has been established to help address assertions disseminated by
several recent sites critical to the Marian Apparitions occurring at
Medjugorje. The motivation for these wide ranging contentions
are unclear but could be considered expected, as most Marian
Apparitions have encountered some form of resistance. Some
Catholics may be concerned that Marian Apparitions might distract
our focus from Jesus Christ, or they may have difficulty comprehending the whole
Some non-Catholics may also have difficultly understanding the Co-Redemptive process, considering Mary to be only some kind of a
birthing vessel, even capable of possessing the same sins and sinful
desires as any other woman.
The Ark of the
Covenant was so Holy, that God gave specific instructions as to how
It must be built. Every single detail; from the wood that
must be used, to what metals to incorporate, how to carry It, how to
hold It, what was to be placed in It, etc. God even warned; if
It starts to tip or fall don't touch It. We all know what
happened when the Ark was being carried by the Israelites on
an ox-cart and began to tilt, an Israelite put his hand on It to stabilize It, and God
instantaneously struck him dead. God warned not to touch It,
and He immediately defended His Vessel with severe capital
punishment. God doesn't give these
exacting instructions in the Old Testament only once, but He gives them
twice. The Ark possessed such incredible power, that armies
who carried It
before them, won their victories. When King David recovered the Ark he
danced every seven steps proclaiming his joy at getting the Ark
Back. He was even chastised by his wife who said he was making
a fool out of himself. He told her that she didn't understand
the significance. We got the Ark back! He knew there was power
there was so much power with the Ark because It contained
objects that were touched by the very Finger of God (the
Jewish Decalogue known as the Ten Commandments, on two tablets
that God inscribed with His Finger), how much more power is
there in the Container that enclosed the actual Divine Holy
Finger of God? And not just the Finger, but the Hand of
God, and not just the Hand, but the entire Body of God?
And how much more Holy of a Vessel would be required to carry
all that Divinity? And how much more exacting and
perfect construction would be required to build such a
Faultless Holy Vessel? And that is what Mary is, God's
most Perfect Ark, the bearer of Himself.
that God Himself instantaneously struck a righteous Israelite dead
on the spot for simply touching the Ark of the Covenant (even when
this righteous Israelite was making the noble effort to prevent It
from falling), how could some Christians possibly consider that God
would allow people to falsify Apparitions, Instructions and Messages
from His Beloved Mother, the Holy Faultless Living Perfect Ark of
His Very Self, for thirty years without bringing about their rapid
demise or ruin? Those who espouse such irrationality give
atheists the very foundation to root the structure of their
blasphemous ideologies, as only two conclusions could be deduced,
that either God is dead or doesn't exist. God instantaneously
defends His Ark!!!
highly critical to the Medjugorje Marian Apparitions featured four
praising letters (written on:
1/13/08, 1/24/08, 2/3/08 & 12/19/08) from the Bishop
of Mostar (this was recently reduced to one partial letter when
websites defending the Apparitions exposed clear conflicts of
Certain questions come to mind. Why would a Bishop be writing
love letters to a website attacking these Marian Apparitions,
particularly when Pope Benedict XVI took the extreme action of
officially relieving him of all judicial authority by forming a
commission completely independent of the local Diocese?
Notwithstanding that Pope Benedict provided the symbolism of
blessing a statue of "Our Lady of Medjugorje" in Saint Peter's
Square in Vatican City on 6/4/08, hoping that this particular Bishop
would follow the Vicar of Christ's lead (4,
The Bishop of Mostar refused to take a back seat and continued his
aggressive behavior regarding the apparitions, making wild
accusations and defrocking Priests sympathetic to the
The Holy Roman
Catholic Church has a Hierarchy. The Code of Canon Law - Book
II, Part II, Section I, Chapter I,
Article I -
gives the Pope full and supreme power over all levels of the Church
and free use to exercise this power (7).
Vatican Council, Session IV, Chp. IV, p.IX: "So, then, if anyone
says that the Roman Pontiff has merely an office of supervision and
guidance, and not the full and supreme power of jurisdiction over
the whole Church, and this not only in matters of faith and morals,
but also in those which concern the discipline and government of the
Church dispersed throughout the whole world; or that he has only the
principal part, but not the absolute fullness, of this supreme
power; or that this power of his is not ordinary and immediate both
over all and each of the Churches and over all and each of the
pastors and faithful: let him be anathema" (8).
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 883 states: "The college or
body of bishops has no authority unless united with the Roman
Pontiff, Peter's successor, as its head" (9).
How can a Bishop who refuses to acquiesce to the Pope expect others
to submit to him?
Cardinals take an oath of obedience to the Pope (10).
When Bishops such as Peric start challenging the Vatican, it is a
clear indication that something is wrong. Why are more
and more Bishops becoming more and more disobedient to the Vatican?
Why are Parishioners here in New York suffering with a Bishop
hosting homosexual masses and pushing for the ordination of a
lesbian nun? (11,
13). Why has the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) funneled 280 million dollars
to organizations fighting for abortion and gay marriage?
