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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Reminder on the CDF an USCCB on Medjugorje

Vatican Insider reports the Holy Father’s homily during Mass at St Martha’s on November 14, which also has relevance to this subject: discussing the reading about the Spirit of Wisdom, Pope Francis commented, “Curiosity …leads us to say “But I know a visionary who receives letters from Our Lady, messages from Our Lady.” He added in the homely imagery for which he is noted, “But look, Our Lady… is not a postmistress, sending messages every day.” He warned the faithful not to seek “strange things” or “novelties with worldly curiosity.”


from here

“Oh! How sweet and glorious is this virtue of obedience, which contains all the other virtues! Because it is born of charity, and on it the rock of the holy Faith is founded; it is a queen, and he who espouses it knows no evil, but only peace and rest.” St. Catherine of Siena.

The legitimate investigation of the Holy See continues as you can see from this letter of October 21, 2013 of the US Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò to the General Secretary of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Monsignor Ronny Jenkins. Archbishop Viganò writes on behalf of Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The letter reiterates an April 10, 1991, directive not to adhere to unverified proposals.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is clear: “clerics and the faithful are not permitted to participate in meetings, conferences or public celebrations during which the credibility of such ‘apparitions’ would be taken for granted.”

We owe the bishops practical obedience, which means not contradicting the local ordinaries decisions on visionaries. We owe the CDF real obedience, as that body is part of one of the levels of the Teaching Magisterium of the Church.

Some people I know are having difficulties in their families, while the mother and father insist on following false seers. A direct consequence of disobedience, a sin, could be loss of faith in the children. Deception in spiritual matters can afflict entire families and lead individuals away from the Church.

I know followers of Medjugorje would believe in women priests and ssm. And, they have been to the shrine many times.

Think. Only obedience can lead to holiness, not the chasing after apparitions. Christ said this to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque: "…not only do I desire that you should do what your Superior commands, but also that you should do nothing of all that I request of you without their consent. I love obedience, and without it no one can please Me" 

quotations of the saints found here...