Front page of October 24, Fatima bi-weekly Notícias de Fátima reporting on the interfaith Congress
under the headline, "Sanctuary of Various Creeds". It is a sad truth that the
ecumenical orientation is now underway at Fatima, whether it is officially
called an "Interfaith Shrine" or not.
Fatima to Become Interfaith Shrine?
An Account From One Who Was
by John Vennari
From October 10-12,
2003, a pan-religious conference was held at Fatima entitled "The Present of
Man the Future of God: The Place of Sanctuaries in the Relation to the
Sacred". It was held at the Paul VI Pastoral Center adjacent to the Fatima
Shrine in Portugal. I traveled to Fatima to cover the Congress and attended the
three-day event. It contained some of the most explicit heresy I have ever
It described itself
as a "Scientific" Congress, which is not the word we would use for it in North
America. Here, we would label it an "Academic" Congress. In any case, the
Congress comprised modern theologians and clergymen discussing the importance
of religious sanctuaries any sanctuary, be it Catholic, Buddhist
The first two days
contained numerous speeches from Catholics only, including the Bishop of
Leiria-Fatima, D. Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva; the Cardinal Patriarch of
Lisbon, Jose da Cruz Policarpo; the notorious "interfaith theologian", Father
Jacques Dupuis; and various other Ph.D.s from Portugal.
On Sunday, in
sessions presided over by Archbishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, Prefect of the
Vaticans Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, representatives
from the world religions including Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, Orthodox,
Anglican and Catholic gave testimony to the importance of "sanctuary" in
their religious traditions.
Later, the Portuguese
press published that the aim of this Congress was to establish Fatima as an
interfaith Shrine, a report that has yet to be denied by the Portuguese
hierarchy and only half-heartedly denied by Archbishop Fitzgerald. Yet as this
eyewitness account will demonstrate, the ecumenical orientation at the Fatima
Shrine is now underway, whether it is officially called an "interfaith Shrine"
The Sunday morning
interreligious session presided over by Archbishop Fitzgerald. Here he sits
with a Buddhist, a Hindu and a Muslim.
The Ecumenical Congress
The theme of
"Sanctuary" for this Congress reflects the lowest-common-denominator ecumenism
prevalent for the past forty years. It is an approach that plays down doctrinal
differences in the various religions and emphasizes "what we have in
What do all religions
have in common? They all believe in some sort of "God", so we can organize an
ecumenical symposium and talk about the various aspects of "God". All religions
believe in prayer, so we can have a pan-religious get-together where we can all
"share" about prayer. All religions have sanctuaries, so we can hold an
interfaith Congress where we talk about the importance of Sanctuaries in the
various religious traditions. Thus, "Sanctuary", within the pan-religious
perspective, was the focus of the latest Congress at Fatima.
Anathema at these
Congresses is any recognition of the fact that the Catholic Church is the one
true religion established and willed by God, and that all other religions are
false, man-made systems whose adherents believe in false gods. As such, these
religions constitute an objective mortal sin against the First Commandment: "I
am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have strange gods before Me." The
false gods of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam are "strange gods" that the First
Commandment forbids all of mankind to worship.
This applies also to
Protestantism, since Protestants believe in a Christ who never existed. They
believe in a Christ who did not establish a Church to teach, govern and
sanctify all men. They believe in a Christ who did not establish a
Papacy. They believe in a Christ who does not want us to honor His Holy
Mother Mary. (And we know from the Fatima Message that God wants to
establish in the world devotion to Our Ladys Immaculate Heart). They
believe in a Christ who did not establish seven Sacraments as the
primary means of grace for salvation. They believe in a Christ who did
not establish the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In short, Protestants worship
a false Christ, that is, a false God. This is why Blessed Pope Pius IX taught
in his 1864 Syllabus that it is an error to believe that "Protestantism
is nothing more than another form of the same true Christian religion."1
Thus, in the
objective order, it is impossible for any non-Catholic, no matter how
well-meaning, to obey the First Commandment.2 We can thus understand why the
Council of Trent spoke infallibly that without the Catholic Faith, "it is
impossible to please God".
true Catholic doctrine is discarded at these interfaith events, and in
ecumenical practice in general. Conversely, the new ecumenical theology says
that members of all religions are part of the "Reign of God", and are
"equal partners in dialogue". The Catholic religion may possess the "fullness
of truth", but all other religions are part of Gods plan as well. This,
particularly, is the thesis of the modernist theologian Father Jacques Dupuis,
who spoke at the Congress on Saturday afternoon.
the interfaith "Future of God" Congress at Fatima.
