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Portugal was transformed after it was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The same can happen with Ireland

With abortion legislation imminent, we are at a pivotal moment in our country’s history

By on Monday, 24 September 2012

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The Steering Committee for the Consecration of Ireland (SCNCI) to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was founded by Simon Galloway in response to the growing moral, spiritual, social and economic crises in which Ireland finds herself at the beginning of the 21st century. He stumbled on a little-known fact about the consecration of Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the 1930s. The bishops of Portugal all got together and consecrated Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The results were unprecedented. The Church in Portugal in the 1930s was in a similar situation to that in which the Catholic Church in Ireland finds itself today with an increasingly godless government enacting laws which are contrary to the moral teaching of the Catholic Church and the law of God. The consecration of Portugal by the Catholic bishops there unleashed a deluge of graces which transformed Portugal in the following decades. A Catholic government was put in place there. Catholic laws were enacted. The threat of Communism was averted and Portugal emerged unscathed from the Second World War which ravaged its neighbouring European countries. All in all the consecration proved very effective.

Simon Galloway had the idea of starting a Rosary Crusade with the specific intention that the Bishops of Ireland carry out a national consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as requested by Our Lady of Fatima of the Fatima seer Lucia in 1917. He formed the Steering Committee for the National Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary whose main objective is to collect Rosary pledges from Catholics that they will include this specific intention in their daily Rosary for one year.

Volunteers committed to collecting rosary pledges from family, friends, prayer groups, outside church gates and at other Church events. The results were unprecedented. People realise that the situation is urgent and they are committing in their droves to pray for this intention. At the moment the pledge total stands at 31,300, the target being 35,616, which is 13 million rosaries being offered up annually.

The threat of legislation to make abortion legal in Ireland is imminent. An expert group consisting of pro-abortion members has been set up to consider an EU ruling on abortion in Ireland. They are due to give their recommendations this September. Dr James Reilly, the Irish Minister for Health, has publicly promised the pro-abortion elements of his party that he will introduce legislation legalising the murder of unborn Irish children as soon as possible. We cannot let this come about. Only prayer can stop this. When Ireland is consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary she will never let the scourge of abortion into this Catholic country.

We are at a pivotal moment in our country’s history. Ireland is the last bastion of Catholic morality as regards abortion in Europe. Cardinal Brady, the all-Ireland primate, has publicly declared that he will do everything in his power to stop abortion coming to Ireland. Here in Ireland now we all stand in need of the graces to fight this battle. As we know the outcome of the battle has been decided. Our Lady foretold at Fatima: “In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” Help us bring about this triumph by signing up to the rosary rally at

  • Benedict Carter

    Portugal was consecrated three times to the Immaculate Heart. The results were astonishing: from the first, a four or five-fold increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious orders; from the second, the coming to power of a Catholic who ruled with the express intent of keeping Communism out and who enacted Leo XIII’s Social teaching in practice; and the third time saved Portugal from involvement in the Second World War. 

    Yes, it should be done for Ireland and for every country.

    But most particularly, it MUST be done for Russia, who has definitely “spread her errors throughout the world”, as Our Lady said it would. What is the West now but the scene of the victory of the atheism and materialism that is the core of Marxism?

    The Consecration to Russia has NOT been done (John Paul II confirmed this at least twice). It must be done if Heaven’s plan for the world is to seen and we are to avoid the Great Chastisement Our Lady promised if it was not done. Four parts.

  • Alexander VI

    Benedict, are you finally  losing it?

  • amator Dei

    The Catholic government, as you call it, was for many years from the 1930s until about 1970 ruled over by Antonio Salazar, one of the most repressive and authoritarian European leaders of that time. Catholicism seems to attach itself readily to such “para-Fascist” governments. If this is the result of consecration to the immaculate heart of Mary (whatever that means) bring on liberation theology.

  • EndTimes101

     I agree with you 1000%

    The death of communism and the fall of the Berlin wall was merely a ruse. Europe will soon be engulfed by Communist inspired and controlled revolutions. The consecration WILL happen, but it will be done too late to avoid the coming bloodshed.

  • Benedict Carter

    Here we go with the defamation. Antonio Salazar was one of the greatest men of the whole 20th century. I lived in Portugal for several years: he’s to this day the most popular man in the country, 45 years after his death. A fact which of course the “progressives”, socialists and liberals cannot bear. 

