This is the story of a guy waging a one-man war against Medjugorje. Philip Kronzer’s wife left him, and he claims it’s because she was taken in by leaders of a Medjugorje cult. The article doesn’t do much to convince me that Kronzer’s in the right. There’s as much evidence in the story that he’s gone off the deep end as there is evidence his wife has. I do know this: I know many people who have gone to Medjugorje and had their faith sparked or revitalized, I know people, who I trust, with firsthand knowledge of the seers who attest to their personal sanctity, and there is something going on there.
But I am equally sure that there are hucksters, hoaxers, and plain misguided zealots who are misusing the Medjurgorje phenomenon to their own bad ends. Of course, the same could be said of Fatima, Lourdes, and every supernatural event going back to the Resurrection.
What I took away from Philip Kronzer’s story was an overwhelming sadness for his loss, for what his wife has lost, for the obsession that’s taken over his life, and for the misuse of Our Lady’s name by those seeking their own nefarious ends.