DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY lives in England, has degrees in Humanities and Theology, and previously worked as a part-time teacher. After a walking pilgrimage to Fatima in the early 1980s, he became interested in the topic of Marian apparitions, particularly how to distinguish between true and false ones. This led to the publication of his Marian Apparitions, the Bible and the Modern World, and the creation of the www.theotokos.org.uk site. He has also been involved in self-publishing and the promotion of Fatima. More recently he has written some Catholic-themed young adult books, the Glaston Chronicles.
About the Book
Medjugorje Complete: The Definitive Account of the Visions and Visionaries looks at the alleged visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Medjugorje, their origins, and their impact on the Catholic Church. It is an expanded, revised, and updated version of two previous works, Understanding Medjugorje and Medjugorje Revisited, published in 2006 and 2011 respectively.
Medjugorje Complete focuses on the transcripts of the original tapes of the visionaries made in June 1981. It also looks at the credibility of the visions and the visionaries, demonstrating serious problems 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 does not appear to be genuinely supernatural. If you want to know the truth about Medjugorje, then—forty years after the story began—Medjugorje Complete offers the definitive account.
Praise for Medjugorje Complete
“In this updated edition of Medjugorje Revisited, Donal Foley takes note of recent developments, such as the 2020 publication of a leaked copy of the 2010–2014 Ruini Commission Report; the July 2020 excommunication of ex-Franciscan priest, Tomislav Vlasic; and the decision of Pope Francis to allow pilgrimages led by bishops and priests to Medjugorje. While many have reported positive, life-changing experiences at Medjugorje, the fact remains that not one apparition has received official magisterial recognition as supernatural. Medjugorje Complete is essential reading for Catholics who wish to better understand the forty-year history of the Medjugorje phenomenon.”
Professor of Dogmatic Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary; former president of the Mariological Society of America
“While Donal Foley’s Medjugorje Complete doesn’t draw conclusions that can please both skeptic and believer in this most famous and controversial modern apparition phenomenon, his efforts to take a balanced and careful look at the early primary sources are both commendable and at times eye-opening.”
creator of MiracleHunter.com
“Donal Foley has collected a wealth of data on the apparitions in Medjugorje. Any final assessment of these Marian messages would be well-advised to consult this book, which strives to offer a balanced, objective perspective.”
—FR EMERY DE GAÁL
Chairman and Professor of Dogmatic Theology, University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary
“Donal Foley’s fact-based update of his classic book Medjugorje Revisited is here to set the record straight. As Foley shows with impressive detail, the completely unapprovable Medjugorje apparitions are a hodgepodge of New Age syncretism and gnosticism that never fulfill the promises they have made.”
“On the 40th anniversary of the alleged apparitions of Medjugorje, Donal Foley presents the Church with a truly useful and insightful book on the topic. He is not afraid to ask critical questions and make thought-provoking comparisons. This book is destined to challenge people—a challenge well worth having within the Church today.”
—KEVIN J. SYMONDS
author of Refractions of Light: 201 Answers on Apparitions, Visions and the Catholic Church