The decree was published in Vhrbosna 1/2000, p.65 (see beginning of this article) under the title "Fra Slavko Barbaric is without the faculty of hearing confessions".
Fra Slavko seemed to obey the following June 20th when he signed the "Declaration of Pastoral Obedience", but then he continued to remain in Medjugorje as before.
Therefore on the 30th October the bishop had to confirm that he had been deprived of the faculties for hearing confession (cf. Ogledalo Pravde p. 61)
On the 24th November 2000, when he suddenly died, Fra Slavko was still in Medjugorje.
The next day, the 25th November 2000, in the monthly 'message' of the 'Gospa', we read: "I rejoice with you and wish to tell you that your brother Slavko is born in 'heaven' and is interceding for you."
Remark: This text is a translation of an Italian article "Medjugorje senza maschera" (Medjugorje unmasked) by Marco Corvaglia on his website: marcocorvaglia.blog.lastampa.it/mcor/insubordinazione.html
This journalist is in contact with Mons. Peric, bishop of Mostar, who has jurisdiction about Medjugorje.
Marco Corvaglia is the author of the book "Medjugorje: é Tutto Falso" (Medjugorje: Everything is False). See his huge website.
April 25, 2009, Mark Waterinckx, Belgium
To summarise the above report from Belgian Catholic apologist Mark Waterinckx, Fr Slavko Barbaric was a priest who was in living and acting in perpetual disobedience to his local bishop’s orders and directives. He was one of the three priests who were 'pastoring' the six 'seers' of Medjugorje. And Medjugorje is a scandal-ridden site whose alleged apparitions have never been approved by the local bishops who went so far as to categorically state that they are false.
Since the "Gospa" endorsed his disobedience and rebellion against Church authority, something the Blessed Virgin would never do, one can safely say that it is not the Mother of Jesus who appears at Medjugorje. **Crucial information on Fra Tomislav Vlasic, the other priest named in the April 25/29, 2009 letter/report of Mark Waterinckx:
From:Mark WaterinckxTo:Mark WaterinckxSent: Saturday, July 25, 2009 1:40 AM
Subject: FW: Medjugorje- guru by Pope reduced to lay status
It is now official: Father Tomislav Vlasic, the 1°'spiritual leader' of the ‘seers’ of Medjugorje, and always supported by the 'messages' of the Gospa (' Our Lady '!) from Medjugorje, has been reduced by Pope B. XVI to the lay state. He is not Father OFM anymore. He is not a priest anymore. He is even relieved of celibacy and could now theoretically marry the mother (ex-Franciscan nun) of his child Toni.
The official Italian message can be read on
It was signed on March 10 2009 by the Minister General of the Franciscans in Rome, J.R. Carballo OFM.
Ex-Father Tomislav Vlasic, is no longer allowed to speak on Medjugorje, on religious matters or apostolate, and may no longer live in the houses of the Friars Minor.
Last year he was already heavily punished by Rome and exiled because of MANIPULATION OF CONSCIENCES_DUBIOUS DOCTRINE_SUSPECTED MYSTICISM_SCHISM_DISOBEDIENCE_HERESY_CHARGES CONTRA SEXTUM with mystical motivations ...
I repeat that this cheater always by 'Our Lady of Medjugorje in her' messages' has been defended and encouraged.
Also Fr René Laurentin defended T. Vlasic as a "big charismatic leader” ...
Also the other 'holy' Father Jozo Zovko was suspended 3x and exiled by Rome from Medjugorje ...
And Father Slavko Barbaric, also declared ‘holy’ by' Our Lady of Medjugorje’, even though he died in disobedience in Medjugorje, where he had been exiled at the time of his sudden death ...
The whole card house collapses into each other. Too bad for the many pilgrims cheated ... They need our prayers now.
Our R.C. church is built on Peter the Rock and not on shifting sands of false private 'revelations'.
From: Mark WaterinckxTo:Mark WaterinckxSent: Saturday, July 25, 2009 10:06 PM
Medjugorje bombshell ex-pastor Tomislav Vlasic laicized, dismissed from Franciscan order http://catholiclight.stblogs.org/archives/2009/07/medjugorje-bomb.html
By Richard Chonak, July 24, 2009
From the blog Medjugorje senza maschera by Marco Corvaglia:
(The translation and any errors in it are my own amateur work. Background on the censures imposed on Fr. Vlasic is described in an earlier post.)
