What will the decision be on Medjugorje?

What will the decision be on Medjugorje? And can a faithful Catholic disagree?

I expect that Pope Francis will issue a negative judgment on Medjugorje, despite the Medjugorje Commission’s (reportedly) moderate report. Pope Francis wishes to reform the Church, and he is concerned about the excessive emphasis on private revelation and the tendency of some groups to turn inwardly on themselves.

70. It is also true that at times greater emphasis is placed on the outward expressions and traditions of some groups, or on alleged private revelations which would replace all else, than on the impulse of Christian piety. There is a kind of Christianity made up of devotions reflecting an individual and sentimental faith life which does not in fact correspond to authentic “popular piety”. Some people promote these expressions while not being in the least concerned with the advancement of society or the formation of the laity, and in certain cases they do so in order to obtain economic benefits or some power over others. (Evangelii Gaudium, n. 70)

I believe that Medjugorje is a true private revelation, but I see it being misused by many persons: treating the messages as a replacement for Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium; identifying themselves as followers of that particular private revelation, rather than as followers of Christ; emphasizing the message to the exclusion of many other treasures of truth in the Church; and some groups use Medjugorje to exalt themselves.

The private revelations at Medjugorje are truly from the Blessed Virgin Mary, but we are all sinners, so there is always the possibility that a true private revelation might be misused.

My response to a negative judgment by the Pope will be to continue believing in Medjugorje as a true private revelation. A decision of this type is of the temporal authority of the Church; it is not a dogma or non-infallible doctrine issued by the Magisterium. Other than dogmatic facts, the decisions of the temporal authority are fallible and reformable, and are not required beliefs. So I will continue to write about Medjugorje and to argue that the private revelations there are truly from Heaven, even if the decision and order of the Pope prohibits this type of public expression.

When the Warning, Consolation, and Miracle — the first three secrets of Medjugorje — occur, then this private revelation will be proven to be true before the whole world.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

The Secrets of Medjugorje and Garabandal Revealed
available in print (paperback) and in Kindle format

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4 Responses to What will the decision be on Medjugorje?

  1. John says:

    I believe in Medjugorje.

    But I always get insecure about my position when the visionaries are affiliating themselves deeply with groups like caritas, who are constantly exalting the situation.

    My question is the following, In true private revelation would Jesus/Mary protect visionaries from the impure forces? I don’t understand how the visionaries of Medjugorje have become twisted with groups that are misguided.

    • Ron Conte says:

      Popes sometimes sin, and Jesus/Mary do not intervene. Devout Protestants err by declining to convert to Catholicism, and God does not intervene. If Jesus or Mary intervened with the visionaries, to make sure they never erred in word or deed, then the visionaries would end up replacing the Pope, the Bishops, the Bible, etc. God permits true visionaries to err, because they are sinners and so that private revelation will not become more reliable than the teachings of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium.

  2. John says:

    Hi. I have been a Garabandalist for over 40 years. While I agree with you in some of your comments, Especially re that the CHURCH and its Sacraments and Dogmatic teachings,etc are not to be replaced by private revelation, I disagree with your other comments re Medjugorje. To begin with, Garabandal came First, and I don’t know of any precedent where God or Mary, would repeat the same SPECIFIC Events that would happen in another Private revelation in near future. (I.E. Garbandal and then Medjugorie) (Emphasis on specific EVENTS not-follow me and obey my Commandments type of message, etc) The Events of Garabandal as you know are the Warning First, then the Miracle within one year and then the “Conditional” Chastisement. While I believe in Garabandal being authentic (linked to Lourdes and Fatima-those two already approved by the Church) I do not know or tend to believe in Medjugorje as authentic-from God (HOW CAN YOU BE SO SURE?) I’m not saying you are wrong-I simply dont know-other than two facts with Garabandal VS Medjugorje. One-I mentioned-Garabandal being first and Two, The Visionaries and a MAIN Promoter (Joey Lomangino) were ALWAYS OBEDIENT to the CHURCH AUTHORITY. When the Girls of Garabandal were told in one vision (during the time in the early 1960’s) by Mary DO NOT go into the Church-they didnt. They stayed outside because the local Priest at the time did not want them going into the church. Mary Told the Girls-“Obedience to the Church gives great honor and Glory to God.” Likewise at a time in the Mid-late 70’s when Joey Lomangino was told by the Local Bishop of Long Island to STOP promoting the Messages and story of Garabandal-HE DID just that. OBEDIENCE TO THE CHURCH has ALWAYS been a staple of Garabandal. Not So with Medjugorje. Nor has ANY of the Girls Profited (Or Joey Lomangino as well) from Garabandal promotion in any way-not so with Medjugorje.
    Now I’m not saying you would be doing anything wrong by “continuing to believe, write, argue and promote Medjugorje. as “true Private revelation from God/Mary,” ( I’m am no judge of anyone and a sinner like everyone else) but unlike the aforementioned, you (or anyone continuing to promote it should the POPE come out with a negative decision on Medjugorje, would NOT be obedient. You are 100% correct that the ruling would not be “dogmatic” and the Pope can Error on rulings such as these but again, per the words of Mary-“OBEDIENCE TO THE CHURCH GIVES GREAT HONOR AND GLORY TO GOD.” That is a MAJOR differentiation between Garabandal and Medjugorje in my view, (Satan mimics often-I pray that in the Medjugorje that is not the case-I honestly do not know) I only know the things I expressed above. Thanks. May God and Peace be with you and all of us in these UNCERTAIN times just ahead.

    • Ron Conte says:

      All the visionaries of true private revelations are sinners. Therefore, none is completely obedient to God and none is in complete conformity with the Gospel taught by the Church. The visionaries of Garabandal have not distinguished themselves as Saints (as far as we know). And neither have those of Medjugorje. Public perception of obedience or the lack thereof is fallible and limited. We do not really know the hearts and minds of any visionary.

      The true basis for determining if a claimed PR is from Heaven is the content of the messages, not the lives of the sinners who received them.

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