"There is a Conspiracy Against
Christopher A. Ferrara, Esq. delivered an address at the Fatima 2000 conference in which he presented a canonical defense of Father Gruner. Mr. Ferrara is a civil attorney who has rendered assistance to Father Gruner in various matters. He has reviewed the voluminous documents in Father's case and was able to distill them into a clear and simple account of how a good priest has been relentlessly persecuted by a few Vatican bureaucrats, who are using every means at their disposal to silence Father's "politically incorrect" Fatima apostolate. Mr. Ferrara asks "Why?" and provides a probable answer.
Before I start out, I have a bone to pick with Dr. Droleskey. Yesterday, you may remember, he said that during the reign of Mary we will still have lawyers. And then he said during the reign of Mary we will still have New Jersey. [Laughter] Well, Dr. Droleskey should know I'm a lawyer ... from New Jersey! [Loud laughter]
But we're still friends.
There's a reason lawyers have a bad reputation. It's because they're always associated with controversy. It reminds me of a story:
You know of course, that between Heaven and hell there is a fence. One day a portion of the fence fell down and St. Peter came to investigate. He immediately had the devil summoned and he showed up at the scene. He said to the devil, "I'm afraid you're going to have to pay for this damage." The devil said, "What are you talking about? We had nothing to do with this."
St. Peter said, "On the contrary, we've investigated on our side of the fence. None of us lie here, and none of us confessed to it. It has to be one of your minions." Satan said: "You have no proof of that. I'm sorry, we’re not taking responsibility for it."
And St. Peter said, "Well, we'll have to litigate this in the Heavenly court." Satan said, "Go right ahead, do what you have to do, St. Peter. By the way ... where are you going to find a lawyer?" [Loud laughter]
Unfortunately, lawyers get this reputation because they're associated always with controversy.
In every controversy there is a party in the right and a party in the wrong, and lawyers are necessary to defend the party in the right. They are necessary in many cases to achieve justice. And without an attorney, sometimes, the tragedy occurs that justice is not achieved. There are many great lawyers in the Catholic tradition. Of course I only know of two lawyers who are definitely in Heaven: St. Alphonsus de Liguori and St. Thomas More. And they both quit the profession.
The fact is that attorneys are like television and other instruments that can be abused. I pray every day and wear my scapular and hope I am one of those lawyers who does some good and is admitted into the heavenly kingdom.
In my capacity as an attorney, I have been privileged to work with Father Gruner on his case. I've gone into the files and I've seen all the documents of the 17-year history of one of the most incredible stories of injustice that I have seen in my 44 years on this earth and in all my life as a Catholic lawyer — and I've seen some doozies, because my organization handles a lot of cases where priests are treated unjustly.
The Story of Shylock the Banker
Let me try to paint a picture for you. A story you and I can understand.
Let's assume you have a house. You love this house. And a mortgage banker — we'll call him Mr. Shylock — holds the mortgage on your house. He comes off as a nice guy and says, "Listen, don't bother paying the note, I really appreciate having you in the neighborhood. You have a wonderful family, you are doing good work in town, don't even bother paying the note. Stay in the house. We'll worry about it later on."
A year goes by, two years go by, ten years go by, 18 years go by and Shylock says nothing about this mortgage note which is a lien on your house. And you — relying upon Shylock's apparent kindness, generosity and charity towards you — you invest your life in that house. You raise a family in that house. You build your entire life around this house. And, as a Catholic, you engage in a ministry of your own, living in this house. You spread the gospel, you spread your message. Everything revolves around the house, and Mr. Shylock says, "Go right ahead."
But then, someone higher up in the bank where Mr. Shylock works, who doesn't like you, who doesn't like your message, says, "Call in the loan!" Mr. Shylock says, "I'm sorry, I know that 18 years have gone by and you haven't made any payment. But you see you owe me 18 years back payments: time to pay up, with interest: 50 billion dollars. But I'll give you a break. If you find another bank to accept this loan, then I'll cancel it and you can let the other bank deal with you. Just find someone who'll give you clemency."
So you run around frantically looking for another bank, and you find one bank, two banks, you find three banks that will take over this loan. You file an application with all of these banks. And they all say, "We want you in the community. We appreciate the work you've done. You're welcome in our town. We'll show you clemency on this loan. We'll work something out. Don't worry, we'll accept the loan."