Why do we as Catholics even have to ask these preposterous questions?
CCHD & Saul Alinsky -
Real Catholic TV
Catholic Campaign For Anti-Catholic Activities
In his defense
against the Arians at the Council of Nicea, Saint Athanasius said
"the skulls of Bishops pave the floor of hell" (14,
16). A famous proverb
attributed to Saint John Chrysostom says that; "The road to hell is
paved with the skulls of bishops" (17,
19). It certainly
sheds new light on the messages given to Sister Agnes Katsuko
Sasagawa by Our Lady of Akita, approved by both the Local Bishop Ito
of Akita Japan and then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict
work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way
that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, Bishops against
other Bishops. The Priests who venerate me will be scorned and
opposed by their confreres (other Priests). Churches and altars will
be sacked. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises
and the demon will press many Priests and consecrated souls to leave
the service of the Lord. The demon will be especially
implacable against the souls consecrated to God. The thought of the
loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins
increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for
them. Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone
am able still to save you from the calamities which approach.
Those who place their confidence in me will be saved."
website judgmental to the Apparitions criticizes
possibility of Mirjana
receiving a parchment from Our Lady of Medjugorje (26).
Is Our Lady giving a devotee a physical item is so impossible or
unfeasible that such an act requires being cross-referenced with
Didn't the Blessed Virgin Mary appear to
Saint Simon Stock and give him the Brown Scapular, with a promise
that those who die wearing it will be saved?
the Rosary given to Saint Dominic in
Blessed Virgin Mary?
Didn't Our Lady of Guadalupe turn roses into a picture of herself
for Juan Diego? (29).
Should these instances be
associated or compared to
Harry Potter also?
And Instigation To Insubordination" (30).
evidences how the intimidating hours of cross interrogations and
exhaustive days of comparative tape recordings (at the outset when
they were still children) may have resulted in one or more of the
visionaries perjuring themselves. The resulting victorious
tape recordings touted by skeptics like trophies as proof of the
children lying, raised even more questions, as these thirty year old
tapes (not even the originals, but recordings, of recordings)
evidenced against the children actually contained cuts, deleted segments,
doctoring, spliced conversations, as well as being undecipherable in
at least 148 instances (31,
grueling hours of cross-interrogations, the anxiety and pressure of being caught between the
proverbial "rock and a hard place" with the Mother of God who can
not lie saying one thing, while
the Church (in which they were taught was infallible) assuring them
opposite, perceptibly may have caused some of the children to falter. People are human, should we hold
visionaries to a greater standard than our first Pope, the Rock that
God built His Holy Roman Catholic Church upon? Because Saint Peter lied
and swore three times that he did not know Jesus, are we to
disregard half of Acts of the Apostles and ban all of the Epistles of
As Our Holy Mother cannot lie, eventually we learned that She was exactly correct all along, as explained by
Daniel Klimek (33).
Our Lady of
Akita told us that the devil has infiltrated the Church. When
a cunning burglar enters an occupied home, his first priority is
severing communications, he cuts the phone lines. When stealthy navy
seals overtake an enemy ship, their first priority is severing
communications, they disable the antenna. Likewise, when the devil
infiltrates the Church, his first priority is severing
communications, he gets internal Church legislation enacted by those
who he can manipulate to
silence God’s prophets: "According
to the Catholic faith, nobody is obliged to believe in Apparitions
and Private Revelations: therefore, how will the Bishop be judged by
the justice of Our Lady if he does not believe in such Apparitions?"
Catholic Church, this is known as the "Optional Adoption"
philosophy. In fact, this philosophy is the exact opposite of what
Our Lady of Fatima attested; as God performed one of
greatest miracles of all time specifically to prove this very point.
It was witnessed by over 100,000 people, even as far as 32 miles
away. All who witnessed it were astonished by the spectacular
demonstration of the miracle. Not only did they see the fire of the
sun detach itself and fall upon the earth, but they felt the intense
heat. The flooded grounds and their soaked clothes from the prior
torrential rain, dried up immediately before their eyes. Some were
up to their ankles in mud, then standing upon dry soil. Moreover, it
was the only miracle in the history of the world that God performed
at a predicted time and place. As the Holy Mother of God explained:
"So That All May Believe" (35,
39). Proving beyond objection that
God hasn't adopted the "Optional Adoption"
hypothesis, and He worked one of the greatest Miracles of all time to prove
this very point. God does not want His Church to sever
or ignore communications with His Prophets. The devil (whom Our Lady
of Akita tells us infiltrated the Church) does, he wants to choke us
off from God's Guidance through His Prophets.
obedient even unto death"
Obedient yes, but to His Father. Several times in the Bible,
Jesus is referred to as Rabbi or Rabboni (Priest in
those days), it's difficult to argue subordinance when He called
his so-called superiors (Chief Priest, Doctors of the Law, Pharisees, Scribes and Seduces) a "brood of
vipers" and overturned the tables in the Temple (
21:12). Jesus made a whip out of cords and drove
them all out (John
2:15). The Bible does not portray Jesus as a mindless sycophant fawning over His so-called superiors with servile
flattery. In reality, if the time of the Christ was today, and
He was in Mostar, He would most likely be fashioning a whip to
defend His Mother.
