Letter Of The Holy Father To All The Bishops Of The Church
On March 25, 1984, the Pope moved closer to fulfilling the commands of Fatima. Again he consecrated the world to Our Lady before a huge number of pilgrims, after having invited the bishops of the whole world to join in this act.
Once again rumors were spread all over the world that Our Lady's command had finally been met. Yet, the consecration was defective for the same reasons as the act of May 13, 1982: Russia was not clearly and specifically named as the immediate object of the consecration, and not all the bishops took part, since they had not been commanded.
We publish here first, the letter of the Holy Father to all the bishops of the world, together with the text of the consecration the Holy Father proposed to use, next we publish the report from Rome that indicates clearly that the Pope modified slightly, but ever so significantly, the actual text of the consecration. This change shows clearly that the Pope, on March 25, 1984, was consciously aware that the act of consecration made on that date did not satisfy the request of Our Lady of Fatima. We also include commentaries by Father Gruner and Hamish Fraser written before March 25, 1984, which show that although the consecration was a good thing, it did not fulfill the explicit command of the Most Holy Trinity as given by Our Lady of Fatima, to obtain world peace.
On the feast of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception, on December 8, 1983, Pope John Paul II personally wrote to every Catholic Bishop asking them to join him on March 25, 1984 in consecrating the world to Mary. This letter was made public in London, England on February 10, 1984. On February 14, 1984 in Washington, D.C., the National Conference of Catholic Bishops publicized this important letter from the Pope. We publish here below the complete text of this letter together with the Pope's Act of Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This text was furnished to The Fatima Crusader in the last week of February by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in Ottawa. This same text was published on February 27, 1984 in the weekly English edition of L'Osservatore Romano.
Dear Brothers In The Episcopal Ministry,
On March 25, 1983 we began the extraordinary Jubilee of the Redemption. I thank you once again for uniting yourselves with me in the inauguration, on that same day, of the Year of the Redemption in your Dioceses. The Solemnity of the Annunciation, which in the course of the liturgical year recalls the beginning of the work of the Redemption in the history of humanity, seemed to be a particularly appropriate time for that inauguration.
This beginning is linked with Advent, and the whole of the present Year of the Redemption has in a certain sense the character of an advent, in that the year two thousand since the birth of Christ is drawing near. We live in this time of waiting for the fulfillment of the second millennium of the Christian era, sharing the difficult and painful experiences of the peoples, indeed of all humanity in the contemporary world.
From these experiences is born a particular need, in a certain sense an interior imperative, to direct ourselves with renewed intensity of faith precisely to the Redemption of Christ, to its inexhaustible salvific power. "In Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself ... and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation" (2 Cor. 5:19). The Synod of Bishops which took place last October drew our attention in this same direction.
On this present day, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Church meditates on the salvific power of the Redemption of Christ in the conception of the Woman destined to be the Mother of the Redeemer. In this there is a further stimulus in order that, in the context of the Jubilee, in the face of the threats to contemporary humanity which have their roots in sin, there be made a more intense appeal to the power of the Redemption. If the way to overcoming sin passes through conversion, then the beginning of this way and likewise its successive stage can only be in the profession of the infinite salvific power of the Redemption.
My Dear Brothers!
In the context of the Holy Year of the Redemption, I desire to profess this power together with you and with the whole Church. I desire to profess it through the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God, who in a most particular degree experienced this salvific power. The words of the Act of Consecration and entrusting which I enclose, correspond, with a few small changes, to those which I pronounced at Fatima of May 13, 1982. I am profoundly convinced that the repetition of this Act in the course of the Jubilee Year of the Redemption corresponds to the expectations of many human hearts, which wish to renew to the Virgin Mary the testimony of their devotion and to entrust to Her their sorrows at the many different ills of the present time, their fears of the menaces that brood over the future, their preoccupations for peace and justice in the individual nations and in the whole world.
