesus himself said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

Theological Opinions vs Universal Teachings

It’s important to distinguish between what is a universal teaching of the Church and what might be considered a theological opinion. The Church’s stance on miracles and private revelations are universal teachings, based on Scripture and Tradition. On the other hand, opinions on individual occurrences, like a particular moving statue, would fall into the category of theological opinions until the Church officially investigates and gives a pronouncement.


In summary, while the videos of moving statues are undoubtedly intriguing, they need to be approached with caution and discernment, in line with the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. Until the Church has made an official pronouncement, these phenomena remain the subject of personal belief and should not divert us from the essence of our faith: the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As St. Paul puts it, “So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter” (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

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Note: While content aims to align with Catholic teachings, any inconsistencies or errors are unintended. For precise understanding, always refer to authoritative sources like the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Always double-check any quotes for word-for-word accuracy with the Bible or the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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