letter sent last month to the general secretary of the USCCB, the apostolic
nuncio to the United States reminded US bishops that the alleged Marian apparitions
at Medjugorje have not been approved by the Vatican and that clergy and the faithful are
not to participate in events supporting or celebrating the “seers” and their
messages as genuine.
The letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano to Msgr. Ronny
Jenkins, written at the behest of Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of
the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, was sent on to all US bishops, Catholic
News Agency has confirmed. The letter was prompted by two scheduled appearances
by Medjugorje “seer” Ivan
Dragicevic, one in Danvers, Massachusetts and one in Greenville, Rhode
events were canceled days after Vigano’s letter was sent.
full letter is included below, image via Rorate Caeli.
alleged apparitions at Medjugorje began in 1981, when six children claimed to
have been visited by the Virgin Mary. They claim the visions have continued on
a daily basis since that time; the small town in Bosnia-Herzegovina has become a
popular pilgrimage site, with many reports of supernatural events and
In 1991 the Yugoslav Episcopal Conference released an assessment of the
alleged apparitions, stating, “On the basis of the research that has been done,
it is not possible to state that there were apparitions or supernatural
revelations.” The Vatican is currently investigating the authenticity of the
Medjugorje seers’ claims.