Vatican to U.S. bishops: Medjugorje authenticity cannot be taken for granted

MedjugorjeThe Vatican ambassador to the U.S. recently sent a letter to the U.S. Catholic bishops regarding the reported apparitions at Medjugorje. The letter was sent at the request of Archbishop Gerhard Muller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and reminds the U.S. bishops that:

 

“On the basis of the research that has been done, it is not possible to state that there were apparitions or supernatural revelations.

It follows, therefore, that clerics and the faithful are not permitted to participate in meetings, conferences or public celebrations during which the credibility of such ‘apparitions’ would be taken for granted.”

The letter was sent because one of the alleged visionaries, Ivan Dragicevic, was scheduled to visit several parishes in the U.S. in late October. The letter states, “It is anticipated, moreover, that Mr. Dragicevic will be receiving ‘apparitions’ during these scheduled appearances.” Dragicevic’s tour was cancelled.

While dioceses are not allowed to make official pilgrimages to Medjugorje, the Vatican has said that Catholics are free to visit the town and pray there, and the local diocese is to provide pastoral care to pilgrims.

For more on the Medjugorje letter, visit the National Catholic Register blog posts by Pat Archbold and Jimmy Akin.

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