Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles lifts the 1951 ban on the public veneration of Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Grace
November 18, 2009 4 Comments
BATANGAS CITY — Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles confirmed that he had lifted the 1951 ban on the public veneration of Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Grace.
In a phone interview Tuesday night, Arguelles said he lifted the ban on Nov. 12 as “there was nothing wrong in praising apparitions” as he was well-aware of “the love of the people for the Blessed Mother.”
“The Blessed Mother has [protected] the country from calamities,” he said.
When Arguelles declared the official lifting of the 1951 ban on Nov. 12, it was the 61st anniversary of the last of the series of apparitions to Castillo which occurred from September to November in 1948.
Arguelles stressed: “My order on Nov. 12 was merely a ‘relifting’ of Gaviola’s order.”
He also said that last month, he went to Rome to ask permission to search the archives for documents pertaining to the controversial apparitions but no such documents were found.
The Lipa Archbishop said that at 3 p.m. every 12th day of the month, the rosary is prayed by devotees from different towns in Batangas and from all over the country.
Source: Marrah Erika Lesaba, Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/18/2009)
Monk’s Hobbit’s Notes:
I have heard Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, D.D. say mass a few times. Unbelievable. This bishop is a real preacher and catechist. His homilies are long and steeped in church doctrine. In a Holy Triduum years ago, he explained, for example, that the vestments are red because of the festive nature of the celebration. And he explained many other things. You would think that he is already giving a homily. But the mass has not yet begun! Unbelievable. If he comes to say mass in a church near you, don’t miss him.