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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 www.scnci.org.

  • Petrusm82

    A revival of Faith?  Are you serious?  The Catholic Church in Russia is tiny.

  • Petrusm82

    That is never going to happen.  You really think the Orthodox Bishops will join in with a ceremony that will lead to the “conversion of Russia”?  The conversion can only be the conversion to Catholicism.  It’s unhinkable that Our Lady of Fatima could have meant a conversion from Communism to the Orthodox Church.  Conversion does not lead on into schism. The Orthodox need to be converted themselves.

  • Petrusm82

    This is a crazy reply.  What was “repressive” about Salazar?

  • Alexander VI

    “the editorial staff of the “Herald” is doing a tremendous  disservice to the cause of the Faith by providing a platform for such nonsense.”

    So what else is new?  

  • NewMeena

    And here we go yet again: the elevation of a fascist religious fundamentalist and ugly dictator into “one of the greatest men of the whole 20th century”.

  • NewMeena

     ” ‘Fascism’ is a political swearword”

    So is “communism”.

    You should be ashamed of yourself for writing about the “merits” and the “good” of Fascism and  “I would say that Salazar and Franco saved Portugal and Spain….”

  • NewMeena


    There are clear differences……”

    And very clear similarities.

  • NewMeena


    And our roads are relatively toll free, unlike Portugal which costs a fortune to move around in.’

    …With the world’s most murderous drivers!

  • Nesbyth

    OK…substitute Communist for Marxist. Communism has killed more people than any other ideology and cannot be equated with the fascism of Portugal and Spain. 

     Fascism is nationalism, which is one of the reasons why Liberal, Labour and Communist devotees of “internationalism” have always opposed it.

    And for the record, in April 1941, a delegation from Oxford University visited Portugal in order to bestow on Dr. Salazar, the Dictator, the Honorary Degre of D.C.L. The Public Orator pointed out that Oxford was delighted to honour Dr. Salazar who as ” lecturer in economic theory was distinguished for his penetrating insight, as Minister of Finance for his practical success, as orator for the brilliance of his speeches on Doctrine and Action; but beyond all this he had exerted himself with untiring energy in the cause of moral advancement and legal reform…who had by wise guidance established the structure of a State on a solid foundation.”

    Thus even in the midst of a bitter war there was general approval that time should be found for this honour to be done by so representative an English institution as the University of Oxford.

  • Nesbyth

    Nope, Communism isn’t a political swearword. A considerable number of people are OK with it and it doesn’t stifle debate as “fascist or fascism” does

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVZLEPV6I5SNCNNJIS4JZ32WQY Jacques

    I Russia converted? No. Is Russia more catholic than Ireland? Certainly not.
    Then why is Card. Bertone  saying that the Consecration of Russia to the IHM by JPII in 1984 has been accepted by Heavens while that is patently not true.
    Otherwise where are the promises our Lady made if the Consecration was done?
    - The conversion (a miracle of conversion said Sr Lucy) of the orthodoxs to the catholic faith.
    - A time of peace would be granted.
    No such things have happened. Are there inside the RCC some people who want our Lady to be as a liar?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    No. The conversion need not be to the Latin Church. All that would be required is for the Orthodox to move into full communion for Our Lady’s promise to be fulfilled. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVZLEPV6I5SNCNNJIS4JZ32WQY Jacques

    Our Lady doesn’t care about politics. She didn’t promise a change of political system in Russia if the Consecration to her Immaculate Heart was done.
    She promised a MIRACLE (the own words of Sr Lucy) of conversion. Which conversion? Obviously from the orthodox faith to the one and true Faith, the catholic Faith.
    Certainly there are a few signs of change in Russia, but the way is long to the conversion because:
    - An unimaginable abortion rate. A lot of women abort many times during their lives, up to 15 times and more
    - Criminality everywhere
    - Widespread alcoholism and drugs use.
    - Etc…
    The more time is spent from the purported consecration of 1984 (almost 30 years!), the less the expected fruits are visible. In Portugal, the effects of the Consecration were almost immediate.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVZLEPV6I5SNCNNJIS4JZ32WQY Jacques

    One of the hidden pretext (invented by some FM prelates) not to perform the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is that this would “offend” our orthodox brothers. That’s completely ludicrous, knowing the great devotion they have to Our Lady.
    On the contrary, they would warmly welcome it and even possibly perform it together with us.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVZLEPV6I5SNCNNJIS4JZ32WQY Jacques

    Heavens has no care about politics. God is not a democrat. He is a theocrat.
    If God deems that the conversion of hearts is possible under a fascist regime, then let it be.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVZLEPV6I5SNCNNJIS4JZ32WQY Jacques

    And General Francisco Franco y Bahamonde was the greatest politic man of the XXth century.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    There is a GREAT DEAL of real, hard evidence that says Cardinal Bertone is lying through his teeth. 

