Up To Now The Vatican-Moscow Agreement Has Silenced Our
By Father Paul Leonard
In Issue No. 20 Father Paul Leonard wrote "The Plot to Silence
Our Lady". We are indebted to him for uncovering this Plot. In the following
article, Father Paul has chosen to name names because after the public
admonition he gave to those responsible for misleading the public, those
concerned have chosen to not publicly correct their very serious published
errors regarding Our Lady of Fatima's Message. Most of our readers who wrote in
expressed their appreciation for Father Paul's article. Some, however, may have
been mystified as to what motivated those who, while claiming to be promoting
Our Lady of Fatima's Message were actually endeavoring to obstruct Our Lady's
full Message from being known and obeyed.
The full message of Our Lady of Fatima is even now still being
suppressed by left-leaning philo-communist churchmen and organizations who
remain unabashedly committed to the politics of the Vatican-Moscow
Agreement.(1) Our Lady's message is unmistakably clear and unequivocal.
"I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to My
Immaculate Heart and the Communion of reparation on the first Saturdays. If My
requests are granted Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not,
she shall spread her errors throughout the world, promoting wars and
persecution of the Church, the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will
suffer much, various nations will be annihilated''. Our Lady specified several
things when She spoke these words on July 13, 1917.
1) That She would come again to make the requests;
2) If Her requests are obeyed, Russia will be converted and
there will be peace;
3) If Her requests are not fulfilled, then:
a) Russia will spread its errors throughout the world.
Russia will cause wars and persecution of the Church, martyrdom of the good and
even suffering for the Pope.
c) Various nations will be annihilated.
In fulfillment of Her promise of July 13, 1917, Our Lady came to
Sister Lucia in the apparition of June 13, 1929 at Tuy and declared "The moment
has come in which God asks the Holy Father in union with all the bishops of the
world, to consecrate Russia to My Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by
In these words the Mother of God made clear that:
1) Russia must be specified as the object of the
2) The consecration must be performed not only by the Pope, but
it must be a collegial act performed by all the bishops of the world.
3) "By this means," that is by the actual consecration itself,
Russia will be converted and saved.
The leadership of the World Apostolate of Fatima (alias Blue
Army) has stubbornly and impenitently falsified Our Lady's message, in their
unholy campaign to bring the Fatima message in line with the Vatican-Moscow
Agreement. The March/April 1986 issue of Soul magazine on page 32 states
a brazen lie when it refers to the Collegial Consecration to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary made with the bishops of the world by Pope John Paul II in St.
Peter's Square on March 25, 1984 ... There the pope in union with all bishops
of the world made the consecration to Mary's Immaculate Heart. As requested
in the apparitions of June 13, 1929. "Then on page 9 of the same issue -
Soul magazine states: "...The Holy Father proceeded to consecrate the
world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary ... in compliance with the request
of Our Lady when She said 'I will ask for the consecration of the world
to My Immaculate Heart'..."
Our Lady of Fatima never asked for the consecration of
the world, but She clearly specified Russia as the object of the
requested consecration. The Blue Army editors have falsified Our Lady's own
words by changing Russia to world.
Blue Army Entrenched In Untenable Position
This is just one of many examples of how the Blue Army has been
publishing false and misleading reports which attempt to create the impression
that the consecration has already been done. The Fatima Crusader has repeatedly
corrected and refuted the false reports of Soul magazine. Nevertheless, the
Blue Army leaders have chosen to entrench themselves in their untenable
position - they have apparently chosen to deliberately disregard the
demonstrated and proven truth: promoting errors and falsehood, in order to
adhere to a policy that does not oppose Cardinal Casaroli's Vatican-Moscow
In spite of the fact that Our Lady's requests have simply not
been fulfilled, the Blue Army leadership perpetuates the totally absurd claim
that the consecration has been made in an incomplete manner - not fully made
exactly as God requires, but nevertheless made.
