Cardinal Schoenborn on Medjugorje

(Source: Crownofstar)
Thursday, July 05, 2012

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

Cardinal Schönborn restates position on Medjugorje… Church teaching very clear…
In an interview with Our Sunday Visitor July 15, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has again confirmed the Church’s teaching on the Medjugorje phenomenon which is still being studied by a Vatican Commission.

Questioned as to how the faithful should respond to the phenomenon in view that the authenticity of the apparitions is still under question, the Cardinal responded:

“I think that the Church’s teaching on Medjugorje is very clear. The bishops of the countries of the former Yugoslavia took a clear position in 1991. This is still valid and has been confirmed by the Vatican twice.

“There are three important points in this statement. First, that it is not confirmed that the events are of supernatural origin. That means it is neither confirmed nor denied. The Church left it open.

“The second point is that as the so-called apparition question and message question has not been decided it is not permissible to make official pilgrimages to Medjugorje. So, for example, I cannot organize a formal diocesan pilgrimage to Medjugorje as we can to Rome or Fatima or Lourdes.

“The third point, however, is that the people who choose to go to Medjugorje on their own are entitled to spiritual care. So, we priests or bishops are invited to provide spiritual company to pilgrims. That’s what my predecessors in Vienna did from the very beginning regarding Medjugorje, and that’s what I continue to do.

“I think these three points are sufficient for a good understanding of how to approach Medjugorje.

“The most important for me are the overwhelming good spiritual fruits of Medjugorje.”

Cardinal Schönborn is one of several cardinals who have made private pilgrimages to Medjugorje. He was there for Christmas 2009.

Vatican confirms names of Medjugorje commission

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

(Source: www.crownofstars.blogspot.com)

The following statement was released by the Vatican Press Office this afternoon and confirms most of the names speculated in past weeks as being members of the Medjugorje Commission:

“The International Investigative Commission on Medjugorje met for its first session on 26 March 2010.

“The Commission, presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, his Holiness’ vicar general emeritus for the diocese of Rome, is composed of the following members:

“Cardinal Jozef Tomko
prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples;
Cardinal Vinko Puljic
Archbishop of Vrhbosna, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina;
Cardinal Josip Bozanic
Archbishop of Zagreb and vice-president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conference;
Cardinal Julian Herranz
president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts;
Archbishop Angelo Amato SDB
prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints;
Msgr Tony Anatrella
psychoanalyst and specialist in Social Psychiatry;
Msgr Pierangelo Sequeri
professor of Fundamental Theology at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy;
Fr David Maria Jaeger OFM
consultant to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts;
Fr Zdzislaw Jozef Kijas OFM Conv.
relator of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints;
Fr Salvatore M Perrella OSM
teacher of Mariology at the Pontifical Marianum Faculty of Theology;
Fr Achim Schutz,
professor of Theological Anthropology at the Pontifical Lateran University as secretary.
Msgr Krzysztof Nykiel
an officer of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith serves as additional secretary.”

“Other experts have also participated in the commission’s work:
Fr Franjo Topic
professor of Fundamental Theology in Sarajevo;
Fr Mijo Nikic SJ
professor of Psychology and Psychology of Religion at the Philosophical and Theological Institute of the Society of Jesus in Zagreb,
Fr Mihaly Szentmartoni SJ
professor of Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University
Sr Veronica Nela Gaspar,
professor of Theology at Rijeka.”

“As announced previously, the work of the Commission will be carried out with the utmost reserve. Its conclusions will be submitted to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for study.”

Cardinal Puljic’s visit to the Vatican

Cardinal Puljic on Medjugorje: God Blesses Prayer
Sarajevo Archbishop Notes Hope for Vatican Commission

ZE09112307 – 2009-11-23
(Source: www.zenit.org)

By Chiara Santomiero

ROME, NOV. 23, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The president of the Bosnian episcopal conference has been in Rome, but not to discuss the controversy surrounding Medjugorje, as some reports have contended.

Instead, Cardinal Vinko Puljic participated last week in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, which focused on St. Paul and the “new areopagi.”

The cardinal did talk to ZENIT about Medjugorje, affirming that the reports of apparitions there and the consequent popularity of the site for pilgrimages is a matter dealt with by the bishop of Mostar, Ratko Peric, and the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

“As an episcopal conference, we await suggestions and proposals on how to proceed, and I believe the Holy See wants to carry on in this way,” he added.

The 64-year-old cardinal referred back to a 1991 statement from what was then the Yugoslavian bishops’ conference. That declaration notes that “nothing supernatural could be confirmed in what was happening, [and] affirmed the responsibility of parish priests and local bishops to pastorally assist all those who go there to pray,” he recalled.”I hope that the Holy See will give indications on confessions and Eucharistic celebrations,” Cardinal Puljic added. “And perhaps also on the establishment of a commission that will follow the phenomenon, recording the contents of the apparitions and of the messages, keeping in mind that up to today there are more than 30,000.”

Mary reportedly began appearing in Medjugorje almost 30 years ago. In June of 1984, six children of the little town of Medjugorje, located 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Mostar, said they had seen the Blessed Virgin on a nearby hill.  Since then, the hamlet has become part of the world circuit of pilgrimages, drawing millions of people. Prayer meetings and associations of all kinds have started worldwide.

When Benedict XVI’s secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, was secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he wrote a letter backing the 1991 Yugoslavian episcopal conference letter. That was more than a decade ago.

Then, in his book on the apparitions in Fatima, published in 2007, Cardinal Bertone reiterated that the Church has not made an official decision on the site, and that while official pilgrimages are not to be organized, private pilgrimages to Medjugorje are acceptable.

Certainly Medjugorje continues to attract thousands of pilgrims, acknowledged Cardinal Puljic.

“It’s not a sin to pray,” said the cardinal with a smile. “There are many beautiful presences that have generated conversions and priestly or religious vocations. They are the fruits of prayer: Wherever man prays with faith, God gives the fruits of his grace.”

“To pray in Marian shrines is part of the identity of our Catholic faithful,” the Bosnian cardinal affirmed. “In the course of the problematic events of our history, our people have met repeatedly in the different shrines of the region to ask for consolation, light and hope, and the Virgin is a sign for our faith.”