Saturday, September 6, 2008

Medjugorje Suppression Underway

From the DailyMail Online:

Benedict XVI has authorised ‘severe cautionary and disciplinary measures’ against Father Tomislav Vlasic, the former ‘spiritual director’ to six children who said Our Lady was appearing to them at Medjugorje in Bosnia.

The Franciscan priest has been suspended after he refused to cooperate into claims of scandalous sexual immorality ‘aggravated by mystical motivations’. He has also been accused of ‘the diffusion of dubious doctrine, manipulation of consciences, suspected mysticism and disobedience towards legitimately issued orders’, and is suspected of heresy and schism.

Most folks here might not know about this little town in Herzegovinia. For those who don't, the Blessed Mother has allegedly been appearing there for almost 30 years. The problem is that the visionaries and their Franciscan sponsors have been most disobedient to the local bishop. The article is basically saying that the visionaries' ex-spiritual director is now under severe disciplinary measures and could very well be on his way to official excomming. Not to mention that he fathered a child with a nun, which is something of a no-no for folks pledged to celibacy.

Something I didn't know was that then-Cardinal Ratzinger had actually forbidden pilgrimages there back in 1985. My mother went on a pilgrimage there about that same time. She also had the Christ on her rosary change from silver to gold. Weird. However, given all the subsequent wackiness, I think it's less likely that we have a group of Teresa of Avilas here and more likely that these folks are deceiving a multitude of people worldwide.

3 comments:

Pilgrim said...

Best stick to believing your mom and not the untruths the Daily Mail puts out.

“The problem is that the visionaries and their Franciscan sponsors have been most disobedient to the local bishop.”
Not fact...

“Something I didn't know was that then-Cardinal Ratzinger had actually forbidden pilgrimages there back in 1985.”
That’s because he didn’t.

The DM report is riddled with inaccuracies and calumny which is a pity as the writer is a Catholic.

Try this link for an accurate account of the Vatican stance on Medjugorje. http://crownofstars.blogspot.com/2008/09/question-of-medjugorje.html

Throwback said...

Thank you for the corrections. However, I was under the impression that both Bishops Zanis and Peric (sp) had tried to restrict the visionaries' activities since they first started reporting apparitions.

Alexander said...

Davies has the best documentation on how this apparition is false:

http://www.mdaviesonmedj.com/


The first link is his book he wrote on the subject free for download.