Thursday, May 23, 2013

Was Russia ever consecrated to Mary's Immaculate Heart?

Brethren, Peace and Good to all of you.

The Catholic Exchange staff asked a very interesting question in its open forum which I think deserve some reflection. The question is: Did the consecration of Russia take place or not (per Our Lady’s request via the visionaries of Fatima)?

I realize I discussed this subject before, but I want to approach it again from a different direction. These are my two cents: I think there's a deeper question here, but let me say first that I consider the Fatima apparitions as worthy of credit and of supernatural origin. Having said that: should the Pope and the bishops obey a personal, private revelation not given to them directly, and perform a unique liturgical act? Since what the Pope binds on earth is bound in heaven and since he said - Blessed John Paul did - he did the consecration, and intended it to be taken as such, why isn't that enough? It is for me!

Another commenter, Andrew Rabel, said it best:
The only time the Magisterium of the Catholic Church has addressed this issue of the consecration was an instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Fatin, in 2000. In a quotation written by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict) he says, "Sister Lucia personally confirmed that this solemn and universal act of consecration corresponded to what Our Lady wished (“Sim, està feita, tal como Nossa Senhora a pediu, desde o dia 25 de Março de 1984”: “Yes it has been done just as Our Lady asked, on 25 March 1984”: Letter of 8 November 1989). Hence any further discussion or request is without basis."

In an article in Inside the Vatican by Delia Gallagher, it was mentioned that Sister Lucia had a special vision that confirmed the action corresponded to Our Lady's requests. Cardinal Ricardo Vidal of Cebu in the Philippines also said that Sr Lucia had told him, "If the consecration had not been done in 1984, there would have been nuclear war in 1985".

Suffice to say, the Church has not endeavoured to repeat this action again, so it would be a fair statement the postion of the Catholic Church is that it has been done. They are aware of the campaigns to perform the collegial consecration of Russia, and to my knowledge, the Holy See has never given encouragement to any of these individuals. So I don't understand, if the Church says it has been done, why do people behave as if this is of no consequence.
Brothers and sisters: the consecration of Russia was ACCOMPLISHED. It was bound on earth and in heaven by the Successor of Peter and confirmed as a fact by the last surviving missionary. Doubts that this was done impeach the characters of Sr. Lucia, Bl. John Paul, and Pope Emeritus Benedict, as well as the power of the Pope to bind and unbind.

Now that that's settled, let us preach the Gospel, by words when necessary.