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UPDATE ON NAJU

November 9, 2000

 
In recent months, the number of pilgrims to Naju both from inside Korea and from abroad has been steadily increasing. During the overnight prayer meetings on First Saturdays and special anniversaries, not only the Chapel but also the outside yard and alleys become filled with pilgrims. More people now seem to understand the true facts about Naju:

  1. The local bishopís negative declaration on Naju, announced on January 1, 1998, lacked unity and collegiality with the Holy Father and other bishops in the Church;

  2. The negative statement on the Eucharistic miracles in Naju, which is the backbone of the declaration, stands on a serious doctrinal error ó namely, the statement that the Eucharistic species of bread and wine must remain unchanged, which in effect rejects all of the Eucharistic miracles in Church history as being in conflict with Church teaching. Our Lord uses the species of bread and wine in the Blessed Sacrament to ease our consuming of the Eucharist and also to give us an opportunity to profess our faith before receiving Him, but the Kwangju declaration makes Our Lord a permanent prisoner of the species of bread and wine. In other words, the declaration is telling Our Lord to remain confined to the appearances of bread and wine indefinitely. After the declaration was announced, the chief theologian of the investigating committee, who is believed to have composed the declaration, explained that the real reason for rejecting the Eucharistic miracles in Naju was to promote unity with the Protestants. He is talking about giving up some of the Church doctrines to appease the Protestants. In our opinion, it will not promote unity with the Protestants, because they would laugh at our willingness to compromise our beliefs;

  3. The teaching authority in the Church is a servant for protecting the purity of Godís teachings (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church #86). It is never an authority to alter, add to, or subtract from the authentic Church teachings. Individual bishops, priests, theologians, and lay people must always strive to remain loyal to the Church tradition and remain in unity with the Pope to avoid deviating from the authentic teachings of the Church.

  4. ďBecause the Eucharistic miracles in Naju violate the Church teachingĒ according to the Kwangju declaration, the investigating committee decided not to conduct any scientific investigation of the evidences of the miracles in Naju. Besides, only 14 witnesses were superficially questioned by the committee. In contrast, in Betania, Venezuela, the bishop personally interviewed about 2,000 witnesses. When just one Eucharistic miracle occurred in Betania, the bishop became convinced and announced his official recognition. The Kwangju investigating committee not only distorted Church teachings but also ignored facts;

  5. Even though the local bishop in Kwangju stated negatively on Naju, at least five other bishops, who personally experienced miraculous signs in Naju, recognized their authenticity: (1) Archbishop Giovanni Bulaitis, who was the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Korea until 1997; (2) Bishop Roman Danylak of Toronto, Canada; (3) Bishop Dominic Su of Sibu, Malaysia; (4) Bishop Paul Kim of Cheju, Korea; and (5) Bishop Daniel Chi of Wonju, Korea. We also know that the Holy Father is well informed about the events in Naju and is favorable on them. The Kwangju bishop should have consulted with the Holy Father and other bishops before making his announcement, because there cannot be such a thing as an independent diocesan or national Catholic Church; the Catholic Church must maintain universality and unity around the world standing firmly on the rock of the Bishop of Rome;

  6. The bishop of Kwangju will be retiring at the end of this month. We donít know if he will take any official action to remedy the current uneasy situation. Anyway, he is not closing down the Chapel in Naju; nor is he prohibiting pilgrims from gathering and praying in Naju. We understand that the Vatican has advised the Kwangju bishop to be more open to those who believe in the genuineness of Naju, while several modernist priests in his diocese, who were the leading members of the investigating committee, have been vigorously seeking to close down the Chapel in Naju and stop pilgrimages. The Kwangju bishop has rejected their demands.

  7. On the bottom line, the current conflict regarding Naju is a struggle between those who want to be loyal to the Church teachings and to the Magisterium and those others who want the modernist reforms to continue and prevail in the Church. It is no surprise that the leading opponents of Naju are also proponents of what the Holy Father has been denouncing: female priesthood, abolition of the celibacy of priests, more democratic management of the Church, explaining away the accounts in the Scripture as fables, and so on. Even though they continuously assail the teaching authority in the Church in their own publications, they are now using the teaching authority to discourage the faithful from accessing truths and facts.

