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Thursday, March 9, 2017
The following may help those confused by a recent article written by the Bishop of Mostar-Duvno
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
March 9, 2017
following may help those confused by a recent article written by the
Bishop of Mostar-Duvno and posted on his Diocesan website on February
26, 2017, trying to bring an end to events taking place in his diocese -
while at the same time the Pope is sending his envoy into his diocese
to care for those events!
the bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland) prepares to go to Medjugorje as
the Pope's special envoy, the Catholic media is spreading on-going
attacks by the Bishop of Mostar against the authenticity of Our Lady's
apparitions there, even though the Secretary for the Congregation of the
Doctrine of the Faith had clarified in an official directive dated May
26, 1998 (Pr. No. 54/81-06419) that Bishop Peric's negative opinion
"should be considered as the personal conviction of the Bishop of Mostar
which he has the right to express as Ordinary of the place, but which
is and remains his personal opinion." For 19 years the Catholic media
has ignored this directive. When "Our Sunday Visitor" published this
clarification from the CDF in its January/February 2000,
issue of "The Catholic Answer", the phrase "but which is and remains his
personal opinion," was deleted. The Catholic answer it was not.
October 9, 1998, five months after that announcement from the CDF, the
Bishop of Mostar, Mons. Ratko Peric, went on record stating before
witnesses that he had never met or spoken to any of the visionaries and
that he didn't believe in any apparition of Our Lady, specifically
naming Fatima and Lourdes. "I believe what I am required to believe -
that is the dogma of the immaculate Conception which was issued four
years before Bernadette's alleged apparitions," (witnessed in a sworn
statement attested to by Fr. John Chisholm and Major General (ret.) Liam
Prendergast; the bishop's remarks were also published in the February
1, 2001, European newspaper, "The Universe"). Though the Catholic media
in America would spread widely Bishop Peric's June 15, 2006 demand for
obedience and an end to the events of Medjugorje it gave little notice
to the July 15, 2006 rebuke he received from Cardinal Pulic, the
President of his Bishops' Conference, ("Medjugorje and the Church",
Queenship, p. 183, 184).
Peric's predecessor, Bishop Pavao Zanic, had a similar attitude towards
Medjugorje as shown in the published interview with Gabriel Meyer
("National Catholic Register", April 1, 1990): "What do you as bishop
want to have happen in Medjugorje? What could the Franciscans and the
parishioners there do to work with you?" Zanic leaned back in his
chair: "Simple. I want Medjugorje destroyed," ("Medjugorje and the
Church" Queenship, 2007, p. 183). On July 25, 1987, Bishop Zanic, with
miter and crosier from the altar of St. James church in Medjugorje,
condemned all those who purported that the Blessed Virgin Mary was
appearing in Medjugorje "to the lowest place in hell." ("He expected to
see the parishioners revolt, but they silently listened to him with
respect, in spite of the deep hurt they felt in their hearts," (Fr. Rene
Laurentin, "Seven Years of Apparitions" the Riehle Foundation, p, 7,
Bishop Zanic had
told Fr. Milan Mikulich, a native of Croatia and editor of "Orthodoxy of
Catholic Doctrine" - one of the first priests to visit Medjugorje from
America after the report of apparitions in June, 1981 - that if the
Vatican didn't accept his condemnation of the apparitions, "There will
be a war in the Church!" Fr. Mikulich responded, "Bishop, I think you
are fighting against Our Lady and not against the seers or the
Franciscans in Medjugorje." He replied: "If I lose there will be a war."
(Fr. Mikulich's testimony was presented at the 1991 Medjugorje
Conference at Notre Dame.) His successor, Bishop Peric, continues this
same war. For example, when the Franciscan parish in Capljina was to be
turned over to diocesan clergy, the bishop was advised to take several
weeks, changing the priests gradually in order to make the change easier
for parishioners. Instead, he removed all the Franciscans and staffed
the parish with his diocesan clergy on the same day fanning the flames
of an already tense situation. As he had been warned beforehand would
happen, the parishioners revolted giving the example of disorder in his
diocese that he wanted and has referred to ever since, ("Medjugorje and
the Church, 2007, Queenship, p, 187).
article in the January 6, 1991 issue of "Slobodna Dalmacija" quoting
Archbishop Frane Franic, the President of the Doctrinal Commission of
the Yugoslav Bishops Conference (BYC), was not spread in the English
speaking world. Archbishop Franic reported on a November 27, 28, 1991
meeting of the BYC gathered in Zagreb in special session, preliminary to
the Zadar meeting of April 10, 1991: "The bishops used this ambiguous
sentence because they did not want to humiliate Bishop Pavao Zanic of
Mostar who constantly claimed that Our Lady did not appear to the seers.
