…well, well, well, well, well.
Vatican Commission Ends Four-year Investigation of Medjugorge — Jan. 18, 2014
“Yesterday, on Friday January 17, the last meeting of the International Commission of Inquiry on Medjugorje, established by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under the presidency of Cardinal Camillo Ruini took place. The Commission has thus completed its work” [Fr. Lombardi] said….
No one knows how long CDF will take, or how much or little it will expand on the work of the Commission. But the experienced Vatican correspondent Andrea Tornielli believes it could be a while until the public hears more.
“The end of the Commission’s work does not mean that the outcome will be immediately disclosed. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will review the file and then will present its conclusions to the Pope.
“One problem that the Commission has been facing is the huge amount of messages attributed to Our Lady, (messages) that continue to be disclosed. It looks like the Commission initially embarked on a road of focusing on the early events and the first messages” Andrea Tornielli further reports.
Medjugorge Commission Finds Real Fruits, No Fraud — Jan. 19, 2014
“The verdict could be positive, albeit partial. Vatican Insider [La Stampa] has learnt that the Commission has focused mainly on the first phase of apparitions. There is apparently no proof of any tricks, hoaxes or abuse of popular credulity. However, it is proving difficult for the Church to form a definitive verdict on the supernatural nature of a phenomenon that is ongoing” … La Stampa continues.
Medjugorge has always been “one of those weird Catholic things” that I just took in stride when I was a new convert. Over the years, it has popped onto my radar every few months (e.g. in the last item of this post), but I just brushed it aside. It always seemed like a very, very “para-ecclesial” quagmire, even assuming it were genuine. I have simply never felt a draw towards it, much less suffered one of my periodic obsessions to “get to the bottom” of something like Medjugorge. Pope Francis made waves a few months ago when he seemed to cuff “Medge” devotees on the nose, but those devotees are confident that Pope Francis is not against them, nay, even that he’s on their side.
(There seems to be a lot of such “confidence” going around with this protean pope.)
Maybe they’re right, though, since Francis’s recent “Bring Zacchaeus to Work Day” photo op involved sharing the spotlight with a fan of Medjugorge. Whatever Pope Francis thinks about Medge right now is irrelevant, since, as Tornielli prudently notes, the CDF review could take just as long as the commission’s investigation, so the pope might not be faced with issuing a verdict for years, at which point–well, frankly, my hunch is that Francis will punt on a final verdict. As long as the revelations keep coming (i.e. as long as “dialogue” remains “open” and there’s not too much self-absorbed doctrinal security on either side of the issue), and, above all, as long as there’s no “semi-Lefebvrist drift” in the movement, who is he to judge?