An international Commission of Enquiry on Medjugorje has been set up at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under the presidency of Cardinal Camillo Ruini. The Commission, composed of Cardinals, Bishops, experts and those with experience, will work in a confidential manner, placing the outcome of their study at the disposal of the Dicastery.
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Rome (IKA) – The Holy See Press Office published on April 13, 2010 report from the first session of International Investigative Commission on Medjugorje, held on March 26th,2010. International Investigative Commission on Medjugorje is being presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who used to be Vicar of Rome Diocese and includes several cardinals and archbishops, many of whom serve on Vatican congregations or Pontifical Councils.
These members include:
Cardinal Jozef Tomko, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples;
Cardinal Vinko Puljic, Archbishop of Vrhbosna, and president of the Bishops’ Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina;
Cardinal Josip Bozanic, Archbishop of Zagreb and vice-president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conference;
Cardinal Julian Herranz, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
The commission also includes specialists such as:
Msgr. Tony Anatrella, psychoanalyst and specialist in Social Psychiatry;
Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, professor of Fundamental Theology at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy;
Fr. David Maria Jaeger, O.F.M., consultant to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts;
Fr. Zdzislaw Jozef Kijas, O.F.M. Conv., relator of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints;
Fr. Salvatore M. Perrella, O.S.M., teacher of Mariology at the Pontifical Marianum Faculty of Theology
Fr. Achim Schutz, professor of Theological Anthropology at the Pontifical Lateran University as secretary.
Msgr. Krzysztof Nykiel, an officer of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, serves as additional secretary.
Other experts participating in the commission’s work include:
Fr. Franjo Topic, professor of Fundamental Theology in Sarajevo;
Fr. Mijo Nikic, S.J., professor of Psychology and Psychology of Religion at the Philosophical and Theological Institute of the Society of Jesus in Zagreb;
Fr. Mihaly Szentmartoni, S.J., professor of Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University
Sr. Veronica Nela Gaspar, professor of Theology at Rijeka.
As it was announced earlier on, the work of this Commission is not going to be open for the public and all conclusions and findings will be subject to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.