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Paving the Way for Antichrist:
Voltaire once wrote that a lie, if it is repeated often enough, will be believed. When a deceiver wishes to deceive the public with a "big lie" he must trumpet the lie loudly and repeatedly. In order to make the lie appear reasonable he must buttress the lie with arguments and half truths that beg the question and appear to give some support to the lie. Thirdly, he must steadfastly ignore all evidence and arguments that demonstrate the falseness of his lies, while vilifying the person who dares to expose the lie.
The sad but inescapable conclusion about the perpetrators of the Fatima Consecration Hoax is that they, namely Father Robert J. Fox and the editors of Soul Magazine, have consistently employed Voltaire's method of propagating the lie and attacking those who tell the truth. They steadfastly persist in repeating the lie that the Pope and the bishops have fulfilled the request of Our Lady of Fatima to consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.
It is clear even from the evidence presented by Father Fox in his own book1 that the Consecration of Russia requested by Our Lady of Fatima has not been accomplished. "Bishop Paul Josef Cordes", Father Fox relates, "vice president of the Council for the Laity explained:
It was 1984, and during a private lunch the Pope spoke of the consecration that he had made. He recounted how he had thought, at the outset, to mention Russia in the prayer of benediction. But at the suggestion of his advisers, he had later abandoned the idea. He could not risk such a direct provocation to the Soviet leaders. He also told us how much this renunciation of the public benediction of Russia had weighed upon him."
In my last article I made mention of Father Fox's disquieting tendency to ignore the established facts that we have published again and again while repeating anew the many stale and disproved falsehoods that appear to support his false contentions concerning the consecration of Russia.
Let us recall exactly what I wrote:
"What can be said about a person who ignores the argument and the evidence that proves his position to be erroneous? It is difficult to believe how such a person can be honest. Such a person appears to wilfully resist the truth, or at least remains wilfully blind to the truth. This appears to me to be the state of mind of Father Fox.
"It may appear at first to some that I judge Father Fox harshly, but I believe that the facts speak for themselves, and the material that Father Fox publishes presents a strong case against himself. However, in my brief and partial presentation of the case against Father Fox in this article, I am unable to respond to Father Fox's remarks about The Fatima Crusader, since they are clearly libellous and must therefore be dealt with in a different forum.
"Father Fox has made no attempt to answer the serious arguments and evidence that The Fatima Crusader has presented, which demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that the Consecration of Russia requested by Our Lady of Fatima has not yet been done.
"Here is some of that evidence:
"Fact #1 Sister Lucia gives two versions of the words that Our Lady of Fatima spoke to her in the apparition of June 13, 1929: a) "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 this means".
b) "The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father to make, and to order that in union with him and at the same time, all the bishops of the world make the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart ..."2
"Fact #2 Sister Lucia wrote in a text she gave to Father Goncalves in 1930:
"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 recommend the practice of reparatory devotion (the five first Saturdays)." (See page 405Memorias e cartas da Irma Lucia)
"Fact #3 She wrote in a letter dated June 12, 1930:
"If the Holy Father will himself make a solemn act of reparation and consecration of Russia ... as well as ordering all the bishops of the Catholic world to do the same.” (See page 411 Memorias e cartas da Irma Lucia)
"Fact #4 On March 21, 1982, Sister Lucia declared in the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio to Lisbon, Archbishop Portalupi, the Bishop of Leiria and Dr. Lacerda that the Pope must select a date on which to order the bishops of the whole world to make a public and solemn act of reparation and Consecration of Russia to the most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, each in his own cathedral and at the same time as performed by the Pope.3
"Fact #5 On the afternoon of March 19, 1983, the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Portalupi met with Sister Lucia in order to establish precisely what Sister Lucia had to say concerning the consecration of the world that the Pope had performed on May 13, 1982. Besides the Nuncio, two other witnesses were present, Dr. Lacerda and Father Messias Coelho. Sister Lucia declared that "the Consecration of Russia has not been made as Our Lady has demanded" and she added, "I could not say so because I did not have the permission of the Holy See." In that same interview, Sister Lucia explained the reasons why the Holy Father's 1982 consecration did not fulfill Our Lady of Fatima's request:
a) Russia had not clearly been indicated as the object of the consecration.
b) Each bishop had not made a public and solemn ceremony in his own cathedral.
