Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What happened in 1960?



Why was 1960 so pivotal?

When Archbishop Bertone asked Sr. Lucy about the third part of the secret of Fatima, he asked: “Why only after 1960? Was it Our Lady who fixed that date?” Sister Lucia replied: “It was not Our Lady. I fixed the date because I had the intuition that before 1960 it would not be understood, but that only later would it be understood."

I thought about this conversation yesterday, after receiving some grave prophecies from a friend which echo those made at Fatima in 1917 - just five years short of one hundred years ago now.  The prophecies caught my attention since, and I'm not kidding,  Fr. Z seems to be rather concerned about preparedness for disaster these days.  Of course there is talk of war in the Mideast, as always - although it appears to be more determined lately.  And then there is the Cardinal against Cardinal scandal in the Vatican - even the Pope commented on it - the Vatican leaks situation that is.  Reminds one of the Akita message, huh?  Which may explain my apocalyptic preoccupation, as it were, and no, I'm not scared.

That said, it really shouldn't surprise anyone that my mind sometimes drifts back to 1960 and Fatima, as such scandals and rumblings and rumors of war grab the headlines.  One must remember that to a pious little Catholic school boy, the year loomed before me because there had been an expectation of something mysterious about to happen in 1960 as a result of the long anticipated secret of Fatima, which was to be read that year and revealed to the world.  It never happened of course, but such an apprehension left a deep impression, which may explain why 1960 came to be something of a reference point in history for me - even after all of these years.  BTW - I want to repeat that I believe the secret was revealed in its entirety later, and that the consecration was made and accepted by Heaven, etc..

Anyway.  What did happen in 1960?

What was it that changed the world, and perhaps even the Church - at least those in the Church
May 9, 1960 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces that it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making it the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.
Of course a whole bunch of other stuff happened in 1960 as well.  France lost its colonies in Africa, the Soviets launched Sputnik and captured, tried and convicted one of our spies.  American Catholics thrilled because Kennedy became President, Wiki has a timeline here.

Nevertheless, I still maintain that a tiny little pill was the instrument that changed morality, and therefore, the world.  As Sr. Lucy told the Cardinal: "I had the intuition that before 1960 it would not be understood, but that only later would it be understood."  Call me naive and pious, but I'm convinced, if we are honest with ourselves, we can understand what is going on today.

12 comments:

  1. i think the annihilation of nations has less to do with a global war and more about the population supplantation of the west by muslims. then they'll make war on the rest of us denizens, implement sharia, and that's all she wrote.

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  2. My new mantra is "We live in confusing times." I don't know if it's ever been different, but our time at least seems to me to be particularly confusing.

    To read what Terry wrote here and then to read something like this: http://www.americamagazine.org/blog/entry.cfm?blog_id=2&entry_id=5151

    Is it possible to be farther from the unity in the truth that Pope Benedict spoke about on Pentecost?

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  3. doughboy - did you know it was living in Europe that convinced me that the Church was right on contraception? It was mind-boggling watching nations that had survived the massive loss of life of the two World Wars, then experience peace and prosperity like never before, set up some of the best social systems the world has ever known (and many of these were explicitly Christian in intent, back when "Christian Democrats" were serious about the first part of their name) ...

    ... and then they just stopped having kids because they were inconvenient. Stopped getting married cause the sex was easy anyway. 1.3 birthrates ("demographic zero") all across the Old Continent, but not just that, the complicit and almost enthusiastic fostering of a militant and expansive form of Islam in their own countries, and the erasure by the elites of anythign remotely resembling national pride or patriotism.

    I blame it all on Europeans' abandonment of Christianity, which was also when they abandoned sense.

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  4. The Last Hour

    http://www.markmallett.com/blog/2012/05/the-last-hour/

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    1. I actually read that - I don't really have a handle on who Mark Mallet is however. Is he considered a mystic, a seer?

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    2. Supposedly ... but also a singer.

      http://www.markmallett.com/
      http://www.markmallett.com/embracinghopetv/archives/791

      I don't have much on him, but on a few occasions an acquaintance sends me links to a particular column such as the one linked above ... All I know is he is in Canada.

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  5. Anonymous6:39 PM

    What happened in 1960?

    You mean *besides* Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz divorcing? Well, I turned two. So there's that.

    Mark Shea

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    1. Oh - you're older than me then - haha - that's a lie.

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  6. Sorry to comment off topic but I just want to say what a pleasant surprise it was last night as I was reading Dawn Eden's most recent book to find that you had contributed to it. I was reading My Peace I Give You because I needed advice on how to help a friend who has experienced abuse. You have no idea how much strength and courage such witness gives to those of us who want to help our loved ones but are confused and afraid as to what to do. I place a lot of trust in the opinions of you and Dawn in the first place, before I even picked up this book. I wanted you to know you have both helped me tremendously and I thank you.

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    1. CK - thanks! I wasn't sure I made it through editing yet - obviously I haven't read the book yet either, but Dawn is sending me a copy. I was very happy to help her. I hope your friend finds peace. Prayers.

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  7. I met Dawn at a fundraiser for the Dominican here in DC. She is lovely, very meek.

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  8. When Archbishop Bertone asked Sr. Lucy about the third part of the secret of Fatima, he asked: “Why only after 1960? Was it Our Lady who fixed that date?” Sister Lucia replied: “It was not Our Lady. I fixed the date because I had the intuition that before 1960 it would not be understood, but that only later would it be understood."

    I think this is very important for people to know because Ultra Trad Caths make it seem like the date was an infallible order from Heaven.

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    May 9, 1960 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces that it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making it the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.

    Yes! Most Trad Caths will say that the date was fixed by the Blessed Virgin for 1960 because of the then upcoming Second Vatican Council, failing to see (or choosing not to) that it was the eve of the sexual revolution.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_revolution_in_1960s_America

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