FR. GEORGE RUTLER ON RECENT MEDJUGORJE NEW

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I have had numerous encounters with proponents of the Medjugorje cult, almost all of which have been dismaying.
An article at Aleteia, a site that offers news with a Catholic perspective, has quotes from a number of people, including Fr. George Rutler, who had this to say about Archbishop Vigano’s letter to US Bishops on Medjugorje:

Author and pastor of the Church of St. Michael in Manhattan, Fr. George Rutler views the Medjugorje phenomenon overall very negatively and sees the letter as a step in the right direction. “I have had numerous encounters with proponents of the Medjugorje cult, almost of of which have been dismaying. Popes and others have been misrepresented as wholeheartedly endorsing it. It has become an industry from which many have made a lot of money. This statement of the CDF indicates at least solid reservations about the alleged apparitions.” 

“Benefits of grace accrued by pilgrims are testimony to the power of God to reward sincerity of heart through any devotion, bogus or not. I have also known of many disappointments, errors, and scandals attached to Medjugorje, not least of which is disobedience to the local Ordinary. It amazes me that after so many years, this cult endures despite the banality of the locutions, and while one of course defers to the final decision of the Church, one would not be surprised if a negative judgment on authenticity is rejected by fanatics.”

Some of the others who were quoted:  Fr. C. John McCloskey, James Likoudis, Robert Fastiggi, and more. 

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