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Tomislav Vlasic is prohibited from “participating -in any form- as a minister in the celebration of the Eucharist or any other public worship ceremony.”


Brescia – Italy (10/26/2020, 16:50, Gaudium Press) The Italian diocese of Brescia announced last Friday that the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) reported the July 15 excommunication of Tomislav Vlasic, a former priest and spiritual director of the “seers” of Medjugorje.

Tomislav Vlasic, who lives in Brescia and presented himself as the spiritual director of seers, was dismissed from the clerical state in 2009, 11 years ago.

At that time, he was under suspicion of “heresy and schism.” He was accused of “propagating questionable doctrines, manipulating consciences, suspicious mysticisms, disobedience to legitimate orders and contempt for the sixth commandment,” which commands not to commit acts against chastity.

The decree of the CDF “declared that Vlasic incurred the penalty of excommunication,” which can only be lifted by the Holy See. It also added that Vlasic “has never fulfilled the prohibitions imposed on him in the canonical penal precept issued by the same Congregation on March 10, 2009.

When he was expelled from the clerical state, Vlasic was forbidden to carry out any form of apostolic work, especially concerning Medjugorje.

“Throughout these years,” continues the communiqué from the Diocese of Brescia, “he continued to carry out the activity of an apostolate with individuals and groups, both at conferences and through the media.” Furthermore, ” he continued to call himself a religious and priest of the Catholic Church, simulating the celebration of sacraments, which were not valid; he continued to cause serious scandal among the faithful, committing acts gravely detrimental to ecclesial communion and to obedience to church authorities.”

Prohibited from participating as a minister in the celebration of the Eucharist or any other public worship ceremony

According to the decree of excommunication, Tomislav Vlasic is explicitly forbidden “from taking part in any way as a minister of the celebration of the Eucharist or any other ceremony of public worship, of celebrating sacraments or sacramentals, of receiving the sacraments or exercising any kind of church office, ministry or function.”

Finally, the declaration specifies that if “Mr. Vlasic” wished to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist or any act of public worship, “the liturgical action must be interrupted unless a serious cause opposes it,” specifies the Congregation.

Medjugorje: ancient history and Vatican attitudes

In May 2019, Pope Francis authorized pilgrimages to the Marian shrine in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, provided that they did not imply a recognition of the supposed apparitions, since the Vatican is still studying them.

The alleged apparitions began in June 1981, when six children affirmed to experience phenomena that would be apparitions of the Virgin Mary with a message of peace for the world, a call to conversion, prayer and fasting, and certain secrets surrounding future events.

Also, it is said that three of the six children who are now young adults continue to receive apparitions every afternoon because not all the “secrets” proposed to them have been revealed.

Since their beginning, the “apparitions” have been a source of controversy and conversion.

In January 2014, a Vatican commission, presided by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, concluded a nearly four-year investigation into the supposed Medjugorje apparitions’ doctrinal and disciplinary aspects and presented a document to CDF. The document is still under study. When the Congregation finishes its work, a report will be sent to the Pope, and he will make the final decision.

Pope Francis and the supposed apparitions

As Pope Francis said in May 2017, during the flight back to Rome after he visited Fatima, the document under study distinguishes the first Marian apparitions in Medjugorje and the subsequent ones.

About the “supposed current apparitions,” said Francis, “the report has its doubts.” (JSG)

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