At first, I was
skeptical of whether I could give a fair assessment of the Congress. The
speeches were delivered in Portuguese, a language I do not speak. The Congress
provided simultaneous translation into English, but the English translators
were not very good. One man doing translations was practically worthless. I
could tell I was getting from him one-sentence summaries of entire paragraphs
from the speakers texts, and not very intelligible sentences at that.
Luckily, two of the most important talks were delivered in English.
From what I could
gather from the Portuguese speakers, they talked about "Sanctuary" in general
terms in trendy New-church language: "Sanctuary is an altar of purification and
promise", a "place of refuge in the face of temptation to pleasure and power".
"Sanctuary" is part of the "mystery" in the "search for holiness, incarnation
and transcendence". Keep in mind, the speakers refer here to the religious
sanctuaries of all religions, whether they be Shrines of Our Lady or pagan
One would think that
a Fatima Congress on Sanctuary would contain at least one lecture on the Fatima
Sanctuary. Nothing. Fatima was only brought up incidentally, and every great
once in a while. The Fatima Message, or even the history of how the Fatima
Shrine came to be, received no spotlight. The Rosary, the Immaculate Heart, the
vision of hell, the Five First Saturdays, Reparation for Sin, all constitutive
elements of the Fatima Message, received no mention at all.
On Friday, we
received lectures that dealt with the "Pastoral/Scientific Nature of
Sanctuary". We were told, "what happens in the Shrine is an expression of the
people of God in motion." One professor quoted glowingly the modernist Father
Edward Schillebeeckxs bizarre statement: "the history of salvation is not
necessarily the history of revelation". Another speaker spoke of Fatima, Mecca
and Kyoto in the same breath, thus placing the true Church of Christ on the
same level with false creeds; and placing the true revelations of Our Lady of
Fatima an event verified by the Miracle of the Sun before 70,000 people
on the same level with the fables and superstitions of false religions.
This is a mockery of the true God and a blasphemy against Our Lady of
Fatima Congress, Father Jacques Dupuis openly scorns defined Church
As mentioned, two of
the most important presentations were delivered in English: the ecumenical
Father Jacques Dupuis on Saturday, and a brief address by Archbishop Michael J.
Fitzgerald on Sunday. These I understood perfectly, and was horrified by what
As some readers may
be aware, I have covered a number of these post-Conciliar conferences including
New Evangelization Seminars, RocknRoll World Youth Days, screaming
Charismatic meetings, and evenings of Jewish-Catholic dialogue.4 Yet the most
explicit heresy I have ever heard at any of these events came from the mouth of
the Belgian Jesuit Father Jacques Dupuis, only a few hundred yards from where
Our Lady of Fatima appeared.
Father Jacques Dupuis
is a progressivist, ecumenical theologian who entered the Jesuits in 1941. At
this Congress, he propounded his thesis that all religions are positively
willed by God. He told us that we should not refer to the other religions as
"non-Christian", since this is a negative term that describes them "by what we
think they are not". Rather, he said, we should refer to them as "the
He trashes the truth
that there is only one true Church, outside of which there is no salvation,
despite the fact that this teaching was infallibly defined three times. The
most forceful and explicit definition of "outside the Church there is no
salvation" was pronounced de fide from the Council of Florence:
"The Most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and
preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only
pagans, but also Jews, heretics, and schismatics can ever be partakers of
eternal life, but that they are to go into the eternal fire which was
prepared for the devil and his angels, (Mt. 25:41) unless before
death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this
Ecclesiastical Body, that only those remaining within this unity can profit
from the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and that they alone can
receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, almsdeeds, and other works of
Christian piety and duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his almsgiving
be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of
Christ, can be saved unless they abide within the bosom and unity of the
As Catholics know,
whenever the true Church established by Christ the Catholic Church
teaches a solemn, de fide declaration, it is stating infallibly
that the doctrine defined is a truth revealed by God "Who can neither
deceive nor be deceived." A Catholic must believe all of these defined truths
for salvation. To deny an infallible dogma of the Church is to call God a liar,
telling Him that what He revealed to us is not true.6
Saint Louis de
Montfort, faithful to this revealed truth, teaches, "There is no salvation
outside the Catholic Church. Anyone who resists this Truth perishes."7 Likewise, Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church, reaffirms, "The Holy,
Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Church is the only true Church, outside the pale
of which no one can be saved."8
Yet Father Dupuis, at
the recent Fatima Congress, openly showered contempt on this defined truth and
on the teaching of the Saints and Doctors of the Church. On the point of
"outside the Church there is no salvation", Father Dupuis said in disgust, "There is no need to invoke here that horrible text from the Council of
Florence in 1442". I heard this with my own ears and I
recorded it on tape.
