Roberto de Mattei Provides a Fatima Perspective on Vatican II
by Christopher A. Ferrara
August 3, 2017
With each passing day, Father Nicholas Gruner’s assessment of the post-Vatican II state of the Church, viewed in light of the Message of Fatima and the Third Secret in particular, receives further vindication. Now the estimable Roberto de Mattei explicitly links the disaster that followed the Council to the failure to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate of Mary, just as Father Gruner did.
Writing for Corrispondenza Romana (translation by Rorate Caaeli), Prof. De Mattei makes the usual distinctions regarding the Council’s most unusual documents: that which is pastoral in character, and thus provisional and temporary; that which is ambiguous, and thus must be read in conformity with the Church’s constant teaching; and that which apparently contradicts prior teaching, which thus cannot be accepted as such because the Church’s authentic Magisterium can no more contradict itself on a matter of faith and morals than God can change His mind.
Whether a conciliar document belongs in any of the three categories enumerated is a subject for fair debate. For Vatican II, unlike any prior ecumenical council, deliberately avoided the classical precision of conciliar documents — its traditional preparatory schemas were junked during a rebellion in the early days of the Council — as well as any formal condemnations of error. The Council employed instead the language of a rather rambling pastoral narrative, rife with the potential for misinterpretation and misapplication by the Church’s enemies, both within and without.
But — and here is de Mattei’s arresting insight — what is not debatable is that “[o]n the historical level, however, Vatican II constitutes a non-decomposable block: It has its own unity, its essence, its nature. Considered in its origins, its implementation and consequences, it can be described as a Revolution in mentality and language, which has profoundly changed the life of the Church, initiating a moral and religious crisis without precedent. If the theological judgment may be vague and comprehensive, the judgment of history is merciless and without appeal. The Second Vatican Council was not only unsuccessful or a failure: it was a catastrophe for the Church.”
Can any reasonable, believing Catholic observer of the ecclesial scene, especially over the past four years, dispute this assessment? If we are not in the midst of an ecclesial catastrophe, then what would be?
Echoing Father Gruner, Prof. de Mattei links this catastrophe to the Church’s failure to correspond to the request of Our Lady of Fatima for Russia’s consecration to Her Immaculate Heart. He provides little known details on the Council’s refusal to honor Our Lady’s request:
“Since this year is the centenary of the Apparitions of Fatima, let us consider this point only. When Vatican II opened in October 1962, Catholics from all over the world were waiting for the disclosing of the Third Secret and the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate heart of Mary. John Haffert’s Blue Army led a mass campaign for years in this regard. What better occasion for John XXIII (died 3rd June 1963), Paul VI and with circa 3000 bishops gathered around them, in the very heart of Christendom, to meet Our Lady’s requests in a solemn and unanimous way? On February 3rd 1964, Monsignor Geraldo de Proença Sigaud, personally delivered to Paul VI, a petition signed by 510 prelates from 78 countries, which implored the Pontiff, in union with all the bishops, to consecrate the world and in an explicit manner, Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Pope and most of the Council Fathers ignored the appeal.”
The consequences of the Council’s rejection of the call of Our Lady for the Consecration of Russia were immense and terrible:
“If the Consecration request had been done, great graces would have poured down on humanity. A movement of a return to the natural and Christian law would have begun. Communism would have fallen many years earlier, in a non-fictitious way, but authentic and real. Russia would have converted and the world would have experienced an age of peace and order. Our Lady had promised this.
“The failed consecration allowed Russia to continue spreading its errors throughout the world and these errors conquered the highest ranks of the Church, inviting a terrible chastisement for all of humanity. Paul VI and the majority of the Council Fathers assumed a historical responsibility for which today we gauge the consequences.”
And, indeed, today those consequences extend even to an attack on the Sixth Commandment, which we are now told admits of exceptions in “pastoral practice” based on “concrete circumstances” to be “discerned” during a process of “accompaniment” — meaningless buzzwords disguising an incredible campaign of sedition against God’s immutable moral law.
This is what Sister Lucia of Fatima, doubtless with the Third Secret in view, meant when she warned Cardinal Caffarra, that “The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about Marriage and the Family.” Surely it is no coincidence that Cardinal Caffarra was a founder of the papal institute for the defense of marriage and family that Pope Francis has effectively neutralized.
The final battle of which Sister Lucia spoke began at Vatican II. And it will end only when the Church has done what Our Lady of Fatima requested.