Questions and Answers About
“Fatima: The Path To Peace!”
A Unique Line-up of Speakers
From Sept. 8-13, the Fatima Center is hosting a conference in Niagara Falls, Canada that is, in its own way, unprecedented in its scope. This grand meeting will bring together many people who might otherwise have never made direct contact. The variety of the speakers and their backgrounds have become a source of concern to some of our supporters. The following questions and answers represent those concerns and offer an explanation of why this conference has taken the unique shape it has.
Q: Some of the listed speakers, such as Dr. Ron Paul, are not Catholic. What role can they play in the effort to bring about obedience to Our Lady of Fatima, which is the declared mission of the Fatima Center and of this conference?
Dr. Paul is a courageous man who has always placed the truth, as he understands it, above politics and personal gain. His moral values, which inform his prolife and Just War stands, align with Catholic teaching. What’s more, Dr. Paul’s general defense of traditional morality and high public profile introduce sound moral teaching and thinking into the public debate about public policy. His presence at the conference will attract media attention, and ours is a media apostolate. Our Lady’s Message must first be heard to be obeyed, and we believe Dr. Paul’s presence will help to make that Message known. That Dr. Paul has agreed to speak at the conference is also an indication that he may be receptive to the solution we are proposing to the many crises that have been dealt with so ineffectually in the political arena where he has spent much of his life.
Other speakers who are not Catholic have been invited because of their area of expertise and demonstrated love of truth. As our Faith represents the Truth in all its fullness, it also encompasses every approach to that truth, no matter from what quarter it emanates. There is much talk about the New Evangelization these days. We believe our conference illustrates the right approach to evangelization, in which the Truth is never sacrificed to achieve a false camaraderie, nor is genuine fraternal charity sacrificed to a pride that subordinates the Truth to personal vanity. We will see how things go at the conference, but we are not afraid that opening our doors wide will pose any danger of diluting the Faith; it may, we hope, draw those who love the truth to love it and know it all the better.
Q: Doesn’t the mix of Catholic and non-Catholic speakers create the appearance of an ecumenical gathering that diminishes the role of the Faith as the unique means of salvation?
Ecumenism, in the post-Vatican II era, is often founded on what is called in moral theology the sin of human respect. This sort of respect is sinful in that it places a desire not to offend another above public assent to the doctrines of the Faith. The inclusion of non-Catholic speakers at the conference is not prompted by any desire to emulate the false ecumenism that has done great harm to the integrity of the Church in recent decades. Our vowed purpose remains ever the same: proclaim the Message of Fatima and ask that Our Lady’s requests be obeyed. Some of our speakers, because of the nature of their experience and special knowledge, will help us to illustrate the failure of manmade solutions to our current economic and political crises. This will help us to make the case all the more forcefully that only Our Lady can help us, and that help will come only when Her requests are honored.
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