Virgen del Rosario de San Nicolás

Why did the Catholic Church silence Gladys Motta?

For 33 years he endorsed his visions of the Virgin of the Rosary of Saint Nicholas and published the messages he received in nine books, between 1983 and 2016. Last March, the new bishop of the city definitively prohibited their public dissemination. What changed? The confusion of the faithful.

Sunday June 11, 2017

Gladys Quiroga de Motta will be 80 years old in July. She is a simple woman, fervent Catholic and with basic catechism instruction. On September 25, 1983 he had the first vision of the Virgen del Rosario de San Nicolás. Since then, the Church has accepted it as a vehicle to transmit divine messages. Until now.

Last March, the Bishop of San Nicolás, Hugo Santiago, decided to definitively end the public dissemination of the messages. He said he had the support and approval of the Vatican.

Before this drastic change in policy, nine books were published with the contents revealed by Gladys Motta, an imposing sanctuary was built with contributions from the diocese of San Nicolás to fulfill one of her visions, and millions of people made pilgrimages to that city in Buenos Aires.

The bishop's decision caused shock and confusion among those who attend the sanctuary. What are the reasons? Are there suspicions of fraud? What changed, if even Pope John Paul II considered them trustworthy?

For the Church these 33 years passed between thorns, since there was never a homogeneous criterion on the stories of women. The story grew in strength despite the reluctance of sectors of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, which made Gladys Motta carry out thorough psychiatric examinations and formed committees of theologians to determine if the messages were in accordance with doctrine.

While this was happening indoors, the rumor began to tour the chapels and repeat itself at masses, and thousands of faithful began a long pilgrimage to Saint Nicholas, which never stopped again.

33 years passed from the account of the first vision. And again, as almost always, opinions are divided. Those who believe that messages must remain public use historical and current reasons. "Gladys is not the first seer in life whom the Church seeks to discredit. Francisco, Lucia and Jacinta in Fatima, like Bernadette in Lourdes, were also ridiculed," wrote her followers in one of the analyzes they circulated. They also provide another fact to keep in mind: "There is no case of supernatural manifestation in which the Church has given ecclesial approval and then marks the end of heavenly intervention."

To these arguments, they add some recent events that do not leave Bishop Santiago standing well. They recall that when he was appointed, he publicly admitted that he was not "very involved" with the story of Gladys Motta and that he even confused the dates of the feast of the Virgin: he said that the celebration was on October 25 when it is actually September 25 . For all this, they gathered signatures and sent a letter to Pope Francis asking him to annul the action the bishop took.

However, Santiago was not the first to silence Gladys Motta. In 1990 Salvador Castagna had made the same decision.

The woman had her first vision of the Virgin on September 25, 1983, when the country was experiencing effervescence for the imminent recovery of democracy. On October 7, he revealed that he had received a specific request: that a temple be built on the banks of the Paraná River.

A few days later he first told a member of the Church. Presbyter Carlos Pérez believed him from the first moment and got him an audience with Bishop Fortunato Rossi, who received it with respect, and full of doubts.

Rossi himself admitted shortly after that he lived with "relief" his appointment as archbishop of Corrientes because it would have "cost him a lot" to join those who believed that the Virgin spoke through Motta.

Rossi was replaced by Monsignor Domingo Salvador Castagna, whose mandate lived through times as intense as they were confusing. The new bishop took all the precautions before supporting Gladys Motta. At his express request, a multidisciplinary commission began to work, which ruled that the woman did not suffer from any type of illness and that the messages were reliable. The conclusions were sent to Pope John Paul II and obtained his blessing.

Already in mid-1985, the phenomenon was unstoppable. Ten thousand copies of a small book with the compilation of messages were sold out and the Municipality of San Nicolás donated the land so that the temple could be built according to the visions.

In 1989 more than two million stamps of the Virgin had been sold and in the surroundings of El Campito, as the place was known, the premises that offered religious images multiplied. The economic crisis mercilessly hit the Argentines and the devotees came by the thousands from all over the country.

However, in 1990, Bishop Castagna - the same one who had authorized the printing of several books and who promoted the construction of the temple -, after further consultations with theologians and psychologists, decided to end the dissemination of the messages of Gladys Motta "To prevent them from becoming distorted." "We must put the accent not on the messages, which is the originating event, but on the sanctuary as the House of God, in which the image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Saint Nicholas is venerated," he argued to erase the pen policy that he had imposed over seven years.

