Chronology of Four Cover-up
Consecration of Russia
Consecration and Conversion
In the third of Her six apparitions at Fatima, on July 13, 1917, the
Blessed Virgin told the three shepherd children that She would return later to
ask for the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart. Our Lady emphasized
the importance of this request, which was accompanied by a dire warning:
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. In the end, My
Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me,
and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the
These are the words of the Mother of God, as recounted by Sr. Lucia in
her memoirs about the apparitions, first published in the 1940s.
The Request is Made
In June of 1929, Our Lady appeared to Sr. Lucia in her convent in Tuy,
Spain. As promised, the Blessed Virgin requested the consecration she had
mentioned 12 years earlier at Fatima. Our Ladys words were recorded in
Sr. Lucias memoirs:
The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father, in union with
all the Bishops of the world, to make the consecration of Russia to My
Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means. There are so many souls
whom the Justice of God condemns for sins committed against Me, that I have
come to ask reparation: sacrifice yourself for this intention and
Our Lord Adds a Warning
Two years later, in the summer of 1931, the urgency of the request was
underlined by another visit. This time, Our Lord Himself spoke to Sr. Lucia,
and gave her a warning about the consecration of Russia:
Make it known to My ministers given that they follow the example of
the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, like him they will
follow him into misfortune.
This was a reference to Louis XVI, who failed to consecrate France to
the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was later overthrown in the French Revolution
and beheaded in 1793.
Sr. Lucia Urges Action
Early in 1935, Sr. Lucia wrote to her confessor, Father Bernardo
Goncalves, to answer some questions he had about the consecration of Russia:
"Regarding the matter of Russia, I think it would please Our Lord very much if
you worked to make the Holy Father comply with His wishes ... I think that it
should be exactly as Our Lord asked it
" Clearly, the consecration was a
matter of some urgency to Sr. Lucia, but there was little indication of any
response from the Church hierarchy.
In the spring of 1936, Our Lord told Sr. Lucia that the conversion of
Russia would only occur when it was solemnly and publicly consecrated to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope, together with all the worlds
bishops. Our Lady came to tell Sr. Lucia that unless "that poor nation" was
consecrated as requested, Russia would become the instrument of world
A Consecration But Not As Requested
In October of 1942, with World War II at its height, Pope Pius XII
performed a consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He made
no mention of Russia, nor did any of the worlds bishops participate in
the ceremony. The following spring, as the war continued, Our Lord told Sr.
Lucia that world peace would not result from the Popes consecration, but
the war would be shortened.
Request Unsatisfied: Sr. Lucia
On July 15, 1946, Sr. Lucia answered some questions from Professor
William T. Walsh of New York, regarding the consecration. He is author of the
most popular book on Fatima. She pointed out that Our Lady did not ask for the
consecration of the world, but specifically and only Russia. The Popes
consecration in 1942 therefore failed to satisfy Our Ladys request.
Another Inadequate Consecration
In mid-1952, with the Korean War raging, Pope Pius XII performed another
consecration. In this case, he specifically mentioned Russia, but did not ask
any of the worlds Catholic bishops to join him in the ceremony. Without
their participation, the consecration still failed to satisfy Our Ladys
A New Obstacle Arises
A decade later, in the fall of 1962, the opening of the Second Vatican
Council created a new obstacle to performing the consecration. To obtain
Moscows approval for two observers from the Russian Orthodox Church to
attend, the Vatican formally agreed not to condemn Soviet Russia or communism
in general at the Council. This decision launched the policy of "Ostpolitik,"
under which the Vatican was constrained from opposing communism by name, or
condemning communist regimes that persecuted Catholics. Instead, the Church was
supposed to engage in dialogue and negotiations with these governments. This
policy was a radical departure from the Churchs long-standing opposition
to atheistic communism and its repressive treatment of Catholics within the
Soviet bloc. For most of the next two decades, the issue of the consecration
was pushed into the background, and disappeared from the Vaticans
A Petition Ignored
In the late 70s, Cardinal Josyf Slipyj launched a public petition
seeking the consecration of Russia, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima. In only
three years, the petition garnered over three million signatures. This massive
appeal from the faithful was delivered to the Vatican in 1980. It was ignored,
and no action was taken.
