A whole pilgrimage industry has arisen over claims that a small number have been seeing the mother of Jesus, the gospa, at Medjugorje since 1981.  When they go around the world she even follows them on the plane!  The visions lack credibility.

EXTRACTS FROM Christian Order Magazine

February 2012

The majority of the pious public has naively fallen victim of the great propaganda. These people themselves have become the greatest propaganda for the events. They do not even stop to think that the truth has been hidden by deliberate falsehoods.

Angel of Light?

It all begs the most intriguing and fundamental question: is the Medjugorje "Gospa" just a money-spinning fabrication, or an Angel of Light [2 Cor. 11:14]?

As an ardent disciple of the "Gospa," renowned exorcist Fr Gabriele Amorth would clearly not entertain either question. "I always understood Medjugorje as a continuation of Fatima," he said in July 2002. On the contrary, Andrea Gemma, Bishop-Emeritus of Isernia-Venafro, one of the greatest living exorcists, has bluntly stated that "the seers are lying under the inspiration of Satan to enrich themselves economically":

"It is a phenomenon which is absolutely diabolical, ... this whole sham is the work of the Demon. ... These persons who claim to be in contact with Our Lady, but who in reality are inspired solely and exclusively by Satan, are creating tumult and confusion among the faithful for absolutely deplorable interests and advantages. ... Behold why I speak of a mixture of interests, personal and diabolical; the false seers and their helpers’ pocket money, and the Devil creates discord between the faithful and the Church."

Asked what the "seers" would be seeing if they really believed Our Lady was appearing — Marija, for instance, speaks of "having the most intimate experiences of the gentleness and wisdom of the Madonna's advice and the Madonna's answers to my personal questions" — the Bishop replied:

"In reality they would see Satan under one of his disguised forms. Because Satan has every interest in splitting the Church, pitting the two currents of ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ Medjugorje. And it would not be something new: Saint Paul himself asserts that the Devil can also appear as an Angel of Light and that he can disguise himself. ... But beyond his travesties, the Evil One has already intervened and I can assure you that it his he who has been inspiring the false seers since the beginning with the lure of easy money." [Interview with Petrus. See CO, Aug-Sept 2008]

His explanation certainly gels with this snapshot by Mark Alessio:

The details of the "apparitions" themselves border on the grotesque. Here is a "Madonna" who allows people to tramp on her veil, who once became "blackened" as the result of being pawed by sinners and who appeared on another occasion sporting a "dark, hideous face," a devil’s head, according to "seer" Mirjana Pavlovic! In his must-read booklet, Apparitions at Medjugorje?, Bro. Michael of the Holy Trinity described the atmosphere of Medjugorje as "unwholesome." The apparition "burst out laughing" while speaking of the turmoils that have divided local clergy and the Church hierarchy; little children are "seized with panic and began to cry" after the apparition causes a ball of light to explode; an "appalling noise" is heard coming from the mountain of the apparitions; the "Virgin of Medjugorje" alternately laughs, threatens, scowls and sometimes terrifies those in her vicinity [The Remnant, 30/9/08].

Bishop Gemma's take is also strengthened by his accurate forecast in the same interview, that "soon the Vatican will intervene with something explosive to unmask once and for all who is behind this deceit." Within a month, Rome had notified the Bishop of Mostar of its suspension of the aforementioned Fr (now Mr) Tomislav Vlašić. What Bishop Gemma was alluding to was the occult aspect of the Vlašić downfall. Referred to by Bishop Žanić in 1984 as a "mystifier and charismatic magician," and accused of "suspected mysticism" in the Vatican file that brought him down, authentic documentation testifies that while in Medjugorje he conjured up evil spirits. (Also telling is the bold and perverse way he tried to turn the tables and shift suspicion, by casting his antagonist, the local bishop, as the Devil's agent instead. In a January 1985 letter he sent to one of his contacts in the Vatican, asking for protection from the bishop, he wrote: "We have to admit that Satan can also work through the structures of the Church.")

This dark side lends credence to the personal testimony of Mark Waterinckx. On several occasions between 1984 and 1995, during his 22 pilgrimages to Medjugorje, he encountered cases of real demonic possession:

In one case I was even able to make a very remarkable tape recording of the event wherein, as I later understood, the prince of darkness already in 1989 announced the coming civil war in Bosnia.

