Alleged apparitions at Medjugorje

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The Triumph: A Review, by Kevin J. Symonds, M.A.

The Triumph is a 105-minute documentary on the alleged apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Hercegovina. The film is directed by Sean Bloomfield and produced by Zaid Emmanuel Jazrawi who describe the video as investigating “one of the greatest mysteries in the modern world… a real-life prophecy unfolding today.” The documentary was shot in Medjugorje and its environs.


Some very useful Medjugorje resources can be found at:

www.marcocorvaglia.com/medjugorje-en/home.html


Updated, Revised and Expanded Medjugorje Book!

Medjugorje Revisited: 30 Years of Visions or Religious Fraud?

by Donal Anthony Foley, ISBN 9780955074639

To go direct to Order page, click here ...

Medjugorje Revisited: 30 Years of Visions or Religious Fraud? investigates the alleged visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Medjugorje, looking at their origins, and their impact on the Catholic Church. It is an expanded, revised and updated version of Understanding Medjugorje, which was published in 2006. Since then there have been important new developments, including the formation of an International Commission to investigate the alleged visions. Millions of people have visited Medjugorje, even though it has received no official Church approval. If you want to know the truth about Medjugorje, then Medjugorje Revisited will give you the whole story, right from the beginning.

If you want to really grasp the whole Medjugorje saga, then Medjugorje Revisited: 30 Years of Visions or Religious Fraud? is required reading.

To see a review of Medjugorje Revisited by James Likoudis, which appeared in the Wanderer, please click here ...

To order the book, please click here ...

Medjugorje Revisited is Demy Octavo size (8.5 in. x 5.5 in.). It has 25 chapters, 371 pages, and a comprehensive index.

It costs £13.95 / $21.95 / €15.95 (= $24.95 including shipping if ordered via 2Checkout.com order page)

ISBN 9780955074639


Prayer to St John the Baptist concerning Medjugorje

There are links below to a prayer to St John the Baptist, that “the Medjugorje Commission may speedily produce its report, and that a just decision may be reached in due course by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict.”

The reason for praying to this saint is that the alleged visions began on the feast day of his birthday, 24 June 1981, and thus he is ideally placed as an intercessor. The prayer is in both letter (US) format, and A4. Please print off this prayer and give copies to your friends (there are 4 copies of the prayer per sheet). This prayer is quite short and can be said every day.

St John the Baptist Medjugorje Prayer US letter size

St John the Baptist Medjugorje Prayer A4 size


Sr Lucia did not confirm Medjugorje as authentic

There have been recent claims that Sr Lucia of Fatima "Saw & Confirmed Apparitions of Our Lady of Medjugorje" as reported on the Ministry Values website in July 2011, which were repeated later on the Medjugorje Miracles site.

However, when Mrs Hildegard Alles wrote to the Fatima shrine authorities in 1998, she was told by Fr Cristino, the director of SESDI, that 'the affirmation [that] Our Lady of Fatima speaks with Sr. Lucia about what she does in Medjugorje" is completely false.'

A PDF of this letter is available here ...

(the only change made to this letter is that the details of Mrs Alles's address have been blocked out)

Mrs Alles also wrote to Sr Maria de Carmo at the Coimbra Carmel where Sr Lucia was living, in December 1998, to enquire about the claim that "Sr. Lucia's Spiritual Director," Father Messias Coelho, had stated that Sr. Lucia had said that it was "not the Virgin Mary appearing in Medjugorje".

Sr Maria de Carmo responded in a handwritten letter dated 21 December, stating that in fact Fr Coelho wasn't Sr Lucia's spiritual director, and that Sr Lucia had said nothing either for or against Medjugorje.


Cardinal Ratzinger and Medjugorje - "Freely invented" Citations

Mrs Alles also wrote to Cardinal Ratzinger's office in Rome, in January 2002, regarding claims about statements reportedly made by the Cardinal supportive of Medjugorje, that appeared in a German language newsletter, Der Schwarze Brief in 1998. In this there were a series of citations which gave the impression that the Holy Father and Cardinal Ratzinger had judged Medjugorje positively, but Cardinal Ratzinger called the citations "freely invented," when responding to an enquiry about these citations in July 1998.

Mrs Alles had wanted to know if this statement was genuine, and she received a response from the Cardinal's secretary, Dr Joseph Clemens, confirming that the reported contents of the 1998 letter from the Cardinal were genuine, and thus that Cardinal Ratzinger had described the allegedly positive citations about Medjugorje attributed to him as "freely invented."

