On Tuesday Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes (of Germany) confirmed the statement of Father Amorth (Vatican exorcist) that Pope John Paul II did not consecrate Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart in 1984. Apparently he wanted to do so, but allowed himself to be persuaded by Vatican diplomats not to mention Russia for fear of causing political conflicts.
We all know that he consecrated "the world" to Mary's Immaculate Heart. While that consecration was undoubtedly beneficial in and of itself, it was not done in the manner that Our Lady specified to the Fatima seers in 1917. The LifeSiteNews posts reminds us that the Fatima apparitions are not part and parcel of the Deposit of Faith and one may be a true Catholic and not believe them. That is true enough. However, one either believes that the Blessed Mother spoke at that time, or they don't. If they do believe that she spoke, then why the reticence about taking her at her word? Why demure in complete obedience? Why place the pleadings of Vatican officials over the requests of the Mother of God?
Today at the Rome Life Forum, Cardinal Burke called for the consecration of Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart per her exact specifications. He too stated that the consecration in 1984 was not in accord with Our Lady of Fatima's specifications. His exact quote is: "Certainly, Pope Saint John Paul II consecrated the world, including Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, 1984. But, today, once again, we hear the call of Our Lady of Fatima to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, in accord with her explicit instruction."
There are those good Catholics who insist on pretending that the Fatima requirements were satisfied in 1984. They probably are loathe to believe that Pope St John Paul II might have faltered in being completely obedient to Our Lady of Fatima. They fail to consider that while he was still on this earth, he was subject to his own sin-weakened human nature, as are we all. However some others who don't have any intention to honor God have their own reasons. One individual on Facebook believes that these faux-katholycs fear a large-scale return to Faith and Tradition if Russia is properly consecrated. I think he's onto something, especially in light of the bad-mouthing that Cardinal Burke received from Cardinal Maradiaga (head of the pope's "gang of nine" because of his dissidence).
Cardinal Burke went on to list six requests of Our Lady of Fatima. Five of them we should be doing regularly ourselves. The sixth one has to do with the consecration of Russia. Let us join the cardinal in acknowledging that the consecration to Russia has been inexcusably delayed and pray and call for its immediate fulfillment.
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