  • Sean

    My first reaction is to say, ‘cuckoo.’ But I realize I’m being pessimistic. Actually I think this is a great idea. And can I recommend a book for every Irish Mass attender to read? True Devotion to Mary and Preparation for total consecration by Saint Louis De Montfort. As to the question of Salazar, yes he was a fascist dictator but he did the best he could for Portugual and attempted to uphold the Catholic faith. Would I want that type of government here? No because I believe in a capitalist democracy along American lines, however, I do believe governments have duty to uphold christian moral teaching. If one looks at the state of Britain, it truly is in a state and I would be hard pressed to criticize Salazar’s governement when my government is so far away from Christian Truth I actually can’t believe it. However, as the comments on this board show us Catholics have very diverging opinions.

  • Parasum

     Transformation indeed LOL.

    But this approach plays right into the hands of Fascism. One ends up with two groups of politicians, one of them in Holy Orders. It is easier to debase men of God in the clergy into becoming politicians, than to elevate politicians into becoming men of God. Fascism stands for some good qualities, but they are perverted by its love of what in the NT is called “the world”. The good qualities are the bait that attracts imprudent ecclesiastics to favouring the bad stuff in Fascism; perhaps even into trying to use it for their own ends. Very bad idea. Cavorting with earthly powers always gives the Church AIDS – not quite the transformation that Christians should want.

    Clerical Fascism debases the Church – it gains some of the appearance of what the Church is (meant) for, at the cost of destroying the inner spirit of what the Church is for; the Church – or rather, the clergy, which is a tiny part of the Church (which is almost entirely a lay movement) – behaves exactly like the dog in the fable of the dog & the bone.  Clerical Fascism is a form of clericalism, and thus, an offence against the Church; for clericalism invades the place peculiar to the laity. This is no less an abuse than the invasion by laity of what is peculiar to the clergy – they are equal & opposite evils. Politicians in cassocks or mitres have no place in the Church; they are monstrosities, like foetuses with two heads.

    The only excuse for having them exercise political authority is that there was a time when the laity were not able – perhaps in part because of the clergy ? – to govern themselves in political matters. That time is long past, leaving no place in politics for the clergy.  Ecclesiastics are free to comment on political matters, but have no business at all using political means – apart from their personal vote in the ballot box – to gain what they hope for. If they want to govern or rule in political matters, they have no place in a democracy.  They are welcome to deplore abortion, or to criticise Senators, or to advise their parishioners what party to vote for, or to find fault with politicians, but they have no business trying to act as though they, and not politicians, had been elected to represent or govern their fellow subjects or fellow-citizens; that kind of thing only leads to clerical attempts to force those who are not their fellow-Christians to live as though they were Christians. That is not a service to the Social Reign of Christ.

  • daclamat

    Thank heaven that there is at least one Herald reader with a sense of history, non placet Benedict. Ex seminarian Salazar was given a hefty leg up by the Portuguese Bishops who kept  the uneducated poor on side with fairy tales and promises of miracles and that everything they were missing in this world would be granted umpteenfold in the next; all this in return for guarantees, expressed concretely by an odious military state. Here’s hoping that Muller in his new job as protector of the faith will get rid of all this guff about immaculate hearts. Under Salazar there was an sharp rise in ordinations. Lads from poor backgrounds, like Salazar, knew the quickest way to be upwardly mobile was through the Church, following his example and keeping quiet about his exactions. I wonder if Benedict met any members of the PIDE during his Portuguese sojourn. (They would mostly have checked him out) Or read Os Cus de Judas.

  • NewMeena

    The Fascist Catholic (He studied at the Viseu Seminary from 1900 to 1914 with the hope of becoming a priest) dictator of Portugal, Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, ruled 
    from 1932 until 1968.

    He founded and led the Estado Novo , the authoritarian, right-wing government that ruled Portugal from 1932 to 1974. He lost power as a result of a stroke. When he regained consciousness in hospital, his first words were: “Am I under arrest?”(The Wikipedia entry for Salazar was tampered with, and greatly changed, in July of this year, and is now a greatly flawed document, that praises him.)

  • Ben Walsh

    You should have stuck with your first reaction.

  • Rizzo the Bear

    Ireland needs all the prayers that can be said.

    OK, Cardinal Brady. You said you’ll do all you can to stop abortion in Ireland and its moral freefall.

    Then do this one thing.

    Summons ALL the bishops and archbishops in Ireland to Knock Shrine, County Mayo. Accept NO excuses for absenteeism. This is far more important.

