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Medjugorje: The Untold Story [Paperback]

E. Michael Jones

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4.0 out of 5 stars Early account disputing validity of Medjugorje apparition 6 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Perhaps the earliest English language account disputing the claim that the Blessed Virgin Mary is appearing at Medjugorje. Jones visits Medjugorje and concludes she isn't appearing, then chronicles the problems with the apparition and its adherents. His account is not dry and may infuriate those who are unequivocally committed to Medjugorje. Anyone interested in Medjugorje would be fortunate to locate a copy. For another treatment of the Medjugorje phenomenon and associated claims of other apparitions by the same author ten years after this early work, try his The Medjugorje Deception.
By Steven H. Propp - Published on Amazon.com
Eugene Michael Jones (born 1948) is a writer, former professor, media commentator and the current editor of Culture Wars magazine (formerly Fidelity Magazine); he has written many other books, such as Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation & Political Control, Degenerate Moderns: Modernity as Rationalized Sexual Misbehavior, Benedict's Rule: The Rise of Ethnicity and the Fall of Rome, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1988 book, "This book is the result of an interest in the alleged apparitions in Medjugorje, Yugoslavia which has spanned a number of years. The bulk of its material, however, is based on personal interviews conducted in the late spring and early summer of 1988."

He notes, "I found it had to imagine Sister Lucia [of Fatima] in a similar situation, but the availability of the seers at Medjugorje has become one of that alleged apparition's main selling points. The priest who led our tour said he couldn't get people to go to Lourdes or Fatima because they wanted to be where the Virgin was appearing now. The seers, we are told over and over again, are no different than the rest of us. They are so NORMAL. If one overlooks the messages for a moment, which are alternately dire and banal, it is almost as it the Blessed Mother came down from heaven to ratify us in our twentieth century normalness." (Pg. 5-6) After quoting a report of Jakov, one of the seers, who "acted silly... just to be funny and in general cut up at Mass [on Christmas Eve]," he observes, "The real question here is not whether such behavior is normal for 14-year olds. The question is whether such behavior is normal for a 14-year old who within the past 24 hours entertained a visit from the Blessed Virgin Mary. Is this the way someone who just had a close encounter with the Queen of Heaven would act on the eve of the birth of her own son?" (Pg. 5-7)

Of the interpretations given by Father Bubalo of Vicka (one of the seers), he comments, "it does not seem unfair to ask just who is explaining the apparitions to whom. Is Vicka explaining things to Father Bubalo, or is she simply responding in a docile way to his leading questions and verbal prodding?... Are the seers doing the leading or are they merely being led?" (Pg. 12)

He admits, "Yet when it comes to Medjugorje, it can hardly be said that Rome has acted decisively either... After discussion with the people in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith one gets the impression that they are sceptical about the supernatural character of the events in Yugoslavia, but one also gets the impression that [local] Bishop Zanic has not made his case against them to their satisfaction, that---one sense this---he is difficult to deal with." (Pg. 77-78)

After the revelation of an illicit 1970s sexual relation [and illegitimate child] between a nun and one of the priests [Father Tomislav Vlasic] heavily involved in Medjugorje, Jones observes, "Now the fact that the seers' spiritual advisor was involved in serious sexual immorality as well as lying, calumny and a cover-up (the latter involving Medjugorje's chief propagandist) does not speak well for the authenticity of the apparitions. However, there are undoubtedly those who will claim that this leaves the principal actors in the drama untouched." (Pg. 94)

This book was one of the earliest critical appraisals of Medjugorje; Jones has much more recently written a much more comprehensive book on the subject [The Medjugorje Deception: Queen of Peace, Ethnic Cleansing, Ruined Lives].
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A believers rejoinder 22 Dec 2008
By Michael Shannon - Published on Amazon.com
First of all the term "easily enthused" is judgmental so anything the reviewer said after that is dismissed by me. I was not easily enthused in 1987 when I discerned Medjugorje's truth or falseness. Thanks to the Oprah Winfrey show on the Power of Prayer in which all the guests on her show were Medjugorje related including Wayne Weible, who was a Protestant journalist looking for a story. He has committed his life to Medjugorje, meaning Mary and her messages. It took me much time and from 6 months to a year to discern. I am naturally skeptical. I agree the local Bishop who is now dead has a convincing argument. BUT, so do the seers. The oft quoted "a tree is known by its fruits" came from the Virgin Mary so I would be careful in maligning it. Its also in the bible of course. Mary is a bible person BIGTIME, asking us to read from it daily. The purported pregnancies, even if they be proven as real events, have nothing to do with Mary and much to do with Satans appearances in the world. Satan didn't die when Mary began to appear in Medjugorje, in fact she warned us of his extreme obstinate aggression in these times when he is losing the power overheard by Pope Leo XIII (google that for more info). Question- how do 6 people look at the same point in space? This is impossible if you think about it. Try it with 2 people. 2 people can't do it. How does the pupil not contract when light is shined in it? These things were tested and proven at Medjugorje. The devil you say can do such things. Does the devil say to read the bible daily and love God and your neighbor and pray to God 3 hours a day? A house divided will fall says Jesus. It "ain't" the devil and that's obvious so drop that easily used argument in favor of the facts. Why did Pope John Paul II tell the then local Bishop Zanic to "do it over" when he came up with a negative stance on Medjugorje. Not once but 3 times. Do you trust Pope John Paul II or Bishop Zanic? No answer needed here of course. Medjugorje is real and those who find it false lose the value of Mother Mary's advice and guidance. If you find Medjugorje false I say to you what Pope John Paul said. Do it over and come back when you get it right. Then try to do what she says. That's really the crux of the matter. "Living the messages" which include 3 hours of daily prayer including Mass and the rosary, DAILY, is difficult. If a priest gets a nun pregnant it fits in well with our SEX is God, Viagra crazy (why aren't we at least embarrassed by these commercials) society. But it doesn't mean Mary concurred with their sin. Just as the Jesus selected apostle Judas' love of money doesn't prove Jesus wasn't really the son of God. I am grateful to have discerned the truth of Medjugorje, and not easily, (as it takes much time and effort) especially with books around like this one that are sincere but in error.
A lady at church told me to Google Jones and Medjugorje as she is a disbelieve of Medjugorje. I came up with Michael K. Jones and E. Michael Jones. One Jones is pro and the other con. Thank God and Our Lady I KNOW she is appearing. Thanks to the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit. the Spirit of Truth, if she is appearing and pray diligently before the Blessed Sacrament (exposed or not) and then as you read and search and
discern, possibly many hours, you will find the TRUTH. Examine both sides of the story though. Remember as you read and discern!!! Zanic rhymes with Panic and Weible rhymes with Bible. Would that it were that easy. Makes as much sense as priests getting nuns pregnant affecting ones discernment.
9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the Other Side of Medjugorje Devotees Ignore!! 4 Mar 2003
By "wildstarr" - Published on Amazon.com
Medjugorje is the biggest farce in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, and its easily-enthused devotees get hysterical if you even DARE suggest that the "apparitions" are not really from the Blessed Virgin Mary. The widespread disobedience to the calm and sound reason of the local bishops is the greatest proof that these events are not inspired by God. Advocates are always crying out about the "fruits" of Medjugorje... They conveniently ignore, however, the fruits of the wombs of 3 nuns impregnated by Medjugorje priests, and other pedophile priests who use Medjugorje as their sanctuary for themselves and their teenage lovers, for starters. Medjugorje will be squashed when the events of Garabandal will achieve their finality in the promised Warning and the Miracle.
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