Thus, Father Dupuis
told the audience that an infallible definition of the Catholic Church is
wrong, and that the Divine Revelation of God is a lie.
This is the most
explicit heresy I have ever encountered at one of these post-Conciliar
conferences. Usually the speakers dance around the dogma they deny, but not
Father Dupuis. No, he says openly that a defined Catholic doctrine is a
"horrible text" that must be rejected.
Now, how did those at
the conference react to Father Dupuis audacity? With grand applause at
the end of his speech.
Most disturbing is
the fact that the room contained the "top-brass" of the Portuguese hierarchy,
all thrilled with Dupuis apostasy.
Seated directly to my
left was the Fatima Shrine Rector Monsignor Luciano Guerra, who applauded
Father Dupuis speech. (I captured this on film, see photo below). Seated
directly to my right was the Apostolic Delegate of Portugal, that is, the papal
representative for Portugal, who also applauded Dupuis. Joining in the applause
was the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima, D. Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva, who
still refuses to allow an "Indult" Tridentine Mass in his diocese.
Luciano Guerra, the Fatima Shrine Rector, applauding Dupuis'
During the applause,
I could not see the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon from my seat. But it is
certain that he agrees with Dupuis ecumenical thesis. Later the same day,
a small group of young traditional Catholics questioned the Cardinal about the
new interreligious orientation. A youth quoted to the Cardinal a passage from
the book of Sister Lucy, Calls from the Message of Fatima, where she
faithfully explained the First Commandment. The Cardinal responded, "Sister
Lucy is no longer a point of reference today since we have such a good one in
the Second Vatican Council".9 In other words, the Cardinal says that Vatican
IIs new ecumenical teaching eclipses the traditional Catholic teaching on
the First Commandment, which forbids the worship of false gods, as reflected in
the writings of Sister Lucy.
For years, concerned
Catholics have said that the reason Fatima is now downplayed and eclipsed is
because the new ecumenical religion of Vatican II has replaced it.10 I
am grateful that the Cardinal abandoned all pretense and admitted this disgrace
outright. It explains why the present ecumenical hierarchy falsely consider
Fatima to be of little importance.
At the Congress,
Father Dupuis also said that the purpose of dialogue is not to convert
the non-Catholic but rather to help "the Christian to become a better
Christian, and the Hindu a better Hindu".
Father Dupuis further
lectured that "Christians and the others are co-members of the
Reign of God in history". He also said that "the Holy Spirit is present and
operative in the sacred books of Hinduism or of Buddhism. That He is present
and operative in the sacred rites of Hinduism". Thus, according to Dupuis, the
Holy Ghost is active and present in the "sacred rites" and "sacred books" of
false religions. No wonder a prominent ecumenical Catholic kissed the
A more detailed
exposition of Father Dupuis apostate lecture will appear in a future
installment. For now, I want to re-emphasize that the Congress delegates
including the Cardinal of Lisbon, the Bishop of Fatima, and the Rector of the
Fatima Shrine applauded Dupuis as magnificent. Worse still, the next
day, Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, head of the Vaticans Pontifical
Council for Interreligious Dialogue, told the Congress "Father Dupuis yesterday
explained the theological basis of the establishment of relations with people
of other religions." In other words, Archbishop Fitzgerald praised Father
said further that he agreed with Father Dupuis that "the unity with God is not
confined to the people who belong to the Church". The Church, according to this
new union, should not proselytize. Nor is the purpose of dialogue to "convert"
the "other" to Catholicism. This is pointless, since members of all religions,
according to Dupuis, are already part of the "Reign of God". Rather, "the
Church" says Fitzgerald, "is there to recognize the holiness that is in other
people, the elements of truth, grace and beauty that are in different
religions," and "to try to bring about a greater peace and harmony among people
of other religions". Perhaps this Congress should have been called, "Fatima
Meets the Age of Aquarius".
