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The Fatima Message is directed to every person in every state of life. Yet what is most striking is the important and absolutely necessary part the Holy Father has been assigned in the fate of the world. We can only have world peace through the collegial Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and only the Pope can bring about that consecration.
Sister Lucy asked Our Lord why He would not convert Russia without the Pope first making the consecration. He answered that He wanted the whole Church to recognize it as the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; then, as a result of this triumph, His Church will subsequently place public homage to the Immaculate Heart beside the public homage to His Sacred Heart.
More than 75 years have passed since Our Lady announced, in Gods name, that the time has come for the Consecration of Russia to be performed. To this day, Russia has never been solemnly consecrated to Our Ladys Immaculate Heart as She asked. Our Lady said at Fatima, "If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated." Considering the consequences for not fulfilling this request, the Holy Father has a solemn duty, in the objective moral order, to consecrate Russia as Our Lord commanded. If he fails to do all that he can to bring about this solemn public consecration, in the objective moral order he is guilty of mortal sin. It is our obligation to remind the Holy Father of his solemn duty. (For a more detailed explanation of this obligation of the Popes, see "The Most Grave Obligation" in Fatima Priest)
Two objections to petitioning the Pope are commonly made by churchmen and laypersons alike. The first one is, "The consecration is done. Let it go." Well, the obvious response to this objection is simple: when did the Holy Father, with all the bishops of the Catholic Church, solemnly and publicly consecrate Russia, specifically, to the Immaculate Heart? It has never been done, though many argue that the Popes 1984 consecration of the world sufficed.
However, even Pope John Paul II has acknowledged that the Consecration of Russia has not been done as Our Lady requested. Immediately after consecrating the world on March 25, 1984, the Holy Father departed from his prepared text and prayed, "Enlighten especially the peoples of which You Yourself are awaiting our consecration and confiding." The Pope thus publicly acknowledged, before 250,000 people, that Our Lady of Fatima is still awaiting the Consecration of Russia. The following day the Popes own newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, reported the words quoted above (see photographic reproduction of LOsservatore Romano March 26, 1984 report (Italian); see also LOsservatore Romano April 10, 1984 report (English) for the photographic reproduction of the English translation report).
On March 27, 1984, two days after the Pope consecrated the world, the Italian Catholic bishops newspaper Avvenire reported that three hours after he consecrated the world, the Holy Father prayed at St. Peters, before 10,000 witnesses, asking Our Lady to bless "those peoples for whom You Yourself are awaiting our act of consecration and entrusting." The Pope thus again admitted that the Consecration of Russia remains unfulfilled. (See the three entries for March 1984 in The Devils Final Battle, A Chronology of the Fatima Cover-up)
In her 1982 and 1983 interviews with the Papal Nuncio to Portugal (see "Sister Lucys Statements to the Papal Nuncio"), Sister Lucy stated clearly what conditions were required to meet the conditions for the Consecration of Russia as Our Lady requested: the Pope, together with the worlds Catholic bishops, must together solemnly and publicly consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Clearly, neither the 1982 nor the 1984 consecration of the world met these requirements.
In a September 1985 interview in Sol de Fatima magazine, Sister Lucy also affirmed that the Consecration of Russia had still not been done because, yet again, Russia was not the clear object of the 1984 consecration and the bishops of the world did not participate (see "Consecration of Russia Disinformation").
The second objection is that the Pope is tired of hearing about the Consecration of Russia, and he doesnt want to be bothered about it. That may be true. But he still has an obligation in justice to insure that this consecration is carried out. It is part of his responsibility as Pope. By accepting the papacy he has accepted responsibility for the welfare of the whole Church and the salvation of souls throughout the world. Just as a doctor or lawyer has the obligation in justice to look after his clients, so too do the pastors of the Church have the obligation to do their duty for the salvation of souls. And just as one has the right to demand that a doctor or lawyer perform his duty, so too do the faithful have the right to ask their shepherds to do their duty.
Our Lord has reminded us of our right to seek justice, even if it means inconveniencing our shepherds. Eventually they will say, "although I fear not God, nor regard man, yet because this widow is troublesome to me, I will see that she gets justice" (Lk. 18:4-5). The solemn Consecration of Russia, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima, is absolutely necessary to avoid chastisement and obtain Our Ladys promises. It is the Popes responsibility to consecrate Russia and order the bishops to join him in doing the same. Even though it is the Pope and the bishops who must ultimately bring about this consecration, it is our duty as part of the Church militant to help bring it about by petitioning the Holy Father, praying for him and praying that this act be done. Though Our Lord warned Sister Lucy of the grave punishment that awaited His ministers for delaying the execution of His requests, He nevertheless said: "It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary."1
1. In a divine communication to Sister Lucy at Rianjo, Spain, in 1931, (see "The Apparition at Rianjo (1931)") Our Lord stated: "Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they will follow him into misfortune. It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary." Our Lord was here making an explicit reference to the requests of the Sacred Heart given through Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque on June 17, 1689 to the King of France. As a result of the refusal of King Louis XIV – as well as the refusal of both his great grandson, King Louis XV, and Louis XV’s grandson, King Louis XVI – to publicly consecrate France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as was requested by Heaven by means of a nun whose reputation for sanctity was well-known, the Protestant and Masonic counter-church successfully carried out the great upheaval of the French Revolution.
On June 17, 1789, (the Feast of the Sacred Heart) exactly one hundred years to the day from when Saint Margaret Mary had written down the great designs of Heaven for the King, the Third Estate rose up and proclaimed itself a National Assembly. On January 21, 1793, France, ungrateful and rebellious to its God, dared to decapitate its most Christian King. At Rianjo, Jesus warns us that this dark chapter of history will repeat itself, and this time the ministers of His Church – the bishops, and perhaps even the Pope himself – will be among its hapless victims. (See "The Apparition at Rianjo (1931)".)