Fr. Gabriele Amorth buys into Medjugorje?!?!
#1
Wow.  Really?  He believes in it?  It just doesn't make sense.  Has the man not read what I've read?

http://www.medjugorjetoday.tv/3036/top-e...edjugorje/

Top exorcist laments apathy to Medjugorje

By Jakob Marschner on Nov 1, 2011

Ignoring the apparitions in Medjugorje is unforgivable for Christians, says Rome’s leading exorcist who shakes his head at those who wait until the Church has ruled. Speaking of “betrayal” Fr. Gabriele Amorth also lashes out at bishops and priests for being indifferent to the fruits of Medjugorje.


Fr. Gabriele Amorth (born 1925) was ordained a priest in 1954 and became an official exorcist in 1986. For about 20 years he served as chief exorcist for the Diocese of Rome. In 1990 he founded the International Association of Exorcists whose president he was until his retirement in 2000, now being honorary president for life. Throughout the years Fr. Amorth has embraced Medjugorje, and he has called the place "a great fortress against Satan"

By willingly failing to pay attention to the Virgin Mary’s apparitions in Medjugorje, a great number of Christians have proven to be no different from pagans. Within this great number, both bishops and priests are included, the leading Catholic exorcist of the past 20 years said in a September 15 interview given to Radio Maria.

Fr. Gabriele Amorth was speaking at the backdrop of the Virgin Mary’s message of August 25 when she said:

“Dear children! Today I call you to pray and fast for my intentions, because Satan wants to destroy my plan. Here I began with this parish and invited the entire world. Many have responded, but there is an enormous number of those who do not want to hear or accept my call. Therefore, you who have said ‘yes’, be strong and resolute. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

“How bitter, how bitter was the last message of Our Lady of Medjugorje, on August 25: ”Many have responded, but there is an enormous number of those who do not want to hear or accept my call’, Fr. Gabriele Amorth first commented.

“Now look here; it is very sour, this balance. After more than thirty years! More than thirty years! Now if it is the pagans who don’t listen to Our Lady’s words, then that I can understand. But be you a Christian, it is not forgivable. Be you a Christian!”.

Fr. Gabriele Amorth with visionary Vicka Ivankovic by the late 1980s
However, according to Fr. Amorth’s experience, the indifference to Medjugorje goes further than that:

“Even priests and bishops don’t even want to hear about it. It is not that they went there and then made their decision fairly after seeing things for themselves, no! They don’t even want to hear it being spoken about!”

“The Gospel is so clear, it tells us how to discern! By the fruits you will know the tree! It has been 30 years when Medjugorje has given us fruits that are ultimately exquisite! Confession, conversion, vocations, graces of every kind! For more than 30 years!” the exorcist reminded on Radio Maria.

“In the Old Testament God sent prophets to warn of the betrayals of the Jewish people. Now, here, to warn of the betrayal of the Christian people, also the priests, God sends us His Mother! It has been 30 years! Is it possible that people still do not hear? And as for those people who believe themselves to be intelligent by saying they wait until the Church approves? They are fools!” said Fr. Gabriele Amorth.



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#2
I've never been all that impressed by the good Father.  Some of the stuff he says in his books is a bit sketchy in my opinion.  I can't remember exactly what at this late hour, but I don't think every word that comes from his mouth is gold. 
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#3
As much as I like Father Amorth for his excellent books on exorcism and his uncompromising stance on the very real evils of Harry Potter I have to disagree with him on this. The Church has never actually formally approved this alledged apparition.
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#4
Not just "never formally approved", the local Ordinary condemned it, if I'm not mistaken. I can understand not reading the many legitimate criticisms of the "apparitions", but I don't see why Fr. Amorth would ignore something as glaring as the bishop's rejection of Medjugorjie.
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(02-15-2012, 10:42 PM)Anastasia Wrote: Not just "never formally approved", the local Ordinary condemned it, if I'm not mistaken. I can understand not reading the many legitimate criticisms of the "apparitions", but I don't see why Fr. Amorth would ignore something as glaring as the bishop's rejection of Medjugorjie.

Maybe he is just getting old. He may be the chief exorcist of the diocese of Rome but it doesn't mean he is right on everything. I have not had anything to do with Medjugorjie and don't plan on it now.
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#6
I have known this for awhile. Scary and sad situation. The devil can blind anyone in any area. Even though he does a lot of good work fighting the devil as the chief exorcist in Rome, it seems the devil has been able to pull one over him. He is spiritually blind when it comes to this one matter. He needs prayers, so he can awaken from this deception.
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#7
Fr. Amorth has always been very sensationalist, and (in contrast to his fellow exorcists who prefer to do their work silently) indulged in the media spotlight.
He has claimed that prottie exorcists are as good as Catholic ones, and buys totally into the charismatic and healing stuff. He has always praised "my friend" Bishop Milingo, even when he was already doing and claiming very dodgy things, but totally didn't see it coming when Milingo went bonkers.
So take everything Fr. Amorth says with a grain of salt. Even the Harry Potter stuff.  :P
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(02-15-2012, 10:42 PM)Anastasia Wrote: Not just "never formally approved", the local Ordinary condemned it, if I'm not mistaken. I can understand not reading the many legitimate criticisms of the "apparitions", but I don't see why Fr. Amorth would ignore something as glaring as the bishop's rejection of Medjugorjie.

Exactly. The only 'formal' declaration of any sort the Church has ever made about Medjugorje has been a condemnation of the so-called apparitions.
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#9
Lot's of people buy into superstitious nonsense, and the whole exorcism thing is an industry unto itself. 
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#10
I love the priest, and his claim is counter to what I originally thought, but, he makes a point.  The SSPX uses the "fruits" claim all the time, but we can't here in this siutation?  The Church hasn't ruled on TONS of things, but that doesn't mean they are bad.... or good.

I wonder about past big apparitions that we all love, where they originally condemned as well by the local Bishops as a preemptive measure? 

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