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How the Pope Can Change the World

by Christopher A. Ferrara
May 17, 2013

On May 12, 2013 a number of supporters of the Fatima Center in Rome participated in the Italian March for Life. Their participation was arranged by the Center’s Rome branch, the Associazione Madonna di Fatima O.n.l.u.s., of whose board of directors I am proud to be a member.

The Fatima Center representatives were part of a crowd of 30,000 which included, as the Center reports, “Large groups of young priests, seminarians and religious in cassocks and habits; families; and people of every profession including politicians and doctors, gathered to march against abortion, legalized in Italy in 1978 and which has seen millions of children killed.”

It is said that Paul VI wept when the first abortion clinic opened in Rome in 1978, the very year of his death. That ill-starred Pope wept and wrung his hands a great deal toward the end of his life as the new program of “dialogue with the world” systematically shut down the Church militant, leaving it even more helpless before the power of the State than it had been when Blessed Pius IX was infamously a “prisoner in the Vatican.”

But during the Italian March for Life we saw something that should be a model for the future of Catholic social action: the personal participation of the Pope — no mere pro forma greeting dispatched from a Vatican office, but down-in-the-street activism along with the members of the crowd. As the Center notes, Pope Francis was there on the Via della Conciliazione, the broad avenue leading to St. Peter’s Square, where he “warmly greeted the marchers from his pope mobile to encourage and bless them.”

The world knows what even Catholics have forgotten: that legalized abortion would not stand a chance if the Pope would only lead a worldwide Catholic civil rights movement against it, directing the bishops of every diocese to take to the streets with the members of their flocks to demand an end to what Vatican II itself called “an abominable crime.”

The Pope, leader of the immense Mystical Body of Christ on earth, has the power to remake the face of the world if only he will use the spiritual power that Christ has entrusted to him. This is the very power that will be unleashed by the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Let us pray that Pope Francis, whose pontificate has just been consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima, will perform the act his predecessors have for so long neglected — an act, that, as Antonio Socci has written, will bring about “the overthrow of the mentality dominating modernity” and produce a victory for God and His Church even greater than that at the “Battle of Lepanto