Blasphemy At Fatima, Portugal
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Bizarre Interreligious Ceremony at Fatima in mid-October Reported by SSPX
11/6/2003 7:47:00 PM - www.dici.org
Except for the local press, the papers barely mentioned the interreligious assembly which took place in the Marian town of Fatima from October 10 to 12. Only the Society of St. Pius X protested against this new scandal, thus recalling traditional Catholic doctrine. Below is the account made by the priests of the Society in Portugal, and, in the Documents section can be found the press communiqué and report given out on this occasion.
Account of the interreligious assembly of Fatima
From October 10 to 12 in Fatima, in the Paul VI Pastoral Center, an assembly was held entitled “Man’s Present, God’s Future The Place of Shrines in Relation to the Sacred”.
The bishop of Leiria-Fatima opened the assembly and the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon concluded the so-called “scientific” part. On Sunday, the moderator of the day was the President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialog (Msgr. Michael Louis Fitzgerald). Then came the pastoral part. Each of the representatives of shrines of different religions gave their testimony to the assembly. The list was ample: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Orthodoxy, Anglicanism and Catholicism.
The reaction to this scandal.
Only the Society of St. Pius X organized a ceremony of reparation and information for the faithful in an open and official way. See the press communiqué.
With the help of the MJCF (Catholic Youth Movement of France) and the priory of Madrid, it was possible to gather a sizable group of motivated faithful in Fatima. Everyone distributed more than 12,000 tracts all over Fatima informing the faithful of the gravity of the blasphemy committed by the organization of this assembly.
The youth of the MJCF, who were particularly effective, were able to gain admission to several of the key talks of the assembly. After the one given by the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon (“the future of God”), the scheduled debate was curiously canceled…Our young people then took the initiative of going to question the cardinal. The answers he gave them in private revealed the contempt of this unworthy pastor for the flock who is in his care.
When a youth quoted him a passage from the book of Sister Lucy “Calls from the Message of Fatima”, where she admirably explains God’s First Commandment, the cardinal responded: “Sister Lucy is no longer a point of reference today since we have such a good one in the Second Vatican Council”.
When another young person quoted the prophet Isaias fulminating against the “mute dogs” (Isaias 56:10) and asked the Patriarch to comment, he responded: “The prophet Isaias took responsibility for it.”
In order to dodge another question, he answered them: “As for me, I prefer to use the language of men”.
And of course, he did not fail to remind them that Muslims, Jews and Catholics all have the same God.
The essential aspect of our reaction was of course prayer, daily exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Mass. We also wanted to clearly place public and personal sacrifices of reparation at the heart of these activities. In this spirit, as a group we made the “way of Lucy” on the immense esplanade of the shrine of Fatima. From the top of the hill to the chapel of the apparitions, at the pace of the more courageous ones who went on their knees and despite a heavy downpour that we hoped would be a purifying one, we were able to contemplate the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.
At the head of the procession, the banner of Our Lady, Queen of Portugal, which also clearly displayed the name of our dear priestly Society, announced our “stripes”. We all clearly showed the great joy we had acquired in this act of public reparation and penance. On our return to the priory, shoes and clothes were drenched, but hearts and souls were radiant for having something beautiful to offer God and Our Lady.
On Sunday morning, there was no mass at the assembly, but there was a procession of religious costumes currently in fashion throughout the world. This time, we went to the doors of the Pastoral Center. We began by reciting the Rosary on our knees, and then we chanted the Kyrie eleison and the Credo. During the chants, Fr. Danjou went into the center to personally deliver the press communiqué of the Society and the five tracts that had been distributed throughout the town over the last few days.
The operation was carried out without a hitch. The sight of a priest in a cassock even seemed to frighten the three coordinators of the event. What is he up to? their bewildered looks seemed to ask. All he did was to deliver the documents in the name of the Society of St. Pius X, and rejoin the faithful in prayer. Two youth from the MJCF, still there after our priest left, had the joy of noticing what a strong impression the reading of the press communiqué had on these people. They were flabbergasted!
Once the chanting was finished, we left the “high places” [translator’s note: an Old Testament reference to the pagan shrines where the children of Israel apostatized] and their interreligious testimonies. A wide distribution of tracts concluded our three days of reparation and reaction. The indifference and ingratitude of the men of the Church astounded us, but we put our hope and trust in God.
Portugal: Desecration Of Shrines. After Assisi, Fatima?
Summary: The Society of St Pius X was the only traditional community to have reacted publicly to this real blasphemy against Our Lady which took place last October at Fatima (see DICI n°
83 ). We received additional details about this event and give them here, and wishing to see Catholics counter-attack before it is too late.
An impious project
This inter-religious congress under the care of the Vatican and the UN took place on October 10, 11, 12 at Fatima. Present were Mgr Fitzgerald, head of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, cardinal José de Cruz Policarpo, Patriarch of Lisbon, Mgr Luciano Guerra, rector of the sanctuary of Fatima, Fr. Jacques Dupuis, a Belgian Jesuit well-known for his heterodox theological opinions, as well as representatives from Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism…
The rector of the shrine, Mgr Luciano Guerra declared : "The future of Fatima, or the adoration of God and His mother at this holy Shrine, must pass through the creation of a shrine where different religions can mingle. The interreligious dialogue in Portugal, and in the Catholic Church, is still in an embryonic phase, but the Shrine of Fatima is not indifferent to this fact and is already open to being a universalistic place of vocation."
Mgr Guerra also "pointed out that the very fact that Fatima is the name of a Muslim and Mohammed’s daughter, is indicative that the Shrine must be open to the co-existence of various faiths and beliefs."