Catholic Truth vs. the New Religion
Anyone with a
rudimentary knowledge of the Catholic Faith knows that the interfaith religion
promoted at this Fatima Conference is contrary to Catholic teaching and is a
blasphemy before God. As mentioned, the Council of Trent defined infallibly
that without the Catholic Faith, "it is impossible to please God."11 The
Catholic Church also defined three times ex cathedra that there is only
one true Church of Christ, the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no
salvation.12 And as Vatican I teaches, not even a Pope can change defined
dogma, otherwise dogmatic truths were never true.13
Blessed Pope Pius IX
reiterated the truth "outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation" while
combating the growing "Liberal Catholicism" of his day. He said:
"We must mention and condemn again that most pernicious error
which has been imbibed by certain Catholics who are of the opinion that those
people who live in error and have not the true faith and are separated from
Catholic unity, may obtain life everlasting. Now this opinion is most
contrary to the Catholic faith, as is evident from the plain words of Our
Lord, (Matt 18:17; Mark 16:16; Luke 10:16; John
3:18) as also from the words of Saint Paul (2 Tit. 3:11) and of
Saint Peter (2 Peter 2:1). To entertain opinions contrary to this
Catholic faith is to be an impious wretch."14
Pope Leo XIII,
elaborating the same doctrine, taught, "since no one is allowed to be remiss in
the service due to God ... we are bound absolutely to worship God in that
way which He has shown to be His will ... It cannot be difficult to find
out which is the true religion if it only be sought with an earnest and
unbiased mind; for proofs are abundant and striking . . . From all these proofs
it is evident that the only true religion is the one established by Jesus
Christ Himself, and which He committed to His Church to protect and
Likewise, Pope Pius
XII restated this doctrine within the context of a prayer to the Blessed
"O Mary, Mother of Mercy and Seat of Wisdom! Enlighten the
minds enfolded in the darkness of ignorance and sin, that they may clearly
recognize the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, Roman Church to be the only true
Church of Jesus Christ, outside which neither sanctity nor salvation can
From these sources,
and from countless other magisterial teachings, it is clear that the only
religion positively willed by God, the only religion in which "sanctity and
salvation can be found" is the Holy Catholic Church established by Christ.
likewise teaches infallibly that false religions are not pleasing to God, and
the greatest charity we can show "the others" is to work and pray for their
conversion to the one true Church of Christ. Our Lord commanded His disciples,
"Go forth and teach", not "Go forth and dialogue". He said, "Go, therefore, and
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of
the Son and of the Holy Ghost." (Matt: 28:19). "He who believes and is
baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned.
The "belief" that Our
Lord spoke of does not mean a vague belief in any religion, but express belief
in Him and all that He taught. This is why Saint John, the Apostle of Love,
said, "Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is
Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son." (1 John 1:22) Thus,
Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, any religion that rejects Christ, according
to Scripture, is an Antichrist religion. Regarding heretical religions, for
example, "Orthodoxy" and Protestantism, Saint Paul tells us that false creeds
are the "doctrines of devils" (1 Tim. 4:1).
Contrary to Father
Dupuis notions, Antichrist religions and false creeds of heretics which
are "doctrines of devils," cannot possibly be willed by God. Nor can their
members be considered as being part of the "Reign of God".
Thus, there can not
be a new "ecumenical unity" which seeks to unite Catholics with members of
false religions in a heretical notion of the "Reign of God". Pope Pius XI
rightly taught in his 1928 encyclical against ecumenism, Mortaliam Animos: "Unity can only arise from one teaching authority, one law of
belief, one faith of Christians." Likewise, Pope Pius XII
taught in his 1949 Instruction on the Ecumenical Movement that "True
reunion can only come about by the return of dissidents to the one true Church
of Christ (the Catholic Church)."17
But for now, the
interfaith heresy rules the hour, and is poised to claim the Shrine at Fatima
as its next victim.
Guerra, the Fatima Shrine Rector, is seated on the left. Standing next to him
is the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima, D. Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e
Fatima: An Interfaith Shrine?
At the time, I saw no
reports of this "Future of God" Congress in the secular and religious press.
Two weeks later, however, the November 1 on-line edition of the Portugal
News published in English an article entitled "Fatima to Become an
Interfaith Shrine". The article said that delegates attending "The Future of
God", held during October in Fatima, "heard how the Shrine is to be developed
into a center where all the religions of the world will gather to pay homage to
their various gods."
The report quoted the
Shrines rector, Monsignor Guerra, saying at the Congress that Fatima
"will change for the better". Portugal News further quoted Msgr. Guerra:
"The future of Fatima, or the adoration of God and His mother at this holy
Shrine, must pass through the creation of a shrine where different religions
can mingle. The interreligious dialogue in Portugal, and in the Catholic
Church, is still in an embryonic phase, but the Shrine of Fatima is not
indifferent to this fact and is already open to being a universalistic place of
Guerra" said Portugal News, "pointed out that the very fact that Fatima
is the name of a Muslim, and Mohammed's daughter, is indicative that the Shrine
must be open to the co-existence of various faiths and beliefs. According to
the Monsignor: Therefore we must assume that it was the will of the
Blessed Virgin Mary that this comes about this way. Traditional
Catholics opposed to the Congress were described by the Monsignor as old
fashioned, narrow minded, fanatic extremists and
Now, I quote Portugal News on this point because I did not hear Monsignor Guerra make
these statements at the Congress. Perhaps I missed it because of the
poorly-done simultaneous translation from the Portuguese, or perhaps he said it
to one of the various journalists conducting interviews at the Congress.