Another Consecration Omits Russia
While still recovering from wounds inflicted in a failed assassination
attempt, Pope John Paul II performed another consecration to the Immaculate
Heart in June of 1981. However, the official wording referred to the world,
without mentioning Russia specifically, and all the worlds bishops were
not asked to participate. This consecration thus failed once again to satisfy
Our Ladys request, even though the Pope credited Our Lady of Fatima with
saving him from the assassins attack.
Sr. Lucia Speaks Again
A year later, in May of 1982, the Vatican newspaper
LOsservatore Romano published an article about Sr. Lucia by Father
Umberto Maria Pasquale, a Salesian priest who had known her since 1939. Fr.
Pasquale reported that Sr. Lucia told him emphatically that Our Lady had never
asked for the consecration of the world, but only of Russia. He also published
a photographic reproduction of a handwritten note to him from Sr. Lucia
confirming this point.
The Pope Makes an Admission
The day after this article appeared, Pope John Paul II visited Fatima,
where he again consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. A few
days later, in an article in LOsservatore Romano, the Pope
explained why he had failed to mention Russia specifically, saying he had
"tried to do everything possible in the concrete circumstances." This was
widely interpreted to mean that he could not violate the terms of the
Vaticans continuing policy of appeasing Russia.
Our Lady Still "Awaiting Our Consecration"
Two years later, this evasive approach was taken again when the Holy
Father once more consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a
ceremony before 250,000 people in Rome in March of 1984. But this time, the
Pope made his position clearer. In a departure from his prepared text, he asked
Our Lady of Fatima to "enlighten especially the peoples of which You Yourself
are awaiting our consecration and confiding." The Pope thus publicly
acknowledged that the consecration requested by Our Lady had still not been
performed. These words were included in an official report of the event in
LOsservatore Romano on March 26, 1984. A similar report appeared
the next day in the Italian bishops newspaper Avvenire, describing
the Pope praying in St. Peters several hours after the consecration
ceremony, asking Our Lady to bless "those peoples for whom You Yourself are
awaiting our act of consecration and entrusting."
A Fatima Scholar Speaks
Also in 1984, Father Messias Coelho, a Fatima scholar of many years,
publicly insisted that the requested consecration had still not been done. Five
years later, Fr. Coelho was to reveal that Vatican officials had issued
instructions to Sr. Lucia and others to contradict this statement, and claim
the consecration had actually been done.
A Cardinal Agrees With Sr. Lucia
In September of 1985, in an interview in Sol de Fatima magazine
(published by the Blue Army in Spain), Sr. Lucia confirmed that the
consecration still had not been done, because the 1984 ceremony did not mention
Russia, and the worlds Catholic bishops did not participate. Later in the
year, Cardinal Edouard Gagnon acknowledged in another interview that the
consecration had still not been done as requested. He later objected to having
his remarks published, though he did not deny making them.
Confirmation From a Cousin
For many years, Sr. Lucias cousin, Maria do Fetal, publicly quoted
Sr. Lucia as saying the consecration had not been done. Maria do Fetal
continued to maintain this position until mid-1989, when she suddenly reversed
herself, in accordance with the Vatican "instruction" revealed by Fr.
More Confirmation from Cardinals
In a brief interview outside her convent while voting in an election in
the summer of 1987, Sr. Lucia confirmed to journalist Enrico Romero that the
consecration had not been done. Her view was confirmed a few months later by
Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer in an audience with a dozen Catholic leaders,
among them the Catholic journalist Victor Kulanday, and again by Cardinal
Alfons Stickler a month after that. Cardinal Stickler maintained that the Pope
had failed to perform the ceremony as requested because he lacked the necessary
support from the worlds bishops. "They do not obey him," he
Bishops Raise Voices
Since the Vatican had ignored petitions with more than three million
signatures of lay persons, Fr. Nicholas Gruner, the "Fatima Priest," turned to
a much smaller but much more influential group. In 1989, he obtained written
confirmation from 350 Catholic bishops of their willingness to perform the
requested consecration of Russia specifically. In the same year, petitions
bearing another million signatures of the faithful calling for the consecration
were also delivered to Rome.
