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Why all Catholics must reject Fatima
"Our Lady of Fatima", by William Thomas Walsh, is often touted as the landmark source for information on Fatima and the alleged apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary there. Apparently it contains a description of the "miracle of the sun" that really leaves one feeling icky. Doesn't sound like a real miracle of God at all. The very tone of the writing makes it seem like it was a ghastly event that everybody wanted to end... Why did I ever believe in Fatima?...
"Finally there appeared on the rim a border of crimson, which flung across the sky, as from a vortex, blood-red streamers of flame, reflecting to the earth, to the trees and shrubs, to the upturned faces and the clothes all sorts of brilliant colors in succession: green, red, orange, blue, violet, the whole spectrum in fact. Madly gyrating in this manner three times, the fiery orb seemed to tremble, to shudder, and then to plunge precipitately, in a mighty zigzag, toward the crowd, causing widespread panic. This had lasted about TEN MINUTES (!!!) perhaps. Then all saw the sun begin to climb, in the same zigzag manner, to where it had appeared before. It became tranquil, then dazzling. No one could look at it any longer. It was the sun of every day."
But just because lots of people believe in ... Allah ... is no reason to become a Muslim. Critical thinking shows Islam is false, despite the many adherents thereof. The same principles apply with Fatima. Weigh the evidence according to reason. Is Fatima consistent with moral and dogmatic theology? With the nature of God? With ecclesiastical discipline?