DECLARATION CONCERNING ALLEGED APPARITIONS
OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY AT MOTHER CABRINI SHRINE
AND OTHER PLACES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE
On December 9, 1991, I appointed a commission to investigate alleged
apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Mother Cabrini Shrine
and other places within the Archdiocese of Denver to Theresa Antonia
Lopez. On February 22, 1994, the commission completed its investigation
and presented its findings to me.
As Archbishop of Denver, I have concluded that the alleged apparitions
of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Theresa Antonia Lopez are devoid of
any supernatural origin.
Because of my concern for the spiritual welfare of the people of
God, I direct the faithful to refrain from participating in or promoting
para-liturgical or liturgical services related to the alleged apparitions.
Furthermore, anyone encouraging devotion to these alleged apparitions
in any way is acting contrary to my wishes as Archbishop of Denver.
It remains my constant hope that all the faithful will promote devotion
to our Blessed Lady in the many forms which have been approved by
the Catholic Church.
J. Francis Stafford
Archbishop of Denver
March 9, 1994