"Fact #6 The Pope's March 25, 1984, consecration of the world did not clearly indicate Russia as its object and each bishop did not participate by making a public and solemn ceremony in his own cathedral. Sister Lucia, therefore, has already stated in 1982 the reasons why the 1984 consecration does not fulfill Our Lady's request for the Consecration of Russia.4
"Fact #7 On July 20, 1987, Sister Lucia stated to Enrique Romero in a subsequently published interview that the Consecration of Russia requested by Our Lady of Fatima is not yet done.5
"Fact #8 In an interview which appeared in the September 1985 issue of Sol de Fatima, Sister Lucia was asked if the Pope fulfilled the request made by Our Lady at Tuy when he consecrated the world on March 25, 1984. Sister Lucia answered: "There was no participation of all the bishops, and there was no mention of Russia." The interviewer then asked, "So the consecration was not done as requested by Our Lady?" Sister Lucia answered: "No. Many bishops attached no importance to this act."
"Fact #9 Pope John Paul II on March 25, 1984, after he had consecrated the world, twice addressed words to Our Lady of Fatima which contained a clear admission that the Consecration that She requested still remained to be done. His words, published in the Vatican newspaper, the Osservatore Romano, were: "Enlighten especially the peoples of which You Yourself are awaiting our consecration and confiding."6 Several hours later the Holy Father again addressed Our Lady of Fatima in St. Peter's Basilica with these words:
"We wished to choose this Sunday for the act of entrusting and consecration of the world ... of all peoples, especially those who have a very great need of this consecration and entrustment, of those peoples for whom You Yourself ARE AWAITING our act of consecration." (See Avvenire March 27, 1984, page 11)
"These public utterances of the Holy Father clearly demonstrate that the Pope is himself aware of the fact that Our Lady of Fatima is still waiting for the Consecration of Russia to be performed.
"In fact #1 we have the Blessed Virgin's own words explaining that God asks that the Pope order all the Catholic bishops of the world to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In facts #2 and #3 we have Sister Lucia's handwritten text specifying precisely the same thing as the Blessed Virgin, namely that the Pope must order all the Catholic bishops of the world to consecrate Russia. In fact #4, we have Sister Lucia's official and public statement explicitly setting forth the very same conditions that she has been consistently stating for more than fifty years, namely that Our Lady requires that the Pope order all of the Catholic bishops of the world to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
"On May 13, 1982, the Pope consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The evidence in fact #5 establishes the fact that Sister Lucia, carrying out her God-given mission to make known to God's ministers His (and Our Lady's) request, states that the 1982 consecration did not fulfill Our Lady's request for two reasons:
1. Russia was not clearly indicated as the object of the consecration.
2. Each bishop did not participate in a solemn and public manner.
"In 1985 Sister Lucia says that the March 25, 1984, consecration did NOT fulfill Our Lady's request for the same two reasons. (Fact #8.)
"In fact #9 we have the Pope's own public acknowledgement that the Consecration of Russia requested by Our Lady of Fatima has not yet been done. It is very strange indeed that Father Fox, when he reproduced the formula of consecration recited by the Pope on March 25, 1984, deleted this critical passage from the text.7
"Until now Father Fox has not given clear and direct answers to the evidence presented in all of the above points (Let the reader bear in mind that all of this evidence has already been published in past issues of The Fatima Crusader). The evidence that I have presented may not be dismissed or ignored: It is the words of Sister Lucia, the Pope and the Blessed Virgin Herself.
"It certainly appears that Father Fox thus far has desperately avoided any confrontation with the already published evidence when he presents his reasons for believing that the Consecration of Russia requested by Our Lady of Fatima has already been done. Father Fox's pronouncements do exhibit an immense degree of confusion and a gullibility that almost defies belief; but his utter refusal to give serious response to the evidence and the arguments that we have published in issue after issue suggests something other than mere stupidity."
It was back in 1990 when the above-quoted text was published in The Fatima Crusader. Father Fox has had ample opportunity to answer the nine points that I raised nearly a year and a half ago. Clearly we are not dealing with mere stupidity, but with a lack of honesty on Father Fox's part, since to date Father Fox persists in his obstinate refusal to answer to the facts and arguments presented a year and a half ago in my article, The Fatima Consecration Hoax, which appeared in the Winter 1990 issue of The Fatima Crusader.
In Father Fox's recent article, The Russian Consecration, which appeared in the March-April 1992 issue of Soul, Father Fox plainly manifests his deliberate intent to deceive his readers. Father Fox answers his own question: "Does not the pope say we are awaiting the consecration?", by saying: "The position of the pope has been misrepresented."