The most fitting date for this common witness seems to be the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord during Lent 1984. I would be grateful if on that day (March 24, on which the Marian Solemnity is liturgically anticipated, or on March 25, the Third Sunday of Lent) you would renew this Act together with me, choosing the way which each of you considers most appropriate.
In fraternal charity
John Paul II
From the Vatican, December 8, 1983.
Act Of Consecration To Our Lady
1. "We have recourse to Your protection, Holy Mother of God.
" As we utter the words of this antiphon with which the Church of Christ has prayed for centuries, we find ourselves today before You, Mother, in the Jubilee Year of the Redemption.
We find ourselves united with all the Pastors of the Church in a particular bond whereby we constitute a body and a college, just as by Christ's wish the Apostles constituted a body and college with Peter.
In the bond of this union, we utter the words of the present Act, in which we wish to include, once more, the Church's hopes and anxieties for the modern world.
Forty years ago and again ten years later, your servant Pope Pius XII, having before his eyes the painful experiences of the human family, entrusted and consecrated to Your Immaculate Heart the whole world, especially the peoples for which by reason of their situation you have particular love and solicitude.
This world of individuals and nations we too have before our eyes today: the world of the second millennium that is drawing to a close, the modern world, our world!
The Church, mindful of the Lord's words: "Go ... and make disciples of all nations ... and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age" (Matt. 28:19-20), has, at the Second Vatican Council, given fresh life to her awareness of her mission in this world.
And therefore, O Mother of individuals and peoples, You who know all their sufferings and their hopes, You who have a Mother's awareness of all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, which afflict the modern world, accept the cry which we, moved by the Holy Spirit, address directly to Your Heart, Embrace, with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord, this human world of ours, which we entrust and consecrate to You, for we are full of concern for the earthly and eternal destiny of individuals and peoples.
In a special way we entrust and consecrate to You those individuals and nations which particularly need to be thus entrusted and consecrated.
"We have recourse to Your protection, Holy Mother of God": despise not our petitions in our necessities.
2. Behold, as we stand before You, Mother of Christ, before Your Immaculate Heart, we desire, together with the whole Church, to unite ourselves with the consecration which, for love of us, Your Son made of Himself to the Father: "For their sake", He said, "I consecrate Myself that they also may be consecrated in the truth" (John 17:19). We wish to unite ourselves with our Redeemer in this His consecration for the world and for the human race, which, in His Divine Heart, has the power to obtain pardon and to secure reparation.
The power of this consecration lasts for all time and embraces all individuals, peoples and nations. It overcomes every evil that the spirit of darkness is able to awaken, and has in fact awakened in our times, in the heart of man and in his history.
How deeply we feel the need for the consecration of humanity and the world - our modern world - in union with Christ Himself! For the redeeming work of Christ must be shared in by the world through the Church.
The present Year of the Redemption shows this: the special Jubilee of the whole Church.
Above all creatures, may You be blessed, You, the Handmaid of the Lord, Who in the fullest way obeyed the divine call!
Hail to You, Who are wholly united to the redeeming consecration of Your Son!
Mother of the Church! Enlighten the People of God along the paths of faith, hope and charity!
N0TE: On March 25, 1984, the Pope departed from his prepared text at this point, and he added the following words:
"Enlighten especially the people whose consecration and entrusting You are awaiting from us."
He then continued with his published text which continues as follows:
Help us to live in the truth of the consecration of Christ for the entire human family of the modern world.
3. In entrusting to You, O Mother, the world, all individuals and peoples, we also entrust to You this very consecration of the world, placing it in Your Motherly Heart.
Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future!
From famine and war, deliver us.
From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us.
From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us.
From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us.
From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us.
From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us.
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us.
From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us.
From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us.
Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies.
Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: individual sin and the "sin of the world", sin in all its manifestations.
Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the Redemption: the power of merciful Love! May it put a stop to evil! May it transform consciences! May Your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope!