But every time you go to a bank and file the application and get the transfer of the loan accepted, Shylock phones the bank and says, "Do you really want to do that? He's a very bad credit risk." And all of a sudden the bank calls you, on each of these three occasions, and says: "You know, we've reconsidered and we can't give you acceptance of the loan. I'm afraid you're stuck with it."
And one after the other, you're systematically thwarted by Shylock in your attempts to do what Shylock said you should do: "Get somebody else to accept the loan, and I'll let you off the hook". And then he calls them up and tells them not to accept the loan.
So, finally, you reach the position where Shylock says, "I'm going to foreclose. You've got 29 days to move out of your house." — after 18 years of living and working and praying and building something for the church in that home, 29 days.
But you don't lose hope. You say, "I'll get myself an attorney. I'll go to court and fight this unjust order, because they let me stay here for 18 years. They encouraged me to build my life here. I'll fight it in court. And we'll get justice in court."
And so you file a voluminous brief — very thick, many exhibits, all the letters from Shylock saying "Stay there," all the correspondence back and forth: "You have permission to live here," and even the letters which say: "If you find yourself another bank, I'll accept their assumption of the loan. I'll let you off the hook."
You prepare your brief and you get ready with the lawyer and you go to court, and it's the big day: The clerk of the court says: "O yez!, O yez!, ALL RISE!" And you rise, and the door to the judge's chambers opens, and the judge walks in ... And the judge is Mr. Shylock!
The Facts of Father's Case
That's Father Gruner's case in a nutshell. How would you like to be in that situation? Well this is the situation that Father Gruner is in.
Now I'll give you some of the facts of the case, but I don't want to make it too tedious. I'll give you the history of the case, because I think it is important that you know what has been going on in the case of Father Gruner. You are going to hear rumors, you are going to see articles published about Father Gruner being "suspended"; he has "no faculties" — all kinds of things — and you need to have the information at hand to rebut them, because this apostolate is too important to be destroyed by errors and rumors and falsehoods. So, let's go into the facts, briefly:
We know that Father Gruner was ordained in 1976 in Frigento in the Province of Avellino, Italy — not too far from here, a four-hour drive. He came here to escape Modernism in North American seminaries. He was ordained basically to join the Conventual Franciscan community, but he decided against that because he was unable to find a suitable English-speaking Franciscan apostolate after conferring with four provincials. So he ended up being ordained simply as a diocesan priest, attached to the Diocese of Avellino. But he didn't speak the dialect. And it was never really understood that he would have a mission in the Diocese of Avellino. He was from Canada, after all.
Chris Ferrara explains to the Bishops and delegates that the Holy Father has been formally hand-delivered the legal defense of Father Gruner and the petition of the Apostolate.
The Bishop's Permission
And so, his bishop at the time, in 1978, gave him written permission, and I will refer to this as the 1978 permission. And with that permission he went to Canada and took up residence. And the permission said if you find a bishop you can always give this letter to a bishop — that's the key word, always — and have him accept you in his diocese. I'll release you immediately. That's the "loan" that "Mr. Shylock", in my little example, gave to Father Gruner, in this case.
And so in 1978, he went to Canada. And he found a situation there: There was a little apostolate called the National Committee for the National Pilgrim Virgin of Canada. And they were having a dispute because of the lay trustees — and you know what happens when laypeople get on a board, they start fighting. So the bishop, Bishop Rusnak, a Catholic Byzantine bishop who was the spiritual father of this little apostolate, said: "You need a priest on your board." And they settled upon Father Gruner.
Father straightened out the mess at this apostolate and made it what it is today. Over the next 18 years he built it from nothing to a massive undertaking which promotes the Message of Fatima like no other apostolate in the world: Radio, television, print, a magazine with a circulation of 500,000 and a readership of a million; a daily half hourly radio broadcast, a weekly television broadcast — the man has a genius for this apostolate. I'll show you later on what an archbishop thinks — an archbishop, not me, not any of Father Gruner's friends — but the archbishop thinks Father is a "vessel of election" for this apostolate. Because of his genius, the apostolate blossomed.
