Medjugorje: Malum ex defectu

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There’s an old saying: “Bonum ex integra causa malum ex quocumque defectu” — (It is good because it is integrally good, but it is evil by way of any defect).

Those officially examining Medjugorje went into their work already knowing that they would find plenty lacking in integrity, plenty by way of defects. But, ideologically desiring to say that Medjugorje is just fine, they placed arbitrary and self-serving limitations on their judgments so as to come up with something good to say, you know, the old “I’ll take the good and throw out the bad” methodology, which, to apply that way of going about things in this case one has to be willing to swallow that 99.99% is evil so that one can go ahead and gleefully jump up and down and say that 00.01% looks like it’s not fully contradictory to the teaching and morality and praxis (on every level) of the Church. Yay! We did it! We get to say that Medjugorje is… um… what it is… right?

The Commission voted on just the first seven “apparitions”, saying the rest are trash, but hey, maybe we can say the first seven are, like, apparently not like the rest. That’s like taking one drop out of the ocean and saying the ocean is bad but maybe that one drop is kind of, you know, maybe, like, O.K. But that drop came from that ocean, right?

Then, whether or not the behavior of the seers and spiritual fruits is included, the judgement is confused and divided. That’s really telling.

Amazingly, it is said that the seers have always lacked spiritual guidance and are now scattered to the winds, meaning that in their opinion organized pilgrimages can be made and the parish church should be made into a pontifical sanctuary. In other words, so much damage has been done to the faithful with the imposition of such chaos that, for pastoral reasons this should be done. They insist that this is to avoid “parallel churches”, meaning that such diabolical division is the extortion that Medjugorje uses to get approved even while insisting that such moves as organized pilgimages and a pontifical sanctuary status is not a recognition of the supernatural nature of the apparitions. Uh-huh. And I’m absolutely certain that that’s the way it will be perceived as well (sarcasm). They say that this will provide clarity of economic issues, but the perception – excuse me – is that one should check the bank accounts of those involved for ongoing kickbacks.

At least Cardinal Müller is doubtful about the “apparitions” and the “report.” We will see what happens by Summer of 2017 for any “pastoral initiatives.”

By the way: The “Commission” has no power to do anything whatsoever. They might have an intramural vote among themselves that is as important as any intramural balloon volleyball in Kindergarten, but it has no effect. They are merely consultative, just to say you did it. Remember the politics of this: many commissions are chosen for their contrary value. Once they are done, the Church makes it’s own decision, often flying in the face of whatever commission. Case in point: Humanae vitae commission.


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5 responses to “Medjugorje: Malum ex defectu

  1. sanfelipe007

    Anyone have a Tums?

  2. Cathy

    Fr. Byers, I find the findings of the commission horrific! To say that the first seven apparitions are “authentic”, but then to say that the “seers” were without spiritual direction is, in my mind, to say that Our Blessed Mother could be an uncaring mother. I can’t accept this! Instead of giving a just decision, they accuse Our Heavenly Mother of abandonment and show the commission of the Church as neither pastoral or just in abandoning the pilgrims to this place. Dare I say that the fruit of this commission is cowardice?

    • Father George David Byers

      They can’t say they are authentic. No. They are just a consultative body with zero power.

  3. elizdelphi

    The Pope would do well to uphold the understanding that, barring extraordinary reasons that don’t really exist in this case, the diocesan bishop is the party competent to rule on the authenticity. The local ordinary has been very clear specifically on the matter of the first series of alleged apparitions, that they are not authentic in his opinion. This is the correct judgment. If the rationale for moving the judgment about it to the Holy See was that the alleged visionaries were doing their “apparitions” all over the world, that argument cannot be made about the first 7 instances. Let the local bishop declare them constat de non supernaturalitate. Basically he already has. From the beginning this phenomenon was distorted by bad spiritual direction from the Franciscans. The Franciscans need to be removed. Put some solid priests at St James church and give faithful catechesis there, keep all the sold Catholic devotional elements, and take measures to discourage the industry related explicitly to the alleged apparitions.

  4. Nan

    Two bishops of Mostar have said that the visions aren’t the Blessed Virgin.

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