Skip to content
Catholic Online SHopping 20% off RE-Grand Opening SALE

RE-Grand Opening
FREE Shipping over $49 (lower 48)

Is the Holy See taking action against Medjugorje?

By Matt C. Abbott
5/14/2015 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

News from Italy is that Ivan Dragicevic's scheduled witness at Saint Bartholomew Church in Mestrino (Padua) on May 22 has been cancelled by the local ordinary, Archbishop Antonio Mattiazzo.

Catholic Christians who are familiar with the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, might be interested in the following developments. Although a definitive judgment has yet to be announced by the Church-a commission formed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been, or was, investigating Medjugorje over the last few years-there have been recent indications that the Holy See deems the alleged apparitions not worthy of belief.

Highlights

By Matt C. Abbott
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
5/14/2015 (2 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Medjugorje, Marian, Mary, Vatican, apparitions, Matt C. Abbott


CHICAGO, IL (Catholic Online) - Catholic Christians who are familiar with the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, might be interested in the following developments.

Although a definitive judgment has yet to be announced by the Church-a commission formed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been, or was, investigating Medjugorje over the last few years-there have been recent indications that the Holy See deems the alleged apparitions not worthy of belief.

According to Crown of Stars,  a pro-Medjugorje blog:

News from Italy is that Ivan Dragicevic's scheduled witness at Saint Bartholomew Church in Mestrino (Padua) on May 22 has been cancelled by the local ordinary, Archbishop Antonio Mattiazzo.

The event organizer claims that permission was granted earlier but revoked by the archbishop to comply with a Vatican directive.

Last week Medjugorje seer Vicka Ivankovic cancelled her planned visit to Sao Paolo later this month.

Vicka had been invited to the jubilee ordination celebration for Father Guiseppe Sometti, an Italian priest who has pastored in Brazil for the past 40 years and takes care of abandoned children and addicts.

It was also planned for Vicka to testify in Sao Paolo to the Medjugorje phenomenon.
No reason has been given by the organizer ANSPAZ for Vicka's cancellation, other than to post a note on its website stating the seer is unable to attend Father Sometti's 50th anniversary celebration of his priesthood.

Another Medjugorje seer cancelled her visit to South America in January. Marija Pavlovic had been invited to witness in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela but organizers gave notice that the seer had cancelled 'due to personal reasons.'
      
And in March 2015 there was this news item out of St. Louis:

Earlier this month, Archbishop Robert Carlson addressed a memo to priests and deacons in the archdiocese:

'I have received a request from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to remind everyone that they are not to participate in events that promote the so-called visionaries of Medjugorje and in particular Mr. Ivan Dragicevic.'

Prior to the March 3 memo, Dragicevic had been scheduled to speak at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, about 25 miles from St. Louis."

In recent days, a source informed me that the aforementioned Vatican commission has concluded that the alleged apparitions are false, "but because of the publicity surrounding [them] and the potential chaos that could result from the announcement, the authorities in Rome are sitting on it for now."

I asked veteran Catholic journalist John L. Allen Jr., associate editor at The Boston Globe and Crux, if he could verify what I was told by my source.

Mr. Allen responded:

"What you describe has actually been the case for a while, reaching back at least to the time when [Cardinal Tarcisio] Bertone was in the [Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith]. The dilemma is wanting to back up the local bishops versus not wanting to impugn the legitimate spiritual fruits."

EWTN theologian Colin B. Donovan writes:

"These 2013 letters [from Church officials regarding the alleged seers of Medjugorje] clearly represent a change of pastoral attitude on the part of the Holy See, one which began before the end of the pontificate of Pope Benedict and which has now been affirmed by Pope Francis.

An attitude of seeming tolerance has been replaced with a firm call for acceptance of the ecclesiastical judgments made to date, or at least publicly acting in accordance with them. Whether this is simply to dispose all parties (pro and con) to accept the final judgment of the Church when the pope issues it, whatever that judgment may be, or, in view of a decision of the same character as the previous ones, remains to be seen..

From the most recent statements of ecclesiastical authority it is clear that no Catholic may participate in events which presume the authenticity of Medjugorje. The older statements emphasized only the prohibition of those holding an office in the Church (bishop, pastor, rector, chaplain or other) who would, by virtue of that office, tend to lend official sanction to Medjugorje, and thus contradict the decisions of the competent local authorities.

Those earlier statements proscribed pilgrimages organized under official auspices; however, common sense suggests that a conference or other activity sponsored by a diocese, parish or other Catholic institution was also prohibited."

--------------------------------------------

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He's been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for AUGUST 2017
Artists.
That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.


Comments


More Europe

Pope Francis calls for prayers following terror attacks in Spain, Finland Watch

Image of Terror attacks in Barcelona have killed 14 people. Pope Francis has appealed for peace and prayers.

Pope Francis has asked the world to pray for peace and healing in the wake of terror attacks in Spain which left 14 dead and up to 130 ... continue reading


BREAKING: Terror attack in Barcelona leaves at least 13 dead, dozens injured Watch

Image of An officer walks past the van used in the attack.

A terror attack in Barcelona has killed at least 13 people and left dozens dead. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A terrorist has ... continue reading


The fountains in the Vatican are going off, here's the sad reason why Watch

Image of The fountains at the Vatican are bring switched off over the coming several days.

The Vatican has turned off its fountains, all one hundred of them, to show solidarity with Rome and aid in water conservation. Italy is ... continue reading


Video captures moment killer quake strikes in Greece Watch

Image of A 6.7 quake caused damage across the Aegean Sea early Friday morning. Two people are confirmed dead.

A deadly earthquake has struck in the Aegean between Greece and Turkey, shaking people awake in the early morning hours of Friday. Two ... continue reading


Vatican says report on abuse in Germany shows progress in fight against abuse Watch

Image of The report found that over 500 boys had been subjected to abuse, mostly corporal punishment, between 1945 and 1994.

A member of Pope Francis' commission to protect minors says a new report on the abuse of more than 500 choir boys in Germany points to a ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.