What Can Be Done in the Meantime?
While petitioning the Pope in the manner we have set forth is an important step, there is, of course, no guarantee that the men who surround the Pope will even allow him to read our petitions, especially given his steadily declining physical health which has caused him to rely more and more upon Cardinal Sodano to run the Church.1 While we must not be deterred by this obstacle, nevertheless we must still deal with the crisis on our own until this Pope or his successor takes definitive actions to end it. We recall here Cardinal Newman's description of the state of the Church during the Arian crisis:
What, specifically, can Catholics do in this time of darkness for the Church, as we wait for those who lead Her to put Her back on the proper course? We must do whatever it is in our power to do. According to our respective stations in life, we can do at least the following:
Above All, Prayer
First and foremost, there is the power of prayer—and particularly the most efficacious prayer of the Holy Rosary.
The importance of the Rosary and other forms of Catholic prayer in this struggle cannot be overemphasized. We are dealing with forces and circumstances that, humanly speaking, seem impossible to overcome. Our Pope is ailing, and a papal deathwatch is already underway. The Pope is surrounded by powerful men who have thus far successfully impeded fulfillment of the Message of Fatima. The next Pope will still have to contend with these men or like-minded successors in office, for the internal enemies of the Church are now legion.
How can we, simple members of the rank-and-file laity or clergy, hope to reverse the current course of events in the Church and the world? How can we secure the Consecration of Russia when so many of the high and powerful are so opposed to it? Humanly speaking, we cannot. But with the power of the Holy Rosary, we can. Is this not indeed why Our Lady of Fatima, with our present circumstances clearly in view, called for daily recitation of the Rosary? As Our Lady, speaking of Herself in the third person, declared: “Only Our Lady of the Rosary can help you!”
First of all, then, pray the Rosary for the intention of Our Lady's final triumph over the crisis in the Church and the world through fulfillment of Her requests at Fatima, and urge your friends, relatives and neighbors to pray for the same intention. If ten percent of the world's Catholics prayed the Rosary daily for this precise intention, the battle would be won. History records that ten percent of the population of Austria, by mounting a Rosary Crusade, brought about the miraculous and otherwise inexplicable withdrawal of an invading Soviet army after the end of World War II. Therefore, begin right now to organize a Rosary Crusade among your friends and relatives and in your parish—a Rosary Crusade for the Consecration of Russia and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
In addition to the powerful prayer of the Rosary, Catholics must conduct spiritual works in other ways, including the Sacred Heart devotions (the Nine First Fridays, having sacred images of Jesus in our homes, and making frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament) and, of course, the First Saturday devotions prescribed by Our Lady of Fatima. By these means we address spiritually the many sacrileges and outrages committed against Our Lord, particularly Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, Who has been abused innumerable times by the sacrilege of communion in the hand which is a part of the current crisis of faith and discipline in the Church. By making reparation in this way, we will hasten the coming of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
Then, too, there are the sacramentals of the Church by which Catholics can gain spiritual favor for themselves and others. These include the Brown and Green Scapulars—sacramentals bestowed by Heaven itself, which are all but forgotten in this time of diabolical disorientation in the Church.
Finally, of course, each of us must strive to live a holy life through frequent reception of the great Sacraments of the Holy Catholic Church, whose grace arms us for the battles ahead and keeps us from the pitfalls which have claimed so many others in this crisis.
In short, through prayer (especially the Rosary) and the sacramental life, we must do everything we can to become more fervent in the faith and to make others more fervent as well. For this struggle is, first and foremost, a spiritual combat in which every soul is needed, and every soul is at risk.
In the Practical Realm
Naturally, Catholics must back up their prayer with good works. As St. Ignatius said, we must pray as though everything depends on God and work as though everything depends on us. What are some of the things Catholics can do in their respective stations in life?
As simple members of the laity, we can—
As priests and religious, we can—
As Catholic journalists, authors and publishers, we can—
As Catholic lay people; political leaders; captains of industry, commerce and finance; diplomats; and military leaders, we can—
An Act of Justice and Mercy
No less than Pope Saint Gregory the Great declared “It is better that scandal arise than that the truth be suppressed.” Whatever our station in life, each of us is a member of the Church militant, a soldier of Christ. As such, each of us has a duty to defend the Church according to his ability. As Pope Saint Felix III declared: “Not to oppose error is to approve it, and not to defend truth is to suppress it, and indeed to neglect to confound evil men, when we can do it, is no less a sin than to encourage them.”
It should be obvious to any Catholic that time is running out for the human element of the Church and for civilization at large. As Saint Paul warned us, God will not be mocked. If salvation history teaches us anything, it teaches that when men rebel against God on the massive scale such as we are now witnessing, then the world will be swiftly and terribly punished with a divine chastisement. The Message of Fatima is nothing if not a warning that such a chastisement is imminent in our time if man does not turn away from sin.
The Virgin of Fatima offered us the means to avoid that chastisement, yet we find that men of the Church have spurned the heavenly offer. Like the Kings of France, who spurned Our Lord's simple request for the consecration of that nation to His Sacred Heart, the men who control the Vatican apparatus today have charted a course toward disaster—a disaster vastly greater than the one that befell France.
But there is still time to change course. It is the supreme urgency of our situation that has moved us to write this book and to present the serious accusations it contains. We have presented our case to you, not to engage in provocation for its own sake, and not merely for the justice of this cause, but also as an act of mercy—mercy not only for the victims of the great crime against Fatima but for the accused themselves, who are owed in charity an opportunity to be confronted with the magnitude of what they have done so that they might change their course and begin to make amends before it is too late for them—and for us. We recall here what Saint Thomas teaches: “We must also remember that when a man reproves his prelate charitably, it does not follow that he thinks himself any better, but merely that he offers his help to one who, ‘being in the higher position among you, is therefore in greater danger’ as Saint Augustine observes...” The acts and omissions of the accused jeopardize the temporal safety of the Church and the world, and the eternal safety of countless souls. How can we remain silent in the face of this danger?
We Ask For Your Verdict
The time has come, then, for you to render what we have called your verdict. As we said at the beginning of our presentation, we do not and cannot ask for a verdict of guilty in the sense of a juridical pronouncement, for that is neither yours nor ours to render. We ask only for your agreement, as fellow sons and daughters of the Holy Catholic Church, that what the accused have done warrants a petition to the Supreme Pontiff, John Paul II, or his successor, to investigate and effectively remedy what is, objectively speaking, a crime against the Church and humanity.
We believe the evidence we have presented imposes a duty that cannot be ignored by Catholics of good will. It is no longer possible to remain neutral at this critical point in the battle for the Church and the world. We have shown you the evidence, and it is overwhelming. Having seen the evidence, you must make a decision.
We pray that your decision will be to join us in this effort, however humble, to begin to set right what has gone so terribly wrong. We ourselves are of little importance in the great drama of Fatima, but we labor in the cause of the One who, by the will of God, stands at its very center. She cannot fail in what She promised, if only Her children, freed from the designs of erring men, will do what little She asked of them: “If My requests are granted, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. … In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
1. See Newsweek, April 8, 2002, which notes (quoting a Vatican official) that the Pope has become so enfeebled that he “reads whatever they give him to read. Most of the time he signs ... whatever they give him to sign.”
2. John Henry Newman, On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine, p. 77.