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A Breakthrough for Fatima
“Inside the Vatican”

by Christopher A. Ferrara

The August/September 2008 issue ofInside the Vatican magazine, perhaps the leading “mainstream” publication on Vatican affairs, contains a stunning breakthrough on the matter of Russia’s Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as requested 79 years ago by Our Lady of Fatima. Cathy Pearson has written an eight-page essay for the magazine arguing that the Consecration has yet to be done, and that, even if doubt exists on the issue, there is nothing to lose by consecrating Russia by name now, while there is still time.In fact, the article is entitled “Now is the Time.” Now indeed, as Putin’s neo-Stalinist Russia threatens to drag the whole world into war.

There is a quotable line on every page of Pearson’s piece, which begins with this bombshell: “It is time to call the bluff of those who.... maintain that a key request of Our Lady of Fatima — a consecration of Russia by name to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope and all the bishops of the Church — cannot be fulfilled literally because doing so might offend the Russian Orthodox.” That’s a cannon shot fired right at the offices of the Vatican Secretary of State.

Indeed, the Editor of Inside the Vatican, Robert Moynihan, prefaces the piece with a reference to Cardinal Bertone’s assertion (when he was Archbishop Bertone, introducing the purported entirety of the Third Secret on June 26, 2000) that “any further discussion or request” concerning the Consecration of Russia “is without basis.” In reply, Moynihan declares: “Of course, despite this assertion, Catholics are free to discuss the matter.” That is exactly what Father Nicholas Gruner has been saying over the eight years since Bertone issued his rather infamous diktat.

Pearson drops one bombshell after another — far too many to quote verbatim here. By way of summary, she reviews the attempted consecrations by Pius XII and John Paul II, suggests that none of them complied with Our Lady’s requests, and concludes that both Popes “sensed that more was needed; they wished to comply, but felt they could not. They tried to do as much as they possibly could without mentioning Russia by name — the invisible line they dared not cross.” (Pearson even relies on the evidence often cited by Father Gruner that John Paul II himself publicly declared after the 1984 ceremony that Our Lady was “still awaiting” Russia’s consecration.) They dared not cross the line because their advisors had warned them not to for various prudential reasons.

But it is time to abandon such “prudence,” Pearson argues. “The worldwide moral crisis has worsened exponentially,” she writes. “[T]he war on the unborn has morphed into cloning and embryo exploitation; homosexualist demands have morphed from tolerance for perversion to intolerance for contrary views; popular culture has sunk deeper into violence and degradation.”

As for the endless debate over what the “conversion” of Russia means — as if we didn’t know — Pearson rather deftly sidesteps the debate by arguing that it makes no difference what sort of conversion occurs in Russia once the Consecration is done in the proper manner, since whatever conversion occurs is, obviously, the one that God intends. And if the conversion of Russia to Roman Catholicism is what God intends, then let it happen. Not even Bertone could argue with that point.

Pearson concludes with nothing short of an indictment of the cowardice of Vatican officialdom, noting Our Lady’s mandate to consecrate Russia is like a “ticking time-bomb, crying out to be defused, while Vatican officials warily eye it from a distance, gingerly pushing it out of sight, saying in effect, ‘I would have dealt with it but I was afraid.’

Father Nicholas Gruner and the endlessly ridiculed “Fatimists” have been saying these things for decades, only to suffer marginalization by the “enlightened ones.” But just as Antonio Socci has stepped forward to join Father Gruner in speaking the truth about the Third Secret, so have Pearson, Moynihan and Inside the Vatican stepped forward to speak the truth about Russia’s consecration, and the growing urgency of the Vatican’s refusal to permit it. May God bless them for their service to the cause of Our Lady of Fatima.