Vatican Bureaucrats Embarrassed
But there were people higher up at the bank, Mr. Shylock's superiors, who didn't like what was going on. Because the Message of Fatima was embarrassing to them. Because, you see, there was an agreement between the Vatican and Moscow. And as near as we can determine, what got Father Gruner in trouble was that he objected to this agreement which the Vatican entered into with Moscow, which promised that communism would never again be explicitly condemned, in exchange for which they (the communists) would grant "religious liberty". And so there was a silence. The Second Vatican Council never spoke of communism, and the errors of Russia continued to spread throughout the world, and even today they continue to spread.
We know what's going on in the so-called "liberated" Soviet Union. We know that in Poland abortion laws were liberalized, not made more restrictive. And that this Pope of ours has been grieved by this development, and perhaps he sees that there is no conversion of Russia and that the Vatican-Moscow Agreement, where we say nothing about the evils of communism, is part of the problem. At any rate the (Vatican) Secretary of State let it be known that he was displeased with this apostolate. From about 1989 onwards, "Mr. Shylock" got some pressure from the office upstairs to do something about Father Gruner.
How To Silence This Priest?
But, they had a problem, because there is nothing about Father Gruner's apostolate itself which is contrary to the laws of the Church. I gave a talk the other day on all the different canons — Canon 212, 208-223, 299, and 278, which specifically covers priests — which not only guarantee, but encourage us to form this type of apostolate. They couldn't touch him, in honesty. Because there was nothing about his teachings, nothing about his activities which violated any law of the Church.
So they needed a little procedural gambit. The comparison is not the most apt, but it's like getting a mobster on tax evasion when you can't get him on anything else. But Father Gruner's not a mobster, he's just a good priest. They needed something to get him and they knew that they had it: They remembered that in 1978 Father was given permission to reside in Canada and also permission to get himself another bishop. So all of a sudden Mr. Shylock is pressured to say to Father Gruner, "It is time to get another bishop. I must insist that you get another bishop." So Father Gruner tried to get another bishop.
Early on he tried to get a bishop in Canada and the Papal Nuncio prevented it. The bishop was very sympathetic to the apostolate. He wanted Father Gruner to have his apostolate sponsored by him as a diocesan bishop. Father Gruner traveled to the Vatican and said, "What's going on? Why am I finding myself unable to get another bishop?" He was told, "It's the Nuncio." You know that Papal Nuncios are ambassadors from the Vatican, they're all over the world. And the nuncios have made problems for the good bishops and priests who have come here to this conference and tried to stop them treating them like children, denying them visas. They began to maneuver against Father Gruner.
The situation became critical in 1992, when Father Gruner received offers of incardination from three different bishops. There was a Bishop in Brazil, a Bishop in India, and finally an Archbishop in India. Here is the decree of incardination for Father Gruner from the benevolent Archbishop in India, dated November 4, 1995. [Holds it up and displays to audience].
I'm going to read this document in a moment. Suffice it to say that every one of these three bishops, who would be delighted to sponsor Father Gruner's apostolate, was approached by a representative of our hypothetical "bank" who said: "You don't want to take a chance on him, we don't want you to incardinate him." We have correspondence offering incardination, and then further correspondence saying sorry I've been contacted by somebody, a Nuncio, and I can't incardinate you.
Here, then, was a systematic effort to force Father Gruner to find another bishop and then deprive him of the bishops who wanted to sponsor him.
Archbishop Condemns Conspiracy
And the effort culminated with this decree from the benevolent Archbishop. A very courageous prelate, like those who are attending this conference, those who would not be intimidated by the propaganda. This decree took enormous courage to issue, and I'm going to read it to you in full. This is a crucial document in the case:
"Hereby I incardinate you into the Archdiocese of ... with retrospective effect from the day you were unjustly deprived of your basic rights in this regard. I grant you all the faculties you need for continuing your God-given mission on earth. Evil forces have conspired to put an end to your work of love. But you go ahead trusting in the Lord. His love is steadfast and He will never fail. Though you may be subject to many a trial and even persecution, God will also give you great comfort and consolation through innumerable friends and well-wishers. Bureaucratic forces cannot stifle God's work. It is my prayer that you continue in your God-given mission in spite of your great opposition. May Our Lady of Fatima protect you and your team, always."
Signed the Archbishop. [Ovation]
What does this document establish? It establishes that we're not a bunch of crazy fanatics running around worshiping this priest. It establishes the objective reality that this priest is being persecuted by bureaucratic forces. This is an archbishop speaking. Had he been at the [Papal] audience yesterday, he would have been sitting at the right hand of the Pope himself, as His Excellency [indicating Archbishop To Varpin] did yesterday. And this man, this archbishop gives credence to everything we've been saying. He shows that there is a conspiracy against this priest.
