Knowing, Communicating and Defending the Dogmas of the Faith. You may ask: “What does that have to do with Fatima?” Well, first of all, the beginning of the Third Secret, the words of Our Lady, says: “In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved”, which implies, as you well know, that in all other parts of the world, the dogma of the Faith will not be preserved. Our Lady Herself, is saying, “Look, preserving the dogma of the Faith is important!” And why is it important? Because Our Lord says: “When the Son of man comes at the end of time, will He find faith on earth?” The dogmas are what encapsulate the teaching of Christ, in, shall we say, very precise language and its dogmatic terminology. There’s no misunderstanding. If you’re going to draw up a contract, you have very precise language. You draw it up, in which case then, you say: “Now both parties know exactly what each other one is signing to and agreeing to.” Well, that’s what dogmatic theology does. It basically takes the terms of Scripture and other common parts of those terms and puts it into formulas which only have one meaning. Obviously, everybody deals with this. When they get up in the morning, they ask for coffee. They didn’t ask for tea, they didn’t ask for an egg, they asked for coffee. They know what they asked for. So if we can do that in our daily life from the moment when we get up, to the moment we go to bed, we can also do that in the most important thing we do in life – in our relationship to God. So, if we can do that with our relations with each other and even talking to ourselves, we can certainly do it when we talk to God. That’s why doctrine and dogma are fundamental to the Message of Fatima – because Our Lady came to warn about an attack on dogma.
The Fatima Crusader | Issue 116 Fatim.org