According to the Monsignor: ‘Therefore we must assume that it was the will of the Blessed Virgin Mary that this comes about this way.’ Traditional Catholics opposed to the Congress were described by the Monsignor as ‘old fashioned, narrow minded, fanatic extremists and provocateurs’."
The Hindu representative, Ansshok Ansraj, explained how millions of Hindus in Asia already receive "positive vibrations" when visiting Marian shrines, while not endangering their own belief.
Fr. Jacques Dupuis insisted upon the necessity of a union of all the religions of the world. "The religion of the future will be a general convergence of all religions into one universal Christ which will satisfy everyone," he declared, explaining that "the other religious traditions which exist in the world are part and parcel of the divine plan for mankind; and that the Holy Ghost is present and at work in the sacred texts of Buddhism, Hinduism, of Christians and non-Christians". He added : "The universality of God’s kingdom allows this and it is nothing more than a diversified way of access to the common mystery of salvation. At the end, we hope that the Christian will be a better Christian, and each Hindu a better Hindu."
The Canadian journalist, John Vennari, who was there gave a detail account of this inter-religious meeting. He heard Fr. Dupuis say about the dogma "outside the Church there is no salvation": "There is no need to invoke here that horrible text from the Council of Florence in 1442". We place here a link towards this very interesting article: Fatima to Become Interfaith Shrine?
One official declaration at the congress recommended an approach free of proselytism on the part of each religion. "No religion can eliminate the other or gain strength by downplaying the others", we read, next to this statement. "An open dialogue leads to building bridges and to destroying the walls erected by centuries of hatred. What is requested is that each religion integrally respects its own belief and that it treats with others on an equal footing, without either superiority or inferiority complex." This declaration insists upon the secret of peace between religions which is to admit that contradictions exist between the different confessions but to concentrate upon what unites them rather than upon what divides them.
The delegates were told that all the religious shrines, Fatima included, should be updated every 25 years so as to reflect the contemporary trends and beliefs. The Fatima Shrine will soon be completely remodeled with a new stadium-like basilica, built beside the present basilica erected in 1921.
This new shrine will become a center where all the religions of the world will gather to worship their own god(s).
We can only support John Vennari’s advice : "In the mid 1990’s, on a Mexican radio station, the Rector of the Shrine of Guadalupe denied the truth that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared at Tepayac Hill. The people of Mexico were outraged and protested against the audacity. Within a year, the Shrine Rector was gone. The same must be done at Fatima."
Catholics all over the world must raise their voice in protest against the outrage done to the Catholic faith and the Mother of God. For such an outrage will take place again if nothing is undertaken against this project of an inter-religious center in Fatima.
The action of M.J.C.F.
The prior of the Society of Saint Pius X in Portugal, Father Danjou, had organized two ceremonies in reparation for this insult to Our Lady, together with the distribution of 35,000 pamphlets at Fatima. He found great helpers in the young people of the M.J.C.F. [Catholic Youth Group in France] who came especially from the South-East of France.
On Saturday, after the conference by the cardinal patriarch of Lisbon, Mgr José de Cruz Policarpo, these young people had the following interview with him.
MJCF: Your Eminence, I would like to have some precision. In your speech you said that "each religion when practiced with sincerity was leading to God", yet Sr Lucy of Fatima in Os Apelos
, commenting upon the first commandment, says that "there is only one God who deserves our adoration, the other divinities are nothing, are worth nothing and can do nothing for us". How are we to reconcile those two visions of God?
Mgr P.: But, my boy, such a vision is outmoded. What are those divinities Sr Lucy is talking about? We Christians, Muslims, Jews… we all have the same God.
MJC: (Silent, aghast, wide-eyed)
Mgr P.: Of course, the faith must be christocentric, but the other religions are in progress towards Christ, each is more or less advance, that’s all!
M.J.C.F.: Yet we do not have the same religion as the Muslims or the Jews. Then, how can one say we have the same God?
Mgr P.: You know, I did a lot of studying when I was young… If you’re a Christian, as you say you are, it’s a question of culture, that’s because you were taught so. For the Muslim, it’s just the same…
M.J.C.F.: But, Your Eminence, how far will ecumenism go?
Mgr P.: Each religion has something to teach you. Experience of other religions is very important, we’ve got a lot to learn from them.
M.J.C.F.: But yet it is written in the Koran: "Do not take the Christians or the Jews for your friends".
Mgr P.: You’ve read the Koran, my boy?
M.J.C.F.: … Yes, twice!
Mgr P.: In Arabic?
M.J.C.F.: No, but our religion is based on Revelation. Could the so-called prophet Mohammed truly have received a part of Revelation?
Mgr P.: You must have read a bad translation. Islam has a lot to teach you.
M.J.C.F.: In the Apocalypse, the apostle St John warns us to beware of false prophets… Is Mohammed a false prophet?
Mgr P. (he was getting nervous): Young man, I leave you the full responsibility of the answer! (The cardinal brushed them aside to go, but one of the young people held him back slightly)
M.J.C.F.: Your Eminence, you did not answer my question, I believe?
Mgr P.: It may be said that in the time of the prophet Jeremias, Mohammed would have been considered a false prophet. (He went away, pushing the young aside… and without saying goodbye.)
The next day, the entrance was guarded by three people, the young of the M.J.C.F. had to give two proofs of identity each in order to be allowed inside.
A priest called after them at the door: You may not enter!
M.J.C.F.: But we have an authorization…
The priest: OK, but then not a single question! And he stayed behind them during the whole conference.
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