Monday, April 27, 2009

The SSPX Has Launched a New Rosary Crusade

They've had two of these recently. The first was for the liberation of the TLM. The second was for the removal of the 1988 excoms.

Believe it or not, this one is actually going after bigger fish. They are asking for the consecration of Russia to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart per the instructions at Fatima.

It seems to us that the moment is come to launch a substantial offensive, deeply anchored in the message of Our Lady at Fatima, in which she herself promised the happy ending, for she announces that, in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph. It is this triumph that we ask her, by the means that she herself requests, the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart by the Supreme Shepherd and all the bishops of the Catholic world, and the propagation of the devotion to her Dolorous and Immaculate Heart. It is for this that we wish to offer her, with this purpose, from now to March 25, 2010, a bouquet of 12 million Rosaries, as a crown of as many stars around her, accompanied by an equivalent sum of daily sacrifices that we may be able to fulfill most of all in the faithful accomplishment of the duties of our state of life, and with the promise to propagate the devotion to her Immaculate Heart.

This is all on Rorate Caeli. It's also huge. Not 12 million rosaries. The whole consecration bit. First, many have maintained for a long time that the consecration by JPII in 1984 fulfilled Our Lady's wishes on this point. Many more have disputed this, though. These latter might take this as some sort of offense. Second, the whole of Eastern Orthodoxy would likely go into a freaking uproar of cosmic proportions over this. This is especially considering that the Russian Church has been itching to supplant Constantinople as the East's top see. It's hard for me to figure how they would perceive this as anything other than a huge punch to the face.

That being said, I don't see how it could be that bad of a thing. The Orthodox seem willing to find something wrong with everything these days, regardless of anyone else's attitude. Any Catholics having a problem with this could just look at it as a renewal of the previous effort and save themselves any outrage.

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