The bishop was caught in the tangle of his marches and countermarches, which seemed to agree with unbelievers but did not make a dent in the bearers of the Marian faith. As a way of corroborating it, that same year 60,000 priests from all over the world made a pilgrimage to the sanctuary.

Times had definitely changed. The small group of devotees from the beginning, arriving from the Nicaraguan neighborhoods and from some neighboring towns, scattered in El Campito, was left in an old postcard. These were times of massive summons. San Nicolás, a city hit like no other by Menem privatizations and the brutal drainage of Somisa, its most emblematic industry, with thousands of lost jobs, only found a little comfort on the 25th of each month with the arrival of thousands and thousands of believers to see the Virgin.

In 2003, on the 20th anniversary of the first appearance revealed by Gladys Motta, oblivious to these earthly discussions, more than 400,000 people gathered in the city, confirming that the belief in a miracle was more deeply rooted than ever. That impressive figure was exceeded in 2013, with the presence of more than half a million people. The Temple of the First Vision of Women can now house 6,000 visitors inside and hundreds of thousands outside.

But neither the massive response of the faithful nor the conviction that they show, could still dispel the doubts of the ecclesiastical hierarchy.

Castagna left his place in 1995 to Mario Maulión and in 2003 Monsignor Héctor Cardelli arrived, who retired last year when he turned 75. It was then the turn of Hugo Santiago, a Santa Fe native of María Juana who had previously served as bishop of Santo Tomé.

In a very short time, Cardelli and Santiago would demonstrate that, despite the years that have passed, Gladys Motta opened a crack between the pastors of the Church. One of them considered the messages to be "real", and six months later his successor prohibited them from being broadcast again. He never said they weren't real, but the mist of doubt settled over the woman again.

Before leaving, Monsignor Cardelli left his opinion of the facts. "I worked in the consultation of experts and witnesses, and aware of the duty to monitor or intervene, I assume as the bishops who preceded me the decision to support, guide and testify about the manifestation of Saint Nicholas," said the prelate on September 22. from last year. And he detailed: "I judged the fact according to two criteria: positive and negative and in both cases there were no errors." Finally, he presented the conclusion he reached: “I made the discernment on three particular criteria, namely: the event, is it of natural origin? Can it be the work of the enemy? Is it of supernatural origin? And the answers to these questions left me with the certainty that the fruit is real and positive, that it goes beyond mere human action. ”

In this way, as a legacy prior to his retirement, Héctor Cardelli gave absolute credit to the messages that Gladys Motta says she receives from the Virgen del Rosario. For the Bishop, then, it is a miracle.

Like so many other times throughout its history, for the Catholic Church centuries become instants and six months are far in time. On March 14 of this year, Monsignor Santiago surprised parishioners with an unexpected announcement. Through a video, he explained that with the support of the Vatican he had decided "to end, definitively, the dissemination of the messages from Mrs. Gladys Motta referring to the Virgin Mary."

He then recalled that Castagna had already wanted to do it in 1990 "to consider them sufficient" and to "prevent them from becoming distorted. That is to say, that Mrs. Gladys presents as sayings of the Virgin what in reality are her own reflections ”. From there to affirm that some messages could be a fable product of the woman's imagination, there is a distance as short as between the beads of a rosary.

Until this decision by Bishop Santiago, all messages had been published. Actually, all but one from 1984; Priest Carlos Pérez revealed that he kept it to avoid generating alarm. What did he say? "Argentina is a fairly rich country and coveted by many who will go through serious situations until the time will come when the Lord will protect it," Pérez confided to a religious publication.

In San Nicolás they assure that Gladys Motta continues to receive messages almost daily and that once a month she takes them to the bishopric, as always throughout these 33 years. Her relatives say that she is calm and accepted the decision of the Church. So much so that in her daily life - although she dedicates most of her time to divine messages - she does the same things as any mother and grandmother. What strikes them most is that Bishop Santiago never received it. Many parishioners are not so understanding, they do not understand the reasons for this prohibition and the official explanations do not conform to them.

In a complicated context for the Catholic Church, with its questioned dogmas and fewer followers, the contradictions around Gladys Motta threaten to deepen the gap between the ecclesiastical hierarchy and the faithful. And open another wound in your credibility.
Oh, where are the snows of yesteryear!
I have seen marian statues of this advocation in a conservative parish,so i dont think its been banned. the statue wore a veil,had a child Jesus and a rosary. i think its ok.

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