Fr. Amorth and Medjugorje

Originally published at Catholic Lane on February 11, 2013.

Bishop Ratko Peric has accused renowned exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth and his former assistant of censoring damaging information concerning the Medjugorje phenomenon.

In an article dated January, 2010 and entitled, “Questionable Games Surrounding the Great Sign”, Peric discusses the history of statements made by the alleged visionaries concerning the sign to be left in Medjugorje.  During this history, Peric states Fr. Amorth, along with fellow exorcist Fr. Smiljan Dragan Kožul, “censored” a remark by alleged visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic to author Fr. Janko Bubalo.

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Sabotaging the Medjugorje Commission?

Originally published at Catholic Lane on February 4, 2013.

From June, 1981 to the present, six people from Medjugorje (Bosnia-Hercegovina) have been claiming to see the Virgin Mary.  Over these 31 or so years, much controversy has arisen concerning the origin of these claims.  Lies, scandal, slander, disobedience and accusations that the alleged visionaries are being handled by the local Franciscans form a forgotten (and covered-up) side of Medjugorje’s history.

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Inaccurate Reporting on Medjugorje is a Disservice to All Catholics

Originally published at Catholic Lane on December 28, 2012. This article had been translated into Croatian and published in the publication “Crkva na kamenu” (The Church on the Rock) at this URL address, though it is no longer available.

On the British tabloid Daily Mail Online, there recently appeared an article by Chris Rogers and Marshall Corwin concerning the six alleged seers of Medjugorje.  Rogers and Corwin write a fairly simple article that recounts some basic history of Medjugorje.  It also mixes the authors’ own experience with Medjugorje and the alleged seers.  I would like to take the opportunity to respond to some questionable statements made by Rogers and Corwin in their article.

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Apparitions in Lipa: Is There Hope for Medjugorje?

Originally appeared at Catholic Stand on September 18, 2015.

On September 12, the Archbishop of Lipa in the Philippines issued a decree on a case of alleged apparitions from 1948 in Lipa itself. This news has been making its rounds within Catholic media. This is partly because of some history of Lipa that coincides with the Medjugorje phenomenon. In this article, I discuss this history, its importance and bearing on the expected judgment on Medjugorje.

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Has Rome Tipped Its Hand on Medjugorje?

Originally appeared at Catholic Stand on August 3, 2015.

Since I wrote an article back in 2013 on the alleged apparitions of Our Lady under the title of “Rosa Mistica,” it turns out that there have been some further developments on this case. Surprisingly, these developments might have a bearing upon the ongoing speculation about the upcoming judgment from the Holy See on Medjugorje. I would like to examine the facts beginning with the new information on the Rosa Mistica case and then apply it to Medjugorje.

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Wayne Weible & the Papal Nuncio: A Response

Originally appeared at Catholic Stand on May 10, 2015.

On March 23 last, Wayne Weible criticized a letter written in 2013 on Medjugorje by the Papal Nuncio to these United States, Archbishop Carlo Viganò. Weible, himself the author of several books supportive of Medjugorje, has since expanded his criticism in the form of an open letter dated April 27 to Cardinal Müller of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome (CDF). The following is a response to Weible’s letter.

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Medjugorje: Documents and Recent News

Originally posted at Catholic Stand on March 15, 2015.

The following article was written in the first part of November, 2013 shortly after the event occurred that is described in the beginning. In light of recent events with Ivan Dragičević, this article is being reproduced with some edits for the sake of clarity and to keep the discussion going.

In November, 2013, the news broke that the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Viganò, under orders from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) banned one of the alleged Medjugorje visionaries, Ivan Dragičević, from speaking in the United States.  This news sent shockwaves throughout the Catholic news. I would like to discuss this news and offer a perspective that I hope will be helpful and well-reasoned.

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