The seers have been banished, the parish forbidden to publish or mention the "messages", a "chapel" the seers were operating up has been kiboshed, priests have to check in for permission to say a Mass - etc.
I know many people who traveled to Medjugorje and had a prayerful and holy experience.
Why wouldn't they?
They planned a trip to a destination where they intended to have a prayerful and holy experience.
There's Rosaries, prayer, music and a lot of people with Marian devotion there who have also traveled a long way to have a prayerful and holy experience.
God is present there as He is anywhere two people gather in His Name.
If you make plans to go on a retreat, you gear up spiritually, go there with intentions, you bring the tools for the objective of the experience and you feed off the people around you.
I never got good vibes from the windows of the souls of seers in Medjugorje. The messages weren't gelling for me. There were no vocations, scandal in the personal lives of the characters, the frequency of the messages were suspicious - among other things. They lost me when they started claiming the Blessed Mother would reschedule giving them nightly messages if there was a scheduling conflict with a local parish or a plane filled with pilgrims got delayed.
One of the elements that troubled me from the beginning was the dynamic that Medjugorje was essential to our personal salvation and the salvation of the world.
It appears that in the eleventh hour, one of the "seers" is trying to make the discipline of the Church as an event that will bring retaliatory action by God and the Blessed Mother.
Years ago, it was reported that Vicka Ivankovic, the most prominent seer at the famed apparition site of Medjugorje, had stated that the purported secrets there would begin when all belief in the apparitions seemed to be almost extinguished.
Who knew. Our survival has relied upon belief in Vicka Ivankovich. The Pope is blowing it!
And this one really laid it on thick:
Another alleged Croatian seer, Jim Singer, who now lives near Burlington, Toronto, said years ago that on September 23, 1995, "Our Blessed Mother stated (among other things) that the time is rapidly approaching when God's children will turn their backs on Medjugorje. The gift of Medjugorje will suffer tremendously and will reach the point when it will appear to be extinguished permanently. Many will rejoice and become cynical. Only the steadfast few will remain faithful and loyal few will remain faithful and loyal.... but at a great personal cost, humiliation, and ridicule. Indeed, the pressure will be so great that even the loyal souls will endure periods of serious doubt. However, just when it would seem that this gift is finally dead, Jesus Himself will raise it like the phoenix from the ashes.... And that is when the TRUE understanding of the gifts, and the prophecy of Medjugorje, will begin... but, for many it will be too late.
The story I first linked claims there's a rumor Cardinal Ratzinger visited Medjugorje "incognito".
When you have to start digging that low to validate your "apparitions", it isn't good.
Interesting developments ahead.