It is therefore a shame that Rome is yet to give a definitive pronouncement on the events surrounding the movement dedicated to Our Lady of Medjugorje. Successive local Bishops have warned against the visions, even pointing to the blatant heresy contained in some of the revelations in which "Our Lady" claims that all religions are equally valid. The pronouncements from the Bishops of Mostar should have put an end to the matter, for it is the local Ordinary who has canonical jurisdiction to investigate such events. But, it seems that the local Franciscans, who run the parish of Medjugorje, encouraged their followers to ignore the Bishop of Mostar. The visionaries even claimed that Our Lady wanted people to reject the Church's legitimate authority. Because of these frictions caused by lack of obedience and open dissent on the local level, the Vatican was obliged to step in. It was only in March last year, though, that Pope Benedict XVI convened a commission led by Cardinal Camillo Ruini to definitively investigate the Medjugorje apparitions.
Fratres, sobrii estote, et vigilate: quia adversarius vester diabolus tamquam leo rugiens circuit, quaerens quem devoret: cui resistite fortes in fide (1 Peter 5:8-9)Ss Thomas More and John Fisher, pray for us
[Image: St James's Church, Medjugorje; this photo has been released into the public domain by it's author, Mariusz Musiał; source: Wikimedia Commons]