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Understanding Medjugorje - ISBN 0955074606
The book critical of Medjugorje - Understanding Medjugorje - which was published in 2006, is now only available second hand.
Please visit Amazon.com or a similar site to obtain a copy. But for the up-to-date revised edition of this work please click here. ..
Here is a further response to the criticisms of Understanding Medjugorje by Daniel Klimek and Denis Nolan:
This is a response to the further criticisms from Daniel Klimek and Denis Nolan (his points are in blue), regarding my book Understanding Medjugorje. Some of their points overlap, so it seems sensible to do things this way. In general, they seem to be in denial about the problems associated with Medjugorje, and I am posting this information more for the record rather than in any expectation that a fruitful dialogue will ensue, especially given the hostility displayed by both. (If you save the web page and then open it with Word, it is easier to read).
Note: for some reason this webpage doesn't display very well in Internet Explorer - the lines of text overlap. But as above, if you save it, and then open it in Microsoft Word, then it looks fine. With Firefox there appears to be no problem.
This link is a response to the critical article by Denis Nolan, concerning my book, Understanding Medjugorje: Heavenly Visions or Religious Illusion? , as posted on the Mary TV website - the site is focused on having a TV station in Medjugorje.
Denis Nolan has responded to my article defending my book, Understanding Medjugorje, and launched a further critical attack against it. However, he gets off to a bad start in describing Daniel Klimek’s original article as having: “erudite and analytically precise arguments.” I’m not sure what to say about that except it is evidence of someone who has lost touch with reality as far as Medjugorje goes.
The tone of my article was anything but “shrill” or “hysterical,” as Nolan claimed in his opening argument rather those were attributes of Klimek’s article as any unbiased observer would surely acknowledge.
This link is a response to the critical article by Daniel Klimek, concerning my book, Understanding Medjugorje: Heavenly Visions or Religious Illusion? , as posted on the Ministry Values website on 29 December 2010 - the site is devoted to, amongst other things, Medjugorje.
Daniel Klimek’s article focuses narrowly on a few aspects of the book, but it is over the top, ignorant, insulting and unscholarly. It belies the author’s claim, speaking in the plural, that “we plan to pursue our objective with the most serious scholarly rigor and erudition.”
Klimek claims that my book is:
“full of distortions, half-truths, specious logic, unsubstantiated rumors, dubious conclusions, highly selective (often out-of-context) quoting, contradictory claims, creative conspiracy theories and, at times, downright falsehoods.”
But when you actually look at the evidence he brings forward to support these claims, you can see that he has allowed himself to be carried away by the force of his own rhetoric. In doing this, he has failed to understand what the book is really about: a critical investigation of the transcripts of the original tapes of the Medjugorje visionaries, as recorded during the first week or so of the visions.
It is probably the case that most Catholics don’t realise how much damage Medjugorje has done to Fatima, or the Church for that matter nor how important Fatima is for the future of the Church.
Our Lady told Lucia at Fatima that God wished to use her to spread devotion to Mary’s Immaculate Heart throughout the world, and she also promised salvation to whoever embraced this devotion. The collegial consecration of Russia was accomplished by the Holy Father in 1984, but the Five First Saturday’s devotion, which is intimately linked with it, is still not being properly promoted in the Church. Our Lady also promised that her Immaculate Heart would eventually triumph, and that a future period of peace would be given to the world.
Clearly, nothing could be more urgent in the Church, than to follow the Pope’s example in accepting and living the message of Fatima.
Thus, given the present state of things, it is obviously the duty of every sensible Catholic to do all they can to hasten this triumph and this period of peace. But Medjugorje is, regrettably, a stumbling block in the way of Fatima, and therefore it is vital that Catholics realize this. This is the purpose of this book.
If this idea is successful, then it will probably be possible to publish other books and booklets dealing with themes found on the Theotokos site, such as the Bible/theology, creation/evolution, and the new movements and communities.
As the Pope said: “Duc in Altum!” that is, “Launch out into the deep!”
The following pdf documents compare some of the texts from versions of the transcripts of the tape recordings of the Medjugorje Visionaries as transcribed by Fr Ivo Sivric and Daria Klanac. They show how the two versions are essentially the same and thus that even the pro-Medjugorje Klanac could not avoid showing that the transcripts reveal definite problems in accepting Medjugorje as genuine:
This English-French text includes a translation from French into English from Daria Klanac's Aux Sources de Medjugorje.
This French text is a comparison between interview texts as found in Daria Klanac's Aux Sources de Medjugorje and Fr Ivo Sivric's La face cachée de Medjugorje.
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