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The Vatican granted Father Tomislav Vlasic his request and laicized him. An ongoing investigation into growing concerns over the alleged apparitions continues. Continue Reading

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  1. Catherine
    5 years ago

    Again, the Pope does not judge apparitions around the globe, it is the local Bishop's job and authority to do that, and he has already banned pilgrimages there. The Pope doing so as well would be redundant. Please see this article written by a priest as it gives information about discerning apparitions:http://www.miraclehunter.com/marian_apparitions/discernment/

    This site does not go over individual apparitions, but gives only general applicable guidelines, so please consider reading it.

  2. h waltman
    5 years ago

    Just who is this man reporting this? Why am I reading this on this supposed Catholic website. Time will tell if Mary is truly appearing. There have been many miracles here. Let us see what comes of this place. Keep the ANTI CATHOLIC reporters out. HELEN

  3. Jean
    5 years ago

    Respectfully and humbly

    Monika one is not obligated to follow private revelation.

    If the good Lord sent us our Lady at Medjurgorje Im sure that truth will show itself.

    Even at Fatima and other sights there were false things from the evil one going on.

    If Medjurgorje brought you back to our Lord Jesus Christ God Bless you.

  4. norman holland
    5 years ago

    our pope benedict xv1 has never banned pilgrimages to medjugorje,and also the priest in question hasnt lived in medjugorje for over 20 years,whats happening in medjugorje is true,our lady is appearing their,i was cured of a growth their in september 2002, during an apparition with ivan and our lady,i also saw her with my own eyes,

  5. Deacon Keith Fournier
    5 years ago

    Please notice that this article was republished on Catholic Online. See Below:

    UPDATE: Former Medjugorje Priest Laicized: Not a Judgement on Purported Apparition

    http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=34172

    We take no position on Medjugorje. We have experienced the fruits of conversion in the lives of many who have visited the site. We certainly understand the vital role of Our Lady in the plan of salvation. We also trust the Church in her judgement on these kinds of matters and await further direction.

    In the interim, we will continue to publish news and welcome further reports.

  6. micki
    5 years ago

    Please see the actual news posting from www.zenit.org (7/29/09. What happened to Tomislav Vlasic has NOTHING to do with Medjugorje and whether the Church approves or disapproves what is happening there since 1981. Here is a cut and paste, but you are welcomed to go there directly and read the NEWS not commentary yourself.
    Former Medjugorje Priest Laicized


    Superior: Not a Judgment on Pilgrimage Site



    By Jesús Colina

    VATICAN CITY, JULY 29, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI's approval of the laicization of Father Tomislav Vlasic is not a judgment on the claims that Mary is appearing in Medjugorje, says his former superior, the procurator-general of the Franciscan Friars Minor.

    Father Francesco Bravi told ZENIT today that the laicization was not imposed by the Holy See, but rather was in response to a request presented by Father Vlasic himself, to be dispensed both of priestly celibacy and his religious vows.

    "He requested it," Father Bravi said, adding that, although Father Vlasic was the assistant pastor in Medjugorje when the first apparitions were reported, the priest has been living in Italy for more than two decades.

    He was a religious of the Franciscan province of St. Bernardino di Siena (L'Aquila) and had founded the community "Kraljice mira potsuno Tvoji -- po Mariji k Isusu" (Queen of Peace, Totally Yours -- Through Mary to Jesus).

    Vlasic asked the Holy See to be dispensed from the obligations of priestly ministry, Father Bravi added, because he does not want to accept the sanctions that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith imposed in 2008. These sanctions were levied because of reports about Vlasic regarding "the diffusion of dubious doctrine, manipulation of consciences, suspected mysticism, disobedience towards legitimately issued orders and charges contra sextum [against the 6th Commandment]," that decree explains.

    The decree announced five sanctions, including the obligation to remain in one of the Franciscan houses, to refrain from contact with any of the Queen of Peace group, and to leave aside the care of souls, preaching, etc.

    Father Bravi told ZENIT that Vlasic did not acknowledge the accusations and therefore was unwilling to accept the sanctions.

    Father Vlasic had an important role at the beginning of the Medjugorje event in 1981, when the six youth began to affirm that Our Lady was appearing to them. However, he was transferred to Italy in 1985.

