Help Pope John Paul II free the Church from Moscow's clutches
Dear Friend of Jesus and Mary,
The Church is in a battle. It is not a battle that has been chosen by the Church rather it is a war that evil men have chosen to pick with the Church. It is primarily the fight of the devil and his followers against Our Lady of Fatima and Her followers. The Blessed Virgin Mary is to triumph over the devil, She shall crush the serpent's head. Her final victory is assured. "In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, it will be converted and a period of Peace will be given to the World."
This fight of the Church with the forces of Communism is based on the fact that the Church - the new Jerusalem - promotes, fosters and teaches people to avoid; sin, the devil, his pomps and works, the desires of the flesh and those people who have given themselves over to the pursuit of sin. Pope John Paul II knows we are in a fight against Marxism, and Communism. He has said so clearly in his encyclical published in 1986.
Faced with this fight against organized militant Atheism which did not start today or yesterday but many years ago, the Church, that is the Pope, the Bishops, priests and laity have been faced with different choices - which essentially break down to two - either to fight or to give up the fight. There appears to be other choices but this is only in appearance.
Let us first of all remember that the Church is faced with a powerful enemy. That all the powers of the devil and of all the devil's followers eventually in various ways lend their support to this enemy. The enemy has power, influence, money, political power both nationally and internationally. It has powerful sympathizers at all levels of society. It has military might. It has torture and secret police to back it up.
Against the physical strength - the Church has nothing. Its financial strength is nil compared to the billions and billions of dollars the Communist apparatus has around the world. The Church has a moral voice that is still highly respected but against this, the militant Atheists in North America and around the world have control of most of the media, so that the message of the Church and the Pope does not get out very clearly. Furthermore, subtle attacks are made upon its moral authority so that the Church continues to lose its ground.
The Civil authority's role is to uphold the Law of God and to protect the God-given rights of the Church. Since the Atheists took over in Russia the Church is dependent on the "free" West to protect it from the military might of Russia, but since 1917 and especially after 1945 - the Church could not depend on the West to protect the flock behind Russia's iron curtain.
In fact, the advance of Soviet domination goes on and on. Now there is Nicaragua, Afghanistan, etc. One billion and 500 million people are enslaved with no free country prepared to liberate the captive nations. About half of the world is already under Soviet domination and the rest of the world is not safe. In fact we are in grave danger. There is evidence the Soviets are ready to take over many more places very soon.
For example, the Nicaraguan Communist Minister Thomas Borge has stated publicly that they intend to invade all Central American countries. And after enslaving them all including Mexico, they intend to invade the U.S.A. with the avowed intention of killing millions of American citizens.
Against such prospects there have been those who have deluded themselves and their followers with the thought that we need not worry because Communist Russia is changing, Russia is converting. Such nonsense is not new. Even in supposedly pious Fatima circles in the 1950's there were a few wild-eyed optimists who said Russia had dropped its goal of world-wide enslavement of the rest of us. Yet, since 1960, very many people have been murdered, enslaved, and tortured by Soviet Russia and its agents. Many whole countries have been enslaved.
Recall the example of the boat people of Vietnam in the 1970's who fled out to sea risking their lives (many thousands did die out at sea) rather than stay in Communist Vietnam. Recall the three million Cambodians killed in 3 years from 1975 to 1978 by Communist masters who killed one half the total population of that country. Obviously Russia and the Communists had not changed. But such propaganda from even Catholics and people pretending to promote Fatima shows how effective the Soviet propaganda machine was then.
It is still true today that Soviet Russia has not changed today nor has its propaganda. Let us in 1987 observe the fact that there is one "Catholic" magazine which devotes many pages of a recent issue to spreading this old lie. Yet the war in Afghanistan rages on. The torture, the cruelty, the murders of the poor Afghans continues unabated. The armed invasion of Afghanistan, a sovereign country by Communist Russia has not ceased rather, it continues. There is no apology, no pullback of Soviet troops, no cessation of victims and refugees and Soul magazine tells us Russia is converting!
In Nicaragua, Moscow through its puppet regime of the Sandinistas still fights the Church. By means of military power, financial support, state television and the press, the Sandinista puppet regime attacks the Church by "creating" a new popular church. By this strategy, the Communists seek to destroy the Catholic Church by replacing it with a puppet church, a tool of the Communists. There the Sandinistas attack the Bishops to intimidate them.
As of March 1987, the Sandinistas have not allowed Bishop Vega, a native Nicaraguan, who is the President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nicaragua, to return there after forcibly exiling him in July 1986. If the alleged conversion of Russia were genuine then Bishop Vega would be allowed to return and the "popular" Sandinista church disbanded. Then the Catholic priests of Lithuania and other places now in Soviet prisons would be released. They have not been. They are still unjustly sentenced and harshly treated.
In the Ukraine, the Eastern Rite Catholics there are all treated badly as a matter of public policy by the Soviets. By imposing the phoney Synod of Lviv of 1946 and officially recognized by the KGB stooge Russian Orthodox Church, the Russian Communists have outlawed the Eastern Rite Catholics from practicing their faith and remaining faithful to Rome.
