Last week Cardinal Christoph Schönborn set off a storm of controversy by making suggestive comments during his visit to Medjugorje, the controversial Marian apparition site. Socon or Bust takes no view on this phenomenon. It is disconcerting, however, to see such division in the Church over these alleged apparitions. Readers should be aware that both the current bishop and his predecessor have steadfastly refused to acknowledge the authenticity of these apparitions, and the Catholic Church will not officially approve any apparition without the consent of the local bishop. That means, now and into the indefinite future, no positive Church ruling will occur on Medjugorje.
Questioned about the recent visit to Medjugorje by Vienna’s Cardinal Christoph Schönborn—which drew criticism from Bishop Ratko Peric of the local Mostar diocese– Cardinal Saraiva Martins again chose his words carefully, but made his meaning clear:
Far be it from me to think of judging the conduct of Cardinal Schönborn, but I, considering the morbid attention which is concentrated on Medjugorje, and as I always do every time I go out from Rome, would have spoken beforehand with Monsignor Peric: when we Cardinals enter into a Diocese, we are entering into the “house” of the Bishop of the place and we must have the good manners and good sense to announce ourselves. (Source)
It’s too bad Development & Peace and the Canadian Bishops did not accept the same principle in letting the bishops of the Global South know that they would be funding pro-abort groups in the back yards of these bishops. Even if their activities were legitimate, it’s still the appropriate thing to do. Let us pray that the Canadian bishops have the good sense and courtesy to co-operate with their brother Bishops in the Global South and LISTEN TO THEM in deciding where Canadian Catholic donations should go.