Nonetheless, the idea of the Fatima Shrine opening itself up to the interfaith
orientation is consistent with everything I heard throughout that weekend,
especially on Sunday when the members of various religions gave their testimony
of the importance of "Sanctuaries" in their religious traditions.
this Sunday session included Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Hindu, Muslim, as
well as a Buddhist who invited us to visit the Zenkoji Buddhist Shrine in
Japan, and even supplied each of us with a colorful pamphlet of Zenkoji.
But the testimony of
the Catholic proved the most troublesome, and was, perhaps, a portent of what
we might soon see at Fatima.
Father Arul Irudayam,
Rector of the Marian Shrine Basilica in Vailankanni, India, initially spoke
beautifully about the history of this Shrine where our Lady appeared. The
Shrine receives millions of pilgrims a year, including many Hindus.
Father Irudayam then
rejoiced that, as a further development of interreligious practice, the
Hindus now perform their religious rituals in the church.
Of course, the
delegates were thrilled to hear that a Catholic church was used for pagan
worship, but I was horrified. Sacred Scripture teaches clearly that "the
gods of the Gentiles are devils". (Psalm 95:5). And the truth that
the gods of Hinduism are devils was confirmed by one of the greatest
missionaries of all time, Saint Francis Xavier.
gave everyone present at the Congress a pamphlet inviting us to visit the
Buddhist Shrine of Zenkoji.
While serving his
missions, Saint Francis Xavier found particular delight in his small pupils. He
was impressed that these young ones showed a great attachment to their faith,
and a great zeal to learn the prayers and to teach them to others. The young
pupils "also had a great abhorrence for the idolatrous practices of the
pagans", in other words, for the practices of Hinduism. The pupils frequently
"reproached their father and mother if they engaged in pagan ceremonies and
came to tell the priest about it."
When Saint Francis
Xavier heard that "outside the village someone was practicing idolatry, he
gathered together all the boys, and this was something which he did later also
in the other villages that he visited, and went with them to the spot where the
idols had been erected. His pupils smashed the clay figures of the demons to
dust and spit and stamped upon them." Saint Francis Xaviers biographer
explains that these children "thus gave more insults to the devil than their
parents had shown honor to him."19
Even though this
event would send ecumenical clergymen shrieking into the snowbanks, it is clear
that Saint Francis Xavier recognized rightly that "the gods of the Gentiles are
devils", that is, the "gods" of Hinduism. Now, however, these "devils" are
worshiped in the Vailankanni Shrine of Our Lady in India. The Fatima Shrine
Rector, as did all the Conference delegates, applauded the speech wherein the
Indian priest related the practice of Hinduism in the Catholic Sanctuary.
It is fair to
conclude that if Catholics do not organize and protest, it is only a matter of
time before this blasphemy takes place at Fatima, especially since plans are
underway for a new, 40 million euro Fatima Shrine to be built.
News reported "The Shrine of Fatima is about to undergo a complete
reconstruction with a new stadium-like basilica being erected close to the
existing one built in 1921."20 A picture of the proposed building appears
below. It is a hideous modern monstrosity that looks like a futuristic
above is the hideous 40 million euro dollar "shrine" that the modernist
hierarchy of Portugal plan to build at Fatima.
The news of the
Fatima "Interfaith Shrine" caused an uproar, and it wasnt long before the
Vaticans Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald issued a half-baked "denial". On
November 19, a Catholic website ran the misleading headline, "Vatican Quashes
Fatima Report", but the Vatican did nothing of the kind. The report only
contained quotes from Archbishop Fitzgerald from the English Catholic Journal The Universe. Here the Archbishop merely said, "There is no
question of the Fatima sanctuary becoming an interfaith pilgrimage center ...
This is a place of prayer centered on our Lady and everyone is welcome."
Archbishop never denied the entire ecumenical orientation of the
Congress, nor the new direction of the Fatima Shrine. He merely said that the
Shrine would not be, per se, an "Interfaith Pilgrimage Center". Yet, whether it
is officially called an "Interfaith Shrine" or not, it is beyond dispute that
the Fatima Shrine is now open to interfaith activities, as was demonstrated by
the October 2003 Fatima Congress. And Archbishop Fitzgerald certainly did
not renounce the heresies that he and his confreres promoted at this
In fact, we recently
received a copy of the local Fatima weekly newspaper, Notícias de
Fatima, which is friendly with the Fatima Shrine. In its October 24, 2003
edition, it reported on the interfaith event under the headline, "Sanctuary of
Various Creeds" (see photo at top of article). The front page featured the
caption, "The future of Fatima must pass through the creation of a Shrine where
different religions can mingle." Page 8 of the same issue ran the headline, "Sanctuary Opens Itself to Religious Pluralism" followed
by the subheading: "The Shrine of Fatima Assumes a Universalist and Welcoming
Vocation Towards Different Religions". Notícias de Fatima then
quoted Shrine Rector Msgr. Guerras interfaith aims: "This proposal of
coexistence also in Fatima of a religious pluralism is still
embryonic", said Msgr. Guerra, "Its the first step. We are like the
engineers in Portugal who begin by examining the structures of the bridges to
see if we can trust them in the future."
