4th Medjugorje Commission Completed While Faithful Wait Decision
By Michael K. Jones

About the author of this article. Michael K. Jones is the founder of Medjugorje USA and founder of the Purgatory Oblation Warrior Prayer Group. Michael has worked with directors, producers, authors, editors, publishing companies, magazines, television networks, news stations, newsletters and many internet sources to bring Medjugorje to the world. As of 2014 he has been spreading the message of Medjugorje for 25 years.  His writings have appeared in three different authors books and in credits of religious documentaries. His writings and interviews have also appeared in magazines, newsletters and internet radio.  "Wikipedia" also uses Medjugorje USA as a source of back linked information on a number of religious topics in their well known online encyclopedia. Michael has researched the Medjugorje apparitions for 14 years, based on a number of different sources including classified U.S. State Department documents, declassified for the writing of his book, "Medjugorje Investigated." This article is partially based on the study of that research and more recent current events. The above is not written for Michael's boast but to conclude the article below on the 4th Medjugorje Commission is based on many years of sound research, facts and not speculation. The intensive study, on which this writing is based, is not debatable. What is presented below is fact. Those seeking to make argument would best seek argument elsewhere. Medjugorje USA does not respond to confrontational or hate email. This notice is posted because; in the past we received violent responses from those who make opposition just for the sake of argument. In the past we have found often enough that those making argument are not well informed on facts but long on gossip, speculation and hearsay. 

(January 17, 2014) Recently reports claim the 4th Vatican Commission investigating claims of the Medjugorje apparitions have completed their work. Their findings will be presented to his Holiness Pope Francis on January 17, 2014.

Prior to this, there are no announcements from the Vatican, Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith and or Pope Francis, about the status of Medjugorje. Recently however, there is some effort by the Vatican to enforce concerns relative to Medjugorje visionary "Ivan."

For many years, Ivan has accepted invitations to visit local parishes around the world, for the price of a stipend. Ivan discusses the apparitions and messages; previously received from the Virgin Mary. During these gatherings, Ivan also has an apparition with the Mother of God. After, he shares Mary’s greeting and message, to those gathered in the parish.

The concept of speaking engagements began after Ivan fell in love with a former Miss Massachusetts. They married and now have children. Ivan and his wife, spend about 6 months out of the year in Massachusetts and 6 months in Medjugorje. It is during his stay in the U.S. that Ivan stared to get regular invitations to speak. His mission of spreading Our Lady’s message has flourished through the years, until a recently letter from the “Congregation of Doctrine of Faith” to the Bishops of the United States. If you would like to read the actual letter sent to the U.S. Bishops, you can find it here on Medjugorje USA.  http://www.medjugorjeusa.org/ivanspeakingstopped2.htm

The long and short of the letter is Bishops should no longer allow Ivan’s speaking engagements in parishes. The letter states this recommendation is because the first Medjugorje Commission (formed early 1980’s) pronounced the Medjugorje apparitions are not proven supernatural in nature. However, declassified U.S. State Department documents clearly prove U.S. Ambassador to Yugoslavia, David Anderson, (during Regan Administration) was told to investigate the apparitions. Anderson discovered the first Medjugorje Commission was tainted with unbelievers, assembled to bring forth a negative result, regardless of if the apparitions could be real or not. The Vatican received notice of this investigation by Anderson in a U.S. State Department classified document called an, "Airgram." Having received this Airgram from Anderson, the Vatican had no choice but to throw out the findings of the first Medjugorje Commission and establish a second, and when that failed, a third and yet a forth. The forth Commission has completed it work and I do not know of any other investigations about Medjugorje ongoing at this time. (Added note) The Franciscans in the region were aware of the injustice of the first Medjugorje Commission. The Franciscans spoke out about this but no one would listen. The Franciscan’s were forced into silence and obedience, while some Franciscans were even punished for speaking out against the Commission.

The question here is why due process would be excluded in favor of denouncing the apparitions without proper investigation? The Church has guidelines and procedures in place for investigating apparition but the first Commission failed to follow procedure, duly noted by the Franciscan priests in Medjugorje. This was the argument frustrated Medjugorje Franciscans presented to the two investigators, sent to look at the apparitions, per order of U.S. Ambassador Anderson. The cries of the Franciscans lead Anderson to further investigation that discovered the first Commission was tainted with unbelievers.

Upon years of personal investigation, it seems to me the problem is not so much about Medjugorje as it is about modernism. It seems modernism is spreading throughout the Church, like a plague. I also find the agenda of modernism is varied, vast and alarming. My findings strongly suggest modernism has become man’s mindset to worship the creature over the creator. For those who research modernism, they will find modernism is deeply rooted in the hearts, minds and workings of much of today’s basic society. Countering, traditionalism is slowly in a state of dissolution.

Since my investigation on modernism in the Church began, I have posed the question of modernism to a number of priests and nuns. No one has denied its existence; all agree it is prevalent and growing in many Catholic parishes. However, there is some disagreement on what the end result will be as modernists continue to take a firm grip. Some say Jesus will come to prevent the take over, while other say a split in the Church between modernism and traditionalism may be the only solution. A split in the Church is not unfamiliar. A well know and major split took place during the time King Henry VIII when he wanted to divorce his wife. Fast forward to the present, when all facts are gathered and viewed, there is a trend taking place leading us far away from safe pasture.  Traditionalism, morals and discipline are being cast aside in favor of uncharted territory that only leads to a demoralized, self seeking, brutal society. Such trends not only destroy the foundation and history of the Church but changes attitudes toward beliefs, such as the possibility and or acceptance of heavenly visitations. This is where the Medjugorje apparitions are caught in the fisherman net, where the questions of apparitions are caught up from a vast sea of modernism. This growing trend is also confirmed by the head of the tainted first Commission.  

In a U.S. Airgram, declassified by the U.S. State Department, the former Bishop of Mostar, Pavlo Zanic, (who conducted the first Medjugorje Commission, with jurisdiction covering the Medjugorje hamlet) said; there is a trend in the Church where “many no longer believe in apparition and or have grown tired of them…”

The Airgram above and more recent letter from the “Congregation of Doctrine of Faith” to the Bishops of the United States, (dated Oct. 23, 2013) tell us, Vatican officials seem bent on reinstating the original findings of the first Medjugorje Commission, which states the apparitions are not supernatural. Why Vatican officials would embrace findings of the first Commission that was found guilty of bias (by David Anderson,) is a deep inscrutable mystery to me. The Vatican itself did not accept the finding of the first Commission after receiving the Airgram from David Anderson. They formed 2 other failed Commission while a 4th remains completed but unannounced. Seemingly, the Vatican now reverts it's decision in establishing all other Commissions, in favor of returning to the findings of the first Commission, which the Vatican itself rejected, the Franciscans friars cried foul and David Anderson said was tainted. Such behavior is not only confusing but also appears unstable and indecisive. Even so, the fact remains, Vatican officials currently appear to be in favor of the finding of the first Commission, be those findings prejudice, misguide and or influenced by unknown forces, gain or benefit. This could cast a blinding light on the findings of the 4th Commission, if offered publicly. It is also true that the Commission findings do not have to be released to the public, leaving silence as the order of the day. In this we can only hope the 4th Commission will shed true light on a long puzzling 28 years of Medjugorje investigations that reads more like a work of fiction, international intrigue and high drama.

Regardless, the fact remains, to date (January 18, 2014,) there are no official announcements from the Vatican, Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith and or Pope Francis, about the final status of Medjugorje. Until such findings are handed down, (Pro, Con or otherwise) we the faith have a right to believe or not.

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