Fr. Tomislav Vlašić reduced to the lay state - Marco Corvaglia
The final word has arrived. As was reported earlier, on the 30th of May 2008, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in the person of its Secretary, Archbishop Angelo Amato, explicitly asked the bishop of Mostar, Ratko Perić (in letter no. 144/1985-27164), to make known "for the good of the faithful" the contents of a declaration by that Congregation regarding Father Tomislav Vlašić.
Let us recall a brief excerpt:
In the context of the Medjugorje phenomenon, this Dicastery is dealing with the case of the Rev. Father Tomislav Vlašić, OFM, originally from that region and the founder of the association "Kraljice Mira, potpuno tvoji - po Mariji k Isusu" [...] Confirmed reports presented to this Congregation reveal that the religious priest in question has not responded, even partially, to the ecclesiastical obedience called for in the very delicate situation he faces.
In the decree of the Congregation [see circular 939/2008, dated 8 July 2008, from the Curia of Mostar] it was written that Fr. Vlašić was suspected of "heresy and schism" and accused of "spreading questionable doctrines, manipulation of consciences, suspect mysticism, disobedience to legitimate orders and violations contra sextum (against the sixth commandment, that is). This last accusation relates to an event in 1977 (therefore prior to the "apparitions"), already reported on the page "And the Gospa said, Thanks so much to Father Tomislav; he's guiding you so well."
Today, as mentioned above, the Holy See has made a definitive pronouncement. Here is the transcription (and afterward the reproduction) of the official act, signed by the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, Father José Rodriguez Carballo. The letter of the Minister General has already been sent to all the Provincials in Italy, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina and forwarded by them to the Guardians in each province. The Guardians have in turn sent it on to all the daughter houses in their respective provinces. However, the document has not been distributed outside the order until now:
"ORDO FRATRUM MINORUM
Prot. N. 098714
To the Provincial Ministers of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Italy
Dear Brother Minister,
The Holy Father, accepting the request of friar Tomislav Vlasic, O.F.M, member of the province of friars minor of St. Bernardino of Siena (L'Aquila), responsible for conduct harmful to ecclesial communion both in the spheres of doctrine and discipline, and under a censure of interdict, has granted him the favor of reduction to the lay state (amissio status clericalis) and of dismissal from the Order.
In addition, the Holy Father has granted the petitioner, motu proprio, the remission of the censure incurred as well as the favor of dispensation from religious vows and from all the responsibilities connected with sacred ordination, including celibacy.
As a salutary penal precept - under the pain of excommunication which the Holy See would declare, and if necessary, without prior canonical warning - the following precepts are imposed on Mr. Tomislav Vlasic:
a) Absolute prohibition from exercising any form of apostolate (for example, promoting public or private devotion, teaching Christian doctrine, spiritual direction, participation in lay associations, etc.) as well as of acquiring and administering goods intended for pious purposes;
b) Absolute prohibition from releasing declarations on religious matters, especially regarding the "phenomenon of Medjugorje";
c) Absolute prohibition from residing in houses of the Order of Friars Minor.
For the execution of the serious measures imposed by the Holy See regarding Mr. Tomislav Vlasic, the same Apostolic See calls directly on the Superiors of the Order.
Therefore I turn to you, so that you make sure to instruct the Guardians and superiors of friaries about full compliance, by Tomislav Vlasic, with the pontifical measures regarding him, in particular relative to the prohibition of residing in any houses belonging to the Order of Friars Minor, under pain of removal from office.
Trusting in your full understanding and prompt cooperation, I greet you fraternally.
Vatican City, July 27, 2009 (CNA) Pope Benedict XVI has approved the laicization of Fr. Tomislav Vlasic, a priest leading the claims that the Virgin Mary has been appearing in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje. The priest has reportedly decided to leave the priesthood and his religious order.
The action follows an investigation into concerns surrounding the alleged apparitions, the Mail Online reports.
When the apparitions allegedly began in 1981, Fr. Vlasic was named as the "creator" of the phenomenon by the local Bishop of Mostar-Duvno, Pavao Zanic.
