A bullet in the crown of the “Queen of Heaven.”

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Catholic talk radio is abuzz with chatter about Fatima. This year, Catholics round the world will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the alleged apparition of Mary to three peasant children at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Fatima on May 12th and 13th when he will declare the three children, Lúcia Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto, as “saints.”

Catholicism ranks Fatima as the most important Marian apparition. Pope John Paul IIFAT was devoted to “Our Lady of Fatima” and was convinced she had saved him from an assassination attempt in 1981. One of the bullets that was removed from John Paul’s body was mounted in the crown placed on the statue of Mary at the sanctuary at Fatima (see photo of crown with bullet protruding under blue globe).

With Fatima we have another example of Mariolatrous pageantry and ceremony, with absolutely no attention given to accepting Jesus Christ as personal Savior by faith. Splendid religious ritual and solemnity devoted to Mary have pushed aside simple, saving faith in Christ.

Catholics proclaim that Mary is the Queen of Heaven and that she rules as Mediatrix of All Graces and as Co-Redeemer. But God does not share His glory with another.

“The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.” – Jeremiah 7:18

“But we will do everything that we have vowed, make offerings to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we did, both we and our fathers, our kings and our officials, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, and prospered, and saw no disaster. But since we left off making offerings to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine.” And the women said, “When we made offerings to the queen of heaven rand poured out drink offerings to her, was it without our husbands’ approval that we made cakes for her bearing her image and poured out drink offerings to her?” Then Jeremiah said to all the people, men and women, all the people who had given him this answer: “As for the offerings that you offered in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings and your officials, and the people of the land, did not the Lord remember them? Did it not come into his mind? The Lord could no longer bear your evil deeds and the abominations that you committed. Therefore your land has become a desolation and a waste and a curse, without inhabitant, as it is this day. It is because you made offerings and because you sinned against the Lord and did not obey the voice of the Lord or walk in his law and in his statutes and in his testimonies that this disaster has happened to you, as at this day.” Jeremiah said to all the people and all the women, “Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who are in the land of Egypt. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: You and your wives have declared with your mouths, and have fulfilled it with your hands, saying, ‘We will surely perform our vows that we have made, to make offerings to the queen of heaven and to pour out drink offerings to her.’ Then confirm your vows and perform your vows!” – Jeremiah 44:17–25

Fatimah was the favorite daughter of false prophet, Muhammad. As a consequence, many Muslim girls are given her name. Fatima, Portugal was named after a Moorish princess. Christians would be surprised to learn that Muslims venerate Mary. She is mentioned much more in the Quran than the Bible. Many Muslims make the pilgrimage to Fatima. Could another Marian apparition at Fatima someday be the catalyst for a one-world religion?

See a live webcam of the Marian statue with the bullet crown at the Fatima sanctuary here.

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14 thoughts on “A bullet in the crown of the “Queen of Heaven.”

  1. I have to believe the references to the “queen of heaven” in Jeremiah must make at least some Catholics uneasy. Many, of course, have never read it. But I have family members who are aware of the reference (and I know this because I mentioned it to them) and still they are so devoted to Mary.
    I didn’t know about the bullet in the crown. Interesting.

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    1. Thanks, Caroline. We know the passages refer directly to Ishtar/Astarte but popular pagan devotion to the “mother goddess” was behind the gradual elevation of Mary to semi-deity. If you’re ever so inclined, I picked up a used copy of an extremely interesting book about the pagan roots of Mariolatry called “The Virgin: Mary’s Cult and the Re-emergence of the Goddess” by historian Geoffrey Ashe. I don’t think he’s a believer but it’s still an excellent expose of Mariolatry. Catholics would be astonished to learn how Marian worship actually developed.
      https://www.amazon.com/Virgin-Marys-Cult-Re-emergence-Goddess/dp/0750950641/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491593291&sr=8-1&keywords=the+virgin%3A+Mary%27s+Cult+and+the+Re-emergence+of+the+Goddess

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  2. If a child, when he grew up, built a statue of his mother at her gravesite and every year brought flowers and laid them there, would you call that idolatry? Do you think that maybe you are making assumptions about what Catholics think of Mary instead of actually knowing? I realize that there can be excesses here. But if I, for example, kissed a picture of my wife, it would show that I love her, not worship her. I think that is how most Catholics think of Mary and these images of her. Most of us (maybe all of us?) know full well that a statue is not the real thing.

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    1. Veneration/worship of Mary can’t be found in the New Testament. In fact there are passages in the NT that specifically warn against the kind of veneration/worship of Mary that’s found in Catholicism. See Luke 8:21 and Luke 11:27. For an analysis of how pagan mother goddess worship crept into the 4th century church see “The Virgin: Mary’s Cult and the Re-emergence of the Goddess” by historian Geoffrey Ashe.
      https://www.amazon.com/Virgin-Marys-Cult-Re-emergence-Goddess/dp/0750950641/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491593291&sr=8-1&keywords=the+virgin%3A+Mary%27s+Cult+and+the+Re-emergence+of+the+Goddess

      Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior by faith alone. Mary had to accept Christ as her Savior as we all do. She has nothing to do with our salvation.

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      1. Friend, the two passages you mentioned don’t say anything for or against venerating Mary. They imply that the truly blessed person is the one who obeys Christ, which Catholics believe Mary was. Certainly we shouldn’t worship her. But if you replace the word “veneration” with “honor”, I think one would get at the heart of what a Catholic means when they treat her with such respect. Also, for a Catholic, saying that venerating Mary specifically is not found in the NT is also beside the point. We don’t believe in sola scriptura. As for her having nothing to do with our salvation, I agree in the sense that she is not the one who saves us – Christ is. But Catholic theology teaches that. In so much as she may mediate all graces from Christ, that’s a matter of pious opinion – in other words, a Catholic does not necessarily have to believe that (at least that’s what I read last I read up on these things). If a Catholic never prayed to Mary or prayed the Rosary, they would still be a Catholic person in good standing with the church (though perhaps lacking the benefits that come from praying the Rosary). But I feel like my comment is touching on a lot of issues. Is there one in particular you’d like to respond to?

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      2. In defense of their church’s veneration/worship of Mary, a Catholic must offhandedly dismiss the verses I presented as you have done. But of course for the Catholic, tradition trumps God’s Word anyway.

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      3. Below are couple of articles on Sola Scriptura. I’m also nearing the end of a recent book on Sola Scriptura from The Five Solas series published by Zondervan: “God’s Word Alone.” It’s an excellent resource.
        https://www.gotquestions.org/sola-scriptura.html
        https://carm.org/bible-alone-sufficient-spiritual-truth

        Catholics like to think their magisterium guides them through all of the difficult questions of religion. But an honest examination of the history of the magisterium often leads to more questions than it resolves, e.g., who are we to believe today regarding communion for remarrieds, Burke or Francis? Excluding communion from remarrieds was once considered infallible doctrine. No more. Ecumenicity was unknown in Catholic circles in the 19th century, now it’s the status quo. Previous popes have condemned democratic forms of government and freedom of religion. Not the case today. Who is right? Doctors of the church Aquinas and Catherine of Siena taught Mary was not immaculately conceived but their Franciscan rivals eventually won out. Who is right?

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      4. If a person had genuinely accepted Christ as Savior and knew the joy of salvation by God’s grace through faith alone, they could never return to the weak and beggerly elements of sacramental grace and merit. Joshua would never have returned to the chains of Egypt with the Promised Land before him as you have done. It make no spiritual sense. I pray your blind eyes may be opened some day.

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