CARDINAL VINKO PULJIC, ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE VATICAN MEDJUGORJE COMMISSION has told Croatian reporters the recent media rumors of the commission condemning the Medjugorje apparitions are ‘distorted’, ‘manipulated’, ‘unacceptable’ ‘wrong’ and ‘obviously having desire to undermine the good relations existing between the faithful who accept Medjugorje and go there for years on pilgrimage, and of the Holy Father’
This comes after Vatican Press office told the Catholic News Register on June 26 that “Vatican officials are privately irritated by the latest speculation, which they say is unfounded and needs to be swiftly quashed by the Holy See Press Office.”
Cardinal Puljic addressed the Holy Father’s comments saying: “The Pope, however, only wanted to say in some way to some visionaries who cannot live what they do and then make a media show of Our Lady saying she will appear at what time and when. He told them there is more need to turn around and listen to the Church, which is still studying the phenomenon of Medjugorje, and it shall make its own judgment.
“It is therefore unacceptable to interpret this as the final statement of the Pope, which some media have done very quickly.”
“I was on the committee that was examining the case of the apparitions and we have given our conclusions to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith that should then be processed and presented to Pope Francis.”
“The Pope himself, I believe, will, about Medjugorje, make the good and fair decision. When people ask me what I think of all this, I tell them: To pray is not a sin, to go to confession is not a sin – and this is the most important thing.”
Cardinal Vinko Puljic was initially considered a skeptic of the Medjugorje apparitions, but since studying them on the committee has publicly spoken of the phenomena positively, calling it the largest confessional in Europe.