Fatima Supplement, "An evil and adulterous generation seeketh a sign"
First of all, true private revelations from God are not considered equal in value to the Divine revelation or the sacraments but point the way to them in Catholic theology. These visions and revelations are for directing people to the Faith and the legitimate authority of the bishops who succeed the Apostles and to their sacraments. The Church's position is that we are to resist such apparitions, unless they persist, and then we are to seek the guidance of trusted spiritual advisers. Only the authorities in the Catholic Church have the right to make a judgment on the validity of the vision. Even then, their decision is only binding on Catholic consciences if they condemn the vision; if they approve of it, they merely assert that it is worthy of pious belief, but may still be rejected without incurring any censure.
Before getting into the details regarding Fatima, let me first say that the Glorious and Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, is as necessary for us to become eternal members of Christ as Eve was necessary for children to be raised up to Adam. All Catholics should have a true devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially in the Most Holy Rosary, to despise which would be a sure path to eternal damnation.
That being said, however, it does not necessarily follow that every spirit claiming to be the Virgin Mary really is her. The so-called apparitions of Fatima, must be rejected by all Catholics, since they are in fact heretical, and instruments of confusion. They are heretical in that they presuppose a valid hierarchy of Catholic bishops under a Catholic pope, despite that Benedict XV was a publicly heretical antipope. They are heretical since the 'visionaries' were schismatic for being subject to him, and yet the so-called angel and 'our lady' gave the 'Eucharist' to them. They are instruments of confusion, in that the so-called Secrets, which were released many years later, are not only obscure, but seem to be nothing more than blatantly false prophecies.
1. The vision at Fatima told the children: "The Holy Father will have much to suffer,” and, “Pray much for the Holy Father." This means that whatever spirit was appearing to the children had no problem in calling a publicly heretical antipope "Holy Father,"
2. The prophesy that if people did not cease offending God, a worse war would break out DURING the reign of 'Pope' Pius XI. This did not happen. The great light was indeed seen by many in 1938, but that was the warning of the war about to start, not the war itself. Nothing can change the FACT that Pius XI died several months BEFORE the start of World War II. This indicates a false prophesy, no matter how Catholic seeming and seductive it is.
3. That if the pope and all the world's bishops did not consecrate Russia specifically to the Immaculate Heart of Mary no later than 1960, Communism would overcome every country in the world, but if it was done on time, "Russia would be converted and there would be peace" This is what Sr. Lucy told William Walsh in 1949, and neither of these has happened. In fact, Communism has receded, and though there has not been a third World War, there have been incessant smaller wars since those days. This too is a false prophesy.
4. And finally, the end of the Second part of the text ends with the famous 'In Portugal, the Dogma of Faith will always be preserved.' This is utterly false, as their is no indication at all that Portugal is any less infected with the loss of the pure doctrine of Christ than any other region or country in the world, not to mention the recent addition of same sex sinful couplings to their 'law' books.
5. In the 60's, possible texts of the Third secret leaked out and they inferred apocalyptic tales of nuclear war and the like. Wojtyla, Antipope John Paul II, in Fulda, Germany told people about the Third Secret in 1981 and gave no indication it was about an assassination attempt on him, and actually talked of great natural disasters striking the earth. Ratzinger was interviewed in the early 1980's too and suggested vaguely that it had to do with the faith of the individual christian. Then in 2000 the story of course changed and a vision was described that is devoid of any meaningful context or sense at all.
Scripture tells us quite plainly to reject such false prophecies and false prophets.
Deuteronomy 18:22: "Thou shalt have this sign: Whatsoever that same prophet foretelleth in the name of the Lord, and it cometh not to pass: that thing the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath forged it by the pride of his mind: and therefore thou shalt not fear him."
Saint Paul's second epistle to the Thessalonians seems also to be very relevant to the so-called Marian apparitions of Fatima, and those which have followed it.
2 Thessalonians 2:8-10: "And then that wicked one shall be revealed whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth; and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming, him, Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying:"
As do the words of Jesus Christ:
St. Matthew 24:24: "For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect."
Some may argue that the fruits of Fatima were good fruits (ie; encouraging praying the Rosary), and that we should judge it based upon that standard. This is a faulty argument. Praying the Rosary, while separated from the Faith of the Apostles avails nothing, and yet most people who believe in Fatima today have fallen into all manner of heresies and schisms, many adhering to the Vatican II false Church, as I once did. The Fatima message, again, presupposes that there are valid Pontiffs reigning from the Vatican, but this is clearly not the case. These apparitions give people no reasonable grounds to reject the false sects of our day, but reasons, rather to embrace them.
Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 11, ex cathedra: " It (the Holy Catholic Church) firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the Catholic church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the Catholic Church before the end of their lives; that the unity of the ecclesiastical body is of such importance that only for those who abide in it do the church's sacraments contribute to salvation and do fasts, almsgiving and other works of piety and practices of the Christian militia produce eternal rewards; and that nobody can be saved, no matter how much he has given away in alms and even if he has shed his blood in the name of Christ, unless he has persevered in the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church." The fruits of Fatima have indeed been evil.
The fact is that ALL have the responsibility to learn the true Faith and to profess it whole and inviolate, and the world has been given much time for mercy, but it has consented to satan's promptings more and more up until these evil days, when his rule seems to be almost absolute. We brought it on ourselves.
Apocalypse 3:16: "But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth."
Quite simply, it is ridiculous to believe that a vision from heaven would be the instrument of so much confusion, as to be rightly called the author of error, as the Fatima apparitions certainly seem to be worthily labeled. Belief in Fatima necessarily means professing that Lucia was Catholic, thereby professing communion with a schismatic.
A revelation that seems far more worthy of pious belief is one that was, at least in part, 'condemned' by the Modernist anti-Christ minions under Antipope Benedict XV, one that presents a prophecy that clearly seems to have come true, the Secret of La Salette.
Update: Socialism, which is very similar and shares the same basic philosophy as communism, is indeed still alive and well (Obamacare, anybody?), however the coincidence between this and the alleged predictions about communism are not sufficient to concede Fatima legitimacy, let alone the "dogmatic" status that so many ascribe to it, any more than Albert Pike (a Mason who is said to have predicted WWI, WWII and WWIII) can be called a prophet for getting some things right. He simply knew the devil's plans for the world.
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