The State of Virginity

The State of Virginity
I should like you to be free of all worries. The unmarried man is busy with the Lord's affairs, concerned with pleasing the Lord; but the married man is busy with this world's demands and occupied with pleasing his wife. This means he is divided. The virgin - indeed, any unmarried woman - is concerned with things of the Lord, in pursuit of holiness in body and spirit. The married woman, on the other hand, has the cares of this world to absorb her and concerned with pleasing her husband. I am going into this with you for your own good. I have no desire to place restrictions on you, but I do want to promote what is good, what will help you to devote yourselves entirely to the Lord. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Father Ljudevit Rupcic was born in Hrdomilje (Humac-Ljubuski) on September 26, 1920. After his studies in the Franciscan High School at Siroki Brijeg, he entered the Franciscan Order in 1939. Father Rupcic completed his theological studies at the Zagreb Theological Faculty and received his doctorate in Sacred Scripture in 1958. He was appointed Professor of New Testament at the Franciscan School of Theology in Sarajevo in 1958.

Father Rupcic also served on the Theological Commission of the Yugoslav Bishops' Conference from 1969-1980. The author served two prison terms for alleged "hostile propaganda" against the Yugoslav communist regime, in 1948, and again between the years 1952-1956. Father Rupcic was charged under the infamous article #133 of the Criminal Code of the SFRJ.

Father Rupcic died on 25 June 2003. He has given the last 22 years of his life to Our Lady and to Medjugorje. He has never asked for anything in return except for the truth. He was never tired in his continuing quest for the truth.

Father Rupcic is the author of many books - four on Medjugorje alone - as well as a variety of works on New Testament exegesis. He has also translated the New Testament into Croatian. "The Truth About Medjugorje" - is a candid, realistic and point-by-point response to the pamphlet "Medjugorje" published by Msgr. Pavao Zanic, Bishop of Mostar.

According to Father Rupcic: The bishop stresses in his pamphlet that "the Church and Our Lady have no need of falsehoods." Similarly inspired by the love of truth, my duty and my conscience compel me to take a different stand and try to articulate the claims of Medjugorje from the other side, as it were, according to the universal principle "audiatur at altera pars" (let the other side be heard).

But there is something more than even the love of Truth which impels me to respond to the bishop. I am also moved by love of the Bishop himself. On the occassion of his 1971 episcopal consecration in Mostar, a layman greeted Zanic in the name of the faithful of the diocese of Mostar-Duvno (of whom I am also one) with these words, "We shall enclose you in our hearts and throw the keys into the sea." The bishop responded, "My service will be loved. And please, if I should ever forget and turn to the other side, remind me!"

In what way, you ask, is my response such a reminder? Because the Gospel itself compels me when it says, "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell the Church! (Matthew 18:15-17)

The bishop has been called to account - not only once, but on countless occassions and before many witnesses. Despite this, he continues declaring "Urbi et Orbi" - before the whole world - his fabrications about Medjugorje. Because of this, there is nothing left for me to do but, in the spirit of the Gospels, to inform the whole Church.

1 comment:

  1. Fr. Rupcic has made some critical errors here. When Christ says, "Tell the Church," He means tells the rightful authorities in the Church, not EVERYONE (making a profit while attacking the character of one of Christ's bishops). Christ is instructing us to tell the elders of the trouble, the hierarchy who are next up in the chain of command. This is proven by the very next verse of the chapter Fr. Rupcic was quoting from, Matt. 18:18, which Fr. Rupcic left out of his quote: "Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Christ is speaking of the authority of the apostles when He says, "Tell the Church." He is telling Christians who have grievances against one another to go to the rightful authorities within the Church.

    Paul adds in 1 Cor. 6:1-7 that it is better to allow oneself to be cheated by one's Christian brother than to allow the Church to be brought into disgrace by putting one's dispute up in front of the secular world and secular courts. Telling everybody of one's problems with the character of one of Christ's bishops is shameful. When St. Padre Pio heard a secular reporter sneering about the well known licentiousness of one of the bishops, he struck the man on the face, saying heatedly, "How dare you speak so of one of Christ's bishops?"

    The book above is spreading gossip and scandal, all of which is the antithesis of the spirit of the Gospels. It would almost always be wrong to make character attacks on anyone publicly, even if it wasn't a bishop, but in view of the fact that we are speaking about a bishop, the sin of gossip also becomes one of impiety. Obedience was everything to the saints. When Pope Innocent wrongly had St. Francis of Assisi thrown out of the Vatican for seeking to have his divinely inspired Rule approved, St. Francis submitted humbly and simply prayed in quiet that the Lord's will be done. He did not go and start spreading scandal against the Pope, though the Pope had done wrong. He gave us an example of humility. Then God fought for him and converted the Pope's heart and mind through a supernatural visitation.

    The bishops and priests are our true FATHERS. We must treat them with reverence and submit to them with humility, as the Lord commands in His Word. We should not attack one another publicly, even when wronged, but should imitate Christ Who turned the other cheek and was silent when accused. And we should especially not attack the character of a bishop, who through his office stands in the place of Christ for the flock.

    If there was a case to make against Bishop Zanic, the author of this book should have sent his case to the rightful canonical authorities in Rome, as Christ tells us to do in Matt. 18:15-18 -- NOT TO THE LOCAL BOOKSTORE.