As for me, these quasi-political Fatima messages with their "secrets" remain "alleged." Why do I need to look *outside* of the Holy Orthodox Church to hear what God or His Most Holy Mother have to say to me when I hear their messages in church each time that I attend? Why should I need signs and wonders if I have but a mustard-seed of Faith? Miracles occur each time I attend the Divine Liturgy and the offered bread and wine are transmuted into the Body and Blood of Christ by the invisible action of the Holy Spirit. What greater miracle can there be?
True enough, Hypo-Ortho; I agree with you. But when these things do happen, why reject them outright? Why not "test everything and retain what is good", as Saint Paul admonishes us? No one needs private revelations; we already have the public revelation that is Scripture and Holy Tradition. But that doesn't mean one has to ignore private revelations as inconsequential, just as one does not have to accept them all either.
I accept Fatima, Lourdes, and Guadalupe, for example, and these have been approved by the RCC. But there are other "private revelations", such as that of the "Lady of All Nations", that I have a harder time with (and have also been approved by the RCC). In the former three, I find nothing objectionable, really, in the messages (the Virgin's declaration of herself as "the Immaculate Conception" at Lourdes certainly gives you something to think about, but I'm not sure how I feel about this: is there a sense in which the IC can be true? That is for another thread, perhaps). In the "Lady of All Nations" apparitions, however, I find quite a few things I take issue with.
This is where it is good for everyone -- especially RC's -- to remember, as you said, that no one has to accept all private revelations. You can reject them all, you can accept them all, you can pick and choose (as I have done). It is not like public, or Holy Tradition, which you must accept. The problem I see with many faithful Roman Catholics is that they tend to run after apparitions and locutions and weeping statues and what not blindly, and sometimes end up finding themselves at odds with their own Church, but for the most part just start basing their faith on these things...they couldn't tell you about the Second Ecumenical Council, but they'll tell you everything you wanted to know about an apparition of Saint Joseph occuring somewhere in West Africa, for example. The problem I see with many faithful Orthodox, on the other hand, is that they all too easily dismiss such things as apparitions, locutions, and what not. As with most things, I think the way to go is probably to be found somewhere in the middle.