I have recently learned something about the “secrets of Fatima”. What do you think about them? Are they a divine revelation?
What are “The secrets of Fatima”?
Those Three Secrets of Fatima are a series of visions and prophecies claimed to be revealed by the Virgin Mary to three young Portuguese shepherds: Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. They have announced that on the 13th of July 1917, but were saying that the Virgin Mary had visited them since May until October 1917 and gave them more revelations. There were many discussion around these messages, alleged prophetic, because they are controversial.
Can they be considered divine revelation?
I do not think so. The Holy Scripture is divine revelation and any message that claims to be a new revelation, at least, it is not allowed to be in contradiction with the Bible message. Here’s what an excerpt from these secrets says:
Then we lifted our eyes to Our Lady who told us kindly but sadly: “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”
Nowhere on the pages of the Holy Scripture Mary, the Mother of Jesus, said such words, and she did not ask devotion or worship to her or to her immaculate heart to be established in the world. The message of this letter which says that the Virgin Mary would have said that many souls would be saved if devotion (worship) to her heart were established in the world is right opposite the central teaching of the Gospel. When the Apostles Peter and John were tried before the Synaxis of Jerusalem for the healing of the lame man, they preached Christ Jesus and said boldly:
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)(NASB)
The so-called “Three secrets of Fatima” disclaim the main teaching of the Christian Faith and therefore, they can not be accepted by those who walk on the Way of Christ.
Translated by Felicia Rotaru