There are three things that only God knows:Mexican Proverb
how much money the Franciscans have,
how many women religious orders there are, and
what the Jesuits believe.
Conspiracy. Deceit. Exploitation. The junkie prank that was taken over by scientific mind manipulation and eventually acquired a demonic or occult life of its own.—These are just a few of the terms utilized by E. Michael Jones in portraying the “real” Međugorje phenomenon. But this blogger will leave it to the reader to discern whether these expressions represent glib vitriol from an angry professor-turned-journalist (who after all loves money as much as any friar does, and don’t forget to buy his book linked below) or if they are in fact horribly apt.
There is an old saying that all that glitters is not gold. (And as we’ll learn, not all who wear brown hoods are pure of intent!) And I remember hearing that in heaven there is only music and silence, no mundane chatter to fend of that dread “dead air”. The fact of the matter is that the mature soul stays her course through any and all dark and desolate nights, stoically or soberly, without deviating to favor false comforts, and that that mature soul is the soul that will one day be awakened (generally in what we vain fools call “death”) and forever after behold the radiant face of her God. Indeed the Doctor of the Church Saint John of the Cross counsels spiritually-minded Christians to try to resist “spiritual sweetness” and never on any account to seek it. But who among us01 can be reckoned mature? Who of us is actually disposing himself toward God’s heaven? Arguably, where does any of that fit in to today’s parish (or for that matter friary) life? These are tough questions, and it is accordingly understandable that many today apparently will put them off in exchange for the chatter of MyCatholicism™ or CatholicismLite™02. Carnally “understandable” that is, yet at the same time unspeakably unwise.
Much of the deeply Second Vatican Council–aligned “Reformed Catholic” culture, perhaps from a preexisting insecurity in its own optical redundancy, its clerical depravity—in short, its arguably demonically silly hideousness—and perhaps by being already predisposed toward the “Charismatic Renewal”03 and toward raging incoherently against their own bishops, and by just being what the clergy like to call your more “simple-faithed Catholics”, have acquired a rather jaded taste for the thrill of increasingly hardcore doom ideations04 with no apparent quality control over the authenticity much less wholesomeness of their at times (in layman’s terms) thoroughly sketchy and slimy message suppliers (“seers”). The standard definition of a cult and of radicalization. (It ain’t just those Muslims, folks, and some of the fruits of Međugorje that we shall be seeing will help you in seeing what I’m saying: “the enemy is us!”) And it could in part owe to the Vatican’s refusal since the 50s to teach on the Apocalypse of Saint John (i.e. the Book of Revelation) or the “end times”, creating this bureaucratically produced “prophecy vacuum”!
It was upon this spiritually bottomed-out scene that entered Our Lady of Međugorje, legit pronounced /meh·jew·GORY·eh/, arguably The Greatest Religious Show on Earth, all allegedly set up by the same CIA that directed the public lives of both reliably crowd-pleasing thespians Pope John Paul II stationed at Old Rome and President Ronald Reagan sent from California to Washington, D.C.05. This operation came out swinging as it entered the fray ready, willing, and able to appear as the “hero” and take all the credit for the suicide of Communism06 and to cater to precisely this sort of heroin den demographic, raising the (ostensible) piety-dollars that would finance the boomtown that is present-day Međugorje.
And no, this blogger is not being flippant in using substance abuse–suggestive wording here, as there is much to indicate that the alleged seers07 in Međugorje08, being chain-smokers (against their parents’ orders, a theme we will see repeated on a rather larger scale), took hallucinogenics09 just prior to their alleged messages10. And there is furthermore something of a very scientific and clinical mass–mind manipulation component, coupled with the stereotypically Charismatic element, comprising this operation11 which would obviously explain this CIA affinity for those familiar with spy world (and frankly with the Franciscan modus operandi).
These data, one would have thought, catch the eye of the soundly discerning Catholic as if each fact of the case were one big bright and shimmering red flag. Thing is though, again the whole mood over there seems to be one of desperation and clique culture to the utter exclusion of cool-headed introspection, never mind sound contemplation!
The spiritual and psychological predators behind this operation include the following OFM (“Order of Franciscans Minor” or simply “Franciscan”) priests, all notorious for jointly conducting disinhibiting “sensitivity sessions”, frequently with such drastic and alarming outcomes that similar sessions have now been criminalized in many countries:
- Rev. Jozo Zovko, OFM /YOH·zoh ZOFF·coh/
The original coach or “asvisor” to the children before being imprisoned by the Communists, Zovko has been accused of sexually molesting female pilgrims. Riding this wave of perversion and corruption, “Father Jozo” has become a top religious figure, rivaling any pope, and he has distanced himself from the others (below) whom he stepped on to get where he is today.
- Ex-Rev. Tomislav Vlašić, former OFM /TOM·iss·lav VLAH·sitch/
Vlašić appears to have taken Zovko’s place during the latter’s “reeducation” or whatnot. Then it was fake-prophesied (under Zovko’s direction mind you) that Vlašić would be “surrounded by a large crowd”. Prior to all of this, Vlašić already fathered a child named Tomo by a nun (out of wedlock obviously) whom he had then tried vainly to bribe into silence with a one-time payment (abortive intent implied?). Vlašić’s baby’s mama had then moved with her son to Germany and sent a note to his bishop in November 1984, whereupon Vlašić was confronted and made no denial of the claims. But then Zovko (and Vlašić?) seem to have manipulated the alleged seers into proclaiming Vlašić’s innocence12. One alleged seer then used her apparently magisterial authority as what must be termed the “Popess of Charismatic Catholics” to sanction a wantonly scandalous13 co-ed “religious community” in Parma, Italy. (Word to the wise: relations of a heterosexual nature are rather the exception within these “Vatican II” religious orders.) The “seer” later recanted and went on to denounce Vlašić’s manipulation of her. After finally leaving Međugorje and disappearing for a time (presumably to regroup and conspire with his CIA handlers), Vlašić was found to be a member of the Mormonesque Central Nucleus, the pope of his own Church of Jesus Christ of the Whole Universe, and moreover living in sin and scandal with one Agnes Heupel. Now he was finally excommunicated. (Yup, that’s what it takes these days, at least when you’re a serial con artist on behalf of the oligarchy who can bring idiots into line and bring in the dough!)
- Rev. Marijan Pehar, OFM /mar·ee·YAN PAY·har/
Pehar would become an invaluable whistleblower of the whole operation furnishing the public with many of the facts contained herein.
- Rev. Slavko Barbarić, OFM /SLAV·co BAR·bar·itch/
Barbarić was also a spiritual director to the children and hence no “saint” (as much as such a notion would factor in well into the friars’ geopolitical calculus) and undoubtedly complicit in most or all of this mindless evil in the name of religious politics.
- At least ten other friars were kicked out of the OFM by the local bishop during the Međugorje period, in connection to relatedly unsound and dangerous ministerial hacks and lifestyle choices.