The Miracle Detective

The Miracle Detective

An Investigation of Holy Visions

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Baker & Taylor
Investigates the phenomenon of Virgin Mary visions around the world and the team of theologians, historians, and postulators charged by the Vatican with investigating such incidents.

Perseus Publishing
In a tiny, dilapidated trailer in northeastern Oregon, a young Mexican woman saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in an ordinary landscape painting hanging on her bedroom wall. After being met with skepticism from the local parish, the Catholic diocese officially placed the matter "under investigation." Investigative journalist Randall Sullivan wanted to know how exactly one might conduct the official inquiry into such an incident and set off to interview "the miracle detectives." These were the theologians, historians, and postulators from the Sacred Congregation of the Causes for Saints who were charged by the Vatican with testing the miraculous and judging the holy. What Sullivan didn't know was that his own investigation would lead from Vatican City in Rome to the tiny village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where six visionaries have been receiving apparitions of the Virgin Mary. These raptures have been the subject of more medical and scientific examination than any other purported supernatural event ever recorded. An examination of the longest-running Marian apparitions in history, and the author's own faith and beliefs as he himself becomes a miracle detective, are at the heart of Randall Sullivan's stunning new book, The Miracle Detective.


Blackwell North Amer
In a tiny, dilapidated trailer in northeastern Oregon, a young woman saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in an ordinary landscape painting hanging on her bedroom wall. After being met with skepticism from the local parish, the Catholic diocese officially placed the matter "under investigation." Investigative journalist Randall Sullivan wanted to know how exactly one might conduct the official inquiry into such an incident, so he set off to interview theologians, historians, and postulators from the Sacred Congregation of the Causes for Saints. These men, dubbed by the author as "miracle detectives," were charged by the Vatican with testing the miraculous and judging the holy.
What Sullivan didn't know was that his own investigation would lead from the Vatican in Rome to the tiny village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where six visionaries had been receiving apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Amid a tapestry of believers, skeptics, and apostates, we meet the compassionate Father Slavko Barbaric, an intellectual priest who is known as the Medjugorje seers' "spiritual director," and the legendary Father Groeschel, who is continually called upon to investigate supernatural - or at least strange - phenomena across America. Sullivan's quest turns personal, taking him from the halls of the Vatican, where Pope John II counts himself among Medjugorje's numerous believers, to Scottsdale, Arizona, site of America's largest and most controversial instances of Virgin Mary sightings, culminating an eight-year investigation of predictions of apocalyptic events, false claims of revelation, and the search for a genuine theophony, that is, the ultimate interface between man and God.
The Miracle Detective is a gripping investigation into the extraordinary phenomenon of Virgin Mary sightings around the world and the priests and scientists who investigate them, as well as powerful examination about what constitutes the miraculous in the contemporary world.

Baker
& Taylor

In a thought-provoking assessment about what constitutes a miracle in the modern world, the author of The Price of Experience investigates the phenomenon of Virgin Mary visions around the world and the team of theologians, historians, and postulators charged by the Vatican with investigating such incidents. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780871139160
0871139162
Characteristics: 450 p. ; 24 cm

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agnesb Aug 10, 2009

A well researched, surprisingly touching account of a jaded journalist's encounter with the miraculous.

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