This is a difficult question, and there is controversy regarding this reported special blessing. This issue stems from a reported apparition that Marija received while in the United States in 1989.
I might catch some flack for this statement, but the group responsible for reporting this message has been known to sensationalize information. There is no official acknowlegement by the parish of Medjugorje that this message is correct, and actually their stance is that it is incorrect.
We do know that Our Lady offers a special motherly blessing to anyone present for an apparition. The difficulty starts when people claim that this blessing can be passed on by them to other people. The concern is mainly from a theological standpoint that lay people should not be going around blessing other people. As a compromise I would suggest that anyone convinced that Our Lady gave this special blessing and wants it to be passed on do it in the following way: "I ask Our Lady to send you her special blessing in Medjugorje" rather than saying "I bless or I give you Our Lady's special blessing from Medjugorje".
This is another popular argument against Medjugorje. One must understand that the visionaries grew up in a very poor and sheltered communist governed village of 95 families. They knew nothing of apparitions.
A big NO!!! This is one of the most frequent questions/accusations I receive. It is simply not true. The Holy See has affirmed its position a number of times over the years. I think it is best if I start from the beginning and briefly give you a rundown of the facts.
Not true. As with anything, or any place, there will be dishonest people who prey on the innocent. But they are fewer and almost non existant in Medjugorje. The overwhelming majority of people in Medjugorje charge very little for what they do or for what they sell.
The people there live simply, and never take advantage of anyone. I have seen shop keepers running down the street after someone who paid too much. I have seen wallets returned to our pilgrims full of money by taxi drivers. I think the best way to sum it up is to say that it is the most honest place to visit that I have ever been. I have never been cheated, and actually quite the opposite. People are always giving you something extra, and with a smile. The local people there work to supply visiting pilgrims with what they want in the way of food, clothing, rosaries, statues, etc. They work to make their stay more comfortable. There is certainly nothing wrong with that.
Not true. The visionaries live in homes that are the size of an average American house. But the difference is they live in a small portion of the house and dedicate most of the square footage to accomodating pilgrims.