Has Russia Been Consecrated to Mary?

Russia today is vengefully returning to international politics after temporarily receding after the collapse of the Soviet empire.  Moscow is lashing out with tenacious diplomatic and military support for the brutal regime in Syria that has butchered more than one hundred thousand Syrians to crush a civil war.  Moscow too is militarily dismembering neighboring Ukraine by occupying Crimea and sponsoring an insurgency in the eastern part of the besieged country that had longed to integrate into Western civilization.  Moscow’s aggression has cowed the United States and European states, while states closer to Russia’s borders fear that they will soon be politically, militarily, and economically coerced by President Vladimir Putin.

These rapidly unfolding and tragic events should jar the memories of faithful Catholics of the promise our Blessed Mother made at her apparitions in Fatima, Portugal at the turn of the last century.  According to William Thomas Walsh’s beautiful book Our Lady of Fatima, the Blessed Mother told three children at Fatima on 13 July 1917:   “I come to ask the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of reparation on the first Saturdays.  If they listen to my requests, Russia will be converted and there will be peace.  If not she will scatter her errors through the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church.”  The series of Fatima apparitions concluded with the famous “dancing of the sun” on 13 October 1917, which was witnessed by tens of thousands of pilgrims.

Two of Fatima’s seers, Jacinta and Francisco, died in childhood, but Lucia lived a long life in anonymous seclusion.  Lucia fled the public attention and controversy that surrounded the Fatima apparitions, the likes of which have been all too typical of authentic Marian apparitions throughout the two thousand years of Church history, for life as a cloistered nun.

The Fatima apparitions have been marked by a nearly one hundred year controversy over whether or not the Church has consecrated Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart as Our Lady requested.  Sister Lucia, in a 1946 interview with author Walsh, “made it plain that Our Lady did not ask for the consecration of the world to her Immaculate Heart.  What she demanded specifically was the consecration of Russia.  She did not comment, of course, on the fact that Pope Pius XII had consecrated the world, not Russia, to the Immaculate Heart in 1942.”

Sister Lucia’s understanding of Fatima was enriched by a deep prayer life filled with private revelations.  Our Lady appeared to Lucia often until she died on 13 February 2005 at the age of ninety-seven, report Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone with Giuseppe De Carli in their 2008 book The Last Secret of Fatima.  As Lucia elaborated to Walsh, apparently drawing on a private revelation she had in 1927, “What Our Lady wants is that the Pope and all the bishops in the world shall consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart on one special day.  If this is done, she will convert Russia and there will be peace.  If it is not done, the errors of Russia will spread through every country in the world.”

Popes over the subsequent decades have consecrated the world writ large but not specifically Russia and not in unity with all the Church’s bishops of the world.  Saint John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square on 25 March 1984, for example, consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  More recently, Pope Francis in October 2013 consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in front of some 150,000 pilgrims in Rome, according to the National Catholic Register.

Nevertheless, many observers argue that these consecrations of the world fulfilled the request of Our Lady of Fatima.  Most notably one the Church’s highest officials, Cardinal Bertone, who served as both secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and later as the Vatican’s secretary of state, in The Last Secret of Fatima shared details of his 17 November 2001 interview of Sister Lucia in her convent.  By Bertone’s account, Sister Lucia said, “the consecration Our Lady wished for was performed in 1984, and that is was accepted by Heaven.”

The Catholic Church no doubt has been reluctant to specifically consecrate Russia to avoid offending the Russian Orthodox Church.  As Bertone and De Carli explain, “The consecration of Russia obviously posed a very tricky religio-political problem for Pope John Paul II.  The pope, not wishing to offend the sensibilities of our ‘special brethren,’ the Orthodox, remained cautious.  An explicit consecration would have been received by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Alexi II, as a declaration of war.”

But would a Catholic consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary justifiably be seen by the Russian Orthodox Church as “an act of war”?  If the Russian Orthodox Church consecrated the Roman Catholic Church to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, would Rome be offended?  Or would Rome be justifiably grateful and extend its brotherly thanks to Moscow recognizing that in this gravely troubled world both east and west desperately need any and all help from our Blessed Mother.  Moreover, we Catholics call ourselves members of the “universal” church.  Why then should the universal church make a hard stop at Russia’s political borders?  Do we fear a Russian Orthodox politically motivated backlash?  Are we not told repeatedly to “fear not” in the Holy Bible?  Catholics therefore should have no fear and ignore political borders, especially in this time of new evangelization, to do service for our Blessed Mother and the world.

The Russian Orthodox Church, moreover, often acts more as a political instrument for President Putin than as an ethical check on his power.  It appears not to be rendering onto the Russian Caesar what is his, but instead seems to be doing Putin’s bidding as an extension of Russia state power.  Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill once famously likened Putin’s reign to “a miracle of God” and the Orthodox Church has financially benefited from close ties to political-economic oligarchy that controls Russia to build or restore about 25,000 churches in the past 25 years, according to Reuters reporter Gabriela Baczynska.

Despite his intentions, Cardinal Bertone’s book has not settled the stirring and persistent controversy as to whether or not Our Lady of Fatima’s consecration request has been fulfilled.  Indeed, the long running controversy in the ears of Church laymen often has an annoying “he said, she said” ring to it with those saying the promise has been fulfilled trading barbs against those who say it has not.

Instead of chasing down that rabbit hole, perhaps a more constructive and informative contribution to the debate would take a step back and ask central and critically important questions.  Does Russia today look and act like it has been converted as Our Lady of Fatima promised would be the case if it were consecrated to her?  Or one might put the same question into more theological terms.  Do we see the spiritual “fruits” of Russia’s conversion?

The answer to both of these questions is a resounding no.  After the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union without the resort to war, hopes were raised that the various consecrations of the world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart were starting to bear spiritual “fruits.”  But these hopes have been dashed as Russia rested, recouped, and returned with a new version of its militant nationalism to wreak havoc at home and abroad.

