In 2006, religion writer Donal Foley published his book, Understanding Medjugorje; Heavenly Visions or Religious Illusion?. Since then, it’s been the leading critical book on this subject in the English language, praised by experts in the field of Mariology, and in the past five years, nobody on the pro-apparition side has been able to find any substantial faults with it. And with reason: it’s well-researched, prudent in its conclusions, and focuses on critical source materials generally neglected by the naive books of writers who don’t know better.
A few weeks ago, some graduate student at CUA posted a blog article against Foley’s book, thinking he’d offered a very scholarly critique, but it just amounted to an opinionated, unsubstantiated rant. God help the poor kid if he submits such horrible prose to his professors. Anyway, Foley has published a response — and you can find a link to the critique from there.
I suppose it must be a bother for Foley: as a sometime apologetics writer, I know that defending a position from cheap attacks is more work for the defender than it is for the attacker. But at least the experience will give Foley, who is preparing the second edition of his book, some new insight as to what is needed in order to correct the lingering confusion of Medjugorje diehards.