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"Synod of Doom" Update

October 13

by Christopher A. Ferrara
August 26, 2015

In 1973, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared repeatedly at Akita, Japan to Sister Agnes Sasagawa, who, like Padre Pio, received the mark of the stigmata. On April 22, 1984, Bishop John Shojiro Ito approved the apparitions as worthy of belief, along with miraculous events surrounding a wooden statue of the Virgin. Bishop Ito’s letter of approbation contains a text of Our Lady of Akita’s words to Sister Sasagawa during one of the apparitions, in which the Virgin warned:

….The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church. One will see cardinals opposing other cardinals... and bishops confronting other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and condemned by their confreres; churches and altars will be sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will tempt many priests and religious to leave the service of the Lord.

Bishop Ito, wrote Howard Dee, the Philippine ambassador to the Vatican, “was certain Akita was an extension of Fatima, and Cardinal Ratzinger personally confirmed to me that these two messages, of Fatima and Akita, are essentially the same.”

As if Heaven itself wished to stress the connection, the quoted prophecy of Our Lady of Akita took place on October 13, 1973, the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, which occurred on October 13, 1917. As even the secular press reported at the time, a crowd of 70,000 witnesses, including atheist reporters, saw the terrifying event, which prompted many fallen away Catholics to repent and return to the sacraments on the spot.

On October 13, 1962 Cardinal Achille Liénart seized the microphone out of order and derailed the Second Vatican Council’s entire preparation by demanding democratic consultations and voting on the preliminary conciliar schema and the makeup of the committees that would draft the Council’s final documents, later boasting that he “had deflected the course of the Council and made history.” As Romano Amerio observed, Liénart’s seemingly spontaneous (but actually carefully planned) gesture was “one of those points at which history is concentrated for a moment, and whence great consequences flow.” (Amerio, Iota Unum, pp. 84-86.) We are living with those consequences at this very moment in history.

On October 13, 2014, the Synod on the Family was compromised in a similar manner with the publication of a shameful midterm report that was not written, adopted or even seen by the Synod Fathers before its publication to the world with the approval of Pope Francis. To recall the words of Bishop Schneider: “This is the first time in Church history that such a heterodox text was actually published as a document of an official meeting of Catholic bishops under the guidance of a pope…”

Looking at human history in general, it would be easy to construct an “amazing” coincidence of major events with a particular date on the calendar. But when the historical scope is limited strictly to Church affairs over the past century, the repeated coincidence of the 13th day of October with historical turning points is arresting and makes one wonder what will happen on October 13, 2015, which falls in the middle of the Synod’s second session. Again, predictions are perilous, but here the Fatima event seems to provide prophetic guidance concerning the Synod in particular and the ecclesial crisis in general. 

In 2008, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, the Archbishop of Bologna, gave an interview in which he revealed that the last surviving Fatima visionary, Sister Lucia, had sent him a letter in the 1990s in which she warned that “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.” It is thus no surprise that Cardinal Caffarra, suitably informed by the visionary of Fatima, is one of the five Cardinals who contributed to Remaining in the Truth of Christ — the same book kept from reaching the Synod Fathers by Cardinal Baldisseri, the General Secretary handpicked by Francis.

In his contribution to The Five Cardinals Book, Cardinal Caffarra warns that the consequence of admitting such persons to Holy Communion, with no renunciation of adulterous sexual relations, would be to “persuade, not only the faithful, but also any attentive person of the idea that, at its heart, there exists no marriage that is absolutely indissoluble, that the ‘forever’ to which every true love cannot but aspire is an illusion. There is no doubt that this conclusion contradicts Jesus’ words regarding matrimony.”1

Beware the 13th of October 2015.  And be on your knees praying on that day that the potential disaster Francis has pursued unswervingly never comes to pass.  Our Lady of Fatima, intercede for us!

1 Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church (Kindle Locations, 1974-1976), Ignatius Press, Kindle Edition.