Russia’s alleged return to Christianity after atheistic communist days, like so much of what is Russia, is a Potemkin village.  Expert Pew polling shows that there has been an upswing in affiliation with the Russian Orthodox Church as the share of Russian adults identifying themselves as Orthodox increased from 31 percent to 72 percent between 1991 and 2008.  Despite the increase in religious identification, no more than about one in ten Russians say they attend religious services at least once per month.  One out of ten Russians going to church once a month is hardly the massive surge in religious conversion as one might expect from Our Lady’s Fatima promise.

Russia’s demographic crisis that includes the breakdown of nuclear families and widespread abortion also shows it has not been converted. As political economist Nicholas Eberstadt assesses in the Foreign Affairs magazine, “The country’s population is shrinking, its morality levels are nothing short of catastrophic, and its human resources appear to be dangerously eroding.  Indeed, the troubles caused by Russia’s population trends—in health, education, family formation, and other spheres—represent a previously unprecedented phenomenon for an urbanized, literate society not at war.”  Jonathan V. Last in his book What to Expect When No One’s Expecting paints a grim picture of Russia’s demographic disaster with Russia having the world’s highest divorce rate and abortion so rampant that 13 abortions are performed in Russia today for every 10 live births.

Russia’s massive use of propaganda for political power shows that it has not been converted.  Peter Pomerantsev writes in The Atlantic, “On Russian ‘news’ broadcasts, the borders between fact and fiction have become utterly blurred.  Russian current-affairs programs feature apparent actors posing as refugees from eastern Ukraine, crying for the cameras about invented threats from imagined fascists gangs.” Pomerantsev perceptively concludes that “The point of this new propaganda is not to persuade anyone, but to keep the viewer hooked and distracted—to disrupt Western narratives rather than to provide a counternarrative.”  The internationally respected Freedom House rates Russia’s press as “not free” and judges that Putin’s government penalizes journalists for not conforming to its increasingly strict definition of acceptable views and is expanding its control over broadcast and print media.

Russia’s military buildup despite its decaying society shows that it has not been converted.  Professor Nikolas Gvosdev judges in the pages of The National Interest magazine that a distinguishing characteristic of Putin has been his commitment to revitalizing Russia’s military.  If Putin’s conventional weapons buildup was not bad enough, he also is modernizing Russian nuclear weapons while American nuclear forces languish.  As reported in Foreign Policy magazine, Russia has tested a ground-launched cruise missile in violation of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.

Russia’s use of military power to disembowel Ukraine shows that it has not been converted.  Astute Russia watcher and journalist Anne Applebaum ably catalogues for the Washington Post Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine following its take over of Crimea earlier this year. Russia sent mercenaries and security service operatives to hide Moscow’s hand to attack police stations and government offices to delegitimize Ukraine’s government.  Then the Russians dispatched heavier weapons such as machine guns, artillery, and eventually tanks, armed personnel carriers, and anti-aircraft weapons the likes of which undoubtedly shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and murdered 298 civilians, mostly Europeans.  Despite Russian inflicted death and destruction, Europeans and Americans are too fearful of Russia to call the Ukraine crisis what it is:  a real and new war in Europe.

A review of Russia’s internal politics, social and spiritual decay, and ruthless foreign and defense policies strikingly shows that the Church has not fulfilled its half of the promise made by Our Lady of Fatima.  The Blessed Mother never has, and never will, mislead her son’s Church.  If she promises, she delivers true to her word.  If we members of the Church had fulfilled our duties and responsibilities, Russia today would be a far different country and the security of many nations would not be imperiled by Russian aggression as it is today.  Pope Francis acts boldly as he has done by convening the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family.  We might hope and pray that our holy father—who displays an intimate bond with Our Lady—would some day flex his inspiring courage and faith to convene a synod on the Fatima apparitions.  With the perilous state of the world and the Church, we cannot afford to lose any more years handwringing and failing to courageously seize Our Lady of Fatima’s promise of peace.

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Richard L. Russell

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Richard L. Russell is Non-Resident Senior Fellow for Strategic Studies at the Center for the National Interest. A Catholic convert, Russell holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and specializes in foreign policy and international security. He is the author of three books: Sharpening Strategic Intelligence (Cambridge University Press); Weapons Proliferation and War in the Greater Middle East (Routledge); and, George F. Kennan’s Strategic Thought (Praeger). Follow him on Twitter @DrRLRussell.

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  • Nicola M. Costello

    OK Dr. Russel. Russia now defends the nuclear family and we the United States are attacking it all over the world. What about that?

  • Fr. Max

    The U.S. fermented a violent insurgency in Syria, providing taxpayer funded sophisticated lethal arms to islamic fundamentalist fanatics and covertly training them in insurgent tactics at secret bases in Jordan.

    The U.S. helped instigate the violent overthrow of the corrupt but democratically elected president of the Ukraine (spending at least $5 billion of US taxpayer’s money in the process) because he was leaning towards the financial assistance package from Moscow, and then installed a corrupt president who leans towards Washington.

    The U.S. has been covertly supplying the corrupt Ukrainian government with the lethal aid it has been using to shell civilian population centres. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-25/hacked-us-documents-said-reveal-extent-undisclosed-us-lethal-aid-ukraine-army

    The people in Crimea freely voted to leave from under thumb of the corrupt U.S. puppet regime in Kiev. Why do you believe they have not their right of self-determination?

    The U.S. spends more on the military then almost the entire rest of the world, combined. Is Russia funding abortions in Africa like the U.S. is doing? Is Russia pressuring sovereign nations to adopt the militant homosexual agenda like the U.S. is doing? Is Russia attacking the beliefs of Christians and the Orthodox Church in Russia the way the U.S. government is attacking the Catholic Church and Christian institutions in the United States? Is Russia fermenting the violent ouster of the elected presidents of Canada or Mexico, or providing arms and training to Islamic Jihadists like the U.S.?

