As a speaker at the Rome Life Forum yesterday, Cardinal Raymond Burke called for the Pope and Bishops to consecrate Russia to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart as was requested at Fatima. “He[the Cardinal] expressed agreement with one of the foremost Fatima scholars, Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité, who said that the promised triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary undoubtedly refers firstly to ‘the victory of the Faith, which will put an end to the time of apostasy, and the great shortcomings of the Church’s pastors.'” The Cardinal also pointed out that other attempts, such as John Paul II’s consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart, however well-intentioned, did not fulfill the conditions laid out by Heaven.
Despite the Cardinal’s apparent hesitation to recognize the errors of Vatican II and the conciliar Popes for what they are, we must commend these remarkable efforts and statements in favor of Tradition and the message of Fatima. For several decades, it was the perseverance of Fr. Nicholas Gruner, the Society of St. Pius X, and other “radical Traditionalists” that kept the truth regarding the message of Fatima alive. These truths we have always prayed to hear from the Church authorities, but seldom, if ever, have.
However, this good Cardinal has done his duty and taken the message of Fatima firmly into the ‘mainstream’ and hopefully into the minds and hearts of many more Catholics. Certainly it is a great occasion for jubilation, but let us only continue fighting with a greater fervor and strength for the coming of the Great Restoration!
On a natural level, does the Consecration of Russia seem imminent? Unfortunately, it appears the contrary is true. An excerpt from this week’s Pastor’s Corner commentary from sspx.org:
“The occasion of the anniversary would have been providential for the long expected consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but this was not to be. No mention was even made of the need to increase devotion to Our Lady, especially that of the first five Saturdays. The Fatima message, with the three secrets, containing warnings of punishment and threats of death is not pleasing to modern ears. Yet, the Pope himself laments the war stricken world around us and the loss of the sense of the sacred.
Our Lady’s words always connect the punishments with the crime of individuals and nations, and the solution to these threats is first and foremost spiritual: the return to God, to penance, prayer, and the sacraments. However, such names as sin, punishment, and penance have no room in the modern ecclesiastical jargon, where the leitmotiv is simply peace, joy, union in whatever religious feeling one may experience, and so forth. Too many hierarchs in the Church seem to think that if the Blessed Virgin were to visit them today she would have to be “more sophisticated” or “with the times.”
As Roberto de Mattei concludes in his assessment of the Pope’s visit:
We need to acknowledge that the message of Fatima reinterpreted according to Pope Francis’ sociological categories has little to do with the prophetic announcement of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which Our Lady proclaimed to the world one hundred years ago.”
Nevertheless, let us continue to pray for the Consecration to be performed very soon, for all is in God’s hands! And may we continue to promote and be faithful to this great grace given to us from Heaven!
The six means of Our Lady of Fatima for the faithful to bring about the Restoration:
- Pray the Rosary each day
- Wear the Brown Scapular;
- Make sacrifices for the sake of saving sinners;
- Make reparation for offenses to her Immaculate Heart by means of the First Saturday devotion; and
- Convert our own lives ever more to Christ.
- Lastly, she asks the Roman Pontiff, in union with all the Bishops of the world, to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart.
~ Steven C., “Knight of Tradition”