Pope John Paul II says:
The Message of Fatima Imposes An
Obligation On The Church
Pope John Paul II made the above statement about the Message of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, 1982 when he went to Fatima. Father Joseph de St. Marie, as we reported in a previous article, outlined a few years ago some reasons why not only the laity but also the Bishops must obey Our Lady of Fatima. Since this point is the one of the most misunderstood aspects of Our Lady's appearance at Fatima we give here a brief review of some of the Scriptural and Dogmatic basis for the Pope's conclusions stated above. This article concludes with some practical steps to take in the light of the present day situation in the Church.
Dear Friend of Our Lady:
Is it not true that we "must not despise prophecy (1 Thess. 5:19-22) but test all things and hold fast to that which is good." And has not the Fatima Message been tested and found to be good by five successive Pontiffs, including Pope John Paul II. And, therefore, since it has been found to be good, must we not all hold fast to these commands of God for our time.
And is it not true that the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that God sends prophets to every generation to remind the faithful what they must do to save their souls. Pope John Paul II says, "The Message of Fatima is more relevant and more urgent today than it was 65 years ago." Therefore, are we not bound to obey Our Lady of Fatima, since God, Who does nothing uselessly, sent His Mother the Queen of Prophets to Sister Lucy at Fatima to give this message for our times.
And is it not true that Jesus rebuked the city Capharnaum in these words: "And thou, Capharnaum, shalt thou be exalted to heaven? Thou shalt be thrust down to hell! For if the miracles had been worked in Sodom that have been worked in thee, perhaps it would have remained to this day." (Matt. 11:23)
Therefore, does it not follow that when God authenticates and certifies His Message by miracles that this imposes an obligation to believe and to obey His commands that are so authenticated.
And is it not true that the miracle of Fatima was one of the greatest miracles God worked; it was a sign in the heavens. Even the Pharasees said they would have believed in Jesus had they seen such a sign from Him, and yet Jesus refused to give them this sign but reserved it for our time. And, therefore, do we not have a greater obligation to believe and obey, considering the greatness and number of miracles worked in Fatima. Jesus said that even the city of Sodom, which was destroyed for its sins, by fire from heaven — would perhaps have repented had it seen the miracles worked in Capharnaum. Yet the miracle of Fatima is much greater than these miracles. And thus, are we not obliged to believe and obey much more.
And is it not true we are even more bound to obey when we see all the prophecies made by Our Lady of Fatima being fulfilled before our eyes. The fulfillment of prophecy — also certainly proves the truth of this message and that it comes from God. This is so because Vatican Council I solemnly teaches that real miracles and prophecies constitute the surest signs of God's revelation.
And is it not true that the Church is built upon the Apostles and the Prophets (see Eph. 2:20; see also 1 Cor. 12:28). The Prophets referred to are the prophets of the New Testament.
And is it not true that the Church today is built upon the successors of the Apostles? The Pope is successor of St. Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, the Rock upon which Christ founded His Church and the Catholic Bishops in Communion with the Pope are the successors of the other Apostles.
And is it not true the Church is still built upon the prophets of the New Testament, not only those prophets who lived at the time the New Testament was being written, but also their successors who are living today in the New Covenant. This covenant is renewed at each Holy Sacrifice of the Mass when the priest offers the Chalice of the New and Eternal Testament. These prophets of our time receive messages from God to be transmitted to the Catholic Faithful and people of good will everywhere. As Pope John Paul II said, the Message of Our Lady of Fatima is "addressed to every human being."
Is it not, therefore, true that Sister Lucy of Fatima, who is still alive, and her two cousins, Jacinta and Francisco, who died in 1919 and 1920, also were in the sense of scripture — prophets of the New Testament giving a message to the whole Church.
And is it not, therefore, true that the Church has recognized this role and vocation of Sister Lucy and her two cousins by recognizing the authenticity of the Fatima Message.
And is it not, therefore, true that once the Pope and the appropriate local Bishops have recognized the Message of Fatima as coming from God that the Faithful are bound to obey this message, not as obeying the prophet but as obeying God Who has used the prophet to transmit His message to the Faithful.
And is it not also true that the Pope and all the Catholic Bishops must also obey the Message of Fatima, not only in those requests that are addressed to all the Faithful, but also specifically in those requests that have been addressed to them exclusively and explicitly.
And is it not true that this obedience requesting the Consecration of Russia and which is owed to God by the Pope and the Bishops is a serious duty. The very peace of the whole world awaits and depends upon the obedience of the bishops to this Command of God and Our Lady. In fact, several nations will be entirely wiped out — ANNIHILATED — if the Catholic Bishops do not fulfill this simple request of Our Lady of Fatima in time. Above all, the salvation of many souls depends upon the bishops' obedience.
Furthermore, is it not true that the preservation of the Faith and the full freedom of the Roman Catholic Church, especially in Communist dominated lands, is dependent upon the obedience to this request by God that the Pope and the Bishops perform this Act of Consecration. It is the only means whereby Russia will be converted and thereby will stop persecuting the Church and spreading among the Faithful everywhere — errors against the Faith.