  • Peter

    I read this and think “we need to take the log out of our own eye before looking to take the speck out of our neighbour’s.” Russia is far from prefect, but attacking them for throwing their weight around in Eastern Europe is a little silly. Russia claims it is responding to Western aggression, and we laugh it off, but think for a moment: NATO is a military alliance. What would the US do if China started to recruit Mexico or small central American nations into a military alliance the way the west has been recruiting Eastern European nations for NATO? Also church attendance is as bad or worse in many Western European nations, nations which did not have communists in charge who were deliberately trying to crush the faith. Finally, with reports out that the CIA has been torturing prisoners, with some reports claiming it went as far as to sodomize children while their mother’s watched, we can’t be getting too high and mighty. We must pray for the conversion of all people, including Russia, but let’s not dispense condemnation for an unchristian society over there when we have so much work to do at home.

  • stephen ryan

    Mr. Russell, Where are you getting your information from?. 1984 Pope JPII consecrated Russia that Sr. Lucia the Fatima Visionary stated that the consecration was accepted in Heaven.. Please take a look at what has happened in Russia since that time. Hollywood could not have scripted something as far fetched as the collapse of atheist communism, and the spectacular rise of the Orthodox Church and faith in Russia to the point Putin lectures the USA about our moral and spiritual decline. A few months before Christopher Hitches died he talked about how Russia was the only modern nation on earth that was experiencing a spiritual revival. Not to be a troll here but nearly every word in your article is plain and simply wrong and out of touch with reality.

  • GregCz

    I doubt they’ve been converted – Putin is evil.

  • stephen ryan

    Why do most people in the USA know the heart and mind of Putin but can’t name their own congressman or senator. It is fascinating . Did you ever think for a moment that there is an evil force that wants to demonize a person who has a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother.

  • Shawn Albert

    Mr. Russell, my congrats on having the balls to admit on a mainstream Catholic site that the consecration of Russia has not been done. You do realize that you are now officially a “rad-Trad” who “is attacking the Pope and the Church”. I’ve noticed that people love lo “quote Sister Lucy” when they claim she said it was done, or accepted by heaven, or whatever, though they never seem to be able to point to any video or audio recording of her actually saying it was done. Interesting how in 2000 she wasn’t ordered to get up in front of the cameras at the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco and declare to the world from her own mouth whether it was done or not. No, all we have are unsubstantiated assertions bu various people who CLAIM Sister Lucy said this or that.

    Thank you for standing up for the truth, and don’t back down.

  • Julie

    I believe there is a conversion among the communists in Russia, but they are so put back by the fall of communism, and still want to dominate and run the world. The USA Catholics don’t pray enough for Russia’s conversion, and our country should have helped them after the collapse.

    Our bishop consecrated our diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary this past year and he is having all the churches place the tabernacle back at the center of the churches, as well as have First Friday’s and First Saturdays finally available so those who do believe and respond…can fulfill Mary’s wishes.

    The other is the American Catholic Church speaks little for the need of penance.

    I think S. Francis’ letter to all Catholics written in 1221 can provide alot of fervor for Catholics to practice more penance as he exhorted.

  • Shawn Albert

    Mr. Ryan, where have you been getting YOUR information from? If you bothered to read the words spoken by John Paul II on the very occasion of the 1984 Consecration of the world, you would find these 2 sentences:

    “in a special way we entrust and consecrate to you those individuals and nations which particularly need to be thus entrusted and consecrated”

    “Enlighten especially the peoples whose consecration and entrustment by us you are awaiting” — Pope John Paul II March 25, 1984

    So, Mr. Ryan, what is it exactly the Pope is saying here? What is it that the Blessed Virgin Mary could possibly be awaiting? It isn’t rocket science. The Pope’s own words prove beyond any doubt that he DID NOT consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
    The full text of the 1984 Consecration is and has been available from EWTN document library since 1998 which got it from L’Osservatore Romano, the Pope’s own newspaper, which published those words in 1984.

    So, who should I believe? Pope John Paul II who has been on record since 1984 as saying that it wasn’t done? Or “Sister Lucy” who stated in 1985 in Sol de Fatima, the Blue Army of Spain newspaper that the Consecration of Russia was NOT DONE, but who apparently flip-flopped 4 years later and claimed the exact opposite?

    And what about that “Act of Entrustment” at the beatification of Francisco and Jacinta in 2000? And what about what was supposed to be the Consecration of the world by Pope Francis in 2013? If the Consecration of Russia had been done according to the stated words of the Blessed Virgin Mary, then what what was that all about?

    “Spiritual revival” According to who? If you consider an abortion rate that make us here in America look absolutely virtuous in comparison to be a “spiritual revival”, we are in deep trouble.

  • stephen ryan

    Mr. Albert … First the Church says it happens ..2. The Church says the consecration was Not necessarily that Russia convert to Catholicism.

    So let’s agree that is a hurdle that you need to climb over. But more importantly – As I said Hollywood could not script the extraordinary events that have happened in Russia since 1984. And here we are today Putin lecturing USA on morals and spirituality AND using tax dollars to restore churches and monasteries. Their military names submarines after Russian Saints. By the way i also wrote a book about this subject “The Madonna Files” I spent a lot of time on this issues. http://www.amazon.com/Madonna-Files-Stephen-Ryan-ebook/dp/B00EX6BC1S/r

  • Shawn Albert

    The Church says it happens. Really? I quoted from the POPE’s OWN WORDS and you claim “the Church says it happens? So you’re saying that John Paul II contradicted the Church?

    Show me where the POPE, or a Church council proclaimed this.
    Name the document. I want a direct quote from a POPE, not a Cardinal, or a bishop, or anyone else.

