Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Medjugorje Commission: Official List

Here is the official notice of what I offered a couple weeks ago based on press reports from Croatia and BiH.  In that unofficial list I provided, are some notes containing background on some members that is not shown here.  Of particular interest in that unofficial list, may be the background I provide on Archbishop Angelo Amato, former Secretary to the CDF and now Prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.  I think he is already well familiar with the case of Medjugorje.

From Vatican Information Service:


VATICAN CITY, 13 APR 2010 (VIS) - The Press Office of the Holy See today published the following communique:

  "The International Investigative Commission on Medjugorje met for its first session on 26 March 2010."

  "The Commission, presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, His Holiness' vicar general emeritus for the diocese of Rome, is composed of the following members: Cardinal Jozef Tomko, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples; Cardinal Vinko Puljic, Archbishop of Vrhbosna, president of the Bishops' Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina; Cardinal Josip Bozanic, Archbishop of Zagreb and vice-president of the Council of European Bishops' Conference; Cardinal Julian Herranz, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts; Archbishop Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints; Msgr. Tony Anatrella, psychoanalyst and specialist in Social Psychiatry; Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, professor of Fundamental Theology at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy; Fr. David Maria Jaeger, O.F.M., consultant to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts; Fr. Zdzislaw Jozef Kijas, O.F.M. Conv., relator of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints; Fr. Salvatore M. Perrella, O.S.M., teacher of Mariology at the Pontifical Marianum Faculty of Theology; and Fr. Achim Schutz, professor of Theological Anthropology at the Pontifical Lateran University as secretary. Msgr. Krzysztof Nykiel, an officer of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith serves as additional secretary."

  "Other experts have also participated in the commission's work: Fr. Franjo Topic, professor of Fundamental Theology in Sarajevo; Fr. Mijo Nikic, S.J., professor of Psychology and Psychology of Religion at the Philosophical and Theological Institute of the Society of Jesus in Zagreb, Fr. Mihaly Szentmartoni, S.J., professor of Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University, and Sr. Veronica Nela Gaspar, professor of Theology at Rijeka."

  "As announced previously, the work of the Commission will be carried out with the utmost reserve. Its conclusions will be submitted to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for study."
OP/                                                                                                   VIS 20100413 (320)


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Nick said...

I've been thinking about Medjugorje lately, and I realized a few things about what is most likely to happen.

Since the Church cannot give a positive judgment to apparitions until they end, and the Commission will end long before the so-called "Great Sign" appears (given the total number of "secrets" each visionary is given), than the Commission will either not give a judgment on Medjugorje - possibly just pastorial advice and so forth - or it will give the same judgment that all the other Commissions gave - which will not really change anything about the event and fruits of Medjugorje - or it will possibly disapprove of Medjugorje - which will surprise some people, some for the reason above, others for their belief in the apparitions, and still others for other reasons. I say "possibly" because I expect the Commission to come to either the first conclusion or the second conclusion, not the third conclusion, for the same reason above.

If Medjugorje is false, than I can definitely see a repeat of what has happened at a number of false apparitions, yet which many might term a "Machiel case" given the recent Legionary scandal: Namely, the visionaries keep on acting evil until their deaths, at which point the Church will reopen the case of Medjugorje and come to a negative judgment.

If Medjugorje is true, than I can definitely see a repeat of what has happened at a few approved apparitions: Namely, the visionaries keep on acting holy until they all die, save for one, who sees the Church approve Medjugorje after her final vision ends.

However, there is one thing I keep in mind. That is that God works in mysterious ways. If Medjugorje is false, He might cause some visionaries to come clean about their disobedience, possibly even renounce Medjugorje, and this could in turn cause a repeat of some false apparitions where the visionaries are found out to be frauds but the followers of the apparitions don't care, they just keep on going to the site of "apparitions" in spite of the Church's judgment. If Medjugorje is true, and given that the apparition told the visionaries that at least one of them would live to warn the world about the "Warnings" and "Great Chastisement", than that means God might make the apparition stop before the prophecies come true for the Church to investigate Medjugorje or might lengthen the intermediate time between the prophecie so the Church can investigate Medjugorje. Of course, given the nature of the prophecies, the latter is less likely than the former if Medjugorje is true.

At the same time, if the prophecies are fulfilled so quickly that Rome won't have sufficent time to act, than Medjugorje will never be approved by the Church, because, the "Great Chastisement" is going to kill lots of people and the Church will be far more busy caring for mankind than making a judgment on Medjugorje. She might say something to the likes of "The prophecies came true, so there's a good chance Medjugorje is true", but if the visionaries are dead, people who witnessed Medjugorje are gone, and the Church is in a terrible state, than a full investigation is unlikely to happen. However, it could happen - similar to the possible case of Medjugorje being false where the visionaries die and the Church investigates afterword - that the Church investigates after the visionaries' deaths using the available documents to come to a positive judgment on Medjugorje.

Granted, this isn't an exhaustive list of possible futures, and I'm sure someone can come up with much more plausible ones, but, that's just my thoughts on what might happen with the Commission and Medjugorje.

murrsona said...

Checking out the Vatican profiles, I see a lot of familiar faces. Could it be that the Vatican chose them for their "intervention" in the affair of Medjugorje? We might find out later on.

MariaR. said...

The warning,The sign and The miracle has already happened 2010 years ago, when Jesus Christ became Incarnate, preached the Gospel, and Resurrected!

We should not worry, Christ has conquered the world!

We are still waiting for the Garabandal warning, sign and miracles and ???? nothing.

We should not take our hearts, minds and eyes of from the Greatest Sign mankind has ever received, the Greatest warning mankind has ever been given, and the Greatest miracle mankind has seen, Jesus Christ!


Nick said...

I have a question regarding http://www.unitypublishing.com/Apparitions/MedjugorjeFranciscans.html.

The letter is dated 1998, yet the Congregation changed its name in 1988 from "Congregation for the Religious" to "Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life."

How is it that the Congregation used an old name in the letter?

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

I can't answer for anything on another website. It's possible that a translator used the name familiar to him, or someone used a shortened version.

In any event, it is off topic for this post.

Sean O L said...

nick wrote: "Since the Church cannot give a positive judgment to apparitions until they end" - as also do all Medjugorjian supporters.

nick, could you please advise who of authority has "written so" in a official document of the Church?