The original German language letters can be seen here ...

(the only change made to these letters is that the details of Mrs Alles's address have been blocked out)

A translation of these letters by Mrs Alles can be seen here ...


Extracts from the book in PDF format, including the table of contents, introduction, sample chapters and the bibliography, can be seen here ...

The chapter on the Medical and Scientific tests done on the visionaries can be seen here ...

and the extract on the alleged abduction of the visionaries can be seen here ...

Some extracts showing the evidence in favour of the presence of diabolical elements concerning Medjugorje, can be seen here ...


To order the book please click here...

The German translation of the book is available from Dominus Verlag via: www.dominus-verlag.de/


The following pdf documents compare some of the texts from versions of the transcripts of the tape recordings of the Medjugorje Visionaries as transcribed by Fr Ivo Sivric and Daria Klanac. They show how the two versions are essentially the same and thus that even the pro-Medjugorje Klanac could not avoid showing that the transcripts reveal definite problems in accepting Medjugorje as genuine:

This English-French text includes a translation from French into English from Daria Klanac's Aux Sources de Medjugorje.

This French text is a comparison between interview texts as found in Daria Klanac's Aux Sources de Medjugorje and Fr Ivo Sivric's La face cachée de Medjugorje.


Here is yet another response to a further criticism from Daniel Klimek, regarding a review of Medjugorje Revisited:

Response to Daniel Klimek review of Medjugorje Revisited


Here is a further response to the criticisms of Understanding Medjugorje by Daniel Klimek and Denis Nolan:

“In denial” about Medjugorje problems: a further response to Daniel Klimek and Denis Nolan

This is a response to the further criticisms from Daniel Klimek and Denis Nolan (his points are in blue), regarding my book Understanding Medjugorje. Some of their points overlap, so it seems sensible to do things this way. In general, they seem to be in denial about the problems associated with Medjugorje, and I am posting this information more for the record rather than in any expectation that a fruitful dialogue will ensue, especially given the hostility displayed by both. (If you save the web page and then open it with Word, it is easier to read).

Note: for some reason this webpage doesn't display very well in Internet Explorer - the lines of text overlap. But as above, if you save it, and then open it in Microsoft Word, then it looks fine. With Firefox there appears to be no problem.


This link is a response to the critical article by Denis Nolan, concerning my book, Understanding Medjugorje: Heavenly Visions or Religious Illusion? , as posted on the Mary TV website - the site is focused on having a TV station in Medjugorje.

Misunderstanding Reality: a reply to Misunderstanding Medjugorje, by Denis Nolan

Denis Nolan has responded to my article defending my book, Understanding Medjugorje, and launched a further critical attack against it. However, he gets off to a bad start in describing Daniel Klimek’s original article as having: “erudite and analytically precise arguments.” I’m not sure what to say about that except it is evidence of someone who has lost touch with reality as far as Medjugorje goes.

The tone of my article was anything but “shrill” or “hysterical,” as Nolan claimed in his opening argument – rather those were attributes of Klimek’s article as any unbiased observer would surely acknowledge.

To see the full document please click here ...


This link is a response to the critical article by Daniel Klimek, concerning my book, Understanding Medjugorje: Heavenly Visions or Religious Illusion? , as posted on the Ministry Values website on 29 December 2010 – the site is devoted to, amongst other things, Medjugorje.

Daniel Klimek’s article focuses narrowly on a few aspects of the book, but it is over the top, ignorant, insulting and unscholarly. It belies the author’s claim, speaking in the plural, that “we plan to pursue our objective with the most serious scholarly rigor and erudition.”

Klimek claims that my book is:

“full of distortions, half-truths, specious logic, unsubstantiated rumors, dubious conclusions, highly selective (often out-of-context) quoting, contradictory claims, creative conspiracy theories and, at times, downright falsehoods.”

But when you actually look at the evidence he brings forward to support these claims, you can see that he has allowed himself to be carried away by the force of his own rhetoric. In doing this, he has failed to understand what the book is really about: a critical investigation of the transcripts of the original tapes of the Medjugorje visionaries, as recorded during the first week or so of the visions.

To see the full document please click here ...