Our Lady demanded the consecration of Russia. The thing that was
done was the consecration of the world. Therefore, the consecration that the
Blessed Virgin requested simply was not done. To say it was done, but only in
an incomplete or partial way is not only false, but a deceptive means to make
black appear as white. Thus, Soul magazine and the Blue Army leadership's
absurd claim that the collegial consecration of Russia has been incompletely
made is a deceptive stratagem, cunningly conceived to achieve a hidden but
nevertheless very definite purpose: to put an end to the public campaign for
the Collegial Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
It would be simply too much to expect even the most obtuse mind
to simply swallow a stark absurdity. Therefore, enough confusion has been
injected into the affair in order to deflect the mind's attention from dwelling
upon the fact that an act which does not validly fulfill the stipulated
requirements is null and void, and therefore cannot even be considered a
partial or incomplete act of fulfilling Our Lady of Fatima's command.
There still remains one more stumbling block to be smoothed over
and rendered palatable: the fact that Russia has quite obviously not been
converted away from its militant atheism and Church persecuting Communism in
spite of the fact that the Consecration has supposedly been made. Again, just
enough ambiguity and confusion has been injected into the matter in order to
induce the public to unwittingly swallow an outright falsehood.
Our Lady stated quite unequivocally that the Collegial
Consecration would be the means by which the conversion of Russia would be
brought about. In order to deflect the public's mind away from this, the
editors for Soul magazine have propagated the brazen falsehood that the
Consecration of Russia was not "an actual condition for the conversion of
Russia," but that it was only "a sign that the requests of Our Lady of Fatima
have been fulfilled."
Soul Magazine Contradicts Our Lady
Our Lady of Fatima made the unconditional promise that the
Consecration of Russia will bring about the conversion of that nation: God
"promises to save Russia by this means." According to Soul magazine, the
promise is conditional: "it will depend on the greater or lesser fidelity of
After publishing all these distortions, contradictions and lies,
one would think that Soul magazine has more than sufficiently insulted
the intelligence of its readers, but Soul magazine editors do not stop
here. Soul magazine has repeatedly published the clamorous announcement that
"The Conversion of Russia has already begun."(!) Priests and laymen are
psychically annihilated in Soviet psychiatric wards, and physically annihilated
in the camps of the Gulag. The Church is being furiously persecuted in Russia
while the war in Afghanistan continues to rage. To say that the conversion of
Russia has already begun, is a gesture of insult and betrayal to all the
victims of the atrocities and persecution who presently suffer at the hands of
Russian Communism and its agents. Sister Lucia writes that "our good Lord
promises that the persecution in Russia will end if the Holy Father will
himself make a solemn public act of reparation and consecration of Russia ...
and order all the Catholic bishops of the world to do the same ..." (Letter of
June 12, 1930) The conversion of a few thousand individuals in Russia is an
encouraging development, but we must not allow that fact to mislead us about
the conversion of Russia. That Conversion will only take place when the
Collegial Consecration of Russia that Our Lady requested will have been
performed by the Pope and the bishops.
The Fatima Crusader has again and again pointed out the glaring
inconsistencies, contradictions and absurdities that Soul Magazine has
published with an astounding regularity. The Blue Army leadership seems to be
demonstrating an adamant and remorseless resolve to continue unabated in this
most reprehensible practice. In view of this, a rational being endowed with the
use of common sense cannot but conclude that Soul Magazine and the Blue Army
Leadership's penchant for falsehood and distortion is the direct result of a
deliberately formulated policy.
Crux Of The Matter
Here is the crux of the matter: Our Lady's real Fatima message
has been suppressed because it is at variance with Cardinal Casaroli's
treacherous and pro-Communist Vatican-Moscow Ostpolitik. It is for this reason
that Soul magazine states (March, April, 1984, p. 5): "we might pray explicitly
for Russia if we wish to do so, but in our public message ... avoid
upsetting the delicate balance of international affairs which the Holy See
(i.e. Cardinal Casaroli) is trying so hard to control and direct." We must
desist from working for the fulfillment of Our Lady's request so as not to
offend the Communists for "even Russians who are not Christians may
understandably resent any thought that they are in need of conversion." (ibid
The Blue Army has been turned into an instrument of Cardinal
Casaroli's Vatican-Moscow Ostpolitik which would prohibit the Pope and Bishops
from fulfilling Our Lady of Fatima's request for the sake of the short-sighted
politics of appeasement, compromise and surrender to Communism.