The Pope Says on March 25, 1984:
"OUR LADY OF FATIMA AWAITS THE BISHOPS" IN AD LIB ON CONSECRATION
On the occasion for the March 25, 1984 Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, an immense number of pilgrims filled St. Peter's Square. The crowd flowed way back into the Via Conciliazione, all the way back to the Tiber River. A prelate who has lived for nearly 30 years in Rome described it as the largest crowd he had ever seen there. The original hand-carved statue of Our Lady of Fatima, the one that is venerated at the little chapel, "The Capelinha", in Fatima was flown to St. Peter's for the occasion by the Bishop of Fatima himself. The statue was carried through St. Peter's Square in front of the Vatican Basilica and placed near the Altar.
On Sunday morning after Mass the Pope knelt in front of Our Lady of Fatima's Statue and made the Act of Consecration of the World in ringing and emotionally laden tones. He followed the text which he had published beforehand and which is in "Act of Consecration to Our Lady" in The Fatima Crusader, Issue No. 15.* This text he sent to all Catholic Bishops asking them to join him in this act.
in this book. "Act of Consecration to Our Lady"*See
Pope John Paul II Publicly Acknowledged On March 25, 1984 That Our Lady Still Awaits Certain Peoples To Be Consecrated By The Pope And Bishops.
At a certain point he departed from this prepared text. In Italian the Pope added an extra prayer to Our Lady in the second half of the Act of Consecration. This addition of the Pope was reported in the March 27, 1984 edition of L'Osservatore Romano. According to the report, the words added by the Holy Father were inserted after the sentence "Enlighten the People of God on the way of Faith, Hope and Charity", the words which the Pope added were "Enlighten especially the people whose consecration and entrusting You are awaiting from us."
This shows clearly that the Pope is aware that he still needs to consecrate Russia specifically, in the future. For the Pope could have said " ... whose consecration You have been awaiting" if he believed that the consecration proper - pronounced several paragraphs earlier fulfilled Our Lady of Fatima's command.
This becomes even more evident from the report given by a Catholic Italian paper AVVENIRE dated March 27, 1984, on page 11. This report tells us that several hours AFTER the Act of Consecration, the Pope prayed again publicly to Our Lady: this time inside St. Peter's Basilica where by that time the statue of Our Lady of Fatima had been brought for veneration. The Pope prayed to Our Lady in the afternoon of March 25, 1984, as follows:
"We wished to choose this Sunday, the Third Sunday of Lent, 1984 - still within the Holy Year of Redemption - for the act of entrusting and consecration of the world, of the great human family, of all peoples, especially those who have a very great need of this consecration and entrustment, of those peoples for whom You Yourself are awaiting our act of consecration and entrusting".
The Holy Father then said "We have been able to do all this according to our poor human possibilities and the measure of human weakness but with immense confidence in Your Maternal love and immense confidence in Your Maternal solicitude."
The Pope by these statements in front of OUR LADY OF FATIMA has PUBLICLY acknowledged the INADEQUACY of what he had done that morning and that OUR LADY IS STILL WAITING for certain "peoples" to be consecrated even after he had that morning consecrated the world. This report from Rome confirms the analysis given by The Fatima Crusader " The Pope Moves a Step Closer" and " The Collegial Consecration of the World to Mary's Immaculate Heart on the Feast of the Annunciation " in Issue No.15.* These articles point out that the bishops must join the Pope in Consecrating Russia.
- Fatima May 13, 1982, What Actually Happened? Was Russia Consecrated To The Immaculate Heart Of Mary?
- Our Lady Of Fatima's Demands Concerning Russia Not Yet Fulfilled
- World Peace Depends On The Catholic Bishops' Response To Our Lady Of Fatima
- The Pope Moves A Step Closer
- The Collegial Consecration Of The World To Mary's Immaculate Heart On The Feast Of The Annunciation (i.e. The Incarnation) March 25, 1984
- What Sister Lucy Thinks: Regarding The Consecration Of Russia
- Russia Never Consecrated To Mary In Format Ordered By Our Lady Of Fatima
- Sister Lucy States: "Russia Is Not Yet Properly Consecrated"