    See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg3xcfyi8YI

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVZLEPV6I5SNCNNJIS4JZ32WQY Jacques

    Heavens has no care about politics. God is not a democrat. He is a theocrat.
    If God deems that the conversion of hearts is possible under a fascist regime, then let it be.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVZLEPV6I5SNCNNJIS4JZ32WQY Jacques

    How many priests, nuns, catholic faithfuls murdered by the Republicans? Tens of thousands. This only makes us clear for us catholics who in Spain saved the one and true Faith.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVZLEPV6I5SNCNNJIS4JZ32WQY Jacques

    They got exactly what they prepared for their political opponents like this happened in Russia and beyond the Iron Curtain.
    Franco was right to act like he did. He was a kind of modern crusader.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVZLEPV6I5SNCNNJIS4JZ32WQY Jacques

    Seeing the sad state of the Faith and morals in the West countries, the democracy is certainly not the best regime for the catholic faith to blossom.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    I agree, and may God rest his and Dr. Salazar’s souls. 

    Great men.

  • andHarry

     The liaison of Catholic Church and the Irish State has had consequences
    not dissimilar to what happened in Spain and Portugal, and now the
    general display of dirty linen from these marriages has left the Church
    red-faced, to say the least. With Spain we had the breaking of the 
    shameful ‘stolen babies’  affair, and where Sister Lucia was concerned
    we are seeing double,
    if we are to believe Marian Horvat. No wonder the Catholic youth has
    deserted this secret organization, leaving it with an elderly
    congregation focused on  pre-Vatican II liturgy and ceremonial. I left
    the Catholic Church the year Bishop Casey was outed, and that was only
    the beginning act of a parade of embarrassing revelations. A
    self-serving hierarchy has betrayed the laity, and now has the temerity
    to call on those still trusting them to  organize in their defense.

    http://www.traditioninaction.org/HotTopics/g11htTwoSisterLucys_Horvat.htm

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2049647/BBC-documentary-exposes-50-year-scandal-baby-trafficking-Catholic-church-Spain.html

  • Oconnord

    So Franco and Salazar were “good”. But Hitler and Mussolini, also catholics, were “bad”. I thought catholics didn’t approve of moral relativism. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    There WAS no Irish State to speak of for a long time. The Church had to operate as the State (or alongside what there was) because the State itself was weak and incompetent.

    Don’t blame your apostasy on the Church, despite it’s clear faults in Ireland. Just be honest enough to say that you gave up on the Faith, if indeed you ever had it (and if you were brought up after Vatican II, the Great Zero, it’s entirely probable that you never knew it). 

  • Oconnord

    The church in Ireland is not falling apart, but it is “Dying on it’s arse” as we say here. In parts of Dublin mass attendance is about 5%, only 35% of catholics, nationally, attend mass weekly. 75% of catholics think the churches teaching on sexuality irrelevant to them, with only 18% considering homosexuality “immoral”.

    And of course support for the church is much lower among the young than the old, so I’m not sure where this renewal will come from. (Fuzzy warm feelings about prayer and consecrations aside.) The church is dying slowly, in general terms, from irrelevance to, and apathy from, the Irish people.  

  • Oconnord

    “and the third time saved Portugal from involvement in the Second World War.”
    I think it would be more accurate to say he played both sides, though favoured the Allies.

    ” Salazar’s adoption of Fascist policies (political dictatorship, police state rule, bans on trade unions, strident anti-Communism, and corporatist social and economic policies) gave his regime a Fasist aura. He supported Franco in the Spanish Civil War. As a result his regime was approved as sufficently Fascist by Hitler and Mussolini. Portugal was of some importance to Germany in World War II. Portugal was the principal source of Wolfram ore which yielded tungsten. This was a critical material because tungsten-hardened steel alloys had many military applications in machine tools, armor plate, armor-piercing projectiles, and other uses. The Germans pioneered the use of tungsten. As a result of these and other NAZI purchases, the Salazar regime benefited from the War. Salazar insisted on payments in gold. Here accounts vary as to the extent to which the regime profited from the War. NAZI inteligence agents were active in Portugal as were British agents. Portugal’s role is complex. Salazar also cooprated with the Allies, especially as the German military situation shifted. Salazar leased the British important bases in the Azores for naval campaign in the Atlantic. Of course given Anglo-American naval power, he had no real choice. He also permitted Jewish and other refugees to escape the NAZIs by both boat and air.”

     “The (Not So) Neutrals of World War II,” The New York Times (January 26, 1997)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    Hitler hated and detested the Church. 

    He was, according to Fr. Amorth, possessed by the devil and I for one agree with him.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    Sure, he had to walk a tightrope, as did Franco, to avoid being sucked in. 

    Both of them (unlike your good self I suspect) would no doubt have had very clear knowledge of the devastation that the French Revolution and its aftermath caused with the invasion of both countries during the Napoleonic Wars. Hitler could very easily have come in just as the Revolutionary French had done a little more than 100 years before. 

  • Oconnord

    I’ll ignore you pointedly rude suspicion. I’m sure that Salazer was fully aware that Hitler had a plan to invade Portugal, but that makes his double dealing and “neutrality” less laudable, and more cynical and self-interested. 

