In 2017, I had the opportunity to read Fr. Charles Theodore Murr’s bookThe Godmother: Mother Pascalina, a Feminine Tour de Force.
For those who do not know, Mother Pascalina was the right hand of Pope Pius XII. She was, arguably, the most powerful woman in the Vatican during Pius’ pontificate. There has been much written about her over the years, some good, some not so good. I do not pretend to be an expert on Mother Pascalina’s life, but I am interested in learning more about her. Enter Fr. Murr’s book.
While reading, I was struck by a quote that Fr. Murr attributed to Mother Pascalina. The two were talking about the infamous alleged private revelations at Bayside, New York. Fr. Murr attributed to Pascalina the following quote:
In the light of various ideas that arise over the years about private revelations (authentic or alleged), I think we could all learn from Mother Pascalina’s wisdom.
On July 2, 2018, the publication Catholic Family News issued an article on the organization’s web site entitledSexual Abuse and the Third Secret—A Timely Reminder. The article was written by the managing editor of Catholic Family News, Matthew Gaspers. Among other aims, the article seeks to connect the third part of the secret of Fátima with some recent news on allegations of sexual abuse.
Several months ago, an elderly Fátima scholar was discussing with me the theology presented within Our Lady’s message at Fátima, making a distinction between “high” Fátima theology and “low” Fátima theology. In regard to current events within the Church—particularly those involving Pope Francis—I believe such a distinction can provide some instructive insight.
Chosen souls are often subtle in their speech and Sr. Lúcia of Fátima is no exception. Humble to the core, she did not want to draw attention to herself but keep focused upon God and Our Lady’s message. She did not want to speak about herself or her mystical experiences. How much, then, if at all, did this reluctance influence Sr. Lúcia’s writings on Fátima?