Public Statement by the Pastor regarding untrue Information about Medjugorje
Press bulletin - Medjugorje - November 25th, 2001
Prompted by untrue information linked to Medjugorje, which IS being spread in the world, the Parish Priest of Medjugorje, Fr. Branko Radoš, wrote a public statement on October 26, 2001, which we publish entirely:
“It is nothing new that some people are against truth, those who intentionally or unintentionally twist the truth. When it is the matter of Medjugorje, in recent times some untrue information surfaced. What especially troubles the numerous friends of the Queen of Peace from Medjugorje is the supposed statement of Cardinal Vinko Puljic from Sarajevo at the Bishop’s Synod in Rome; that Medjugorje was a source of disorder and disobedience in the Church in Herzegovina, and that there were Franciscans serving in Medjugorje who were disobedient.
For the sake of the truth it is my duty to say: In his talk at the Bishops’ Synod which took place in October 2001 in Rome, Cardinal Vinko Puljic did not even mention Medjugorje in a single word. All those who want it can consult the original text of his talk. By the way, I highlight that all Franciscan priests serving in the parish of Medjugorje have been commissioned by the local Bishop.
I invite all the friends of the Queen of Peace to pray, so that the peace and truth of Jesus Christ the Lord may reign in this world.”
On October 30th 2001, in an interview for “Slobodna Dalmacija”, Cardinal Vinko Puljic, Archbishop of Vrhbosna (Sarajevo) said:
“The phenomenon of Medjugorje is under the jurisdiction of the local bishop and of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and it will remain so until the phenomenon reaches another dimension, until the supposed apparitions cease. Then they will be observed in another way. The actual situation is such that Medjugorje has to be observed on two levels: On the level of prayer, penance, something that is an act of faith. The apparitions and messages are on another level, which will be submitted to a very critical investigation.”