The following pdf documents compare some of the texts from versions of the transcripts of the tape recordings of the Medjugorje Visionaries as transcribed by Fr Ivo Sivric and Daria Klanac. They show how the two versions are essentially the same and thus that even the pro-Medjugorje Klanac could not avoid showing that the transcripts reveal definite problems in accepting Medjugorje as genuine:

This English-French text includes a translation from French into English from Daria Klanac's Aux Sources de Medjugorje.

This French text is a comparison between interview texts as found in Daria Klanac's Aux Sources de Medjugorje and Fr Ivo Sivric's La face cachée de Medjugorje.


For information about Fr Laurentin and the Doubting Thomas/Unbelieveing Judas question in the original transcripts of the Medjugorje tapes, please click here ...


From the interview with Msgr. Ratko Perić, Bishop of Mostar-Duvno, released to the “Crkva na kamenu” (The Church on the Rock), monthly pastoral bulletin of the Dioceses of Mostar-Duvno and Trebinje-Mrkan, nr. 4/2006, pp. 22-24, after his “visitatio Ad Limina” from 23 to 28 February 2006.

It has details about Medjugorje and the continuing Franciscan problem in his diocese.

Cnak: What were your impressions after your first meeting with the Pope?

Bishop Peric: - It was my first encounter with him as Pope but not the first with Joseph Ratzinger who previously was the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. ... Click here for the rest of the interview ...


Bishop Peric's website address is:

http://www.cbismo.hr/

It includes an informative English-language article on Medjugorje.


The Medjugorje Deception by E. Michael Jones.

This is a very powerful book dealing with the events surrounding the alleged apparitions in Medjugorje, in which the author demonstrates beyond question that Medjugorje is the greatest religious fraud of modern times.


Latest News

Vatican drafts guidelines to combat new boom in fraudulent revelations

By Simon Caldwell of the Catholic Herald (England)

THE VATICAN is planning to warn Catholics of the dangers of believing in bogus claims of heavenly apparitions in the wake of an explosion of so-called private revelations around the world. - Click here for details


AUSTRALIA - Archbishop George Pell of Sydney has refused to allow Vicka Mijatovic-Ivankovic, 38, one of the six alleged Medjugorje visionaries, to speak in any Church building during a visit to his country, because her claims have been refuted by the bishops of former Yugoslavia. The archbishop feared that if he allowed her to address Catholics from Church property he would be giving official sanction to claims that were rejected by Mrs Mijatovic-Ivankovic's local bishops, whose function it was to determine their authenticity. [Catholic Herald - quoted in Catholic Family Newsletter 3 November 2002]


Resources for alleged apparitions at Medjugorje

French Bishop, Henri Brincard: a critical report on the events at Medjugorje and the question of pilgrimages:http://www.petersnet.net/research/retrieve.cfm?RecNum=4314

Latest official Medjugorje news (Oct 2001) - In an extremely important development the highest ranking church official in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Cardinal Vuljic, has commented on aspects of the "Medjugorje" phenomenon in the presence of the Holy Father, at the current Synod of Bishops in Rome.

Answers about Medjugorje web site

Medjugorje: the State of the Question This extract from an interview with Mgr. Ratko Peric, Bishop of Mostar, by Yves Chiron was published in Présent, 25 January 1997. The interviewer was particularly anxious to obtain clarification from the Bishop concerning the claim by propagandists for Medjugorje that superior authorities in the Church will overturn the verdict --non constat de supernaturalitate (that there is no evidence of any supernatural happenings at Medjugorje).

Bishop of Medjugorje says Apparitions not supernatural In this letter to Mr. Boutet, the ordinary of the Diocese of Mostar, in which Medjugorje is located, says he judges the alleged apparitions to be proven false.

Holy See cautions Faithful on Medjugorje


Documents on Medjugorje from Mgr. Ratko Peric, Bishop of Mostar

Conclusion to "Mirror of Justice" a book by Mgr Ratko Peric, Bishop of Mostar

CRITERIA FOR DISCERNING APPARITIONS: REGARDING THE EVENTS OF MEDJUGORJE - Part 1

CRITERIA FOR DISCERNING APPARITIONS: REGARDING THE EVENTS OF MEDJUGORJE - Part 2

Confirmation Homily by Bishop Peric with references to Medjugorje highlighted in red

Homily by Bishop Peric, given in Medjugorje, in which he speaks of the disobedience of the local Franciscans

COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE BISHOP'S CONFERENCE OF BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

A communiqué Regarding the illegitimate bishop and the illegitimate Confirmation



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