[UPDATE, March 2nd: There’s now an official full English translation of Bishop’s statement on the diocesan website.]
In a statement entitled Medjugorje ‘apparitions’ in first seven days (Croatian, Italian) published yesterday on diocesan website, bishop Perić, Medjugorje ordinary, repeated again his position (and the position of his predecessor) on the Medjugorje phenomenon.
Bishop Perić pointed out that there were in all 4 commissions investigating Medjugorje ‘apparitions’, last of them being the Ruini commission which acted from 2010 to 2014. It appears that the examination of the case by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith that followed the Ruini commission also finished because the Bishop says it lasted from 2014 to 2016.
To why the Bishop decided to publish this I don’t know. It may be because all the fuss Pope’s decision to name special delegate to Medjugorje created in the Church in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Some even saying Pope taking bishop Perić the authority over it (which is absolutely not true). Pope’s decision is near. Only couple of months away. It is maybe because of that that the Bishop felt it was good to repeat his position.
“The position of this chancery during all this time has been clear and resolute: this is not a credible apparition of the Virgin Mary” bishop Perić wrote. He continues with stating the reasons why Medjugorje ‘apparitions’ are not credible (referring to the first seven days of the alleged apparitions): the vision that is supposed to be appearing in Medjugorje acts contrary to the true Mother of God, the ‘seers’ lied and still continue to lie about the first day of the ‘apparitions’ (it was on the 24th not 25th), when describing the figure ‘seers’ have different opinions: one says her dress is blue, one brown and others that it’s gray, false statements and false promises of the vision, etc.
Bishop concludes: “Considering everything that this chancery so far researched and studied, including the the research of the first seven days of alleged apparitions, we can calmly say: Our Lady did not appear in Medjugorje! That is the truth we hold on to and we believe to the Lord’s words that “the truth will set us free”.