Fatima fan club

Fatima fan club

I don’t understand certain radical Fatima followers. I’m not completely up on the whole phenomenon, but evidently the Blessed Mother asked the three visionaries at Fatima in 1917 to ask the Pope to consecrate Russia so that it could be converted. And the Pope did … twice. The first time was when he consecrated the whole world, but the radical Fatima types say that wasn’t what the Blessed Mother meant. (Did she tell them that? Isn’t Russia part of the world? Sister Lucy, the only remaining visionary alive said it fulfilled the requirement and she’s the one the Blessed Mother talked to.) So, the Pope consecrated Russia again, this time by name. Still not good enough for these people.

Their evidence? Just look at Russia: rampant crime, corruption, abortion, and so on. And it’s still mainly Russian Orthodox (and atheist)! How can you call that converted? they ask. (Aside from the fact that it’s no longer an officially communist atheist country and the locus of evil ideology in the world.)

Well, what did they expect? Instant conversion of all the people? It’s not like the countries that are mainly Catholic are doing all that much better. Look at Italy. Less than 35 percent of the people attend Mass on Sunday. And there’s crime, corruption, and abortion there. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a country that would fit these people’s definition of being consecrated and converted to Catholicism.

I think it’s a dangerous thing when you let your devotion to a particular miraculous event, like an apparation, whether it’s approved or unapproved, take precedence over your faith in the Church as a whole. Or your devotion to a particular rite for the celebration of the Mass, for that matter.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli