I finally managed to translate into English the famous Final Report of the International Commission of Inquiry on the Medjugorje Phenomena – also called the report of the Ruini commission because it is chaired by Cardinal Camillo Ruini – that is, the final document drawn up by the pontifical commission established by Benedict XVI to give a judgment on the supernaturality or otherwise of the phenomena that occur there.
You can read it here in paper format and here in digital format.
It is a true masterpiece. A real investigation that for methodology and research should be studied and proposed as a model in universities.
Above all because in a moment like this marked by documents, tissue papers, books and anything else that try to tarnish the good name of the Holy See, the Popes and the hierarchy, this Report demonstrates how there are in the Church (and they are the majority) people exceptional that in complete anonymity work for the good of the Church and create true masterpieces.
For the first time I publish the entire Final Report in which there are some totally unpublished extracts, never published, and in some shocking ways that could better help the faithful who seek the Truth – both those who do not believe in Medjugorje and those who believe in it. like myself – in their own discernment.
To avoid controversy I have removed the personal references present in the Report and the underlines and bolds are not present in the text.
The Commission – I recall – has drawn up this Report since 2010. It worked for almost four years and in all 17 plenary meetings were held. 13 Members were part of it, plus 4 experts. The final report is made up of about thirty very clear and effective pages.
In the wake of what had already been partially learned about the extraordinary nature of the phenomenon in recent years, I would add only that the Commission:
“On the basis of these data, the International Commission believes it can affirm with reasonable certainty that the first 7 apparitions are intrinsically credible, because they are capable of arousing in those who have experienced them an awakening of faith, a conversion of the way of life and a renewed sense of belonging to the Church “.
Not only. For the Commission, “the hypothesis of a demonic origin at the beginning of the phenomenon appears gratuitous and unfounded … due to the positive fruits derived from the phenomenon itself”.
The supernaturality of the beginnings of the phenomenon was voted on by 15 present, of which 13 expressed themselves positively, 1 in a negative way and 1 in a wait-and-see way.
But the International Commission has also had to study the whole phenomenon, up to the present day. And “it can therefore be said that the thirty-year history following the original events has spread to such extent and depth as to exclude individual or mass manipulation. We are thus faced with – albeit with every possible caution for this analogy – the dynamics of the small seed that bears great fruit ”.
The point that most – in my opinion – will arouse some perplexity is that relating to the behavior of the alleged seers with regard to the so-called messages, the alleged “Life of Mary”, the “great sign” and the so-called “ten secrets“.
Here the Commission was directed. Here is what he writes: “The International Commission had to point out the repetitive banality of some communications that the witnesses claim to have received from the Gospa …“.
And even further on we read in the Report:
“The International Commission felt that it could not order the alleged seers to reveal the contents of the ‘secrets’ to it, also because it does not have the power to make decisions itself …. Furthermore, the presumed seers describe them as hidden realities which, by order of the Gospa, must not be revealed except at the opportune moment, which will be indicated to them exclusively by Our Lady ”.
Therefore, in the opinion of the International Commission, the “secrets” of which the alleged seers speak, the “life of Mary” and any similar texts “cannot enjoy any ecclesiastical approval“.
And then there is the delicate question of the current credibility of the alleged seers. Here is what the Commission writes:
“What the International Commission has been able to ascertain, with regard to the accusation of a possible search for profit, is that the witnesses of the supernatural sign originally addressed to them now actually have a somewhat ambiguous relationship with money (and with that which, in general, can be called concern for one’s “well-being”). This ambiguity, however, rather than being located on the side of immorality, is located on the side of the personal structure, often lacking a solid discernment and a coherent orientation, also because they lacked a reliable and continuous spiritual guide, in the course of these thirty years. If anything, there are many indications of spiritual protagonism exhibited and of failed pastoral relationships ”.
“In other words, it is necessary to recognize that, for many years, neither the bishops of Mostar-Duvno, nor the community of the Franciscan friars of Medjugorje have established relationships with these people of sufficient attendance and in-depth discernment of the meanings of the facts that they attested to and still attest to experience. This circumstance has probably accentuated the current relative “impermeability” of the witnesses: in some ways naive and in other ways constructed, through the protection of repetitive formulas and stereotypes of defense of their “mariophane” experience.
Although it must be said that in the following pages the Pontifical Commission softens the tone a little:
“The alleged seers appeared substantially credible in their testimony of the first seven apparitions, and even for the alleged subsequent apparitions it does not seem possible to deny their subjective good faith, regardless of the judgment on the reality of what happened. However, this positive assessment does not extend to OMISSIS, on whose credibility serious and proven reservations have emerged. Even with regard to moral behavior and in particular the question of the quaestus lucri, the position of OMISSIS is more compromised than that of the other alleged seers “.
Finally, some practical advice for the parish of Medjugorje: although “the Franciscans ensure good pastoral care in Medjugorje”, this must however be “integrated and strengthened (if necessary with a greater contribution even from non-Franciscans)”. “The catechesis of the Franciscans – we read – is very well conducted, in particular from the pedagogical point of view”.
Just as “confessionals must be increased, guaranteeing also external conditions for the respect of secrecy“, and “a precise discipline of confessors must be ensured, verifying their identity and suitability“.
Moreover, given the large number of pilgrims, it would be desirable to “enlarge the size of the parish church“.
If you want to read the Final Secret Dossier on the extraordinary events of Medjugorje – drawn up by the Pontifical International Commission – I have published it both in paper version and in version and Kindle.
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