Fr. Vlasic became the "spiritual advisor" of the six children involved in the supposed apparitions. The children now say that the Virgin Mary has visited them 40,000 times over the last 28 years.
On January 25, 2008, Fr. Vlasic was suspended by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
An inquiry was made into allegations that he exaggerated stories of the Virgin Mary's appearance, taught "dubious doctrine," manipulated consciences, engaged in "suspect mysticism" and disobeyed legitimately issued orders. He was also investigated for sexual immorality after he allegedly made a nun pregnant, the Daily Mail says.
Fr. Vlasic was sent to a monastery in Lombardy, Italy and was forbidden to communicate with anyone without the permission of his superior. He was also required to take a course of theological-spiritual formation and make a solemn profession of faith.
On Sunday it emerged that Fr. Vlasic has chosen to leave the priesthood and his religious order.
Pope Benedict approved of his laicization in March, thus removing his priestly status.
According to the Daily Mail, several of the alleged Medjugorje seers now live in wealthy conditions and own expensive cars. One seer, Ivan Dragicevic, has married a former American beauty pageant queen.
The shrine at Medjugorje has attracted an estimated 30 million pilgrims. Millions of Catholics hope the Vatican will one day legitimize the alleged apparitions.
From:Mark WaterinckxTo:Mark WaterinckxSent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 7:24 PM
Subject: FW: E-mail verzenden: Pope defrocks priest over 'visions' of theVirgin Mary
The Pope has defrocked the priest at the centre of claims that the Virgin Mary has been appearing in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje.
The Vatican stripped Father Tomislav Vlašic of his priest status after an investigation into growing concerns over the alleged apparitions.
Father Vlasic was named as the 'creator' of the phenomenon by Pavao Zanic, the local bishop at the time the apparitions began in 1981.
In the midst of a spat with the local bishop and the Vatican, he had earlier made a prophecy that the Virgin Mary would appear in Bosnia.
Months later, six local children said they had seen the Virgin on a nearby hillside. Soon after Father Vlasic announced he was 'spiritual adviser' to the 'visionaries' who now claim that Our Lady has visited them 40,000 times over the last 28 years.
An estimated 30million pilgrims have visited the shrine since 1981, including many from Britain and Ireland.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, issued a ban on pilgrimages to the site but this has been widely ignored.
Father Vlasic was suspended last year by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith amid an inquiry into his conduct after three commissions failed to find evidence to support the visionaries' claims.
The Vatican also began an inquiry into claims he was guilty of sexual immorality after he made a nun pregnant.
The defrocking was secretly signed off by the Pope in March.
Father Vlasic refused to cooperate with the investigation from the outset and he was banished to a monastery in L’Aquila, Italy, where he was forbidden to communicate with anyone, even his lawyers, without the permission of his superior.
It emerged yesterday that he has chosen to leave the priesthood and his order, a move which has brought the investigation to an abrupt halt.
The defrocking of Father Vlasic means he is stripped of his priest status.
This represents a massive blow to millions of Medjugorje followers worldwide who were hoping that the Vatican would one day legitimise the controversial shrine.
The seers have grown wealthy as a result of their claims – and so has their town, which has boomed as a result of the 'Madonna gold rush'.
They also own expensive cars and have married, one of them, Ivan Dragicevic, to an American former beauty queen.
From:Mark WaterinckxTo:Mark WaterinckxSent: Tuesday, August 04, 2009 12:51 PM
Subject: FW: 4-8-09 The naked Truth about Tomislav Vlasic and Medjugorje
THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT TOMISLAV VLASIC AND MEDJUGORJE
Many recent articles of the Medjugorje-fans are incomplete, misleading and manipulative.
Please read the document (see http://www.cbismo.com/index.php?mod=vijest&vijest=227
"Fr. Tomislav Vlasic WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE MEDJUGORJE PHENOMENON" by the chancellor of the bishop of Mostar written on August 31 2008 after the severe punishments against the now ex-Fr. Tomislav Vlasic by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, dated May 30, 2008
It is clear to me that the Franciscans in Medjugorje themselves compose the so-called 'messages of the Gospa'
Tomislav Vlasic had made a Franciscan nun pregnant already in 1976. Her name was Sr. Rufina, now again Manda Kozul. Vlasic has abandoned and manipulated her in the most cruel way. Read some letters exchanged between them in "The Medjugorje Deception" by E. Michael Jones 1998 ISBN 0-929891-05-8 on p.47-50. Also published in many other books. I received copies of 13 letters via Walter Fürhoff.
