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Pope Laicizes Priest Involved with Purported Apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje Comments

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. 5 years ago

    Someone else commented: "I have seen the church, over the last 31 years, tear itself to pieces over Medjugorje." But, you might say, Medjugorje has also done great good in the increased faith of many people.
    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 and fractures among the brothers and sisters of the church. Here are the fruits.

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

  2. Catherine
    5 years ago

    Please everyone, remember that the 'signs' you may see as 'proof' of an apparition can often be created by the devil, who can manipulate the physical world to create preternatural phenomenon. He has the ability to lift people off the ground, to make statues appear to cry, and many other things. The best test of an apparition that saints have often used is obedience to their superior in the church!
    Also, both the council of Trent and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have stated that it is the local Bishop's discernment, as guided by God, that is the ultimate authority on apparitions within his area.
    If anyone wants more information concerning the true discernment of apparitions, here is a great brief article with many supporting links by Fr Peter Joseph:

  3. peter Elia
    5 years ago

    Thank you for the information on the veracity of Medjugorje. I went to Medjugorje in August of 1981. I also visited the approved shrine at Lourdes and Fatima. To make it siple. I as a pilgrim Felt the same presence of the Spirit of God in Medjugorge as it present in Lourdes and Fatima. I spent hours by myself of prayer in all three sites. The difference that I found between the three sites. Was that Fatima and Lordes were in history, was in the past, but real, I sense the Holy presence of God. While in Medjugorge the events was happening now and the feeling was the same. I experience a sense of healing, unity, many young people praying on their knees, confession at a very high level, kindness, . Human weakness (sin) must have enter the hearth, og the priest involved with the apparation. Also some of the vesionary, could hve not accepted Mary visit, especially with all the evil that occorued in Yugoslavia,during the civil war. We have to remerber that religious sites are necessary for our salvation. Is the was we live out our life. To do good to all, and follow the and ovey the teaching of God

  4. Rose
    5 years ago

    The apparitions are real. How do you explain the weeping Jesus statue?
    So what if the seers married? Is marriage not extremely difficult? Is it not hard to remain holy within a marriage in today's society? I think it's harder to be married than be a priest! How could those visionaries continue to give talk after talk after talk... still to this day if it is all false? Wouldn't they be sick and tired of it all? Yet they continue to give those talks with LOVE and HUMILITY. I believe it all.

  5. jeanne
    5 years ago

    Come on, 40.000 visitations over 28years with 356days a year, means approx. 4 visits in a one single day..

  6. Emma
    5 years ago

    Holy Mother Church very wisely uses a "wait and see" approach to unusual phenomenon like visions of Our Lady or private revelations, even if it takes decades. Thankfully our faith is not dependent on these events, they are only there to strengthen it. People run all over the world when there are reports of Marian sighting when Our Blessed Mother is there for us in every Catholic church or chapel. People spend thousands of dollars for pilgrimages to "walk where Jesus walked" yet ignore Him in the Blessed Sacrament in their own parish churches. Go figure!

  7. Pam
    5 years ago

    The Church has always been slow and careful to officially approve extraordinary manifest-ations. Religious "news" and "testimonials" themselves do not properly establish the veracity of visions. That "we live by faith, not by sight" is a reflection on the teaching of St. Paul, and Sacred Scripture as a whole--which we do well to adhere to. Nonetheless, we need not have doubts about Lourdes, Fatima, the Divine Mercy revelations and others that the Church has officially approved. The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Bl. Mother can still intervene in history--If we rely on the Magisterium of the Church for confirmation that such is the case, we won't be conster-nated when we read or hear official word like these pertaining to Medjugorje.

  8. wil vredenburg
    5 years ago

    I will pray for your writer,maybe saint vianny wil send a miracle from from heaven.the pope has no objecions ,for us to go to mudjugorje, if that was the case,i would be the first one to listen. because of my love for the pope. but there is no truth in that.. as soon as anyone can show me , that the pope ,says roman catholics cant go to mudjugorje, i will listen. but i am afraid this will not happen , yours in christ wilhelmina

  9. Jean
    5 years ago

    You can check out the Catechism to see what it teaches about private revelation etc.

    The Church has mentioned to everyone humbly on more than several occaisions that we ARE NOT obligated to follow or believe in private revelations etc.

    More than likely for our own good I think. The evil one can sometimes fool us even on these sites.

    Places like Fatima and Lourdes are approved but again the church has stated you dont have to believe or follow these either. Only what Christ taught etc.

    One should trust in the findings of the Catholic Church in all of these sites and apparitions. Trust in her wisdom.

    I hope this sums it up.

    Personally I like the fact that the Lord shows up from time to time with His Mother to protect and guide us. Its a matter of faith always.

    God Bless.

  10. Dave N.
    5 years ago

    I think we need some support for the statement: "Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, issued a ban on pilgrimages to the site but this has been widely ignored." I suspect this is false or at best an overstatement.

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