Even if one of your fellow Catholics tells you that you’ll see Jesus’ mom if you do:
Zackey claims she has been experiencing spiritual sightings of Mary, the mother of Jesus, at her home since May 7. She also says that on May 23 the sun began spinning at sunsets, allowing believers to see Mary appear in it.
But, in light of the tragic accident of Amal Nassif, 37, who, at Zackey’s behest, stared directly into the sun and damaged her eyesight, the Church is advising people to be extremely careful and to practise common sense.
Tragic accident? Self-inflicted idiocy is more like it. Sadly the newspaper article doesn’t help spread any of that much needed common sense around:
The phenomenon of a spinning sun is not new – it was seen by thousands, and verified, when the Virgin Mary appeared at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917.
The Catholic church is apparently going to launch an investigation into whether or not the 17 year-olds visions are genuine, probably by having a few nuns try staring into the sun, but the spokesperson refused to give a deadline on the final decision with what has got to be one of the greatest understatements ever made:
The priest warned that the investigation was not bound by a deadline as there was no “scientific formula” to use in performing the probe.
Well no shit, Sherlock.
Additionally the last paragraph is quite amusing in light of the above statement:
The last Catholic investigation, which revolves around sightings of the Blessed Virgin in KwaZulu Natal in 1971, are still going on.
After 36 years the Church hasn’t had the balls to say one way or the other on the issue. Miracles are fragile that way.
Link found via Angry Astronomer.