Battle of the Immaculate Heart

Letter from the District Superior, Rev. Robert Brucciani, September 2017

My Dear Brethren,

Mission from Our Lady

When the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the three shepherd children in Fatima, she gave them a mission to pray the Rosary daily and offer sacrifices for three intentions: (i) in reparation for sins, (ii) for the conversion of sinners and (iii) for peace in the world. She also gave to the children especially the eldest, Lucia, the mission to spread devotion to her Immaculate Heart. This mission was intended not only for the three children, but for all Catholics.

A century later, the accomplishment of this mission is very far from being realised. Most Catholics do not say a daily Rosary, most Catholics do not understand the correct meaning of sin, reparation, conversion, peace and devotion to the Immaculate Heart. The Church is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis because its leaders are turning the Church on its head: they have quite literally deified man and put God at his service.


So far reaching has their revolution been that it has touched every aspect of the Church's life. Everything has changed: the catechism, the priesthood, the Mass, the sacraments, sainthood, the Rosary, music, vestments, canon law, the religious rules of every single religious order, art, architecture and morals. No longer is it taught that there is a distinction between the natural and supernatural order, that sanctification and salvation can only come through the Catholic Church, that sinners must convert to be saved and that principles must direct practice.

In effect, they have created a new and ugly religion masquerading as the Catholic Religion. It was a skilful substitution. There was continuity in the change: the changes, although rapid, were incremental and could each be explained away with the skilful use of ambiguity. But the changes nevertheless add up to a new false religion which is an inversion of the Catholic Religion.


At the shrine of Fatima, this inverse religion is painfully evident. Luther's table stands before the unadorned high altar of the basilica at which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. Thousands of pilgrims walk past the high altar without the slightest acknowledgement of their God and Saviour who is physically present. The immodesty of their dress is shocking and they chatter openly. Some have come to pray before the tombs of Francisco, Lucia and Jacinta which are adorned with sentimental sculptures and designs, but no Cross. Four side-altars were removed to accommodate the tombs.

In front of the basilica a permanent structure resembling a petrol station obscures the facade. It is an external altar under a flat roof. Instead of a crucifix, a hauntingly ugly, bronze representation of Christ detached from the Cross overlooks the black block which is the altar.

To the left of the piazza is the outdoor Apparitions Chapel which is set up for the new order of Mass. Beside this chapel is a fire pit into which pilgrims throw their candles or place them in holders by the pit and watch them melt into the fiery, cavernous void. Instead of the candles bringing to mind prayer and sacrifice offered to God, they seem to represent twisting, tortured souls falling into hell.

The greatest horror and most disturbing sign of the new religion is the Basilica of the Holy Trinity. In it we see the new religion represented, not dimly as if in a mirror, but unmasked in its diabolical inversion. The Basilica of the Holy Trinity is a temple to man. There is no spire pointing to God or cruciform floor plan; it has a flat roof and is circular. There is no sign of the Blessed Sacrament reserved, only a throne for the president of the assembly. The floors slope downwards to the sanctuary which is overlooked by another grotesque representation of Christ. The statue of the Blessed Virgin bares no resemblance to Our Lady of Fatima. Outside the Basilica is a giant and ridiculous representation of a cross which appears to be made of nothing but rusty iron girders. The Basilica is officially designated as a “Great Covered Space for Assemblies”, to be used for “congresses, meetings, musical concerts, and small theatrical pieces.” No hint of mystery, no atmosphere of reverence, no mention of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The European Union made a substantial grant for its construction. It is a temple of Man.

Sign of contradiction

On 19 and 20 August, the Society of St. Pius X went on pilgrimage to Fatima to mark the centenary of the apparitions of the the Blessed Virgin and to respond to the call of Mary to pray the Rosary, offer sacrifices and to spread devotion to her Immaculate Heart. It was reported that 10,000 faithful were present, of whom 100 pilgrims came from the District of Great Britain. It was also reported in a Portuguese newspaper that the Society of Saint Pius X pilgrimage was the biggest organised pilgrimage of the centenary year at the shrine.

The prayers that were offered were the same prayers offered by Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta one hundred years ago: the Rosary, the litanies, the hymns at Benediction. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered was the same Mass offered one hundred years ago, which was the same Mass as a thousand years ago, which was recognisably the same as fifteen hundred years ago, and which has its organic roots in the first Mass offered by Christ Himself. The beauty of the altar, the vestments, the Gregorian Chant and the polyphony were the same. All was the same sanctified liturgy as the Church has handed down, protected and embellished through the centuries.

Just as the liturgy of the Society of St. Pius X Pilgrimage was the Church’s liturgy, the faith professed by the pilgrims was the faith of the Roman Catholic Church: reparation for sin is a necessary act of justice towards God, the conversion of sins is a prerequisite of salvation, true peace only exists in submission to the will of God by submission to Christ’s teaching, His laws and His Church. True devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a loving submission to Mary on account of her humble, ardent, self-sacrificing love of her Divine Son. Loving submission means a conformity of one’s will with her will, which is indistinguishable from the Divine Will. Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is submission to Christ through Mary.

The Society of St. Pius X pilgrimage was a Catholic pilgrimage to a once-Catholic shrine where devotion to Our Lady is being pressed into the service of a false religion. It was for this reason that the authorities did not permit the Society to have any ceremonies within the precincts of the shrine. Instead, we were given use of “Car Park 14”, a dusty wasteland used as overflow parking. Although it was intended as a snub, it was actually a blessing, for we were closer to the three children by being out in the wilderness. We set up a fitting altar within a fitting sanctuary, away from the ugly manifestations of the new religion. We were able to adore our Beloved Saviour Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament throughout the night of 19–20 August. We were a sign of contradiction to the unhappy lords of the new world religion in the making. They are trying to instrumentalise devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for their ends. There is a battle raging for the control of the Church and here at Fatima we see the battle of the Immaculate Heart.

We walked to Valinhos and prayed the Rosary amid the trees where Our Lady had appeared exactly 100 years ago to the day. The heat of the day gave occasion for offering sacrifices as Our Lady had asked, and the peace that comes with submission to the will of God, through the will of Mary, reigned in our hearts. There was a sense that, of all the places in the entire world, here was where we should be right now. About 300 priests and seminarians, and perhaps 150 religious sisters, surrounded the statue of Our Lady and the faithful in turn surrounded them in the merciful shade of the trees.

Our Lady foretold the calamity of Russia spreading her errors throughout the world if Catholics did not accede to her requests. The error of atheistic materialism has indeed spread throughout the world. It seems that Our Lady also foretold the calamity of the hierarchy of the Church losing the faith in what is known as the "Third Secret of Fatima" a thing which is now plain to see. But she also foretold her protection for those who follow her commands . She said to Lucia:

Don't be discouraged , I will not abandon you ever. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge, and through it, will conduct you to God.

May her protection be ours too.

In Jesu et Maria,

Rev. Robert Brucciani

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