Monday, January 31, 2011

A Tale of Two Fatimas

Carlos Evaristo and Sr. Lucy John Allen, NCR, May 13, 2010

In a sense, there have always been two Fatimas in the popular Catholic imagination.

One is a gentle devotion focused on Mary’s appearances to three illiterate shepherd children, an icon of God’s special favor for the simple ones of the earth.Then there’s the other Fatima, a darker and harder-edged subculture focused on speculation about the errors of Russia, nuclear annihilation, and the great apostasies of the Catholic church after the Second Vatican Council (1962-65).

That second Fatima, according to some, has often obscured and perverted the first. Writer and commentator Carlos Evaristo, for example, says feverish devotees can become so engrossed by the second Fatima that they almost have to be “deprogrammed.”

“Unfortunately, many people who have a devotion to Fatima start with the regular devotions of the rosary and the First Saturdays, and then they get into some of the more exoteric literature,” Evaristo said.

“Once you get people into that mentality...More

Three Days of Darkness

"...The Church considers the Apocalypse (Book of Revelation) as Divinely inspired and remains the last prophetic work She acknowledges as such. Though the prophetic spirit continued through the centuries, the Church has never promoted any other prophetic work even as she proclaimed countless saints who were gifted with prophesy.

"The Church prudently gives ample latitude as to the acceptance or rejection of particular or private prophecies based on evidence for or against them. The Catholic faithful’s attitude should be that of prudence and balance always being careful and slow in accepting or rejecting them especially when they come from trustworthy sources and do not contradict Catholic doctrine and morals.

Prophecies regarding the "latter times"

"The common and outstanding character among latter day prophecies seems to be the foreboding of a terrible destruction of the world due to an unrepentant mankind, the resurgence of the Church, and the conversion of the world. E.H. Thompson keenly pointed out in his Life of Anna Maria Taigi (chapter 18) that the revelations have the following features: "First they all point to some terrible convulsion, to a revolution springing from most deep-rooted impiety, consisting in a formal opposition to God and His truth, and resulting in the most formidable persecution to which the Church has ever been subject.

"Secondly, they all promise for the Church a victory more splendid than she has ever achieved here below..."Religion shall be persecuted, and priests massacred. Churches shall be closed, but only for a short time. The Holy Father shall be obliged to leave Rome...God will send two punishments: one will be in the form of wars, revolutions and other evils; it shall originate on earth. The other will be sent from Heaven...All the enemies of the Church, whether known or unknown, will perish over the whole earth during that universal darkness, with the exception of a few whom God will soon convert. The air shall be infected by demons who will appear under all sorts of hideous forms."...[Source: Americaneedsfatima.org]

"Wars are a punishment from God for sin." – Our Lady of Fatima

--->Catholic Encyclopedia on Private Revelations...(click) "When the Church approves private revelations, she declares only that there is nothing in them contrary faith or good morals, and that they may be read without danger or even with profit; no obligation is thereby imposed on the faithful to believe them. Speaking of such revelations as (e.g.) those of St. Hildegard (approved in part by Eugenius III), St. Bridget (by Boniface IX), and St. Catherine of Siena (by Gregory XI) Benedict XIV says: "It is not obligatory nor even possible to give them the assent of Catholic faith, but only of human faith, in conformity with the dictates of prudence...)" (De canon., III, liii, xxii, II)."

--->During 2010, 23 pastoral care workers were killed: one Bishop, 15 priests, one male religious, one religious sister, two seminarians and three lay people...

--->First Things Magazine: on the history of Catholic persecution in this country...

--->Catholic Persecution 2010...
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--->The Hurting Next Door. Elderly Irish suicides rise because of loneliness. The closure of traditional meeting places in rural Ireland and forced isolation is being blamed for an increase of suicide among elderly people, according to experts...

--->Irish Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams wants IMF booted out...Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams says telling the IMF "to go home and take their money with them" is his party’s policy...

--->British Anglicans Preparing Mass Defection to Roman Catholic Church. Hundreds of disillusioned Anglicans were preparing Sunday to defect from the Church of England to the Roman Catholic Church in time for Lent, Sky News reported. It follows a campaign by a former Anglican bishop in protest at its stance on the ordination of women and 'gay; clergy...

--->In 1970 Fr Joseph Ratzinger signed a petition that suggested the Church re-examine the obligation of priestly celibacy, according to a German newspaper...(click) "According to the Sueddeutsche, the document said if there were no such investigation, the bishops’ conference would “awaken the impression that it did not believe in the strength of the Gospel recommendation of a celibate life for the sake of heaven, but rather only in the power of a formal authority".

--->Opinion: Chris Hedges on Egypt and the Shift Toward Islamic Rule..."The uprising in Egypt, although united around the nearly universal desire to rid the country of the military dictator Hosni Mubarak, also presages the inevitable shift within the Arab world away from secular regimes toward an embrace of Islamic rule. Don’t be fooled by the glib sloganeering about democracy or the facile reporting by Western reporters...More [No one can say 'we' have not worked long and hard to provoke the Islamic world into radicalism, assuming that is what is going on---SH]

--->Report: Terrorists plot murder of Catholic Pakistani government minister...

--->UK Salvation Army under fire over tycoon's profits bonanza...

--->Egyptian Army endorses peoples right to protest...

--->Judith Moriarty on the increase of paramilitaries in the United states...

--->UK Video appears to show police using CS spray on tax protester
. Police have warned that their tactics may have to become 'more extreme'...

--->Buying Babies. The Trend to Surrogate Motherhood...

--->What the fight against anarchism tells us about the fight against radical Islam...; namely, "policing terror sometimes means encouraging it"

--->Jewish Review of Books. Was Simon Wiesenthal an intrepid hunter of mass murderers who was worthy of all the tributes he received from such figures as Jimmy Carter and Elizabeth Taylor (who wrote to him "I love you and we all need you")? Or was he in fact more of a charlatan than a hero...? See also, "...trail of lies..."

--->Denmark: Jihad plotters planned to cut throats of reporters at paper that published Muhammad cartoons ...More

--->See the Pyramids along the Nile / 'Fore the Brotherhood blows them into a pile... Would the Muslim Brotherhood blow up the Pyramids? Robert Spencer says stranger things have happened...

--->Speaking of Radical Islam: The Tragedies of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh...

--->Aberrant Marxist, heretical Jew, maverick social theorist - Walter Benjamin remains difficult to classify, but his mystique only continues to grow. "But what happens when we, as the children of modernity, have lost the Law? That is where Benjamin’s messianic politics slip in. Gershom Scholem, the magisterial historian of Kabbalah, always maintained that Benjamin was a Jewish thinker and not really a Marxist. For his part, Benjamin argued that he pursued a single goal—the radical transformation of the world, a utopian strike against suffering. His was not the tikkun olam of good deeds and incremental improvements, but of bold risks and decisive moves...." Read it all...

--->US admiration for its soldiers may be deep and widespread, but interest in what they are doing is shallow and fleeting...

--->Judge strikes down healthcare reform law...

--->Israel reportedly shocked by Obama's
"betrayal" of Mubarak...

--->Nearly 11 Percent of US Houses Empty...

Michael Bérubé writes: "There exists an external world, whose properties are independent of any individual human being... these properties are encoded in 'eternal' physical laws and ...human beings can obtain reliable, albeit imperfect and tentative, knowledge".

The person involved in homosexuality vs. the agenda...

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