What the Church teaches:

By freeing some individuals from the earthly evils of hunger, injustice, illness and death, Jesus performed messianic signs. Nevertheless he did not come to abolish all evils here below, but to free men from the gravest slavery, sin, which thwarts them in their vocation as God’s sons and causes all forms of human bondage.

— Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 549

What Xavier University teaches:

The gospel’s description of Jesus curing sickness is not meant to arouse astonishment but to teach about the way in which God’s rule is to destroy all forms of evil, spiritual and physical.

— Ken Overberg, S.J., 5 February 2012

After citing paragraph 549 of the Catechism in his wonderful book, Catholic Christianity, Peter Kreeft observes, “The sharpest distinction between traditional, orthodox Catholicism and Modernist, ‘liberal,’ revisionist Catholicism is probably right here.”

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