On the apostasy in the Church.
Cardinal Burke is talking about apostasy in the Church and attributing to Sr. Lucia, and/or the Fatima message, statements purported to reveal an apostasy in the Church. It seems to me he may be putting words on Our Lady's lips.
People talk about a de facto schism. I am absolutely in opposition to any kind of formal schism — a schism can never be correct. People can, however, be living in a schismatic situation if the teaching of Christ has been abandoned. The more appropriate word would be the one Our Lady used in her message of Fatima — apostasy. There can be apostasy within the Church and this, in fact, is what is going on. - Wanderer
I do not recall Our Lady ever using the word 'apostasy' in any of the messages of Fatima. I know commentators have interpreted the third secret as referring to an apostasy in the Church - even beginning at the top. I also know other private revelations, and or apparitions have claimed an apostasy in the Church: Akita, La Salette, and a strange quote from a 1963, Neues Europa
article to name three examples.
“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.” - Akita
Nothing from Sr. Lucia or in the revealed secret of Fatima directly addresses an apostasy - when Our Lady said the 'dogma of faith' will remain in Portugal, many jumped on that statement to decipher what Our Lady meant, even going so far as to discredit Vatican II. These errors spread like wild fire online today. From the sounds of it, it seems Burke may even accept them as true.
Do we really need a special revelation from our Lady to tell us that there is an internal crisis of faith and discipline in the Church? And to warn about terrible persecutions, already gathering momentum in many countries? Aren’t we capable of reading the signs of the times ourselves? It seems that the Fatimists’ sleuthing is really a desperate attempt to find in the secrets an authoritative reason to reject Vatican II and all the Popes since Pius XII. - Fatima and the secret ...
What Our Lady asked for is to pray the rosary, pointing out that 'the Holy Father will have much to suffer'. There is an official interpretation of the Fatima revelations and the secret at the Vatican archives. If Mariologists wish to compare notes with other alleged apparitions and locutions, let them. But stop putting words on Our Lady's lips and spreading interpretations of the secret as if they are dogma. They are not.
I'm the same age as Burke - we both grew up with the same Fatima interpretations, frequently sensationalized by speculative theories, often ignoring corrections from Sr. Lucia herself. (Being from Wisconsin, Burke would know some of the looney interpretations as well. We were little kids in the McCarthy era.) Conspiracy theorists went so far as to claim the real Sr. Lucia was replaced with an impostor. Fr. Gruner and his followers, including Christopher Ferrara, proposed all sorts of preposterous positions, including the idea that the consecration of Russia has not been done properly. Card. Burke comes close to saying as much when he advocates for a new consecration as Our Lady asked.
If the Cardinal Burke Fatimists are looking for a great reversal of all that is wrong with the world, they may be mistaken, since Our Lord already told Lucia that the consecration would be made (it was) but it would be late (it was). I'm of the opinion that means the errors were spread, ingrained in world politics and religious 'apostasy'. In other words, the damage has been done. So we are living through the results. The consecration to the Sacred Heart in France was late, and the monarchy lost their heads, and the Revolution triumphed.
Part of the problems with apparition people is they think that if the whole world does this, that, and the other thing, according to the letter, God will have to reverse the consequences - on some level that may be true - as they say, 'if enough people' do it, it can be mitigated. Mitigated means the effects are lessened, but there will still be effects. The resolution to the problems - especially the loss of souls - has been given and made public since the apparitions at Fatima in 1917
. The message of Fatima has been explicitly promoted by all of the Popes since Pius XII. It seems to me we need to continue to heed Our Lady's catechesis and peace plan, and accept whatever consequences there happen to be for not having followed Our Lady's requests from the outset.
To repeat the consecration of Russia (and the entire world) would be good to do as an act of reparation perhaps, but 'Fatimists' still won't be satisfied, they'll blame the popes and bishops for not having done so according their exact prescriptions - they will continue to insist it had never been accomplished before - despite the fact Sr. Lucia is on record saying it was accomplished.
I think the Pope needs to invite Cardinal Burke to a private audience to discuss these things.
Many of the Fatimists believe
a novel is actual history.