Newsletter n°52 (31 May 2017)
During this month of May when we have had the joy of celebrating the centenary of the first apparition Our Lady at Fatima, the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary has been brought to the fore several times. Such as on the 13th of May, when Cardinal Paul Cordes, former president of the pontifical council Cor unum, during the course of his sermon for the Mass which closed the Marian Congress of Kazakhstan, made the following declaration:
He [Pope Jean-Paul II] had been interested for a long time by that significant mission which the Holy Mother of God gave to the little seers: to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He himself made this consecration on the 25th of March 1984, when the statue of Our Lady of Fatima came to Rome. However, he refrained from explicitly mentioning Russia, because the Vatican diplomats had asked him, with insistence, not to mention this country, as it would risk provoking diplomatic conflicts. Shortly afterwards, he invited me to lunch. In our little circle, he talked of the urge he felt to also mention Russia during this consecration, before finally giving in to his advisers.
These comments by Cardinal Cordes confirm what had been said some time before by Father Gabriel Amorth, the exorcist for the diocese of Rome. In December 2015 he had confided to Life Site (lifesitenews.com):
The consecration has not yet been made. I was there on the 25th of March 1984 in Saint Peter’s Square, in the front row; I could practically touch the Holy Father. Jean-Paul II wanted to consecrate Russia, but his entourage did not, afraid of upsetting the Orthodox Church. ( … ) When His Holiness, kneeling, consecrated the world, he added a phrase which was not in the version which had been handed out, saying consecrate “especially the nations for whom you yourself have asked the consecration”.
Consequently, this included, indirectly, Russia. However, the specific consecration has not yet been made. It can still be done. I would even say: it will certainly be done.
A few days after the declaration by Cardinal Cordes, on the 19th of May during the course of the Rome Life Forum 2017, Cardinal Burke asked Catholics to faithfully “work for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” in accordance with the request made by Our Lady at Fatima, adding:
The requested consecration is at once a recognition of the importance which Russia continues to have in God’s plan for peace, and a sign of profound love for our brothers and sisters in Russia.
Certainly, Pope Jean-Paul II consecrated the world, including Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the 25th of March 1984. But, today, once again, we hear the call of Our Lady of Fatima to consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart according to her explicit instructions.
In the probable desire to counter the objections of those who consider that this consecration has already been made, the Cardinal also recalls this phrase from Jean-Paul II: “Mary’s appeal is not for just once. Her appeal must be taken up by generation after generation, in accordance with the ever new ‘signs of the times’. It must be unceasingly turned to. It must ever be taken up anew.”
Just after Cardinal Burke’s appeal, Monseigneur Athanasius Schneider, who also took part in the forum, declared that he regarded as “very important” the initiative of Cardinal Burke to ask the Holy Father to consecrate “explicitly” Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as this consecration “will fulfill Our Lady’s request most completely and most perfectly”, adding that it “will procure many graces for the Church” as well as “for Russia and the Church in Russia”, as, he explains, it is necessary that Russia arrives at “a complete conversion, in other words, Catholic in full communion with the Holy See”. Then he signed a petition launched by Life Site to ask that the Holy Father consecrate Russia.
These different interventions confirm, once again, that most of the Fatima experts have always affirmed that none of the different acts accomplished by the Popes up till now have respected all the conditions stipulated by Our Lady for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (for more details on these different acts see newsletter n°41).
It would be too long to list here all the reasons given by these experts. Here is, simply, the testimony of Canon Pierre Caillon who was President of L’Apostolat mondial de Fatima. In 1986 he went to Portugal for an important symposium. On the journey, he visited a good friend of Sister Lucia who went to see her on a regular basis. Having asked her the question “And the consecration of Russia?”, the lady replied: “If you like, I’ll swear on the Bible: the consecration of Russia has not happened.” He then stayed at Fatima with a member of Sister Lucia’s family who repeated to him several times: “The consecration of Russia has not happened. I can tell you this because Lucia repeats it to everybody.” (See Canon Caillon’s complete declaration HERE)
Three years later, in May 1989, Sister Lucia received a visit from the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Law, who was accompanying a pilgrimage to Portugal. During the course of this visit, she said to him: “The Holy Father thinks that the consecration has been made in the best possible way under the circumstances. Has it been made according to the strict conditions for the collegial consecration that Our Lady requested? No, it hasn’t yet been done.”