    The Church says that it’s not necesarily that Russia converts to Catholicism…..again REALLY? Perhaps you can show me an infallibly defined dogma which says this. First of all, the Blessed Virgin Mary does not come from Heaven and perform a miracle the likes of which has never been seen in history to show the God has approved Her Message so that Russia doesn’t have to convert to Catholicism. If the Conversion of Russia and its people to the One True Faith founded by Jesus Christ Himself is not what the Blessed Virgin Mary came to Fatima for, then why did She bother?

    The will of God is that all people become members of HIs Church so that they may partake of HIs Divine Life and one day be in heaven with Him forever. The Blessed Virgin Mary’s will is in perfect agreement with the Will of God.

    So who should I believe: God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Pope John Paul II OR…..you, and people who believe as you do?

  • Mark Miller

    It is very pleasing to see that there are some who recognize the change in Russia and give thanks to our dear Mother Mary for her intercession. Russians are returning to the faith whereas the “civilized west” is outlawing it. Mr. Putin is not perfect but he is far more “Christian” than the leaders in America, and Europe, for that matter. Hopefully Russia will now pray for our conversion.
    Praised be Jesus Christ now and forever!

  • Paddy

    History is an awful thing to falsify. In truth:
    1. Russia is more christian than the EU or the USA, now.
    2. Russia’s population is finally growing, after the misery of communism.
    3. Russia isn’t owned by our international banksters.
    4. We overthrew the elected government of Ukraine.
    5. Our Neo-cons want Russia returned to communist control,b elieving they’ll do better “this time”.
    6. As we encircle Russia, it’s be crazy not to arm itself.
    7. the majority of the Crimea and East Ukraine love Mother Russia.
    8. When we bombed Russia’s closest friend, Serbia, when it was weak, we should have known it would have repercussions.
    9. The “evil” Assad is benign compared to the Islamists we’ve trained and armed.
    9. Our economic sanctions and currency manipulation are insane Acts of War.

    Lastly, let’s pray that the USA reconvert to Christianity….Russia’s doing just fine.

  • Paddy

    All obviously true, Fr. Max, and supported by facts not opinion.

  • Paddy

    Let’s at least try to prevent Barack, with the help of the Trinity girls…Pelosi and Sebelius… from forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor out of the USA.

  • An insightful piece, Dr. Russell. I always wondered why St. JPII didn’t explicitly say “Russia” in his consecration. After all, everybody knew that’s what he meant. And, a lot of us assumed, at that time, he was being extraordinarily diplomatic. There’s no doubt, in my mind, that he painstakingly refused to say “Russia.” Why, I don’t know.

  • Reuel Hermoso

    May I refer this discussion to the work of Italian journalist Antonio Socci, particularly his book “False Friends of Fatima.” He basically argues that the closest the world came to consecrating Russia was JPII’s attempt in 1984. However, that in no way complies fully and in any meaningful way with the Blessed Mother’s directive, as Shawn Albert says below in his response to Mr. Stephen Ryan. (There is even side story that, during the 1984 consecration, the late pontiff turned around turned to some prelates around him and asked “can’t I say it [Russia]?” to which they shook their heads. And so the general consecration of “the world” and “peoples whose consecration by us you are still awaiting.”)

    He thus essentially puts the lie to Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone’s claim that Sister Lucia had stated that Heaven accepted the 1984 consecration, even in a widely-seen TV debate some years ago. I’m surprised that Mr. Socci was not even mentioned in this discussion. You may also wish to refer to the document whose link I have attached below:

    http://www.fatima.org/exclusives/pdf/ssh_epiloguepg3.pdf

    One wonders why even so high up in the Church’s hierarchy, you have purple hats and red capes that get squeamish at the mention of Our Lady and her message at Fatima. Could it finally be coming true that, as one of the princes of the Church who undertook commendable work on Fatima, Cardinal Luigi Ciappi, said in a letter to a colleague: “that among other things, [that] the great apostasy in the Church would begin at the top”?

  • St. Joseph, Pray for us!

    AMEN! Paddy…..You speaks words of truth.

  • James H, London

    So, you’re saying the church is lying, then?

  • James H, London

    So, it’s a case of what Cdl Bertone said, vs what Cdl Ciappi said, in effect?

    They’re both ‘Princes of the Church’. Who do we believe?

  • James H, London

    Surely the reason why the various consecrations were made of the whole world, instead of just Russia, was that by the time anyone got round to doing anything, there were Communist Parties all over the world, some of them in charge of whole nations.

    If the consecration had been done *at the time*, in 1917 when the Bolsheviks were just getting started, maybe we would have seen what was promised. Instead, the church waited a whole generation, until Communism had spread from Russia, all over Africa, to some South American countries, to China, and even to some Indian states. If the consecration was only meant for Russia, what about everywhere else?

    And just think what you’re saying: You insist that Cdl Bertone was lying when he allegedly reported what Sr Lucia allegedly said? That’s quite a charge. But it pales into insignificance compared to the accusation below that the church is in the grip of a great apostasy, and the rot started at the top. Please, if you really believe that, spin off into another church because only Protestants believe that the Pope is the anti-Christ.

  • James H, London

    Because he wanted to include Poland and eastern Europe? And Mozambique, Cuba, and China?

  • Reuel R. Hermoso

    Ultimately, sir, you’ll have to look at the evidence, which is the aftermath of Vatican II and, more recently, the so-called Synod on the Family last October. Wouldn’t you at least give it more than a second thought that maybe Cardinal Ciappi was right, after everything that’s happened the last half-century or so? The watering-down of the liturgy? The phenomenon of lukewarm Catholics who eventually leave the Church because, hey, the priests and other members of the clergy say the Catholic faith is just as good as, say, that of the Methodists, the Baptists, Evangelicals, ad nauseam? Overall, the auto-demolition of the Church, as Paul VI described the process that gathered steam in the late 1960s to the 1970s? A process he depicted in the strongest of terms: that the smoke of satan had entered the Church, and how the Church had gone into a terrible winter instead of the “springtime” that Vatican II said was coming upon her?
    Bottom line: the Blessed Mother promised an era of peace. But that promise was contingent upon us — the Church — through our carrying out of individual acts of penance and reparation, but just as important is the consecration by the Holy Father of a certain country she specifically mentioned. Can you honestly say, given all the various conflagration and calamities that have happened since Fatima, that the world is truly at peace? That Our Lady has fulfilled her promises?
    These things are happening because we, the human race, and more specifically, the Church, have not kept our end of the “bargain.” The Blessed Mother still awaits our fulfillment of our end.

