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MEDJUGORJE, AND THE SMOKING GUNS

The following is written by Mark Mallett, a former television journalist in Canada and award-winning documentarian.

THE Ruini Commission, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to study the apparitions of Medjugorje, has ruled overwhelmingly that the first seven apparitions were “supernatural”, according to the leaked findings reported in Vatican Insider. Pope Francis called the Commission’s report “very, very good.” While expressing his personal skepticism of the idea of daily apparitions (I’ll address this below), he openly praised the conversions and fruits that continue to flow from Medjugorje as being an undeniable work of God—not a “magic wand.” [1] Indeed, I’ve been getting letters from all over the world this week from people telling me about the most dramatic conversions they experienced when they visited Medjugorje, or how it is simply an “oasis of peace.” Just this past week, someone wrote to say that a priest who accompanied her group was instantly healed of alcoholism while there. There are literally thousands upon thousands of stories like this. [2] I continue to defend Medjugorje for this very reason: it is achieving the purposes of Christ’s mission, and in spades. Really, who cares if the apparitions are ever approved so long as these fruits blossom?

The late Bishop Stanley Ott of Baton Rouge, LA asked St. John Paul II:


“Holy Father, what do you think of Medjugorje?” The Holy Father kept eating his soup and responded: “Medjugorje? Medjugorje? Medjugorje? Only good things are happening at Medjugorje. People are praying there. People are going to Confession. People are adoring the Eucharist, and people are turning to God. And, only good things seem to be happening at Medjugorje.” —related by Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, medjugorje.ws

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. (Matthew 7:18)

After 36 years, that hasn’t changed. But you see, the skeptics say, “Satan can produce good fruit too!” They’re basing this on St. Paul’s admonition:

…such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, who masquerade as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light. So it is not strange that his ministers also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (2 For 11:13-15)

Actually, St. Paul is contradicting their argument. For he also says that you will know a tree by its fruit: “Their end will correspond to their deeds.” The conversions, healings, and vocations we’ve seen from Medjugorje over the past three decades have overwhelmingly shown themselves to be authentic as many of them, too, are bearing the authentic light of Christ wherever they go. And those who know the seers attest to their humility, integrity, devotion and holiness. Satan can work lying “signs and wonders”. But good fruits? No. The worms will eventually come out.

Ironically, Jesus himself points to the fruits of His mission as evidence of His authenticity:


Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me. (Luke 7:22-23)

Indeed, the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith refutes the notion that the fruits are irrelevant. It specifically refers to the importance that such a phenomenon…

…bear fruits by which the Church herself might later discern the true nature of the facts… —”Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions or Revelations” n. 2, vatican.va

Medjugorje’s claims are no less overwhelming, with over 400 medically documented healings, over 600 documented vocations to the priesthood, and thousands of worldwide apostolates. But many do take offense at these, as skeptics still insist the tree is rotten. Which really raises a valid question as to what spirit they are now operating under. Doubts and reservations? Fair game. Actively trying to destroy and discredit one of the greatest hotbeds of conversions and vocations? That is contrary to what the Church and even the Bishop of Mostar has asked for:


We repeat the absolute need to continue deepening the reflection, as well as prayer, in the face of whatever alleged supernatural phenomenon, until there is a definitive pronouncement. —Dr. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, head of Vatican press office, Catholic World News, June 19th, 1996

According to Medjugorje’s most vocal opponents, all of this is nothing but a demonic deception, a great schism in the making. They sincerely believe that the millions of converts, hundreds if not thousands of priests who received their calling there, and the countless others who have been healed in one way or another… will suddenly throw their Catholic faith in the garbage and break away from the Church if the Pope makes a negative ruling, or if “Our Lady” tells them to (as if they are dumb, emotional, undiscerning apparition-chasers who can’t function spiritually without Medjugorje). In truth, the rumour is that the Pope is expected to make Medjugorje into an official Marian Shrine to ensure the solid pastoral care of pilgrims.
Update: As of December 7th, 2017, a major announcement came by way of Pope Francis’ envoy to Medjugorje, Archbishop Henryk Hoser. The ban on “official” pilgrimages has now been lifted:

