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Pope Francis: ‘we are coming close to a decision’ on Medjugorje

June 08, 2015

In a June 6 evening press conference during his return flight from Sarajevo to Rome, Pope Francis commented on the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, denounced the “cancer” of consumerism and relativism, and described overuse of computer technology as a “psychological illness.”

Commenting on Medjugorje, Pope Francis said that Pope Benedict XVI had “convened a committee presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini; there were other cardinals, theologians and specialists on the committee as well. They did an investigation, and Cardinal Ruini came to me and gave me the study they did, after many years of labor, I don’t know, maybe three of four years, more or less. They did a fine job, a fine job indeed.”

Referring to feria quarta (Wednesday), the day on which the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith holds a meeting on a specific topic, the Pope added that Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Congregation’s prefect,

told me that he would be having a feria quarta at the right time; I think it was done on the last Wednesday of the month. But I am not sure… We are close to coming to a decision. And then the results will be communicated. For the moment, all that is being done is to give guidelines to the bishops, but along the lines that will be taken. Thank you!

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, clarified that the feria quarta on Medjugorje has not yet taken place.


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  • Posted by: chady - Jun. 08, 2015 6:12 PM ET USA

    The CDF may decide that the facts of the case do not require any further penal action and propose, or confirm, some non-penal administrative provisions for the sake of the common good of the Church. Against such provisions of the CDF, it is not possible to make hierarchic recourse to the Apostolic Signatura but only to the Cardinal and Bishop members in Ordinary Session of the CDF, commonly known by the name Feria Quarta.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Jun. 08, 2015 9:31 AM ET USA

    "For the moment, all that is being done is to give guidelines to the bishops, but along the lines that will be taken." Since the guidelines now given to bishops are that Medjugorje events such as "visionaries" having a "vision" are not permissible, nor is it permissible for the faithful to attend such events, if the translation is accurate in suggesting that this is "along the lines that will be taken" then it is further suggestion that the legitimacy of the Medjugorje "visions" will be rejected