Bishop Doroteo Fernandez, May 1961 to January 1962 (Apostolic Administrator)
Based on the findings of a commission he appointed to examine the events occurring in Garabandal that summarily dismissed the happenings as "child's play" after only two or three visits to the village, he issued two notas advising priests and faithful to abstain from going to the village.
Bishop Eugenio Beitia Aldazabal January 1962 to January 1965.
He placed restrictions on priests going up to the village without diocesan permission but did not condemn the events (see quote on page 14). He authorized a private investigation by three doctors whose findings did not coincide with of the official commission.
Bishop Vicente Puchol Montis July 1965 to May 1967.
After declarations by the seers in which they denied everything (fulfilling a prophecy of Our Lady in 1961 that they would do so) he tried to put an end to Garabandal. He died in an automobile accident on May 8, 1967.
Bishop Enrique de Cabo May 1967 to July 1968 (Titular Bishop).
Nothing is know of his position on Garabandal
Bishop José Cirarda Lachiondo July 1968 to December 1971 .
He was strongly opposed to Garabandal and managed through Cardinal Jean Villot, Vatican Secretary, to circulate a letter to all the bishops of the Church discrediting Garabandal. This letter can still be found in chanceries throughout the Church.
Bishop Juan Antonio del Val Gallo, December 1971 to August 1991 .
Although an unbeliever in Garabandal when
he first took over as bishop, he showed a spirit of openness in
contrast to his two predecessors. As a canon of the cathedral in
Santander in 1961, he was a member of the original commission but
resigned because of the way they went about their business. He was the
only Bishop of Santander to have seen the visionaries in ecstasy.
Around 1981, he became a believer in the events. In 1983, he gave Dr. Luis Morales of the original commission, who also became a believer, permission to lecture in Santander's largest conference hall defending the Garabandal events. In 1987, he instituted a new inquiry of the apparitions and lifted the ban on priests going up to the village, allowing them to celebrate Mass in the village church with the permission of the pastor.
Bishop José Vilaplana Blasco August 1991 to July 2006 .
Showed his disbelief in Garabandal in his 1993 letter to Ramon Perez, while at the same time, keeping in place the policies of Bishop del Val.
Bishop Vicente Jimenez Zamora September 2007 to date.
He has not issued any formal statement on Garabandal, but his actions speak loud enough of the new positive approach to the Garabandal events by the Santander Diocese.