An Irish eye surgeon has said an «unprecedented» rise in the number of cases of an eye condition could be directly related to people staring at the sun at a holy shrine.
Thousands of people have been traveling to the County Mayo pilgrimage shrine of Knock in Ireland, after hearing that the Virgin Mary would appear there.
Some claimed to have seen the sun «dancing in the sky».
Dr Eamonn O’Donoghue, a consultant ophthalmologist surgeon told the Irish Times that the hospital would usually see one case of solar retinopathy «at most» per year.
However, there have been five such cases so far this year, all of them linked to events at Knock.
Dr O’Donoghue, who is based at University Hospital, Galway, said people needed to be warned of the condition as it was «potentially very, very dangerous» and could cause long-term damage to the most vulnerable part of the eye.
«These people came in because they have had a significant reduction in their vision and they could very well be a smaller representative sample» Dr O’Donoghue said.
He added that two of those who had presented to the hospital had also reported that other members of their families had suffered visual damage.
«It can potentially lead to blindness with prolonged exposure», Dr O’Donoghue said.
While he was unaware how the events were organized, he said, it would be «profoundly irresponsible», for anyone to encourage people to stare at the sun. A crowd of about 7,000 people gathered at the shrine of the Virgin Mary on Saturday 31 October.
At this and at another event on 11 October, some people claimed to have seen the sun «dancing in the sky». He said that reports of people seeing colors dancing in front of the sun could also be explained by the condition, describing it as «sort of a cheap trick».
Its to easy to just ridicule and laugh of Roman Catholics who claim to have seen the Catholic Mary appearing in the sky.
The problem with such appearances is that they take place. Its demonic, demons who dance in front of the Catholic faithful.
How can I claim this is demonic?
Simply because it is anti-Biblical and anti-Christian. There is absolutely no promise or prophecy inside the Holy Bible, that tells about such Marian appearances. The Jewish girl, a mortal mother of Jesus would have scolded Catholics following such false signs and wonders, and told them to worship the living God in Spirit and in truth.
That Jesus would have called faithful Christians to look at the sun, and get their eyes damaged, makes a complete mockery out of the true Biblical faith in Him.
There is no excuse for this sin, condemned by the Second Commandment: People who do this hate God, and make Him their enemy.
Exodus 20: 4-5:
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.