Supernatural manifestations by God of hidden truths made to private individuals for their own spiritual welfare or that of others. They differ from the public revelation contained in Scripture and tradition which is given on behalf of the whole human race and is necessary for human salvation and sanctification. Although recognized by the Church and, at times, approved by her authority, private revelations are not the object of divine faith that binds one in conscience to believe on God's authority. The assent given to them, therefore, is either on human evidence or, when formally approved by the Church, on ecclesiastical authority according to the mind of the Church. Private revelations occur as supernatural visions words, or divine touches. Often it is impossible to distinguish the three forms in practice, especially since they may be received simultaneously.
I was making the point that some people take them too far and base their entire faith on the things "revealed". Its true. I can think of one organization that regularly takes pot shots at the Church and has been separated for some time now. But anyway...
Two people at the table had been to Medjugorje. One of them went in 1982, a year after the visions began. He related to us that because the Bishops have now condemned it, he stays away from it. (Faithful, eh?) Well, he then said when he was there he saw the Sun spin, in fact, they all sun the sun spin and change different colors. It was all very matter of fact. The other gentleman hadn't seen that in 1992 however but mentioned the numerous documented healings associated with the site.
I know literally nothing about Medjugorje or the apparitions. The local bishops have a negative attitude towards them. John Paul II is reported to have been favorable. Essentially we have to wait and see. Regardless, I came back home and did a little research.
I went to www.medjugorje.org and took a look at the FAQs. After hearing about the Sun spinning like a wagon wheel, I was plenty interested. A quick scan through the Qs and I had my answer. (my emphasis and comments)
One one of the messages said that all faiths are equal. Isn't this against the Catholic Church's beliefs?
There was a question asked of Our Lady in October 1981 which was: Are all religions the same? Our Lady answered: "Members of all faiths are equal before God. [The Members themselves, yes, but not the religions.] God rules over each faith [No.] just like a sovereign over his kingdom. [The Kingdom of God, spoken of by Christ and realized in his Church, is absolutely incompatible with say, the Muslim faith (to name one.) ] In the world, all religions are not the same because all people have not complied with the commandments of God. They reject and disparage them." [This is false. The Catholic Church more than complies, it is the pillar and bullwark of Truth. ]
[The Author, not Our Lady continues...]
The difficulty that some Catholics have had with this answer is based on the belief that the only salvation is within the Catholic Church. [A defined dogma, no less. Note, it is mentioned "some Catholics." At least that part is the truth.] But the Catholic Church does not believe this. [yes it does.] In fact, Vatican II in its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church "Lumen Genitum" says this: "Those also can attain to salvation who through no fault of their own [! This is the kicker. Our Lady is proclaiming all religions are equal and the seers' supporters quote Vatican II to support them. It seems to me that anyone who goes to Medjugorje on account of devotion is absolutely NOT invincibly ignorant. Sorry. ] do not know the Gospel of Christ or His Church, yet sincerely seek God, and moved by grace strive by their deeds to do His will as it is known to them through the dictates of conscience. Nor does Divine Providence deny the helps necessary for salvation to those who, without blame on their part, have not yet arrived at an explicit knowledge of God and with His grace strive to live a good life." [Many Traditionalists view this as heterodox, but its not. Many Liberals view this as heterodox, but its not. This being a case in point. Yes, I meant to say it that way.]
It is a great privilage [sic] to be Catholic and I love my faith. [No doubt.] I share my faith through my actions and words whenever possible. But as Matthew 7 says "Judge not, that you may not be judged". [The herald scripture of the Church of Relativism, misused here too.] It is not up to us to decide who goes to Heaven and who does not by their faith.
But Matt, aren't you judging these people too? Not at all. I don't know the state of their souls and would never claim to. There are a LOT of good people who have gained a great devotion to Our Lord and Lady through Medjugorje for sure. That being said though, I'm not buying it. If this is one of the answers given by the woman who watched her Son suffer and die, get raised from the dead, traveled to Ephesus under the case of the Apostle John, was Assumed into Heaven upon the end of her earthly life, then it cannot be her. Our Lady would never use a Council of the Church to repudiate a doctrine already revealed.
Nor can the Church approve it I think. One of the conditions for approving an apparition is whether or not it somehow contradicts Church teaching. If it does, then game over. Now in this modern era we might think the Church will overlook this little snafu so it doesn't get anyone mad. I think on the contrary, it will merely leave it alone. That way it doesn't scandalize anyone not does it promote error. Sometimes infallibility is maintained by silence I guess.
If the Church does some day approve the apparitions, or part or them as some suggest, then so be it. She is wiser and older than I. That's putting it mildly. But for now I am going to keep moving and pay this "apparition" no mind.