    Though he has publicly and in writing offered interpretations of Medjugorje, he has on occasion been contradicted by the visionaries. For example, he affirmed that the community he founded was born because of an express wish of the Virgin, but Marija Pavlovic, one of the visionaries, denied this in a letter she sent to the Holy See.

    The bishop of Mostar, where Medjugorje is located, has made declarations against the apparitions, but the phenomenon continues to be studied by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

    Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in his "The Last Secret of Fatima," published in 2007, said the bishop's declarations are not the definitive and official judgment of the Church. He clarified that personal pilgrimages are permitted to the site, as the investigations continue.
    God Bless you... continue to find out all you can about Medjugorje...Pray, Pray, Pray

  7. Monika Garlisi
    5 years ago

    PEOPLE !! Medjugorje is a continuation of Fatima!! What don't you get ?!!!! People are posting comments that it's from the devil! Listen to yourselves!! Do you hear ANY THING bad or negative in the past 28 yrs?? Anything?? Do your research carefully before you you disqualify Medjugorje. One person said that people worship Medjugorje and not the Blessed Sacrament in their own parishes. What does our BL. Mother say in Medjugorje? To fall in love with the blessed sacrament. Do you think the devil would be telling you this PEOPLE!!! Wake up and do your research first! I've never been to Medjugorje and it changed my life. From not attending mass, not knowing what adoration was, not confessing, praying for peace or the rosary, not anything to I now can't live without those things and it changed my life! All thanks to our Bl. Mothers messages from Medjugorje. Do you HONESTLY think its the devils work!!!!Wake up and smell the roses people!!

  8. Okee Igboegbunam
    5 years ago

    One thing to be sure is "Apparition" is not an Article of Catholic Faith. But it does follow that whenever and wherever it purportedly happened, the faithfuls are the better. It increases faith and draw people closer to God. The messages are seminally related. This is the case of Umunya, South East Nigeria in the 1990s where a local Anglican girl claimed to have been visited by the Virgin. For me,the strangest string to the event is in the fact of the Apparition Stream: Unlike all the springs and rivers in my area, it was not named or dedicated to any god/goddess. It was simply called "Nwa-Onye?" (Whose Own?). My family own the land adjacent to the Spring and I did ask the elders for the history of the "Spring" and explanation for the name. They made some points, stating that the brook has an artificial Spring which was constructed in the 20s, but that it is not the only one with such construction. All others were named after one form of deity or another by ancient traditionalists. Visitors attributes Healing to the visit. The "visionary" herself is now married but people still throng the area. The point being made is: "If she comes and we believe, we will be blessed because we did. And if not, we loose nothing because we had gone only to pray and relax our curiosities".

  9. Okee Igboegbunam
    5 years ago

    One thing to be sure is "Apparition" is not an Article of Catholic Faith. But it does follow that whenever and wherever it purportedly happened, the faithfuls are the better. It increases faith and draw people closer to God. The messages are seminally related. This is the case of Umunya, South East Nigeria in the 1990s where a local Anglican girl claimed to have been visited by the Virgin. For me,the strangest string to the event is in the fact of the Apparition Stream: Unlike all the springs and rivers in my area, it was not named or dedicated to any god/goddess. It was simply called "Nwa-Onye?" (Whose Own?). My family own the land adjacent to the Spring and I did ask the elders for the history of the "Spring" and explanation for the name. They made some points, stating that the brook has an artificial Spring which was constructed in the 20s, but that it is not the only one with such construction. All others were named after one form of deity or another by ancient traditionalists. Visitors attributes Healing to the visit. The "visionary" herself is now married but people still throng the area. The point being made is: "If she comes and we believe, we will be blessed because we did. And if not, we loose nothing because we had gone only to pray and relax our curiosities".

  10. Catherine
    5 years ago

    Someone else commented: "I have seen the church, over the last 31 years, tear itself to pieces over Medjugorje."
    The devil will tolerate some good to accomplish a greater evil, i.e he will tolerate some people becoming more holy in order to create dissent among the brothers and sisters of the church. Here are the fruits.

    Also a last note, these sites are not necessary to our belief or salvation, the church has said there is no obligation towards private revelations.


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