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DEFENDERS OF MARY MAKING SUN SPIN AT FATIMA IN 1917 USE DUBIOUS SOURCES
Here I cite how Mark Mallet tries to debunk those who doubt the sun miracle of Fatima in 1917 but cannot verify the sources for asserting they are wrong. I quote and then I reply.
Mark Mallett Debunking the Sun Miracle Skeptics
THE rain pelted the ground and drenched the crowds. It must have seemed like an exclamation point to the ridicule that filled the secular newspapers for months prior. Three shepherd children near Fatima, Portugal claimed that a miracle would occur in the Cova da Ira fields at high noon that day. It was October 13, 1917. As many as 30, 000 to 100, 000 people had gathered to witness it.
[WHAT? YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE HOW MANY WERE THERE? YOUR NUMBERS ARE TOO FAR APART]
Their ranks included believers and non-believers, pious old ladies and scoffing young men. —Fr. John De Marchi, Italian priest and researcher; The Immaculate Heart, 1952
[NO NON-BELIEVERS WROTE ANYTHING DOWN. HARDLY ANYBODY DID. JOURNALISTS WERE THERE AND WE HAVE NO NOTES!]
And then it happened. Or something did. According to eyewitnesses, the rain stopped, the clouds broke, and the sun appeared as an opaque, spinning disc in the sky. It cast a rainbow of colors across the surrounding clouds, the landscape, and the people who were now fixated upon the solar spectacle. Suddenly, the sun seemed to become unhinged from its place and began to zigzag toward the earth casting the throngs into a panic as many believed it was the end of the world. Then, all at once, the sun returned to its original place. The "miracle" was over… or almost. Witnesses reported that their soaked clothes were now "suddenly and completely dry."
[NOT ALL REPORTED THE SAME VISION]
Before the astonished eyes of the crowd, whose aspect was biblical as they stood bare-headed, eagerly searching the sky, the sun trembled, made sudden incredible movements outside all cosmic laws—the sun ‘danced’ according to the typical expression of the people. —Avelino de Almeida,writing for O Século (Portugal’s most widely circulatedand influential newspaper, which was pro-government and anti-clerical at the time. Almeida’s previous articles had been to satirize the previously reported events at Fátima). www.answers.com
[NO MOVEMENT OF THE SUN WAS DETECTED - IT WAS ONLY SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE THOUGHT THEY SAW]
From another secular newspaper:
The sun, at one moment surrounded with scarlet flame, at another aureoled in yellow and deep purple, seemed to be in an exceedingly swift and whirling movement, at times appearing to be loosened from the sky and to be approaching the earth, strongly radiating heat. —Dr. Domingos Pinto Coelho, writing for the newspaper Ordem.
[FITS SOMEBODY LOOKING AT THE SUN ANYWHERE]
Other eyewitnesses reported much the same, emphasizing one aspect or another of the phenomenon that was witnessed.
The sun’s disc did not remain immobile. This was not the sparkling of a heavenly body, for it spun round on itself in a mad whirl, when suddenly a clamor was heard from all the people. The sun, whirling, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible. —Dr. Almeida Garrett, Professor of Natural Sciences at Coimbra University.
[LIES. WHY DIDN'T THE PEOPLE STAMPEDE?]
As if like a bolt from the blue, the clouds were wrenched apart, and the sun at its zenith appeared in all its splendor. It began to revolve vertiginously on its axis, like the most magnificent firewheel that could be imagined, taking on all the colors of the rainbow and sending forth multicolored flashes of light, producing the most astounding effect. This sublime and incomparable spectacle, which was repeated three distinct times, lasted for about ten minutes. The immense multitude, overcome by the evidence of such a tremendous prodigy, threw themselves on their knees. —Dr. Formigão, a professor at the seminary at Santarém, and a priest.
[FITS SOMEBODY JUST LOOKING AT THE SUN]
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