    BTW, my country, Ireland was also neutral during WW2, but of course neutrality can be blurred. Despite huge anti-British sentiments amongst the Irish people, the Irish government co-operated as it could with the Allies, whilst giving no support to the Axis. 5,000 Irish soldiers deserted from the Irish Army, along with tens of thousands of Irish civilians, to join the British army to fight against fascism. Afterwards they were held in scorn and open hatred by much of the populace for siding with “the Brits against their fellow catholics of Germany and Italy”.

    Those men, I would suggest, had far more honour and bravery than a man who supplied the Nazis for profit, whilst siding with the Allies for protection.

  • Oconnord

    Herr Hitler disagreed, “I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so,” he told Gerhard Engel, one of his generals, in 1941.”

    So it really doesn’t matter what you choose to believe. You can choose your own beliefs, but not your own facts. I could give you pages of quotes from Hitler, but you will just stick to your version of reality despite all evidence.

  • Oconnord

    And you’ve still to explain Mussolini, without moral relativism, as I know catholics are absolute in morality, when in agreement with the church. All four were catholic, fascist dictators, who were not excommunicated, so they died in communion with the church, and would have been allowed confession and last rites. 

    So, without resorting to moral relativism, why were two good, and two bad?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    Hitler lied a lot, didn’t he?

    Don’t be so obtuse as to paint others with his evil colours.

  • Oconnord

    This article is the worst appeal to Irish submission that could be imagined.  Historically our problem, was that we tried to set up a Republic, (after The Free State), without equal rights, or respect for citizens. We swoped bad democracy and a powerless monarch for better democracy overseen by a powerful theocracy . 

    In essence, we were used to being told what to do,because the church had always told us what to do. But now we have fought to prevent their right to dictate to us. Ireland is a hugely flawed country, but we do some things well. 

    Don’t belittle a subject like abortion by saying it will be solved by prayer. Estimates are that 4,000, this year, Irish women will travel for abortions, down from 7,000  ten years ago. 

  • Patrick_Hadley

    What on earth is the Catholic Herald doing in publishing this superstitious nonsense?

  • amator Dei

    The reading of history I referred to, as I thought must have been obvious, was the view that the only alternative to Iberian dictatorships was Soviet Communist style takeover. This is the tactic of dictators throughout the ages: I may be ruthless, but if you don’t let me take control you are bound to get something much worse. 
    I don’t know about being mad, but I find it utterly shameful that despite everything that is on record about the police states run by Salazar and Franco there are still Catholic dupes eager to swallow their propaganda – and all because they were not quite as bad as they might have been and allowed the Catholic Church to flourish. This kind of cynical realpolitik is a betrayal of the Gospel of love, peace and justice which even Catholics are supposed to uphold. God help us indeed.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    There speaks a “modern Catholic”. 

    God in Heaven. Or perhaps you think He isn’t, Patrick?

  • Lightspeeduk

    what you fail to mention is that the ‘catholic’ goverment happend to be a Facist dictatorship under Anthonio Salazar who commited a load of unethical things including locking up political prisoners and forcing the country into more and more aggresive imperialism leading to several wars in Africa.  This lead to a popular revolution from which the country has since to recover.  Not so ‘graceful’ now is it??

  • Tolle Lege

    hey, its not mr galloway’s country to decide to “consecrate” it to anything

  • Sweetjae

    The real Ground Zero is the Lefebrvian church with Mr. Carter as their pope!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWZKI7JBARE4DDT3NQ22RWMOJE Benedict Carter

    Oh God, it’s the Herald Stalker. 

  • Sweetjae

    The Pope , the Church, the CDF, Sister Lucia own words said so, that Heavens accepted but you people still insist in your gloom and doom! The message was more on the nuclear war and communist atheistic dominance of the world and its aftermath but Our Lady had averted that scenario. It’s NOT about utopian peace, regional conflict is always part of humanity since the dawn of time. So stop this conspiracy theory.

  • Sweetjae

    Our Lady’s message, superstitious? Are you a catholic?

  • Sweetjae

    Haha, the Herald Self-magisterium.

  • Sweetjae

    The GREAT DEAL Bishop Lefevbre is an arrogant, disobedient son.

  • Sweetjae

    The root of all disaster is of DISOBEDIENCE Mr. Carter whether from the liberal or ultra traditionalist as yourself and it doesnt matter from where. Bishop Williamson is going to be expelled soon from the SSPX probably to build another church like Fr. Kelley and Dolan before him from the same organization, disobedience breeds disobedience,Mr. Carter.

  • Sweetjae

    To hell with Franco and communism! Both are evil even the former is lesser.

  • Sweetjae

    Liberal and ultra radicalism are both evil!

  • Sweetjae

    SSPX’s ideology came from the Royalist French revolutionaries, defeated and beaten to the pulp.

  • Patrick_Hadley

    Are you? No Catholic has to believe a single word from these “apparitions”.