Recently, a letter was published that clarifies the Vatican’s position regarding the devotion to the Virgin Mary “Lady of All Nations,” which even today is widespread in some places, and which we will discuss below. It’s not an official document of the Holy See—as the defenders of these supposed Marian revelations have been quick to point out—but a letter sent by the papal nuncio in Lebanon to Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï, patriarch of Antioch and of the entire Maronite Church (one of the Eastern Catholic rites).
The missive, dated July 20, is the response to a request for information on the matter, and Archbishop Joseph Spiteri, the Pope’s representative in Lebanon, limits himself to transmitting the firm position of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican dicastery in charge of doctrinal matters, which “has pointed out that the Notification published on May 25, 1974, available on its website, is still valid.” In this way, two things become clear. The first is that, although the alleged revelations of Amsterdam continue to be spread in certain Catholic circles, the position of the Holy See has been clear for decades. The second: however much the defenders of certain apparitions vociferate about supposed ecclesiastical approvals after documents that reject them, the subsequent silence of the hierarchy cannot be interpreted as a tacit change of position.