Bottom line: when the Ents finally get past hooming and homming and finally speak, the bishops who referred the matter to them will be totally and completely vindicated. The trick will be figuring out a way to break this to the honest and good people who have been lied to so that they listen to the Church and do not, like victims of Stockholm Syndrome, identify with the crooks and liars who have snookered them with this fraud for thirty years. It’s a pastoral issue, not a truth issue, that is primarily the problem here.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
One of Mark Shea's readers inquired about Medjugorje and the apparent lack of authoritative declaration from Rome. Shea's response hits all the right chords--Rome doesn't rush anything, look how look it took to declare certain Christological affirmations and then there's Trent, the not-so-speedy-response to the Protestant Reformation. Shea couches all this with language about the Ents, the ancient-of-days, slow-moving tree-people from Tolkien's Middle Earth. The Ents took their time--slow from the hobbits' perspective, but actually swift from their own--and when they did act, they did so decisively and turned the battle for the good. Shea's conclusion: