Breakthrough for Fatima
by Christopher A. Ferrara
October 22, 2012
In a remarkable article by Edward Pentin that must be considered a minor breakthrough for the cause of Our Lady of Fatima, Pentin remarks the coming anniversary of Emperor Constantine's victory at the Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312, which the Emperor attributed to the miraculous intervention of the God revealed to man in the person of Christ. Thus began his conversion and, with it, the conversion of the Western world.
But Pentin goes much further, quoting Edmund Mazza, a professor of history and political science at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles who spoke at a recent conference in Rome. "Constantine's victory," says Mazza, "led to an edict of toleration that resulted in the birth of Christian civilization as we came to know it: churches, universities, hospitals, orphanages and other legacies." But today we are witnessing the eclipse of that same civilization. The so-called modern world, he warns, "has forgotten its Christian origins...People are concerned about saving the planet, global warming, and so forth, and there's certain legitimate concerns here, but what we've lost is an awareness of the salvation of the soul."
Even more dramatically, Mazza suggests that "we're either nearing the End Times or we're in the End Times, because what we have is the disintegration of Christian civilization."
And here the breakthrough: Mazza specifically links our situation to the Message of Fatima: "It foretold the Bolsheviks would take over Russia, institute a secular socialism where government controls everything, tells everyone what to do, and where government contradicts the people's religion, Christianity in particular." "And what do we see today?," he asks. Answering his own question he notes that "In America, the Church is being persecuted now quite openly; individual Christians, let alone Church institutions, are going to be forced to pay for contraception and abortifacients, to go against their moral principles. It's Diocletian's persecution all over again: if you refuse to follow the norms of state, you're going to suffer."
Pentin — and here Zenit deserves our thanks — runs with the Fatima theme, writing that "During the apparitions, Our Lady of Fatima talks about the 'errors of Russia,' meaning the errors of atheism and socialism which would lead to the deaths of 60 million people in the 20th century. 'Russia will spread her errors throughout the world,' she warned 'raising up wars and persecutions against the Church, the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated."
Pentin also quotes Edward Lucas, a correspondent for The Economist who spoke at the same conference as Mazza, who warns that "instead of spending millions of dollars on weapons as it did during the Cold War, Russia is now a state of espionage and deception, with a former KGB agent as its president — a remarkable reality if one imagines the Nazis had won World War II and then, after it had collapsed, they remained in power."
In other words, Russia has clearly not converted; her errors continue to spread about the world. Here Pentin quotes Mazza to the effect that Russia's errors are like "a vampire that refuses to die. 'If you want to kill a vampire, you can't shoot it, you've got to use a wooden stake'"
And what is the wooden stake that will kill the vampire? Says Mazza: "Jesus and Mary gave us the solution: the consecration of Russia." Mazza, notes Pentin uncritically, observed that while John Paul II "consecrated the whole world in 1984... Russia has still not been singled out for consecration."
And then the amazing clincher from Mazza — not from any "Fatimist," but from a college professor who teaches at a non-Catholic Christian college in Los Angeles:
The only thing that will kill the errors of socialism and the dictatorship of relativism that the Pope has talked about is this: We need the Pope and the bishops to take five minutes of a public ceremony in which they consecrate Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart.
As John Vennari has noted, Mazza's reference to "five minutes of a public ceremony" is one of the themes the publications of the Fatima Center have sounded often: a brief public ceremony that will change the world, if only the Pope and the bishops will make that minimal effort.
And then another clincher, this time from Pentin by way of Zenit: "The Year of Faith may be the perfect time to do so."
When even a mainstream news organization like Zenit airs the view that only the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart will avert disaster for the West, that the consecration has not yet been done, and that the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict may be the perfect time to do it, one can only rejoice at this sign — one among many we have seen recently — that the persistence of such courageous advocates of the Fatima message as Father Nicholas Gruner is finally bearing fruit.
The truth will be out, and the Message of Fatima will ultimately be heeded, for God will have it so. We need only pray that the last remaining human obstacles to that glorious fulfillment — especially the obstacles found in the office of the Vatican Secretary of State — are soon swept aside, so that the Pope can do at long last what Our Lady asked of him some 95 years ago.
A hat tip to Matt Gaspers for bringing the Zenit story to my attention.