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Fatima 2000

The Third Fatima Congress
Rome November 18-24, 1996

RESOLUTIONS

WHEREAS, the members of this Congress - priests, bishops and laity-are endowed with the natural right, and the right inherent in their status as members of the Mystical Body of Christ, to form associations for pious works, to express their views on matters affecting the common good of the Church, and to have recourse by petition to the Supreme Pontiff; and

WHEREAS, these rights of clergy and laity are recognized by the 1983 Code of Canon Law, the decrees of the Second Vatican Council on the life of clergy and the apostolate of the laity, as well as its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium[Canons 208-223, 278 and 299] and the decrees of the First Vatican Council and the Second Council of Lyons defining the right of the faithful to have recourse to the Pope and

WHEREAS, the members of this Congress wish to express in the form of resolutions their concerns on matters pertaining to the Message of Fatima, the status of the Marian apostolate which sponsored this conference and its President, Father Nicholas Gruner, and further wish hereby to make petition to His Holiness John Paul II for certain relief in regard to these matters,

NOW, THEREFORE, does the Third Fatima Congress hereby adopt the following resolutions:

I. FOR DISCLOSURE OF THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA

WHEREAS, it is the sense of this Congress that the Church is currently undergoing a crisis of faith and discipline in many quarters; and

WHEREAS, the members of this Congress share the conviction of many of the faithful that the Third Secret of Fatima contains a warning about the current crisis in the Church which identifies the cause of the crisis and points to its resolution; and

WHEREAS, the members of this Congress sincerely believe that the Third Secret was meant to be disclosed to the Church as a whole and indeed the entire world, as in the case of the first two Secrets and the admonitions contained in prior authenticated apparitions of Our Lady at La Salette, France, Akita, Japan and elsewhere;

BE IT THEREFORE,

RESOLVED, that in view of the current crisis of faith and discipline in many quarters of the Church today, this Congress petition the Holy See for disclosure of the Third Secret Fatima to the faithful for the light it may shed on the current state of the Church.

II. FOR THE COLLEGIAL CONSECRATION OF RUSSIA

WHEREAS, this Congress shares the conviction of many of the faithful that the collegial Consecration of Russia, and specifically Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope together with all the bishops of the world on the same day and at the same hour, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima, is God's appointed means to bring peace to the Church and to a warring world; and

WHEREAS, this Congress likewise shares the conviction of many of the faithful that the Consecration of Russia in the manner requested by Our Lady has yet to be done, and that as a consequence Russia has not converted and continues to spread her errors throughout the world;

BE IT THEREFORE,

RESOLVED, that this Congress petition the Holy See for the collegial consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by all the Catholic bishops of the world together with the Holy Father on the same day and at the same hour, and that the Holy See set a date certain for the consecration.

III. FOR STUDY OF THE APPROVED MARIAN APPARITIONS

WHEREAS, the Church has authenticated apparitions of the Virgin Mary at La Salette, Fatima, Akita and elsewhere which contain grave warnings for the faithful and the world, and spiritual instructions of great profit to the faithful; and

WHEREAS, by authenticating said apparitions the Church has deemed them worthy of belief as messages from Heaven which ought to be studied and heeded by the faithful;

BE IT THEREFORE

RESOLVED, that this Congress petition the Holy See for an instruction to bishops, priests and laity on the need for greater attention to and study of the messages contained in the authenticated apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the past two centuries, and most especially the Message of Fatima.

IV. FOR DEFINITIVE APPROVAL OF THE FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS

WHEREAS, Our Lady of Fatima revealed to the three seers the First Saturday devotions by the faithful observance of which the faithful may avoid Hell; and

WHEREAS, the First Saturday devotions are contained in the Roman Missals used by the faithful prior to promulgation of the new order of Mass and the new Roman missal by Pope Paul VI in 1969 and 1970; and

WHEREAS, confusion exists in the minds of many of the faithful concerning the status of the First Saturday devotions in the life of the Church;

BE IT THEREFORE

RESOLVED, that this Congress petition the Holy Father to promote the First Saturday devotions in connection with the collegial consecration of Russia, thereby securing their place in the life of the Church.

V. FOR INSTRUCTION IN THE ROSARY FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN AND CONVERTS

WHEREAS, the Holy Rosary has constantly been recommended by the Church as an efficacious means of remaining steadfast in the Faith and combating evil by the grace of God; and

WHEREAS, Our Lady of Fatima requested the faithful to pray the daily Rosary to convert souls and to stay the hand of God from rendering that chastisement which the sins of mankind deserve; and

WHEREAS, it appears that in many quarters of the Church the Holy Rosary is no longer being taught to Catholic schoolchildren or converts, or prayed in Catholic schools;

BE IT THEREFORE

RESOLVED, that this Congress petition the Holy See to issue an instruction directing all Catholic elementary schools and Catholic catechetical programs to teach children and converts how to pray the Rosary, and further directing Catholic school authorities to provide for the daily Rosary in Catholic schools.

VI. FOR AN END TO THE PERSECUTION OF FATHER NICHOLAS GRUNER AND HIS APOSTOLATE

WHEREAS, for many years Father Nicholas Gruner has engaged in a Marian apostolate devoted to the Message of Fatima with the consent of three successive bishops of Avellino; and

WHEREAS, the apostolate has been instrumental in keeping alive among the faithful, and extending awareness of, the Message of Our Lady of Fatima; and

WHEREAS, the apostolate is fully in accord with the natural rights of the faithful to form private associations for pious works and to express their concerns to the sacred pastors and to each other about matters affecting the common good of the Church; and

WHEREAS, Father Gruner has in recent years been subjected to interventions by certain Vatican officials who wish to silence him and the apostolate by denying him incardination by several benevolent bishops who wish to foster his work, and thereby forcing him to return to the Diocese of Avellino after an approved absence of more than 16 years; and

WHEREAS, it is the sense of this Congress that Father Gruner and his apostolate have been subjected by said Vatican officials to persecution on account of their legitimate activities and their legitimate convictions about the urgent need for the collegial Consecration of Russia and disclosure of the Third Secret;

BE IT THEREFORE

RESOLVED, that this Congress petition the Holy Father for an end to the persecution of Father Nicholas Gruner by said Vatican officials, and for a declaration by His Holiness that Father Gruner always has been, and remains, a priest in good standing who may continue to pursue his apostolate under the auspices of any of those bishops who have wished to foster it, and that neither the apostolate nor its members need any permission of ecclesiastical authority for their activities in promoting devotion to Our Lady of Fatima and adherence to the Message of Fatima;

And further,

BE IT THEREFORE

RESOLVED, that this Congress petition the Holy Father to grant Father Gruner a private audience to discuss his situation and to present the Holy Father with his legitimate concerns regarding the Message of Fatima.

VII. FOR A DECLARATION ON THE RIGHT TO CELEBRATE THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS

WHEREAS, it is the conviction of many of the faithful who are devoted to Our Lady of Fatima that the traditional liturgy of the Roman Rite, commonly referred to as the "Tridentine Mass", ought to be available in any parish where the faithful desire it, and

WHEREAS it does not appear that any law of the Church actually forbids celebration of the Tridentine Mass but that, on the contrary, our Holy Father decreed in his 1988 apostolic letter Ecclesia Dei that it should be made widely and generously available to the faithful who request it;

BE IT THEREFORE,

RESOLVED, that this Congress petition the Holy Father to decree, by a further apostolic letter if necessary, that any parish priest in the Roman Rite who wishes to do so has the right to celebrate the Tridentine Mass.

ADOPTED THIS 23TH DAY OF NOVEMBER
IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1996

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