CDF Comes Out With Statement on Medjugorje

Yesterday, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) came out with a short statement in regards to the seers at Medjugorje. In short, the faithful are not to host, or attend any events in which the seers are at. Here is the full letter:

CDF to USCCB on Medjugorje

I for one think that this is a good thing. From what I have read and from what I’ve seen I do not feel that there is any credibility to these apparitions.

I would like to point out though that there have been many alleged miracles that have apparently been taking place here and I would like to point out that even if these miracles are real, the apparitions can still be fake, but the miracles may be true because God does work in mysterious ways.

We have to be open to what basically the CDF has said. These apparitions are not approved as of yet. Though, I do believe that some of these miracles that have allegedly occurred are true because I believe in miracles. I’m a perfect example as well as every other convert is a perfect example of being a miracle. I’m not trying to be prideful, but I’m just trying to show that I was, and still am a poor sinner, who was basically walking a path to destruction unknowingly, thinking I was doing good and yet here I am now following the One True God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and following His Church.

As Catholics we recognize that miracles occur, and we recognize that God works in interesting circumstances. Good life examples of miracles happening with bad circumstances would be the complete curing of some terrible disease, or that of cancer or organ failure or really any other disease that causes chronic wasting of the body. I would highly suggest, instead of spending so much time with Medjugorje, that we spend more time looking at approved apparitions, such as that of Lourdes, Fatima (which led to my conversion), Guadalupe or any other approved apparition.

Again, I’m not saying that the miracles that have occurred at Medjugorje are false, my belief (and it appears that of the Church as well) is that the “apparitions” are false. God is Almighty and Powerful. Even through a lie, if the faithful gather, believing that God can cure them, God can work with that.

2 Comments

  1. Stephen says:

    November 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I think what’s important to recognize is that there distinction that is to be made between that which is preternatural and that which is supernatural. That there have been events that are above or beyond human nature at Medjugorje. They have conducted various commissions, with scientific evidence gathered that points toward this as a reality. For instance, scientists have hooked up brain measurement instruments to the visionaries while they are reportedly seeing their “vision” and they have been off the chart. They have had doctors poke these visionaries with needles without the slightest response from the visionaries. Objectively speaking, this isn’t normal. These things, accompanied by pilgrims who are having their rosaries turning to gold and being healed of various illness points toward the preternatural, or that which is above human nature.

    One could argue that this is a demonic deception. The thing that I have a hard time with in that is that Satan would go bezerk telling millions of souls to go to confession, pray the rosary. A kingdom that is divided against itself cannot stand. Hell is definatly in union in one regard: preventing the kingdom of God from spreading to the hearts of man. I just dont think Satan would be willing to risk this….Some (not you) have stated that he is willnig to do this if it will create division and rebellion in the church. But the majority of people I know including myself who is adamiate about the apparitions would be willing to accept it if the church said nope. Disapoointed. Yes absolutly. But loose faith over it? Thats a stretch.

    That said, up to this point, there has been nothing formally condemning the apparitions. Years ago the bishop of the diocese wanted to do so, (in great part for reason with conflict between the bishop and the Franciscan friars over land dispute that had been going on a long time before the apparitions began), but the bishop had his authority to do so taken away by Cardinal Ratzinger. From that very day it has been declared that they cannot yet declare the supernatural nature…. Partly because they are still ongoing and need to stop before any formal declaration can been made, and partly because she is prophesying of events that have not yet occurred. For instance she referances a sign appearing at the sight of the apparition which she has reportly stated will serve as proof of Her apparitions. Thus one might conclude that if this the sign will have to occur before a formal declaration of supernatural is proclaimed.

    Still, what is new is the fact that now, they are not simply stating that the supernatural events “cannot be confirmed” (which isnt a condemnation), but are also banning the faithful, or appear to be taking a more strict posture in this regard. This will likely shake the faith of many believers in Medjugorje….. However this, I actually find interesting. The visionary Vicka once stated that she was told by the Blessed Virgin that shortly before the first secret of Medjugorje begins, something would happen in the Church that will shake the faith of many who follow the apparitions. This was something she stated as far back as 1992 and related publicly.

    I think what is going to come after this new investigation ends is a declaration still that the apparitions “cannot be confirmed supernatural” I think the commission will simply maintain this stance, particularly since the reported apparitions are still ongoing. But I also think that something new will be added: A more formalized declaration that the faithful are not to go to the apparition site or participate in public events as is already being suggested by the doctrine of faith right now.

    They did this with Padre Pio and St. Faustina as well. In fact, St. Fuastinas writings were banned for many years. Pope John XXIII had placed the books on a list of forbidden books at the Vatican library. This lasted for over 20 years. It doesn’t mean that he didn’t support what St. Faustina said in writing…it just means and goes to show how cautious the church is in matters of private revelation. They are very cautious. . The Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Dr. Joaquin Navarro-Valls once stated that “You cannot say people cannot go there until it has been proven false.” But based on the history of what we have seen with the writings of the saints I would respectfully disagree with this. The history of writings like St. Fautina give witness that you really can have a ban even if something will later be authenticated.

    But in the end if they really are from God than things will work out for Medjugorje. I definatly respect the opinion of anyone who believes otherwise. I think your advice on the matter is the best even if we disagree on this anyways. If in doubt, trust the approved apparitions and wait on these unapproved ones until the Church makes a more formal proclamation.

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