Is Medjugorje a continuation of Fatima as has been alleged? He sees nothing to support this, and if anything, contradictions.
The Cardinal talks about the many good fruits like conversions, but encourages the faithful to not assume that the alleged apparitions are the cause of these things. In fact, while he acnknowledges it's ok to go there and pray, he admonishes people not to do so assuming that the apparitions are worthy of belief before the Church declares on the authenticity, or lack thereof. Speaking on how those making private pilgrimages should proceed, His Eminence says:
"He must not take for granted and must not become convinced that the apparitions are authentic; therefore, he must go to the place to pray, but not through his presence to acknowledge the authenticity of phenomena whose approval depends solely and exclusively on the Church, and which in any case neither subtracts nor adds anything to Revelation, which is already complete in Christ."
One of his answers hits a point I drive home often. Here is the question, then the answer:
Eminence, in some of the apparitions, the Virgin is said to have asked the six "seers" of Medjugorje not to obey the prohibitions of their diocesan Bishop, such as, for example, to not speak publicly any more of the alleged "visions".
"The Madonna could not, in any case at all, be anti-hierarchical and incite disobedience, even if the Bishop of Moster were wrong. This is another element on which to reflect."In the author's introduction to the interview, the Petrus article captures something very well:
But what, then, are the fruits of Medjugorje? Those who believe in the seers speak of miraculous cures, deliverances from evil, conversions; it is beyond doubt that many people pray, receive Holy Communion, and make confessions in the town. But the "skeptics", those who do not believe in the authenticity of the apparitions, underscore the division among the people of God, between supporters and opponents, to show that this is a case of deception. "Devil", after all, means: "he who divides".Here is the link to the full translation again, by Richard Chonak at Catholic Light: From Petrus: Cardinal Saraiva is also a skeptic on Medjugorje
Recent Diocesan Documents:
- 3-Part Statement of September 26, 2009 in which the bishop discusses how the day the Blessed Virgin Mary's birthday is celebrated was changed by the Medjugorje movement based on words of the "gospa". He also discusses heresy on the part of the "gospa" with regards to what happens with our body and soul when we die. And, he renews some long standing prohibitions, and adds new prohibitions and guidelines.
- Questionable Games Surrounding the 'Great Sign' (English version released January 6, 2010)
- Statement regarding the visit of Cardinal Schonborn (January 2, 2010)
- [Diocese of Tuscany, Italy]: Letter issued to priests of the diocese on Medjugorje following ad limina visit (2007).
- [Dicoese of Joliet, IL] Letter from Bishop Sartain to priests of the diocese on hosting alleged visionaries, including those of Medjugorje.
Special thanks to Richard Chonak of Catholic Light for his rapid translation of the Petrus article, and extensive archives!
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