ROME (AP) – The Vatican took the unusual step of suppressing a small Italian secular movement after determining that the alleged “revelations” that were the basis of its founding in 1979 were false.
The dissolution of the Apostolic Movement, based in Catanzaro, Italy, and present in several European and African countries, is the latest step taken by Pope Francis to suppress religious orders and Catholic movements at the local level. These groups were often encouraged under the previous two Popes, but in many cases they turned out to have serious governance, financial, sexual, or other issues.
In a joint decree, three Vatican offices – the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Congregation for the Clergy and the Dicastery for the Laity – ordered the dissolution of the Apostolic Movement and the distribution of its goods to charitable works.
He took action after the conclusion of a six-month investigation into concerns about the legitimacy of the movement’s origins, doctrinal, disciplinary and governance issues, as well as the “deep divisions” his presence had created among the clergy. diocesan, according to the decree.
Basically, the Vatican investigation determined that “the alleged revelations which gave birth to the Apostolic Movement through its founder, Mrs. Maria Marino, must be regarded as not having a supernatural origin”.
The decree was dated June 10 and posted this week on the website of the Archdiocese of Catanzaro, where the movement was founded as a private association of the faithful and received local diocesan approval in 2001.