“Conversion of Russia” Update
Russia Threatens To Strike NATO
Missile Defense Sites
by Christopher A. Ferrara
June 12, 2012
I am pleased to announce the impending publication of my new book False Friends of Fatima, a side project I undertook at the urging of Father Gruner. The book explores that constituency in the Church, led by the Vatican Secretary of State, which follows the Party Line on Fatima.
The Party Line follows these basic points: the Fatima prophecies belong to the past, and what is left of the Fatima event is merely a call to individual prayer, penance and conversion. Unlike Mark Antony, who really came to praise Caesar and not to bury him, the “false friends” of Fatima have really come to bury what they purport to praise.
The Message of Fatima is such a wonderful thing, they tell us, so long as we understand that the Message concerns only our personal spiritual advancement, not any obligation on the part of the Pope and the bishops to consecrate Russia.
Nor must we think that there is any duty to reveal that part of the Third Secret in which Our Lady explains the meaning of the vision of the “Bishop dressed in White” — for whose interpretation, absurdly enough, we are expected to rely on the Secretary of State’s irrelevant opinion on the matter.
The publication of this new book seems to have been quite well timed in geopolitical terms. Events in Russia over the past 28 years have, of course, demolished the fairy tale of Russia’s “conversion” following the “consecration” of 1984. But the Russian situation has taken a particularly ominous turn in recent days.
On May 3, 2012, reports The Washington Times, “Russia’s most senior military officer said… that Moscow would preemptively strike and destroy U.S.-led NATO missile defense sites in Eastern Europe if talks with Washington about the system continue to stall.”
Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov is reported to have issued this explicit warning: “A decision to use destructive force preemptively will be taken if the situation worsens.” Makarov’s threat was uttered at an international missile defense conference in Moscow attended by both United States and NATO officials.
The Washington Times quotes James Ludes of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University on the import of Makarov’s threat: “That Makarov would make this kind of threat in a public forum is chilling.”
Indeed it is chilling. But not for the false of friends of Fatima, who assure us that all is well because Russia has been consecrated — and isn’t that wonderful news? In my book I quote the opinion of Michael La Corte, executive director of the United States branch of the “World Apostolate of Fatima,” which used to be known as the Blue Army before it surrendered to the Party Line in exchange for Vatican approval.
La Corte informs us that according to “Monsignor Guerra, the rector emeritus of the shrine in Fatima, Portugal, his perspective is that we are in the era of peace.” That is the same former rector who invited a group of Hindus to desecrate the Capelinha (Little Chapel) at the Fatima Shrine by performing a Hindu ritual there, led by a Hindu “priest.”
Guerra’s name means “war” or “warfare” in Portuguese. A fittingly ironic name for this leading false friend of Fatima, who joins so many other followers of the Party Line in leading the Church and the world toward the abyss from which Our Lady of Fatima came to save us. You will meet a number of these characters in my book.