Response to Fr. Lovrić on Medjugorje

Hello everyone and happy Sunday!

The other day I saw a particularly strong, dare I say provocative, article on Medjugorje entitled On the Medjugorje Zealots or how the ‘Gospa’ Contradicts the Madonna. The parish vicar of Medjugorje, Fr. Karlo Lovrić, wrote a reply, which I also read.

I have composed a response to Lovrić. To ensure that I was understanding him correctly, my response was checked (and verified) with a person competent in Croatian. My reply was translated and published in two Croatian media outlets: Crkva na Kamenu and Vjera i Djela. For the English text, please click here and here).

This is the second time that an article of mine has been published by Crkva na Kamenu (the first being Inaccurate Reporting on Medjugorje is a Disservice to All Catholics). I am honored that both Crkva na Kamenu and Vjera i Djela thought well of my response to publish it and thank them for their collaboration.


Nota Bene:
The parish web site of Medjugorje (linked above) offers the following biography of Fr. Lovrić:

Fr. Karlo Lovric was born on 02/12/1941. in Uzarici, where he attended elementary school. Junior high school finished in Siroki Brijeg. In 1957 he went to seminary and started high school in Sinj, and continued in Dubrovnik at the Jesuit, where he graduated. After he had completed his military service, he received the Franciscan habit and entered the novitiate in Humac in 1963.
He studied philosophy and theology in Visoko and Sarajevo, and then in Königstein near Frankfurt aM, where he was ordained priest on 29.06.1968.
From 1969 to 1971 he was a spiritual assistant in Humac / Ljubuški, from August 1971 until the end of the year in HKM Zurich, and from 1972 to 1980 founder and head KHM St. Gallen in Switzerland. From October 1980 to 1982, pastor at Siroki Brijeg. From September 1982 to December 1988 he was again in Switzerland. Founded the Catholic Mission Lausanne and her first manager. From 1988 to the end of January 2005. The head of the Catholic Mission in Zurich. In Switzerland, he was the National delegate for the Croatian Catholic Mission in Switzerland from 1989 to 2001, as well as the Provincial delegate from 1999 to 2001.
He came to Medjugorje in mid-May 2005 and works as an assistant.