In 1999 Bishop Foley issued a statement regarding the visit of Maria Lunetti to Caritas of Birmingham.  He has asked that this statement be published again.

By Most Reverend David E. Foley
Catholic Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama

     We have received a number of inquiries about the visit of Maria Lunetti (maiden name, Pavlovic), who was one of the young people associated with the alleged visions at Medjugorje in Yugoslavia.  Her visit is being sponsored by “Caritas of Birmingham,” which is a group of individuals gathered for the purpose of promoting the messages of these reported visions.  “Caritas” has absolutely no connection with the Diocese of Birmingham.

       Catholics are devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Catholics do not worship Mary.  They honor her and love her, because God chose her to be His mother.  “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28)

          The teaching of the Catholic Church is that there can be no new public revelation before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ at the end of the world.

       Throughout history there have been so-called “Private” revelations, some of which have been recognized as “private” experiences.  They are a help to people to live more fully their authentic call from Christ.  Christian faith cannot accept “revelation” that claims to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment.

     As Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, I have not, nor would I ever, discourage or have any objection to the people praying in the field.  They are devout Catholics.

       As is proper, I have not allowed Mass to be celebrated or other devotions involving the Blessed Sacrament.  This is out of reverence for the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Catholic Faith.

       Since the visions of Medjugorje are still under investigation relative to their authenticity by the Holy See, I should not give any sign of approval nor associate with events connected with these visions.


December 10, 1999