The Lady of All Nations Appartions Now
6/8/2002 -- THE DECLARATION BY BISHOP JOSEPH PUNT REGARDING THE SUPERNATURAL
AUTHENTICITY OF THE APPARITIONS OF THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS
In Response to Inquiries Concerning the Lady of All Nations Apparitions
As Bishop of Haarlem/Amsterdam, I have been requested to make a statement
regarding the authenticity of the apparitions of Mary as the Lady of All
Nations in Amsterdam during the years of 1945 - 1959. Many members of the
faithful and bishops have emphasized the urgency for clarification. I also
have been personally aware that this development of devotion, which has
spanned over 50 years, call for this.
As it is known, my predecessor, Msgr. H. Bomers and myself had previously
given permission for public veneration in 1996. As to the supernatural
character of the apparitions and contents of the messages, we did not give
our judgment, but declared that "everyone is free to make a judgment for
himself or herself according to their conscience." Having had a generally
positive attitude towards authenticity, we decided to await further development
and to "the spirit" further (cf. 1 Thes 5; 19-21).
Over the period of six subsequent years, I observed that the devotion
had taken its place in the spiritual life of millions all over the world,
and that it possesses the support of many bishops. Many experiences of
conversion and reconciliation, as well as healings and special protection
also have been reported to me. In full recognition of the responsibility
of the Holy See, it is primarily the task of the local bishop to speak
out in conscience regarding the authenticity of private revelations that
take place or have taken place within his diocese.
Therefore I have asked once again for the advice of theologians and
psychologists concerning the outcomes of previous investigations, and the
questions and objections deriving from them. Their recommendations state
that no theological or psychological impediments for a declaration of supernatural
authenticity can be found therein. I have also requested the judgment of
a number of brother bishops concerning the fruits and development of the
devotion, who within their own dioceses have experienced a strong devotion
to Mary as the Mother and Lady of All Nations. In light and virtue of all
these recommendations, testimonies, and developments, and in pondering
all this in prayer and theological reflection, I have come to the conclusion
that the apparitions of the Lady of All Nations in Amsterdam consist of
a supernatural origin.
Naturally, the influence of the human element still exists. Authentic
images and visions are always transmitted to us, in the words of Joseph
Cardinal Rateinger, Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith,
"through the filter of our senses, which carry out a work of translation.."
and "...are influenced by the potentialities and limitations of the perceiving
subject" (Cardinal Ratzinger, Theological Commentary In Preparation/or
the Release of the Third Part of the Secret ofFatima, L 'Osservatore Romano,
June 28, 20OO)
Unlike Holy Scripture, private revelations arc never binding upon the
conscience of the faithful. They are a help in understanding the signs
of the times and to help live more fully the Gospel (cf. Lk 12;56, Catechism
of the Catholic Church, n. 67), And the signs of our times are dramatic.
The devotion to the Lady of All Nations can help us, in my sincere conviction,
in guiding us on the right path during the present serious drama of our
times, the path to a new and special outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Who
alone can heal the great wounds of our times.
To follow the further development of this devotion and to come to an
even deeper insight into its meaning, I have installed a commission whose
task it will be to continue to document all initiatives, experiences, and
testimonies stemming from the devotion in order to help insure and preserve
correct ecclesial and theological progress of devotion. I hope this has
provided sufficient information and clarification.
(signed) + Bishop Jozef Marianus Punt