Medjugorge is a very hotly debated topic. It's supporters insist that it's a true, citing alleged miracles, conversions, and such phenomena as Rosaries supposedly turning to gold as proof that it's really the Blessed Virgin Mary "appearing" there. They love to talk of how it's ok to believe since one day the Pope could approve it. Those who are against Medjugorge cite the bishop's statements against it's authenticity, and point out out that in many messages it contra- dicts the Teachings of the Church. So, is the Blessed Virgin Mary really appearing in Medjugorge? The answer is very simple, but many people do not want to deal with the answer for various reasons. Here are some facts about Medjugorge, first from one of the Bishop's statemets, and then from 2 books which are intended to be positive toward Medjugorge: First, from the Bishop's statement: February 1990: statement of Bp. Zanic The Truth about Medjugorje: Bishop Zanic's Latest Statement 5. The credibility of the "seers" - Mirjana Dragicevic. One month after the beginning of the "apparitions" I went to Medjugorje to question the "seers." I asked each of them to take an oath on the cross and demanded that they speak the truth. (This conversation and oath were recorded on tape.) The first one was Mirjana: "We went to look for our sheep when at once..." (The associate pastor interrupted and told me that they actually went out to smoke, which they hid from their parents.) "Wait a minute, Mirjana, you're under oath. Did you go out to look for your sheep?" She put her hand over her mouth. "Forgive me, we went out to smoke," she said. She then showed me the watch on which the "miracle" occurred because the hands of the watch had gone haywire. I took the watch to a watch expert, who said that the watch had certainly fallen and become disordered. After bringing the watch back to her I told her not to mention that a miracle occurred. Yet, on cassettes taped later on, she went to to speak of how a miracle occurred with the watch and that initially they had gone out to search for their sheep. Later on, she claimed that Our Lady said that all faiths are equal. How much can we believe Mirjana? The full text of the Bishop's statement can be found here: http://members.tripod.com/~chonak/documents/m19900201_zanic.html Second, Here is page 95 from the book "The Apparitions of Our Lady at Medjugorje" by Svetozar Kraljevic, OFM published and copyright 1984. XII ECUMENISM The six visionaries all say the Madonna has told them that, in God, differences do not exist among his (sic) 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 held in contempt, if he or she is sincere in his or her profession. GOD PRESIDEDS 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 particulat church or community? 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 DIFFERENT- LY AMONG THE CHURCHES AND MINISTERS. ALL BELIEVERS DO NOT PRAY THE SAME WAY. IT IS INTENTIONAL THAT ALL APPARITIONS ARE UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. Again, the Madonna warned against condeming a person for sincerely holding a counter belief, and emphasized that such a person must be respected. Such disdain is especially prevalent in rural areas, and shouls not be countenanced. +++++ MY COMMENT: One of the sure signs that an apparition is not from God is when the so-called seers lie. About anything. In the statement of the bishop, he shows that he caught one of the "seers" in a lie, and about the very first supposed "apparition"!!! The very first apparit- ion, by the admission of Mirjana herself, in fact never took place!!! Thus, on that one point alone, Medjugorje is proven to be a false apparition. Second, "God presides over all religions as a king controls his subjects, through his priests and ministers." ?????? The Roman Catholic Church is the one true religion founded by Jesus Christ, GOD HIMSELF. All other religions are man-created. God does not "preside" over other religions, He only permits them to remain in existence. Third: "It is not equally efficacious to belong to or pray in any chu- rch or community, because the Holy Spirit grants his power differently among the churches and ministers." ????? So, I'm supposed to believe that a Catholic, in the state of grace, praying to God after having received Holy Communion, with all the correct dispositions, is not more worthy of being heard by God than a Protestant who is, objectively, in a constant state of mortal sin because he rejects known truth? You can debate whether a given Protes- tant is ACTUALLY in a state of grace or not, but the bottom line is, OBJECTIVELY. Am I really supposed to believe that the Protestant is in a better position to have his prayer heard? This is definitely not something the Blessed Virgin Mary would say. +++++ Next, here is a quote from P. 124 of the same book. I will only quote the pertinent part. In this section of the book it is an interview; as I am working with a photocopy of the page, and I forgot who were the 2 people doing the interview, you will have to obtain a copy of the book to find out. I'm starting about one-third of the way down. 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 devil 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 pray- er 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 seper- ation from Serbians [i.e., Serbian Orthodox]and Moslems. The seperat- ion is not good The Madonna always stresses that there is but 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. (emphasis mine). +++++ MY COMMENTS: ONE CANNOT TRULY BELIEVE, BE A TRUE CHRISTIAN, IF HE DOES NOT RESPECT OTHER RELIGIONS AS WELL" ????????????? This is in complete and total contradiction of the Catholic Faith. The Church and the Bible NOWHERE teach that we must respect other religi- ons. NO WHERE. The Church and the Bible teach that we must follow all that Christ commanded, which by definition means we must be Catholic in order to attain salvation, and that we must UTTERLY REJECT all other religions, which are man-made and are in fact from the devil. +++++ Lastly, from the book "The Visions of the Children: The Apparitions of the Blessed Mother at Medjugorje" , by Janice T. Connell, copyright 1992: Page 119 (the 2nd question asked, on the sixth line own the page.) This is an interview with Vicka: 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 on earth who have made division. She says we are all children of God our Father. Jesus redeemed all. Not everyone accepts redemption. We have to choose God, to choose heaven. +++++ MY COMMENT: What more proof could an objective person who truly desi- res to follow the will of GOD possibly need that Medjugorje is a false apparition? It's straight from the so-called "seers" themselves. To lie about anything having to do with an apparition, let alone about the very first supposed one is to prove that the "appariton" is not from God. In addition, to say that the Blessed Virgin Mary is not calling all to become Catholic is blasphemy. The Blessed Virgin Mary wills what God wills, and God wills the salvation of all. And the only way to attain salvation is to die a practicing Catholic in the state of grace. PERIOD. To assert anything contrary is to put yourself outside the Church, and if you do not repent of such before death, to condemn yourself to Hell forever. Medjugorje is a false apparition which MUST be rejected as false.