A friend of mine sent me a book published by Caritas of Birmingham. He asked for my opinion about it. This is what I wrote to him:
I read the book that you sent me published by Caritas of Birmingham, It Ain’t Gonna Happen! You asked for my opinion.
The author calls himself “A Friend of Medjugorje.” However, according to the authorities that I know at Medjugorje, Caritas is not a "friend of Medjugorje". It does not obey their regulations or requests. Here is what the world-renowned priest Fr. Svet of Medjugorje has to say about Caritas:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Here in Medjugorje, in the name of the priests who are working in the parish with pilgrims who are coming from all over the world, I express my deep concern for the organization called CARITAS from Birmingham, Alabama.
It appears that the organization does not follow good practice of Church discipline as well as the discipline of its members in regard to their ways in which they are organized within. We are afraid that there might be elements of a lack of respect for family relationships, mutual respect, respect for the Church authority, respect for the families where the members come from, respect for property of family members who are there now and those who were there and left the community.
PAX ET BONUM!
Father Svetozar Kraljevic, OFM
The author of It Ain’t Gonna Happen! wrote in the book that Our Lady of Medjugorje asked on November 27, 1989 “to spread the devotion and the carrying of this medal [the Miraculous Medal].” This is a good thing to do.
In 1830, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal showed the visionary, St. Catherine Laboure, the design of the medal in an apparition. The Church approved this apparition and design.
However, the author states on page 176, “A new design for the Miraculous Medal that ties to Medjugorje and Our Lady’s apparitions has been minted on a silver round. The silver round ties images of Medjugorje and sites of Our Lady’s apparitions with information to learn more about Medjugorje on both the front and the back, together with the Miraculous Medal minted upon it.”
He then goes on to state that our money will become worthless and “you can have the Miraculous Medal Medjugorje Round [his new name for his humanly invented medal] in your possession for your own physical welfare.” The silver Round contains the words, "one troy ounce .999 pure silver." It also contains the words of the national motto for the United States, "In God We Trust", which is minted on its money. In my opinion, all of this is a blatant sacrilege.
The word “sacrilege” derives from a Latin word meaning, “the stealing of sacred things.” This is what somebody did. Someone took the design of the Miraculous Medal, an approved sacred medal, revealed by the Queen of Heaven, and had the presumption to redesign it as a human being (not from heaven) in a sacrilegious manner (not sacred, as is the Miraculous Medal). Someone has tied unapproved words, images and apparitions to an approved apparition on this so-called Round, advertised a website on it, and urges people to invest in it as a replacement for money and for their physical welfare.
It is a sacrilege to redesign the Miraculous Medal, which is a sacramental and a holy thing revealed from heaven and it is a sacrilege to use it for worldly and unholy purposes, such as an investment or as a substitute for money.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that sacrilege is a violation of the first commandment. "Sacrilege consists in profaning or treating unworthily… things…, consecrated to God. Sacrilege is a grave sin. (CCC 2120).
In my opinion, not only is the designer of this sacrilegious Round violating the first commandment, but also any of those who obtain it or use it. My advice to everyone is not to obtain these Rounds and, for anyone who has obtained them, to get rid of them as soon as possible as they may attract demonic spirits, as do occult crystals and other superstitious objects.
Joe, I’m sorry to be so brutally honest about this, but I think that this is a very serious matter about which you should examine your conscience and speak to a holy priest.
Sincerely in Christ,
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February 5, 2016