They have defined by this false Synod that if you are Eastern Rite in the Ukraine, then you must go to the scheismatic Russian Orthodox church. Yet the Russians claim the Ukrainians are free topractice their religion. This still goes on to this day. The Pope knows this and has denounced this false Synod imposed by the Russian Communists.
The Pope knows he should obey Our Lady of Fatima, in order to stop all this persecution, but he feels he needs more help. He needs your prayers and your moral support. But because of the power of the Communists over the large territories where the Church is, the Pope cannot speak out very loudly and clearly and repeatedly to let you know how badly he needs your help.
He is still (until he feels enough support from the whole church - especially in that part living in what is called "the free world") constrained to negotiate with the Communists because he is trying to help those behind the iron curtain. One of the terms of negotiation with Moscow is that the Pope and the Bishops do not denounce the errors of Communism. This silence keeps the rest of the people living in false security because the watchmen (the Pope and the Bishops) have been forced to keep silence. Thus, over time the Communists hope to enslave us all because most of our leaders have been silenced and over time the flock, taking the silence to be an indication that all is well, will go on not realizing the danger they are in until it is too late. Meanwhile, Soviet propaganda is not silent, so-called "Catholic" papers and magazines subtly introduce Communist ideas into the minds of the unsuspecting faithful. The Soviets hope to win the propaganda war - whereby the faithful will one day wake up and welcome Communism because they have been led to believe it is compatible with Christianity. Such a lie which has been repeated often enough, while not opposed by the Bishops has already misled millions of people and will mislead millions more if it continues.
That is what is happening even in the United States and Canada. Even bishops are found to be promoting Marxism as if it were good. Others do not say this but promote it in fact by lending the Church's prestige and money to the Communist cause. This is done through various groups appearing to be in the Church (See Hamish Fraser's article on this in Issue #19, page 7 of The Fatima Crusader).
Over time, in fact very soon, unless the Pope and the Bishops do obey Jesus' command to consecrate Russia then we shall all be enslaved. Then the Catholic bishops will be imprisoned and executed as Jesus indicated in that frightful prophecy in 1931 to Sister Lucia given in Rianjo, Spain.
Briefly, then the Church can fight, keep silent about Communism, or give up the fight and embrace Communism. If it gives up, we shall all be Communist and cease being Catholic.
This would be the obvious result of the Church embracing Communism. To this obvious conclusion, there are those who imply we need not be concerned about the Church falling under the domination of Communist Russia because the Church, Jesus told us, will remain to the end of time. To this we must point out that Jesus also told us there would be a great falling away from the faith before He returned.
Scripture tells us that there would be a great Apostasy (1 Th. 2: 11). So while a few will remain faithful and therefore demonstrate on Judgment Day the truth that the Church did in fact remain to the end of time, for a great number of people under world-wide Soviet oppression, they will apostatize and thereby lose their souls.
If the Church chooses to keep silent we shall in time all become Communists as explained above. If the Church fights Communism it is not enough to simply oppose Communism with the Church's meager natural means, it must use the weapons of God. It must obey this plan of God.
It was not enough for Moses to be chosen leader of the people of God in the Old Testament. He had to believe and obey God before he and the people escaped the military might of the Egyptian army. He had to make a simple act of faith and obedience required of him. He had to extend his hand over the Red Sea. The Pope and the Bishops must obey the command of Jesus given through the Message of Fatima and as expressed by Our Lady.
But we must do our part. The Pope at present, wants to do what Our Lady asks, at the same time he feels he cannot do it yet. In the meantime he feels he must negotiate with the Communists and thus he cannot speak out as repeatedly as necessary.
Thus, we see his policy eventually leads to surrender in the long run, but he hopes against hope for a way out. It would seem there is a plan in Divine Providence for a way out. Divine Providence has raised up The Fatima Crusader. This is not to praise this magazine but in fact as far as we know there is no other Fatima paper or any other Catholic paper devoted to this cause which God tells us is the only way out.
Against tremendous odds God through Our Lady of Fatima has miraculously preserved this tiny voice (The Fatima Crusader) to keep speaking out. In 10 years we have gone from circulating 20,000 copies per issue in 1978 to 500,000 copies circulated in 1987.
We have by Our Lady's intercession been able this year to be on the radio for 5 days a week in over 30 radio stations and 1 day a week in about 20 more radio stations reaching all 48 states in continental U.S.A. and reaching all 10 provinces in Canada with a potential audience of over 200 million daily.
But this is only possible with your continued support. Such support has been forthcoming from the little people with their $10.00, $100.00, and $1000.00. We have no one person or group underwriting this campaign for world peace and international security and freedom except you and people like you. It is a proof that there are many good people out there who want to help Our Lady - and who have done so.
