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    Medjugorje after Twenty-One Years

    1981-2002

    The Definitive History

    CONTENTS

    Foreword....................................................................................

    List of Principal Croatian Persona.........................................

    The Six Seers........................................................................

    24 June 1981The First Apparitions...................................

    The Charismatic Connection.................................................

    A Preposterous Proliferation...............................................

    Credibility of the Messages.................................................

    Secrets....................................................................................

    The Sign................................................................................

    The Position of Monsignor Zanic......................................

    An Immoral Priest Defended............................................

    Fraud on Film....................................................................

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    The Herzegovina question.......................................................

    25 March 1985

    A Letter From Msgr. Zanic to Father Tomislav Pervan......

    23 February 1987

    1987 Communiqu of the Yugoslav Bishops.........................

    Concerning the Facts of Medjugorje

    25 July 1987

    Declaration of the Bishop of Mostar

    Concerning Medjugorje - 25 July 1987

    20 January 1988

    Letter to Mrs. Marija Davies from the

    Bishop of Mostar 20 January 1988...............................................

    11 July 1988

    Marija Pavlovic Contradicts Herself

    31 March 1989

    Visions in Alabama?

    May 1990

    The Truth about Medjugorje

    A Statement by Msgr. Pavao Zanic,

    Bishop of Mostar-Duvno, published in May 1990.

    13 June 1990

    The Irish Bishops Conference Statement

    1991

    Alleged Miracles at Medjugorje

    The Medjugorje Industry

    May-June 1993

    Sacrificial Giving

    1993

    Millions Are Deluded

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    24 July 1993

    A New Bishop of Mostar

    October 1993

    An Interview with the Bishop of Mostar (Excerpts)

    10-11 September 1994

    The Pope Visits Croatia

    11 October 1994

    Synod Intervention by Msgr. Ratko Peric

    17 June 1995

    The Film Gospa

    31 August 1995

    A Warning concerning the film Gospa-The Wanderer.

    23 March 1996

    CDF Letter to Bishop Taverdet

    16 June 1996

    The Ban on Pilgrimages Reaffirmed

    4 December 1996

    The Circulation of Alleged Private Revelations

    25 January 1997

    Medjugorje: the State of the Question in 1997

    12-13 April 1997

    Medjugorje in the Light of the Pope's Visit to Sarajevo

    13 April 1997

    The Pope, Medjugorje and the Provincial

    of the Herzegovina Franciscans

    22 June 1997

    What Kind of "Fruits" are These?

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    November 1997

    Medjugorje Incredibilities

    11 November 1997

    The "Confirmation" in Capljina

    and the "Charisma" of Medjugorje

    26 December 1997

    The Grievous Fate of the Truth

    19 March 1998

    Laurentin Visits Monsignor Peric

    22 March 1998

    Laurentin Writes to Monsignor Peric

    23 March 1998

    The Franciscan Rebellion in HerzegovinaRome Acts

    24 March 1998

    A Letter from Monsignor Ratko Peric to the Abb Ren

    Laurentin, dated 24 March 1998. Protocol Number: 265/98

    26 May 1998

    Beautiful Gift or Pathetic Delusion?

    21 July 1998

    Private Visits to Unauthentic Apparitions

    15 September 1998

    An Unexpected Endorsement for Monsignor Peric

    16 November 1998

    Implementing Romanis Pontificibus

    21 November 1998

    Dismissal of Three Franciscans from the Order of Friars Minor

    14 December 1998

    Further Implementation of the Decree Romanis Pontificibus

    Communiqu

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    January 1999

    With Truth Against Lies Concerning the Parish of Capljina

    20 February 1999

    The Franciscan Rebellion in Herzegovina - Rome Acts

    11 January 2000

    Death of Monsignor Zanic

    7 January 2000

    The Position of the French Episcopal Conference Regarding

    Medjugorje

    24 January 2000

    Newsweek Report Visions of the Virgin

    7 February 2000

    A Letter From Monsignor Peric Concerning Father Zovko

    1 July 2000

    Confirmation Homily by Bishop Peric

    3 December 2000

    A Medjugorje Canonisation

    2000

    Unexpected Support for the False Apparitions

    from the Catholic Truth Society of England and Wales.