  • Shawn Albert

    Mr. London, apparently you have not read my comments further down the page. If you had, you would not ask such a question. After you have read those comments, I invite you to show me the same proof I asked for there.
    Good day.

  • Reuel R. Hermoso

    On Rome falling into apostasy, I’m sure you have heard of the Marian apparition known as Our Lady of La Salette — an approved apparition. In it, the Blessed Mother predicts that Rome will fall into apostasy and become “the seat of the anti-Christ.” Mind you, though, she did not say that some future pope would be the anti-Christ, just simply that Rome would be the hub of the anti-Christ’s operations.
    The story behind Leo XIII’s formulation of the prayer to St. Michael is also instructive. In a vision, the pope witnesses Our Lord Himself being bugged by the enemy, who tells Him: “I can destroy Your Church.” Our Lord replies: “really? How?” satan responds: “to do so, I need more time, more power.” “How much time? How much power?,” Our Lord asks back. Satan answers: “75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who would hand themselves over to my service.” Our Lord finally tells the father of lies: “you have the time, you have the power. Do with them what you will.”
    Now do I believe this devil and his horde will triumph over the Church? Not for a second, because Our Lord Himself promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against it. But you can be sure, that won’t keep the old adversary from trying.

  • Fr. Max

    “Forget ‘evil’ Putin – we are the bloodthirsty warmongers.”
    by Peter Hitchens
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2882208/PETER-HITCHENS-Forget-evil-Putin-bloodthirsty-warmongers.html

  • pete
  • LaSalette never contained those words. Melanie went insane and wrote those words which were NEVER approved.

  • John Paul consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart; Sister Lucia said so. End of story.

    The Lord set up the Church to preach the Gospel, in words when needed, by action all the time, not to preach the message of Fatima. Inasmuch as we preach the Gospel as handed down to us in the Catholic Church and live it in Word and Sacrament, we obey the will of Our Lady.

  • Deb Daily

    The bias is evident, reality is Putin has become the prince of light in these dark times and Mary is his lead calling out the evil in this world all the while the USA falls into the abyss. Francis has only just begun cleaning up the mess in the west. So imho Fatima was answered, almost to late…we pray.

  • AnneM040359

    I am not surprised in regards to the Orthodox Church in Russia. Got to remember that, the Eastern Christian Churches do trace their heritage, at least most of them, to the Byzantine Empire and before it fell to the Ottomon Turks, a few centuries before, during the period of the crusades, there was a violent sacking of the city of Constantinople by the crusaders. The Russians most likely did not forget that.

  • AnneM040359

    That I do remember JPII did do. Why some folks say otherwise, I just do not understand.

  • Sev

    Well, there’s one problem with Sr. Lucia saying Russia was consecrated… that was the FAKE Sr. Lucia. No…. no… not a conspiracy. When someone told me that a few years ago I thought they were daffy, then they showed me before/after pictures. Check this out yourself… http://traditioninaction.org/HotTopics/g12htArt2_TwoSisterLucys.htm So, the FAKE one, set up by bad people, was going around telling people a pack of lies. RUSSIA WAS NEVER CONSECRATED!

  • 1 – there is no FAKE Sr Lucia. That WAS Sr Lucia
    2 – Tradition in action is a traditionalist site, not catholic at all!
    3 – Russia was consacrated many times in reality.

  • Milton

    This article is a blatant piece of propaganda. Sounds like something that came straight out of Obama’s State Department.

    The fact of the matter is that the West orchestrated the violent coup in Ukraine earlier this year. Putin has done nothing but react to the violence on his doorstep. Could you imagine the reaction in America if the Russians decided to fund a coup in Mexico to destabilise America, and then funded the Mexicans, and then put sanctions on America if they tried to stop Russians in Mexico. And then Russia tried to cripple Americas main exports and income. Do you think the United States would go to War? Of course we would.
    Do you expect Russia to do nothing after its closest and most important neighbour is taken by an American funded neo-nazi take over, and many thousands of Russian Ukrainian civilians in the Donbass murdered, and now Russia’s economy driven to ruin? If the situation was reversed, American cruise missiles would have already landed in Red Square.

    Putin’s actions in Crimea make perfect sense in hindsight: had Putin NOT intervened in Crimea, the ethic Russians living in Crimea would have been treated the way the civilians of the Donbass are currently being treated by that war criminal/western puppet Poroshenko. We are fast approaching 5,000 dead in Poroshenko’s ongoing war against the separatists of the Donbass. The Donbass never attacked Kiev. All they did was declare independence in much the same way Americans declared independence. For that audacious act they were greeted with an unjust war – an unjust war that has the full backing of the West and sadly the full support of many prominent Catholics. Putin took Crimea virtually without firing a shot. Contrast this with the Western puppet Poroshenko’s ongoing war against the Donbass, and you can see who the actual agressor is.

    I am sick of listening to pro-war Catholics like Mr. Russell who don’t have the courage to call a spade a spade and to stand up to the unjust actions of their own government. The demonization of Putin and Russia is a serious sin, one that is pushing us closer and closer to a war with Russia.

    As for the Consecration of Russia, that was done correctly in 1984 according to the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Russia has clearly converted from State-imposed Atheism and is well on the road to eventual full communion with the Catholic Church – no wonder the once-Christian West is now in such a hurry to confront Russia. Strangely, the same Catholics that are obsessed with demonizing and disobeying legitimate Church authorities like then Archbishop Bertone regarding the Fatima Consecration, are the same Catholics that constantly defy the Church’s teaching on the waging of War.

