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"Conversion of Russia" Update:

History’s Verdict Approaches

by Christopher A. Ferrara

On April 16, 2002 Associated Press reported a development in Russia that hardly comes as a surprise to the readers of this column, or indeed to anyone else who is attuned to the real world. Moscow correspondent Judith Ingram informs us that "The leader of Russia's Catholics said the Church was being subjected to an "organized campaign" of harassment and discrimination and urged defense of religious freedom in Russia." She is referring to none other than Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, who heads the pathetic substitute for a Catholic diocese known as the Archdiocese of the Mother of God at Moscow.

According to AP, Kondrusiewicz "published an open letter Monday calling attention to what he termed a serious threat to religious freedom. He said that numerous aggressively anti-Catholic rallies had been held outside Catholic churches and that Russian law enforcement officials had failed to respond. The next such rally is scheduled for April 28 and will be held in several sites across the country."

Kondrusiewicz also protested "the banning of a Catholic priest, Rev. Stefano Caprio, from re-entering Russia. Passport officers at a Moscow airport ripped Caprio's multiple-entry visa from his passport as he was leaving for Italy earlier this month, and officials confirmed that he was on a blacklist of foreigners who would not be allowed into Russia. No explanation for the ban has been given."

And that’s not the worst of it. AP notes that "The archbishop said lawmakers were discussing a bill protecting Russia's so-called traditional religions: Orthodox Christianity, which draws the allegiance of about two-thirds of Russia's 144 million inhabitants, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism. He said such a bill could ‘lead to dividing society and violating the constitutional norm on the equality of all religious associations before the law.’" This bill would be in addition to the Russia’s 1997 law on "freedom of conscience" which already "protects" Orthodoxy, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism and already discriminates against the Catholic Church. In other words, even more legal restrictions on the Catholic Church in Russia - which holds its meetings in a kitchen in Moscow - are in the offing.

How absurd is the claim of the Fatima revisionists that - any day now, any day - we will see how the "consecration of Russia" in 1984 has brought forth a "miracle" in that nation. History already mocks these self-deluded dupes, and history’s verdict against them is already approaching.