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Report: Vatican commission will ask alleged visionaries to reveal Medjugorje ‘secrets’

Catholic World News - July 15, 2010

The six alleged Medjugorje visionaries will testify before a Vatican commission, most likely in early autumn, and will be asked to reveal the “secrets” with which they say they have been entrusted, according to a report on the Petrus web site. In March, the Holy See Press Office had announced that the commission, led by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the retired vicar of the Rome diocese, would assess the authenticity of the apparitions that have reportedly taken place in Bosnia-Herzegovina since 1981.

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  • Posted by: laurieolsen3829 - Jul. 17, 2010 7:30 AM ET USA

    To correct misinformation: 1) Fr. Jozo is a priest in good standing. 2) St. Bernadette received secrets from the BVM which she never revealed, although asked to do so many times by the commission. Read Laurentin's book. 3) The BVM never told Sr. Lucia that she could not reveal the 3-part vision; it was Sr. L's own choice. The bishop asked her many times; she refused. Only when ordered by him to write it down did she do so. So, no violation of BVM's instructions. The bishop also kept it secret.

  • Posted by: Lilacs2me - Jul. 16, 2010 6:17 PM ET USA

    I thought the Church had already spoken via original and present Bishop (and bishops conference) who have stated there is nothing supernatural going on in Medjugorje. Preturnatural maybe, but not heavenly. The Vatican is not going to overturn the opinion of lawful bishops, whose authority it is to determine the validity of apparitions in their respective dioceses.

  • Posted by: Te_Deum - Jul. 16, 2010 11:32 AM ET USA

    The real Blessed Virgin Mary would encourage such visionaries to obey such a commission, formed by the Holy Father, who has been given the power to bind and lose here on earth. Unfortunately, that is one lesson not included in those formed in "Our Lady of Medjugorje". Reactions among supporters to this unconfirmed news piece is very interesting. It is clear that a certain number will place a higher value on what the "gospa" says, than on Scripture, Tradition, or Magisterium teaches.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jul. 16, 2010 10:25 AM ET USA

    lauriem5377, Any true apparition from Our Lady would insist that the visionaries obey legitimate Church authorities whose government after all was set up by her son, Jesus Himself. If Medj is true, proper authority will be respected by all. So far, I'm skeptical that it has, starting with the rebellious Franciscans such as defrocked former Fr Jozo.

  • Posted by: laurieolsen3829 - Jul. 16, 2010 3:27 AM ET USA

    Having been to Medj many times, I would fully expect the commission to do a thorough job. Asking about the secrets must be part of the investigation. It is unlikely, however, that the visionaries will reveal anything prior to the appointed time. As regards rumors of when/where/how meetings between the visionaries and members of the commission might take place, Petrus is hardly a credible source on this topic. I am disappointed that CatholicCulture would site it.

  • Posted by: RC - Jul. 15, 2010 7:34 PM ET USA

    An English translation of the Petrus article is available at: http://catholiclight.stblogs.org/archives/2010/07/from-petrus-the.html

  • Posted by: parochus - Jul. 15, 2010 6:05 PM ET USA

    Just listened to a group of kids last night who recently got back from Medjugorje. What did they bring back from their trip? Peace, an understanding of God's mercy, the Eucharist, Confession, prayer and fasting. It's pretty much the same thing I brought back in 1988 - a generation ago and before these kids were born. If Medjugorje is from the devil, he really appears to be shooting himself in the foot.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jul. 15, 2010 5:37 PM ET USA

    If there are secrets entrusted to them, they will only be able to reveal them if Our Lady permits them to do so.

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