Are the Russians on Board with the Fatima Message?

Now more than ever, the world needs Fatima. It needs repentance. Its only surviving hope is Mary.

by John Horvat II

The war in Ukraine has catapulted the Fatima Message into the center of discussions.

The Mother of God’s mysterious 1917 references to Russia and its errors are the backdrop to the death toll and destruction in Ukraine: “If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and several nations will be annihilated.”

Our Lady also spoke of Russia’s eventual conversion after the nation’s consecration to her Immaculate Heart.

Many have rightly claimed that the errors of Russia were those of Communism. Russia did indeed spread them throughout the world from 1917 onward.

A Controversial Conversion Spin

Starting with the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, however, an erroneous view began to circulate among Catholics in the West that this was the conversion of Russia foreseen by Our Lady. The conversion narrative waned stronger under Vladimir Putin.

The conversion narrative refers to the fall of Communism and the subsequent attempts to re-establish some semblance of order in the land parched by seven decades of atheist rule. Some see the post-Cold War increase in religious profession (but not practice) as a kind of conversion in progress.

Some Catholics are only too ready to shoehorn these efforts into the Fatima message. No matter how small, they interpret any gesture as part of the conversion process. Moreover, they are happy to see the Russian Orthodox, not the Catholic Church, as God’s instrument in this conversion. As if it makes no difference.

All these points are the object of discussion among those in the West who support what might be called Fatima’s Russian conversion narrative. The discussion often includes a counter-narrative, which states that the decadent and morally corrupt Western nations also need conversion, perhaps more than Russia.

Stretching the Narrative

The problem with the Russian conversion narrative is it must take place inside the Fatima Message. The events must correspond with reality if the narrative is to be believed. There is no room for variations using distorted facts.

Any situation can be adapted to a narrative as long as it resembles the general plot. However, a narrative can only be stretched so far. When key elements don’t fit, the whole structure falls.

That is the case with the Russian conversion narrative. It stretches things too far, and the facts don’t match the script.

The conversion-in-progress Russia seems just as prone to decadence as other European countries. A survey of Eastern European nations, for example, show that Catholics are much more likely than Russia’s Orthodox to attend weekly services (42% in Poland vs. 7 % Russia), fast during holy times ( 72% in Croatia vs. 27% in Russia) or engage in daily prayer (44% in Croatia vs. 18% in Russia). The United Nation’s data reveals Russia has the highest per capita abortion rate in the world—almost triple the American rate. Russia continues to have one of the highest levels of alcohol consumption in the world. Other social indicators like suicide rates and prostitution levels are also extremely high.

An Undesired Conversion

However, the fact that works most against the conversion narrative is that most Russians identify with the Russian Orthodox Church, not the Roman Catholic Church. They reject the Fatima narrative because it is Catholic. The Russian conversion narrative stumbles over the fact that Russians do not want to be converted by Fatima.

That is not to say the Russians did not desire to be free from the Soviet yoke. It only means that the Russians do not see this liberation coming from Our Lady of Fatima. They tragically do not frame the changes happening in Russia as part of a universal triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Russian conversion narrative runs into more trouble. Russian Orthodox officials tend to see the Fatima apparitions as a Catholic fabrication to encroach on what they claim is exclusively Orthodox canonical territory and area of influence. Seen in the light of the Great Schism of 1054, when the Eastern Church left Rome, the Fatima message is rejected. The Orthodox have long persecuted Catholics in Russia and inhibited the practice of the True Faith.

Instead of embracing the Fatima Message as a heaven-sent aid to encourage Russians in this time of great spiritual need, the Russian Orthodox Church looks upon it with resentment. It claims Russia does not need conversion since it has been Christian for over a thousand years. There is no need for consecration since the Russian people already recognized Our Lady as the Mother of God, the Theotokos.

In short, the Russian Orthodox Church excludes itself from the Fatima Message because its officials do not believe it comes from heaven.

The Greatest Support Rejected

Thus, there is a great ominous silence about Fatima over the vast expanses of Russia. Russian Church and civil officials do not call upon this most powerful supernatural ally who has promised them deliverance from modern evils. As a result, Russia has not converted and languishes in the moral corruption and sin that dominate the world.

