Cardinal Cordes Demolishes the Party Line
on the Consecration of Russia
by Christopher A. Ferrara
May 17, 2017
Pope Bergoglio has come and gone at Fatima. And, of course, there was no Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, although there was the usual sloganeering that would reduce Our Lady of Fatima to Our Lady of Social Justice. Hence Pope Bergoglio, during his homily at the Fatima Shrine, did not implore Our Lady for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of their souls, concerning which there was only an oblique reference to the seers’ “insistent prayers for sinners.” Rather, the petition to Our Lady was that She grant “the hope and the peace … that I implore for all my brothers and sisters in baptism and in our human family, especially the sick and the disabled, prisoners and the unemployed, the poor and the abandoned.”
Back in 2013 I reported on the revelation by then Bishop Paul Josef Cordes that while John Paul “thought, some time before [the Consecration], of mentioning Russia in the prayer of benediction… at the suggestion of his collaborators he abandoned the idea.” (Father Andrew Apostoli, Fatima for Today: the Urgent Marian Message of Hope, p. 251.) Cordes thus verified the widely derided but commonsensical claim by “Fatimists” that Russia cannot possibly be consecrated to Mary if in the various ceremonies that have taken place since 1981, any mention of Russia has been deliberately omitted — precisely so that the Russians would not think that their nation has been consecrated, for this would supposedly offend them.
Cordes, who was made a cardinal in 2007, has since amplified his revelation with some new facts. As reported by OnePeterFive, while visiting Kazakhstan as a special papal envoy to a Marian congress, Cordes made this remark:
“Just how important Fatima was for the holy pope [John Paul II], I was once to witness myself, [in] a personal encounter with him. Obviously, for a long time he had dealt with that significant mission which the Mother of God had given to the seer children there: to consecrate the world [sic] to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He himself had made this act of consecration on 23 [sic – 25] March 1984, when the statue of Our Lady of Fatima had come to Rome. However, he held back to mention Russia explicitly; because the Vatican diplomats had urgently asked him not to mention this country because otherwise political conflicts might perhaps arise.”
There we have it. But this we already knew. What we did not know was the following, which Cordes went on to say:
“A short while later [after that 25 March 1984 event], I was invited by him for lunch. He talked in a small circle about how he felt this urge inside also to mention Russia at that Consecration, but that he then gave way to his counselors. And he then told us with a glowing face: What he renounced for himself, had nevertheless been fulfilled, he said.
“Through friends he heard something for him important and consoling, namely that some Orthodox Russian bishops had taken his own consecration of the world to the Mother of God as an occasion also to consecrate Russia in a special way to Mary. When he spoke about this story, I could see his joy – surely also about the fact that they had fulfilled his urgent yearning; but also because he had himself in his own intuition guessed the Will of God.” [emphasis added]
Incredibly enough, then, some Russian Orthodox bishops attempted to do the Pope’s job for him, consecrating Russia to Mary — but not to the Immaculate Heart, in which they do not believe — and that this gesture represented, for John Paul II, the “fulfilling” of his admittedly unfulfilled “yearning.” But Our Lady did not request that Russia be consecrated by the schismatic Orthodox bishops, who reject the dogma of the Immaculate Conception along with the papal primacy, but rather by the Pope and the Catholic bishops so that Russia would be converted and reunited with Rome.
At any rate, by their action the Orthodox bishops extinguished the flimsy excuse that a papal consecration of Russia would give diplomatic or “ecumenical” offense.
And so it goes, some 88 years after Our Lady came to announce to Sister Lucia (in 1929) that “the moment has come” for Russia’s consecration. That the consecration ultimately will be done is certain, as Our Lady Herself promised the seers: “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, which will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.” What is far from certain, however, is what will be left of the Church and civilization when all the perverse excuses and evasions have ended and the act is finally performed.