But in Medjugorje lying and cheating prevail. All the exorcisms which occur there, take place without permission of the local bishop and are therefore not valid. It is therefore understandable that Satan does not let himself be driven out of possessed persons in Medjugorje. In such a situation of manipulation, lies, fraud and disobedience to Church authorities, he would be completely at ease.

He recounts two episodes:

• In the front garden of Vicka’s house a group of people were trying to exorcise an Italian lady in July 1987. Five people (under whom was Vicka) were required to subdue the woman. I recognised this case as authentic and drove by car to the presbytery to obtain the assistance of a priest. Father Ivan Dugandzic, a theologian and former member of the second bishop’s commission on Medjugorje, refused to come. His explanation was frightening: "Some time ago, together with 5 Franciscan priests we tried to exorcise a person over 14 days, while fasting on bread and water, …without result! We were exhausted...."

• In July 1989 the same thing occurred. At the "Christus vincit" in the church, there was terrifying screaming. The young Italian woman was brought outside behind the church and a number of people began to exorcise her. Some pilgrims came to look, others came to join in prayer and others made fun of it. From a distance I heard some fragments of words: … sono maledetto (I am damned)… la voleva Satana (Satan wanted this)… quanto vi odio (how much I hate you)…. I quickly got my tape recorder and without anybody noticing I recorded the following: sono il principe della superbio (I am the prince of pride)… ti odio (I hate you)… non voglio vedere quella croce (I don’t want to see that cross)… sono Beëlzebub (I am B.)… salo (filth)… sono il maëstro solo (I am the only master)… fano malo (they do evil)… All screaming: … ho paura della croce (I am scared of the cross)… ho paura della luce (I am afraid of the light)… ho paura dell'amore (I am afraid of love)… Satana e qui (Satan is here)… Threatening: la bataglia sara destruciendo (the battle shall be destructive)!

The last sentence could refer to the spiritual battle for souls, or to the Apocalypse. But, when two years later in 1991, the war broke out, first in Slovenia, then in Croatia and later in Bosnia Herzegovina, I began to think differently.

The following day I spoke with the [possessed] Italian lady in all calm. She quietly took the rosary out of her pocket and said determinedly: "Jesus and Mary are stronger than satan. Together with them I shall overcome in the end."

Naturally this tape-recording is a remarkable testimony. I therefore waited six years (from 1989 to 1995) before publicising this incredible fact. In my view it is proof of the Christian dogma that evil exists as a person and not just as a concept. In fact it proves much more. Such tape recordings are not uncommon, but in this case I have not received it as a copy, as for example in the case of Anneliese Michel from Klingenberg [see "The Monumental Struggle," CO April & May 2010 - Ed.]. I experienced it myself and recorded it in great secrecy. That the last prophecy has come true is common knowledge. Two to three hundred thousand dead and about 3 to 4 million refugees in ex-Yugoslavia.

As for the "Gospa" herself, in a 2009 interview with Michael Jones, conducted just after the defrocking of Tomislav Vlašić (a decision that vindicated everything Jones had exposed decades before), Waterinckx suggested that only self-designated mediums claim to see the Virgin Mary while pilgrims "communicate" with her, "believing in what they actually don't see." Among the first to stand up to the intimidating, all-powerful Medj industry and reveal the ugly truth about the "seers" and their Franciscan handlers, Jones demurred:

First of all, I disagree with you when you say that the pilgrims who have gone to Medjugorje have never seen anything. Shortly after the publication of The Medjugorje Deception, I got a call from a Unitarian from Boston who had gone to Medjugorje with a number of pious Italian ladies from Boston. He then related the following incident: While standing in his room waiting to go down to dinner, he saw a naked woman walk through the open doorway to his room. She then walked across the room and then walked through the wall. Medjugorje, I learned from a priest who heard confessions there for years, is infested with evil spirits. This charge came out one year ago when the bishop of Mostar released his dossier on Tomislav Vlašić. In addition to sexual improprieties, Vlasic was also guilty of trafficking in spirits. Hence, the demonic infestation at Medjugorje.

As St. John of the Cross said,"The devil rejoices when people seek private revelations." That is so because they are so easy to fabricate.


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