The devotion of Medjugorje is allowed. It’s not prohibited, and need not be done in secret… Today, dioceses and other institutions can organize official pilgrimages. It’s no longer a problem… The decree of the former episcopal conference of what used to be Yugoslavia, which, before the Balkan war, advised against pilgrimages in Medjugorje organized by bishops, is no longer relevant.Aleitia, Dec. 7th, 2017
And on May 12th, 2019, Pope Francis officially authorized pilgrimages to Medjugorje with “care to prevent these pilgrimages from being interpreted as an authentication of known events, which still require examination by the Church,” according to a Vatican spokesman. [3] Since Pope Francis has already expressed approval toward the Ruini Commission’s report, again, calling it “very, very good”,[4] it would seem the question mark over Medjugorje is quickly vanishing.

On the other hand, if you want to see where the devil has really been working in Medjugorje—read this.

But in defence of those who fear Medjugorje, many of them are victims of the smear campaign that I discussed in Medjugorje… What You May Not Know. As a result, they will rehash the several “smoking guns” that “prove” Medjugorje is false. So the following dissects these objections into two Sections: the first deals with crucial insights on discerning private revelation; the second deals with specific misinterpretations, misinformation, and outright falsehoods being spread about this century’s most famous apparition site.


FULL ARTICLE
charisma
Anyhow, it is good to see that all here, attacking Medjugorje in general, do not have any other statement than listed in the article. Not even a new argument, just the usual talking down style comments.
mccallansteve
Medjugorje is satanic fraud
charisma
you state something without facts.
salliperson
You are treading on dangerous waters folks. Msgr. Zanic of Medjugorje proclaimed that these apparitions are not made by the most Holy Virgin Mary and he forbade the pilgrimages set up from the beginning without ecclesiastical approval by the pastor of Mostar. Listen to the local Bishop who is the official authority. www.olrl.org/prophecy/medjugorje.shtml
charisma
Zanic resigned several years ago. His personal opinion on Medjugorje was overwritten by Vatican. Papal envoy archbishop Moser still there.
The local bishop is no longer the official authority re Medjugorje - see the Ruini Commission of Vatican.
Jmy1975
@petrus100453 Medjugorgje is largely a scam that, like Vatican 2, mixed truth with fiction to create a diabolical lie.
charisma
you seem not to read this article, arguing without facts, accusing without reason
Jmy1975
I'm making the larger point. Anyway, I know a lot about it.

Mary supposedly said she'd appear only 3 times in 1981. Instead, "she" has appeared 47,000 times. Not only this, but the seers are making money off of the Mother of God, lots of money, while they conjur her at their convenience. And Jesus? The purpose of Mary's being? Hardly mentioned. This is a scam.
frawley
jmy1975 do you have any first hand knowledge? Have you been there? Have you ever spoken to the seers? Have you access to their financial records? Where did you come up with the "I will only appear 3 times"? They "conjur her at their convenience"? Where did that come from? I am by no means an expert but I have been there twice as well as many of the approved sites (Fatima, Lourdes, Rue de Bac ect.…More
jmy1975 do you have any first hand knowledge? Have you been there? Have you ever spoken to the seers? Have you access to their financial records? Where did you come up with the "I will only appear 3 times"? They "conjur her at their convenience"? Where did that come from? I am by no means an expert but I have been there twice as well as many of the approved sites (Fatima, Lourdes, Rue de Bac ect.) and have been able to converse with the seers twice here in the United States. I have never detected any hint of deception. As a 20 year retired Police Officer from Miami, I would like to think I have a little bit of experience with scams and frauds. Please be careful about gathering all of your info from the internet. Remember also that their is danger in opposing Gods plan. While you are under no obligation to believe private revelation yourself, working to turn others against it comes with a lot of moral responsibility. Would you have wanted to be among those demanding that St Joan of Arc be burned at the stake because a "real Seer" would not wear mens clothing and lead troops in battle? God Bless
Jmy1975
@frawley a modicum of targeted research proves what I say. Also because you've been there means nothing.
frawley
Targeted research? Please state your sources. My visiting there does not prove anything. It does however give me access to evidence that is not available remotely. If the seers in Medjugorje are scammers then the church needs a lot more like them! Are the vast majority of parishioners in your parish daily communicants? Does your parish have plenty of vocations?
petrus100452
Medjugorje is the hope of the world (and of the Church).