MEDJUGORJE—THE ACTUAL SITUATION TODAY
Both inside (and even outside) the Church, Medjugorje remains a “hot” item, with the divisions between believers and non-believers becoming ever larger. Believers tend to only see the “fruits of the tree” (Matt 7, 15-20): conversions, prayer groups, healings, vocations etc.
But let us read further in Matt, 7, 21-23 : 21
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'”
Non- believers tend to see especially the disobedience of the seers and of the Franciscans of Medjugorje, the rebellion against the bishops and the Pope, the fanaticism, the manipulations, lies, contradictions, the profiteering, the luxurious homes of the “seers”, the sex scandals of the Franciscans, the suspended Franciscan rebels involved in Medjugorje and their illegal sacraments.
Among the non- believers are people who have either been personally disillusioned with Medjugorje, with consequent suicides, divorces, psychiatric problems etc, or those who have read the many critical books and publications.
Among the believers two groups can be distinguished, the commercial and the not for profit. The commercial believers earn a great deal of money from their „goldmine”, e.g. the Franciscans of Medjugorje, the “seers”, the organizers of the pilgrimages, the sellers of videos, DVDs, books etc.
Among the not for profit believers are those who naively accept everything and who only read books, periodicals and websites which are pro Medjugorje and who thus can be considered to be misled by their ignorance.
With both groups there are many believers who display a marked degree of fanaticism and obsessiveness. Medjugorje has become their all encompassing dogma which overrides everything else. This fanaticism overrode all common sense, critical evaluation, intellectual honesty, prudence and friendship. This attitude can only be explained by the influence of the “diabolos”, the evil spirit, the malign entity which everywhere sows enmity and disunity.
In June 1981, when Fr Jozo Zovko had thoroughly interviewed all the “seers”, he told them “You have not seen Mary: there is no sign, there is no message. You can only have seen Satan.” Yet he refused to perform an exorcism when a Franciscan colleague proposed that. Later on, first he and then Tomislav Vlasic began to manipulate and direct the “messages”. In fact, Jozo proposed to the “seers” that they should let him formulate the answers of the “Gospa” to the questions of the villagers.
All this has been recorded and can be read in “Ces 10 jours qui ont fait Med.” by J.Bouflet and “ Understanding Medugorje.” by D.Foley. I possess about 100 pages of transcripts from these recordings.
Those who have the courage and honesty to present the truth are insulted by fanatical believers (I have a list of 100 insults addressed to me) and are often demonized and even threatened.
What is the position of the official Church?
All the local bishops, (Zanic and Peric) of Mostar and all the official commissions of investigation were uniformly negative: “non constat de supernaturalitate” (supernaturality is not demonstrated)
When bishop Zanic
tried to convince Pope
On 27 June 1991,
when the bishops conference of
1. The “seers” were ordered not to make any public declarations and to hand over their “messages “only to the local bishop and the competent committee.
2. The parish priest of Medjugorje was ordered to ensure that no mention was made of “apparitions” or “messages” on public occasions or publications.
3. The faithful were directed to accept the guidance of their bishop.
consisted of four bishops and four theologians. The bishops were Komarica from
However, on June
The general session of the bishops’ conference on June 27, 1991 therefore did not take place and the anticipated directives were therefore never published. It is in any case difficult to prohibit pilgrimages and prayers in a time of war. The “seers” of Medjugorje and the Franciscans continued to propagate their “messages” throughout the whole world. The war had saved Medjugorje!
In the meantime,
the non recognized Medjugorje became world famous and was on the way to compete
with such recognized apparition sites as
What action did
After the death of
this Pope, it fell to Cardinal Ratzinger, the former prefect of the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, now as Pope Benedict, to make some
resolute but painful decisions. He severely punished Fr Gino Burresi (a false stigmatist from
San Vittorino Romano) and also Marcial
Maciel, the founder of the Legionnaires of Christ. Fr
Tomislav Vlasic of Medjugorje was suspended, laicized
and dismissed from the Franciscan order. The rebellious Franciscans from
This raises the question of why the present decisive Pope Benedict XVI has not yet condemned Medjugorje??? Perhaps it is because it might cause a schism? The Pope is trying to achieve closer ties with the Pius X fraternity of the late Archbishop Lefebvre, with the Orthodox Churches, with the Muslims, with the Jews etc.
Quite a number of
Cardinals (think of the eccentric Schönborn of
Vienna) and bishops have let themselves be persuaded by the manipulative siren
song of Medjugorje, and this has caused a considerable amount of controversy in
Medjugorje is Satan’s
masterpiece in these confusing end times. He incites pious believers against
the bishop of Mostar because he refuses to recognize their
“sanctuary”. The danger is that if the Pope will not recognize Medjugorje, many
such fanatical believers may turn against the Pope. In that way, the small herd
of still pious believers may separate from
The late Fr Slavko
Barbaric said it in this way: “We Franciscans want to remain here.” The
resistance of the rebellious Franciscans is in fact a resistance against the
papal decree “Romanis Pontificibus”
of Pope Paul VI of 6-6-1975. This decree ordered that the Franciscans should
leave 50% of the parishes to the diocesan priests of the diocese Mostar. The consequence of the decree was an open rebellion
from a great many hot-headed Franciscans. These rebels against
In this way,
Medjugorje became a “deus ex machina”
What has happened with the main manipulators of Medjugorje?
1°Fr Slavko Barbaric died on 24-11-2000 in disobedience on the Krizevac. Bishop Peric had forbidden him to live in Medjugorje. The next day he was “canonized” in a “message” from the Franciscan“Gospa”...
2°Fr Tomislav Vlasic is no longer a priest or a Franciscan
3°Fr Jozo Zovko has already been suspended three times and is now exiled from Medjugorje.
What has happened with the “seers”?
Milka Pavlovic and Ivan Ivankovic did not return to the apparition
What will the new
“Under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the presidency of Cardinal Camillo Ruini, an international commission of investigation on Medjugorje has been constituted. Said Commission, composed of cardinals, bishops and experts will work in a reserved manner, subjecting the results of their studies to the authority of the Dicastery.”
Responding to a question from a journalist about the possible inclusion of Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar, whose diocese includes Medjugorje, Fr. Lombardi said that he is not in possession of a list of members.
The commissions at
those levels never came to a conclusion on the question of whether or not the
alleged apparitions are supernatural, so the bishops of
As the commission carries out their activities, Fr. Lombardi continued, they will decide whether or not to communicate information regarding their findings. Nevertheless, it can be assumed that it will be a “very discreet” project “given the sensitivity of the subject,” he remarked.
Speaking in Italian, he said to expect that investigations will take “a good while” to reach their completion and emphasized that the results of the commission’s activities will be submitted to the CDF, under whose mandate they are operating. The commission will only offer their technical findings to the Congregation, which in turn will “make decisions on the case.”
For now, the composition of the commission is “reserved,” as is the method they will pursue in their investigations, Fr. Lombardi said in closing.
Waterinckx Mark Brugge België E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org