The rationale of the Vatican-Moscow Agreement is that of
rejecting divine wisdom in favor of human prudence. Our Sunday Visitor
seems to be also of this persuasion.
In the Feb. 12, 1984 issue of that paper we read that "the
Church faces a dilemma: where it is unable to negotiate, the people suffer,
where it does negotiate, it can make the life of the people better." (P. 9) And
"It will negotiate short-term limitations to assure long-term survival of the
Church in a country." (Feb. 19, 1984, p. 7)
Such a position subjects God to human judgment if in such
negotiations the fulfillment of Our Lady's request is ruled out. Our Lady of
Fatima said: "Only I can help you." "If we ignore Her," Father Gruner says, "no
one can, and no one will help us. If we ignore Her, God Himself will not help
us because He sent His Mother to tell us what we must do to have peace and
Father Sheedy's Unjustified Attacks Rebutted
Father Frank Sheedy, who in his Sunday Visitor column seems to
favor the Ostpolitik of negotiation, compromise and surrender, has published
some misinformation and distortions of his own in that publication. On Sept. 7,
1986 (Our Sunday Visitor p. 15) he states that "The International Fatima Rosary
Crusade ... is headed by an Eastern-bloc Catholic bishop." This is absolutely
false. Father Sheedy also thinks that The Fatima Crusader "goes to extremes"
when it says that Sister Lucia has been silenced and that it urges the
revelation of the "third secret." By saying that these statements of The
Fatima Crusader as "extreme", Father Sheedy is suggesting that these
statements are false. Therefore, I take this opportunity to remind Father
Sheedy that it was Sister Lucia herself who, on March 19, 1983 revealed in a
prepared statement which she read to the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Portalupi,
that she could not speak because she did not have the permission of the Holy
See. Furthermore, when Canon Barthas asked her why it would be necessary to
wait until 1960, to open the Secret and reveal it to the world, Sister Lucia
replied to him in the presence of Bishop da Silva of Fatima. "Because the
Blessed Virgin wishes it so."
Father Sheedy says that The Fatima Crusader "believes that Our
Lady's request has not been fulfilled by the consecrations made by Pope John
Paul II". After the Pope made the Act of Consecration of the World (March 25,
1984) he asked Our Lady to enlighten "the people whose consecration and
entrusting You are awaiting from us", and later in the day he spoke in his
prayer "of those peoples for whom You Yourself are awaiting our act of
consecration and entrusting." Thus it is not only The Fatima Crusader, but also
Pope John Paul II who believes that Our Lady's request that Russia be
consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart has not been fulfilled.
Father Sheedy states that Fatima Crusader "finds fault with the
'Vatican Ostpolitik' ..." I therefore, take this opportunity to point out that
in speaking out publicly against Communism, both Cardinal Ratzinger and John
Paul II are going against the 'Vatican's Ostpolitik'.
In the November 16, 1986 issue, Father Sheedy hurls a reckless
and, one might even say libelous accusation against The Fatima Crusader: he
says that "some of its positions deviated from the orthodox." Father Sheedy
makes absolutely no attempt to substantiate such a serious charge (nor has
anyone else) but he merely reproduces the notorious letter of Bishop Stanislaus
Brzana of Ogdensburg which does not anywhere state that The Fatima Crusader
deviates from orthodoxy.
The first thing to be said about this Brzana letter is that it
is a masterpiece of innuendo which appears to deliberately create a false
impression in the minds of the faithful. It says: "Some of the positions
accepted in this publication (The Fatima Crusader) do not represent the
teachings of the Catholic Church"and therefore, he advises "caution" in reading
Now what exactly does it mean to state that some of one's
positions "do not represent the teaching of the Catholic Church"? First of all
it does not mean that his positions are false, unorthodox or in any way at
variance with the official Magisterium of the Church. This statement can be
applied to all Catholic newspapers and magazines and even to some of the
writings and declarations of the Popes. When Pope Pius XII announced the dogma
of the Assumption, he mentioned in his speech that people had come to Rome
"from every part of the Catholic world." Now while the dogma of the Assumption
represents the official teaching of the Catholic Church, the Pope's remark
about the people coming to Rome "from every part of the Catholic world" does
not represent the teaching of the Catholic Church. Likewise, when a Bishop or
even a Pope issues a statement as a private doctor, he thereby states his own
personal position, and in so doing, his statements do not represent the
teaching of the Catholic Church.
