Fatima May 13, 1982
What Actually Happened? Was Russia Consecrated To The Immaculate Heart Of Mary?
by Abbé Pierre Caillon1
On May 13, 1982, anniversary of the first apparitions of Fatima, His Holiness Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage to Fatima, in thanksgiving to Our Lady for having saved his life from the assassination attempt by Mehmet Ali Agca the year before, May 13, 1981. While at Fatima the Pope consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. After this action of the Pope, several Fatima journals reported that the consecration of Russia had been done according to the command of Our Lady of Fatima. In this article Father Caillon shows why the act of May 13, 1982, did not meet the demands of Heaven.
SISTER LUCIA'S EMBARRASSMENT
In order to understand what has happened, it is necessary to know that Lucia is not authorized to speak about the happenings concerning Fatima without the permission of the Holy See.
Now, in the days after May 13, 1982, several people sought to be received by Lucia in order that they might know precisely what to make of the act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary effected on that day (i.e. May 13, 1982) by Pope John Paul II.
In particular, a Brazilian advocate, the Blue Army Representative for Brazil, presented himself at noon one day at the Carmel at Fatima where Lucia still was before returning to the Carmel at Coimbra.
Poor Lucia, having no authorization to speak concerning the essentials of the matter, could do no more than make some trite observations that would sound encouraging, appeasing and hopeful. But the Brazilian advocate believed that from these observations it was possible for him to infer that a statement based on what she said could be broadcast worldwide. In effect, his text was reproduced almost everywhere, misleading opinion everywhere.2
TWO UNPUBLISHED NEWS ITEMS
Concerning what must be thought of the act of consecration effected by Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1982, we can here produce two hitherto unpublished items of information.
Item No. 1
In March 1982, Pope John Paul II wanted to know precisely what he should do on the occasion of his pilgrimage to Fatima.
We now know that the Lisbon Nuncio went to see Lucia in her Coimbra Carmel. This historic interview which took place during the afternoon of Sunday, March 21, 1982 lasted for two hours. On the one side of the grill there was Lucia; on the other side there was the Lisbon Nuncio, the Bishop of Leiria (the diocese which includes Fatima) and Dr. Lacerda. Lucia explained that the Pope must select a date on which to order the bishops of the whole world to arrange for a public solemn act of reparation and of consecration of Russia to the Most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, each in his own cathedral and at the same time as the act of consecration effected by the Pope. We do not know why this so precise program could not have been realized on May 13, 1982. But we do know nevertheless that in the text which was sent to the Holy Father by diplomatic bag, it was not spelled out that each bishop must, each in his own cathedral, and on the same day as the Pope, arrange for a solemn public ceremony of the consecration of Russia. The Lisbon Nuncio informed Dr. Lacerda of this.
Item No. 2
A second historic interview also took place.
In effect the Lisbon Nuncio, accompanied by two Portuguese experts, returned to see Lucia in the Carmel at Coimbra. This all took place quite recently during the afternoon of Saturday, March 19, 1983. This interview at which Lucia, the Nuncio, Dr. Lacerda and Father Messias were present lasted for two and a half hours, from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Lucia had prepared a text which was read officially and on which she commented. The consecration of Russia (it made clear) had not been effected because Russia was not clearly the object of the consecration and because each bishop had not arranged a public solemn ceremony of Russia's consecration in his own cathedral. The text prepared by Lucia concluded with these words: 'The consecration of Russia has not been made as Our Lady has demanded. I could not say so because I did not have the permission of the Holy See.'3
TWO IMPORTANT TEXTS
This whole question of the consecration of Russia to be made by the Pope in union with the bishops is governed by two texts written by Lucia a long time ago, and concerning which she did no more than comment this year.
The first important text
Here is the first important text: 'The Good God promises to make an end of the persecution in Russia if the Holy Father deigns to make, and orders to be made, by all the bishops of the Catholic world a solemn and public act of reparation and consecration of Russia to the Most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and if, in return for the end of this persecution His Holiness promises to approve and to recommend the practice of reparatory devotion (the five first Saturdays).'
Lucia gave this text to her confessor, the Portuguese Jesuit Father Gonçalves on May 29, 1930. As Father Gonçalves posed still further questions, Lucia gave him another text a fortnight later on June 12, 1930, along exactly the same lines. As for the Bishop of Leiria, Monsignor da Silva, he decided to write to Pius XI in March 1937 reproducing exactly what she had said. This text is therefore beyond all doubt.
Let us recall that between 1929 and 1939, Stalin was at the apogee of his cruelty. All the Russians whom one met in Paris or elsewhere at that time spoke with one and the same voice, in effect saying: 'Lenin was responsible for 20 million corpses in seven years; Stalin has been responsible for 46 million in 29 years; i.e. a total of 66 million corpses. Lenin is therefore worse than Stalin. As soon as possible, therefore, Lenin's tomb must be made to disappear from Red Square.'
Pius XI was therefore informed in 1937 of the duty of effecting the collegial consecration of Russia. He did not do so. And we have had corpses in tens of millions.
The second important text
In May 1936, in the course of an intimate communication, Lucia asked Our Lord why He would not convert Russia without these two so difficult conditions:
That Russia should be the sole object of the consecration;
And that this consecration should be made by all the bishops of the world, on the same day, each bishop doing so in his own cathedral in a solemn public ceremony.
Our Savior replied: 'Because I wish all of My Church to recognize this consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in order thereafter, to extend and place alongside devotion to My Divine Heart, devotion to this Immaculate Heart.'
Lucia replied: 'But, my God, the Holy Father will not believe me IF YOU DO NOT MOVE HIM BY SPECIAL INSPIRATION!'
Christ replied: 'Oh! the Holy Father! Pray very much for the Holy Father. He will do it, but it will be late! However, the Immaculate Heart of Mary will save Russia. It has been entrusted to Her!'
