[Father Mitch] Pacwa said there is no chance for the visions to get approval while
they're still going on, and it's a long shot even after they stop.
quirk that emerged was when two of the Medjugorje visionaries said the
Virgin Mary endorsed a book, "The Poem of the Man-God," that had been
condemned by the Vatican. The fanciful 1940s biography of Jesus by Maria
Valtorta contains details like a dancing girl brushing up against
Jesus, Joseph giving young Jesus an anachronistic tool kit with
screwdrivers and the Virgin Mary making statements such as "man disgusts
me," Pacwa said.
"The book had been condemned by the church in
1959 because it said a lot of silly things that contradicted what was in
the gospels," Pacwa said. "The church rejected it. Any vision must be
judged by revelation that exists in the gospels. You can't say anything
What may be the unraveling of the Medjugorje visions is the lack of any spiritual depth to the messages, Pacwa said.
"That is a much more pointed critique," he said.
writings of Sister Faustina, now a saint, describe visions from Jesus.
"As you kept reading, a new depth of spiritual life began to show
itself," Pacwa said. "You can see definite growth over the years in her
spiritual messages. I don't see that with the messages of Medjugorje.
They tend to be the same thing over and over again. Something I would
look for is a growth in spiritual depth. I haven't sensed it."
Pacwa said Vatican theologians will take all that into account and that Medjugorje in the end may be denied church approval.
don't have a sense this is going to go swimmingly. I am very impressed
with a number of the positive things I have experienced there. I have a
lot of respect for the good things that have occurred. But I'm not going
to be naive about some of the problems. It has to be dealt with, with