As of this writing,
it is almost a month after the publication of this Notícias de
Fatima report, and Msgr. Guerra has yet to deny or retract these words. He
probably will not, as it is the same pan-religious nonsense I heard trumpeted
at the "Future of God" Congress.
So Fatima is now
embarked on the ecumenical orientation, "building bridges" to false religions,
even if it is not formally designated as an "Interfaith Center". Remember, the
basilica in Vailankanni, India is not officially called an "Interfaith" Shrine,
but a "Marian" Shrine. ("... a place of prayer centered on our Lady where
everyone is welcome.") Yet in the name of ecumenism, Hindus are allowed to
perform their pagan rituals inside the Basilica. And if the Portuguese
hierarchy, including Shrine Rector Guerra, accept the ecumenical orientation,
and applaud Dupuis heresy that members of all religions are part of the
"Reign of God", it is inevitable that interfaith religious ceremonies will
eventually take place at the Shrine of Fatima, even if it is not officially
called an "Interfaith" center. Members of false religions have already
been invited to the Shrine and told that they are part of the "Reign of
God" and do not have to convert to the Catholic Faith for salvation. Thus, sad
to say, Fatima has already been used as an "Interfaith Center", whether or not
it is officially so-called.
In the face of the
desecration of Our Ladys apparition site at Fatima, a worldwide protest
must be mounted. Absolutely no money should be donated to the Fatima Shrine in
Portugal until the present Rector is removed and the invasion of the ecumenical
religion at Fatima ceases. The new Shrine, if completed, will display ugliness
from the outside, reflected in the hideous modern architecture, and ugliness on
the inside, not only in the futuristic interior, but also in the pagan
practices that might be allowed to take place in the very area sanctified by
Our Ladys appearances; the very area where the Miracle of the Sun took
place, and where countless pilgrims were cured and converted.
afternoon at the Congress.
The new ecumenical
religion propounded at Fatima threatens the salvation of countless souls, as it
tells non-Catholics to remain in the darkness of their false religions. It also
threatens to bring with it a great chastisement.
In the early
20th Century, the eminent European churchman Cardinal Mercier,
citing the consistent teaching of the Popes, stated the First World War was
actually a punishment for the crime of nations placing the one True
Religion on the same level as false creeds (as does the ecumenical religion
promoted at Fatima Congress). Cardinal Mercier said:
"In the name of the Gospel, and in the light of the
Encyclicals of the last four Popes, Gregory XVI, Pius IX, Leo XIII, and Pius X,
I do not hesitate to affirm that this indifference to religions which puts on
the same level the religion of divine origin and the religions invented by men
in order to include them in the same scepticism is the blasphemy which
calls down chastisement on society far more than the sins of individuals and
What would Cardinal
Mercier, and the Popes cited by him, say of this new attempt to bring about a
"peace and harmony of religions", wherein Catholic Churchmen place the one true
religion as an "equal partner" with false religions and pagan creeds? How will
God react to this "blasphemy which calls down chastisement on society"? What
sort of punishment will Heaven unleash when the land of Fatima, sanctified by
Our Ladys presence, and the Shrine that is consecrated to Her, is allowed
by Catholic leaders to be desecrated with the worship of false gods? In the
face of this, Catholics must not be complacent.
Most disturbing of
all, the new ecumenical religion, trumpeted at this Fatima Congress, is
actually the religion of Freemasonry. The French Freemason Yves Marsaudon wrote
"One can say that ecumenism is the legitimate son of
Freemasonry ... In our times, our brother Franklin Roosevelt claimed for all of
them the possibility of adoring God, following their principles and their
convictions. This is tolerance, and it is also ecumenism. We traditional
Freemasons allow ourselves to paraphrase and transpose this saying of a
celebrated statesman, adapting it to circumstances: Catholics, Orthodox,
Protestants, Israelites, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, freethinkers,
free-believers, to us, these are only first names; Freemasonry is the name of
religion is now promoted in Fatima. I heard it coming from the mouth of the
soft-spoken Father Jacques Dupuis. Yet Dupuis words were a sugar-coated
masonic doctrine from the underworld. It was Pope Pius VIII who rightly said of
Freemasons, "their god is the devil".23
Yet it should not
surprise us that consecrated souls have come under the power of the devil.