These letters came by coincidence in the hands of Mr. Ott (Starnberg-Germany), Walter Fürhoff (Starnberg-Germany), Card. Ratzinger and later bishop Zanic from Mostar.
The 'love-child' Toni was born on January 25 1977.
Despite of this T. Vlasic became the spiritual leader (!) of the 'seers', after Fr. Jozo Zovko was put in jail in August 1981.
In a letter (April 13 1984) to the pope, he proposed himself as the spiritual leader of the 'seers'.
Now the Medjugorje-media try to deny this, but it was the 'Gospa' herself who approved and encouraged him as spiritual leader!!!
On February 28 1982 the Gospa said to the 'seers': "Thank very much Tomislav, who GUIDES you so well"
On June 3 1983 the Gospa says that Tomislav made a good start with the prayer-groups and added: "Let him continue" (R. Laurentin, Corpus chronologique des Messages, p.189 and p.173))
It was also T. Vlasic who invited the biggest leaders of the charismatic movement to Medjugorje. Together with Fr. Laurentin they contributed a lot to the 'success' of Medjugorje.
T. Vlasic perjured 2x before his bishop.
He was particularly close to the 2 OFM-rebels, Ivica Vego and Ivan Prusina, who were disciplined by the church, but defended by the 'Gospa'!!!
In a letter (January 5, 1985) to a friend in the Vatican (Mgr. Hnilica?) he insinuates that his bishop is a satan…
But after one of his own Sisters of his Italian community in Chieti, Prevete Alexandra Maria, on October 1, 1999, accused him of satanic séances, which she assisted, it was T. Vlasic who was removed as director of his own community, after a diocesan commission studied the case.
Cardinal Schönborn in a letter of February 17, 1998, gave permission to Fr. T. Vlasic to start with his Medjugorje-community 'Kraljica Mira' in a suburb of Vienna-Austria. But after he took contact with the archbishop of Chieti, Mgr. Eduardo Menchelli, with a new letter of February 4 2000, he changed his mind.
In the same letter of January 5, 1985, T. Vlasic writes that it was bishop Zanic who had brought the case of Medjugorje to the universal church.
On January 10, 1985 the German photographer Walter Fürhoff took pictures trough the window of the 'apparition-chapel', when Fr. T. Vlasic was dictating the 'message' for next day to Marija Pavlovic. He was discovered and was threatened, and had to run away.
In 1984 bishop Zanic called Vlasic a mystifier and a charismatic magician, and in 1985, because of disobedience, Vlasic was sent away from Medjugorje to Vitina.
But when in 1986 or 1987 I spoke in Vitina with the curate of the parish (drinking a slivovitch on a Friday=fasting day on water and bread?), he told me that his assistant T. Vlasic had disappeared from this world, without any warning…
Later T. Vlasic was found near Parma-Italy, together with a Dutch woman, Agnes Heupel…
And what happened? In 1988 Marija Pavlovic joined his community 'Kraljica Mira-Queen of Peace', because the Gospa (!) had said to her in a 'message' that this is 'Gods plan'.
"But things were not as expected. Agnes Heupel started to have her own 'messages'. T. Vlasic was fascinated by her oracles and started a 'very close' relationship with Agnes… This created a deep malaise for the other 'visionary' Marija, who did not agree with the 'messages' of his 'concurrent'. The starring of Agnes required the total effacement of Marija, and disappointed, she left the community of her 'spiritual father' T. Vlasic…" (Summary Report p.10-11 by R. Laurentin of the National Conference on Medjugorje, June 14-16, 1991,University of Notre Dame, Indiana-USA)
On July 11, 1988, Marija Pavlovic contradicts her earlier statement, saying: "My first declaration does NOT correspond to the truth (!). I have never asked the Madonna for any approval for this undertaking begun by Fr. Tomislav Vlasic and Agnes Heupel. I personally had no desire to give any sort of written declaration. Fr. Tomislav kept suggesting to me, stressing over and over again that I as seer should write the declaration that the world was waiting for." I have a copy of the handwritten and signed document from Marija in Italian.