  • AnneM040359

    The reason why Putin wanted the Crimea is because it is where the Russian Navy has its warm water fleet.

  • Ed

    People are going to debate this forever, just like the tabloids never ending faith in stories of Elvis and Hitler still kicking around somewhere! Just pray for Gods will to be done and for peace in this troubled world.

  • guesto3

    That Consecration of Russia….the Mother is still waiting.

    http://www.locutions.org/?s=consecration+of+russia

    People should read the control over Sr. Lucy via her obedience to Church authorities that Bertone held….and the limitations of what she could speak about under that authority….as well as her later apparition where Our Lady simply told her to give the authorities what they ask for but not for the interpretation that went along with it. Both Pope JPII and Pope Benedict spoke to Fatima still ongoing and just what the only answer was for that possible disastrous future given through Fatima in its totality….the Rosary.

  • Stephen Dalton

    So you find this article offensive? Tough! as a person of maternal Finnish descent, I find the arrogant attitude of the Russian nation and it’s state, intelligence agency controlled Church to be offensive toward the freedom loving countries they have oppressed in the past. Say, how many of the clergy in the ROC are still members of the state security apparatus? I’d like to know!

  • Stephen Dalton

    Peter, my maternal grandfather came from a country that Czarist and Red Russia crapped upon. He told my mom and her siblings the Russians should never be trusted. The last 100 plus years has proven the wisdom of his remarks on that nation. Until Russia repudiates it’s third Rome ideology, dismantles it’s secret police apparatus (KGB/FSB) it should be fought until real change takes place.

  • Midwester

    You miss the point of the article. What he is saying in a nutshell is that there are none of the fruits that you would expect if the Consecration had been performed as Our Lady requested. This is very apparent by observing the state of the world. Our Lady promised a period of peace and the conversion of Russia if her requests were fulfilled. Where is the peace in the world? Where is the conversion of Russia? We know that the situation in the Ukraine is complicated. But what of the abortions in Russia, the moral collapse, the continuation of the errors of Russia throughout the world, including abortion, the destruction of marriage, etc. (See the Communist Rules for Revolution if you think that anything has changed).
    Regarding the last consecration of Russia, Bertone said Sr. Lucia indicated the the consecration was “accepted” by the Mother of God, but that did not mean it fulfilled her request. I think you need to get your head out of the sand and do some real research. I suggest you read the excellent work “The Whole Truth About Fatima” by Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite, “The Fourth Secret of Fatima” by Antonio Socci, and “The Secret Still Hidden” by Christopher Ferrara. Russia is not mentioned once by name in the Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary that Pope John Paul II performed in 1984. Instead he said, “Enlighten especially the peoples whose consecration and entrustment by us you are awaiting.” This is not what our Blessed Mother requested, and the Holy Father knew it. He admits that Our Lady is still awaiting the consecration. It is even more critical today to pray for the Holy Father so that he finally fulfills Our Lady’s request.

  • Midwester

    Have you read the text? Russia is not mentioned once. He actually prayed the following: “Enlighten especially
    the peoples whose consecration and entrustment by us you are awaiting.” If he performed the consecration, why is he saying that Our Lady is still awaiting the consecration? A careful reading of the text shows that he did not fulfill Our Lady’s request, and that he knew he did not. Our Lady asked for a collegial consecration, but many bishops did not co-consecrate with the Holy Father. Bertone wrote that Sister Lucia said that Our Lady “accepted” the consecration. Of course she accepted it, but it was obviously insufficient to fulfill Our Lady’s request.

  • Midwester

    Our Lady formally requested the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 13, 1929 at Tuy, Spain during a vision of the Blessed Trinity.

  • Midwester

    Melanie was not proved insane. The apparition was approved by Pius IX and the original prophesy was discovered in the Vatican archives in 2005 (if my memory serves me correctly).

  • Maggie

    Having met the man who was interpreter for Sister Lucia, I can relate that he said that she said that the consecration was accepted. But on the other hand it is obvious to me that the perhaps partial consecration has only brought about a partial fulfillment. Obviously we are not in an era of peace. No one can deny that. Perhaps only a partial fulfillment is also because Catholics have not done their part and are, in fact, much less devoted than they were years ago.
    Why could not the Romans and the Orthodox join together and make (or remake) this consecration? If the Orthodox wanted to consecrate the US to the Immaculate Heart, I certainly would have no problem with that. Tis a sad thing that Christians are not more united, especially those with the true sacraments.

  • Milton

    You are confusing the Consecration with the Triumph. Two different events.

    The Fatima conspiracy theorists are not only disobedient but they also suffer from bad logic. Their argument goes something like this: Russia is not behaving the way we like, therefore the Consecration was not done properly and the Church authorities must be lying. You see, the Fatima conspiracy theorists and the Catholic warmongers view the Consecration as some sort of weapon that was to be used to bend the will of Russia. But that is not how Consecrations work. The Church can never force a person to act against free will, even when that person has been consecrated.

    Not only are the Fatima conspiracy theorists disobedient and fallacious, but they are also dishonest. They refuse to look at the difference between Russia in 1917 and Russia today. Our Lady came to convert Russia from State-imposed Atheism. She was successful and anyone who has studied Russian history impartially and without nationalistic prejudice, knows that the difference between Russia in 1917 and the Russia today almost defies reason. Fatima conspiracy theorists will counter by saying that Russia has not fully converted from Orthodoxy to Catholicism, and therefore the Consecration was not done properly. Again, they view conversion as some sort of instant magic and consecration as a weapon. But they are again being dishonest. Our Lady of Fatima came in 1917, the same year that Russia abandoned her Orthodoxy and embraced Atheism. If Our Lady’s primary mission was to heal the centuries-old Eastern Schism, she would not have waited until 1917 to appear. Clearly, Atheism is a far worse situation than Schism (the Orthodox are closer to Rome than, say, Protestants) and this is why Our Lady came in 1917, the very year of the Atheist Revolution in Russia.

