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BY Jimmy Akin
The Holy See has announced the creation of a new commission, under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and led by retired archbishop Camillo Ruini, to investigate the reported apparitions associated with Medjugorje.
Here’s a translation of the announcement, provided by Catholic News Agency:
Under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the presidency of Cardinal Camillo Ruini, an international commission of investigation on Medjugorje has been constituted. Said Commission, composed of cardinals, bishops and experts will work in a reserved manner, subjecting the results of their studies to the authority of the Dicastery.
And here’s the original in Italian.
Details are sketchy. Fr. Federico Lombardi—the Vatican press spokesman—had little to add, though he indicated,
As the commission carries out their activities, Fr. Lombardi continued, they will decide whether or not to communicate information regarding their findings. Nevertheless, it can be assumed that it will be a “very discreet” project “given the sensitivity of the subject,” he remarked.
Speaking in Italian, he said to expect that investigations will take “a good while” to reach their completion and emphasized that the results of the commission’s activities will be submitted to the CDF, under whose mandate they are operating. The commission will only offer their technical findings to the Congregation, which in turn will “make decisions on the case.”
For now, the composition of the commission is “reserved,” as is the method they will pursue in their investigations, Fr. Lombardi said in closing.
So we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
But at the moment, I have a few questions that I’d be interested in the readers’ reactions to:
1) How long do you think we will have to wait before an announcement is made?
2) Being as objective as possible, what do you think the announcement will say?
3) What will happen to you personally if the announcement is contrary to your present view of Medjugorje?