    28 May 2001.

    Communiqu from Msgr. Luka Pavlovic, Vicar General

    29 May 2001

    Communiqu of the Bishop's Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina

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    14 June 2001

    Invalid Confirmations and Attempted Invalid Priestly

    Ordinations.

    Homily by Bishop Peric, given in Medjugorje

    10 October 2000

    Catholic World News Service, 10 October 2001

    Reference 16570

    Mostar, 2001

    Final Chapter of the Book Ogledalo Pravde (Mirror of

    Justice) by Monsignor Peric (Mostar, 2001), pp. 313-314.

    5 July 2002

    Catholic Herald Report

    12 July 2002

    Catholic Herald A Defence of Medjugorje

    19 July 2002

    Catholic HeraldMy Reply to Monsignor Tutto

    26 July 2002

    Catholic Herald Editorial The Mixed Fruits of Medjugorje

    8 November 2002

    Crkva Na Kamenu, Prosinac 2002

    A Pronouncement by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the Current Spate of Apparitions.

    24 August 2002

    A Bogus Papal Blessing

    29 December 2002

    The Sunday Times

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    Appendix ICriteria for Discerning Apparitions:

    Regarding the Events of Medjugorje Part 1:

    Msg. Ratko Peric

    Appendix IIExtracts from the Diary of Vicka Ivankovic.

    Foreword Since the Second Vatican Council there has been a grave crisis of authority

    within the Catholic Church. The ordinary faithful have not received the firm and

    unequivocal teaching and guidance from their ecclesiastical superiors to which

    they had become accustomed. Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, the Prefect of the

    Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has noted the extent to which

    individual bishops have abdicated their authority to national episcopal

    conferences which, only too often, have been manipulated into propagating the

    opinions of so-called theological experts of dubious orthodoxy

    Parish priests have frequently abdicated their authority to parish councils,

    and Rome itself has sometimes appeared to speak with an uncertain voice. But

    certainty is what the faithful seek, and when they do not receive it from the

    magisterium they will seek it elsewhere. Some have sought certainty in the

    charismatic movement which, if examined objectively, renders the magisterium

    unnecessary, for what need is there of a teaching authority when each individual

    Christian can communicate directly with the Holy Ghost?

    Other Catholics have put their faith in one of the numerous apparitions

    which are allegedly taking place throughout the world. For the purposes of this

    book a distinction must be made between visions and apparitions. Donal Foley

    is probably the greatest authority on Marian apparitions writing in the

    English-language today. He explains:

    The basic difference between a vision and an apparition in Catholic

    terms, is as follows: in a vision God produces a concept or image without there

    necessarily being anything external to the viewer, whereas in an apparition, God

    apparently causes something external to the viewer to be perceived through the

    senses, which act normally, even if the seer is in an ecstatic state.1

    1 D. Foley, Marian Apparitions, the Bible, and the Modern World (Gracewing

    Press, Herefordshire, 2002), p. 100.

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    This distinction is not always made clear by those promoting

    Medjugorje. It is evident that what the so-called seers claim to receive are,

    according to Mr. Foleys definition, apparitions, but in Medjugorje

    literature they are described indiscriminately as seers or visionaries. This

    is not a matter of any importance, because, as this book will make clear, no

    individual associated with Medjugorje has ever been the recipient of either

    an apparition or a vision.

    In the years following the Council a very clear pattern of behaviour

    has emerged among supporters of alleged apparitions. It is a tendency to

    make belief in the authenticity of a particular apparition the criterion of

    orthodoxy. True Catholics believe the apparitions, and the faith of those

    who do not is suspect in some way. Those drawn towards these apparitions

    tend to be conservative in outlook, the type of Catholic who might have

    been expected to defend the teaching of the magisterium Once such

    Catholics become "hooked" on an apparition, all their efforts tend to be

    devoted to defending it and propagating it. They have thus been removed

    effectively from the battlefield for orthodoxy. There can be no doubt that

    spurious apparitions are one of Satan's most effective weapons in his war

    against the mystical body. The problem is, of course, to discern authentic

    from spurious ap