When the Yugoslav Bishops discussed the Medjugorje issue, they told
Bishop Zanic that the Church was not giving a final decision on
Medjugorje and consequently his opposition was without any foundation.
Hearing this, Bishop Zanic began to cry and to shout, and the rest of
the bishops then quit any further discussion." The result was
dissemination of Bishop Zanic's press release that he sent to the
Italian Catholic News Service presenting his own version of that
meeting: "Yugoslav Bishops Say Medjugorje Not Supernatural."
March 29, 2010, seven years before reporting that the Pope was sending a
special envoy to Medjugorje, Rome Reports aired an initiative of Pope
Benedict XVl: "Vatican Considering the Creation of a New Diocese for
Medjugorje," stating, "The project was proposed in September 2009, but
it was not carried out due to the lack of support from the bishop of the
area, Ratko Peric."
September 6, 2008, I received a letter from the Assessor to the Holy
See, Monsignor Gabriele Caccia, thanking me for having sent the Holy
Father the DVD "Medjugorje and the Mission of Mary TV": "I am writing at
the direction of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVl to acknowledge the
receipt of your letter and gift." I had also thanked him for writing
the introduction to Cardinal Bertone's book, "The Last Secret of Fatima"
expressing my gratitude that the Cardinal had included a chapter on
Medjugorje. "I am pleased to assure you of His Holiness's gratitude."
On August 13, 2008, the longtime secretary to Pope St. John Paul II,
Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, wrote to me: "I received your letter from
July 25, 2008 with two DVD's containing the programs of Medjugorje. In
fact, the Servant of God was very interested in Medjugorje, and sent
Card. Joseph Ratzinger to know the theological position."
St. John Paul ll had said "Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the
world!" ("Why He Is a Saint: The Life and Faith of Pope John Paul ll
and the Case for Canonization", Msgr. Slawomir Oder, postulator for his
Cause of Canonization; Rizzoli, 2010, p.168). On March 25, 1984 the
pope had said, "Medjugorje is the fulfillment and continuation of
Fatima!" ('Medjugorje and the Church", Queenship, p. ix). On April 6,
1995 Pope John Paul ll stated publicly: "I want to go to Medjugorje,"
(Slobodna Dalmacija, April 8, 1995, p.3).
months before the Holy Father's June 22, 2003, trip to Banja Luka in
Bosnia, Zenit made public a report from the Holy See that he also wished
to visit Mostar. Though the government had extended an invitation,
local media reported the Bishop of Mostar's response that it would be a
mistake for the Pope to come into his diocese (as he told the media
every time the Pope traveled to Croatia or Bosnia). And so the Holy
Father had to content himself on that trip - his last to the country -
with only visiting Banja Luka, the Serbian capital of Bosnia. Previously
he had visited the Muslim capital, Sarajevo, twice. He was never able
to visit Mostar, the Catholic capital of Bosnia. Bishop Ratko Peric, the
Ordinary of the diocese that incorporates St. James Parish in
Medjugorje, would not sanction Pope John Paul ll coming into his
Mother is calling to us through her messages to pray for the shepherds,
not to judge them. She will triumph alongside them she tells us.
"Again I am warning you, pray for those whom my Son called, whose hands
he blessed and whom He gave as a gift to you. Pray, pray, pray for your
shepherds. Thank you," (April 2, 2013). "My apostles, pray for your
Church, love and do works of love. No matter how betrayed or wounded,
it is here because it comes from the Heavenly Father. Pray for your
shepherds so that in them you may see the greatness of the love of my
Son. Thank you," (June 2, 2016).
March 9, 2017
PS. "Medjugorje and the Church", which carries a Nihil Obstat, is available from Queenship Publishing - http://www.queenship.org . It brings to light more on this subject. Don't miss the footnotes!
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technologies to bring her presence in Medjugorje - and her school in
Medjugorje - to the world.
"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."