But Marija had cooperated with this false document!!! Only after she saw that T. Vlasic had replaced her 'messages' for those of Agnes, she reacted…
In the bulletin "The Medjugorje Star" of March 1994, Marija Pavlovic (now married with Paolo Lunetti) warns: "We should not attach ourselves to anyone, not to Fr. Jozo, not to Fr. Slavko, even though they may be holy and have chosen a way of sanctity. And also we should not get attached to the visionaries. Because from one moment to another a person can disillusion you. And it would be a shock because we have looked on these persons as saints…"
On February 14 1998 Sr. Stefania Caterina becomes the new superior of the Sisters and vice-superior of the whole community. It seems that Fr. T. Vlasic has exchanged Agnes Heupel for this new star.
And… indeed, believe it or not, Sr. Stefania Caterina also receives 'messages' about … extraterrestrials and UFO’s!!!
In 2007 the Archbishop of Chieti, Mgr. Bruno Forte, removes her from the community. Notwithstanding all this nonsense, Fr. T. Vlasic defends her, based on the 'messages' of Medjugorje.
Strange that the Gospa never corrected Fr. T. Vlasic’s absurdities…
After I saw an article by Fr. Vlasic in the 'Echo of Medjugorje' May 2004, on June 10 2004, I received an answer from the secretary of Sr. Stefania, saying: "There are no problems. Fr. Tomislav continues his faith journey with great serenity. There has not been a canonical process… Fr. Tomislav’s articles may be read without fear. They do not contain heresies, and on the contrary will bring much peace to readers."
In 2008 Rome punishes Vlasic, accusing him of "heresy, manipulation of consciences, suspected mysticism, disobedience…"
But he still has a house in Medjugorje. I know a woman who wanted to enter his community. He refused her. She was not sexy enough…
From time to time, you can find articles from T. Vlasic in the official bulletin of Medjugorje
He is preparing a new book with his 'Truth about Medjugorje'
Did the Gospa ever ask the Franciscans to obey their bishop in Mostar? NO! On the contrary, she always supported the OFM-rebels…
Now, Medjugorje-promoters manipulate a word of Card. Bertone. They 'forget' to add that Card. Bertone is very skeptical and calls Medjugorje an ANOMALY among the apparitions. He also said that 'we do not need apparitions for a real authentic Marian devotion'. He concluded:
"We need to avoid the danger of a 'Church of apparitions,' distrustful of the Church’s hierarchy,"
I conclude with a typical event that happened December 7 2008. Bishop Peric of Mostar was in Capljina, the center of the OFM-rebellion against Rome, for the inauguration of a pastoral center. 300 Medjugorje-fans, guided by 2 suspended Franciscan rebels, tried to disturb the ceremony. The police had to protect the bishop. And this was not for the first time…
Mark Waterinckx, August 4 2009, Feast of the curate of Ars, Saint Jean-Marie Vianney, patron of all priests
1. During the first days in June 1981, after interrogation of all the ‘seers’, Fr. Jozo Zovko concluded: “You have seen Satan, not the Gospa; there is no sign, there is no message.” These words of the curate of Medjugorje have been tape-recorded, and are in the possession of the bishop of Mostar. I have the written text. Later on Fr. Jozo has manipulated the children. He refused their exorcism.
Ref.: “ Ces 10 jours qui ont fait Medjugorje”, J.Bouflet, Ed. CLD, Tours 2007, ISBN 978-2-85443-512-2, p. 147-8
2. Ex-Fr. Tomislav Vlasic insinuates in a letter to the pope that his bishop is ‘a satan.’ This same ex-Franciscan has been unmasked as a Satanist and laicised by Rome, because of sex affairs, manipulation of consciences, dubious mysticism, suspect doctrines, disobedience, schism and heresy. He has been the first spiritual leader of the ‘seers’. The Gospa said to the ‘seers’: “You must thank Tomislav. He is leading you so well.”(‘Message' 28-2-82 and 3-6-83)