I am not a Catholic, but a simple Lutheran who reads and meditates daily on the Bible and Luther’s Catechism. As such I have so much love and respect for the mother of my Lord that I cannot believe that she, the humble handmaiden of the Lord who became the ‘Theotokos’, the Mother of God, could ever give such messages. The mouth who spoke the Magnificat could not say, ‘I am the Immaculate Conception’, to confirm the dogma of Pius IX. Still less could she say what the Madonna of Fatima said, referring to the punishments of God in World War I:
In order to stop that I shall come to ask for the consecration of the world to my Immaculate Heart…The outlook is gloomy. But there is a ray of hope: My immaculate heart will triumph.
One is reminded of the messages from beyond allegedly given through a spiritistic medium by great men of history whose mind seems to have deteriorated in the world of the spirits. Whatever that holy occultism of Lourdes and Fatima may mean – in both cases politics were involved, the politics of the Second Empire in France, and the politics of Portugal and the Pyrenean peninsula and even of European Catholicism as a whole since 1917 – in any case these revelations were not divine. Not the true and living God has spoken in these events, but human beings or, what is still worse, superhuman minds through the mouths of weak children.
From Holy Church or Holy Writ? The Meaning of the Sola Scriptura of the Reformation (Sydney, IVF Fellowship (Australia) 1967).