Interview with Pat Flynn & Eric Robinson

Hello!

In late February, I interviewed with Patrick Flynn (Chronicles of Strength) and Eric Robinson (Polycarp’s Paradigm).

Our topic was all things private revelation and how the Church discerns individual cases. We primarily talked about Fátima. Click here to listen!

In the meantime, please, everyone, stay safe, alright? Things are not looking so good out there and we need to take care of ourselves and others.

-Kevin Symonds

Ven. Pius XII & an Ecumenical Council

Over at Catholic Herald, Fr. Raymond de Souza has published an article about Pope Ven. Pius XII not calling an Ecumenical Council. The recent opening of the archives of the first 10 years of Pius’ pontificate was the occasion for Fr. de Souza’s article.

Because of my research with Fátima, I have an abiding interest in Pius XII. Some time ago, I published a brief blog post about the book The Godmother by Fr. Charles Murr.* In this book, Murr, Mother Pascalina’s godson, revealed the reason why Pius XII did not call an Ecumenical Council.

Fr. Murr says that Mother Pascalina told him that, in fact, Pius XII had prepared everything for a Council. Ultimately, however, he judged the bishops not to be sufficiently mature to carry out a Council.

I wonder if the archives will verify this statement? Time will tell!


* The post is dated to September, 2018. In truth, I withheld it from publication until after September, 2019.

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).