Medjugorje - True Apparition or Hoax?
Medjugorje is a very controversial topic. There are many books about Medjugorje, both those that promote it, and those that expose the realities of it. The basic problem with Medjugorje is it's supporters are completely blind to anything that would, to an objective person, make it totally obvious that it can't be a true apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The supporters always talk about all the good things that come out of it: the conversions, the vocations, the confessions, the messages of pray, fast, convert, etc. But mention that Medjugorje contradicts the Church, and they will throw the Pope at you. "The Pope approves" and all sorts of other unproven statements. Mention that the "visionaries" and the Franciscans are disobedient to the bishop of the diocese and they sweep it away with such excuses as, "The bishop has no jurisdiction over the Franciscans." and other such things. Even if he doesn't have it over the Franciscans, he certainly has it over the "visionaries", and since they do not cease their activities despite the bishop's ordering them to do so, they are disobedient to the bishop. The bishop is attacked by the "Gospa", and this is written off by Medjugorje supporters as being no problem. Well, here is some food for thought. There are two books that were written in support of Medjugorje, and in them is to be found the key to the truth of Medjugorje. First, keep in mind, that no true apparition can EVER contradict the teaching of the Catholic Church or the Bible in any way, shape, or form. Second, it is a fact that the Catholic Church has defined infallibly that no one can be saved outside the Church. A person must be a Catholic in the state of grace when they die to go to heaven. Third, the Catholic Church is the ONE, and ONLY Church founded by Jesus Christ, and the ONLY Church which can give all people the means to be saved. Fourth, it is a fact that if you reject one article of faith that the Catholic Church teaches, you in fact reject them all. Now, if you are truly well versed in what the Catholic Church teaches, and you truly believe in what the Church teaches, it will be obvious that there is no way Medjugorje could be a real apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Exhibit 1: (All Emphasis mine, where I have * around the quote.) From the book "The Apparitions of Our Lady at Medjugorje" by Svetozar Kraljevic, OFM 1984 Page 95 XII ECUMENISM The six visionaries all say the Madonna has told them that, in God, differences do not exist among his people; therefore diversity in religion need not seperate people. Differences arise in the mundane world only because people isolate themselves. Every person, she says, must be respected, despite his or her particular profession of faith. No religious person should be held in contempt, if he or she is sin- cere in his or her profession. *GOD PRESIDES OVER ALL RELIGIONS AS A KING CONTROLS HIS SUBJECTS, THROUGH HIS PRIESTS AND MINISTERS.* Mary emphasized, however, that Jesus Christ is the only mediator of salvation. Is there an essential difference among, say, Catholics and Protest- ants - in belonging to and praying in a particular church or commun- ity? The Virgin answered: "It is not equally efficacious to belong to or pray in any church or community, because the Holy Spirit grants his power differently among the churches and ministers. All believers do NOT pray the same way. It is intentional that all apparitions are under the auspicies of the Catholic Church." Again, the Madonna warned against condemning a person for sincerely holding a counter belief, and emphasized that such a person must be respected. Such disdain is especailly prevalent in rural areas, and should not be countenanced. ***NOTE: This is an exact word for word quote of the entire page (95) of this book. If you want to verify this, get the book. Now, as any objective person who is truly knowlegeable about the Catholic Faith can see, God DOES NOT PRESIDE OVER ALL RELIGIONS LIKE A KING. THIS IS ABSOLUTE HERESY. God is the Founder and Author of only ONE religion, the CATHOLIC religion, headed by the Pope, who is the Vicar of Christ on earth. NO OTHER RELIGION IS OF GOD, TRULY BELIEVES IN GOD, OR WORSHIPS GOD. But there is more: Exhibit 2: Page 124 (the same book) T stands for the interviewer, M stands for Mirjana, if I remember right. God therefore, allowed the devil one century in which to exercise an extended power over the world, and the devil chose the twentieth century. Today, as we see all around us, everyone is dissatisfied; they cannot abide each other. Examples are the number of divorces and abortions. All this, the madonna said, is the work of the devil. T: You have said that the devil has entered into some marriages. Is his rule limited to those marriages? M: No. That is just the beginning. T: This behavior of people - they're under the influence of the devil. But the devil does not have to be IN them? M: No, no. The davil is not IN them, but they're under the influence of the devil, although he enters into SOME of them. To prevent this, at least to some extent, the Madonna said we need communal prayer,family prayer. She stressed the need for family prayer most of all. Also, every family should have at least one sacred object in the house, and houses should be blessed regularly. She also emphasized the failings of religious people, especially in small villages - for example, here in Medjugorje, where there is seperation from Serbians [i.e., Serbain Orthodox] and Moslems. This seperation is not good. The Madonna always stresses that there is one God, and that people have enforced unnatural seperation. *ONE CANNOT TRULY BELIEVE, BE A TRUE CHRISTIAN, IF HE DOES NOT RESPECT OTHER RELIGIONS AS WELL. YOU DO NOT REALLY BELIEVE IN GOD IF YOU MAKE FUN OF OTHER RELIGIONS.* T: What, then, is the role of Jesus Christ, if the Moslem religion is a good religion? M: We did not discuss that. She merely explained, and deplored, the lack of religious unity, "especially in the villages." *SHE SAID THAT EVERYBODY'S RELIGION SHOULD BE RESPECTED*, and of course one's own. ***NOTE: So, according this "visionary", and this "Gospa" we can't be true Christains unless we RESPECT OTHER RELIGIONS!? REALLY? That's not what Pope Pius IX taught in his Syllabus of Errors. That's not what Pope Pius XI taught in his encyclical 'Mortalium Animos'. That's not what any other Pope ever officially taught. WE ARE NEVER OBLIGATED TO RESPECT OTHER RELIGIONS, ERROR HAS NO RIGHTS! Exhibit 3: From the book "The Visions of the Children" by Janice T. Connell 1992 Mary, The Bearer of Light (on pages 118 & 119, Interview with Vicka) (Here I will list the pertinent question and answer, from p. 119) Q. Is the Blessed Mother calling all people on earth to be Catholic? A. *NO. THE BLESSED MOTHER SAYS ALL RELIGIONS ARE DEAR TO HER AND HER SON.* She says it is we who have made divisions. She says we are all children of God our Father. Jesus redeemed all. Not everyone accepts redemption. We have to choose God, choose heaven. ***NOTE: Here again is the claim that the Blessed Virgin Mary said that all religions are equal. And that is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE. The Blessed Virgin Mary CANNOT, and DOES NOT, EVER, contradict Jesus or His Church. To make a claim like this so-called seer did, is to utter nothing less than blasphemy against God and the Blessed Virgin Mary, PERIOD. There are other sources that show what Medjugorje is all about. Check out the links below: