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Fatima and the ‘Final Battle’ over Marriage

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Cardinal Carlo Caffarra – who died just a few weeks ago – revealed in 2008 that shortly after Pope John Paul II charged him with founding the Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family he had written to Fatima visionary, Sr. Lucia, asking for her prayers. To his surprise, a few days later he received a lengthy response from Sr. Lucia. Included in her letter was this startling statement:

The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.

However, Sr. Lucia also offered words of encouragement to Cardinal Caffarra, who had just stepped into the front ranks of this battle, adding: Don’t be afraid, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.

Sr. Lucia concluded: However, Our Lady has already crushed its head.


How can we not be overwhelmed by these words, simultaneously troubling and comforting, when we look around and see that not only our secular culture but even Holy Mother Church is being convulsed with dissension precisely in relation to fundamental questions surrounding marriage and the family?

The enemies of Christ have long set their eyes on the family, recognizing that the family, as the domestic church, first government, first school, first hospital, first economy and the first mediating institution of society, is the primary obstacle to their moral revolution.

Indeed, in many respects the history of this past century is the history of the attack by the anti-Christ on the family – an effort which appears only now to be reaching its true climax, as we witness divorce, contraception, pornography, cohabitation, and even so-called same-sex “marriage,” and transgenderism becoming the nearly unquestioned societal norm!

Because of short-sightedness, many think that the assault on marriage began with the attempt to legalize same-sex “marriage.” Nothing could be further from the truth! What we are witnessing now is but the culmination of a revolution launched many, many decades ago, long before most of us even heard of same-sex “marriage”!

When people hear that Our Lady warned at Fatima that the “errors of Russia” would spread around the world “raising up wars and persecutions of the Church,” they naturally think of the communists’ revolutionary economic and political ideology; which, indeed, caused innumerable wars, and led to the violent deaths of untold millions. But we must not forget that Marx’s ideas – which the Russian revolutionaries put into practical effect and exported globally – were not merely political.

In The Communist Manifesto, Marx was clear that he believed the nuclear family was a tool of the capitalist bourgeoisie, and must be abolished to pave way for his revolution. Marx believed the family should be replaced with a “community of women” – i.e. a radical form of “free love” – and that children should be held in common and educated by the state.

Attacking the family was one of the very first things Vladimir Lenin and the other communists did after they seized power in Russia: replacing religious marriage with civil marriage, legalizing practically on-demand divorce, and handing over all education to the state.

In 1926, a reporter for The Atlantic visited the Soviet Union, and exposed the horrific impact of these innovations: a catastrophic rise in divorces – in many cases initiated by men who serially abandoned young and vulnerable women – as well as abortions (a previously nearly unheard-of crime in Russia), and the number of abandoned children. The article in The Atlantic is difficult to read, not only because of how it depicts the suffering of the Russian people at that time, but because of the disturbing parallels it bears to our current age.

Ironically, the Soviet Union was soon forced to abandon and even completely reverse many of their anti-family policies. The social and financial costs of the breakdown of the family were drastically weakening the state, threatening its very existence! Thus, the Soviet Union learned the hard way the truth summed up so pithily in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, namely: The well being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life. [CCC, 1603]

But the Communist-Marxist hatred of the family did not go away. On the contrary, Marx’s radical ideas were seized upon and expanded upon by the so-called “cultural Marxists”: a loose-knit group of ideologues who have inherited the Communist loathing of “bourgeois” Judeo-Christian Western civilization and revolutionary zeal, but who have recognized that the real revolution has to take place at the cultural level, especially in regards to sexual morality.

In many respects, where the Communists failed in 1918, the sexual revolutionaries of the 1960s have succeeded: overturning the old moral order, and embedding Marx’s ideas about the family so deeply within law and culture that it is hard to imagine how their revolution might be reversed.

