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A leading conservative Catholic organization is about to air a nationwide television documentary that accuses high Vatican officials of putting the whole world at risk by ignoring a divinely inspired peace plan.
In the hour-long program, various Catholic priests and authors explain how the Vatican has been in possession of a plan to achieve world peace for more than 47 years, but has failed to take the simple steps necessary to implement it. These charges are made against many of the same Vatican officials already feeling pressure from conservative factions rallied by Mel Gibson’s controversial movie “The Passion of The Christ.” Many disaffected Catholics share Gibson’s desire to restore traditions the Church has abandoned since the 1960s.
Entitled “Heaven’s Key to Peace,” the documentary was produced by The Fatima Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Message of Our Lady of Fatima. It is scheduled to air on December 8 on the PAX network, which reaches about 95 million homes in the U.S.
According to the documentary, the peace plan was part of a message communicated in a series of apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. A central part of the message, only revealed to the general public in the 1940s, directed the Catholic Church to achieve world peace by performing a special ceremony of “consecration” to convert the people of Russia to the Catholic faith. If this was not done, the message warned that “various nations will be annihilated” and the world would be punished by continuing war. Although the Fatima apparitions were declared “worthy of belief” by the Vatican after a lengthy investigation, the required ceremony has never been performed.
Experts on the Fatima apparitions and the inner workings of the Vatican, who appear in the documentary, maintain that various high-ranking Vatican officials have attempted to bury the peace plan because it conflicts with policies they devised to accommodate the former communist bloc. These same officials have also instituted widespread changes in Church practices over the past four decades.