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Summer 2003

THE FATIMA CRUSADER
Issue 74



In this Current Crisis in the World and the Church
God Calls Upon Us to be Saints
by Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L., S.T.D. (Cand.)
As we reflect upon the state of the world and the Catholic Church, a bleak picture emerges. In this difficult time God is calling us to be great saints, as Father Gruner explains in this introductory article.

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
by Bernadette Vesco
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, within her short life, reached the great heights of sanctity. By reflecting on the Gospels, she discovered the "Little Way" to Heaven that is a great path to holiness. Her inspiring Little Way encourages us in our daily fight to attain our salvation.

In Loving Remembrance

Truth Does Not Change:
If We Lose Dogma, We Lose Our Souls
by Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L., S.T.D. (Cand.)
In the Third Secret of Fatima, Our Lady is warning us against apostasy. As Father Gruner explains, truth does not change. One of the greatest defenses against apostasy is to have a firm grasp of and adherence to the dogmatic definitions of the Catholic Faith.

In Defense of All Catholics Who Defend the Church
Citing the most eminent Doctors of the Church, this article provides an explanation of the natural and canonical rights of clergy and laity who speak out against specific cases of abuse of ecclesiastical authority.

The Necessity of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Our Salvation
by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori
St. Alphonsus explains that it is not only useful and holy to have recourse to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but that Her intercession is necessary for our salvation. To better understand why, read this Doctor of the Church's thorough, but brief, inspiring article on this matter.

The Power of Our Lady's Green Scapular

The Church's Obligation to Believe and Obey Our Lady of Fatima
by Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L., S.T.D. (Cand.)
Recently an informal survey was taken of a number of lay persons, priests, bishops and Cardinals regarding the obligation to believe and obey Our Lady of Fatima. Not surprisingly, even among people who are self-proclaimed experts on the subject, dangerous ideas exist. Since the topic is crucial for the eternal salvation of millions of souls and, furthermore, since it is absolutely essential for world peace, we have presented here an edited version of the talk Father Gruner gave at the 2001 Bishops Peace Conference in Rome.

Vision of Tuy

St. John Vianney

The Impending Great Chastisement Revealed in the Third Secret (Part II)
by Father Paul Kramer, B.Ph., S.T.B., M.Div., S.T.L. (Cand.)
In Part I of this article, Father Kramer dealt with the physical aspect of the chastisement, which is the role of Russia in raising up wars and bringing about the annihilation of nations. Yet this is not the most frightful aspect of the chastisement foretold in the Third Secret. What is most frightful, Father Kramer explains in Part II, is the spiritual chastisement the Secret foretells.

The Future of the Church May Depend on It ...

Do Your Part to Help Our Lady and the World!

The Most Perfect Act of Worship
Compiled by Marie Corpe
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most perfect act of worship to God. Here is where God descends to man and man ascends to God the Father. Catholics who utilize this great and most powerful gift, along with their sacrifices and prayers, can appease God and beg favors of Him. They also receive the great fruit born of the Mass, the Holy Eucharist. This Divine Food - received only through the Holy Catholic Church - is necessary for intimate union with Christ, as it gives spiritual nourishment to souls.

Crusaders of Mary

Report from Our Fatima Pilgrimage:
St. Lucy Cures Pilgrim's Eyes
This is a report of an amazing cure that occurred during one of our recent Fatima pilgrimages.

From Our Readers …
Published here are a few of the many letters of support sent to Father Gruner from friends (including priests) around the world, which are filled with gratitude, encouragement and support for the work the Fatima Apostolate is accomplishing in spreading the Message of Fatima and devotion to Our Lady.

Catholic Answers to:
Protestant Misunderstandings
Taken from The Catholic Church Has the Answer
Why do Catholics pray to Mary and the Saints? Why do they pray the Rosary? This article addresses some of the most common Protestant misunderstandings of the Catholic Faith.

Sister Lucy’s Nephew Speaks Out Regarding the Third Secret
Father Jose dos Santos Valinho, Sister Lucy’s nephew, speaks often with her. On Italian national television in February of 2003, long after the CDF version of the “Secret” was released, he stated that the Third Secret was “some kind of universal crisis ...”

The Truth About Communion in the Hand
by John Vennari
This article explains that the practices of Communion in the hand and lay ministers of the Eucharist have been introduced under the guise of being "authentic" liturgical developments mandated by Vatican II. But the truth is that Communion in the hand and lay ministers of the Eucharist are not authentic liturgical developments, were not mandated by the Second Vatican Council, and show complete defiance and contempt for centuries of Catholic teaching and practice.

SARS and Communion in the Hand
A new mandate has been implemented by the Archdiocese of Toronto, allegedly in response to the SARS outbreak there. This marks the first time in the history of the Church when this abuse has been made compulsory. There is only one remedy for this spiritual illness which has undermined the Church in recent decades.

Help Us Spread the Fatima Message

Why Should YOU Become a Volunteer for Our Lady?

Actually, Virginia, Father Gruner is Not Suspended (Special Supplement)
by Christopher A. Ferrara
The latest article in The Wanderer’s never-ending series on the “suspension” of Father Nicholas Gruner depends upon an Orwellian notion of justice no Catholic can accept: punishment without a crime, guilt without a conviction.

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