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Vatican Admits… Russia Deliberately Omitted
From Consecration Formula

by Christopher A. Ferrara

For years Father Nicholas Gruner has been saying that the reason the Pope failed to mention Russia in the 1984 consecration ceremony is that his advisors told him not to do so, because it would offend the Russian Orthodox and impair Vatican diplomacy. Thus, for the sake of human respect the Vatican has not followed the precise request of Our Lady of Fatima.

We now have confirmation that Father Gruner is right. In the November issue of Inside the Vatican, a leading cardinal, identified only as “one of the Pope’s closest advisors,” is quoted to the effect that “Rome fears the Russian Orthodox might regard it as an ‘offense’ if Rome were to make specific mention of Russia in such a prayer, as if Russia especially is in need of help when the whole world, including the post-Christian West, faces profound problems…” The same cardinal-advisor added: “Let us beware of becoming too literal-minded.”

No, we mustn’t be too literal-minded about the requests of God, delivered by His Mother and confirmed with an unprecedented public miracle witnessed by 70,000 people.

Let me see if I understand the Vatican line correctly: The “consecration” of Russia was accomplished by a ceremony which deliberately omitted any reference to Russia! I see. We are expected to believe that Russia was consecrated by means of a ceremony designed precisely to avoid any suggestion that Russia in particular needs to be consecrated!

Yes, and I am the Emperor Napoleon.

Well, there we have it: the men of the Vatican evidently consider themselves more prudent than the Mother of God. According to Inside the Vatican the Pope’s advisors have literally amended Heaven’s request to avoid giving offense to men as if Our Lady of Fatima had committed a breach of etiquette by requesting the consecration of Russia in the first place.

Nearly seventeen years after the putative “consecration” of 1984, Russian society continues to unravel. Catholics comprise one-tenth of one percent of Russia’s population “less than in 1917” while Muslims comprise 9%. The second largest religious affiliation after Orthodoxy is atheism.

If this is the conversion of Russia promised as the fruit of the consecration, I would hate to see Russia’s apostasy. We must not miss an opportunity to bring to the Vatican’s attention the continuing and ever-deepening consequences of this stubborn refusal simply to let the Pope do what Our Lady of Fatima requested.