25 April 2009

SSPX Rosary Crusade for the Consecration of Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart

Say what you will about the SSPX, they are not afraid to put it out there.  

Following up on their two previous successful Rosary Crusades, Bishop Fellay has announced a new effort of 12 million Rosaries for the intention that the Holy Father, along with the world's bishops, finally consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as our Lady requested at Fatima.  

Mary promised that when this is accomplished her Immaculate Heart would triumph, Russia would be converted, and that a period of peace would be given to the world.

A bold play by the SSPX, and a necessary one.  Hopefully, at least it will cause Catholics to come to grips with the issue of why the consecration has not been done; also, for those who think it has already been done, it may be a reality check.

From the Fellay letter:
"It seems to us that the moment is come to launch a substantial offensive, deeply anchored in the message of Our Lady at Fatima, in which she herself promised the happy ending, for she announces that, in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph. It is this triumph that we ask her, by the means that she herself requests, the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart by the Supreme Shepherd and all the bishops of the Catholic world, and the propagation of the devotion to her Dolorous and Immaculate Heart. It is for this that we wish to offer her, with this purpose, from now to March 25, 2010, a bouquet of 12 million Rosaries, as a crown of as many stars around her, accompanied by an equivalent sum of daily sacrifices that we may be able to fulfill most of all in the faithful accomplishment of the duties of our state of life, and with the promise to propagate the devotion to her Immaculate Heart."


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to see this post, because it might lead to a tempest in a teapot. The SSPX is simply wrong on this point. Pope John Paul II did such a consecration twice. The second time was done because Sister Lucia, one of the seers of Fatima, said the first one needed all the bishops of the world to participate. Pope JPII complied and did it again.

From a reliable source, the Fatima Family Apostolate, we have this information, which is part of a chronology of important events involving Fatima:

"March 25, 1984 - Pope John Paul II having sent invitations already in December 1983 to the worlds bishops, including Orthodox, to join him on March 25, 1984, he had Bishop Amaral of Fatima bring the Miraculous statue from the Cova da Iria at Fatima to the Vatican for the Collegial Consecration of the world and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He was joined by a moral totality of the worlds bishops in the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart. The words of the consecration make clear it is a collegial act with worlds bishops and also renews Pius XIIs acts of 1942 (world) and 1952 (Russia) and the consecration is for all time. . . .

"Shortly thereafter, Sister Lucia told the Papal Nuncio of Lisbon the Collegial Consecration for the conversion of Russia has been accomplished and God will keep His word."

The full site is found at http://www.fatimafamily.org/index.php?main_page=page&id=49.

Other reliable sources are available, but I don't have time immediately to find them.

There also appears to be a cottage industry of denying that the consecration took place. Readers should look at the tone and content of such claims and consider well the source(s) in order to form their own judgment of how reliable they are.

Whether it is intended to cause harm to the cause of reunion of the SSPX with the Church or not, the big public relations splash by Bishop Fellay will do so, because it basically calls into question the honesty and integrity of our previous Holy Father. It is pretty far-fetched for the SSPX to imply, as this announcement does, that John Paul II, who was shot on the anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima and credited the intervention of Our Lady of Fatima with steering the bullet so as to preserve his life, would mislead the Church and the world about the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart.

Jim Cole

Dan Hunter said...

I personally know two diocesan Ordinaries who refused to take part in the 1984 atempted Concecration of Russia by name to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Everything points to the fact that the Consecration has NOT taken place per Our Ladys request.

Good for His Excellency Bishop Fellay and God bless the Holy Father and the FSSPX!

thetimman said...

Jim, thank you for your comment; it fairly sums up the position of the "already done" camp vis-a-vis the consecration. I couldn't disagree with you more, however.

I have to say I find the Antonio Socci thesis of mental reservation to be compelling. One does not have to reach the conclusion that the Vatican lied to come to the conclusion that the consecration was not done.

see this link: http://www.fatima.org/news/newsviews/010207fourthsecret.asp

Now, I am not so foolish as to think I know conclusively one way or the other. But two things just scream to be addressed by those who argue that the consecration was done:

1. Why not just consecrate "Russia", as our Lady asked, instead of trying to make something else stick several different times? and

2. Why hasn't Russia converted, if our Lady said it would when the consecration was done?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but there is no need for Russia to be converted. The Christian Church has thrived within her borders for over 1000 years. Since the fall of the Soviet regime, The Orthodox Church has grown by leaps and bounds; which shame western Christendom. That the Church survived its attempted brutal erasure by the Soviet authorities, is inherent testimony that the Holy Theotokos protects the Church of her son, Jesus Christ. The modernist NO Roman Catholic Church could learn much from the Orthodox Church about the proper respect and veneration of the Mother of God.

Anonymous said...

I'll leave the debate on #1 alone, for I think it's quite unproductive and leads only to suspicion of the Holy Father and the bishops of the Church.

As for #2, I'd say that the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of Communism in Eastern Europe, and the end of the USSR itself, all signaled the beginning of conversion. Pretty dramatic beginning, too. We should thank God often that He allowed our countries to "stand down" from sending long-range bombers to circle the Arctic 24/7 and from keeping ICBM's on hair-trigger notice to launch nuclear weapons. Has anyone ever given a good explanation of how and why Premier Gorbachev never turned the Red Army on his own people to preserve the power of the Party, as had been done before so many times since 1917? The grace of God acting upon him, through the intercession Our Lady of Fatima after the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart in 1984, seems as good an explanation as any other I've seen, and better than most.

