By Jakob Marschner
Well-informed source confirms short note from Medjugorje news portal: The Vatican Commission of experts who have examined the events of Medjugorje for three years has delivered a positive report. But still it may be long until Pope Francis formally decides on the case, we are told.
Thumbs up for Medjugorje: Previous leaks indicate that the Vatican Commission is very positive of the fruits of Medjugorje whereas the question of the authenticity of the apparitions is expected to be kept open by a time when the visionaries say the apparitions are still going on
Medjugorje gets a positive review in the report from the international Vatican Commission of experts formed by Pope Benedict XVI in March 2010. The Commission has handed over its report to the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), a well-informed source confirms to Medjugorje Today.
“However, the time taken for a decision could be long from Pope Francis” says this source.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
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.
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
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.”
Thursday, 25 March 2010
According to the Office of the Archbishop of Zagreb the first session of the Holy See’s International Commission to study the Medjugorje phenomenon has started today and will end on Friday. Archbishop of Zagreb, cardinal Josip Bozanić, is one of 20 members attending this first session at the CDF in Rome.
Considering that an official announcement of the new Commission was made only seven days ago, the speed at which this first session has got underway suggests that Rome is in a hurry to make an announcement of some kind, though not necessarily to reach a final verdict on the Medjugorje phenomenon.
Heading the Commission is Cardinal Camillo Ruini.
Monday, 22 March 2010
(Source: © Informativni centar “Mir” Međugorje www.medjugorje.hr.)
Archbishop Allessandro D’Errico
Archbishop Allessandro D’Errico, Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina, gave statement about Medjugorje on March 18th at the end of 48th Bishop’s Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the statement broadcasted by Radio Mir Medjugorje, he amongst other things said: “Whenever I would meet Holy Father, he was always very much interested in Medjugorje. He was involved in everything, starting with the time when he was Head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He is aware that this is the issue of special importance, and he, as supreme authority of the Church, needs to give his precise statement about that matter. Holy Father is very much familiar with Medjugorje phenomenon; he even mentioned that to me personally. He is aware of huge amount of positive and good influence of local priests, religious, Franciscans, lay people, and therefore, it is very difficult for him to perceive that there can be so many opposing information about the same matter.
That is why he wanted to establish this Commission that is on really high level. He wanted to establish this Commission in order for him to have broad picture about this matter, but according to the people who have highest qualities and skills. That is why he invited Cardinals, Bishops and experts from different parts of the world to be part of this Commission.
On March 17th it was officially announced that Chairman of this Commission is going to be Cardinal Ruini, very prestigious cardinal, who has great qualities, and also close associate to Holy Father, and his friend not only in this period while he is the pope. Cardinal Ruini is very much familiar with situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina; he especially knows the situation from the war period, when he used to be President of Bishop’s Conference of Italy. At that time, he brought decision that Italian Church and Bishop’s Conference of Italy become more involved in helping to all wounded nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
What is especially interesting, and shows Holy Father’s great sympathy for this country, is that he wanted this information about Commission to be announced publicly at the same time, both in Vatican as well as in Mostar, since Medjugorje is in territory of Mostar Diocese. I know well that media spoke a lot about this Commission for a longer period of time, and certain expectations were made. Today, we can say that we are pleased and grateful to Holy Father for this attention that he expressed towards Mostar and our Catholic communities. That is how I, on behalf of Holy Father, announced this decision on March 17th, at the same time when decision was announced in Rome. We understand that work of this Commission is going to be very demanding, and I would like to invite all of our communities to pray and to offer work of this Commission to St. Joseph and to Mary, Mother of Church, patron saints of Mostar.