2115 "God can reveal the future to his prophets or to other saints. Still, a sound Christian attitude consists in putting oneself confidently into the hands of Providence for whatever concerns the future, and giving up all unhealthy curiosity about it. Improvidence, however, can constitute a lack of responsibility."
Catechism of the Catholic Church
I am annoyed quite a bit about it too, especially when people start posting about this being the New World Order or Luciferian world control or about fear of domestic government (relying sometimes on Protestant Fundementalist Talk Radio). Rational thinking sometimes gets thrown out the window. I think one subforum thread on economic justice as explained in the recent Papal Caritas in Veritate, which I was looking to post in having some interest in the matter, has basically changed into an argument over Protestant dispensationalist End Times theory and whether Satan controls the UN. (on my last reading, I could be wrong). If that is the main debate, how can one even venture to rationally argue over Caritas’ economic, social, and political statements? I’ll just skip on that one.
But we also have to be realistic I suppose in the sense that in this and the past century we have had Pontiffs who have approved Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in which seers (Fatima) have predicted general time frames and events for certain prophecies. Ergo, when HH JP2 spreads the message of Fatima (Great - A return to Christ and the Rosary), the fact, however, that we are dealing with “secrets” lends itself almost inherently to argumentation about End Times. On here there are threads dealing with the whole issue of the “true” contents of the 3rd Secret of Fatima.
Again, a Catholic is NOT obliged to believe in prophecies contained in private revelation, even those recognized authentic by the Church. But I am puzzled, why the need for “secrets” from the Blessed Virgin? This is off topic and I don’t expect any answer but post this as possibly one reason people find Catholic grounding to look into the future.
I just start getting annoyed when people start professing well this is how it all unfolds based upon my hours of reflection on it…
God Bless! Hope I have not offended.