In the summer of 1989 at the Hotel Solar da Marta in Fatima, Sr.
Lucias longtime friend Fr. Coelho made a surprising disclosure. He told
several witnesses that Sr. Lucia and her fellow religious had received
instructions from the Vatican to say that the Fatima request had been satisfied
by the consecration performed in 1984. In evident obedience, Sr. Lucias
cousin Maria do Fetal suddenly repudiated her previous statements, and claimed
the consecration had been done. This claim flatly contradicted the Popes
own comments made in his prayers both during and after the 1984 ceremony.
Maria do Fetal now showed how unreliable she was as a witness when, in
obedience to the
Line, she claimed she "was inventing" when she reported that Sr. Lucia had
said the 1984 consecration did not satisfy Our Ladys request.
An Opportunity Missed
After another decade of inaction, the Vatican prepared once again to
perform a consecration. With over 76 Cardinals and 1,400 bishops gathered in
Rome for "the Jubilee of Bishops" in October of 2000, a golden opportunity to
perform the ceremony as requested presented itself. Some bishops actually
believed the long-awaited event would finally take place, but they were doomed
to disappointment. When the text of the consecration was released the day
before the ceremony, it made no mention of Russia whatsoever but contained only
an "entrustment" of various groups of people, including the unemployed and
"youth in search of meaning."
A month later, Inside the Vatican magazine reported that a
Cardinal said to be "one of the Popes closest advisors" admitted that the
Holy Father had been advised not to mention Russia, for fear of offending the
Russian Orthodox Church. This provided high-level confirmation that the
Vaticans "Ostpolitik" and "Ecumenism" were indeed preventing the specific
consecration of Russia.
No Conversion in Sight
If the consecration was performed in 1984 as some Vatican officials
claim, then the promised conversion of Russia should surely be evident by now.
No such evidence has appeared. Instead, there are now two abortions for every
live birth in Russia, and the Catholic Church is still hemmed in by impossible
legal restrictions. Catholic bishops and priests are not even permitted to
become permanent residents, and can only visit that country for three months at
a time. And, over the past several years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has
erected a veritable neo-Stalinist authoritarian state in Russia
silencing all major media and hobbling his major political opponents with
criminal investigations and indictments. New York Times columnist
William Safire calls this "Putins creeping coup". At the same time,
Russia is developing a whole new generation of nuclear missiles, which Putin
promises will be unstoppable by any missile defense.
As The Washington Post observed in late 2003: "We must now
recognize that there has been a massive suppression of human rights and the
imposition of a de facto Cold War-type administration in Moscow." In a
recent statement to Congress, Republican congressman Christopher Cox told the
truth that Fr. Fox never reports in his "dont worry, be happy" magazine:
"Russia does not enjoy an open, competitive political system that protects
freedom of expression and association, and its government does not uphold
universal standards of human rights." Russian analyst Nikolai Zlobin of the
Center for Defense Information put it most simply: "Were fighting a kind
of new Cold War."
Clearly, Russia is continuing to "spread her errors throughout the
world" as Our Lady of Fatima predicted. Those who claim that the consecration
was done nearly two decades ago must therefore explain how it has failed to
produce the results the Mother of God promised. Has Our Lady failed? Or has the
Vatican failed to respect Her wishes? These are questions millions of Catholics
are still asking, despite decades of official maneuvers and manipulations aimed
at evading the issue. Pope John Paul II has publicly declared that the Message
of Fatima "imposes an obligation on the Church." So far, the Church has failed
to fulfill that obligation, and the whole world is suffering the
For more information, see
Russia and The
Devils Final Battle, Chapter 15.
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