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The Important Secret Of La Salette:

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The Blessed Virgin wept during Her apparition at La Salette.

The Secret was given for release twelve years after the Apparition at La Salette.

Why this led to a level of confusion over the Secret.

Melanie Calvert Mathieu and Maximin Giraud, the Shepherd children, and seers, of La Salette, both received a Secret during the apparition at La Salette in 1846. And which the Church approved as being an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1851. Melanie's Secret was given for later release.

But Melanie released two versions of her Secret and this caused a level confusion that affected the real (longer version) of her Secret when it was released.

The Secret of La Salette is immensely important. The reasons for there being two versions of Melanie's Secret are shown here.

see in context in the Questions and Answers section on the Home Page beginning at Question 15.

or as shown here:

Q.15 Just going back to Melanie's Secret. The Church focused on
the parts of the Secret that referred specifically to the Church
Herself, there was also the difficulty that there were two versions of
Melanie's Secret. Can you tell us why there were two versions and
about the confusion this caused?

A. Yes, the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Our Lady of La
Salette, was of itself very formal. And given in the way that one
might expect of an Old Testament prophet. It was not, as it were, a
social visit from heaven. And some found it difficult to accept. But the
local Bishop; Bishop de Bruillard, in his eighties, renowned for his
holiness, and for his bravery as a young priest in ministering to
those caught up in the French revolution, would have known how it
accorded with the times. And the Blessed Virgin had wept during Her
apparition. As local Bishop it was Bishop de Bruillard's role to carry
out the investigation into the apparition, and which he immediately
did. The theological commission investigated and answered all
questions and objections, and was in place for two years. The
Bishop's favourable conclusions were then sent to Pope Pius IX,
who responded asking Bishop de Bruillard to build a beautiful church
at La Salette.

Q.16 Do you think that the Bishop being in his eighties was
significant?

A. Yes, with his background, and his experience; his understanding
the era. And also he would not have wanted to have any lengthy
delays in having the investigation carried out, and the conclusions
made known. His favourable conclusions meaning that the
apparition would be formally declared worthy of belief.

Q.17 Did the Bishop make the announcement straight away?

A. He was just about to when the Metropolitan Cardinal stepped in
to say that the announcement should not be made without the
contents of the Secret having been made known to the Church. And,
technically, the Cardinal had a valid point.

Q.18 Did this cause a dilemma for the Bishop?

A. The Bishop would not have put himself at odds with the Cardinal.
But it presented a huge dilemma, especially for Melanie, because
the Blessed Virgin had told her not to release the secret until 1858,
and it was then 1848. Ten years to wait and what would the
response to the Secret be? Much would have been on Melanie's
mind and at this time she was still only a teenager. And many
pilgrims were flocking to La Salette, which had its own spring of
healing water, and soon with some canonically approved miracles.
One hundred thousand pilgrims are said to have been at the sight of
the apparition for the first anniversary. For Melanie, not to gain
approval for the apparition would have been unthinkable.

Q.19 What did Melanie do?

A. After three years she wrote a short and general version of the
Secret, to be made known only to the Pope. This was sent to Pope
Pius IX and, within three months, Bishop de Bruillard had made the
announcement giving formal approval.

Q.20 What happened to the actual Secret?

A. Melanie sent it to Pope Pius in 1858, but there was no response
and it was soon classified as "lost." It was not until 1879 that Melanie
gained a Bishop's imprimatur for the Secret, meaning it would be
protected from being placed on the Forbidden Index. And it was at
this point that she showed a copy to Pope Leo XIII in Rome. He took
an interest in it, but soon all commentaries on it were placed on the
Forbidden Index.

Q.21 Was this because of what the Secret says about what will
happen to the Church?

A. Yes. The wording with the Index entries shows this entirely.

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