Bureaucrats Pressure Archbishop
And what happened to this decree? I'll tell you what happened. The representatives of the bank, "Mr. Shylock's" bosses, sent a private letter to this archbishop. Now, most letters of the Vatican have protocol numbers on them. That means there is a sequential number and it's filed in the files, so that it's official — it's logged in and has a number. This letter had no protocol number. Father Gruner wasn't sent a copy of this letter. This letter said: "Don't incardinate Father Gruner in your archdiocese." And do you know what we found out from his representatives, the archbishop's functionaries? We found out that he was terrified of reprisals from these bureaucrats — reprisals against his entire archdiocese. And so he sent Father Gruner a communication saying: "I hope you understand my predicament."
Now this is incredible — that an archbishop, who is supposed to be served by the Vatican bureaucrats in question, is intimidated in a case where the bureaucrats should be delighted to send a priest to his diocese, a priest who was given permission to conduct a mission which extends to that diocese, and which by the way includes an orphanage in that diocese that supports 50 children without parents. That's what Father Gruner's work supports there. This Vatican Congregation, instead of supporting that work, has tried to destroy it with a private intervention by a secret letter that doesn't even have a protocol number on it. Why?
Our Cause Is Just
I'll tell you why, the archbishop will tell you why: Because they're conspiring to destroy what the archbishop says is God's work. Not because Father Gruner is some great man, raised up by God— he is just a puny, little man just like we are all puny, little people. A little ragtag band here having our conference, while the mighty forces in the Vatican who can issue secret letters and announcements in L'Osservatore Romano try to crush us. But our cause is righteous, that's why it will succeed that's why it is God's work not through any merit of our own.
And so, at this juncture in the case, Father Gruner is faced with "foreclosure". He gets a letter from the current Bishop of Avellino, which basically says: "You have 29 days, Father Gruner, to come back here to live in Avellino. We really, desperately need your services after 18 years. We'll find a basement for you to live in." Twenty-nine days to abandon 18 years of work, 100 employees, an orphanage in India — his entire priestly life destroyed in 29 days. "Just come on back."
The Right To Appeal Against Injustice
And now here's even an article in Soul magazine which says that Father Gruner is "disobedient" to ecclesiastical authority. Now that is preposterous, because he has every right to appeal such an order. The Code of Canon Law says, in Section 270, that if a priest finds another bishop to accept him and he is denied "excardination" by his bishop — which means a letter saying you can leave to go to a new diocese — if he is denied excardination in favor of the new bishop who wishes to support his work, he has the right to appeal it. The right to appeal it. There is no "disobedience" involved in appealing it all the way to the Pope. So, if you read an article that says Father Gruner is "disobedient", tear it to shreds and toss it in the garbage. They don't know the facts.
Persecutors As Judges
So Father Gruner launched a canonical appeal. I worked on those appeals with Father Gruner. Documents have been filed. The first level of the appeal was to one of the Vatican congregations. And what happened to Father Gruner at this level of the appeal is what happened to the poor person in our little hypothetical case. We did a pretty good job putting together the case. It was filed. In walked the judges - the same two bureaucrats who have been telling all of these bishops who wanted to sponsor Father Gruner's work not to incardinate him in their dioceses.
No Right To Impartial Judge!
What kind of a case could they impartially deliberate upon here? What kind of justice could they render? They are the ones who are manipulating the case against Father. They are poisoning the waters in the case while they are sitting in judgment upon it! So in the brief to the Congregation for the Clergy, Father simply requested that under the applicable Canon he has the right to ask you (the judges) to excuse yourselves. It's in the Code of Canon Law. Simply excuse yourselves, you're parties in the case. You are adversaries. You are working against the man whose case you now propose to sit in judgment upon. This is preposterous, how can you sit and judge this case?
So we invoke the applicable canons. And they issued a statement September 20, a couple of months ago. Do you know what they said? "Well, this is an administrative proceeding, you're not entitled to an impartial judge." That's their answer!