Some people have pointed out that from August of this same year onwards, some type-written letters bearing Sister Lucia’s signature say that the consecration has been made. These letters are very curious: one of them contains mistakes so serious that it can’t possibly have been written by Sister Lucia. And most of the experts consider them to be fabrications.
Moreover, Sister Lucia has never explained why she suddenly changed her mind, nor why the day of reparation and approbation of the first Saturdays of the month was no longer necessary to satisfy Our Lady’s request.
Even more curious: two years later, during his second pilgrimage to Fatima, Jean-Paul II met with Sister Lucia; after their talk, there was no statement issued. If Sister Lucia had confirmed that the consecration had been made, Jean-Paul II would surely have made it known.
And during his third pilgrimage to Fatima in 2000, Jean-Paul II did not meet Sister Lucia who had, moreover, come to Fatima for the occasion at his request. Was this not an ideal opportunity for her to officially confirm that the 1984 consecration corresponded with Our Lady’s requests?
Finally, after 1990, there was no other declaration or writing from Sister Lucia affirming that the consecration had been made. And every time the Vatican wanted to draw on a statement from Sister Lucia to affirm that the consecration had been made and had been accepted by Our Lady, it could only present a few letters issued in 1989 and 1990. Thus, in the file which accompanied the text of the third secret released by the Vatican on the 26th of June 2000, all that is quoted is a short extract from one of these letters. And again, when in 2007 the Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, published a book entitled The Last Seer of Fatima, on the interviews he had with Sister Lucia in 2000, 2001 and 2003, the only written testimony he presented was the letter quoted in the file published in 2000.
In short, just until the beginning of 1989, Sister Lucia categorically affirmed that the consecration had not been made as Our Lady wished it. At the end of 1989, beginning of 1990, some letters, which one can seriously doubt as being by Sister Lucia, affirm that the consecration had been made. Then, following this, and up until her death, there is no other declaration from Sister Lucia. Such absence of any statement is strange. In particular, how is it that Sister Lucia, who had worked so much to have the consecration made in the form asked for by Our Lady, never thanked the Holy Father for making it. And even if Sister Lucia had changed her mind after 1989, does not this silence of the following 16 years signify that she had gone back to her first analysis?
Nota: For those who wish a more detailed analysis of this question, we recommend the book by Joseph de Belfont Mystères et vérités cachées du troisième secret de Fatima recently republished by Nouvelles Editions Latines for the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima. You will also find on this page of our website a summary of the arguments he has assembled.
In any case, as Cardinal Burke says, even if the 1984 consecration had been accepted by Our Lady, there is nothing to prevent it being renewed, making sure that this time all the conditions asked for be respected. Moreover, it is not rare for such consecrations to be renewed. In this way, the Bishops of Portugal have consecrated their country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary several times: on the 13th of May 1931, just after the recognition by Mgr. da Silva of the authenticity of the apparitions at Fatima; they then renewed this consecration on the 13th of May 1938 after the success of the Frente Popular, victorious in the elections of the 16th of February 1936 and against the threat of revolution which weighed upon the country. Sister Lucia affirmed that it was because of these two consecrations that Portugal was then spared from the war. And after the war, the Bishops again consecrated Portugal on the 8th of December 1946 and on the 17th of May 1959.
For all these reasons, it seems to us to be very important to pray for the success of Cardinal Burke’s initiative. All this is happening precisely at the moment when the second series of five first Saturdays of the month for 2017 is being launched, a series during which it is proposed that a particular grace be asked for: that the Pope consecrate Russia as the Holy Virgin asked it to be done. We hope large numbers of you will register for this second series. Given the importance of the subject and so as to encourage the greatest possible number of you to pray with this intention, we have taken the liberty of continuing to send the meditations for the second series (on the glorious mysteries) to all those who have done the first series.
Moreover, the petition launched by Life Site to support Cardinal Burke’s initiative seems to us most pertinent. We suggest signing it. However, rather than just doing this, it seems preferable to also prepare a letter addressed to Cardinal Burke and Mgr. Schneider coming from Cap Fatima 2017. This initiative will be put into place in the following days and will be proposed in the next newsletter.
Pray, without further ado, that in this year of the centenary of the apparitions, the Holy Father will finally consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
In union of prayer in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Yves de Lassus,
Cap Fatima 2017.