Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Medjugorje visionaries, public events, and pastoral care....

Vicka Mijatovic - alleged visionary of Medjugorje reaches into a crowd that
numbered about 2000 during her visit to the RDS in Dublin.
Photo: Alan Betson/Irish Times

Retired University of Montreal researcher, Louis Bélanger, is a man who has been studying the phenomena at Medjugorje since the mid-80's. 

Louis has a thought-provoking post up, with text and information I had not previously seen.  He shares the closing recommendation in a report from 1986 by an international team of psychiatrists and medical doctors concerning the Medjugorje visionaries.

Bélanger points out that pastoral personnel in Medjugorje ignored those recommendations, and Fr. Rene Laurentin publicly countered them.  I pondered:  How can a theologian, without medical or psychiatric background dismiss or counter something that does not fall within his competence?  Yet, he did exactly this in his book, "The Apparitions at Medjugorje Prolonged" (1987).  I have a copy of the book and see the quote pulled by Louis. Further, he has an excellent quote by Pope John Paul II where he discouraged the very kind of argument that Laurentin put forth.

Just about all books which are favorable to authenticity of Medjugorje, reference the works of Fr. Laurentin, yet he has proven to be an unreliable source on the subject of Medjugorje.  That's not a matter of opinion, but simple objectivity in the face of facts (carefully read the links below). 

I will leave you to read the post at Louis' website containing the information mentioned above.  Here is the post.  Reference links are added below it.

If you want to read more about scientific testing, you can find some interesting items at the website of Italian researcher, Marco Corvaglia, who has translated much of his work into English. 

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