The international French-Italian scientific theological commission ‘on the extraordinary events that are taking place in Medjugorje’ examined the apparitions of Medjugorje the most competently and the most expertly. The assembly of seventeen renowned natural scientists, doctors, psychiatrists and theologians in their research came to a 12-point conclusion on January 14, 1986 in Paina near Milan.
Never in the history of the Church has any group of individuals been so studied and scrutinized by so many different kinds of experts and people from around the world, with the variety and complexity of the technological equipment that science offers today, for so long a period of time, as these six Medjugorje visionaries: Mirjana, Ivanka, Vicka, Marija, Ivan and Jakov.
Name: Dr. Ante Bijevic, Place & Date of Testing: Citluk, June 27, 1981
Name: Dr. Dzudza Mulija, Place & Date of Testing: Mostar, June 29, 1981
Name: Fr. Slavko Barbaric, Doctor of Social Psychology & Spiritual Theology, Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, 1982
Name: Dr. Ludvik Stopar, psychiatrist & parapsychologist from Slovenia, Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, May & November 1982, June & November 1983
Name: Dr. Nikola Bartulica, A Croatian Psychiatrist, originally from Split, but now lives in USA, Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, October 1981, and 1989
Name: Dr. Mario Botta, a Heart Surgeon from Milan, Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, March 23-24, 1983 & December 8-9, 1983
Name: Dr. Phillipe Madre, Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, August 23-25, 1983
Name: Dr. Maria Frederica Magatti, an Italian doctor, Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, February 3-4, 1984 and March 22, 1984
Name: Dr. Lucia Capello, from Mostar, Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, February 5-6, 1984 and March 23, 1984
Name: Dr. Enzo Gabrici, a Neuro-Psychiatrist from Italy, Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, April 4-8, 1984
Name: Professor Anna-Maria Franchini, from Italy, Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, April 5, 1984
Name: Fr. Nicholas Bulat, a member of the Episcopal commission assigned to study the apparitions at Medjugorje at the request of Bishop Zanic; he was not a medical or scientific doctor, but a professor of dogma at the seminary in Split, Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, June 2, 1984
Name: Dr. Henri Joyeux and his team of Doctors from France, Place & Date of Testing: Medjugorje, March 24-25, 1984, June 9-10, 1984, October 6-7, 1984, December 28-29, 1984
Study of Vision by Dr. Phillippott Using an Electro-Oculogram,
Study of Ivan’s Hearing Function by Dr. F. Rouquerol, December 29, 1984 in Medjugorje
Study of Ivanka’s Voice and Larynx Function by Dr. F. Rouquerol, December 28, 1984
Jan. 14, 1986 A team of seventeen renowned natural scientists, doctors, psychiatrists and theologians - tests administered by the international French-Italian scientific theological
Name: Fr. Andreas Resch and a team of 13 doctors and scientists, Place & Date of Testing: Italy, at the House of Christian Encounters in Capiago Intimiano (Como) which is operated by the Dehonian Fathers, April 22-23, 1998—Ivan, Marija and Vicka
Name: Professor Henri Joyeux and a team of experts from France, Date of Testing: June 25, 2005-June 24, 2006
This commentary relates to my experience in Medjugorje, in Yugoslavia on 26, 27, and 28 April, 1985. The young people, the ‘visionaries’ whom I got to know were Vicka, Marija, Ivanka, Ivan and Jakov.
At the meeting which took place in Jakov’s house as well as one in the presbytery, where the visionaries go through their supernatural experience, I tried to draw on, as much as possible, my experience and knowledge as psychiatrist to observe the circumstances which I shall describe in a simple, clinical perspective, which will have nothing savoring of magic or any special emotional conditioning. I believe that, without too much difficulty, I succeeded in that.
From the very first days of the apparitions, the six visionaries were repeatedly examined for evidence of any mental disorder, hallucinations, lying, use of drugs, etc. The visionaries endured the examination of countless number of doctors, an unimaginable amount of hours, dedicated to sifting them to uncover any possibility of deception or digression from their testimony. They were often pressured, tricked, made to repeat over and over again their stories, going through the same tests over and over again by different doctors. Imagine the patience necessary for any teenager to endure such tedious testing and questioning, often under highly stressful circumstances.