Sister Lucy predicted it over 40 years ago.
Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, Jose da Cruz Policarpo, being interviewed by the
In her 1957 interview
with Father Fuentes, Sister Lucy made the prophetic warning:
"Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive
battle against the Blessed Virgin. And the devil knows what it is that most
offends God and which in a short space of time will gain for him the
greatest number of souls. Thus the devil does everything to overcome
souls consecrated to God because in this way the devil will succeed in
leaving the souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more
easily will he seize them."
"That which afflicts the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the
Heart of Jesus is the fall of religious and priestly souls. The devil knows
that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag
numerous souls to hell ... The devil wishes to take possession of
consecrated souls. He tries to corrupt them in order to lull to sleep the
souls of laypeople and thereby lead them to final impenitence
prophetic words unfold before our eyes at the pan-religious Fatima Congress.
Here we see the devil "overcome souls" who are consecrated to God. We see
priests, religious, bishops, who have "fallen away from their beautiful
vocation" of teaching the truths of the Catholic Faith, and who "drag numerous
souls to hell" by their perverse, ecumenical teaching.
The Cardinal of
Lisbon, the Bishop of Fatima, and the Shrine Rector all swore the Oath Against
Modernism upon their ordination.25 An Oath before God is a sacred act, and to
betray such an Oath is a mortal sin against the Second Commandment, "Thou Shalt
Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain." Yet those at the Fatima
Congress betrayed this Oath by promoting a new modernist religion that claims
that the Catholic truths of yesterday must not be the Catholic "truths" of
today. As Msgr. Fenton pointed out decades ago, "The man who taught or in any
way aided in the dissemination or the protection of Modernist teaching" after
taking the Oath Against Modernism, "would mark himself, not only as a sinner
against the Catholic Faith, but also as a common perjurer".26
We can conclude that
Father Jacques Dupuis, Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo of Lisbon, Bishop
Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva of Fatima-Leiria, and Fatima Shrine Rector
Monsignor Guerra have promoted Modernism and are therefore sinners against the
Catholic Faith and also common perjurers. It is a crime against God and justice
that these men should hold authority in the land of Portugal where Our Blessed
In the mid 1990's, on
a Mexican radio station, the Rector of the Shrine of Guadalupe denied the truth
that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared at Tepayac Hill. The people of Mexico were
outraged and protested against the audacity. Within a year, the Shrine Rector
was gone.27 The same must be done at Fatima.
Catholics around the
world must unite and protest the outrage that was allowed, and will continue,
to be perpetuated against the Catholic Faith and the Mother of God.
We must also unite in
prayers of reparation for the blasphemies spoken against the one true Catholic
Church of Jesus Christ, whose Mother came to Fatima with a message for mankind,
a Mother now betrayed by Churchmen in high places, and most especially, by
members of the present hierarchy of Portugal.
VI Pastoral Center, adjacent to the Fatima Shrine, where the pan-religious
Congress was held.
- Pope Pius IX, Syllabus of
Errors, 1864, Condemned Proposition #18. Popes Against Modern Errors: 16
Papal Documents, (Rockford: Tan, 1999), p. 30.
- In 1944, the eminent theologian
Father Francis Connell, basing himself on the consistent teaching of the Popes,
reminded Catholics that they have a duty of charity to tell the non-Catholic
that he is in great danger of losing his soul if he remains in his false
religion. He said, "Far from minimizing the exclusiveness of the Catholic
religion, our people should be instructed unhesitatingly, whenever the occasion
offers, and to let non-Catholics know that we consider them as deprived of the
ordinary means of salvation, however excellent their intentions." Quoted from
Father Francis Connell, C.Ss.R., "Communication with Non-Catholics in Sacred
Rites, American Ecclesiastical Review, Sept., 1944.
- Our Lady of Fatima asked
specifically for the Five First Saturdays of reparation for the blasphemies
against Her Immaculate Heart that are the fruit of these false religions. See
"A World View Based On Fatima", The Fatima Crusader, Issue 64, Summer,
2000. On-line at http://www.fatimacrusader.com/cr64/cr64pg15.asp
- These were published in Catholic Family News.
- Pope Eugene IV, Council of
Florence, Feb. 4, 1442.
- See The Source of Catholic
Dogma, Ludwig Ott (first printed in 1960, reprinted by Tan Books, Rockford,
IL), p. 4-6.