Needless to say the rest of our arguments were just summarily denied. We argued that he was entitled under Canon 270 to be excardinated because he had found a bishop who was willing to support his work. We argued that under Canon 271 if a priest is allowed to live in another diocese with permission — for decades, basically — he cannot be recalled without a "just cause". A just cause. Do you know what the "just cause" was, according to them, in this decision? He hadn't found another bishop to accept him. That's the "just cause"! So those who denied him his escape from the diocese of Avellino, now say that the very reason he is being called back is the reason they manufactured by interfering with these other bishops — and that's totally unprecedented.
So this case is contributing to the perception that there is no justice to be had, if you're a traditional priest, in the Vatican dicasteries. It's all politically motivated, result-oriented jurisprudence.
"Result-oriented" means the judge had a result in mind and he is going to get that result, and that his decision will be drafted so as to justify the result he already has in mind. There is no real weighing of the evidence. It is result-oriented.
Another Persecutor As Judge
So, we've launched a recourse to the next level of appeal in the Church court system. There is a little problem though, because this Court is headed up by a prelate who in 1989 issued two written judgments condemning Father Gruner. Not official judgments, unofficial judgments — like everything else that is being done against Father Gruner. There was no reason for him to issue these judgments. There was no case before him. But he did it anyway. Because Father Gruner's message infuriated him.
So here we have the case about to be judged — it was filed about two or three weeks ago — by someone who was already on record as condemning the man who is now coming before him. How would you like to go even to a traffic court if the judge had issued letters condemning you before you got to court? That is the situation we're facing.
Earlier in this controversy the same court issued a decree which says that Father Gruner has to go back (to Avellino) because there is "just cause" in that he could not find another bishop which they prevented him from finding. And they also said he is operating "de facto independent of ecclesiastical authority". Now, "de facto" means "like" he is operating "like" he is independent of ecclesiastical authority. How would you like to get a ticket for driving "like" you were speeding? There is no such thing as being "de facto independent" of ecclesiastical authority. If you have written permission of your bishop to live outside the diocese, that's not being independent of him in any illegal way. They've created a new offence called "de facto independence".
And there is another charge being made in the appellate process against Father Gruner. The charge is that he is a "freedom fighter". The same two Vatican bureaucrats who have been denying him incardination by going behind the scenes and interfering with friendly bishops are saying that he's acting as "a freedom fighter." I picked this up [holds up a copy of the Code of Canon Law], I went from beginning to end, I searched the index, I searched the table of contents, and I couldn't find the canonical offense of being a "freedom fighter" whatever that means. But I think it is a significant choice of words, because Father is fighting for freedom. He's fighting for the freedom of all of us to express our just petitions or our just grievances in the Church. It may be an unpopular message, but under the canons that I've discussed previously, we have the right to express our concerns, and priests under Canon 278 have the same rights.
Heretics Tolerated, Father Gruner Persecuted
And I find it incredible that so many dissenting priests, all over the world, are forming organizations and staging conferences and issuing heretical manifestos. You've heard of these groups: Call to Action, Dignity. My association had to defend a case in New York City where a woman got up on the altar and began praying the Rosary on the altar to stop a Mass in honor of gay and lesbian pride. In New York City they were going to have a Mass to honor sodomites. And she prayed the Rosary, and the pastor of that parish had her arrested and charged with "disrupting a religious service." We tried that case. She was convicted of "disturbing a religious service". And right now we're in the Appellate Division in New York State — because this woman prayed the Rosary to stop a Mass in honor of sodomy!
Will this priest, this pastor, will he be written up in L'Osservatore Romano? Will you see declarations about his activities like you saw with Father Gruner? Will he be summoned before the bureaucrats and be told he has 29 days to stop what he was doing? No! He won't be touched. But Father Gruner will be silenced, unless we, through our prayers and work can do something to prevent this result from occurring.
Now we're before the next appellate tribunal in the Church. Please pray for a successful result in this case. And we have something else that we've done. We've filed with the Pope himself a canonical petition, because Canon Law gives us the right to petition the Holy Father and ask that penalties be imposed against clerics for the abuse of their authority. We have the right to do this under a new provision of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. And only the Pope can hear this case because it involves a Cardinal and a Bishop against whom we seek penalties for abuse of authority.
