I READ WITH interest your article "Rome clarifies shrine stance" (Catholic Herald, 30 August) on Medjugorje. If Rome has stated that parishes and Dioceses may not organise official pilgrimages to this site, then I would like to know what effect this statement has when the alleged seers visit this country and claim to have apparitions while over here, as has occured at Aylesford Priory, on the Medjugorje days of prayer.
Will it now fall to the Ordi nary of the Diocese in which Aylesford lies, to make a judgment on the authenticity of the apparitions which have allegedly occurred there? Surely by hosting such events at an established Catholic shrine, the Friars would appear to be lending official status and credence to events which, as your article stated, have not yet been authenticated and which indeed may never be.
Kevin Rowles Tivickenham, Middlesex