And, therefore, since the Faith itself is in danger and the salvation of many souls is in jeopardy due to the lack of compliance of the Pope and the Bishops to this Command of God, is it not justified and even demanded that we resist by whatever legitimate means at our disposal, those Bishops who show themselves opposed to fulfilling this request of Our Lady of Fatima?
St. Robert Bellarmine, who is a Saint and Doctor of the Catholic Church, teaches that we must resist, even with physical force if necessary, those Bishops who do things which endanger the Catholic Faith. There is no greater danger to the Faith today than Marxism as both Our Lady of Fatima tells us as well as recently, Cardinal Ratzinger. Since there is no other solution but the Consecration of Russia by the bishops in the form prescribed by Our Lady, surely our resistance is justified and now necessary, since it is over 56 years ago that Our Lady said, "The Moment has now come for the Pope, together with all the Bishops of the world, to Consecrate Russia to My Immaculate Heart." No other means will work, since Jesus said He would "save Russia by this means."
In light of the foregoing facts, are we not duty bound to resist prelates who, while enjoying external freedom from Government interference, do not positively show themselves in favor of obeying this request of Our Lady of Fatima?
Therefore, dear friends, we ask you to do your duty in doing what you can to bring about the Collegial Consecration of Russia. We remind you that the Holy Pontiffs, together with Vatican Council I and the Oecumenical Council of Lyons solemnly defined and taught that each member of the Faithful may appeal directly to the Pope in any matter that pertains to Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. Therefore, since the hour is grave and it is very late, we beg you to appeal to the Pope for a ruling so that we can (if He so rules that it is right) use whatever legitimate means we can to get the Bishops to obey Our Lady of Fatima. For Cardinal Gagnon, who works in the Vatican, says that it is up to the laity to get the Bishops to obey the Pope. In answer to the question how to get obedience to a certain Vatican document, Cardinal Gagnon replied, "But whatever is in the document will not be implemented unless the Catholic community demands it. They can say we are not going to give one more cent to the parish or to the Church until you obey. And then they can give their money to other places, that are genuinely Catholic, genuinely obedient to the teachings of the Holy See."
Would this teaching of Cardinal Gagnon not apply even more to getting the Bishops to obey Our Lady? Is this not especially so because only by the Consecration of Russia by the Catholic Bishops as Our Lady at Fatima requested, will we be saved from open Marxist attack and world-wide Marxist oppression with the consequent loss of many souls and the danger to our own salvation under their terrible persecution.
Dear friends, please, in consideration of all the above, join us in sending the following petition to the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.
May it please Your Holiness,
In view of the Command of God given through Our Lady of Fatima to Your Holiness and to your brother Bishops to Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and in view of the fact that until this Command is obeyed, Russia will continue to terribly persecute the Church and Your Holiness and that entire nations will be totally wiped out if it is not obeyed soon, we ask you to let it be known clearly by your words and actions to the Faithful that the Faithful may seek to persuade the Bishops to obey Our Lady of Fatima by legitimate sanctions. Please let this be known clearly; soon for the time is short.
Alternatively, if it please Your Holiness, if circumstances allow you to, command your brother Bishops under pain of excommunication, to obey this Command of God before millions of people perish in the next World War.
At the very least, please let Sister Lucy speak now clearly, unambiguously to the world to tell the Faithful what they must do to save themselves.
May it please Your Holiness, that since the hour is so grave, and since You are under great pressure from the enemies of God to not fulfill the request of Our Lady, would you please help us come to your and our own aid. That is, we humbly ask Your Holiness to release the Secret of Fatima in its entirety so that the people everywhere may realize the great need they have to fervently pray the Rosary and do Penance. In Biblical times, when the people of Nineve understood from Jonah that unless they repented their civilization would be destroyed within forty days, the people, upon learning this, repented in time and avoided the destruction of their civilization. So too, our time has been given a similar Message from God in the Secret of Fatima but most people will not know this unless you release this Message to us. Without this knowledge, the people feel secure in their ignorance. If you would release it, perhaps the people of our generation will repent in time and obtain by their prayers the graces you and the Catholic Bishops need to Consecrate Russia as God and Our Lady commanded. Without this knowledge we all perish. Please release this Secret of Fatima to the world before it is too late.
Since the Vatican-Moscow Agreement of 1962 has finally come to light, and since Cardinal Gagnon has recently acknowledged that evil forces within the Vatican as well as in various national governments are preventing Your Holiness from ruling the Church effectively, we understand that Your Holiness may find it impossible to respond to this, our petition. We want you to know we do support you and will be praying a great deal for Your Holiness so that you will soon be able to obey this command of Our Lord and Our Lady of Fatima to solemnly and publicly, together with all the Catholic Bishops on the same day, Consecrate Russia specifically to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We know that you want to obey Our Lady of Fatima but that you, by yourself do not have the strength in face of the many hidden pressures against you so we pray for you so that you may obtain the necessary Grace to fulfill this Command of God. We also offer Your Holiness our moral support.
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