Misrepresented by whom? By the Osservatore Romano? By The Fatima Crusader (which directly quoted the Holy Father)? Or by Father Fox? It is Father Fox who misrepresents the Pope. The Pope two times declared on March 25, 1984, that Our Lady of Fatima is "still awaiting" the act of Consecration requested by Her. Father Fox, however, does not quote the Holy Father's unequivocal statements. Instead, Father Fox falsifies the text of a question put to the Pope by a journalist, so that the Pope's answer is made to appear to be an affirmation that the Consecration of Russia requested by Our Lady of Fatima has been accomplished.
The fraudulent text appears in Father Fox's article in Soul, March-April 1992, p. 13: "Pope John Paul II, on January 25, 1990, was asked by Aura Meguel, journalist for Radio Renascenca, Catholic radio station in Portugal, whether the changes in Russia and Eastern Europe were those predicted by Our Lady of Fatima." Father Fox provides the direct quotation of the question in the July-September 1991 issue of his own magazine: "Holy Father, in Portugal many of the faithful believe that the current events in Russia were foreseen by Our Lady in Fatima ..."
The Pope's answer was very non-committal regarding the conversion of Russia foretold by Our Lady of Fatima. The Holy Father said that "this belief, this confidence in Our Lady is theologically justified because we know She is the Mother of men, of peoples." John Paul II is saying that faith and confidence in the Mother of God is theologically justified because She is our Mother — "Thus we can attribute this solicitude to Our Holy Mother."
By means of a fraudulent misrepresentation of the question, the Holy Father's diplomatic and non-committal answer is made to appear to be a clear affirmation that the conversion of Russia foretold by Our Lady of Fatima is already taking place. This is a clear and inexcusable misrepresentation of the Pope by Father Fox. It is one thing for the Pope to say that Our Lady's intervention is responsible for the fall of Communism in Russia. It is quite another thing to employ fraud in order to make it appear that the Pope considers this to be the fulfillment of Our Lady's promise for the conversion of Russia.
It is a grave error to suppose that the collapse of the Soviet Union is the conversion of Russia. Russia was an enemy of the Catholic Church and a persecutor of Catholic nations long before the 1917 revolution. The changes that are taking place in Russia have provided the Church with an opportunity to consecrate Russia and fulfill Our Lady's request. Now the Pope together with the bishops can consecrate Russia as Our Lady of Fatima requested without fearing the wrath of Soviet Communism, since the Soviet Union no longer exists. The Pope need not worry about offending the Soviet Communist regime by violating the Vatican-Moscow Agreement, because the Soviet regime is defunct. One hopes that the Pope will act quickly, because the death of Communism in Russia leaves Russia vulnerable to new evils even worse than communism.
Last March I spoke with Archbishop Arulappa, the retired Archbishop of Madras. The Archbishop likened the present situation of Russia to the exorcised person in Our Lord's gospel parable. When the demon came back and found everything clean and tidy, he went out again to find seven devils worse than himself, so that the last condition of that possessed man was worse than the first.
That is surely what will happen to Russia if Our Lady of Fatima is not obeyed. Even before Our Lady came to Fatima, St. John Eudes spoke of Our Lady's future triumph. He did not speak of Our Lady's triumph as a victory over Communism, but as the victory over the Antichrist.
What is happening in Russia has been briefly explained by Josyp Terelya in an interview which appeared in the spring 1992 issue of The Fatima Crusader (issue #40): "The communists are still in control. The whole party apparatus is totally in place. Nothing has changed. All those who were in power at the time of this so-called fall are still in power. Nobody has been thrown out, nobody has lost a job. The Communist Party has only gone underground for a while until it emerges again. They continue to receive the pay, the salaries that they've been receiving ...
"Yeltsin is another anti-Christ ... It's really the Masonic plot that is behind all this. It's really irrelevant what they call themselves — Socialists, communists or what-not, they are all materialists, they are all against God.
"Communism is passe. The Apocalypse speaks of the Red Dragon and the Black Beast. The Red Dragon is gasping its last breath, but the Black Beast now co-ordinates these same forces ...
"When I speak about this as the bulwark of the work of satan, I want to underline all the anti-God forces, all those that we would call secular humanism. They are trying to build humankind, or a human society — life on earth without God."
In Fatima the Mother of God revealed what must be done in order to obtain the conversion of Russia and world peace. Her Fatima Message was confirmed by the message She revealed to Josyp Terelya in Hruschiv, Ukraine, in May 1987. Part of Her message I include here:
"Pray the Rosary, pray the Hail Mary, with devotion, with living faith. Satan loses his power during the prayer of the Rosary ... The Rosary is a most powerful weapon against satan for a devout person ... Pray for ravaged Russia; you will save the world by your prayers.
