What's the deal with the Poem of the Man-God?

It used to be on the forbidden reading list prior to its abolishment. Maria Valtorta claimed it was received by visions. Medjugorje says we should read it. What’s the deal?

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Sorry, but I don’t understand your question.

What is the Poem of the Man-God? I’ve never heard of it.

Who is Maria Valtorta and why should I care in particular what she said about it?

Medjugorje is not a person and can’t say anything about anything! Do you mean one of the Medjugorge visionaries? Their visions are not approved by the Church.

It’s against CAF rules to discuss unapproved visions or visionaries.


Catholic Answers:

“A Life of Jesus Badly Fictionalized.”

Thank you PaulfromIowa for the informative links!

To sum up:

The Poem of the Man-God was written by Maria Valtorta. The book was “dictated” to her in the same way that such books as A Course in Miracles and The Secret Doctrine were dictated to their authors.

It was put on the index of condemned books by the Vatican and even though the Church no longer uses the Index, the Poem is still condemned by the Church. From Fr. Pacwa’s ETWN article:

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, present head of the Sacred Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith (formerly the same office that condemned the
“Poem”), informed Cardinal Siri in 1985 of the "Poem’s condemnation:

After the dissolution of the Index, when some people thought the printing
and distribution of the work was permitted, they were reminded again in
L’Osservatore Romano (June 15, 1966) that “The Index retains its moral
force despite its dissolution.”

More recently (April 17, 1993, Prot. N. 144/58i), he wrote:

“The ‘visions’ and ‘dictations’ referred to in the work, “The Poem of the
Man-God,” are simply the literary forms used by the author to narrate in
her own way the life of Jesus. They cannot be considered supernatural in

@onthisrock84 are you asking if the Poem is still condemned because one of the Medjugorge “seers” claimed the Blessed Mother told Catholics to read the Poem?

To me, the answer is clear. The Church has not approved The Poem as a true vision and it’s not okay to read it. I assume one could read it as a work of fiction but you can’t believe in it as some form of revealed truth.

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