His comment about the “supposed apparitions not having much value” has really surprised me.
You say "His comment about the 'supposed apparitions not having much value' has really surprised me."
This is not the case for many of us who understood from the get-go that this pope was no friend of Medjugorje. Slowly, more and more, he is coming out of hiding and revealing his true stance.
You say "Much confusion. Hopefully Pope Francis will soon be able to make a clear statement on the Medjugorje situation so that everyone knows what is legit and what isn’t."
Au contraire mon frère, what he has said all along is crystal clear. He has been slowly running his true colors up the yardarm for those who chose to see and understand. To date, you have given him the benefit of the doubt and have just been reticent to see his true meaning. And you think there is need for a clearer statement? Why do you look to a biased, closed-minded individual to tell you "what is legit and what isn’t"? Where is your faith?
I have to agree with gtc
that this pope's agenda is based on his personal pre-pontiff life. His formation in the corrosive socialist political environment in South America has stunted the development in him of a well rounded, balanced worldview for the man. He is a prisoner of his upbringing, and not smart enough to see that. If he was, he would know that his words as the pope have a serious impact, and he would know enough to say nothing until there is something definitive and certain to say. As gtc points out, the pope has provided us with a clear window into his inner bias when he said "the problem with Medjugorje". The problem
. . . That speaks volumes. That says it all.MP
said "The complexities of Medjugorje makes this apparition site a difficult place to get your arms around it." Have not all others been the same? All apparitional events are difficult to discern. The authenticity of bona-fide apparitions is not scientifically provable. Science can only prove that a faux event is a fraud. And despite much effort, this has never been done.
You said "The local bishop has previously requested Mirjana to stop having her apparitions in public . . I can only see more restrictions being put in place". Sadly, I agree. In this slow eradication - this purposeful attempt to erase the apparitions of Medjugorje, maybe next time your above sentence will have to delete the words "in public".
I am struck by the contrast between the difference of how this pope relates to Medjugorje, and that of St. John Paul II. One a not-so-surreptitious enemy; the other an ardent friend. How can they both have it right? How can they both know what they're talking about? Indeed, both popes they, but only one can be correct regarding the truth of Medjugorje. Certainly we are all free to side with either one if we choose to. But why in the world would we even turn to the Church - or a pope - in the first place to speak to the veracity of an event like this? The Church has always
been a day late and a dollar short in matters like this.
They will yet be again.