But more is needed because those who spread lies regarding the conversion of Soviet Russia have not ceased nor have those who distort the Fatima Message ceased from distorting it. So we must proclaim ever wider ("from the rooftops") and louder and clearer the Fatima Message. Our expenses for the radio program are about $15,000 each week. Each issue of the Fatima Crusader costs us about $200,000. There is no other daily Fatima radio program in North America. Nor is there any other regular weekly program speaking explicitly about Fatima.
Yet all sorts of false religions and false religious information has millions of dollars to spend on radio and TV. Billions of dollars are spent on defense, and yet the only real defense program is the full implementation of the Fatima Message. We have launched out in trust in Our Lady of Fatima, that She will inspire you to support this initiative.
We are sure that you will not refuse Our Lady's invitation to you to show in a practical way your love for Her. You will be richly rewarded by Her for doing so because it is to Her words at Fatima that God has entrusted the Peace of the World and the salvation of many souls. Let us not claim to be devoted to Our Lady in words and then do nothing to promote Her Fatima Message. Let us do all we can for our loving Mother.
There is still more to do. We must get on TV with the Fatima Message. We are presently about to launch into this very powerful way of reaching millions of homes. Our Lady's full message to the world is very close to finally reaching millions and millions on TV.
We shall keep you informed on this. Please continue with your prayerful support. Please help us by your contributions. There is no other large circulation magazine in North America and in the English-speaking world giving you the full message of Fatima. Others choose to not tell you the truth about Russia.
The Pope needs the moral support and the prayerful support of the faithful followers of Our Lady of Fatima. There is no other wide circulation paper dedicated to promoting fully Our Lady of Fatima's cause and entire message but The Fatima Crusader. So in effect, it seems the one way you have of supporting the Pope in his efforts to obey Our Lady of Fatima as he hopes against hope in the circumstances he finds the Universal Church in, is to support The Fatima Crusader.
Continue to help us explain the issues, the factors, the hidden plots and schemes that are in the Pope's way, preventing him from obeying Our Lady of Fatima. As long as the conspirators against Our Lady of Fatima are unopposed they will continue to stop this one and only peace plan and defense program. Help us to set the moral climate whereby it will be easy for the Pope and the Bishops to obey Our Lady of Fatima.
Help us to circulate the petitions and the requests for prayers so that the Pope and the Bishops will soon obey. Help us help you avoid enslavement and death under Soviet domination. Help us save the many souls that would otherwise be lost because they deny the faith under Soviet persecution here in the United States and Canada.
Remember help us now or it may be too late for all of us. When the day falls, there may be no place to run to. Unlike the boat people who could come to the U.S.A. and Canada - there would be no free place left to run to. Your money will then be worthless, so you are better off investing part of it now in this only insurance policy (The Full Fatima Message) that will guarantee you freedom from Communist Soviet domination. Sister Lucia said Our Lady will protect all Her dear ones. Remember that was demonstrated in Hiroshima when, through Our Lady's intercession, eight men lived through the Atomic blast. Let us prove our love for Her by obeying Her with our prayers and sacrifices. Let us prove our love for Her by doing all we possibly can to promote knowledge of and obedience to Our Lady of Fatima's full message.
Remember what Sister Lucia said, "We should not wait for an appeal to the world to come from Rome on the part of the Holy Father, to do penance. Nor should we wait for the call to penance to come from our bishops in our dioceses nor from the religious congregations."
I have already explained why the Pope and the Bishops cannot and will not do this. Sister Lucia explains the spiritual reason, "Our Lord has already very often used these means and the world has not paid attention. That is why now, it is necessary for each one of us to begin to reform himself spiritually. Each person must not only save his own soul but also all the souls that God has placed on our path."
I have spent 10 years of my life, as a priest working fulltime, sometimes as much as 18 hours in one day, because I am convinced that you will respond to Our Lady's full message if only you knew it. I appeal to you now to give generously or else I shall be forced to be silent like most other clergy are now forced to be.
I and my helpers pray for you every day and I remember you at my daily mass. Father Michael Jarecki and Father Victor Soroka join me in sending you our priestly blessing.
Please pray for me and my dedicated staff (some of whom also work 10 to 15 hours almost every day) of volunteers and employees who together with you make all this work on behalf of Our Lady of Fatima possible. God bless you and Our Lady of Fatima draw you ever closer to Her Divine Son Jesus.
Yours sincerely in Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L., S.T.D. (Cand.)
P.S. Please send $25, $50 or $100 or what ever you can afford. Your contribution is indeed greatly needed and very much appreciated. Our Lady and our Lord will richly bless you for giving to this most important work of theirs. I cannot, without your help, continue to cry out Our Lady of Fatima's full message. I desperately need your support now. My current expenses are well over $200,000 to pay for this issue of The Fatima Crusader. I must also pay over $15,000 per week for the radio broadcasts.
P.P.S. I do not have this money but I have been led by Jesus and Mary to trust you and Her other faithful followers to pay the printers, the radio stations and the various tradesmen who are needed to produce The Fatima Crusader and "Heaven's Peace Plan" radio program. I am confident you will not only help us pay for these current bills but allow us to very soon put the Fatima Message on TV all over the U.S.A. and Canada. Please be as generous as you can.