Kazan, the End of the Story
Atila S. Guimarães - August 19, 2004
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The holy icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which was being used as a pawn by John Paul II to win a visit to Russia, will be delivered to the Russian Schismatic Church without the visit. The unconditional decision of the Pope was announced June 10 and will become a reality on August 28. Navarro-Valls, spokesman for the Pope, said JPII hopes that this gift will improve the dialogue. A commission is being appointed to deliver the icon to Alexis II, the haughty Russian Schismatic patriarch (The Tablet, July 17, 2004, p. 31).
This icon has been part of Russian history from time immemorial: it was hidden during the Tartar invasion of 1209, reappeared in 1579, left Russia before the Communist revolution, and was purchased by the American Blue Army in the 1970s. In 1993 this organization gave it to JPII. For details, I recommend the article of Dr. Marian Horvat, Handing Over the Symbolic Icon.
JPII shows Our Lady of Kazan to Russian President Vladimir Putin
The Tablet, July 17, 2004
After JPII received the icon, he held it up as bait before the Russian Schismatic Church to finagle a visit to Moscow. Ignoring the lure, the Russian Schismatics have done all they could to snub John Paul II, denied him permission even to step foot into Russian territory, and treated his innumerable ambassadors with absolute scorn and arrogance.
I am an opponent of post-conciliar ecumenism; I completely disapproved of a possible trade, Icon for Visit; I am indignant with the Schismatics' arrogance toward Rome. Well, what to say now about JPII’s unconditional offer to deliver the Sacred Icon of Our Lady of Kazan? No more honor, no more shame, no more decency. This is part of the progressivist agenda. The most sacred relics are being handed over to heretics and schismatics as if they were the best and most deserving Catholics in the world. I understand more and more why Our Lady of La Sallette warned Melanie that Rome would lose the Faith and become the seat of the Antichrist
Parallel to this decision, the Vatican launched another misleading maneuver to soften the blow to the public of the hand-over. It began to spread that the icon is “almost certainly not the original,” but a 17th century copy (The Tablet, ibid.). Two hypotheses:
• If it is not the original, why did JPII make the serious proposal to trade the Icon for a trip to Russia? Was the offer a bluff? If so, is this an honest way for a Pope to behave?
August 28 should be a day of reparation for this manifold offense to Our Lady and a day of prayer for faithful Catholics asking her to intervene and save Holy Mother Church.
• If it is the original, why would he deliver it to the Russian Schismatic Church before Russia converts, as Our Lady said it would at Fatima? In fact, the Russians have not changed one iota in their millenary schismatic arrogance toward Rome or their heresies – they deny the dogmas of the Filioque, the Immaculate Conception, and Papal Infallibility.
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