Catholic historian: We need consecration of Russia to save the Church
Famed European Catholic historian Dr. Roberto de Mattei says the consecration of Russia to the Mother of God, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima 100 years ago, is needed now more than ever.
The consecration, he argues, is needed not only to save the world from what Our Lady called “Russia’s errors,” but to save the Catholic Church from the error of “relativism” that is now aggressively assaulting her from within, even at the highest levels.
“The errors of Communism have not only been scattered throughout the world, but have penetrated into the temple of God, like the smoke of Satan enveloping and suffocating the Mystical Body of Christ,” said de Mattei, Professor at the European University of Rome and founder of the Lepanto Foundation, during a March 27 lecture at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.
The event was sponsored by Tradition, Family, Property in conjunction with The Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy and the Lepanto Foundation.
“Our Lady states that the conditions to avoid chastisement are: a public and solemn act of the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, done by the Pope, in union with all the bishops of the world, and the practice of reparatory Communion on the first Saturdays of the month,” he said.
May 13, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady to three shepherd children near Fatima, Portugal. In the course of six apparitions, one per month until October 1917, the Lady told the three children about how Russia would succumb to evil and then “scatter her errors throughout the world” if the country was not consecrated to her Immaculate Heart.
The Fatima apparitions were declared “worthy of belief” by a local bishop in 1930 and have been publicly acknowledged and honored by as many as six popes. Pope Francis approved earlier this year the final miracle needed for the canonization of two of the seers, Francisco and Jacinta Marto. He will visit Fatima May 12-13 for the centenary celebrations.
Consecration of Russia remains ‘incomplete’
While since 1917 there have been various consecrations of the world to the Mother of God, critics say that the consecration of Russia specifically asked for by Our Lady of Fatima has not yet been accomplished.
“Today the consecration of Russia has still not been done,” said de Mattei. In his view, St. John Paul II’s consecration in March 1984 and Pope Benedict XVI’s in May 2010 were both “partial” and “incomplete.”
In 2001, the remaining seer, Sister Lucia dos Santos, allegedly told Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, then-secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that the 1984 consecration by Pope John Paul II “has been accepted in heaven.” Critics say, however, that while the consecration may have been “accepted,” this does not mean that it fulfilled what was specifically asked for by Our Lady.
One of the critics is Father Gabriele Amorth, former chief exorcist of Rome, who was present at the 1984 consecration. Fr. Amorth told LifeSiteNews in a 2015 interview, one year before he died, that the consecration requested by the Lady had yet to be fulfilled.
“The Consecration has not yet been made,” he said.
“I was there on March 25 in St. Peter’s Square. I was in the front row, practically within touching distance of the Holy Father. John Paul II wanted to consecrate Russia, but his entourage did not, fearing that the Orthodox would be antagonized.”
“Therefore, when His Holiness consecrated the world on his knees, he added a sentence — not included in the distributed version — that instead said to consecrate ‘especially those nations of which you yourself have asked for their consecration.’ So, indirectly, this included Russia. However, a specific consecration has not yet been made. You can always do it. Indeed, it will certainly be done,” Fr. Amorth said.
Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider also believes that the consecration has not yet been made.
He said in a 2016 interview with Rorate Caeli that Catholics must “pray that the Pope may soon consecrate explicitly Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, then She will win, as the Church prayed since the old times: ‘Rejoice O Virgin Mary, for thou alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world.’”
Christopher Ferrara, a Catholic lawyer and commentator, has also argued that the consecration of Russia, as requested by the Lady, has not yet been achieved. He pointed out in a 2006 article in The Fatima Crusader that Russia was not specifically mentioned in the 1984 consecration, and moreover, that the conversion of Russia promised by the Lady as an effect of the consecration has not yet taken place, which he argues is proof that the consecration has not yet happened.
Since 1984, he wrote, there “has been no religious conversion [to the Holy Catholic religion] in Russia. But neither has there been a moral conversion. Nor a political conversion, nor a ‘conversion to peace.’”
“The facts are overwhelmingly in favor of the proposition that Our Lady asked for the Consecration of Russia, not the world, and that Russia has simply not been consecrated. And now we are facing what Our Lady of Fatima warned us would be the consequences for failing to do as She requested, the suffering of the Church and the annihilation of various nations,” he wrote.
De Mattei said that Russia’s “error” is not mainly its anti-God Communist regime that promised a workers paradise but ultimately led to the deaths of millions by starvation and in gulags. The main error is an “ideology which opposes the natural and Christian order, by denying God, religion, the family, and private property,” he argued.
Part of the Communists’ early agenda included advancing a revolution against marriage, the family, and traditional sexual morals. This included legalizing divorce, abortion, and homosexuality. A populace driven by raging sexual passions, not reason, would be destabilized and easier to manipulate for their purposes. According to former Russian sociology professor Pirtrim Sorokin, “free love was glorified by the official ‘glass of water’ theory. If a person is thirsty, so went the Party line, it is immaterial what glass he uses when satisfying his thirst; it is equally unimportant how he satisfies his sex hunger.”
Russia became the first country to legalize abortion in 1919. By 1965 there was almost three times as many babies aborted as born alive (1.9 million live births to 5.5 million abortions). Russia’s abortion rate continues to be among the highest in the world.
Our Lady told the children that “more souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”
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