In the mean time, Julia continues her life of prayer and intense suffering, and the amazing miracles continue in Naju, especially through the water from the Blessed Motherís spring on the mountain near Naju. In several cases, the water turned into real motherís milk, and, on numerous occasions, the water has been an instrument for spiritual and physical healings. So many people are experiencing the fragrance of roses.

 

A Testimony

by Ms. Yolanda Chankuo of San Francisco
after her pilgrimage to Naju in October 2000

We had a very good pilgrimage ó many healings, miracles and conversions. First we went to the spring on October 19 for the anniversary Mass with Fr. Francis Su from Malaysia and eleven pilgrims from Singapore. There were 17 of us from the United States.

A man by the name of Prudentio had an illness in his knees. As he dropped to the ground, he started screaming. We surrounded him and prayed for him. When Julia was informed of his illness, she asked someone to bring water from the spring and prayed over him. He was shaking and covered his eyes with his hands. I asked him what he felt. He said that he was not sure. Eventually, he calmed down and was able to get up. He described seeing a very bright red light around him like fire. He was frightened thinking that it might have been caused by the devil. Pictures taken by another pilgrim showed what appeared like flames. Julia said that he was healed. He stopped taking his medicine from then on. The pains have subsided. He will see his doctor when he returns. He gave his testimony during the overnight prayer meeting.

About ten minutes after Mass, Julia started suffering intensely and had to be carried to the van. She continued suffering for the rest of the day at home. She called Fr. Su to bless her again and to give her the last rites thinking that she was dying. Fr. Su told us that this was because one of the pilgrims had not confessed her sin of abortion or had not made a confession for a long time. Everyone then went to confession. Some have not gone for 3 years; some for 10 years. After the overnight prayer service, Julia was better and waved at us from her upstairs bedroom window.

The following days were more relaxing. Pilgrims went to the annual kimchee festival in Kwangju and saw a traditional Korean wedding ceremony. We had Mass on the mountain again with Fr. Ai as the celebrant. He spoke about the great importance of Julia. He said that we need to realize Godís will to reveal the truth of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. He explained in detail what occurs during the process of Transubstantiation; how in appearance the Host still looks like bread, and the consecrated wine like wine. But, in reality, the substance has been transformed into the real flesh of Jesus and the substance of wine into the blood of Jesus. Only on Juliaís tongue was this truth externally revealed. Sadly, a great percentage of Catholics and even some priests do not believe this truth any more. Hence, the great importance of all that is happening in Naju.

On our last day on October 23, we went back to the mountain and Julia came also. She prayed and sang by the spring and was crying. There were also some Japanese pilgrims with Mr. Park. Julia wiped her tears with her handkerchief. On the handkerchief, brown stains like old blood appeared, even though she was not bleeding. She passed it around and it was intensely fragrant. Peter told me later that when he looked at the handkerchief again, the stains had disappeared.

The same pilgrim who took pictures of Prudentio took pictures of the sun, which appeared on film like a big blood spot. Julia then blessed each pilgrim with a cloth pouch containing the Blessed Motherís tears. She said that she was praying in the Chapel on June 12 of this year, when she heard a loud thud. She looked at the Blessed Motherís statue and two big tear drops fell at the foot of the statue. It also had a very intense fragrance. Many pilgrims fell down when Julia prayed for them. They reported feeling like they were floating and felt very peaceful. For many it was their first experience of ďresting in the Spirit.Ē Peter then gave us a tour up to the very top of the mountain taking a completely new route back to the Chapel. It was very beautiful and scenic. In the Chapel, we prayed ten more decades of the Rosary and said our private good-bye to the Blessed Mother. Some pilgrims became very sad and were crying. When we last saw Julia, she still looked like she was eight months pregnant, suffering for the sins of abortion in the world.

In the bus back to Seoul, Fr. Ai talked about how we should really live the Mass to imitate Our Lord. Then, each pilgrim gave a testimony of his or her meaningful experiences in Naju. I pray that, for each one, the miracles, healings, and other supernatural phenomena they experienced, will not just be beautiful and pious memories but will truly bear fruits to spread the messages of love given by our Blessed Mother and thus to hasten the establishment of Godís Kingdom on earth as was His original plan in creating mankind.

God bless you.

Yolanda
November 4, 2000



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