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].