Bosnia and Herzegovina
Međugorje, obligation to protect the faithful.
Mariolog Perrella: Holy Father wishes to avoid the instrumentalisation by sending his Special Envoy
The special mission of the Special Envoy of the Holy See, Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser, began in Medjugorje in these days. He will not be engaged in verifying the authenticity of Our Lady's apparitions, whom six children (adults today), claim to see since 1981, and whom they refer to as "the Queen of Peace". His mission will be solemnly pastoral.
„Holy Father is obliged to protect devotion and faith of many people who visit this small place in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to watch over them and to guide them. This is all going to be the center of mission of Archbishop Hoser, explains Fr. Salvatore Perrella, the President of the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Marianum in Rome. He is the member of the Order of Friars Servants of Mary, Docent of Dogmatics and Mariology, a religious, who was also member of the International Commission founded by Benedict XVI for Medjugorje.
Perrella does not speak about the events he knows well, as he says it is "with the purpose of respecting papal secrecy." However, he explains the role that Special Envoy of the Holy See is going to have. "Those who go there, he says, cannot simply be led by tourist agencies or be guided by one person from the Church. Pope Francis, in a special way, cares about the pastoral dimension of this place that attracts each year about 2 million ‘pilgrims’ from all over the world."
„Here, we are encountering the phenomenon that has worldwide dimension," says Perrella. This is the case that deserves attention due to its complexity. "When Polish Archbishop was appointed, continues the Servant of Mary, Pope clearly send message that pastoral dimension is not irrelevant and his wish is to protect the faithful." Hoser, 74-
At the time when Archbishop Hoser was about to start his mission, Bishop of Mostar – Duvno Diocese, Ratko Peric, and Medjugorje belongs to his Diocese, published on the web site of his Diocese notice in which he stated that "the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary are not true". "The statements of Bishop Peric are his personal opinion. This opinion is authoritative, as he is the local bishop, but it is still his personal opinion, especially if we would like to observe that out of the perspective of doctrinal teaching, of what obliges faithful to believe or not to believe", states Fr.
It was bishops of former Yugoslavia who asked for the intervention of the Holy See, and that prompted Pope Ratzinger to establish the International Commission for investigation of Medjugorje in 2012. Local Council of Bishops divided, added Roggio. That should not be surprising, as this is the issue involving the basic dimensions of the faith.“ Papal Commission, with the President Cardinal Camillo Ruini, made of 17 members, including cardinals, bishops, theologians and experts, completed their work on January 14, 2014, and according to Pope Francis “they did well”. Medjugorje is a place that moves us by its spiritual fruits or perhaps by the “unusual” life of so -