Is Medjugorje Approved?
That is certainly a hot-button issue of our time. This is a question often asked by those who first hear about this village, and one we can answer definitively.
Too many times in the past…even in the recent past….there have been false reports from people claiming to have received messages from the Blessed Virgin Mary, and those who believed felt betrayed and disillusioned. So naturally the Church wants to be cautious…..which can lead to frustration as well as all sorts of accusations against the visionaries.
So, the apparitons to the visionaries of Medjugorje have not been approved by the Church, but neither have they been disapproved. They are currently under investigation by Rome and many expected a decision by the end of 2012, which obviously did not come.
Medjugorje has many supporters: lay people, priests, bishops and cardinals. It also has a vocal minority who seem determined to prove that everything is a hoax. With the local Bishop being first favorable toward the visionaries and then being against them, it laid the groundwork for complaints that the visionaries were being dis-loyal to the Church authorities. An investigation by the local Bishop (and his successor) in nearby Mostar denied the claims of the visionaries, and yet people still came to this remote village literally by the millions. It is against that backdrop that the commission in Rome was formed in 2010.
Whenever the Commission issues its findings, it is possible that they might not necessarily be passing judgments on the apparitions themselves. Since some of the visionaries still receive apparitions that is a distinct possibility.
Of course they might also decide that nothing supernatural has occurred here at all. We think that unlikely since the visionaries have been tested over the years and there is much anecdotal evidence to suggest that Medjugorje is certainly a place chosen by the Mother of God for what she herself has said are “my last appearances on earth”.
To keep you abreast of the actual facts of the investigation and to avoid the rumors and false reports that seem to be part of this whole phenomenon, coming from both its’ critics and its’ supporters. For those not familiar with the history of Medjugorje, we have many books in our bookstore.
One of the earliest written and still one of the most popular is the book shown here written by Wayne Weible.
Our goal is to keep you abreast of the actual facts of the investigation and to avoid the rumors and false reports that seem to be part of this whole phenomenon, coming from both its’ critics and its’ supporters.
We do not claim to be able to judge whether they are true or false, only that some of the results of Medjugorje sure seem to be of supernatural origin.