The Apparitions of Fátima by Edouard Dhanis s.J., Genesis and Problems of a Critique
(FKTh 2017-1, p. 1–20)
On the occasion of the centenary of Fátima, this article evaluates thoroughly the content of the studies on Fátima of Edouard Dhanis, a Flemish Jesuit. His main work, written in Flemish, and two of his later essays are subjected to a critical rélecture on the basis of verified data and on more recent studies on Fátima. Dhanis considers the message of Fátima under a certain, determinative a priori: namely that one should distinguish between the original event of 1917 (Fátima I) and later additions from the quill of Sr. Lucia (Fátima II) – two moments that relate in discontinuity to each other. In a second step the effects of Dhanis‘ studies on Rahner’s and Baumann’s interpretations of Fátima will be explored.