Catholic World News: Negative Judgement on Medjugorje

Catholic World News: Negative Judgement on Medjugorje June 25, 2015

I’m writing about this because it comes from a reputable source, and because I know that many Public Catholic readers care about it intensely.

However I want to caution that it is not the official report. It comes from Italian journalists who evidently have an inside source.

According to these Italian journalists, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has concluded that the Marian apparitions at Medjugorje are not due to supranational activity.

From Catholic World News:

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has reached a negative conclusion regarding the authenticity of the reported Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, according to Italian media reports.

The CDF reportedly held a feria quarta meeting on June 24, at which the prelates discussed the findings of a special papal commission that had investigated the Medjugorje phenomenon. According to several Italian journalists—notably Vatican-watch Gianluca Barile—the CDF agreed with that commission’s finding that there is no evidence of supernatural activity at Medjugorje.

The CDF’s conclusions will now be presented to Pope Francis, who will make the final judgment on the subject. If the reports are accurate, and the Pope confirms a negative verdict regarding the Medjugorje phenomenon, that decision will have a heavy impact on thousands of Catholics who have developed a special devotion to the site.


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3 responses to “Catholic World News: Negative Judgement on Medjugorje”

  1. This is a little confusing, because it’s not uncommon for the relevant authorities to render a judgement that is essentially not a judgement. “We can’t determine” doesn’t mean the Bolt Spirit is not at work, only that we can’t say he is.

    Myself, I think the apparitions are bogus, but many people
    I trust have remarkable testimonies. That could, of course, come from their faith, not the veracity of the seers.

  2. I just keep thinking about the disobedience shown by those who won’t listen to the bishops there…and there’s a lot to be said for, “Follow the money.”
    I, too, think it’s bogus and more, I think there is great delight on the part of the adversary in having the faithful led astray, all in the name of devotion to Our Lady.

  3. I would wait for an official statement. Media rumors don’t count and are sometimes proven wrong.