[quote=WhatMeWorry]I believe the facts are:
The local bishop has stated that there is no proof that anything of a supernatural nature is taking place at Medjugorje. “No proof” is not the same as a condemnation. Maybe the apparitions are real and maybe they are not–there just is not any proof at this time one way or the other. If something happened there in the future that appeared to be supernatural, then the bishop has the freedom to reconsider the evidence and issue an updated statement. He has not issued an outright condemnation as of yet.
As for the Magesterium…no comment of any kind–either for or against–has ever been made by Rome. There have been stories that John Paul was favorable toward Medjugorje, but these are all supposed quotes from third-hand parties. I don’t know what Ratzinger’s opinion was prior to his election to the papacy.
The Magisterium has commented on the false apparitions at Medjugorje when the Bishop Zanic issued his letter in 1987. The Magisterium is the pope and the bishops in union with him. Since Bishop Zanic exercised his authority as Bishop of Mostar, the Magisterium has made a comment and it is against the apparitions.
Here is part of Bishop Zanic’s letter. I include the link to the entire letter.
In this diocese, by divine decree, I am the shepherd, teacher of faith, and judge in the matters of faith. Since Medjugorje’s events have created tension and division within the Church (some believe in it, some do not), and have evaded Church control, since the recommendations and decisions of the said authorities such as the Commission, the Congregation, and the Bishops’ Conference have been ineffective, I, the Ordinary of Mostar, responsible before God for the discipline in the diocese, repeat and sanction former decisions of the ecclesiastical authorities. I do forbid the priests who organize pilgrimages or come here ascribing a supernatural character to these events, to celebrate Mass in the territory of my diocese, and this until the Commission of the Bishops’ Conference ends its inquiry.
Thank you, Madonna, because with your long silence of six years you have demonstrated that you have not spoken here, nor appeared, nor given any message or secret nor promised a special sign. Blessed Virgin, Mother of Christ and of us, intercede for peace in this restless region of the Church, in the diocese of Mostar, intercede especially for this place, for this parish, where innumerable times your blessed name was mentioned in words which were not yours. Make them stop fabricating messages in your name.
Forbidding priests to celebrate Mass sounds pretty close to a condemnation. Bishop Zanic also wrote a letter to Fr. Pervan in 1985, which is also included in the above link.
However, several times through letters, the Bishop’s Office expressed its desire, and even demanded, that the propaganda stop because of the disobedience of the pastoral personnel and the “visionaries.” This was a futile attempt.
Now, without any delay, after all this, I demand from you that you remove the “visionaries” from public display and put an end to their “visions” in the parish church.
The devotions that grew out of the “apparitions” and their messages must be eliminated, sales of souvenirs and printed material which propagate the “apparitions” must also stop. The faithful can go to the sacrament of reconciliation and attend Mass. I do not allow the other priests, especially Fathers Jozo Zovko, Tomislav Vlasic and Ljudevit Rupcic, to celebrate Mass for the faithful or to preach. The “visionaries” must give you whatever they wrote, especially what pertains to the so called “Biography of the Madonna.” No excuse that that’s a secret can justify them from not handing over that material to you. Since there was so much public talk about their Diaries and their other writings, and since all this had a great influence on the events of Medjugorje, thus all these documents and [written]) materials fall under the supervision of the Ordinary and become subject to the investigation of the phenomenon of Medjugorje.
It is clear from Bishop Zanic that these apparitions are false. Bishop Zanic’s successor, Bishop Peric, has affirmed Bishop Zanic’s findings. The apparitions at Medjugorje are clearly a hoax and are not to be believed according to the Magisterium.