The Papal Nuncio to the U.S. on behalf of the prefect of the CDF Archbishop Müller has issued instructions that no cleric or faithful may participate in any meetings, conferences, or public celebrations in which the authenticity of the apparitions are taken for granted. Coming prior to the release of the final report on Medjugorje it is considered a dramatic move and shocked many in the Medjugorje support community. For the most part they operated on the assumption that until final confirmation of in-authenticity was made, participation as if it were true was allowed by the faithful. Read more……
Facts to remember on Medjugorje
|Bishop Pavao Zanic, of Mostar|
For our purposes I quote Bishop Pavao Zanic, of Mostar from that text: “In all my work, prayers, and studies I had one aim before meto discern the truth. With this aim, as early as 1982, I formed a four member commission which later, with the help of some bishops and fathers provincial, I expanded to fifteen members drawn from nine theological centers from seven dioceses and four provinces, and two leading psychiatrists who were enabled to consult their colleagues. They worked for three years reporting to the Vatican about their work. The Yugoslavian Conference of Bishops is still concerned with the same problem.”
The Bishop continues: “However, there were impatient people who went ahead before the judgment of the Church, and declared that miracles and supernatural events were taking place. They preached on private revelations from the altar, something which is not permitted until the Church declares such revelations to be authentic.”
In another letter to Mrs. Davies the bishop thanked her for an accurate translation of his Declaration on Medjugorje into English he then went on to state: “God knows how this will all end, not well, you can be sure of that. The Church is divided. Factions are at war in the name of the Queen of Peace. I, who saw the beginning of this falsehood, of this lie, have before my very eyes a great deal about which it is impossible to write, or to describe, for various reasons. A huge amount of money is involved, and so the propaganda has no bounds. In my office there are some fifty books about Medjugorje, a vast number of cassettes, newspapers, and magazines, and new material is arriving all the time, and yet the position I have taken hurts them. For an average Catholic the first question to ask is: “What does the Ordinary of the place think about this matter?” The position which I have taken brings many people to their senses. Of course the fanaticism of some is incorrigible, and no argument avails in their cases.” Read entire letter….
Points for Discernment
It has always been the responsibility of the diocesan bishop to pass judgment after an investigation is made. Furthermore, it must also be understood that other priests, bishops and cardinals from other dioceses are unable to make judgments of authenticity on apparitions outside of their jurisdiction. Other bishops must submit in obedience to the local ordinary of the diocese of the alleged apparitions. This has always been the case in the church. If other priests, bishops or cardinals do not respect the local ordinary they sin themselves and are a cause for much confusion among the faithful and division in the church. Read the Declaration from Bishop Pavao Zanic.
Miracles? Preternatural vs Supernatural
The events at Medjugorje are filled with preternatural signs. Many people not understanding the difference between preternatural from angelic world or gifts man had before the fall of Adam. Many people think these preternatural miracles confirm authenticity. The Church however needs supernatural miracles. Miracles only God can do. Preternatural miracles can come from bad angels trying to deceive men and if we are not obedient to the church we will be deceived.
Preternatural Miracles in Scripture
Remember Moses when he went before Pharo in the book of Exodus: “Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called his wise men and the sorcerers the magicians of Egypt, they also in like manner did the same with their enchantments.”
This is a fine example of a preternatural miracle. That can also be done by evil spirits.
Moses parting the Red Sea is a Supernatural Miracle
Now Consider This….
At Guadalupe the Blessed Virgin brought the bishop to his knees with the sign that she gave when Juan Diego opened his tilma that is an enduring supernatural miracle to this day. Close up of the eye of Our Lady contain images of those present. Modern technology making this discovery brings her message and makes it applicable to our times as well.
Fatima a Supernatural Solar Event
At Fatima the Heaven gave a stupendous supernatural sign in the Miracle of the Sun. This supernatural solar event was witnessed by thousands of people in a 70 mile radius from the apparition site. If any alleged apparition is truly from God, there will also be supernatural events that only God can do accompanying them Rome cannot possibly pass judgment on every claim of an alleged visionary.
The Yugoslavian Bishops Conference Weigh In
In the case of Medugorje it was not just the local ordinary that passed judgment but the whole Yugoslavian Bishops Conference, except for one bishop, Archbishop Franic. In the letter to Mrs. Davies, Bishop Pavao Zanic comments on this stating: “Archbishop Franic has caused me dreadful problems, although the mere fact that hwe thinks something does not mean that it must be true. One of the first questions asked by the sectaries of Medjugorje is: ‘How is it that Archbishop Franic believes?’ I, for my part, say to them, that there are thirty-five bishops in Yugoslavia, and that he is the only one who believes, so that argument is worthless. For them, however, it is enough that one Archbishop believes.
One can feel the suffering that Bishop Pavo Zanic has endured throughout these many years in regards to determining the truth of these alleged apparitions. Let us pray for him as we await the final determination from Rome.