From time to time Jesus, His Mother and His saints appear on earth to provide the Faithful with a particular message.
Many Catholics are familiar with St Catherine Laboure and the Miraculous Medal, St Bernadette and Lourdes, Melanie and Maximin at La Salette, and Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta at Fatima. Wherever Heaven appears, Hell sends false apparitions to sow doubt. Thus we have Garabandal, Bayside, Medjugorje, the Little Pebble, Maria Valtorta, the Marian Movement of Priests and the Magnificat Meal Movement.
False apparitions are Satan's temptation for the devout. Each occasion a priest repels faithful Catholics through a display of open defiance to the laws of the Church another group of Catholics is attracted to the siren call to prayer and fasting at an apparition site.
Satan does not go around telling people to sin. No one falls for that one. What he does is push prayer and sacrifice. Devout Catholics find it hard to resist such a call. But mixed with the good stuff, Satan inserts subtle evils. Satan is happy to accept a few rosaries if he can gain a soul.
Fortunately there is a way for Catholics to tell if an apparition is genuine. The Church places the local bishop in charge of the decision. If you obey the bishop, you cannot go wrong.
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Code of Canon Law - IntraText
Code of Canon Law - IntraText
The argument used by followers of unapproved apparitions is that if the bishop is a 'bad' bishop, you don't need to obey him. This argument is obviously a false 'GET OUT OF JAIL FREE' card. It means that all you have to do is declare a bishop to be 'bad' and you don't have to obey his authority. It matters nothing, for example, if a pope is evil. What he defines infallibly remains infallible.
The most blatant disobedience takes place at Medjugorje, in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Two bishops have said that there is nothing supernatural happening. So has the Bishops' Conference of the former Yugoslavia.
The Satanic Origin of Medjugorje
True or False Private Revelations
Medjugorje Hoax Exposed. Medjugorje Heresies, Message, Apparition
There are many reasons why Medjugorje has not been approved.
1 The local bishop
There is no doubt about the position of the local bishop.
The Stance of the Local Bishop on Medjugorje
Bishop Says Our Lady is Not Appearing
Bishop Repeats No Evidence
Medjugorje Bishop: Apparitions Not Credible
No Truth in the Apparitions
Medjugorje advocates argue that the Pope outranks the bishop. Yes, he does, but the Church does make the bishop, not the Pope, the authority on apparitions. Where there is gross disobedience, a bishop can submit the case to the Pope, in order that the Pope's authority will overcome the influence of Satan.
2 The Lies of the 'Visionaries'
Lying has become a way of life for those who are supposed to be seeing Our Blessed Mother.
The Lies of Medjugorje
Salon on Medjugorje - Our Lady of Lies
Sex, Lies and Apparitions
Ri¢hie Ri¢h Kids of Medjugorje 【How to Be Millionaires Through Fake Mystical-Ecstasies】
Lies, Contradictions and Uncertainties
3 The Disobedience.
The Claim that Our Lady can outrank a bishop and give countermanding orders in his diocese is an attack on the integrity of Our Blessed Mother. Similarly the argument that In more than 30 years, God has been unable to persuade a bishop to His cause.
The 'visionaries' have for years been ordered to stop promoting the messages. Yet out they come, every day.
Medjugorje is generating what the Devil loves most: disobedience | CatholicHerald.co.uk
Medjugorje: A Clarification and Disobedience
Eucharistic "Miracle" at Medjugorje demonstrates disobedience
The disobedience of the vision of Medjugorje
MEDJUGORJE DISOBEDIENCE: THE DUPLICITOUS MESSAGES OF GOSPA
Medjugorje: A Clarification & Disobedience
Medjugorje and Obedience
Spiritual Guides Disobedient, Unchaste and Excommunicated
4 The sinful lives of their 'spiritual advisers'.
The followers of Medjugorje once declared the 'sainthood' of three priests. As they are revealed as less than saintly, Medjugorje promoters quickly distance themselves and pretend that they were never influential at Medjugorje.
One of these has left the priesthood and is reported to be living in an irregular situation.
Pope Benedict XVI unfrocks Medjugorje priest
Did Tomislav Vlašić Manipulate the "Seers"?
Priest's Canonical Status
A second has been disciplined, allegedly for sex offences.
The � Saint � Jozo Zovko And His Many Sex-Affairs
Christian Order - Read - Features - March 2014
Ecclesial Disciplinary Actions
Vatican disciplines ex-spiritual director to Medjugorje visionaries
Vatican suspends Franciscan Connected to Medjugorje - Europe - International - News - Catholic Online
The third died while suspended from priestly faculties.
September 26, 2009: In Context of Medjugorje Phenomenon - Part 1 - by Bishop Ratko Peric
Unity Publishing's Monthly Newsletter: "Sword of Truth" - October 8, 1998
Official Medjugorje Documents
Facts and Documents
5 Our Lady is Presented as a Heretic.
All religions are equal. Unbaptised babies in Heaven. Mary is a 'light bearer'.
Medjugorje Hoax, Heresies, Visionaries, Facts, Messages
Medjugorje: Spot The Heresies…
No Problem With Heresy, the Devil Provides Wonders at Medjugorje
Medjugorje and the Heresy Book
6 The Banality of the Messages.
Our Blessed Mother is accused of silliness.
The Medjugorje Hoax
The Medjugorje Hoaxes
MEDJUGORJE: A WARNING
A Diabolical Hoax
I. The Facts of Medjugorje - The Catholic Counter-Reformation in the 21st Century
Father George Rutler: Medjugorje cult "has become an industry from which many have made a lot of money"
Silly Messages of Medjugorje
7 Other Reasons to Steer Clear.
There are many other problems with Medjugorje. Examples are the huge money-making industry which has been established; visionaries have become wealthy, without ever having a job; they have established families, but there are criticism of the size of those families - some would expect that those who are seeing the Blessed Virgin would be likely to have more than a couple of children.
Medjugorje people have gained a reputation for anger, should anyone question their apparition. Even violence:
Generally well researched, here are a few nuggets from Jones' book: Bishop Peric, who was Bishop of Medjugorje at the time, was actually man-handled--his pectoral cross ripped off--by devotees of the "Gospa" of Medjugorje, who whisked him away to a chapel run by the Franciscans, and he actually had to be rescued by the Mayor of Mostar with U.N. troops in tow! [pg. xvii, from the introduction] Jones provides a nice quote regarding those who are constantly seeking a "high"-- a fix-- from ever-changing "mystical" phenomena, especially those in the charismatic movement, who the devotees of Medjugorje seem to be in abundance: "Either one grows into a mature faith--i.e. one not based on signs and wonders--or one looks for signs and wonders in ever-increadsing doess in order to maintain the spiritual high one remembers from the past." [pg. 37]
And finally, there appears to be much disobedience among the Franciscans there, who refuse to obey the Pope's order to hand over parishes and chapels to the bishops. And a few nuns made pregnant by priests (Fr Tomislav Vlasic fathered a son with Sister Rufina; Fr Ivica Vego also managed to get a nun pregnant).
Any of the above reasons should be enough to stop faithful Catholics from getting involved. Those who go there in recognition that Our Lady is appearing there offend God, who also does not favour priests who arrive and celebrate sacraments without permission from the bishop. The amount of evil in Medjugorje is staggering. Satan has been brilliantly successful, and one wonders how many good Catholics have been dragged down to Hell as a result.