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August 3, 2009

The Troubling Aspects of Catholic Marian Apparitions

Below are a few links which reveal the troubling aspects of the various Marian apparitions of the Latin Church, especially those of Medjugorje which is even opposed by the Vatican, and why Orthodox Christians should avoid them and not give devotion to them. Various perspectives are given and I do not necessarily endorse every view point, but the information is valid to help form your own conclusion regarding these events which are fundamentally opposed to Orthodox Marian devotion. Especially consider the fact that the Medjugorjian visions occurred on the same Hill of Vision that was the site of a massacre of Orthodox Christian Serbs by Roman Catholic Croats in 1941. Consider also the visions of Fatima and Lourdes are a direct attack on Orthodox teachings of the Virgin Mary and that of Fatima especially seeks justification to bring Papal authority to the Russians and other Orthodox formerly living under Communist conditions.

Visions Outside the Church

The Marian Apparitions: Divine Intervention or Delusion?

Journey to Medjugorje

Mary-Making in Herzegovina: From Apparitions to Partitions

The Myth of Medjugorje

Marian Apparitions and the Yugoslav Crisis

Medjugorje, Successful Satanic Cult


Globalization and Medjugorje

Medjugorje -- A False Apparition

Medjugorje Deception or Miracle?

Politicizing the Virgin Mary: The Instance of the Madonna of Medjugorje

The Medjugorje Hoax

The Troublesome Priest of Medjugorje

Vatican Denounces Group's Claim of Seeing the Virgin Mary More than 40,000 Times as 'work of the devil'

The Appearances At Fatima And ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY


The Vatican and Russia

Former Soviet Country Celebrates Lourdes Apparitions (This is unfortunate!)

The Most Holy Mother of Jesus (This also is unfortunate, along with a creepy "Agni Parthene" being chanted in the background)