Bosnia–Herzegovina – concerning Medjugorje

Source: FSSPX News


On Sunday June 25, thousands of pilgrims commemorated the alleged apparition of Our Lady, which has been taking place on the 25th of each month for the past 25 years at Medjugorje, 117 km south west of Sarajevo, in the diocese of Mostar-Duvno.

 In 1991, the Bishops Conference of Yugoslavia had declared the “non-constat of the supernatural” of the phenomena, concluding: “on the basis of investigations carried out up to the present, it has not been possible to establish that it concerns apparitions or supernatural revelations.”

 In 2001 during the Bishops Synod in Rome, Cardinal Vinko Puljic, archbishop of Sarajevo and president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina, regretted that the Franciscan monks “impose their own point of view” with their “pseudo charisma.” Mgr. Ratko Peric, bishop of the diocese of Mostar-Duvno, spoke of the need for “prudence” with regard to the authenticity of the facts.

 On September 5, Mgr. Mato Zovkic, vicar-general of Sarajevo, gave an interview with the agency I. Media on the “pastoral” aspect of the pilgrimages to Medjugorje. In fact, in 1991, “the bishops recommended the setting up of a pastoral commission which would follow and study the devotions” and “verify” whether the norms of the Catholic Church were being “observed there.” The plan was interrupted by the war, which resulted in Bosnia-Herzegovina being recognized as a new independent State. But faced with crowds of pilgrims at Medjugorje, said Mgr. Zovkic, “the Holy See would like the local bishop Mgr. Ratko Peric and Bishops Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina to establish a new pastoral commission.” For “the faithful coming to pray there and receiving the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist, must accompanied by a pastoral care on the part of the local priests and bishops.” He added: “this phenomenon must be seriously studied and followed,” as well as its “fruits”.

 Furthermore, said the vicar general, “a final conclusion (on the facts) can not be formulated while the so-called visionaries affirm that they are still seeing the Virgin Mary.” “For 25 years they have been saying that Our Lady appears to them.”

 However, Cardinal Vinko Puljic, the archbishop of Sarajevo said to the Catholic News Service last July 24: “I am waiting for suggestions from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” pointing out that “the pastoral commission would be under the supervision of the Bishops Conference of Bosnia.”