It is known that Pope John Paul II wept when he read these lines when they were shown to him after the attempt on his life. We know also that today he has decided to obtain and to accomplish this consecration of Russia, as soon as he can, for he now knows the consecration made on May 13, 1982, does not comply with the demands of Our Lady.4
RUSSIA'S CHRISTIAN MILLENARY
1988 will be the millennium of the baptism of Russia. In effect, it was in 988 that Prince Vladimir had the Russian people baptized in the waters of the Dnieper at Kiev. The Russian Church prepares officially to celebrate this millennium. Will the occasion not be favorable? No one, either in Russia or in the world, could be surprised that the Holy Father would rejoice in celebrating the millennium of the baptism of Russia.
Russia: the final solution
Perhaps, the Holy Father could be inspired by what was done by Leo XIII in 1899. In the encyclical Annum Sacrum of May 25, he advised the bishops of the entire world that on the following June 11, he would consecrate the world to the Sacred Heart, demanding that they unite themselves with him in this act. In the same way, the Holy Father, John Paul II, could by a short encyclical advise the bishops of the entire world that he intends on such and such a day to consecrate Russia to the Most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and, since this event concerns the whole of mankind, that he is ordering the bishops of the entire world to join with him in his act by arranging on the same day each in his own cathedral for a solemn public ceremony of the consecration of Russia.
That would be the final solution of the Russian problem ... ! If the Holy Father did that as soon as possible, he could in 1988 present himself on the banks of the Dnieper at Kiev, where the statue of Saint Vladimir - a colossal and monumental affair - has never been destroyed by the Communists.
In the Bull of January 6, 1983, announcing the Holy Year, one has the impression that the Pope was inspired by what Lucia said to the Lisbon Nuncio in the historic interview of Sunday, March 21, 1982.
'A special ceremony of prayer and penitence could be celebrated BY THE BISHOPS OF THE ENTIRE WORLD IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CATHEDRALS, ON THE SAME DAY, or on a date which would follow immediately, in order that after the solemn inauguration of the Jubilee, THE ENTIRE EPISCOPATE OF THE FIVE CONTINENTS with the clergy and the faithful could manifest THEIR SPIRITUAL UNION WITH THE SUCCESSOR OF PETER.'
Certainly, there was still no question there of ordering the bishops to do something. The Holy Father only said 'could be'.
There is still no question there of consecrating Russia certainly; it was a case of something much more simple: asking pardon for our sins. However, perhaps that is how we move towards the final solution of the Russian problem.
For Hitler, the final solution of the Jewish problem was to make them go to the gas chamber.
For Our Lady, the final solution of the Russian problem is to consecrate Russia to the Most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. It is much more gentle.
1. Abbé Caillon who was for 17 years professor at the Major Seminary of Sees (Orne), has for many years made a profound study of the Message of Our Lady of Fatima. This article has been translated from the April 1983 issue of the monthly journal Fidélité Catholique, edited by Abbé Blanchard. Address: BP217, 56402 Auray, France.
2. Abbé Blanchard, Editor of Fidélité Catholique, admits that the latter reproduced the essentials of this text in issue No. 77 of his journal ... citing as its source a responsible publication, the editors of which had also been misled.
3. Note by Father Blanchard: On May 19, 1982, on his return from Fatima, in the course of a general audience, the Pope declared: 'I tried to do everything possible in the concrete circumstances to emphasize the collegial unity of the Bishop of Rome with all his brothers in episcopal ministry and service in the world.' Reading this, we observed that, curiously, the Pope had made no allusion to the necessity of proceeding to the consecration of Russia according to what had been prescribed by the Blessed Virgin Mary, both in 1917 and 1929, and transmitted by Lucia. But we could not imagine that on May 13, 1982 the Pope did not already know what we ourselves know clearly and what is also known by millions of rank and file Catholics who are somewhat familiar with the history of Fatima. We can still less imagine that, after having made investigations, the Pope was as badly informed as all that. That the Pope was badly informed on May 13, 1982 became unthinkable when he was heard to say on the previous evening, that he had interpreted the 1981 attempt on his life and what followed it as 'an appeal and, who knows, a reminder of the message which came from here 65 years ago through three children' ...
We know, moreover, that the Pope was to meet Lucia on May 12. He was prevented from doing so by a delay in the implementation of his program. Lucia could speak to the Pope only just before the ceremony of May 13. The interview lasted 30 minutes. No one knows what was said but by then the Pope's talks had already been printed. It would have been difficult to change anything.
4. Note by Father Blanchard: How can we here not be moved to pity for the lot of the Holy Father, since according to Lucia and with her Our Lord asks us to have pity for him. And what Holy Father if not he who has just been impelled towards Fatima, at Lucia's request ... by an attempt on his life! Let us ponder a moment: this attempt, permitted by Our Lord as long ago as 1936, on that day tore from Our Lord a cry of compassion: 'Oh, the Holy Father! Pray very much for the Holy Father.' Since then, have we not a right to think that this Holy Father, who has been set on the path towards Fatima by the attempt on his life on May 13, 1981, will be he of whom Our Lord said immediately afterwards: 'He will do it (i.e. the consecration of Russia) but it will be late.' The consecration of Russia should therefore be relatively near at hand.
How also can we not have pity for this poor Holy Father, when we now know that, after having been moved by the attempt on his life in an imprecise manner, then moved in a more direct manner by so many requests from the faithful, found himself moved again by a wave of bad information furnished by official sources, then finally moved towards a consecration of the world which sought to be firm as regards collegial intention but which was so inadequate concerning both the object of the consecration and its finality. How can we imagine to ourselves that a Pope can be so sadly led astray in a matter of such importance?