"How many warnings was mankind given before it ought to repent, but the world continues in its self-will and hedonism. Oppression and war are the never-ending preoccupation of people. Russia continues to refuse to recognize My Son; she rejects true charity and continues to live its demonic existence. Did I not ask for prayers for the lost Russian people on other occasions? [It was at Fatima that Our Lady asked for prayers and the Consecration of Russia] If Russia does not accept Christ the King, the entire world faces ruin. I see a large field in flames, upon it many nations; there is not even time to dig graves ... there is no water ... The heavens and the air are on fire.
"Antichrist has power and is opposed to the will of the Eternal One. Russia continues to sow division and war ... And it continues to reject the call to love and the Eternal Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ ... It was because of the envy of satan that death entered into the world, and everyone who is now serving him, will receive death ... The Antichrist is sowing envy and dissension ... Many lies are being proclaimed today against truth. The innocent are condemned ... How many false messiahs and false prophets ... Be diligent and circumspect ...
"Lucifer is cunning and clever. He is preparing a great deception for all of God's creation, and especially for the people of God. For a short time a godless kingdom shall maintain itself from one end of the world to the other."
If we do not bring about the conversion of Russia by means of the Consecration of Russia requested by Our Lady of Fatima, then Antichrist will be permitted to establish his godless kingdom throughout the world. The revelation of Our Lady in Hruschiv, Ukraine makes plain what Cardinal Ratzinger said about the Third Secret. Asked by the interviewer, Vittorio Messori, if Ratzinger had read the Secret, His Eminence answered: "Yes, I have read it." While explaining the reason why he thought it had not been publicly revealed, Ratzinger mentioned the topics with which the Secret deals: "the dangers threatening the faith and the life of the Christian, and therefore the world. And then the importance of the 'last things' ... the things contained in this 'Third Secret' correspond to what has been announced in Scripture, and has been said again and again in many other Marian apparitions ..."
The last things are dealt with in the apocalyptic books and eschatological passages of the Bible. These things are:
1. The Great Apostasy
2. The Great Tribulation
3. The worldwide evil empire of the Antichrist.
On December 26, 1957, Sister Lucia told Father Fuentes that "Russia will be the instrument of chastisement chosen by Heaven to punish the whole world if we do not beforehand obtain the conversion of that poor nation." There are many allusions to this in Sacred Scripture. Jeremiah says that "the evil is seen out of the north and a great destruction ... a people cometh from the land of the north and a great nation shall rise up from the ends of the earth ... they are cruel and will have no mercy." (Jer. 6)
"Gird yourselves and lament, O ye priests, howl, ye ministers of the altar, go in, lie in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: because the sacrifice and libation is cut off from the house of your God." (Joel 1:13)
In her famous interview with Father Fuentes, Sister Lucia revealed that the Secret of Fatima concerns the final struggle between satan and Christ. On another occasion she revealed that the Third Secret is contained in chapters 8-13 of the Apocalypse. It is in those chapters that we read of the infernal reign of the "Beast" and the Mother of God's triumph over the "Beast". This "Beast" is the Antichrist.
St. John writes, "For many seducers are gone out into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh: this is a seducer and an antichrist."8 These antichrists are already in the world: "... every spirit that dissolveth Jesus, is not of God: and this is Antichrist, of whom you heard that he cometh, and he is now already in the world."9 Antichrist's doctrine not only denies the historical incarnation and divinity of Jesus Christ, but it opposes the eternal divinity of the Logos and would attempt to dissolve God Himself: "Who is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? This is Antichrist who denieth the Father and the Son."10
What St. John means when he says that Antichrist is already in the world can be explained by the words of St. Paul: "For the mystery of iniquity already worketh."11 By the operation of satan, the antichrists, who prepare the world for the personal Antichrist, are already working to destroy Christianity. St. Jude describes them as they were already in apostolic times:
For certain men are secretly entered in (who were written of long ago unto this judgement) ... denying the only sovereign Ruler, and our Lord Jesus Christ ... these men also defile the flesh, and despise dominion, and blaspheme majesty ... Woe unto them for they have in the way of Cain: and after the way of Baalam they have for reward poured out themselves, and have perished in the contradiction of Core ... feeding themselves clouds without water, which are carried about by winds, trees of the autumn, unfruitful, twice dead, plucked up by the roots, raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own confusion; wandering stars to whom the storm of darkness is reserved forever. (St. Jude verses 4 to 13)
St. Paul describes them to Titus:
"For there are many also disobedient, vain talkers, and seducers; especially they who are of the circumcision: rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in faith; not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn themselves away from the truth ... both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess that they know God: but in their works they deny Him, being abominable, and incredulous, and to every good work reprobate." (Titus verses 10 to 16)
St. Peter describes them:
