Perhaps the pictures that were released a while back proved that Hindus really did worship at Fatima, using the altar and the whole nine yards. For those who still don’t believe it, I have a sad tale to tell.
Yesterday, I went to my seminary in St. Louis to host a bunch of Holland youth members, including a few seminarians from their tiny seminary. I got into a great discussion with one of the seminarians who is one of the few orthodox men in all of Holland. I asked him if he knew anything about Fatima’s desecration, and he said that although he had heard rumors, he would not be surprised if they were true.
He then proceeded to tell me horror story after horror story of convents and seminaries where Buddhas had been placed on the altars. Whenever the bishop would come visiting, they would make an excuse e.g. they were painting the walls or redoing the floor to keep him out of their chapels and churches.
Once the convents and seminaries closed, they found the Buddhas as well as large libraries of Hindu and Buddhist literature in their libraries (there was no Catholic literature, by the way). The problem has gotten so bad that the Vatican has refused to allow many of these dissenting orders to take in new novitiates (as if they had any vocations anyway!). The scenario rumored to have happened in Fatima suddenly seems much more plausible than it did before, even though the evidence was pretty convincing already.
Let’s keep praying for our bishops, priests, and seminarians. We sure need it.