Monday, 27 July 2009

'Pope Benedict unfrocks Medjugorje priest...'

'Father Tomislav Vlasic, the former "spiritual director" to six visionaries who claim that the Virgin Mary visited them nearly 40,000 times over 28 years, has been laicised by Pope Benedict XVI a year after he was placed under investigation over allegations that he exaggerated the apparitions and had engaged in sexual relations with a nun.

While the Vatican has never given the shrine its formal blessing, an estimated 30 million pilgrims have visited Medjugorje in the last three decades and hundreds of thousands make the journey from Britain and Ireland each year. The unfrocking of Father Vlasic will come as a blow to Medjugorje followers worldwide who were hoping that the Vatican would one day legitimise the controversial shrine.'

More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/5913677/Pope-Benedict-XVI-unfrocks-Medjugorje-priest.html

2 comments:

Semele said...

A Catholic priest doing dodgy stuff... well, bugger me!

Oh, and erm - "shrione"?

Anonymous said...

Exaggerated the apparitions... hmmmmm... not fabricated, not told a load of bull... just exaggerated. Wow. Not fraud, just sexed things up a tad then. I'm thinking a visitation is a visitation, and no amount of Vatican whitewash will convince those believers otherwise. I'm guessing the biz with the nun is standard practice smear tactics... or just standard practice.

Would've been nice for the Pope to have met these spiritual entities first. Bit like aliens going to the suburbs or rural areas, rather than straight to the grown-ups in Downing Street or Pennsylvania Avenue. Perhaps the Pope didn't like the otherworldly snub.

Mark, in Wuzta-shire