The bishop has particularly requested organisers cancel a prayer meeting on November 8 at Fiuggi promoting the presence of Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic, one of the six Medjugorje seers linked to the phenomenon.
Bishop Loppa explained that his prohibition action was in accordance with the “rules for proceeding in the discernment of alleged apparitions and revelations” and that the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith is continuing the “examination of the aspects of doctrine and discipline of the facts of Medjugorje”.
The bishop also referred to the Zadar Declaration of April 10, 1991, which stated: “On the basis of the investigations, so far it cannot be affirmed that one is dealing with supernatural apparitions and revelations.”
He added that it was for this reason and to avoid confusion and scandal, “it is not permitted to the clergy and faithful of the Diocese to participate in any meetings, conferences or public celebrations in which the public would take for granted the reliability of such phenomena.”
The bishop concludes by reminding pastors of “the obligation to make public the prohibition to participate in such meetings and dissociation from similar initiatives, which cause bewilderment among the faithful and are not in communion with the Bishop.”
However, what is certain to create confusion is that bishop Loppa’s name appears on a promotional poster as providing the address welcoming participants to the prayer event in Fiuggi!
UPDATE: October 25... Another Italian bishop, Domenico Sigalini, is also featured on the poster which advertises a second prayer event, on November 9, in the bishop’s Diocese of Palestrini. Monsignor Sigalini is pictured and listed as the main celebrant for Holy Mass, although the poster is unclear if this is for both prayer days or just the event in the Palestrina diocese.
It’s unlikely a similar prohibition would be imposed by bishop Sigalini who is president of Italy’s Episcopal Commission of Laity. He has made pilgrimages to Medjugorje and witnessed first hand all that happens there. His first visit to Medjugorje was in 2008 for the Youth Festival.
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Vicka’s visit to Fiuggi
However, Ivan Dragicevic is scheduled to give witness in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, Austria on November 15, the diocese of Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.