Thursday, October 2, 2008

Medjugorje: Pope Benedict and Fr. Tomislav Vlasic

UK journalist, Simon Caldwell who has written many articles on Medjugorje, has released yet another. In the article, Sex, Lies and Apparitions, Mr. Caldwell reveals some history with regards to Fr. Tomislav Vlasic, who was recently put under interdict by the Vatican, "in the context of the Medjugorje phenomena". This, even though he has been living in Italy for years, in a mixed-sex, unauthorized religious community he founded.

I'll start you out here and you can continue reading at the UK Spectator (emphases mine; comments in red):

The Medjugorje story begins early in 1976 when a Franciscan monk in the former Yugoslavia, Father Tomislav Vlasic, starts an affair with a nun who becomes pregnant. Frightened he will be exposed as the child’s father, Father Vlasic persuades her to move away to Germany. She hopes he will honour his promise to leave the ministry and marry her. She writes a sequence of increasingly anxious letters when this does not happen, telling her former lover she is so miserable that she is praying she will die in childbirth. But he piously orders her to ‘be like Mary’ and accept her destiny in a foreign land — and never to tell a soul who the father really is.

Unfortunately for him, some of his letters fall into the hands of the woman’s landlord who, scandalised, copies them and sends them to a friend [read carefully now] in the Vatican.

Six years later Father Vlasic is ‘spiritual leader’ of six children who say the Virgin Mary appears to them daily in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina. But the local bishop is having none of it. The priest writes to Pope John Paul II to say that Satan is working through the bishop and to request direct intervention against him. But, worse luck, the Vatican official with copies of his love letters takes an interest in the case and sends them to the bishop in question.

Disgraced, the priest then heads for Italy where, with a new mistress, he sets up a mixed-sex religious community devoted to the apparitions and continues to party like a bad dog for the next 17 years until the Vatican official who ruined everything for him becomes Pope Benedict XVI.

Three years into Benedict’s pontificate, Father Vlasic today finds himself severely and publicly disciplined in a way which is rare for a person linked so closely to a movement as popular as Medjugorje, which has attracted 30 million pilgrims in 27 years. He is in big trouble, accused of heresy, schism and sexual immorality ‘aggravated by mystical motivations’, as well as ‘the diffusion of dubious doctrine, manipulation of consciences, suspect mysticism and disobedience towards legitimately issued orders’. He has refused to co-operate with the Vatican and is under an interdict confining him to a monastery on the pain of excommunication.

Continue reading, Sex, Lies and Medjugorje . This takes you to the first page. Click the page numbers at the bottom - there are 4.

The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!