(Closed) Medjugorie apparitions sceptical…

posted 5 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I definitely agree that going to these locations does not make one a “better Catholic”. Devotions to various things are not required by the Church, so no one HAS to take part in them. Some people go to Adoration, others pray the Roasry, and some visit Apparition sites. Everyone has preferences and different things that help them grow spiritually. No devotion is better than another, in my opinion. 

I tend to have the mindset that if something ‘optional’ doesn’t enchance your spiritual life your husband is in agreement, that it probably isn’t worth going. If you think it would be enjoyble, go for it- but I don’t see the sense in just going through the motions because others do it or believe in it.

 

From my research, it seems that Medjugorie is probably a hoax; however, I am not a proper judge and will await Church teaching. I don’t think it is harmful to be skeptical of claims of apparitions and miracles until there is a definite ruling by qualified judges. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Even when apparations are approved by the Church, they still are not considered a part of the deposit of the faith.  We are free to have our own judgments about them.

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t have any problem with “Church approved” apparitions, but to me, some of the things about Medjugorie are VERY problematic. Like, usually when there is an apparition that is later approved (think: St. Bernadette,) when the religious superiors of the person who is having the apparition tell them to “keep it quiet” until they do more research or whatever, the person OBEYS. Not so with Medjugorie. Spiritual disobedience is NOT a trait of any holy person. Even if someone’s spiritual superior turns out to be “wrong,” in all the other approved apparitions (and, since the Church takes so seriously/skeptically all claims at apparitions -they are usually assumed false until proven otherwise, this happens a lot,) the person has been obedient. 

Only time will tell if it is true or false, but I heard a quote once about a lot of the people who go on pilgrimages to Medjugorie… “They cross the ocean to go to a supposed apparition site, but rarely darken the doors of the church across the street to visit Jesus himself in the tabernacle.” By their fruits you shall know them, ya know?

Here’s some more about the deception and disobedience of those connected with Medjugorje.

http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/DECORMIR.htm

http://www.unitypublishing.com/Apparitions/MedFakeBishop.html

http://jloughnan.tripod.com/medj1004.htm

If you want to hear Mary’s messages from *Church approved* sources and appartions, check out Fatima.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@sasi:  I must admit that I’ve never heard of Medjugorie Appartitions.  Does this mean I’m a bad Catholic?

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Autumnsnow:  🙂 No not at all! It isn’t approved by the Church yet, so a lot of Catholics haven’t heard about it.

I haven’t even bothered to read a lot about it. I know several people who have gone and are very serious, but it does all feel very “hyped” to me. 

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