So much for Fatima?
Francis spoke during his morning homily, three days after making a day trip to Sarajevo. En route home, Francis told reporters the Vatican would soon decide whether to formally recognize the Medjugorje phenomenon as authentic.
In his homily, Francis dismissed those “who always need novelty in their Christian identity” and say: “But where are the visionaries who tell us today about ‘The letter that the Madonna will send tomorrow at 4 p.m.?'”
Go here to read the rest.
PopeWatch has a great many doubts about Medjugorje, just as PopeWatch has no doubt about the Marian apparitions recognized by the Church. The visitations of Mary add nothing to what Christ taught, but dramatically underline His teaching. Those who have a deep devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, and other Marian manifestations, are rarely novelty seekers, but rather Christ seekers. The quickest path to the Son is often via His Mother.
Finally, the Pope warned, there are those whose identity is weakened by moral and human “worldliness” and the desire to broaden the boundaries of their Christian conscience. They are like salt that loses its flavour, he said, yet throughout the history of Salvation, God has patiently led us from ambiguity to the concrete certainties of the Incarnation and of our Redemption through the death of his Son. “This is our identity”, the Pope said, and we must ask the Lord for the gift of grace to bear witness to this truth.