Medjugorje: An Alternate Perspective

In recent days there have been many harsh words written about the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje. Howard Kainz, Marquette University professor emeritus, wrote a critical article published June 29 in Crisis Magazine about an invitation he received to attend five apparitions with Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic Lunetti.  The apparitions are slated to occur at the 2012 gathering at the Tabernacle of our Lady’s Messages at Caritas, in Birmingham, Alabama, between July 1 and 5. … [Read more...]

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FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES: And Just What is the "Immaculate Conception," Anyway?

Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  Catholics remember that on February 11, 1858, Mary appeared to a young peasant girl in a cave at Massabielle, just a mile from the French town of Lourdes.  Young Bernadette Soubirous called her simply "the Lady."  In all, "the Lady" appeared to Bernadette 18 times that year.  One one occasion, Bernadette asked her who she was; and Mary's answer was “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  Or, in French, “Que soy era immaculada concepciou.” The wor … [Read more...]

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