From the Vatican, The International Theological Commission (ITC) has published its findings on the Marian apparitions of Medjugorje, concluding that the first seven apparitions are intrinsically credible.
The ITC is a body of experts in theology and canon law appointed by the Pope to advise him on matters of faith and morals. The commission was tasked with examining the Medjugorje apparitions in light of Catholic teaching on Marian apparitions.
The ITC’s findings are based on a number of factors, including the psychological state of the visionaries, the environment in which they grew up, and the content of the apparitions.
The ITC found that the visionaries were not suffering from any psychological disturbances and that they did not have any ulterior motives for making their claims. The commission also found that the environment in which the visionaries grew up was conducive to Marian piety, but not such as to make them expect or desire a supernatural manifestation of the Virgin Mary.
The content of the apparitions also led the ITC to conclude that they are intrinsically credible. The messages of the apparitions focus on peace, conversion, and prayer, which are all themes that are consistent with Catholic teaching.
The ITC’s findings are not a definitive judgment on the authenticity of the Medjugorje apparitions. However, they do provide strong evidence that the first seven apparitions are credible.
The ITC’s findings are a welcome development for those who have been praying for the Church to recognize the Medjugorje apparitions. The commission’s report is a significant step forward in the process of evaluating the apparitions, and it will be eagerly awaited by those who have been following the case.
In addition to the ITC’s findings, there are a number of other factors that suggest that the Medjugorje apparitions are credible. For example, the apparitions have led to a great deal of spiritual growth and conversion among the visionaries and the pilgrims who have visited Medjugorje. The apparitions have also been the source of many miracles and healings.
While the ITC’s findings do not provide definitive proof of the authenticity of the Medjugorje apparitions, they do provide strong evidence that the first seven apparitions are credible. The commission’s report is a significant step forward in the process of evaluating the apparitions, and it will be eagerly awaited by those who have been following the case.
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