Letter #157, 2021, Monday, November 29: The Schneider Tapes, Tape #9: Consecration of Russia

    We have posted the 9th of 10 tapes from my late October interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, 60, of Astana, Kazakhstan, and it is now available on Rumble (link) and YouTube (link).

    In this tape, Schneider speaks of the prophecy of Fatima.

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   Here is the transcript of this tape. We provide this transcript even though the interview is already in English for three reasons: 1) so you have the complete transcript also in written form to email to others, etc.; 2) so that the transcript in typed form is available to be translated into other languages by those who wish to share the text with people in other countries; 3) so that any expressions which seem unclear in the spoken video are clarified in the transcript.

    Transcript, Schneider Tape #9: Consecration of Russia (about 9:40 minutes long)

    In which Bishop Schneider speaks of the prophecy of Fatima

    Robert Moynihan: Well, two issues emerge there.

    First is the consecration, and second is Russia.

    People believe that there was an attempt to consecrate Russia many times, even by Pius XII, then again by, particularly, the great moment in 1984 by John Paul II, but then even an affidamento again in the year 2000 — I was present that day — the “entrustment”, not the consecration.

    But then people say none of these were precisely naming Russia. So there’s a great debate in Catholic circles: did John Paul carry out the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart when he said, “I consecrate the whole world,” or still has the consecration not been made, and you think it should be made?

    Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Well, we have to simply read the text of his consecration, from ‘84, and there he did not — he does not mention Russia explicitly.

    And so, at least we can say he did the consecration in an imperfect form, evidently imperfect.

    It was not perfect.

    It would be perfect when he would name Russia.

    And so, Cardinal Cordes, four years ago, he was in Kazakhstan as a papal legate for the Marian Congress in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima in Karaganda.

    And I was present.

    And during the homily, the cardinal stated the following which I now quote.

    He told that sometime after the consecration of ‘84, he was invited by John Paul II to go to his private dinner in the papal apartment.

    And during this dinner, Cardinal Cordes asked the Holy Father, “Holy Father, why did you not mention Russia explicitly in the form of the consecration?”

    And the Pope answered him, “This was my intention. But those responsible for diplomacy in the Vatican said not to do this because of some dangerous tensions with the powers in the Soviet Union because of political reasons.”

    So, this answered the Pope.

    Even so, Sister Lucia reportedly said that heaven accepted this.

    Of course, it was a beautiful prayer.

    Why should heaven not accept a beautiful prayer?

    But, it does not mean…

    Moynihan: Do you think Sister Lucy can be regarded as a valid witness of such questions?

    She was quite old already at that time.

    Bishop Schneider: Yes, but I repeat.

    Even if she said (so), it does not mean that Sister Lucia meant or was thinking this was the perfect form.

    She simply stated, “Yes, heaven accepted.”

    And I think that an explicit mention of Russia should still be done and then heaven will accept this with more joy.

    Moynihan: Well, I have two questions.

    One, there is an old belief that — right now it’s slipping my mind — that the Pope will consecrate Russia, but “He will do it late.”

    He will delay, he will do it late, he will be old.

    It will be almost beyond hope.

    Finally, he will do it.

    Could Pope Francis do it?

    Could Pope Emeritus Benedict do it, in this more perfect way that you are referring to?

    And would you encourage one or both of them to do it?

    Bishop Schneider: Well, Pope Benedict cannot do it, he is not more [no longer] Pope.

    It is clear.

    They have to be very clear.

    Who can do it is the current Pope Francis, the only current pope, or one of his successors.

    We do not know.

    It decides, God’s providence. I wish very much of course.

    And we pray for them.

    And I believe that a time will come when God will inspire, illuminate the successor of Peter to do this.

    Moynihan: Ok, then the second concern I would have, not about who would make the consecration, but who would receive it, in a sense, obviously God, the Virgin Mary, but the Russians.

    The Russians are the object of this.

    You live in Kazakhstan.

    That was a part of the Soviet Union; now it’s a separate country.

    It was a province, as it were, a republic of the Soviet Union.

    You speak Russian.

    You have Russian friends.

    You know the Russian mind, to some degree, and the Russian soul.

    Can you help us understand better, this mind and soul?

    Is it possible that Russia, which was atheist for 70 years, can experience a conversion, a religious revival?

    Is it happening now?

    And can they receive, with gratitude, a gesture from the Pope and the Catholic bishops that would consecrate them?

    Or would that somehow be politically, diplomatically or culturally unacceptable to them?

    Bishop Schneider: I think that today the political situation is different from the Communist time.

    So, today I think that even the government of Russia, in my opinion, would consider such a gesture as positive because in some way Russia is valorized [given value] among all, they have value.

    When you mention Russia explicitly, only Russia, for example, it is obvious for a politician that it is in some way profitable for the reputation of his country, simply, pragmatical thought.

    And therefore I cannot imagine that the Russian government would be against the contrary, I think.

    Then the Orthodox Church I think should also be happy because the Russian Orthodox Church is one of the most Marian Christian churches in the world, because they have every day a special title of an icon, which they venerate, of Our Lady.

    And so, a profoundly Marian church, the Russian Orthodox Church (is).

    And therefore, if the first bishop in the world, this is the successor of Peter, and recognize, even though they are not canonically ready to be in communion with the Holy See, but the Russian Orthodox Church recognizes that the Pope is the successor of Peter and that he is the first See, apostolic See, in the Christian world.

    And, therefore, when he will entrust or consecrate Russia, and the Russian church, to the care of Our Lady, of the Mother of God, of her Immaculate Heart, I think they should be happy because this is a prayer, even when we are not yet canonically united, we can say to one another, “Please pray for me.”

    I have a lot of Orthodox friends, and they say, “Pray for me as I pray for you.”

    This we can do.

    And when the Pope, the first bishop in the world in apostolic succession, prays — this is a prayer, the consecration is a prayer — prays, officially solemnly for Russia to Our Lady, it should be, it is intrinsically a positive act and even so, should be considered without any prejudices, an act of charity, fraternal charity towards their church.

    So, they should consider this in this way.

    And I hope it could be explained to them before the consecration should take place in the future these aspects to the government and to the Patriarchate, and even why not to invite representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church to be present to this act of the solemn consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    Moynihan: Well, then, even these words you have spoken could in some way prepare, perhaps, for this better understanding of the meaning of the gesture.

    There might be one impediment: the Greek Catholic Churches.

    Could they be opposed to a consecration of Russia?

    Bishop Schneider: No. They would never be opposed.

    I know this for sure.

    Why would they be opposed?

    This is the request of Our Lady of Fatima.

    They are Catholics.

    (End, Transcript, Tape #9; to be continued… Tape #10 will be posted at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 1, 2021)

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