Well one things for certain...you're not interested in the how's and why's we Catholics believe as we do.<quoted text>
Clay, I don't get "worked up." I am simply replying on topic, on a Topix board.
If this topic bothers you, then please stop whining and calling names, and go to another forum. There are many catholic forums where you won't be so angry all the time.
As for the rest of your reply, you AGAIN avoided the main points.....
1... Why would a perfect, all-knowing God requires an intercessor? That's absurd.
2... DUH!!! If humans could have avoided WW2 (as you say), then why didn't the RCC release Mary's words to the world BEFORE WW2 had already begun?
3... Why does Mary only mention the Church's "suffering," while seemingly not to care about the tens of millions of innocent Russian peasants and the tens of millions of Chinese and other Asians who died per her threat (not to mention her own people, Jews!!!
It seems that Mary didn't care about most of humanity, including her own Jewish people. Is Mary really such a callous, uncaring person?
4.... Lastly, I ask again. Why does devotion to Mary's Sacred Heart save souls? The Bible is full of ways to be saved, but Mary is never mentioned as a savior.
In short, the entire episode is absurd and when looked at in detail, it makes Mary out to be uncaring, demanding, and much, much worse.
I defend Mary against your church's lies. Mary is not the demanding, threatening person you make her out to be.
This is just more evidence that the "one true" claim is pure baloney. No one true church would feel a need to make up such obvious lies.
And surprise!-- the main beneficiary of this RCC lie were Mussolini and his buddy Hitler.
You're not required one bit to accept it. If Fatima bothers you, don't believe it.
And God doesn't require an intercessor. But God wants intercessors. He wants everyone of us to pray for each other. If we go to Heaven like Mary and the Saints did, our prayers don't cease. In fact, they become more powerful because we're in the presence of God without the strain of sin dragging on us.
When you understand how God requires us to move towards Him first, then you can see how Marys message was true. She could have helped along with our friends the Saints.
I believe she did help us when millions of us turned to her intercession in regards to the Soviet Union. They tried to gun down our Pope because he stood up to them. 11 yrs later the Soviet Union became free. And now they are letting the Orthodox Church become a part of Russian society again. Soon the Orthodox will be reunited with Rome again, and it will be total victory over the once evil empire. That's the fulfillment of the prophecies of Fatima..Just my take..