"One has to
consider the fruits also. It must be observed that the spiritual
fruits alone cannot suffice in discerning the authenticity of
Jesus taught the
very criteria for true accurate discernment; that we will know the
tree by its fruit; "So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the
bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor
can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear
good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know
them by their fruits (Matthew
So if we follow Jesus’ concise criteria, since the fruit is good,
tree must be good.
This throws a
monkey-wrench in Medjugorje challenger’s philosophy, as they must be
well aware of the thirty to forty five million religious pilgrims,
the enormous group praying of Rosaries, the mind boggling Confession
& Eucharist lines, the countless conversions to Catholicism &
Vocations to the Priesthood, the
thousands of Healings & Miracles they refuse to acknowledge or
recognize, etc (42).
According to EWTN correspondent Antonio Gaspari, "More confessions
are heard in Medjugorje than in any other parish of the entire
world; more than 150 confessors work without interruption there
every day. In the year 1990 (before the outbreak of civil war),
1,900,000 people took Communion (more than at Fatima); 30,000
priests and over 100 bishops have visited the site" (43).
"Many conversions are reported, even among those who come out of
curiosity, or simply to accompany friends or relatives" (44). In order to skirt this obvious quandary, the most
common antagonist solution becomes attempting to alter the meaning
of the metaphorical fruit. In this particular instance, fruits are
characterized as "spiritual
Other adversaries will make ardent attempts at digging up whatever
dirt they can, then attempt to attribute the resulting negative
compilation to Jesus’ denotation of fruits, notwithstanding a lot of
the same petty issues occur at other
Marian Apparition sites, such as testy boutique merchants or
Fatima or Lourdes, etc. What Jesus actually means are the real
fruits, the only thing that really counts or matters; saved souls. The
earth will pass away (Matthew
Everything we see and own on this Earth will eventually be gone, at
some point the Sun will burn out and the earth will become a big
lifeless ice ball. All that remains from this Earth will be saved
and condemned souls.
sporting event. How many people actually attend at the stadium?
Many, perhaps anywhere from twenty to eighty thousand, depending on
the sport and significance of the event. But how does that compare
to the number of people watching it on television? That large number
starts resembling a drop in a bucket. Now consider how many people
have given up their regular vacations, scrimped & saved, purchased
plane tickets, made the necessary arrangements and actually made the
pilgrimage to Medjugorje? It has been estimated anywhere from thirty
to forty five million pilgrims. Now, how many Medjugorje followers
are sitting on the side lines proportional to the television
viewers, participating only by reading about it and praying?
Suddenly it becomes evident that this figure could literally be in
the billions. Why do all these people competently ignore all the silly nonsense antagonists have propagated?
Jesus explains; "The sheep know the Master's voice" (John
When the Visionaries stand before Almighty God and He asks them what
they reaped, the number of saved souls (via the assistance of His
Mother) will be enormous (Matthew
25:14 & Luke 19:12).
Why would adversaries want to put themselves in the
position of explaining to God the lost souls who were diverted away
from His Mother? As Jesus said; "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is
cut down and thrown into the fire" (Matthew
"I knew about
Medjugorje for many years, not personally because I have not been
here before, but in our Diocese and even further, I experience the
fruits of Medjugorje. I always used to say what Jesus has said in
the Gospel: 'You will recognize the tree by its fruits.' When I see
the fruits of Medjugorje back at home, I can only say that the tree
is surely good" (Cardinal Christopher Schonborn,
Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna
and one long wait
now, almost thirty years have passed and we have not seen
have been apparitions approved by the Roman Catholic Church
which occurred for much longer time periods than Medjugorje.
Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Germany received visions for almost
seventy years. The apparitions of Our Lady of Laus,
France occurred for 54 years.
apparitions to Saint Bridget of Sweden lasted more than twenty five
years. According to the Congregation for
the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the "length of apparitions" is not
a factor in determining the authenticity of alleged apparitions. The
Church does not set arbitrary standards for judging alleged
apparitions, but instead has specific criteria that it follows (47).
Medjugorje Visionary Mirjana
asked Our Lady why the apparitions have been lasting so long.
Our Lady responded: "Because so
many people are taking so long to convert. There have never
been so many unbelievers." Another Visionary Jakov Colo was
asked this question many times. His response has always been
the same; "Instead of asking 'why';
'why have they been occurring for so long', we instead should be
saying something else; we should be saying 'thank you', and giving
thanks to Our Lord for allowing Our Blessed Mother to be with us for