Media: Final Commission session is now
When the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje has met on December 14-17 in Rome, its work should be finished though publication of results may still take a while, a Croatian newspaper reports, further mentioning a widespread expectation that the question of authenticity will be left open.
Though the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje has its final session this weekend in Rome, and could report its findings by the end of 2012, the public is likely to wait another while for its conclusions, the Croatian newspaper Vecernji List is reporting.
The paper establishes as fact that Commission member Cardinal Josip Bozanic of Zagreb is attending a Commission session on December 14-17, and that the work of the Commission should then be completed.
However, as the Commission will present its results to the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) who will in turn hand over the report to Pope Benedict XVI, an announcement of results is not to be expected within the immediate future, Vecernji List reports, mirroring recent statements by Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi.
“Only then should the result of the Commission or the fate of the Medjugorje phenomenon be known. So, even though the Commission’s work should be completed after December 17, its conclusions probably will not be known” writes Vecernji List.
Without mentioning where the expectation comes from, the paper adds that the Pope “is expected to sign” the report from CDF. Without quoting sources, the paper further writes of a “widespread expectation” that the Commission will neither authenticate the supernatural nature of the apparitions, nor deny it, but leave the issue open, a position also taken in 1991 by the Bishops of then-Yugoslavia.
That the Commission’s current session is the last one mirrors statements from February by Commission member Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo who said the Commission had to finish its work in 2012.Attend an apparition – Medjugorje pilgrimage programme is here!
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