A reader writes:
I read your blog from time to time and am generally inclined to your view that Medjugorje is not authentic and of course support the finding of the local bishop that he could not determine that anything supernatural was happening. Some commentators have even suggested there is a demonic element to it. As it is well publicised that the CDF has taken on the case and has passed its findings to the Pope, I cannot understand why there is continued silence on the matter? If people are being exposed to pronouncements contrary to the Faith, through the words of the alleged seers, and exposed to demonic influences, then surely the Church would identify these and speak up quickly and unequivocally? The continued silence makes me think that they have found nothing amiss? It is one thing saying that nothing supernatural can be proved and quite another to say that there is deliberate fraud, statement contrary to the Faith or demonic influence. The theological errors in the Maria Divine Mercy blog were quickly identified and condemned by a united front of a number of bishops worldwide. The same has not happened for Medj which has been going on for such a long time. Some influential bishops like Cardinal Schonborn have actually promoted it. Why is the Church being so slow on this?
As reader Mike Flynn has noted, when you look up the definition of “Rapid Response Squad” you will not find a picture of St. Peter’s as an illustration.  This is a Church that took centuries to work out a definition of even its most core beliefs about the identity of Jesus.  When the conflagration of the Protestant Reformation struck, it took decades to even begin the Council of Trent and decades more to finish it.  The torch-wielding fanatics