Esteemed Vatican Reporter Edward Pentin Accepts Narrative that 10 Year Old Boy – a Medjugorje Visionary – Fooled The Vatican, The Communist Party and the World. Presumably Believes Boy Invented World Wide Spiritual Phenomenon

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By Stephen Ryan Author of Amazon Best-Seller The Madonna Files

Medjugorje Visionary Jakov

Mystic Post has not spoken with veteran Vatican correspondent  Mr. Edward Pentin yet, so perhaps there is more to his story.  But Mr. Pentin’s recent article on the rapidly developing events at Medjugorje was disappointing in that he relied on perpetual anti-Medjugorje critic Donal Foley.

Mr. Foley, it seems, is the one Medjugorje “expert” Catholic Media ever seeks out. A large swath of the negative bias against Medjugorje in the United States can be attributed to one single man. This is a sad commentary on how big Catholic media reports on such an important story. The Vatican has recently completed a massive investigation into Medjugorje, yet it is only one self-appointed Medjugorje “expert” Catholic Media speaks to.




Mr. Foley  has told me directly, via email, that  Medjugorje was simply invented by children.   He says six  children lied about seeing the Virgin Mary to get out of some kind of trouble – smoking cigarettes is the urban legend. Then after the unanticipated massive eruption of interest  in their story about seeing the Virgin Mary,  the children were forced to maintain the lie to avoid severe punishment. Foley believes the “Visionaries” have continued to fool everybody, including the communist party and the Vatican for decades to enrich  greedy townspeople, the Franciscan Friars and themselves.  Oh, and while they were making buckets of money somehow along the way the children invented a world-wide spiritual movement unprecedented in modern times.

Mr. Pentin writes in National Catholic Register:  “Faithful Await Vatican Verdict on Medjugorje”

“Seen in the context of the Pope’s remarks and Archbishop Hoser’s appointment, Bishop Peric’s statement was to be expected, according to Donal Anthony Foley, author of Medjugorje Revisited: 30 Years of Visions or Religious Fraud? More significant for him is that, in his statement, Bishop Peric focused on the first seven days (when the “visionaries” were just boys and girls)  were  of the alleged visions, and in particular transcripts of the taped conversations with the visionaries during that first week in June 1981.

These transcripts are “the key to understanding Medjugorje,” (Mr. Pentin leaves us hanging by not actully telling the reader what this mystical  “KEY” to understanding what Medjugorje actually is. ) Foley believes, as they “reveal the serious problems with accepting the visions as genuinely supernatural,” an aspect he highlighted in his book.

Foley hopes that more people will pay attention to them, and he would like the Vatican to publish “an agreed and authentic” multilingual version of the transcripts to help the ordinary faithful “better understand the phenomena of Medjugorje.”

 

 

Mr. Pentin’s article is not really a hit piece against Medjugorje but, as a news site, Mystic Post is troubled by the fact Catholic media has relied on one critic – for decades – Mr. Donel Foley without  ever questioning his motivations.  Mr. Foley, as far as we know, has never been asked by the Vatican to be part of the Church’s investigation into Medjugorje. 

What really bothers us is Mr. Foley’s words are always accepted as authoritative without skepticism. As we have written many times before Cardinal Schonborn, the Pope’s right hand man,  has been very accepting of the Medjugorje visionaries and this fact never gets any media attention while Mr. Foley’s words are sought out as Gospel. 




7 thoughts on “Esteemed Vatican Reporter Edward Pentin Accepts Narrative that 10 Year Old Boy – a Medjugorje Visionary – Fooled The Vatican, The Communist Party and the World. Presumably Believes Boy Invented World Wide Spiritual Phenomenon

  • March 16, 2017 at 6:03 pm
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    Vicka said recently that the fulfillment of Medjugorje will come “very soon.” My guess is that it will come in 2021, 40 years after Our Lady first appeared in Medjugorje.

    • March 16, 2017 at 9:04 pm
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      The seers have been saying it is coming soon for over 35 years. These people are human beings, they don’t always get things right. Do you?

      • March 16, 2017 at 10:08 pm
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        Of course not. I do not recall any seer saying “very soon.” After Moses led the Exodus, it took 40 years to enter the Holy Land.

  • March 16, 2017 at 9:01 pm
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    Since I have let my subscription to NCR lapse I missed Mr. Pentin’s article. I think there are a lot of holes in the Med. apparitions, but unless Mr. Pentin sees with the visionaries’ eyes and hears with their ears how can he prove that nothing supernatural is going on? It is certainly true that many people relish anything negative about Med., haters never try to find out the real truth. Many people have cashed in on Med., but this is true at Lourdes and other sites. In my opinion the visionaries are not models of holiness like the visionaries at Lourdes and Fatima, but in the last 35 years not a one of them has caused any scandal to the Catholic Church. Like the rest of us they make their own lifestyle choices. If Mr. Pentin and others don’t like them, they should pray for them. I have learned that if you pray for people you don’t like, eventually you will no longer dislike them so much.

    • March 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm
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      Horce,

      I can honestly tell you your words are about the visionaries are so spot on. “In my opinion the visionaries are not models of holiness like the visionaries at Lourdes and Fatima, but in the last 35 years not a one of them has caused any scandal to the Catholic Church.” This is how see things in certain ways.. thank you for your comment

      • March 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm
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        Mother Angelica of EWTN said, “All of us are called to become great saints. None of us should miss the opportunity” That also includes you and I, brother.

  • March 17, 2017 at 4:29 pm
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    I have being to Medjugorge eight times I’m from the Midlands in Ireland I will never forget each time I spent there, the peace I found was and is unforgetable. The second last time I spent there with a very good friend, during the time Our Lady appeared, we both saw The APPEARATION Of KNOCK, with Alter and Lamb Of God and Angel’s, but did not see St John and St Joseph. Owing to I’ll health I have not being there for the past 3 years.

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