by Marco Corvaglia
§ 1. Medjugorje and the New Religious Movements: The Promise of a New Age
New Age movement, movement that spread through the occult and metaphysical religious communities in the 1970s and ʾ80s. It looked forward to a “New Age” of love and light...
[New Age movement, Encyclopædia Britannica]
The New Age expects a time when, in this earthly world, evil will be no more. It is a form of millenarism, the doctrine on which many new religions base themselves and that was rejected by the Church [Catechism of the Catolic Church, §676:"...The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism..."].
What most millenarian (or chiliastic) groups have had in common has been their conviction that their own age was corrupt and their anticipation that a restoration of a truer and purer age was on the horizon.
[John R. Stone, Expecting Armageddon. Essential Readings In Failed Prophecy, Routledge, New York and London, 2000, p. 2]
Well, after the New Age follower, Father Tomislav Vlašić, in August 1981, assuming the duties of vice-parish priest, became the Franciscan closest to the visionaries, the messages of the Gospa (the Virgin of Medjugorje), in their basic characteristics, began to propose a scheme that is typically found in the millenarian New Religious Movements (NRM): the present has to deal with evil; the future will at first receive a regenerative catastrophe (the secrets) and, later on, a long period of peace, prosperity, serenity and harmony.
To begin with, it is sufficient to consider two messages.
14 April 1982:
This century is under Satan's power. When the secrets I have confided to you come about, his power will be destroyed.
[René Laurentin, La Vergine appare a Medjugorje?, Queriniana, Brescia, 1991, p. 224]
25 October 2000:
I desire to renew prayer with you and to call you to fast which I desire to offer to my Son Jesus for the coming of a new time—a time of spring.
[The Messages of the Queen of Peace, Shalom, Camerata Picena, 2007, p. 197]
Also an answer given by the Medjugorje Madonna on 1 October 1981 seems to be perfectly consistent with the thinking of this movement:
All religions are similar before God. God rules over them just like a sovereign over his kingdom.
[René Laurentin, Message et pédagogie de Marie a Medjugorje. Corpus chronologique des messages. Urgence du retour à Dieu, O.E.I.L., Paris, 1988, p. 156. English edition: Messages and Teachings of Mary at Medjugorje. Chronological Corpus of the Messages. The Urgency to Return to God, Riehle Foundation, 1988]
§ 2. Medjugorje and the New Age: Tomislav Vlašić
In light of all we just described, the events related to Tomislav Vlašić (vicar of Medjugorje from August 1981 to September 1984, also praised by Our Lady: see And the Gospa Said: "Thank Tomislav Very Much: He Is Guiding You So Well") take on new contours and meanings.
The Franciscan, having founded, in 1988, the community Kraljice Mira, potpuno tvoji po Mariji k Isusu, based in Parma (Italy), was aided by the Medjugorje seer Marija Pavlović to make people believe that Our Lady endorsed the establishment of the community (for the documentation see Our Lady Leads the Community Through Father Tomislav. Or Maybe Not).
On 25 January 2008, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered the sanction of interdict against Tomislav Vlašić, accusing him of "heresy and schism." On 10 March 2009, at his request, the Franciscan was reduced to secular status (see And the Gospa Said: "Thank Tomislav Very Much: He Is Guiding You So Well").
On 11 February 2012 Tomislav Vlašić and his close collaborator Stefania Caterina spread, via the website www.versolanuovacreazione.it, the following video, in which they claim to be part of a group (called the "Central Nucleus") of 49 beings chosen by God throughout the universe.
Here's the video and, later, the transcription of some exemplary passages:
TOMISLAV VLASIĆ [03:34]: In recent years I have been in silence for God's will, and now the time has come, and, by God's will, I must speak and inform mankind, along with Stefania, of what the Lord not only intends to do, but is doing. [...] [04:50] In the universe something happened, of which we are going to speak to you.
STEFANIA CATERINA [08:11]: We want to tell you clearly that both Tomislav Vlašić and I belong to the Central Nucleus. We have been called to this task more than ten years ago. Of course we could not reveal it because then the Lord had to fix so many pieces in a very large mosaic, concerning not only Earth but the entire universe. [...]
[16:10] Jesus said clearly that it is a small number of people. We do not go over 50 in number. Indeed, we are 49 to be exact. And why? Because the Central Nucleus is divided into seven nuclei. Seven nuclei, at the head of which is one of the seven great archangels. [...] [17:24] People who are part of it come from different mankinds, not only from Earth. Moreover, those of us who come from Earth are very few [she smiles]. And they come from other mankinds of the universe. Some of them are dead…
TOMISLAV VLASIĆ [21:33]: We can talk about some mankinds in the universe, who have remained faithful to God: they form a nucleus, all the people are a nucleus. But in this large nucleus there are many small nuclei, which move similarly to the Central Nucleus. They move, and at the same time the people provide the best nuclei for the mission in the whole universe, and these hook to the Central Nucleus. Thus, since early this year, these three instruments are working: the pure spirits, the Central Nucleus, and brothers and sisters faithful to God, who have been faithful to God from the beginning of creation.
STEFANIA CATERINA [22:59]: On some planets, as you know, even Jesus Christ was unknown until recently, because the announcement of salvation on some planets had not yet arrived. For most of this time, the task of the Central Nucleus has been to bring this announcement. [...] [23:27] But the Central Nucleus in spirit, for example, also acts in Purgatory ...
This article continues on the page The New Age Origins of Medjugorje [Part 2]