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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    "Celestial Secrets : The Hidden History of the Fatima Incident" is the 2nd volume of a trilogy of books (in English) whose primary author is Portuguese professor/writer Joachim Fernandes, with some volumes co-authored by writer Fina D'Armada.

    The primary sponsor, editor and main promoter of this trilogy for the American market is the highly controversial amateur scientist, Ufologist Andrew D. Basiago. He is heavily involved in various writings about "Uncovering the Cover-ups", including NASA, so it is no surprise to find him to be the main driving force behind the scenes in this "Fatima Uncovered" enterprise in America.

    The core theme of all 3 Volumes is to seek to make the case that the well known Fatima, Portugal visionary events of 1917, were in reality a prime example of a visit to Earth by extraterrestrials in UFOs in that year. This requires going up against the Catholic Church that heavily supports and promulgates these events as none other than religious apparitions of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. The authors and promoters strive to buildup interest and credibility for this particular book series by highlighting their visit to the Fatima archives in 1978 and copiously displaying all of their meticulously detailed research activity.

    The prime tool used by the writers to try to convince the reader of their research prowess is the description of their visit to the secured Fatima Shrine archives in 1978, where they viewed the largely unknown personal notes of the local priests of that time, who interviewed the children. However, since then the Shrine has produced several volumes of this same archived Fatima documentation itself and the first one was published in 1992 titled "Documentacao Critica de Fatima: Volume I, Interrogatorios aos Videntes - 1917". (Interrogations of the Seers). The writers use this same Volume I often as a reference for their own viewpoints in "C.S." and I also have a copy of this particular Volume I in my own possession, that I will refer to in the remaining text as "Documentation.Vol I" .

    Using deceptive references to the publication "Documentation.Vol I", the writers have employed fabrication, the obvious omission of counterpoint information from the same context, and employing the selective "cherry-picking" of key phrases out of context, from these now published priests' personal notes. Mind you, this is the same source used by the writers to support their own controversial viewpoints.

    Sadly, these writers have also made extensive use of free association in their logical case to support all of their UFO theories. Against the Church and the visions they have employed a form of classical sophistic argument method where a few kernels of truth are wrapped up with distortions, misleading statements and the selective use of out-of-context phrases from a legitimate reference source. This produces a clever, deceiving story package disguised as a serious research effort, but in the final analysis it has only produced a sloppy, overwrought and fallacious product.

    To each his own on the general subject matter of Ufology, and if one would enjoy a disjointed work on a New Age subject for their reading list, then fine. However. "Celestial Secrets." decisively fails the test of making a serious critique or of launching a successful bid to effectively discredit the Catholic Church's religious claims and promulgation of what the Church terms as "Our Lady of Fatima and her Message".

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