- Cited from Hail Mary, Full
of Grace, Still River, MA, 1957, p. 107. We could also quote Saint Francis
of Assisi, who stated firmly, "All who have not believed that Jesus Christ was
really the Son of God are doomed. Also all who see the Sacrament of the
Body of Christ and do not believe it is really the most holy Body and Blood of
the Lord ... these also are doomed!". Quoted from Admonitio prima de Corpore
Christi (Quaracchi edition, p. 4), cited from Johannes Jorgensen, St.
Francis of Assisi, (New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1912), p. 55.
- Instructions on the
Commandments and Sacraments. It should also be noted that Msgr. Joseph
Clifford Fenton, the former editor of The American Ecclesiastical
Review, and one of the most eminent theologians of the 20th Century, warned that the doctrine "outside the Catholic Church there is no
salvation" is one of the key dogmas denied in our time. In 1958, four years
before Vatican II, Msgr. Fenton wrote, "In every age of the Church there has
been one portion of Christian doctrine which men have been especially tempted
to misconstrue or to deny. In our own times, it is the part of Catholic truth
which was brought out with a special force and clarity by St. Peter in his
first missionary sermon in Jerusalem. It is somewhat unfashionable today to
insist, as St. Peter did, that those who are outside the true Church of Christ
stand in need of being saved by leaving their own positions and entering the ecclesia. Nevertheless, this remains a part of Gods own revealed
message." (See Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton, The Catholic Church and
Salvation, Newman Press, 1958, p. 145.)
- Documentation Information
Catholique Internationale (DICI), November 3, 2003.
- See "It Doesnt Add Up",
John Vennari, especially the final heading, "Dont Rain on My Charade", The Fatima Crusader, Issue #70, Spring 2002. On-line at http://www.fatimacrusader.com/cr70/cr70pg12.asp
- Session V on Original Sin. See
- See text from the Council of
Florence quoted earlier.
- "The Holy Spirit was not
promised to the successor of Peter that by the revelation of the Holy Spirit
they might disclose new doctrine, but that by His help they might guard
sacredly the revelation transmitted through the Apostles and the deposit of
Faith, and might faithfully set it forth." Vatican I, Session III, Chap. IV, Dei Filius. The eminent theologian Msgr. Fenton employs this text to
explain that "Catholic dogma is immutable ... the same identical truths are
always presented to the people as having been revealed by God. Their meaning
never changes." We Stand With Christ, Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton,
(Bruce, 1942) p. 2.
- Quoted from The Catholic
Dogma by Father Michael Muller (Benzinger Brothers, 1888), p. xi. Emphasis
- Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical
Letter, Immortale Dei, cited from The Kingship of Christ and
Organized Naturalism by Father Denis Fahey (Regina Publications, Dublin,
1943), pp. 7-8.
- The Raccolta, Benzinger
Brothers, Boston, 1957, No. 626 (Emphasis added).
- Instructio (The
Instruction from the Holy Office on the Ecumenical Movement, Dec. 20, 1949).
Entire English translation published in The Tablet (London), March 4,
- Portugal News, On-line
edition, November 1, 2003.
- Francis Xavier, His Life
and Times, Volume II, India, 1541-1545, George Schurhammer, S.J. (English
translation copyrighted 1963. Published by the Jesuit Historical Institute,
Rome, 1977), p. 310.
- This, perhaps, may be a
typographical error in Portugal News. The small Capelinha was built in
1921. The present Fatima Shrine Basilica was built in 1951.
- Cardinal Merciers
Pastoral Letter, 1918, The Lesson of Events. Cited from The Kingship
of Christ and Organized Naturalism by Father Denis Fahey (Dublin: Regina
Publications, 1943), p. 36.
- Yves Marsaudon, Oecumènisme vu par un Maçon de Tradition (pp. 119-120).
English translation cited from Peter Lovest Thou Me? (Instauratio Press,
1988), p. 170. Except for the first line "One can say ..." which was translated
into English by S.M. Rini.
- Pope Pius VIII, quoted from Papacy and Freemasonry by Msgr. Jouin.
- Fatima in Twilight, Mark Fellows, (Niagara Falls: Marmion, 2003), p. 145.
- All priests had to take this
Oath Against Modernism until, tragically, it was abolished by Paul VI in 1967.
It appears that all the priests I mentioned here were ordained before 1967. But
even if a priest does not swear an Oath Against Modernism, he is still
prohibited from promoting Modernism, or any heresy. It is still against the
Catholic Faith to do so.
- "Sacrorum Antistitum and the Background of the Oath Against Modernism," Msgr. Joseph Clifford
Fenton, The American Ecclesiastical Review, October, 1960, pp.
- See Fatima Priest, Francis Alban (Pound Ridge: Good Counsel Publications, 1997), Chapter 14, p.
160 (2nd edition).
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