I know many holy and discerning people who talk to me about the fruits of the Holy Spirit in Medjugorje. With so many devoted Catholics saying the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, acting in good faith, I believe God and the Blessed Mother would have to be present and at work.
At the same time, I have strong negative feelings about the direction the seers have taken, about some of their claims, about the fruits in their own lives. Something has gone askew.
Having said that, I found it odd that the Bishop has drawn the conclusion that the whole shtick is not of God and that we are prohibited from going there. That's the Vatican's job.
"You cannot say people cannot go there until it has been proven false," stated the Vatican spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, in Rome's last official statement, which was reiterated several weeks ago. "This has not been said, so anyone can go if they want."
I find this also troubling:
While Pope John Paul II was widely reported to have had a positive discernment of the apparitions,
Widely reported by whom? I never found a shred of evidence that suggested that JP2 had positive discernment. In fact, the last time he visited Bosnia, he avoided Medjugorje. It's unthinkable that he would avoid her, given his devotion. Though, that could be explained as what should be when something is still in the discernment stage.
"What Bishop Peric said in his letter to the Secretary General of Famille Chretienne, declaring: 'My conviction and my position is not only 'non constat de supernaturalitate,' but likewise, 'constat de non supernaturalitate' of the apparitions or revelations in Medjugorje [that they were false], should be considered the expression of the personal conviction of the Bishop of Mostar which he has the right to express as Ordinary of the place, but which is and remains his personal opinion."
The personal opinions of a Bishop and five dollars will buy you a caramel macchiatto at Starbucks. The days have long since passed when anyone gives a royal hoot about the personal opinions of the local Bishop. Their counsel have proven worthless - and in fact - destructive to the spiritual life of their flock.
We have use for the very few who have proven themselves during our trials.
From my understanding from the people who support Medjugorje, this is a fight over the $$$$$ and power. The Bishop of Mostar, like most, wouldn't spit on us if we were on fire.