Good news too.
And so today, a reliable source close to the Vatican, biographer Andreas Tornielli, reveals that the international commission set up by Benedict XVI almost four years ago to study the Medjugorje phenomenon has concluded:Works for me.
NO HOAX, NO DECEPTION, NO SCAM.
Tornielli went on to say in his report: “Some of the Commission’s members have highlighted the need for a change of pace in the provision of pastoral care to millions of faithful who come to Medjugorje from all over the world. The Commission and Cardinal Ruini himself, thanks to visits by people close to him, have noticed that people really are converting to the faith or returning to the sacraments – what the Church refers to as spiritual fruits – in a significant way.” - Source
Of course official decisions, statements, and instructions will have to be made public, but it looks rather positive for devotees of Our Lady who believe the Blessed Virgin appears in Medjugorje. Will the Church approve the apparitions or confirm the events as supernatural? I may be wrong, but it seems unlikely before all the 'secrets' are revealed to those seers who haven't received them, and before some supernatural 'sign' is given. Likewise, the best that could be said is the rare conclusion that the events are worthy of belief.
What seems certain is the - so far - unofficial position that there is no hoax, no deception, no scam. The finding will surely clarify there is no prohibition against pilgrimages to the site: “The Commission is not opposed to Medjugorje as a place of faith where faithful pilgrims gather” Cardinal Puljic confirms."
Personally, I haven't been attracted to Mejugorje, though I've always been open to what the Church decides on the phenomena. For me, the best witnesses for the authenticity of the apparitions have always been the faithful who have traveled to Medjugorje and have received some signal grace there. Those whom I've met have often impressed and edified me by their devotion, fervor, good works, as well as their fidelity to the Holy Father. Another good sign from Medjugorje has been the vocations to the priesthood and religious life that have resulted from the experience.
What is needed of course is pastoral care for the pilgrims who go to the site and return home inspired by the messages and spiritual experience and who have dedicated themselves to evangelization. Pastoral care and spiritual direction is essential to protect, guide and sustain these faithful as they grow in faith and fidelity to Catholic teaching.
That said, I await the decision of the Church.
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[I should add that it seems to me that Fatima still has to come to fulfillment - and that message, or call to conversion, prayer and penance needs to be heeded. I accept Fatima without any problems. Nevertheless I tend to be skeptical about other modern purported apparitions and private revelations. I even have doubts about Akita - and that apparition was approved by the local ordinary.]