Medjugorje decision coming soon

June 08, 2015
Source: District of the USA

Pope Francis recently stated that the Vatican will "soon" be announcing a decision about the Medjugorje apparitions.

Catholic World News has reported on Pope Francis' reply to a Bosnian journalist's June 6th in-flight inquiry about the status of the Vatican's decision concerning the purported apparitions at Medjugorje:

"We’re at this point of making decisions …and then they will be announced".

By way of background to this forthcoming decision from the Holy See, CNA also provided this information:

In April 1991, the bishops of the former Yugoslavia determined that 'on the basis of the research that has been done, it is not possible to state that there were apparitions or supernatural revelations.'

On the basis of those findings, and because the commission was still in the process of its investigation, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith directed last October that clerics and the faithful 'are not permitted to participate in meetings, conferences or public celebrations during which the credibility of such 'apparitions' would be taken for granted.'"

According to Pope Francis the commission “made a study and Cardinal Ruini came to me and consigned the study to me after many years. I don’t know, three or four years, more or less” and in investigating "certain doctrinal and disciplinary aspects of the phenomenon of Medjugorje" it "did good work".

The Medjugorje apparitions have been a source of controversy for several decades, not only because of the content of the supposed messages (let alone their frequency) but also because of the surrounding local politics (such as disobedience to the local bishop).

For more background on this subject, a comprehensive study by the late traditionalist apologist Michael Davies can be read at Medjugorje: A Warning.

We also take this opportunity to remind our readers of the USA District's ongoing Fatima Apostolate, which has the object of spreading the Message of Our Lady, devotion to her Immaculate Heart and the First Saturdays.