A reader writes:
I was wondering if you had seen this Christmassy article concerning the apparitions of Our Lady in Zeitoun, Cairo during 1968 (which were officially approved by the local Patriarch Cardinal Stephanos I, and listed as one of the officially approved the current Card. Secetary of State, Tascio Bertone in his book The Last Secret of Fatima). As well as being Christmassy, it also has a strong anti-abortion message. It notes that the various Marian apparitions in Egypt since 1968 have all occured at locations associated with the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt. This has suggested to many commentators that these apparitions are in some way re-enacting the travels of Jesus, Mary and Joseph throughout Egypt during their escape from King Herod’s slaughter of the innocents. The article then goes on to suggest that since the primary reason of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt was to escape from the slaughter of the innocents, this fact may lend a key insight into the true significance of this heavenly re-enactment – which the author believes was timed to announce to the world that a modern “slaughter of the innocents” was taking place in the legalisation of abortion. The apparitions first began to appear on 2nd April 1968, just a few weeks prior to the implementation of the UK Abortion Act, which came into effect on 27th April, 1968. The UK Abortion Act was the tipping point in the legalisation of abortion throughout the world, with President Lyndon Johnson calling for a repeal of U.S abortion laws in the same year, paving the way for Roe vs Wade in 1973. After this pivotal moment, abortion laws would eventually be loosened throughout Europe, since people were free to travel to the UK in order to procure an abortion anyway, and the Jane Collective began to operate in the U.S. the following year, in 1969. After this moment, we seen the legalisation of abortion spreading to countries such as India, the U.S and various European nations.
I hadn’t given that any thought, but it seems reasonable to me. Certainly the tidal change of the West to a contraceptive and abortion culture is the epoch-making civilizational choice of our age and dwarfs such dust ups as World War II in terms of it power to deform and destroy our society. If Mary can turn up at Fatima to warn the world of a relative triviality like World War II, I don’t see why she wouldn’t warn the world of entering into a great cooperative venture of Moloch worship.
Our Lady of Zeitoun, pray for the rapidly de-Christianizing West to choose life and grant your children in Africa and Asia the grace to re-evangelize us who have so shamefully turned our backs on you and your Son.