The Miracle Detective Paperback

An Investigative Reporter Sets Out to Examine How the Catholic Church Investigates Holy Visions and Discovers His Own Faith

by Randall Sullivan;

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The Miracle Detective

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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 matter was officially placed "under investigation" by the Catholic diocese. 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 "Miracle detectives" by the author, 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. Sullivan's quest turns personal, taking him from the halls of the Vatican, where Pope John Paul II counts himself among Medijugproje's numerous believers, to Scottsdale, Arizona, site fo 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 theophany--that is, the ultimate interface between man and God.

The Miracle Detective by Randall Sullivan was published by Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press in March 2005. The ISBN for The Miracle Detective is 9780802141958.

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Details for The Miracle Detective

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherGrove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press (March 2005)
Number of Pages450
Thickness32 mm
Height227 mm
Width153 mm
Product Code4025889
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