This is a section of the article “Catholic historian: We need consecration of Russia to save the Church” that Pete Baklinski published on LifeSiteNews on April 12, 2017.
While since 1917 there have been various consecrations of the world to the Mother of God, critics say that the consecration of Russia specifically asked for by Our Lady of Fatima has not yet been accomplished.
“Today the consecration of Russia has still not been done,” said de Mattei. In his view, St. John Paul II’s consecration in March 1984 and Pope Benedict XVI’s in May 2010 were both “partial” and “incomplete.”
In 2001, the remaining seer, Sister Lucia dos Santos, allegedly told Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, then secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that the 1984 consecration by Pope John Paul II “has been accepted in heaven.” Critics say, however, that while the consecration may have been “accepted,” this does not mean that it fulfilled what was specifically asked for by Our Lady.
One of the critics is Father Gabriele Amorth, former chief exorcist of Rome, who was present at the 1984 consecration. Fr. Amorth told LifeSiteNews in a 2015 interview, one year before he died, that the consecration requested by the Lady had yet to be fulfilled.
“The Consecration has not yet been made,” he said.
“I was there on March 25 in St. Peter’s Square. I was in the front row, practically within touching distance of the Holy Father.
John Paul II wanted to consecrate Russia, but his entourage did not, fearing that the Orthodox would be antagonized.”
“Therefore, when His Holiness consecrated the world on his knees, he added a sentence — not included in the distributed version — that instead said to consecrate ‘especially those nations of which you yourself have asked for their consecration.’ So, indirectly, this included Russia. However, a specific consecration has not yet been made. You can always do it. Indeed, it will certainly be done,” Fr. Amorth said.
Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider also believes that the consecration has not yet been made.
He said in a 2016 interview with Rorate Caeli that Catholics must “pray that the Pope may soon consecrate explicitly Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, then She will win, as the Church prayed since the old times: ‘Rejoice O Virgin Mary, for thou alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world.’”
Christopher Ferrara, a Catholic lawyer and commentator, has also argued that the consecration of Russia, as requested by the Lady, has not yet been achieved. He pointed out in a 2006 article in The Fatima Crusader that Russia was not specifically mentioned in the 1984 consecration, and moreover, that the conversion of Russia promised by the Lady as an effect of the consecration has not yet taken place, which he argues is proof that the consecration has not yet happened.
Since 1984, he wrote, there “has been no religious conversion [to the Holy Catholic religion] in Russia. But neither has there been a moral conversion … nor a political conversion, nor a conversion to peace.
“The facts are overwhelmingly in favor of the proposition that Our Lady asked for the Consecration of Russia, not the world, and that Russia has simply not been consecrated. And now we are facing what Our Lady of Fatima warned us would be the consequences for failing to do as She requested, the suffering of the Church and the annihilation of various nations,” he wrote.
Sr. Lucia, the remaining Fatima seer, wrote a letter to Pius XII saying that Our Lord Himself requested the Pope to “consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with a special mention for Russia, and order that all the Bishops of the world do the same in union with Your Holiness.” Pope Pius XII consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart on October 31, 1942, and consecrated the Russian people to the Immaculate Heart on July 7, 1952.
“Today the consecration of Russia has still not been done,” despite St. John Paul II’s consecration in March 1984 and Pope Benedict XVI’s in May 2010, because all previous consecrations have been “partial” and “incomplete.” Yet, Sr. Lucia affirmed on August 29, 1989 that he consecration of Pope John Paul II “had been accomplished” and “God would keep His word,” but she did not mention that the consecration had fully complied with the consecration request of Fatima.
Indeed, Pope John Paul II wanted to consecrate Russia, but his entourage did not, fearing that the Orthodox would be antagonized.” Therefore, all bishops of the world had failed to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with a special mention for Russia. Hence, the Consecration of Russia Remains Incomplete.