Saturday, October 5, 2013

Medjugorje Antagonists Cling to New Hope Via More He-Said-She-Said

Apparently an Italian news site, Correspondenza Romana, published a report claiming that Pope Francise spoke negatively about Medjugorje.

This report was unofficially translated by Richard Chonak as follows:

On Saturday September 7, in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis apparently spoke during his morning meditation on the theme “there is no Christian without Jesus”, during which time he criticized “revelationist” Christians and expressed his strong reserve about the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje.

However, the official site of the Holy See and the Osservatore Romano purged their words of any reference to Medjugorje, referring to it only in these terms: “There is another group of Christians without Christ: those who look for rarities and curiosities that come from private revelations,” whereas Revelation was completed with the New Testament. The Holy Father warned about the desire of such Christians to go “to the spectacle of a revelation, to experience something new”. But the Pope addresses to them this exhortation: “Pick up the Gospel!”
We do not have anything more than this - no source, no witness, nothing to corroborate. So, we are led to believe that:

  • The Pope expressed some type of explicit reservation about Medjugorje specifically, even though the likelihood of this would be extremely slim, given the delicate nature of an ongoing investigation. We have no idea exactly what that reservation was.
  • The Osservatore Romano doctored the Pope's words to exclude the reference to Medjugorje.
Very strange on many levels.  Not for those who hate Medjugorje though. A thimbleful is as good as a tankard to these types. And as you can imagine, very little time was wasted disseminating this rather useless information across the globe.

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