Neither has the West converted. It also failed to heed the Fatima Message when it stood to gain so much from it. Had the Fatima Message not been rejected, Our Lady’s universal call for prayer, penance and amendment of life would have resulted in wonders that would have transformed the world.

A Narrative That Is Not Over

The Fatima Message is still timely. However, for it to make sense, one must take a truly balanced position by admitting that both the East and the West have not heeded the Fatima message. The whole world needs conversion as error still dominates everywhere. Both East and West have adopted an anything but Fatima position by which they embrace a sinful and modern world. Because Our Lady’s Message was not heeded, both East and West are headed into an unprecedented chastisement in the history of the world.

This is not the time to be pointing fingers at each other but beating chests in repentance. Now more than ever, the world needs Fatima. It needs repentance. Its only surviving hope is Mary.

The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP) denounces and categorically condemns President Vladimir Putin’s unjust war against Ukraine and urges the Russian Federation to immediately return its troops to their barracks and indemnify the Ukrainian people for their losses.

The American TFP commends President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people for their noble and heroic resistance in defense of their homeland.

The American TFP calls on President Joseph Biden and political leaders worldwide to forcefully punish Russia for its unjust war and immediately and powerfully assist Ukraine militarily and economically, bringing the unjustifiable invasion to a quick end.

The obligation for America and the world to help Ukraine and punish the Russian Federation for its unjust war does not stem only from treaties and other international agreements. Rather, it comes from natural law and the virtues of justice and charity, which everyone—including nations—is duty-bound always and everywhere to uphold in the measure possible.

In the wake of the Second World War, Pope Pius XII reminded nations of this serious duty:

One thing is certain: the precept of peace is of divine right. Its purpose is the protection of the goods of humanity, as goods of the Creator. Some of these goods are so crucial for human coexistence that their defense against unjust aggression is undoubtedly fully legitimate. The solidarity of nations is required in this defense. They have a duty not to leave the attacked people abandoned. The certainty that this duty will be fulfilled will serve to discourage the aggressor and, therefore, to avoid war, or at least, in the worst-case scenario, to shorten the suffering. (Pius XII, “Christmas Radio Message,” Dec. 24, 1948. Our emphasis.)

Ukraine had the right to free itself from Communism in 1991. Ukraine has the right to remain free today, refusing to be enslaved by Putin’s post-Communist, cosmist and pan-Slavic nationalism.

It seems that beyond conquering Ukraine, Vladimir Putin’s strategic goal in this unjust war is to destroy the Christian West’s hegemony. From this perspective, American inaction only plays into the tyrant’s hands, while upholding justice by succoring the innocent victim of this immoral aggression will attract God’s mercy on our sinful nation.

Accordingly, the American TFP denounces the wrongheaded isolationism and self-deception of untold American conservatives who excuse Putin’s indefensible authoritarianism because they choose to see in this former KGB colonel a new Charlemagne or Constantine with a mission from God to restore Christendom.

The American TFP calls on Pope Francis to denounce Russia’s unjust war taking advantage of this historical moment to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with all the Catholic bishops of the world, in the exact terms requested by the Mother of God in Fatima, in 1917.

Further, and as requested by Our Lady on that occasion, the American TFP calls on all American Catholics to pray the Rosary daily—imploring God to intervene, giving Ukraine victory in this unjust war, and that Russia finally convert from its errors.

Our Lady of Zarvanytsia, protect and intercede for Ukraine’s valorous Catholics!

Lastly, the American TFP beseeches Our Lady of Zarvanytsia to protect and intercede for Ukraine’s valorous Catholics and bring all Ukrainians into the fold of the one true church of her Divine Son—the Holy, Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Church—as ardently desired by Saint Olga of Kiev, her grandson Saint Vladimir the Great, Saint Josaphat the Martyr, and the millions of victims of Soviet Communist persecution, including Blessed Klymentiy Sheptytsky.

February 27, 2022
The American TFP

The End of History Just Ended

The End of History Just Ended

by John Horvat II

In 1992, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama published his famous book, The End of History and the Last Man. The author asserted that the fall of the Iron Curtain marked a milestone of immense importance for the West.

He claimed that the end of the Cold War was not just “the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: That is, the end-point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”

Borrowing from Hegel and Marx about the evolution of events, he predicted that henceforth liberal democracy would be the final form of government for all nations. There would be no later progression to an alternative system.

