Upcoming Presentation

It is my honor to announce that I will be presenting a paper at the upcoming Thinking Fatima Congress at the Sanctuary of Fátima this June 21-24, 2017.

The title of my paper is On Imaginary Visions in the Theological Commentary of Cardinal Ratzinger.

If you are able to make it, please do come and listen. There are many excellent talks that will be at this Congress. Not all are available in English, especially the individual language-group presentations. Nevertheless, there are plenty of bi-lingual people who are quite kind and may be willing to discuss summaries of the presentations with others.

The Congress will be a month after the canonization of Blesseds Francisco & Jacinta. I shall pray for all of you at their tombs.

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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St. Michael and Spiritualism: a Hidden History?

Originally published at Catholic Stand on November 28, 2015.

During the research for my book Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael, I came across some intriguing research on the movement known as “Spiritualism” or “Spiritism.” Regretfully, this was an area that I was not able to incorporate much in the book. I would like to sketch briefly the “hidden” history between the Spiritualism movement and the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

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Discerning Private Revelation: Part Two

Originally published at Catholic Stand on January 23, 2016.

In the light of my previous article, Discerning Private Revelation: A Particular Pitfall, it seems right and just to offer another discussion on a particular area of private revelation that is also often in dispute. I am speaking of what I will here call “belief and unbelief” and it is to this theme that the present article is devoted.

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