The Bishop's Letter Is Unsigned
The statement therefore, that someone's positions do not
represent the teaching of the Church is by itself a harmless commonplace that
can be applied to practically every Sunday sermon. However, the issuing of such
a statement in the form of a warning as Bishop Brzana did clearly appears to be
an underhanded and unsavory attempt to create the false impression in the minds
of the faithful that The Fatima Crusader is not entirely orthodox. Perhaps it
is because the malicious intent of the letter is so evident that the Bishop
lacked the courage to sign it, and unsigned it remains. Upon investigation, it
appears that the letter was prepared by a Chancery official and the Bishop
himself knows very little about this letter.
Father Gruner's letter (see Issue No. 18, Page 12) written in
response to Bishop Brzana's unsigned letter was sent to Bishop Brzana and
Father Gruner personally visited him as well, but the Bishop could not explain
why he advises "caution" in the reading of The Fatima Crusader, nor did he
venture to point to any statement in The Fatima Crusader that he considered to
Finally, it is entirely ludicrous to have reservations about The
Fatima Crusader because it "seemed to be critical of the Church." Does Father
Sheedy really think that it is disloyal or sinful to be critical of the Church,
or that virtue consists of being a good yes-man who doesn't dare make waves?
The Fatima Crusader is as bland as a parish bulletin when compared to the
violent oratory with which St. Peter Damian criticized and condemned the curial
officials of his day. He so strenuously criticized the Church because of his
loyality and love for the Church. If what he did was wrong, he would not be a
Saint and Doctor of the Church.
St. Athanasius was so critical of the bishops and the Pope that
he was even excommunicated by Pope Liberius but it is Athanasius who is a Saint
and Doctor of the Church while Liberius is not.(2)
It is out of loyalty to the Church and to the Holy Father that
the Fatima Crusader denounces and deplores the politics of the Vatican-Moscow
Agreement. The politics of appeasement, compromise and surrender which this
agreement embodies is like a hangman's noose on the Church of God. Surrender to
Communism is embodied in the outrageously scandalous words of Cardinal Casaroli
who is the architect of the ongoing Ostpolitik, who says that "the Cuban
Catholic Church and her spiritual guide always take care not to create any
problem for the socialist (Communist) regime ... the Catholics and the Cuban
people in general do not have the slightest problem with the socialist
(Communist) government." This is a treacherous lie. I myself have listened to
the discourses of Cuban priests and prelates who explained how the persecution
of Catholics and the curtailment and limitation of religious rights continues
to take place in Cuba.
The Pope Needs Our Support
The Pope needs our support in his efforts to free the Church
from this yoke of the Vatican-Moscow Agreement. By petitioning the Holy Father
to consecrate Russia, we are not trying to pressure the Pope into doing
something that he does not wish to do. The Holy Father himself, when he was
Bishop of Crakow, petitioned Pope Paul VI to perform the consecration of
Russia. He desires very much to perform the consecration of Russia with the
rest of the bishops of the Church.
In 1980, it was reported even in Soul magazine that the Holy
Father "is disposed to make the Collegial Consecration when enough Bishops
request it." Unfortunately, the Blue Army leadership is now working to prevent
the Holy Father's desire to consecrate Russia from being fulfilled. By doing
everything in our power to live the Fatima message and strive for the
realization of the Consecration of Russia that Our Lady requested, we will do
our part to assist and support the Holy Father in the difficult task of freeing
the Church from the shackles of the Vatican-Moscow Agreement, and bringing
about the conversion of Russia and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
1. Not all Cardinals and Bishops adhere to the
Vatican-Moscow Agreement. e.g. Cardinal Ratzinger, Cardinal Law and Cardinal
Obando. 2. More exactly, Pope Liberius confirmed the excommunication which the
bishops pronounced against St. Athanasius.
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