Christian Order Magazine
February 2012



The numerous absurd messages, lies, falsehoods and disobedience associated from the beginning with the events and apparitions" of Medjugorje, all refute every claim of authenticity.  Msgr. Ratko Perić, present bishop of Mostar

Although [the commission] doesn't augur well for a robust condemnation of Medjugorje, there are some promising indicators. Firstly, the nomination of Cardinal Ruini to head the investigation; the prelate who overturned the positive diocesan verdict on the "bleeding statue" of Civitavecchia

Also the fact that there are several known Medjugorje critics on the commission, such as Cardinal Puljic, Archbishop of Sarajevo, and Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

In 2004, Puljic complained that Medjugorje was a "source of divisions in the Church." Accepting the negative (non constat de supernaturalitate) judgement of the 1991 Zadar Declaration of the Episcopal Conference of Yugoslavia, he said in November 2009 that "The doctrinal problem of the Medjugorje phenomenon is resolved, but its pastoral significance must still be taken into account."

For his part, Amato not only signed the letter authorizing Bishop Perić to notify the public about the canonical sanctions against Fr Vlašić, it was he who informed the Bishops of Tuscany during their 2007 ad limina visit to read a 2006 homily of Bishop Perić and to share it with their priests so that the faithful may be enlightened.

One also dares hope that the psychoanalyst on the commission, Msgr. Tony Anatrella, professor at the University of Paris and an adviser to the Pontifical Council for the Family, will examine the renowned video of Vicka's patently fake "ecstasy" and her infamous attempt to explain it away under the gaze and guidance of her Franciscan handlers. That farcical episode alone is evidence enough to bring down the whole house of cards.

On April 19, 1998, the publisher of the Schwarzer Brief sent documentation on Medjugorje to Cardinal Ratzinger, including 14 quotes from various Medjugorje books by people like René Laurentin and Bishop Paolo Hnilica, in which the impression was given that the pope and Cardinal Ratzinger had repeatedly recognized the authenticity of the apparitions. In response Cardinal Ratzinger wrote on July 22, 1998: "Thank you for sending the Claus Peter Clausens memo. He is well known to me as the publisher of the Schwarzer Brief. I can only say in response that the quotes endorsing Medjugorje which have been attributed to me and the Holy Father have been made up out of thin air" ["frei erfunden sind"].

Although it is clear that the Cardinal had discussed the issue with the Holy Father, it is nonetheless true that John Paul II himself fuelled this endless speculation by allowing Medjugorje to spiral out of control.

Michael Jones referred to this unfortunate fact in his 2009 interview with Mark Waterinckx:
When I met with then ordinary of the Diocese of Mostar-Duvno, Bishop Pavao Žanić, in 1988 he told me that Cardinal Ratzinger, who is now Pope Benedict XVI, was in complete agreement that the so-called apparitions of Medjugorje were a hoax orchestrated by the renegade order of Franciscans in his diocese. Bishop Žanić then told me that he presented the same evidence to Pope John Paul II. "And what did the pope say?" I asked. "The pope said nothing," Žanić replied. This confirms what I learned in my meetings with Cardinal Ratzinger. He was convinced that Medjugorje was a hoax from the beginning. The main reason for the inactivity in Rome was Pope John Paul II. The main reason for recent activity is Pope Benedict XVI, not new evidence.
Bishop Perić has confirmed the truth of all this. In a summary of an ad limina visit to Rome, he wrote that Pope Benedict had once commented to him that, when head of the CDF, he and his colleagues could never understand how anyone could believe in apparitions that had been going on day after day for so long.

"Vicka tells me she is praying every day for MARY TV's television station in Medjugorje to become a reality," Mr Nolan duly announced. "It's been 12 years since Our Lady spoke with her about MARY TV's project, Our Lady telling Vicka that we should get ready slowly, she herself would tell us when to begin! Please consider spreading our appeal, and sending a monthly contribution.... Mary TV is tax-exempt. You can donate by sending a check or by credit card through PayPal using the button on our home page. Bank wire transfers are possible."

Never mind the possibility of bank transfers! If you can attract 400,000 suckers to view a millionaire "seer" faking an "apparition," streaming live from the cathedral of a cardinal archbishop taught and mentored by the reigning pontiff — anything is possible!


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