"But these men, as irrational beasts, naturally tending to the snare and to destruction, blaspheming those things which they know not, shall perish in their corruption ... Leaving the right way they have gone astray, ... these are the fountains without water, and clouds tossed with whirlwinds, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved ... promising them liberty, whereas they themselves are the slaves of corruption."12
St. Peter foretells that they will come in the future:
"But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers, who shall bring in sects of perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them ..."13
St. Paul foretells of them in the last times:
"... in the last times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to spirits of error, and doctrines of devils. Speaking lies in hypocrisy and having their consciences seared ... forbidding to marry, to abstain from meats ..."14
The disorder that they will bring about is the cause of a general revolt — a great apostasy. When this will have taken place, then the personal Antichrist will be revealed:
"Let no man deceive you by any means, for unless there comes a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposeth and is lifted above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God ... And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of His mouth; and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming, him, whose coming is according to the working of satan, in all power, and signs and lying wonders, and in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: That all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity."15
St. John describes in the Apocalypse how the Antichrist will rule the world for three and one-half years:
"And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea ... and the dragon gave him his own strength and great power ... And all the earth was in admiration after the beast ... And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things, and blasphemies: and power was given to him to do two and forty months. And he opened his mouth unto blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them. And power was given him over every tribe, and people, and tongue, and nation. And all that dwell upon the earth adored him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb..."16
"And I saw another beast coming out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon ... and he caused the earth, and them that dwell therein, to adore the first beast ... and he did great signs ... And he shall make all, both little and great, rich and poor, freemen and bondmen, to have a character in their right hand, or on their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell, but that he hath the character, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast for it is the number of a man: and the number of him is six hundred sixty-six."16
It is in order to save us from the satanic empire of Antichrist that Our Lady came to Fatima. It is only by obedience to Her that we can avoid the chastisement and the reign of Antichrist over our generation. Our Lady said in Hruschiv: "In order to save Russia and the whole world from godless hell, you must convert Russia to Christ the King. The conversion of Russia will save Christian culture in the West and will be a push for Christianity throughout the entire world. But the Kingdom of Christ the King shall establish itself through the reign of the Mother of God."
To the question is it convenient to insist to obtain the Consecration of Russia, Sister Lucia replied on May 18, 1936, in a letter. She wrote: "I have spoken to Our Lord about the subject and not too long ago I asked Him why He would not convert Russia without the Holy Father making that consecration. (He replied) 'Because I want My whole Church to acknowledge that consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary so that it may extend its cult later on and put the devotion to the Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart ... The Holy Father ... He will do it but it will be late. Nevertheless, the Immaculate Heart of Mary will save Russia. It has been entrusted to Her.'" (See Memorias e cartas da Irma Lucia pages 413-414)
The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary — the triumph of peace, tranquility and order cannot begin until the Pope, the Bishops and the Faithful heed the warnings and obey the requests of Our Lady of Fatima. At the time when God sent Our Lady to convey His command that Russia be consecrated by the Pope and Bishops, He was expecting swift obedience from them in this matter. However, the pastors of the Church did not comply with His will, and therefore Our Lord, Jesus Christ Himself, spoke to Sister Lucia on August 19, 1931, at Rianxo (Rianjo), Spain and expressed His displeasure to her saying: "Make it known to My ministers that given they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My Command, they will follow him into misfortune."
Editor's Note: Time is fast running out. Please help by your Rosaries and financial sacrifices, and Fatima work especially at this time to stand up to the enemies of Our Holy Church and to bring about the Triumph of Our Lady's Immaculate Heart in our time.
1. The Collegial Consecration of Russia is Accomplished, by Father Fox.
2. Fatima and the Heart of Mary, by Father Antonio Maria Martins, quoted by Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité in Vol. II of The Whole Truth About Fatima,p. 555.
3. See Fidelite Catholique, April 1983.
4. I have presented this and related arguments in my Feb. 1989 article, "Woe to the Inhabitants of the Earth", The Fatima Crusader issue no. 27
5. The Fatima Crusader, issue no. 30, p. 8.
6. The Fatima Crusader, issue no. 30, p. 33.
7. Robert J. Fox, To Russia With Love, pp. 55-57.
8. 2 John 7.
9. 1 John 4.
10. 1 John 2:19ff.
11. 2 Thess. 2:3ff.
12. 2 Peter 2.
13. 2 Peter 2.
14. 1 Tim.
15. 2 Thess. 2:3ff.
16. Apoc. 13.