Local bishop now silent on Medjugorje
For the first time in almost 30 years of reported apparitions at Medjugorje, the Bishop of Mostar refuses to answer media questions about them. His opposition to the apparitions has been well-known throughout his time as a bishop, but now he refers to the international commission appointed by the Vatican to study Medjugorje.
Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar “will no longer comment about what is happening in Medjugorje”, he told Catholic News Service in an e-mail in late February.
The bishop’s stance is new and comes “out of respect for the Vatican commission” established on March 17th 2010 to investigate the apparitions and the whole Medjugorje phenomenon, CNS reports.
Along with his predecessor, the late Bishop Pavao Zanic, the current Bishop of Mostar can trace a history of outspoken opposition to Medjugorje back to 1982. Bishop Peric does not believe in apparitions at all, the ones in Lourdes (1858) and Fatima (1917) included, he has previously said. Both apparitions of the Virgin Mary are officially recognized by The Catholic Church.
Also worthy of notice in the CNS report from Medjugorje is the local Franciscan priest Fr. Danko Perutina informing that his collection of testimonies from priests and nuns who received their vocation in or through Medjugorje now sums up to “more than 500″.