A Narrative that Limped Along Until Now

Subsequent events challenged his end-of-history scenario. Terrorism, Islamic wars and polarization all seemed to conspire against Prof. Fukuyama by adding chapters to the closed history book. However, throughout the post-Cold War period, the liberal democratic system remained the ideal form of government. The globalized world standardized economies using the framework and protocols developed under liberal democracy. The Fukuyama narrative limped along because no credible alternatives contested it.

With the invasion of Ukraine, however, the end of history just ended.

Liberal democracy appears weak, self-destructive and unfocused. Strong alternatives are not only on the horizon but are advancing across the landscape in the form of tanks and troop movements.

The Ukraine crisis is another milestone moment when two worldviews enter into conflict: liberal democracies and autocratic regimes.

Both Sides Are in Crisis

The moment comes as both sides are in crisis.

On the one hand, liberal democracy is in disarray. Basic institutions like family, community and faith are coming apart, destroying the social fabric. The radical wing of liberalism is engaged in suicidal behavior as it seeks to destroy social structures deemed too oppressive. The mechanisms of the rule of law that allow the system to resolve problems through peaceful and legal processes are breaking down. As a result, things are getting violent and unstable inside liberal democratic regimes.

On the other hand, the autocratic regimes opposing liberal democracy are likewise in crisis. They face looming demographic implosions due to eroded morals or Draconian population policies. Their social structures are also in disarray amid widespread corruption. However, the hard mechanisms of governmental power are put in place to give a semblance of direction to a society irreparably in decay.

Two Systems Born of Modernity

Thus, a clash between the two decaying systems is set in motion—jumpstarting the processes of history that supposedly ended.

However, it would be wrong to assume that the two systems are diametric opposites. Both are products of modernity and share the same philosophies. They may differ in methods but agree on the modern vision of humanity and history.

Both systems have advanced in decadence to the point that they now want to overthrow oppressive structures that restrain them. Liberal democracy intends to eliminate social structures that radicals claim promote systemic oppression. Autocratic regimes want to destroy international political structures (like NATO) that undergird the post-war order.

Thus this conflict is not a political disagreement but a paradigm shift to an anti-Western world.

The Target Is the West

The target of the Ukrainian war is the destruction of the West as a concept. Indeed, the media are all reporting on the destruction of the post-Cold War order. They register the challenge to Western hegemony. No one contests this goal.

However, most media do not allude to the dangerous alternatives that will replace the West. Russia, China and their client states see the West as a repressive framework that must be supplanted by a deconstructed world that recycles old errors based upon nationalism, Marxism, Gnosticism and even mystical elements. Whether it be Russia’s pan-Slavic Eurasianism (of Aleksandr Dugin) or Xi Jinping’s “new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics,” the overwhelming emphasis is anti-Western and pro-Marxist.

On their part, liberal democratic societies are questioning their Westernness. Critical Race theory and other schemes consider the West to be the root of all evil embedded in its institutions.

Thus, the West faces internal and external enemies that seek to bring down the geopolitical structures and military alliances sustaining Western hegemony. The attacks come at a moment of great Western decadence, pathetic leadership and pandemic disharmony.

Why the West Is Targeted

The reason behind this laser focus on the West is not arbitrary. It is not a question of roughly equivalent geographic regions fighting among themselves. These autocratic regimes are not reacting to degenerate Western morals that deserve every condemnation. Indeed, they share the same depravity, although manifested differently.

This anti-Western hostility focuses on the tiny lingering remnants of the Christian order that built the West. The roots of Western civilization are based on the Christian institutions, morals and truths that make true order and progress possible. Thus, the present conflict targets this moral framework now in ruins as well as Church-generated structures like the rule of law, hierarchy, classical logic and systematized thought that elevated the West and still exert influence. As long as this tiny platform exists, it must be safeguarded.

The West must be defended. This is not done by the conflict of two decadent strains of modernity. Their fight resolves nothing. The true objective should be to defend the remnants of Christian order in the West as a springboard to a full return to order. The West must oppose, internally and externally, the deconstructed errors that target these remnants and will throw the world into chaos.

However, the defense of the West can only be effective with a moral regeneration that must include Divine action as foreseen by Our Lady at Fatima.

The end of history has ended. History once again is moving. Will the West return to order?

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