Our Lady of the Nations: Apparitions of Mary in 20th-Century Catholic Europe (Hardback)
  • Our Lady of the Nations: Apparitions of Mary in 20th-Century Catholic Europe (Hardback)

Our Lady of the Nations: Apparitions of Mary in 20th-Century Catholic Europe (Hardback)

Hardback 236 Pages / Published: 18/02/2016
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Our Lady of the Nations is a detailed and scholarly overview of the apparitions of Mary in 20th-century Catholic Europe. Chris Maunder discusses apparitions in general and how they are interpreted in Catholicism by, for example, Karl Rahner and Benedict XVI. The role of women and children as visionaries is considered, including issues concerning changing views of gender, children's spirituality, and the protection of minors. He covers cases that are well known and approved by the Church (Fatima, Beauraing, Banneux, and Amsterdam), others that are well known but not approved (such as Garabandal and Medjugorje), and many that are neither well known nor approved, such as those in Belgian Flanders or Nazi Germany in the 1930s, or in France, Italy, or Germany after the Second World War. Resources include academic studies of particular apparitions, some Catholic theological and devotional literature, and occasionally travel writing. There is also coverage of material in French which is not known to the English reader. Shrines and visionaries are believed to be indicators of the presence of Mary. In the visionary perspective, she has appeared in order to reassure her followers and to warn of divine judgement. Her messages echo doctrinal Catholic Mariology with some innovations, but also express a deep dissatisfaction with the events and trends of the 20th century, from communism to Nazism to liberalism and religious indifference. While the Marian cult evolves according to new templates for apparitions and developments in Mariology, the fundamental message of presence, consolation, and admonition remains constant.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198718383
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 242 x 167 x 20 mm

Maunder adopts an objective, scholarly and journalistic approach to the original events and their aftermath. While alert to rationalizing interpretations of claims about the paranormal, he avoids cynicism. The book is engagingly written and has good and full bibliographical details. * J. K. Elliott, Times Literary Supplement *
A brilliantly researched, thoughtful book * Julie Peakman, History Today *
an intriguing and insightful book * Lavina Byrne, Church Times *
[Maunder] brings tremendous enthusiasm and erudition to his subject and ranges confidently across the continent and the century * Methodist Recorder *
[This book] will be read and utilised by everyone interested in the manifestations of popular European Catholicism, whatever their point of view. * Peter Costello, Irish Catholic *
a comprehensive overview of the subject * Ted Harrison, Fortean Times *
This book is highly recommended and will prove essential reading for those seeking to better understand this often trivialised religious phenomenon. * St Mark's Review *
The book is an excellent, objective and scholarly examination of a subject which will be of value to both believers and sceptics. * Ted Harrison, Theology *

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