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Back in the U.S.S.R.

by Christopher A. Ferrara
Dec. 19, 2008

How the enlightened ones laughed at Father Nicholas Gruner when he refused to acknowledge any “miraculous transformation” of Russia after the consecration ceremony of 1984 at the Vatican, which deliberately failed to mention Russia. Russia would not convert because Russia had not been consecrated, he insisted. A consecration of Russia needed to mention Russia, for that was the whole point of the ceremony Our Lady of Fatima requested: to demonstrate to the whole world beyond any doubt that by the power of God that nation in particular, because it had been singled out by name for the special protection of the Mother of God, would be granted a miracle of grace — a miracle not unlike that by which Our Lady of Guadalupe effected the conversion of the whole of pagan Mexico within seven years back in the 16th Century.

The enlightened ones stopped laughing a while ago, as their “enlightened” opinion was inexorably exposed as utterly and disastrously wrong. And Vladimir Putin’s relentless re-Stalinization of Russia, which has caused them to fall silent, is accelerating. On December 17, 2008 Associated Press reported that “New legislation backed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin would allow Russian authorities to label any government critic a traitor — a move that rights activists said Wednesday was a chilling throwback to times of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.”

The new bill would expand the definition of “treason” — or rather, will expand, as its passage is a foregone conclusion — to include such vaguely defined conduct as “damaging Russia’s constitutional order, sovereignty or territorial integrity.” Quoting Russian rights activists, AP notes that this definition “would essentially let authorities interpret any act against the state as treason — a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.” The same activists warn that the bill “would catapult Russia’s justice system back to the times of Stalin’s purges, calling it ‘legislation in the spirit of Stalin and Hitler.’”

Meanwhile, the upper house of the Russian parliament has already passed legislation to end jury trials in treason cases. Why? As AP reports, “The bill’s authors say the change was necessary because they claim juries have acquitted many suspects despite strong incriminating evidence.” Well, we can’t have that!

So, its “back in U.S.S.R.,” to allude (please forgive me) to that Beatles’ tune satirizing Soviet Russia as a welcoming heartland to which one is lucky to return. Come to think of it, that’s exactly how the purveyors of the Fatima Consecration Myth tried to depict Russia for decades after the 1984 ceremony: a place of miraculous transformation and newfound freedom. It was all a lie. And now the Church and the whole world must face the consequences.