We were compelled to file this petition with the Pope, and I'm pleased to tell you that one of those clerics who came here despite all opposition, Bishop Ribeiro, succeeded in handing a copy of this petition to the Holy Father yesterday at the audience. God bless him, and God bless all the bishops and priests who had the courage to come here and attend this conference knowing that it is right to do so and that Canon Law protects that right. God bless them all. [Loud applause] And I should say that one of our own also succeeded [holds up photograph]: This is Joseph, humble Joseph, who handed this petition to the Holy Father's secretary. It's tough to make it out [pointing to photograph], but here [indicating cover of petition being handed to Pope's secretary in photograph] is a list of all the canons that have been violated in this case in an unprecedented manner.
The Pope's Perspective
Now I want you to place this case in perspective. Here we are, thirty years after the Second Vatican Council. It wasn't me but Pope Paul VI who, surveying the damage which was already being done, said in 1968 in his famous address to the Lombard College on December 7, of that year:
"The Church is in a disturbed period of self-criticism or what could be better called self-demolition. It is an acute and complicated upheaval which nobody could have expected after the council. It is almost as if the Church were attacking herself."
This is Paul VI, not I, not Father Gruner. And it was Paul VI who said, on June 30, 1972, surveying the damage which was even worse four years later, that:
"From somewhere or other, the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God."
Not I, not Father Gruner, but the Supreme Pontiff.
And it was our Holy Father, John Paul II, who said some years later, in his speech on the missions:
"We must admit realistically, and with feelings of deep pain, that Christians today in large measure feel lost, confused, perplexed and even disappointed. Ideas opposed to the truth, which has been revealed, and always taught are being scattered abroad in abundance. Heresies, in the full and proper sense of the word, have been spread in the area of dogma and morals creating doubts, confusions and rebellions. The liturgy has been tampered with ... Christians are tempted by atheism, agnosticism, vaguely moral enlightenment and by sociological Christianity devoid of defined dogmas or an objective morality."
This is our Holy Father describing the current state of affairs in the Church.
And it was Paul VI, we return to him, who said this about "The opening to the world" that he hoped would improve the Church and "renew" the Church he said this:
"The opening to the world has opened the Church to a veritable invasion of worldly thinking."
It was the Pope who said this.
So we stand here today in this state of unprecedented crisis in our Church. Priests running rampant, promoting heresy. Scandals involving unspeakable behavior. We all read about the bishop who ran off with a woman and sold his story to get money to finance his new life. What a scandal, what an unimaginable scandal. And this situation is unprecedented because of its depth and its breadth throughout the Church. Everything has been affected — our liturgy, our catechesis, sex education being foisted upon young people.
Bureaucrats Awake From Slumber
And in the midst of this unprecedented scandal and disobedience throughout the Church, which only a few good clerics are able to hold back in their dioceses —and again, God bless you for being here today [indicating bishops and priests attending Fatima 2000 Conference] — in the midst of all of this, what are the Vatican bureaucrats doing? They are slumbering. But they did wake up for one case: There's a priest in Canada conducting a Marian apostolate and he concerns them very much. They have devoted the power of their office to destroying his work over the past two years.
And we have an obligation not to let this happen, to do everything in our power to prevent it. So I say to you: Pray for Father Nicholas Gruner.
Unprecedented Church Crisis
Pray for all the clerics who are engaged in what Paul VI described as the auto-demolition of the Church. Recognize that this is an unprecedented crisis and that Father Gruner is one of the few who has been speaking without compromise about why the crisis has occurred.
He believes it is related to the Message of Fatima. We all believe that. We wonder what the Third Secret says about this crisis and why three successive popes would not disclose it — if, as we are told, it reveals nothing that is not already revealed in Sacred Scripture. If that is so, why not reveal it? What does this Secret say about the current state of the Church? Why, why has the Consecration of Russia not been done in precisely the manner Our Lady requested? Does anybody really believe that the Soviet Union is converting when Polish Catholics now go there to obtain their abortions? Now, either the consecration has not been done, or the Virgin Mary lied at Fatima. Those are the two choices. I don't see a third choice; because it is clear that the promised conversion is not occurring.
So please, pray! Pray that those who are presiding over this crisis will recover their militancy and their zeal and their love of the Faith and restore the Church to its Tradition. Pray for the reign of Mary and the reign of Christ the King. And pray for Father Gruner our friend, and the friend of all of those who believe in the heaven-sent Message of Fatima.
Viva Maria! Viva Christo Rey!