I find it rather curious that the only known Holy Father, since 1917, who “vowed” to consecrate Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart, after meeting with Sister Lucia of Fatima and reading the Third Secret, was found dead after just thirty-three days into his papacy. This pope also died on the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, September 29th, 1978. Apparently, it is a Vatican custom to not perform autopsies for Holy Fathers. In this case, sounds rather convenient, no? Who is this short-term pope, you may ask? None other than John Paul 1st. John Paul was found dead in his bed with reading material and a bedside lamp still lit. My sincere question is this: why is this never talked about? It is almost always shoved under the rug. I will be quite blunt in saying this- I find it rather odd that Pope Pius XII and Pope John Paul II were very quick to call themselves “Fatima popes” or “Marian popes” when these very same Holy Fathers totally failed in consecrating Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
On October 31st and December 8th, Pope Pius XII, acting alone, consecrated the world, but not Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lord told Sister Lucy that as a result, World War II would be shortened but that world peace would not result from this consecration. If Our Lord said peace does not result from consecrating the world, why on earth would it all the sudden work when John Paul II attempted it (four times) years later? I think it is so important to note that Lucia of Fatima was never seen publicly saying that Pope John Paul II’s consecration of the world was accepted by heaven. We see an apparent typed document of this, but take it from me… there is no advanced technology to be found on the side of the enclosure of Carmel. It was only after her apparent death in 2005, did Cardinal Bertone run with this notion and spread it; this Cardinal, as we have seen, is no friend to the Fatima message and has continuously sought to sequester it from the very beginning.
There is also the other possible scenario: Lucia knew too much and was taken out and replaced by an imposter. I am VERY careful in speaking about this. I am completely open to a Lucia who was ultimately silenced and died in 2005, but I also tend to scratch my head when I see photos of Lucia from before the 60s to the one found smiling and shaking hands with the Holy Fathers. The Lucia seen before the 60s is grave, solemn and hardly ever found smiling. Up close pictures, to be sure, reveal VERY apparent differences of features. Again, I am not making any one-hundred-percent convictions in regards to this controversial topic, but why is a Discalced Carmelite Nun found so often outside of the enclosure and cloister of Carmel? If the flock of Christ are left asking these questions in the first place, it is very clear that the faithful are suffering a diabolical disorientation from the hands of the liberal cardinals and bishops in the Vatican who are no friend to Our Lady. We are called “conspiracy theorists”; yet, as Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said: the very ones who point the finger at us and say we are embracing “theories” are the ones who are carrying out the devil’s dirty work.
Sidenote test: My Mom is not very familiar with the Fatima children or message at all; she was raised Catholic but is very new to Marian apparitions. I took these images of Lucia and said, “do you think this is the same person?” I was very open to whatever answer she would give me; she paused and I saw her face grimace as she said, “NO! Not at all… why, are they the same person?” I said I was not entirely sure, but she countered even that and said, “it does not take a genius to see that those are two different people.” I purposely asked my Mom because she is merely a person to ask who would hold no personal bias to this topic since she is unfamiliar with it as it is.
For one, how are their teeth so significantly different?
When I left Carmel a holy and beloved priest said these words: “there is no way that the three worst popes in history are canonized saints” (John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II). All three ignored Mary’s requests, after all. This same priest also relayed how the usual canonization process was skipped and ultimately wrote a blog post saying, “it’s very easy to become a saint, now”. I used to read heroic books on John Paul II and how his consecration of the world was accepted; I believed this for a short time. This pope also did not take Fatima seriously until he was shot; this has been confirmed by those who worked closest to him. I also noticed this: John Paul II is so fervently loved by young people that I have witnessed- truly- the anger that comes with ANYONE saying a negative thing against that Holy Father. But what about this kind of passion and zeal expressed for Mary and Her Fatima message?
Why is Pope John Paul seemingly more esteemed than the Mother of God? This is a real problem. Out of the three mentioned popes, I do have a sense that John Paul’s devotion to Divine Mercy probably saved him; I have pity on the pope when I read how many attempts, he made to somewhat heed Mary’s command, with multiple consecrations (as shown below). I see how he has defended the rule and constitutions of Discalced Carmelites and founded Ecclesia Dei groups, but I also remember times such as the embracing of all religions in Assisi- something that made the Chair of Saint Peter look shameful and weak. There is only one rite of the Mass and ONE TRUE Church of Christ; instead of the founding of “new groups”, why not defend the Roman Rite, fight for it and keep it in-tact? What we instead see now is a division inside the bosom of Holy Mother Church with two liturgies- Vigano calls it “two churches”. However, if we canonize three popes who constructed and embraced Vatican II and the Novus Ordo, and “these men are ‘saints’, how can we question these changes”, right? If this is the reason for their canonization, to confuse the flock, well then… this is evil. And as I said, why on earth did Paul VI weep with the changes to the liturgy later, and on John XXIII’s death bed, was he found saying, “stop the council?” Again, these are utter and complete sincere questions…
Let us revisit this timeline below, taken from the Fatima center, of the various failed attempts at the consecration of Russia:
1.) October 31st and December 8th, 1942: Pope Pius XII, acting alone, consecrates the world, but not Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lord tells Sister Lucia that as a result World War II will be shortened but that world peace will not result from this.
2.) July 7th, 1952: Pope Pius XII consecrates Russia specifically, but he does not ask for the bishops to join him and thus, he is not joined by the Catholic bishops of the world.
3.) 1964: Pope Paul VI consecrates the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with no mention of Russia, and the bishops look on but do not join in.
4.) June 7th, 1981: Pope John Paul II consecrates the world, but not Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
5.) May 13th, 1982: Pope John Paul II consecrates the world, but not Russia, at Fatima. The bishops of the world do not participate.
6.) March 25th, 1984: Pope John Paul II, before 250,000 people in Rome, consecrates the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Immediately after he pronounced the words of the consecration, he departs from his prepared text and prays: “enlighten especially the peoples of which You Yourself are awaiting our consecration and confiding.” The Pope thus publicly acknowledges that Our Lady of Fatima is still awaiting the Consecration of Russia.
7.) October 8th, 2000: Pope John Paul II consecrates the world, but not Russia, in an “entrustment” ceremony. (November 30th: A Cardinal described as “one of the Pope’s closest advisors” (Cardinal Tomko) admits to a Vatican magazine editor that he advised Pope John Paul II to not make mention of Russia in any consecration ceremony because it would offend the Russian Orthodox.)
If we find out on Judgment Day that John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II repented in their last seconds, of course I would have mercy and pity on them. However, because of their disastrous decisions resulting from the silencing of Mary, the ramifications for those of us living today are very much due to their weak papacies. When I see Our Dear Lady being ignored, more than a hundred years later, what else is the average faithful Catholic to suspect? As of today, the world still awaits the consecration of Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Maybe this is reserved for a specific Holy Father that has been chosen from all eternity? We shall continue to sigh, and wait… but I tell you this, if we indeed live to see the day of this consecration, we are exceedingly blessed. In conclusion, let us be reminded of this conversation between Gandalf and Frodo:
Poor old Frodo is carrying this heavy burden, a ring of immense power, and it’s weighing him down. Evil follows him and threatens to bring him down. He has already been dealt a blow that almost killed him — a horrible injury to his shoulder. It will never be fully healed. But he must continue on to finish his destined path. Their conversation goes like this:
Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times; but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.
Sometimes, in the grand scheme of things, we can think to ourselves how much we really don’t want our current situation. But as Saint Louis de Montfort once proclaimed, “the education of the great saints who shall come in the latter times, are reserved for Mary.”