I am not quite sure how to take this news. [via Jimmy Akin]
Fittingly, just ten days after the death of Sr Lucia dos Santos, the last survivor to witness the appearances of the Virgin Mary at the Portuguese town of Fatima in 1917, Mel Gibson has bought the rights to the book ‘Stealing from Angels’.
Brian Dullaghan’s novel tells the story of a young Irish man who escapes a dreary life in his hometown only to slip into a life of major crime in New York. Everything changes when he meets Maria and he jumps ship again, this time to Maria’s hometown in Italy. However, blissful happiness does not follow and when the couple are connected to the murder of Pope John Paul and the third secret of Fatima, things really implode.
‘Stealing from Angels’ is a work of fiction that tells the tale of a man who shoulders a huge secret and trusts no one.
I could find out hardly anything on this book which does not seem to have any customer reviews anywhere. The only mention of the book I found was a person who liked it and it reminded them of The Da Vinci Code. The author Brian Dullaghan has written another book called "Immaculate Heart" and the review for it starts "Shame on the Church – again" and the "People who bought this book also bought" section lists three of Dan Browns’ novels. Of course this is just a fictional novel (as if that mattered in Dan Brown’s case), yet any storyline that says Pope John Paul I was killed and talks about the third secret of Fatima is not bound to end well. Though it is interesting how a unknown book by an unknown author got the attention of Mel Gibson. Though maybe this movie will be a sequel to his other movie "Conspiracy Theory."
While listening to the Hugh Hewitt show the other day I was rather disappointed to hear what David Alan White (who is a Catholic) had to say. Usually when he is on the show it was one of my favorite segments. He is an instructor at the Naval Academy and usually talks on Shakespeare and other great literary authors. When asked about Mel’s new movie and Fatima he unfortunately when into conspiracy theory mode about the third secret not actually being revealed and how it was suppose to be revealed in 1960. He then gave a web URL for Fr. Gruner’s Fatima Crusader (I am not going to link to it). So I guess it is no surprise about where he got his information. Fr. Gruner is under a ‘a divinis’ suspension and has no faculties to give the sacraments. He is also behind the newspaper Catholic Family News of which I had the displeasure to read once.
It seems highly ironic that a disobedient priest is touting the message of Mary at Fatima. Let it be done according to my will is not exactly a Marian signature. It is quite apparent that he has twisted the words of Sister Lucia and he will not even take her word that the consecration to Russia was adequately performed. Progressives who look at the secular culture to replace the Gospel anger me, but what angers me even more is radical traditionalists who support much that is orthodox but go over the edge on some subjects; whether it is the Mass or a Marian apparition. This is probably because I am sympathetic so some of their complaints and when they start of go off the deep end it does not help the cause. Both progressives and radical traditionalists are really just two sides of the same coin of disobedience. Both wrap themselves as proclaiming that they alone know the truth and are fighting for the Church hierarchy to hear their message. Both are willing to downplay or to ignore what the Pope has said and some of them are willing to either go into schism or a virtual schism where they have all but departed from Church authority.
I just hope the Mel Gibson’s project will generate more light than heat on Fatima. Fatima is a reaffirmation of the Gospel and the message for us to fast and pray is nothing new. For a good web site on Fatima I would recommend Fr. Fox’s Fatima Family Apostolate (which has official Vatican encouragement).
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You!
(Angel’s Prayer at Fatima)