But, as it happens, with Fatima, the significance of the 100th anniversary is not merely a human phenomenon. In fact, Our Lord Himself made direct allusion to the significance of a century in the Fatima timeline.
While many people are familiar with the general events around Fatima and the requests and warnings emanating from it, people are less familiar with what followed a few years later. In 1929, Our Lady appeared to Sr. Lucia in Tuy to request that the consecration be accomplished by the Pope. A request that unfortunately fell on deaf ears. Subsequently, Our Lord himself appeared to Sr. Lucia in 1931 in Rianjo, Spain to give voice to His displeasure that His Mother's request had been ignored. Our Lord said, in part:
‘Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they will follow him into misfortune. It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.’
And again later:
‘They did not wish to heed My request! ... Like the King of France they will repent of it, and they will do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread its errors in the world, provoking wars and persecutions against the Church. The Holy Father will have much to suffer.’
The allusion of Our Lord to the misfortune of King of France is a reference to the request made by Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque on June 17, 1689, to the King of France to consecrate that country to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A request that went unheeded by the King and a century of successors.
Now here is where things get interesting. 100 years later from the consecration request to the day, the King of France lost his power and subsequently lost his head. On June 17, 1789, a National Assembly stripped King Louis XVI of his power and he met the guillotine a few years later.
So, was our Lord threatening a future Pope with death? Not necessarily, although other private revelation is replete with prognostications about the death of a Pope, as is the very vision of Fatima itself.
But let us narrow our perspective a bit here for a moment. What, in fact, occurred on the 100th anniversary of the failed request for a consecration? An unfaithful King that failed to respond to Our Lady’s and Our Lord’s request was deposed.
Now, here on the verge of 2017 as we approach the 100th anniversary of the original requests, warnings, and the miracle of Fatima, we have the threat from four brave Cardinals to issue a formal letter of correction to the Pope for the heresy contained in Amoris Laetitia. That formal correction, if ignored, could possibly result in steps being taken by the remaining faithful Bishops to declare the Pope a heretic and acknowledge that the Pope has deposed himself. An unfaithful king, deposed.
This would undoubtedly lead to schism, a most terrible chastisement on the Church and the world. Again, without making any prediction, the circumstances point to a possible parallel between what happened to the King of France and what is happening now.
As one final further point. Some years after losing power, the king eventually lost his life as well. That, of course, brings us back to the Fatima vision.
“[he] passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, Religious men and women, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.”
Who was the main figure of the vision who dies? A Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father.' Is it possible that the much-noted confusion over the identity of the Bishop dressed in white is caused by it being a deposed Pope, still dressed in white? It is worth noting that King Louis XVI, after being deposed, repented of his failure.
Of course, I am making no such prediction. If there is a 100-year clock at all, there are other plausible dates for its start. Further, Our Lord's warning could play out in many other unexpected ways. And as Our Lord also said at Rianjo, “It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.” It is my sincere hope and prayer that the Pope will repent of his errors and accede to the requests of Our Lord and His mother. All that said, I think the parallels and the possibility are worth consideration.
Pray for the Pope. Pray for the Church.
Catch Patrick's latest -- "Has The Battle Begun?" -- in the new print-edition of The Remnant.