    So, while Russia is clearly converting, we still await the Triumph – an event which Our Lady did not detail, but one which we still await.

  • Milton

    The Devil fears a reunited Christianity more than anything. If the Orthodox return to full communion with Rome, then a spiritual snowballing will occur. Before you know it the Protestants will be returning to Rome. This is why Freemasons in the West are working so hard at destroying relations with Russia vis-a-vis Ukraine.

  • Milton

    The minute that Yanukovych was violently deposed, all bets were off and Russia had no choice but to secure her national security interests in Crimea. Putin did so brilliantly and responsibly, in a virtually bloodless manner given the circumstances (I think there were 3 casualties). Contrast Putin’s actions in Crimea with Poroshenko’s actions in the Donbass. I have yet to hear one prominent American Catholic voice condemn the unjust war currently being waged in the Donbass by the Western puppet Poroshenko. I have yet to hear one prominent American Catholic voice condemn the violent, Western-backed coup against Yanukovych. What a scandal of silence!!!

  • Why is it that the Church must bind herself to the letter of a private revelation, no matter how lofty – as Fatima certainly is – in order to carry on her primary mission?

    I’m a rosary-praying fool. Yet, even I realize that the Church’s mission of preaching conversion, repentance, and penance are more important and fulfill Our Lady’s will perfectly.

    Isn’t Russia part of humanity? Isn’t reconciliation with the Orthodox also of the greatest importance?

    The consecration has been done. Sister Lucia said so. And if Our Lady accepted, closure has been achieved. I’m satisfied.

  • Sev

    Just look at the pictures!!

  • JP

    So we worry about what the Russian Orthodox Church will think rather than what the Mother of God tells us to do. Hard to imagine. If Our Lady tells us to do something, we probably should do it as She requests!

  • guesto3

    In October 1917, at the little cove in Fatima, I planted the great seed of peace which was to come forth as the antidote to the Russian poison. There was to be a great victory and an exultation of the Catholic Church which would provide such a great power. None of this has happened because my request for the Consecration of Russia has not been fulfilled.

    Now, I must speak of the future. The Russian evil will continue to spread through all of its friends. As these events culminate, Catholics will see before their eyes what I have been describing. They will also remember that my words always carried a message of hope. There was always time, always a way, because of the mystery of my Immaculate Heart. So, the clamor will grow. Prayers for the consecration will increase. More important, I will hear these cries. I will use the evil events themselves to open the door. Finally, the Consecration will take place according to my request.

    In all things, a timetable exists. These are not fixed hours or days, but rather the goal that will be reached as the forces of good or evil are released. The timetable depends on the free will of every single person. When many hearts deeply desire and pray for the Consecration, the time of its fulfillment grows closer and comes sooner. To pray and sacrifice for that moment is everyone’s task.

    http://www.locutions.org/2014/08/2-waiting-for-the-consecration/

  • Joseph

    Russia is more of a force for good and peace today than the USA.

  • Joseph

    The anti-Russian hysteria also greatly bothers me. I highly respect President Putin for the leadership role he assumed in September 2013, averting the proposed American bombing of Syria.
    The author of this article’s accusation that the Russian militia in the Donbas shot down the Malaysian airplane is a nasty slander/gossip he will have to answer for in front of God’s judgment seat.
    Regarding the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, it is very similar to how France had to be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Since we Catholics believe that Jesus Christ and Theotokos truly appeared to Sister Lucia, and truly instructed her to ask the Pope to consecrate Russia, together with the Bishops, to Mary’s Immaculate Heart, there’s no wiggle room for us on this issue. Do we want to obey God and do the consecration, or not? It’s as simple as that.
    The Pope heading the instructions and consecrating Russia is not a judgment on the Russian Church and the Russian people’s devotion to Theotokos. Catholics are well aware of and very much admire Russia’s great devotion to Theotokos.

  • Georges Inglin, Switzerland

    The Pope should make an apostolic exhortation about the first Saturday’s devotion as asked by our Lord to Sister Lucia on December 10th, 1925. On February 15th, 1926, the Jesus Child appeared again to Sister Lucia and “What is being done to establish in the world the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of My Mother?”
    As soon as the Pope fulfills this for the Universal Church things will change rapidly to the good. Kind regards Georges Inglin, Switzerland

  • J.O.

    From what I understand from my research, Our Lady had requested that the Holy Father, in union with all the bishops, consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart.

    However, our Lady further predicted that it would be only the pope who would consecrate Russia to her for she said, “In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and it will be converted and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.” (Our Lady never predicted that ‘The Holy Father and the bishops of the world will consecrate Russia to me’.)

    Pope Pius XII consecrated Russia on July 7, 1952!

    Read the Apostolic Letter “Carissimis Russiae Populis” found at http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/consecra.htm

    Even more interesting is the use of the word “converted”. Many think it means that Russia would be converted to the Catholic Faith.

    However, another point of view is that the use of this word, “converted”, means that Russia would cease its persecutions and there would be peace for a certain period of time.

    Here are the examples that I found to support this thought:

    Proverbs 16:7- “When the ways of man shall please the Lord, He will convert even his enemies to peace.”

    Our Lady of Fatima: “If they listen to my requests, Russia will be converted and there will be peace.”

    Although we can not be sure, was the fall of the USSR the period of time issued where Russia would cease its persecutions for certain period of time?

  • Julie

    He is working now for new liturgist that will drawn on the sacred tradition of the liturgy….good read for all people..that reveals how Christmas, etc., is fulfillment of Jewish calendar is Cardinal Ratzinger, ‘Spirit of the Liturgy’.

