Hello Everyone! I am a bit behind on the news here, but I want to notify you of some noteworthy news items on 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 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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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.
Crkva na kamenu (The Church on the Rock), a publication for the Diocese of Mostar-Duvno, has issued a response to the recent interviews of Archbishop Hoser on Medjugorje.
It is well-worth the read.
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?
Hi Everyone! The Pope’s special envoy to Medjugorje, Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warszawa-Praga (Poland), has given an interview on Medjugorje. His remarks are lighting up the Catholic blogosphere and I think it important to make some observations.
The remarks were apparently made in Polish and have seen some excerpts into English but the entirety of the interview is not yet available in English. Thus, let me stress that this is a growing news story. I provide for you here a skeletal outline of some points of interest. It is submitted with the utmost respect for His Excellency and only for the purpose of providing discussion on a topic of interest to many people.
The interview opens with a question on the broad arc of the Archbishop’s mandate of “gaining a profound knowledge of the situation in Medjugorje.” The Archbishop responds with a general statement expressing his personal opinion that it is impossible to have an in-depth knowledge on the events of Medjugorje. He explains that Medjugorje involves the mystery of God and man and in that dynamic are secrets (no pun intended) that cannot be seen.
The Archbishop admits that he did not research the theological content of Medjugorje. He then proceeds to give his personal opinion that there are “basically no doctrinal errors in their content.” The Archbishop does not discuss some difficult matters that can be found in my response to Fr. Lovrić. See also my commentary to Pope Francis’ remarks back in May.
The Archbishop makes a comparison between the later visions to Sr. Lúcia with the continued “apparitions” in Medjugorje. Here, the Archbishop unfortunately does not qualify his discussion. Later visions were afforded to Sr. Lúcia, but they were not a daily occurrence at a specified time and date on the dot. This phenomenon is associated with Medjugorje.
Immediately following this point, the Archbishop then discusses another objection various people have on Medjugorje—that the alleged “seers” did not become priests or religious. This argument is not about this fact alone. To my recollection, it is about how the “Gospa” of Medjugorje spoke with the “seers” about their vocations, telling them that she’d “like to see” them as such. That aspect of the story is not discussed by Archbishop Hoser.
Hoser was, a little further down in the interview, asked about how the criticism that the “Gospa” of Medjugorje is a bit talkative. Hoser responds that St. Faustina of the Divine Mercy devotion, spoke to Jesus every day for several years. His claim is new to me and I cannot help but wonder if he made a factual error. I have no recollection of this aspect of her life. If anyone else has a better understanding, please contact me with more information.
Hoser acknowledges the fact of Pope Francis’ remarks from May later in the interview. He reiterated what the purpose of his mission was in Medjugorje earlier this year and concluded that pastoral activities in Medjugorje are consistent with the teaching and practice of the Church. Here, I do not believe Hoser to be commenting about the doctrinal content of the alleged apparitions themselves. Rather, he is speaking about the various activities taking place in Medjugorje.
At the end of the interview, the Archbishop is asked whether or not his report will contribute to the recognition of Medjugorje. Hoser responds that he does not think his report will have a direct effect because his mission was of another nature, and then proceeds to opine that Medjugorje may be recognized this year. He does, however, qualify his opinion on approval by discussing the first seven “apparitions” distinction.
At the same time, the Archbishop also states that he finds it hard to believe the “seers” would lie for 36 years and that they have been “consistent” in their stories. He further states that the powerful argument in favor of Medjugorje is its faithfulness to the doctrine of the Church. He does not, unfortunately, reconcile this statement with some aspects of Medjugorje’s history.
In the end, a good portion of this interview concerns the private opinions of Archbishop Hoser. One cannot accept it as being expressive of the entirety of the investigations into the authenticity of the alleged apparitions.
 “Zyskanie dogłębnej wiedzy na temat sytuacji w Medjugorju….”
 “Sądzę, że dogłębna wiedza o wydarzeniach w Medjugorju nie jest możliwa, dlatego, że wnikamy w tajemnicę Boga i tajemnicę człowieka. A to są tajemnice, których dna nie widać.”
 “Natomiast nie zajmowałem się badaniem treści objawień, bo nie jest to moja rola.”
 “…że w zasadzie nie ma błędów doktrynalnych w ich treści.”
 “Mogła publikować, i podobnie jak ci z Medjugorja, miała objawienia przez całe życie. Widzący z Medjugorja też mają do dziś objawienia, obliczono, że dotychczas było ich w sumie 40 tysięcy. Moim zdaniem nie jest to jakaś istotna przeszkoda.”
 “Niektórzy zarzucają widzącym, że nie zostali księżmi czy zakonnicami, jak np. Łucja Santos. Ale świat zmienił się od tego czasu a zakon nie jest jedyną drogą do realizacji chrześcijańskiego powołania. Ludzie ci żyją w świecie i poszli drogą sakramentu małżeństwa. Bardzo dobrze, gdyż mogą pokazać piękno życia rodzinnego, które w dzisiejszym świecie jest bardzo zagrożone.”
 “Padały zarzuty, że objawienia w Medjugorje są zbyt liczne, że Matka Boża jest zbyt gadatliwa?”
 “Można przywołać św. Faustynę, która codziennie rozmawiała z Panem Jezusem przez wiele lat. Nie powinna to być istotna przeszkoda.”
 “Zresztą Ojciec Święty już w samolocie, wracając z Fatimy, wypowiedział się na temat Medjugorja….”
 “Sądzę, że wszystko zmierza w dobrym kierunku. Zresztą moja misja nie miała na celu zamknięcia Medjugorja, ale ocenę, czy prowadzone tam duszpasterstwo jest właściwe, zgodne z doktryną i nauczaniem Kościoła, skuteczne i dobrze zorganizowane. We wnioskach stwierdzam, że tak jest. Od strony duszpasterskiej moja ocena jest bardzo pozytywna. Zatem prowadzone obecnie działania duszpasterskie, porządek liturgiczny oraz konferencje, powinny być kontynuowane.”
 “Czy raport Księdza Arcybiskupa może przyczynić się do uznania objawień?”
 “Bezpośrednio nie, gdyż dotyczy czegoś innego. Wszystko wskazuje na to, że objawienia będą uznane, być może jeszcze w tym roku.”
 “Konkretnie rzecz biorąc, sądzę, że możliwe jest uznanie autentyczności pierwszych objawień, tak jak to zaproponowała komisja kard. Ruiniego.”
 “Zresztą trudno o inny wyrok, gdyż trudno wierzyć, aby sześcioro widzących kłamało przez 36 lat.”
 “Potężnym argumentem za autentycznością objawień jest wierność doktrynie Kościoła.”