Vatican Overturns Dutch Apparitions

Vatican Overturns Dutch Apparitions

September 18, 2020 by sd


[Rough translation, Aleteia:

“The Amsterdam apparitions are false. The “Lady of All Peoples” must not be venerated and the faithful must stop all propaganda ”, declared the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in a letter which dates back to July 20, 2020 but which has just been made public. After several decades of controversy, the fifty-six alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Ida Peerdeman were thus formally rejected by the Holy See.

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Is the Peerdeman case now closed? Young Dutch woman of the XX th century, Ida Peerdeman says he attended between 1945 and 1959, at fifty six apparitions of the Virgin as the “Lady of All Nations.” These mystical revelations were still controversial until July 20 when, at the request of Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), formerly called the “Holy Office” , clarified in a letter to the prelate the position of the Holy See regarding the visions of Ida Peerdeman. 

Although the Madonna appeared to Ida Peerdeman has, for some, many similarities with the Virgin appeared to Catherine Labouré in 1830 (globe under the feet, rays of light emanating from the hands turned downwards), the former Holy Office has confirmed a notification signed in 1974 which “considers that it is not opportune to contribute to the dissemination of the veneration of Mary as“ Lady of All Peoples.’”

On several occasions, in 1957, 1972 and 1974, the CDF confirmed the position of the Dutch bishop. However, on May 31, 1996, one of his successors, Bishop Hendrik Bomers, with permission from the CDF, subsequently authorized the public veneration of the same virgin, now that the question of the supernatural character of the apparitions themselves did not was not resolved. He reiterated his decision in a letter dated December 3, 1997.

On May 31, 2002, Bishop Jozef Marianus Punt, the next bishop, declared that the apparitions were of supernatural origin. Since then, the question remains as to whether Bishop Punt had the power to overrule his predecessor’s decision, given that the latter’s decision had been confirmed by the CDF. In an unpublished letter from July 2005, the CDF requested that the prayer associated with the apparition be changed, replacing the words “who once was Mary” with “the Blessed Virgin Mary”. The supporters of the alleged apparitions deduced that the CDF had tacitly accepted Bishop Punt’s approval.

Is the Peerdeman case closed?

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