Sunday, 24 June 2018
Medjugorje Revisited: 30 Years of Visions or Religious Fraud? by Donal Anthony Foley
Paperback: Medjugorje Revisited: 30 Years of Visions or Religious Fraud? (2011) investigates the alleged visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Medjugorje, looking at their origins, and their impact on the Catholic Church. It is an expanded, revised and updated version of Understanding Medjugorje, which was published in 2006.
Since then, there have been important new developments, including the formation of an International Commission to investigate the alleged visions. Millions of people have visited Medjugorje, even though it has received no official Church approval.
Medjugorje Revisited focuses on the transcripts of the original tapes of the visionaries made in June 1981, and the credibility of the visions and the visionaries, demonstrating the serious problems involved in accepting Medjugorje as genuine. It also examines the role of theologians, and the Hercegovina Franciscans, in promoting Medjugorje, and its tangled historical and religious background, as well as its links with the Charismatic Renewal.
In sum, it examines all the relevant evidence about Medjugorje, and concludes that, despite some "good fruits," it bears all the hallmarks of a vast religious fraud.
About the author: Donal Foley is an English writer-researcher whose work has appeared in a number of Catholic magazines, including the Homiletic and Pastoral Review. Mr Foley is the Secretary of the World Apostolate of Fatima in Great Britain, and holds degrees in humanities and theology. He is the author of the book Marian Apparitions, the Bible, and the Modern World.