Portugal Posts 3,500 Troops around Fatima on 103rd Anniversary
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[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgz4TKgCaww][/url]Priest gives great Homily on this topic!

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FATIMA, Portugal (ChurchMilitant.com) - In an unprecedented flexing of military muscle, thousands of Portuguese soldiers surrounded the shrine of Fátima to prevent pilgrims from entering the holy sanctuary of Our Lady. 

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National Republican Guard (GNR) lay siege to Fatima
Portugal's government launched Operation "Fátima at Home" Monday at 9 a.m. through Wednesday, stationing 3,500 troops from the National Republican Guard (GNR) to "monitor, sensitize and deter possible movements, whether on foot or in a vehicle," GNR Director of Operations Vítor Rodrigues told Rádio Renascença. 

For the first time in history, the May 13 services marking the 103rd anniversary of Our Lady's first apparition to Lúcia dos Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto at Cova da Iria will be held without the presence of pilgrims, due to the Wuhan virus pandemic.

Rodrigues welcomed the "fantastic collaborative posture" of the Episcopal Conference of Portugal, with whom the GNR has been working "for many weeks." He assured the public there would be no "need for military force" to besiege the shrine as "the Catholic community is peaceful," and usually does not cause problems.

An Unprecedented Move at Fátima
"The 'siege' of the sanctuary of Fátima by the National Republican Guard is a scandal equal to the closure of the pools of Lourdes due to the coronavirus," Italy's leading Catholic historian Roberto de Mattei told Church Militant.

"The moral culpability of the scandal, however, does not fall on the Portuguese military, but on the ecclesiastical authorities who offered, and even collaborated with the civil authorities to prevent pilgrims from accessing the sanctuary on May 13," Prof. de Mattei maintained.

"Today's spirit of submission to the world and its powers by the bishops, not only Portuguese, suggests that in the future these very churchmen will be ready to submit to Islam, willing to live under Sharia and total subordination to those who would like to make Europe the land of Muhammad," the director of the Lepanto Foundation said.

The culpability of the scandal does not fall on the Portuguese military, but on the ecclesiastical authorities who collaborated with civil authorities to prevent pilgrims from accessing the sanctuary.Tweet
Author of 30 books, de Mattei warned that "it was in Fátima [that the] the Blessed Virgin asked for private and public prayer and penance to ward off the punishments hanging over the world. The ban on Catholic faithful from publicly showing their devotion to Our Lady in her sanctuary brings the hour of these punishments closer, perhaps already begun with the Wuhan virus."

"Even the anti-clerical government of 1917 did not take these measures," a source in Fátima told Church Militant, relaying eye-witness accounts of how all the main roads into Fátima were taken over by police even before Monday morning.



The Union of Trade Unions in Lisbon secured social distancing by sticking tapes to ensure participants kept a distance of 3 meters from each other. The details were worked out with Health authorities, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the security forces. Sources said the celebrations resembled a "huge military ceremony."
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The Portuguese National Republican Guard is a special military police force in Portugal.  I hadn't been aware of their existence until now.  According to Wikipedia, this force has about 26,000 members.  So, the Portuguese government has sent about 13.5% of this entire military service to guard against access to one Catholic holy site.  Just for some comparison, if the Army National Guard (since it is allowed by law to assist in domestic police operations) were sent by the government to block access to a single American Catholic holy site, 13.5% of the current Army National Guard force would constitute about 46,300 soldiers.  In other words, the Portuguese government has a sent, relatively speaking, a very, very large military force against peaceful Catholic pilgrims.  I think this is the kind of action you'd find in a police state.  Maybe that's what's happened here, or perhaps Portugal is on its way to becoming one.
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(05-19-2020, 04:15 PM)SeekerofChrist Wrote: The Portuguese National Republican Guard is a special military police force in Portugal.  I hadn't been aware of their existence until now.  According to Wikipedia, this force has about 26,000 members.  So, the Portuguese government has sent about 13.5% of this entire military service to guard against access to one Catholic holy site.  Just for some comparison, if the Army National Guard (since it is allowed by law to assist in domestic police operations) were sent by the government to block access to a single American Catholic holy site, 13.5% of the current Army National Guard force would constitute about 46,300 soldiers.  In other words, the Portuguese government has a sent, relatively speaking, a very, very large military force against peaceful Catholic pilgrims.  I think this is the kind of action you'd find in a police state.  Maybe that's what's happened here, or perhaps Portugal is on its way to becoming one.


Interesting comparison!

If you listen to the homily, and it's truly excellent and inspiring, the deeper story is that the Bishops are truly complicit and to blame for this.

"The moral culpability of the scandal, however, does not fall on the Portuguese military, but on the ecclesiastical authorities who offered, and even collaborated with the civil authorities to prevent pilgrims from accessing the sanctuary on May 13," Prof. de Mattei maintained.
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As is pointed out in the post linked below, the Portuguese Hierarchy closed the Shrine to pilgrims and the police were deployed to enforce their decision. Whether it was done at their request or not, I don't know, but they are just as culpable as the Portuguese State.

https://www.fisheaters.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=86796&pid=1420194#pid1420194
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3,500 men of the GNR... was it necessary?
The world is under quarantine and Portugal's border is closed, so none of those huge annual national or international pilgrimages would occur, so you would basically have a few dozen Portuguese pilgrims going to a closed basilica. In the end of the day they sent all those soldiers to make numbers and to patrol a tiny little town with no more than 11.500 people.
I've been to Fátima in 2018 and honestly, you could close the sanctuary and the city with 500 or so men and cars.
It's worthy mentioning that you could accomodate as many people as those seen in that useless socialist rally, if you count the area that goes from the horrible modernist basilica to the beautiful and old basilica.
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Gee, it's almost as if TPTB are specifically persecuting the Church. I wonder if anyone is taking such measures on any Mosques or Synagogues?
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(05-20-2020, 06:29 PM)Augustinian Wrote: Gee, it's almost as if TPTB are specifically persecuting the Church. I wonder if anyone is taking such measures on any Mosques or Synagogues?

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi...811744.cms

Yeah, they have. If Voris and CM doesn't think COVID19 is real or overblown then perhaps he and they should volunteer at a hospital in NYC instead of constantly writing hit pieces against the bishops and SSPX, all while staying hands-off on Frankie & Co.
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