So many of the ills of the modern world can be traced to this demolition of sexual mores and of the family – not least of which is the mass apostasy of the West from its Christian faith, a phenomenon which is only accelerating. After all, with the wholesale destruction of the family, the domestic church, the “seedbed of faith,” what hope does the Church Herself have to impart and nourish a faith that is thwarted at every step from the moment a child comes into the world?

That of course was the goal of the atheistic revolutionaries from the very first. The destruction of the family itself was never the final goal, but rather only the means: the most assured path of eradicating the Kingdom of God, and setting up the kingdom of this world.

And yet, rather than despair, we must call to mind the words of Sr. Lucia, who reminded Cardinal Caffarra that Our Lady has already crushed its head. In other words, victory in this war is assured.

And yet, that does not mean that there is not much work (and suffering) to do in the meantime. Listen to Our Lady’s words at Fatima, so simple, so direct, and so powerful:

I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day.


Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say often, especially when you make some sacrifice, ‘O my Jesus, this is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Right now the Church’s mission – and our mission – is to defend Christ’s crystal-clear teaching about the nature of and indissolubility of marriage, not as an oppressive imposition on our freedom, but rather as the only route to true freedom: the only path towards creating a true culture of love!

But the only sure path forward is to listen to our Blessed Mother’s requests: to repent, to pray (especially the Rosary), and to sacrifice for the salvation of sinners. If we do these three things, not only will our own families be strengthened, but the tide will turn, and the enemies of the family will begin to retreat.

In this 100th anniversary year of Fatima, let us pray: Our Lady of Fatima. Pray for us!

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  1. on October 1, 2017 at 10:43 PM

    Mother Mary Pray for us now and at the hour of our death, Amen!

  2. Victress I Jenkins on October 1, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Every word is true!! Make no mistake!!! And if you’re able to, contact EWTN/Arcadia Films for a copy of “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” Very revealing!! Anyone who thinks the devil doesn’t exist, they’ve been badly misled!! Keep up the good work Fr. Boquet.

  3. Maureen Andrzejewski on October 1, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Thanks once again For Boquet for your edifying words. Blessings to you!

  4. Meghan Wallblom on October 1, 2017 at 1:58 AM

    Yes, Mary Mother of God, pray for peace and for love. I agree with the comments on the Act of Correction. We are called to be stewards of God’s grace, mercy, and love to which upholding Truth is paramount. Fraternal correction may include divorce where one spouse has chose sterilization without the consent of the other spouse. If that spouse remains unwilling to reverse this, it is a direct attack on the Domestic church. I believe if we could have a conversation with Saint Thomas More about this issue he would uphold God which is Life itself. St. Michael guardian of the Church and Children , pray for us. Our Lady of Perpetual Help pray for us.

  5. Frances M. Holmes on October 1, 2017 at 1:45 AM

    Sadly, Pope Francis has redesigned the Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family into a new group adding “science” to the title and appointing several Protestant (some proabortion , even proeuthanasia) theologians. Amoris Laeritsia also drags down the strength of Catholics. I’m concerned about this group diminishing the strength of holding firmly to the dogmas of our faith that abortion is intrinsically evil, that contraception violates Natural Law and that sodomy is one of four serious sins that cry to heaven for mercy. We need to be “on guard” about these vast changes to this very critical area–Marriage and the family–which St. Pope John Paul IU held as the basic foundation of a stable society.

  6. Okudu, Helen on September 30, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    We really need to pray harder and really seek the intersection of Mother Mary.

  7. Marie Fordtner on September 30, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Your interview on EWTN with Fr. Patwa was excellent. Great insights. Marie F.

  8. Ellen Valle on September 30, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    I too, Father encourage you to support the Act of Correction. It is for the Family and Our Lady of Fatim.

  9. Barbara Karg on September 30, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Yes, Father. We need to stand firm on the teachings of the Church.

  10. Joel Fago on September 30, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Fr. Boquet, do you dare to support the act of correction?

    Be not afraid!


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