Sunday, March 05, 2017

Catholics not obliged to believe in Marian phenomena says CDF Prefect

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) today intervened in the matter of Medjugorje and dampened any expectation that the Vatican may soon declare on the Medjugorje phenomenon.

Speaking to the Italian news agency ANSA, the cardinal said the future of the Church is not dependent on Medjugorje or even approved sanctuaries at Fatima and Lourdes.

He added: “Some exaggerate the importance of these phenomena, as if it were almost a dogma. Even when the Church has declared itself in favour of these kind of events no Catholic is obliged to go there or believe it.”

Cardinal Müller acknowledged that pilgrimage shrines help in presenting the message of repentance to the world, but added that faith is also experienced in everyday life: in families, at work and in parishes.

As for any pronouncement on Medjugorje by the Vatican the CDF Prefect said that this will take time and presently it was more important to address the pastoral needs of the parish and pilgrims, an explicit reference to the recent appointment of Archibishop Henryk Hoser as the Pope’s special envoy at Medjugorje.

As to bishop Ratko Peric’s recent statement and “self-styled” visionaries, Cardinal Müller concluded: “I must say, as a Catholic, we need to focus on Jesus Christ. There are some private revelations but they do not replace the unique revelation of God in Jesus Christ.”