    Then, once gathered at Knock, solemnly concecrate Ireland to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    PS: At least in Russia, they are opening up churches at the same rate as the West is shutting them! And they’re packed!

  • Rizzo the Bear


  • Benedict Carter

    History according to the back of the last Rice Krispies packet you bought.

  • daclamat

    Couldn’t find any. Most Portuguese prefer the real thing.

  • daclamat

    An original form of self expression. Glad you’ve found a suitable outlet

  • Gildaswiseman

    I absolutely agree with you. The Pope with the bishops of the world in their cathedrals should consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I think the problem for the Pope would be getting the bishops of the world to agree to do it with him, I am not a great fan of ecumenism, as it has been practised over the years, but I have wondered, if the Pope invited the Orthodox Bishops, who though separated by schism, have the apostolic succession to join him with the Catholic Bishops in this consecration then many obstacles that appear to prevent it from happening may be overcome. Just a thought!

  • amator Dei

    Maybe it depends on which Portuguese you listen to. Siding with repression because it gives you some benefits is a most dubious tactic, as we see also from the example of next-door Spain, where to this day a very large part of the population remains deeply and bitterly anti-Catholic because of the Church’s support of the even worse dictator Franco. 
    To ignore historical realities just because Catholicism can flourish in a police state seems like the most shameful betrayal of the God of truth and justice. As I think Churchill said (words to this effect), democracy may not work very well but it is a lot lot better than any alternative. Should not Christians, including Catholics, acknowledge that?

  • amator Dei

    If Salazar’s government was Fascist should not ipso facto Christians oppose it – whatever other good things may be said of it? In a democracy people are at least free to express Christian truth and seek to influence the government to follow it, as of course we do, but dictatorships never tolerate divergent opinions and can hardly be trusted consistently  to uphold Christian values. 
    It seems sadly as if the Church today is becoming more intolerant within itself of so-called dissent (i.e. the expression of divergent opinions) and moving towards more authoritarian uniformity. Maybe it is no accident that Catholicism and Fascism often make such good bedfellows. As a Catholic I for one am glad that I live under a Protestant constitutional monarchy rather than a Catholic absolutist one.

  • Ronk

     The “alternative” to Franco was not “democracy”, but a totally ruthless regime of hardcore militant atheist Stalinists  and anarchists who murdered thousands of priests, nuns, monks and Catholic laity merely because they practised the Catholic faith.

    As dictators go, Franco was very far from the worst. And “the Church” did not “support” him. It was a choice between survival under Franco or total annihilation under the atheist regime.

  • GregGrimer

    Portugal has legalised abortion does it not?

  • JabbaPapa

    If Salazar’s government was Fascist should not ipso facto Christians oppose it – whatever other good things may be said of it?

    Mark {12:17} So in response, Jesus said to them, “Then render
    to Caesar, the things that are of Caesar; and to God, the things that
    are of God.” And they wondered over him.

  • JabbaPapa

    Quite — and unlike EVERY other 20th century dictator, Franco both deliberately and successfully set up the conditions whereby his own régime would be succeeded by a constitutional monarchy, the conduct of which would be decided by his countrymen instead of his own cronies or family.

  • JabbaPapa

    Nice idea !!!

  • Agent Provocateur21

     Russia is no longer a Communist country. On the contrary, the country experiences amazing revival of faith. Today, Russia is in certain aspects more advanced than liberal Western states. For instance, they’ve introduced a law in St. Petersburg to make illegal homosexual propaganda and the court in Moscow banned homosexual parades for 100 years in advance. We in the West should humbly learn from Russia and introduce similar laws across the entire EU.

  • pooka

     Exactly GregGrimer, you beat me to it. Perhaps this Consecration stuff wears off over time?

  • amator Dei

    I suspect again it depends on which Spanish people you talk to and whose rhetoric you are prepared to swallow. From the point of view of those who were imprisoned, tortured and executed under Franco (does anyone deny there were many such?) and their friends and relations today, unavoidable co-existence with the regime may seem much the same as support of it. However good comparatively Franco may have been, the legacy of the Church’s collusion is the very bitter hostility to Catholicism of many Spanish people today. 
    I do find it disturbing that people can argue that dictators who were not as bad as others can be seen as basically good or even admirable simply because they allowed the Catholic Church to flourish. Would they have done so if the Church had opposed their injustice and tyranny? And was not the founder of the Church done to death because he would not collude with such things?

