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December 7, 2011 A.D.
 

What follows below is an exchange of letters between Caritas and someone who asked to be removed from the mailing list. We are providing this exchange of letters for your help so that you have a complete answer about Caritas’ position and Medjugorje.


Not everyone who is signed up for the Caritas Newsletter, mejList, and who has supported Caritas wishes to continue. Sometimes people, for various reasons, want to be removed from our list. Some no longer believe in the apparitions, yet Caritas' base continues to grow and expand. For everyone who does not believe in the apparitions, etc. anymore, or who wants off the Caritas' list, we have 500 or more who sign up. This approximately 500:1 gain continuously has stretched the reach of Caritas spreading Our Lady's messages. So, it is to be expected that some will wish to be removed from the list. But, when it is based on not being informed correctly, it may be a loss for growing one's conversion. The following, is a request we received from someone asking to be removed as a supporter of Caritas and mej.com, based on untrue facts, and is printed for your help, to have an answer so the facts can be made known:


"We are currently Field Angels, and mej.com core members. We would like to be taken off your mailing address and no longer wish to be Field Angels or mej.com core members. Since you are not in good standing with your diocese or the Catholic Church, we do not wish to contribute to your community. I have notified my bank so no further charges can be made to your group."

Sincerely,
Ohio


Following is our response to the person's letter above:

Dear... ,


We always remove from our list, people when they make a request such as yours. What we would like is for you to be correctly informed in such a decision.


That we are not in good standing with our diocese is a blatant lie. We are friends with our Bishop, Most Rev. Robert Baker. We have never had any difficulties with him, and we have never been cited for any disobedience. In an official Diocesan statement, December 10, 1999, our former Bishop Foley states, “As Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, I have not, nor would I ever, discourage or have any objection to the people praying in the field (at Caritas). They are devout Catholics.” This appeared in the official Catholic newspaper.


The bishop before Bishop Foley, Bishop Raymond Boland (we have operated under four bishops), met with us quarterly and we had an amiable relationship, with often he giving advice to our founder for Caritas.
 

Presently, our parish priest, who is the diocesan vicar general, has visited us at Caritas and we are mutual friends. The Diocese of Birmingham holds Caritas as Catholics in good standing. The statement saying that we are not Catholics in good standing is ludicrous, and again a lie. While Caritas, as a mission, is not officially connected to the diocese, we are known as very Catholic. The Knights of Columbus also are in the same position, not officially under the Church, yet they are very Catholic. The Knights of Columbus was founded as a lay organization 129 years ago, with the basic Catholic beliefs. Each local council appeals to the local Ordinary to be the Chaplain. The Knights of Columbus is still a lay organization, and operates with its own autonomy.


You can see a recent, October 6, 2011, very Catholic baptism in the Community, on Caritas’ site, Medjugorje.com, which was performed by our pastor, the Diocesan vicar. Visit here: http://www.medjugorje.com/medjugorje-today/headlines/1225-special-just-a-peek.html


Our operations of Caritas are within the framework that the Catholic Church grants by rite of Baptism. We are not in error in any way. Anyone or any source who says we are not Catholic, not Catholics in good standing, or that our Bishop and diocese is against us is professing an easily discernible lie. A simple phone call to the Diocese will show we are in good standing.

 

Lastly, look at Our Lady's apparitions. Read the Silver Jubilee section on Medjugorje.com, search each date at the bottom of the pages. Continue reading and clicking through the dates until you're satisfied that Our Lady has done here what She has not done anywhere else in the world outside of Medjugorje.


We respect your decision to be removed, but when it is based on calumny, lies, detraction and slander, we strongly object to the validity of the action. However, if you still reject the above, we respect your choice to do so. Thank you.

In Our Lady’s Peace,
Caritas of Birmingham


Following, is the response from same person above, re-writing us back, in response to our answer above to their first letter, “take me off your mail list’:


"Thank you for your response. My husband and I would like to remain on your mailing list and as Field Angels. We are sorry we jumped to conclusions that were obviously a knee jerk reaction. We have done further research. Please don't remove us from your lists. God bless you."

Sincerely,
Ohio


So, it can be seen by this person's response above, that people who are of good-will, will always have the light of truth, to see the truth, when it is explained to them.


Caritas of Birmingham is not acting on behalf of the Catholic Church or placing its mission under the church. Its mission is to reach all people of the earth. Its actions are outside of the church done privately. It is further stated:

So as not to take for granted the credibility of the Medjugorje Apparitions, it is stated that the Medjugorje apparitions are not formally approved by the Catholic Church.
 

SPECIAL STATEMENT

Medjugorje Status
September 21, 2015 A.D.

