Special Envoy to Medjugorje Expresses Positive Views

Following his appointment as the “special envoy” to Medjugorje, Archbishop Henryk Hoser gave a brief interview to the Italian website Le Fede Quotediana.

When asked whether he had expected his commission, he replied that he did not know the reason why Pope Francis assigned him the post. “Of course, I am grateful,” he continued, “I will give it all my commitment. The mission does not alarm me.”

Archbishop Henryk Hoser

Questioned on being defined a “conservative,” Hoser answered, “I do not define myself in that way. Rather, I am a man of the Church who seeks to be faithful to the Word, to doctrine and tradition, to all the documents. If this means ‘conservative,’ then I’m conservative.”

The Polish prelate agreed that the people of Poland generally hold a positive feeling towards Medjugorje. “The Catholics of this nation, which is deeply Marian, have a positive view about Medjugorje and a lot of them go there, as from other nations, so this means something. But I will not deal with theological aspects or apparitions, only with the Pontifical commission. My task is pastoral.”

As for the Medjugorje seers? “For me they are neither a problem or the problem. I repeat, they are not part of my commission.”

During the interview, it was put to Hoser that John Paul II had good feelings towards Medjugorje. Hoser then responded, “He was devoted to the Virgin Mary in general, including that of Medjugorje. It’s not a bad thing.”

The Archbishop is noted for his defense and promotion of family values, and confirmed the Blessed Mother’s role in this. “It’s true,” said Hoser. “It’s very important to invoke Mary for the protection of the family, formed by a man and woman united by the sacrament of marriage. At Medjugorje, we find the Rosary, Eucharistic adoration, fasting and penance are present, and these encourage the development of faith.”

When asked concerning the “fruits” of Medjugorje, Hoser reiterated that his role is focused on pastoral issues and not doctrine, “not to the issue of truthfulness.” He then went on, “With regard to the fruit in souls, I find positive. By fruits I mean the practice of the sacraments, conversions, change of life, participation in the Mass. This is what happens at Medjugorje—we cannot deny it or do without it pastorally.”

Concerning his recent recovery from malaria, and the rumor he had prayed to Our Lady of Medjugorje, Archbishop Hoser answered, “I contracted malaria in Africa. I have prayed to the Virgin. I believe in Mary, in all her manifestations.”