  • amator Dei

    A clever response of Our Lord in a tricky situation. It does not tell us, though,  what things are of Caesar and what are of God. We still have to grapple with that in practice.

  • Cestius

    Ireland definitely needs our prayers.  There was a doom laden documentary on BBC radio 4 the other day about the church in Ireland.  I didn’t listen to all of it, but I definitely got the feeling that it was pure mischiefmaking, interviewing a few discontented liberals to give the impression that the church is falling apart.  But I believe great things can yet happen, corrupt bishops and those that abused power are being thrown out or are being retired. I believe that Benedict’s determination to face down the liberals and malcontents will gradually bring renewal, both in Ireland and also in Britain as well.

  • Johanne

    This is the sad paradox of communism, that the country that most developed its theories and functions, should, ironically, be one of the few nations who in time escaped the worst of its privations.

    And yes, I agree. We actually need to start emulating Russia, not castigating it, if we are to have any hope for the future. 

  • parepidemos

    By your statement, it would appear that you disagree with the teaching of the Church on how homosexuals should be regarded. CCC 2358 clearly states that homosexuals “…must be treated with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”

    As for your assertion that the EU should enact laws similar to the “advanced” (sic) laws of Russia; well, perhaps you just don’t believe in democracy.

  • parepidemos

    Portugal also has same-sex marriage.

  • parepidemos

    Well said. I particularly agree with your final sentence.

  • parepidemos

    Your response is rather simplistic. In Romans 13:1 St Paul states: “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no
    authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have
    been established by God.”

    Does this then mean that those who live in a fascist or communist state should accept their political leaders as chosen by God and therefore endure injustice? You seem to indicate people should accept fascism (which has traditionall tried to control the Church) so why not communism?

  • Liam Ronan

    Why pummel this inspired woman with your repressive and authoritarian comments, amator Dei? I agree heartily with the idea of the consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mother of Divine Mercy and Refuge of Sinners save us even from ourselves. 

  • Benedict Carter

    Same-sex marraige was announced the day before the Portuguese Parliament ratified it. The nation had no say in it at all.

    That’s how Freemasonry operates (and Portugal’s business and political classes are utterly dominated by them, as they have been since the 19th century).

  • Benedict Carter

    What are you saying? Salazar stopped a Communist take-over of the country. Have you no idea what that would have meant? Bloodshed at the least on a par with the persecution of Christians seen in Spain by the Republicans. 

  • Benedict Carter

    I lived in Russia for 12 years. Therefore I can comment. Russia no longer has a Marxist economy, but the effects of Marxism are still evident to this day. A broken and brutalised people, a corrupt and utterly immoral bureaucracy, a cynicism breath-taking in its cruelty. Don’t tell me that Communism is dead there. It ain’t.

  • Benedict Carter

    In this case, I agree 100%: it must be done and certainly an invitation to the Orthodox Bishops of all the ex-Soviet republics should be extended. 

  • Nesbyth

    “Fascism” is a political swearword and is so charged with emotional associations that one cannot have a rational discussion about the merits, or not, of Salazar and Franco.
    At least certainly not on the internet.

    No-one discusses Fascism except to discover ways of killing it and if anyone is labelled as a fascist, then any good they may do, or have done, is not even acknowledged.

    I would say that Salazar and Franco saved Portugal and Spain from the far worse fate of becoming  Marxist states such as Albania, Romania, Hungary and all those satellite states under the control of the USSR. I would surmise that the Marxists were more than angry that these 2 countries escaped their grasp and promoted the use of “fascist” as a label of utter denigration. Easy way of opting out of debate. 

     To use the word “fascist” as a description of someone means a civilised discussion is generally out of the question.

  • amator Dei

    ‘To use the word “fascist” as a description of someone means a civilised discussion is generally out of the question.’ One could say exactly the same of your use of the term Marxist: an easy way of opting out of debate. If anything, Fascism is a more neutral descriptive term, indicating a repressive authoritarian system of government. Does anyone seriously doubt that Salazar and Franco were Fascists in this sense? If you will not acknowledge that, debate certainly would be a waste of time.

  • amator Dei

    Even if one accepts your reading of history, I would still want to say that Catholics (as Christians) have no business apologising for totalitarian regimes just because they (sometimes) allow the Catholic Church to flourish. We are supposed to believe in a God of truth and justice.