And if Russia returns to the Orthodoxy of her history, how is that not the conversion that our Lady spoke of? The Orthodox revere her as much as we do, if not more. They also have a history of Marian miracles, as we do. Read up on their myrrh-streaming icons, including those of today, as well as their other Marian miracles, and tell us with a straight face it's all a hoax. I'll match the daily prayer of the Orthodox, in which they praise Our Lady as "all immaculate," and "more honorable than the cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim," and the wonderful akathists to Our Lady, against any of our Catholic devotions to Mary, any day. Catholics believe that the Orthodox are so much in communion with the Church that their Eucharists help build up the Body of Christ. The Orthodox Churches are real Churches; they aren't play acting like others do. The Catholic view of Orthodox Churches, the Orthodox devotions to Mary, and true Marian miracles, make it quite hard to swallow that Our Lady reserved "conversion" to mean "conversion to the Roman Catholic Church." Conversion to her Son, yes; conversion to the celebration of the Eucharist (most aptly named the "Divine Liturgy" in the Eastern Churches), yes; but not necessarily conversion to the Latin Church.

Conversion usually takes a while. Give the Russians some time and continued prayers. Conversion to Orthodoxy is happening. When most Russians adopt Orthodoxy (again), then their society and the entire world will benefit, just as Mary promised.

I am sure our Mother will then intercede with her tears for all of us, as undoubtedly she already does, so that Catholics and Orthodox alike will allow the Holy Spirit to bring us some day to that unity that the Lord desires.

Jim Cole

thetimman said...

I simply don't understand how a Catholic can be satisfied with Russia (if this were happening, which I deny as a factual matter) embracing schism. The "Orthodox" Churches are not in union with Rome. They do not accept the lawful, Christ-given authority of the Catholic Church and the Roman Pontiff. They are not Catholic, plain and simple.

Are they closer to us than any other erroneous religious group? Certainly. That doesn't change reality. Mary, the Mother of God, is not going to call her children to "conversion" to a church that holds error. Do you really think she would-- as if 90% is close enough? Did Christ say, Be ye almost perfect, as your heavenly Father is more or less perfect?

Pope Boniface VIII put it as clearly as possible in Unam Sanctam:

"Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff."

Sounds pretty solemnly declared, and pretty clear. How do you get around this?

Or this from Pope Pius XI in Mortalium Animos:

"11. Furthermore, in this one Church of Christ no man can be or remain who does not accept, recognize and obey the authority and supremacy of Peter and his legitimate successors. Did not the ancestors of those who are now entangled in the errors of Photius and the reformers, obey the Bishop of Rome, the chief shepherd of souls? Alas their children left the home of their fathers, but it did not fall to the ground and perish for ever, for it was supported by God. Let them therefore return to their common Father, who, forgetting the insults previously heaped on the Apostolic See, will receive them in the most loving fashion. For if, as they continually state, they long to be united with Us and ours, why do they not hasten to enter the Church, "the Mother and mistress of all Christ's faithful"?[25] Let them hear Lactantius crying out: "The Catholic Church is alone in keeping the true worship. This is the fount of truth, this the house of Faith, this the temple of God: if any man enter not here, or if any man go forth from it, he is a stranger to the hope of life and salvation. Let none delude himself with obstinate wrangling. For life and salvation are here concerned, which will be lost and entirely destroyed, unless their interests are carefully and assiduously kept in mind."

In each country where there exists a schismatic, autocephalus church, there is a faithful remnant of Catholics of the corresponding eastern rite. Where is the conversion to these eastern, Cathoic churches, in Russia?

If conversion in the context of Fatima is to mean anything, it means conversion to the Church Christ founded and maintains in being indefectible-- the Catholic Church.

Anonymous said...

I struggle with the words of Boniface VIII, and now Pius XII, that you have quoted. What I cannot understand, if they are true in the literal sense that you pose them, is how the Orthodox then are favored so often with saints, martyrs, and miracles? Their record is as long and glorious as that of the Catholic Church.

There is also a high degree of irony in citing these references in support of the SSPX, when the SSPX itself has a pretty big problem with the Pope and schism.

Jim Cole

thetimman said...

Jim, thanks again for your thoughtful comment.

First, we must remember that for 1054 years, the orthodox churches were joined with Rome, and thus participated in the fullest life of the Church. The great Eastern Saints were produced during this union. Even after the Great Schism, there were periods when unity again reigned. I am not expert in this period of Church history, but when I get five minutes free I want to look more into that era of approx. 1100 to 1600,

The orthodox churches are obviously Christian, and have valid sacraments and apostolic succession. That would be enough to explain that, as Dominus Iesus would put it, "elements of sanctification" are present--but remember that these are derived, at least in a mystical sense, from the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

Second, I am not really citing this in support of the SSPX. I am not an SSPX attendee-- this post is about the Russia consecration. As an aside, I would note that the SSPX, unlike the orthodox, are NOT in schism. They acknowledge the lawful authority of the Roman Pontiff, they do not seek to set up a church with separate authority. Now, it is easy to retort that they didn't follow the authority of the Pope in the matter of the episcopal consecrations. To that matter I would answer that the Vatican called this a "schismatic act" but did not state the SSPX were in schism. And also, in the end, the Pope lifted the excommunications for this act, and thus the schism question is no more.

I know when I post some things on the traditional formulations of the faith, that it seems a little jarring to us who have been raised in the more "pastoral" era post V2. But the Church's teaching doesn't change. And it is good to hear it unvarnished once in a while. It is not my intent to "bash" the Orthodox. Or anybody else, either. It won't do me any good at my particular judgement to be confirmed in defending the necessity of submission to the Roman Pontiff if I go to hell for being a jerk, generally.

So, pray for me, if you will.

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dolorosa said...

The consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary has never been done correctly as Our Lady of Fatima has requested. The Soviet Flag has returned to the Army in Russia and that's not a good sign either. See www.fatima.org and Fatima on Demand videos for more information.