No attempt is intended to pre-empt the Church on the validity of the Medjugorje Apparitions. They are private revelation waiting the Church’s final judgment.1 In the interim, these private revelations are allowed by, and for, the faithful to have devotion to and to be spread legally by the Church. Devotion and the propagation of private revelations can be forbidden only if the private revelation is condemned because of anything it contains which contravenes faith and morals according to AAS 58 (1966) 1186 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Medjugorje has not been condemned nor found to have anything against faith or morals, therefore it is in the grace of the Church to be followed by the faithful. By the rite of Baptism one is commissioned and given the authority to evangelize. “By Baptism they share in the priesthood of Christ, in his prophetic and royal mission.”2 One does not need approval to promote or to have devotions to private revelations or to spread them when in conformity to AAS 58 (1966) 1186, as the call to evangelize is given when baptized. These apparitions have not been approved formally by the Church. Caritas of Birmingham, the Community of Caritas and all associated with it, realize and accept that the final authority regarding the Queen of Peace, Medjugorje and happenings related to the apparitions, rests with the Holy See in Rome. We at Caritas, willingly submit to that judgment. While having an amiable relationship with the Diocese of Birmingham and a friendly relationship with its bishop, Caritas of Birmingham as a lay mission is not officially connected to the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama, just as is the Knights of Columbus.3 The Diocese of Birmingham’s official position on Caritas is neutral and holds us as Catholics in good standing.

1. The Church does not have to approve the apparitions. The Church can do as She did with the apparitions of Rue du Bac in Paris and the Miraculous Medal. The Church never approved these apparitions. She gave way to the people’s widespread acceptance of the Miraculous Medal and thereby the Apparitions to St. Catherine. Sensus Fidelium (latin, meaning “The Sense of the Faithful”), regarding Medjugorje is that the “sense” of the people says that “Mary is here in Medjugorje.”

2. Catechism of the Catholic Church 2nd Edition

3. TThe Knights of Columbus also are not officially under the Church, yet they are very Catholic. The Knights of Columbus was founded as a lay organization in 1882 with the basic Catholic beliefs. Each local council appeals to the local Ordinary to be the Chaplain. The Knights of Columbus is still a lay organization, and operates with its own autonomy.

International © 2015 SJP Lic. Caritas of Birmingham & Medjugorje.com



While we cannot possibly publish every feedback we received from the message we sent to the mejList, below is just a small sampling of your feedbacks to the letter above:


December 6, 2011

“I love All You Do Thank You. You Are A Blessing From God.”

Connecticut


December 6, 2011

“…I can’t understand why anyone would want to be removed from your list. I am at a loss. On my own behalf, I thank you very sincerely for the work you do for The Blessed Mother… May I say keep up the good work.

A Priest from Ireland


December 6, 2011

“…I wish to continue receiving your messages…”

N. Ireland


December 6, 2011

“…Keep up the great work you do. I for one am in your debt for your regular updates and news… Please be assured of my prayers at this time…

Yours in Christ and in Prayer,
A Priest from United Kingdom




December 6, 2011

“I can't wait for your answer! We support you and your apostolate 100%. Tomorrow, after reading your response, I will send you mine explaining why I keep following your apostolate!”

GOD BLESS YOU!
Florida



December 6, 2011

“Please do not remove me from the list. I am a strong Catholic believer and have always enjoyed reading the stories about Our Lady’s appearing in Medjugorje.”

Papua New Guinea



December 6, 2011

“Be sure to keep me on your mailing list. May God bless all of you!”

Stone Mountain, GA


 

December 6, 2011

“I look forward to your reply. I do believe in your mission. I just can't afford to contribute but you do remain in my prayers. Our Lady must love you very much - stay steadfast in your beliefs…”

Florida





December 6, 2011

“You people are completely legitimate and are doing the work our Mother requests. My wife and I attended the 5 apparitions Last March and witnessed the miracle of the sun on each of the days Mary appeared. I see no reason that field angels should have any concern in their support of your work. May God and Mary bless you and your work.”

Michigan



December 6, 2011

“I am so sorry for the confusion that satan is sowing in the Medjugorje movement. I know that you are in good standing with your bishop... Know that your mission is appreciated and I pray for you and realize how Blessed my life has been because of your sacrifices in serving Our Lady. May all of you have the most Blessed Christmas!”

Peace of Jesus and Mary,
Indiana



December 6, 2011

“Hello, Thanks for taking the time to address that persons concerns, I look forward to reading it... When I started coming to your website, I was amazed by the amount of material to read and I really appreciate how in depth your writings are especially as they pertain to the messages. Your site is unique in the fact that you take time addressing each message and try to piece everything together. Other sites just post the messages with no commentary. I think your shows are also important as they address the messages we are receiving. You are being apostles of the messages. I learned that EWTN also does not support your organization and they are located near your community in Alabama. Some people on EWTN like Patrick Madrid doesn’t believe in the apparitions in Medjugorje and on air speak against it. Medjugorje in general is a division amongst Catholics and much disputed. People don't want to take an official stance until there is more proof, however it seems like before the warning takes place, it will be too late… I even read that people on the ground in Medjugorje are also concerned with your organization and one site wrote that your site is not an official Medjugorje site and wasn't recommended for people interested to learn about Medjugorje. In my belief, Marija would not be going to your community if bad things were happening there… This type of work you are doing, doesn't come without sacrifice and lots of scrutiny.”

California


 

December 6, 2011

“Thank you very much for your e-mail, everything you do, and your service, newsletter is excellent… I would hate to be off your mailing list Thank you very much.”

Thailand


 

December 6, 2011

“In Medjugorje they tell us you’re not a part of the real Medjugorje messages, etc. But I don’t listen.”

Tennessee


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