  • J Noronha

    In Portugal was transformed into a “Catholic country” through the “consecration”, then more recently it approved of same-sex “marriages”, and also abortion, which  is permitted up to the 12th week of pregnancy, at the will of the woman, independent of justification. This is obviously not consistent with the concept of a “Catholic Country”. Could Ms. Molly explain how, when and why did  the effects of the consecration, if there ever were any,  fizzle out after 1930?
    The following are facts registered in this “catholic country” under Dictator Salazar and his successor Marcelo Caetano, starting 1930 :
    a)   Political parties were banned, the press muzzled through censorship and elections rigged;
    b)   A secret police put in place – PIDE, which resorted to torture against opponents of the regime. Many failed to come alive from the prison at Peniche. In Air Force General Humberto Delgado, who stood up for Presidential elections against Salazar’s candidate,  was lured into an ambush  and murdered by PIDE Agent Casimiro Monteiro (1965);
    c)   Britain and France relinquished their colonial empires with or without armed conflict in the fifties. With the excuse of defending “Christendom” and the “West”, the regime persisted well into the sixties and mid-seventies, taking upon itself a colonial war that drained the country of many young men and resources. There was more than one instance of massacre registered , in Wiryamu, Mozambique, by the colonial armies. This massacre was denounced by Fr. Adrian Hastings, of the College of the Ascension, Birmingham, writing to the Times of London on 10/07/1973 and the Portuguese Bishop Dom Eurico Dias Nogueira.
    d)   Dom Antonio Ferreira Gomes, Bishop of Porto (Oporto) was exiled from country for criticism and opposition to Salazar for about 10 years (1958-69). Having gone to Rome for a meeting,  he was denied admission back to his country and diocese.  
    Ms. Molloy writes” The consecration of Portugal by the Catholic bishops there unleashed a deluge of graces which transformed Portugal in the following decades. A Catholic government was put in place there. Catholic laws were enacted.”
    Ms. Molloy argues for a “cause and effect relationship between “consecration” and a “Catholic Government”. What I have listed above is a small sample of outcomes of the “catholic government” with “catholic laws” she is referring to. Ms. Molloy must either be suffering from abyssal ignorance,  despite the generalized availability of information, or must be grossly delusional. And the editorial staff of the “Herald” is doing a tremendous  disservice to the cause of the Faith by providing a platform for such nonsense.  
    J. O. Noronha
    A  committed and practicing Catholic in NJ-USA

  • Benedict Carter

    Excellent post.

  • Benedict Carter

    The word “fascist” is applicable only to Mussolini’s Italy, the Fascist Party being the official name of his ruling political group.

    There are clear differences even between Italy and Germany at that time, and even greater differences between those two and either Spain or Portugal.

    Your political ideology or ignorance of history puts them all together. Silly. 

  • Benedict Carter

    “Even if one accepts your reading of history”???? Are you mad?

    The murder count for Communism in 75 years is estimated at 400 million! 

    God help us.

  • GregGrimer

    But wasn’t the consecration suppose to protect it from this utter domination?  What is the point of being “consecrated” if the fruits are same-sex marriage, legal abortion and domination by a cabal of Freemasons?  It’s all a bit useless, isn’t it?

    You’re better off being Icelandic or British, despite the bad weather.  At least we have jobs, Wimbledon tennis, 2 Olympic games and the 1966 World Cup.  And our roads are relatively toll free, unlike Portugal which costs a fortune to move around in.

    There is little to distinguish Portugal from any other formerly Catholic, now largely apostate EU nation.

  • Benedict Carter

    You suspect it depends on which Spaniards you talk to?

    Well, you won’t be able to talk to the tens of thousands of Bishops, priests, nuns, monks, sisters and brothers killed by the demonic Reds, will you?

    The Republicans got everything they deserved from Franco. 

  • Benedict Carter

    Freemasonry is the answer to your question about the imposition (and it IS an imposition – the people certainly never voted for it) of homosexual “marriage” and abortion in Portugal. 

    As to your comments about Salazar – watch this space. A poll last week in Portugal gave the result that 87% of the Portuguese are sick to death of your “liberal democracy”. 

  • Benedict Carter

    The last Consecration was decades ago. 

    Since then there has been the disaster of Vatican II and it’s effect even in Portugal of rotting everything it touches. 

    The Hierarchy in Portugal is now also totally penetrated by Masonry. 

  • Ælfrid the Mercian

    Viva Salazar! Viva Franco!