New Medjugorje Commission

Apparently there’ll be a new commission set up to review the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje.

There’s been somewhat of a controversy over the authenticity of these apparitions, where the Virgin Mary is said to appear on the 25th of every month. The apparitions began when Mary allegedly appeared to six children some 25 years ago.

The Church is very prudent about these alleged apparitions, since something which may seem very holy could turn out to have demonic origins – "Satan disguises himself as an angel of light" (II Corinthians 11:14).

Fr. Peter Joseph sets out a few criteria for judgement in his article,  ‘Apparitions True and False’. Notably, he warns against imprudently propagating dubious messages from alleged apparitions, and states that the local Bishop is the authority which we must obey in these matters.

Personally, I’m suspending any definite judgement on Medjugorje. I would be much more at ease contemplating on approved apparitions such as Fatima and Lourdes (which will come up as blog entries, I’m sure).

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