April 4, 2015 A.D.
We were recently sent a letter telling us to stop spreading the messages of Our Lady. The letter is here below, followed by the response from a Friend of Medjugorje:
Following is the reponse from a Friend of Medjugorje:
April 4, 2015 A.D.
You can believe Medjugorje is a hoax, you are free to believe so. Neither God, nor Our Lady will impose themselves on a free will that does not want to believe.
However, Catholics are free to believe and spread Medjugorje and you have no canonical authority to stop them, unless Medjugorje has been condemned. It is private revelation waiting the Church’s final judgment.
Private revelations are allowed by, and for, the faithful to have devotion to and to be spread legally by the Church. Devotion and the propagation of private revelations can be forbidden only if the private revelation is condemned because of anything it contains which contravenes faith and morals according to AAS 58 (1966) 1186 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Medjugorje has not been condemned nor found to have anything against faith or morals, therefore it is in the grace of the Church to be followed by the faithful. By the rite of Baptism one is commissioned and given the authority to evangelize. “By Baptism they share in the priesthood of Christ, in his prophetic and royal mission.” 1 One does not need approval to promote or to have devotions to private revelations or to spread them when in conformity to AAS 58 (1966) 1186, as the call to evangelize is given when baptized. Caritas of Birmingham, the Community of Caritas and all associated with it, realize and accept that the final authority regarding the Queen of Peace, Medjugorje and happenings related to the apparitions, rests with the Holy See in Rome. We at Caritas, willingly submit to that judgment.
You take an absurd position. “There is no salvation outside the Catholic Church.” So Moses is in hell? Abraham, the same? St. Joseph who did not live long enough to be a Christian and never went to Mass, never received the Eucharist? So where is he since there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church? Is St. Joseph in hell? Is limbo all he gets? Our Lady has come to undo mentalities such as yours. You are the same as those who confronted and killed Jesus, thinking they were serving God. Pray to the ‘Queen of Peace,’ a title the Catholic Church gave Her in the early 1900’s. Tell Her to speak to you, to communicate to you in whatever way She needs to, in order for you to have the mentalities She desires of you. This is within the bounds of what the Catholic Church teaches and certainly allows you to do. If you are a real Catholic, you would be open to pray to the Queen of Peace, and open to hear Her. If not, you who pride yourself as Catholic, are not a Catholic at all; and if not, what are you? One of those who could not accept the way Jesus Christ came and ministered, and who were those that killed him?
Caritas of Birmingham
Operated by the Community of Caritas
We continue and state that not only do we believe and spread Medjugorje, but we also state that one must go there on pilgrimage. Medjugorje is an opportunity to participate in living Biblical history. It is the greatest event since the death of the last apostle. For information about a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, or to ask questions, call BVM Caritas Pilgrimages at 205-672-2000, extension 218 or 219 - or click to visit here and request information.