In marking the 100th Anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis traveled top Fatima and canonized the two younger shepherd children, Francisco and Jacinta. Despite the numerous problems associated with this act(the horrendously modern-looking church used, the dubious canonization process), this recognition should be praised as positive for the universal Church and her members.
Pope Francis unfortunately spoke several more questionable statements and novelties over the weekend, many of which you may read about on other traditional websites. However, many statements made were quite interesting, such as these remarks on the Medjugorje “apparitions”(from the attached link above):
“‘The (commission) report has its doubts. I personally am more nasty. I prefer the Madonna as mother, our mother, and not a Madonna who is the head of a telegraph office, who every day sends a message at such-and-such an hour. This is not the Mother of Jesus,” he said.
“Who thinks that the Madonna says, ‘Come tomorrow at this time, and at such time I will deliver a message to that visionary?'” he said.
But Francis acknowledged that some people who go to Medjugorje experience a spiritual renewal and “encounter God, change their lives.”
Although these remarks were made in another off-the-cuff airplane interview and in his usual speaking style, the Holy Father has done much good here. He notes the questionable results of the Commission to investigate these apparitions and comments on the rather erratic, unusual behavior of who supposedly is the “Madonna”. Will all of those Medjugorje devotees preach obedience to the Holy Father here, as they usually criticize us for not obeying? Some may, but others have highlighted his words that this is his personal opinion.
While these are good reasons to question these claimed visions, there are other reasons why Catholics are obliged to reject them. For one, it is doubtful that the children are often even in ecstasy much of the time, as proven by the French journalist who made a seer flinch when he snapped his fingers by her face. But the main reason we must condemn the Medjugorje craze is the many “ecumenical” statements made by “Our Lady” to multiple seers affirming that all religions are dear to her Son and that we cannot be believers if we do not respect other religions as well. Clearly such remarks are both blasphemous and heretical. So the Mother of God would not distinguish between individuals and the false religions themselves? We are required under pain of sin not to accept these statements, and this is what particularly dooms the Medjugorje visions. It is unsettling that the Pope did not mention these questions, perhaps because he unfortunately finds no problem with them. These affirmations differ very little from those made at Vatican II concerning the ecumenical movement.
But why then are there several examples of conversions from visiting Medjugorje? A short excerpt from sspx.org:
“…However, Dan Burke at the National Catholic Register points out that although God can bring good out of evil if He chooses, among the evil fruits of Medjugorje are disobedience and disrespect of the local bishop in a matter clearly within the purview of his authority. It is concerning that this disobedience supported and encouraged by the supposed messages of Our Lady through the “seers.”
Moreover, the personal lives of a number of the disobedient clerics involved with the apparitions do not stand up to scrutiny.”
The good intention of a soul may move the Hand of God to provide the necessary graces, but this does not justify these supposed “visions”. We must reject the falsehoods present and defend the honor and glory of Our Lady. For a comprehensive refutation of the Medjugorje apparitions, here is the full, acclaimed work of the late traditional writer, Michael Davies:
Mr. Davies’ book has been of great assistance to souls trying to see through this dangerous cloak thinly covering such a diabolical manifestation. Let us act accordingly and help souls to see the truth, while praying that the Authorities continue to oppose these visions, but in a more clear, defined manner.
~ Steven C.