More on Archbishop Hoser and Medjugorje

There have been some news reports about more statements from Archbishop Hoser on Medjugorje.

Hoser was Pope Francis’ special envoy to Medjugorje earlier this year. His sole purpose was to assess the pastoral situation there and report back to the Holy See. He was not there to assess the doctrinal aspect of Medjugorje. I have written about Hoser elsewhere here on my web site.

Hoser recently gave another interview in which he claimed that pilgrimages to Medjugorje are allowed. Later, he gave another interview in which he clarified what he meant. His point being that pilgrimages are allowed to Medjugorje, but not for reasons of the (alleged) apparitions.

I have a question that I pose with all due respect:
If there is no ‘special draw’ (i.e. apparitions) to Medjugorje, why would anyone go to this place in order to pray to the Madonna? Why not save money, stay at home or go to a local parish and do so?