    I live on West Coast…bishop is ordering all churches to have the tabernacle returned to center altar…after all, we go there for God…not to see each other up there as the focus…

  • John D

    It’s YOU Milton who haven’t carefully read Lucia’s memoirs or the real experts on the subject…Neither you nor I are those experts BTW. Here’s what O.L said in 1917…at the end of the Third Secret, only part of which has been released which you would realize if you could bring yourself to read about it..OOPS, that might be disobedient to the Church, though.. “In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. (How?) The Holy Father WILL consecrate Russia (collegially) to me (that’s how Milton!!)…Russia will be converted.Thant’s also how Milton! (only an imbecile, Milton can doubt that she means converted to Catholicism, not that the Orthodox have to shed their liturgical forms and traditions but that they will reunite with Rome, for what other conversion can she mean? Could it really mean the meaningless changes without world peace 30 years after the consecration that wasn’t? “Changes” you keep ignorantly trumpeting? Which are political only after all. As for this obedience to the Church crap Milton-how old are you sunny? Are you old enough to remember what the Church and the U.S.A. were like in the 1950’s and early 60’s? Well sunny boy I am! The U.S.A. is a Marxist cesspool right now and the Church is in its greatest crisis in history…If you think it’s not, please don’t embarrass yourself with any more self righteous comments about obedience! Don’t comment anymore because you are simply not recognizing the reality around you… Don’t call people who are concerned about how the Church now does almost nothing about the salvation of souls. .You see Milty, that’s the supreme reason the Church exists. So it’s not if one wants to save one’s soul…So keep going to your Novus Ordo circus and hear homilies about social justice and how wonderful you are, but with never a mention about purgatory, hell or especially confession..I mean, “reconciliation!

  • AnneM040359

    And I also wonder if Saint Pope John Paul II also back during the jubliee year of 2000 also said “sorry” in his list of making amends event for that infamous sacking of the capital of the long gone Byzantine Empire.

  • SnowBunting

    Didn’t Pope JPII say Russia was consecrated himself? Does anyone know if he actually said this?

  • SnowBunting

    Wouldn’t it be better for those of us who care about and know about Fatima and the Consecration, to pray for God’s Will to be done? Either way I think it would be best because arguing with one another is yet another ploy of the enemy, Satan, to divide us and do further harm. Arguing certainly will not please God or the Blessed Virgin and won’t get the job done.
    The Blessed Virgin did say it would be done.

  • oyecomova

    ..absolutely no evidence of insight into why Russia might be feeling threatened as US invested 5billion into destabilizing Ukraine….according to Nuland…. why was John McCain encouraging an uprising against a sovereign govt. in person? why was CIA director dispatched to Kiev shortly after putsch? why were men, women and children standing in front of Kiev’s tanks in Donetsk before bullets started flying( encouraged by said CIA director) …. did US/NATO really expect that Russia would sit back and allow Crimea,its only warm water access port to become NATO friendly? seriously?? … no, this analysis could have been written by the White House and because of its total absence of balance has to be rejected ….

  • oyecomova

    Father Essien no longer stands by these ‘locutions’ but the seer insists on putting out political ideas…which somehow don’t always sound heavenly

  • Midwester

    He never said it, Snowbunting. He said “Enlighten especially the peoples whose consecration and entrustment by us you are awaiting.” In other words, Russia is still awaiting consecration…

  • Midwester

    Please Wolverine, do your research. Russia was never consecrated as Our Lady requested. Read the comments above.

  • SnowBunting

    So much controversy with this issue. I take comfort in that The Blessed Virgin said it would be done, though late… and that God knew it would go this way.

  • Midwester

    I give up. Teofilo de Jesus, if your mother asked you to take out the garbage, would you do it? Our Lady requested that the Popes consecrate RUSSIA to her Immaculate Heart. She promised peace if her request was honored, and the annihilation of Nations if it was not. Why is it so hard to fulfill our Mother’s request as she asked? It has never been done. Sister Lucia never said it was done. Cardinal Bertone reported that Sister Lucia said it was “accepted by heaven”, a careful play on words that confused many good Christians, and persuaded many to stop praying for the consecration to be done. Even Pope John Paul II admitted, in his “consecration” prayer that Russia was still awaiting consecration.
    Also, do you understand the place of our Lady in salvation history? ALL GRACE comes through her hands. Don’t EVER minimize her role in salvation. Without her fiat, we are a doomed race. Her will is perfectly conformed to the will of the Father, so how could she will anything other than what God wills? The statement you made: “Yet, even I realize that the Church’s mission of preaching conversion,
    repentance, and penance are more important and fulfill Our Lady’s will
    perfectly.” demonstrates an ignorance of her role. Don’t you recognize that she ALWAYS wills what her Son wills? She is the pinnacle of His creation, the most perfect being possible without being God. It is painful to see how little she is understood or esteemed, as is demonstrated in your comment. There is sooo much theological confusion these days…

  • Spare me the lecture. I know her I’m consecrated to her, I’m in a covenant of love with her. I don’t need you to remind me of who She is. I’m not the issue.

    The issue is you don’t accept the consecration of Russia took place, nor that her acceptance closes the issue. Your denial creates scandal and confuses the faithful.

    Furthermore, your create distinctions between you and I to draw contrasts where there are none. You create enmity gratuitously between you and those you disagree with. You should reflect on your shortcomings, and resolve to overcome them on this NewYear.

    +JMJ,
    ~Theo

  • Midwester

    Teofilo,
    I must have hit a sensitive spot. No, I don’t believe the consecration took place as requested by our Lady, and I pointed out your heresy. Sorry to push you out of your comfort zone.

  • Huh? The only thing that has “pushed me out of my comfort zone” was today’s weather – previously predicted to be only a minor commuting nuisance. Alas, not so.

    But I digress…

    Yes, we differ as to whether the consecration took place or not. I stick with what Pope St. John Paul and Sister Lucía said about it, and with the Church. You are free to go wherever you choose. It is your decision after all. Be well.

    +JMJ,
    ~Theo

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