Marco Corvaglia’s Commentary on the Final Report on Medjugorje

Hello Everyone!

Marco Corvaglia has released a two part commentary on the Final Report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Medjugorje.

The text is available in Italian as well as English. I think it is well worth the read.

In the meantime, my own commentary will be slow in coming as there are a lot of things taking place here on my end. If idleness is the devil’s workshop, then I’m glad to have much to keep myself occupied.

Sincerely,
-Kevin Symonds

Ruini Report on Medjugorje: Complete English Translation

In mid-February, 2020, Italian writers David Murgia and Saverio Gaeta published the Final Report on the International Commission of Inquiry on Medjugorje. News of its impending publication had reached the English-speaking world prior to the publication. Unfortunately, neither Gaeta or Murgia published the text with translations into other languages. My own interest of many years in Medjugorje compelled me to make available this text to the English-speaking world. I have done so here and the present writing is to introduce the text.

I am indebted to Richard Chonak (USA), Marco Corvaglia (Italy), and Dan Marcum (USA) for their assistance in making this translation possible. The text is to be considered a “working” translation and respectful suggestions on how to improve it are humbly and gratefully accepted.

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Medjugorje Commission: Leaked Final Report

Dear Friends,

The Italian writer David Murgia has published what he claims is the final report (relatio) from the Ruini Commission on Medjugorje.

The text is available on Amazon and in the Italian language. It is quite a read and I look forward to studying it more in depth. I do not provide a link here because Murgia wishes people to purchase it as an ebook, and I do not know if he has permission from the Holy See to do that.

I can tell you that the document does not go into much of the “nitty-gritty” details with respect to how the Commission arrived at its conclusions. That drama would have taken place during the 17 plenary meetings that they held (and which were recorded, according to the relatio). From what I have seen so far, there are some questions that are arising and which, in my opinion, need answers. I look forward to going more into this matter.

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Medjugorje: New Excerpts

Last week, Richard Chonak of Catholic Light published some major excerpts attributed to Cardinal Ruini’s Commission on Medjugorje. These excerpts are from Italian media and Richard translated them into English.

These excerpts largely repeat what we have known for nearly three years now: The Commission was poised to accept the first seven “apparitions” as authentic and disregard all the rest. The excerpts, however, provide some interesting characterizations. One of them stated that the Commission had ruled out a demonic origin for the first seven alleged apparitions, based upon the “fruits.”

I once said to Michael O’Neill on his radio program that if the Holy See proclaims the first seven “apparitions” to be authentic, then this is not a cause célèbre for Medjugorje supporters. It is, as I said to O’Neill at the time, a “pyrrhic victory.” Why?

Medjugorje is a phenomenon going on close to 40 years now. There have been “messages” upon endless messages—all of which have the supporters’ rapt attention, especially at the designated times each month or year. All of these things have gone into the very psyche of the place and are immediately called to mind when one thinks of “Medjugorje.”

Now, if only the first seven “apparitions” are accepted, then nearly 40 years of history gets thrown right out the window. Let me repeat that: thrown right out the window. Medjugorje’s supporters will be forced to re-evaluate the meaning and message of Medjugorje. It will be a tremendous blow to the Medjugorje phenomenon, as it is presently understood.

What, then, do we make of the “message” of Medjugorje from these first seven “apparitions?” When we look at them, we are actually left with quite little and even contradiction. The world-renowned Mariologist, Fr. Manfred Hauke, talked about the contradiction a couple of years ago (German/English).

I would very much like to hear the Commission’s reasoning for its (apparent) position on the first seven “apparitions.” Moreover, I look forward to seeing whether or not it addressed concerns against their authenticity. The information that has thus far appeared in the public forum has provided an imperfect picture onto the Commission’s thinking. I’d like to see the process and how the members arrived at their conclusion(s).

In the meantime, I encourage people to read about the first seven alleged apparitions. Donal Foley’s book Medjugorje Revisited remains the best in the English language (in my opinion).

Archbishop Hoser named Apostolic Visitator for Medjugorje

From the Vatican daily bulletin (not yet in official English translation):

On May 31, 2018, the Holy Father has nominated His Excellency, Archbishop Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Warszawa-Praga (Poland), Apostolic Visitator of special character for the parish of Medjugorje for an indeterminate time and ad nutum Sanctae Sedis.

This is an exclusively pastoral task, in continuity with the mission of Special Envoy of the Holy See for the parish of Medjugorje, entrusted to Archbishop Hoser on February 11, 2017 and concluded by him in recent months.

The mission of the Apostolic Visitator is to ensure a stable and continuous accompaniment of the parish community of Medjugorje and of the faithful who go there on pilgrimage, whose needs require particular attention.

In Italian:

In data 31 maggio 2018 il Santo Padre ha nominato S.E. Mons. Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., Arcivescovo-Vescovo emerito di Warszawa-Praga (Polonia), Visitatore Apostolico a carattere speciale per la parrocchia di Medjugorje, a tempo indeterminato e ad nutum Sanctae Sedis.

Si tratta di un incarico esclusivamente pastorale, in continuità con la missione di Inviato Speciale della Santa Sede per la parrocchia di Medjugorje, affidata a Mons. Hoser l’11 febbraio 2017 e da lui conclusa nei mesi scorsi.

La missione del Visitatore Apostolico ha la finalità di assicurare un accompagnamento stabile e continuo della comunità parrocchiale di Medjugorje e dei fedeli che vi si recano in pellegrinaggio, le cui esigenze richiedono una peculiare attenzione.

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Wayne Weible RIP

I have learned that Wayne Weible has gone to God.

Three years ago, he and I began a correspondence over Medjugorje after some articles that I wrote for Catholic Stand. We spoke via E-mail as well as the telephone. Wayne expressed interest in meeting with me and even invited me to a video program with him if I was ever able to make it to Georgia. When Rick Salbato died in February, 2016, I called Wayne to let him know. Wayne took to praying for him immediately.

May Wayne Weible rest in peace.