Fatima Perspective 1000!
by Christopher A. Ferrara
May 3, 2017
This column reaches a milestone today with the appearance of the 1000th Fatima Perspective. Fatima Perspective No. 1 appeared on January 26, 2001. Since then the landscape from this Fatima perspective has changed dramatically. Over the past sixteen years we have witnessed the following landmark events:
• the death of Sister Lucia, the last surviving Fatima visionary (February 13, 2005);
• the death of Pope John Paul II less than two months later (April 2, 2005);
• the election of Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI (April 19, 2005);
• the correction, finally, of egregious errors in the vernacular translation of the New Mass — above all, the scandalous mistranslation of pro multis, meaning “for many,” as “for all” in the very words of the Consecration (October 17, 2006);
• Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, “liberating” the traditional Latin Mass from its false imprisonment for nearly forty years and confirming that it was never legally prohibited in the first place (July 7, 2007);
• the lifting of the purported excommunication of the four bishops of the Society of Saint Pius X (January 21, 2009);
• Pope Benedict’s pilgrimage to Fatima, during which he revealed (May 11, 2010) that the Third Secret concerns, not past events as the Vatican’s “official” story had claimed, but rather “realities involving the future of the Church, which are gradually taking shape and becoming evident,” and that “the greatest persecution of the Church comes not from her enemies without, but arises from sin within the Church…” — revelations nowhere to be seen in the vision published in 2000 without the Virgin’s undoubtedly existing explanation;
• Benedict’s mysterious “renunciation” of “the ministry of the Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter,” while retaining his papal name and garb, the title Benedict XVI, his residence in the Vatican, and a purported “passive” exercise of the same “ministry,” declaring himself to be the first “Pope Emeritus” in Church history (February 11, 2013, effective February 28, 2013);
• the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis (March 13, 2013) — plotted by the “St. Gallen group” since the conclave of 2005 — whose pontificate has produced unprecedented confusion and division in the Church, including the overthrow in some dioceses, with Pope Bergoglio’s approval, of the Church’s bimillenial teaching (which both Benedict and John Paul II had affirmed) on the intrinsic impossibility of the reception of Holy Communion by people living in adulterous “second marriages”;
• a tumultuous “Synod on the Family,” rigged and manipulated to attack the Church’s constant Eucharistic discipline concerning the “divorced and remarried” and to loosen the moral strictures concerning “irregular unions” in general (October 2014 and October 2015);
• the publication of Pope Bergoglio’s Amoris Laetitia, opening the door to Holy Communion for public adulterers and others in “irregular unions” and suggesting a situation ethics respecting exceptionless negative precepts of the natural law, based on “discernment” of “concrete situations,” thus producing a crisis of “unprecedented” and even “apocalyptic” proportions (March 19, 2016);
With the death of Father Nicholas Gruner (April 29, 2015), the visionary founder of this apostolate, followed by the death of John Vennari (April 4, 2017), a great warrior for the truth of the Fatima event and the integral Catholic faith, some have wondered if the ecclesial situation has deteriorated to the point that God has abandoned the reckless leadership of the Church to its folly and will soon impose the divine chastisement that always follows the spread of apostasy in salvation history.
This much I view as certain after sixteen years of following Church affairs from the Fatima perspective: events in the Church and the world are aligning for a dramatic resolution of both the ecclesial and the related civilizational crisis that now confronts us. As the Church goes, so goes the world. This indeed is what we see in the Third Secret vision published in 2000: a persecuted Church, a murdered Pope and hierarchy, and a devastated city, filled with the dead.
This too must be viewed as certain, however: “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph.” Given Our Lady’s infallible promise, faithful Catholics must never cease promoting the authentic Message of Fatima, whose glorious fulfillment will come only with the Consecration of Russia to that same Immaculate Heart.