Cardinal Sin, An Instrument of Fatima

By Richard Salbato

"My duty is to put Christ in politics.  Politics without Christ is the greatest scourge of the nation."

Cardinal Jaime Sin, People Power icon, is dead.

By 1981 - 73% of the world was Communist, 170 million had died since Fatima - 50 million in world war II, 115 million under Stalin and Mao, 1 million in Afghanistan, 1 million in Cambodia and 1 million in Vietnam.  On May 13th 1981 ( the feast of Fatima) the Pope was Shot. On March 25, 1984 Pope John Paul and the bishops throughout the world consecrated Russia and the world to the IHM. Even Russian Orthodox Bishops entered in.

What happened after the Consecration on March 25, 1984?  Well, two months later, on the Feast of Fatima, May 13, an explosion in Sever-o-mor-ski destroyed 80% of Russia’s missals making them no longer a superpower. America did not know the extent of this explosion. Again there was another strange happening on Dec 13. An explosion in Siberia destroyed Russia’s largest ammunition base. On Dec 19 Marshal Ustinov, the Minister of Defense died or was killed. Three days later Marshal Sodolov, the 2ed Minister of Defense died or was killed.  All in 9 months

In March of 1985 (one Year after consecration) President Chernenko died and Mikhial Gorbachev was made President. He was the First Baptized Christian President although still a communist. He instituted glassnoss and perestroika (freedom of the press and freedom of religion) This was the downfall of communism. 15 republics were freed from communism, and the Warsaw pact ended.

People Power

In 1986, Cardinal Jaime Sin did something that had never been done before in all history.  Without guns, he stood up against the dictator, Marcos.  He organized the Rosary Crusade and "People Power" known as the "Rosary Revolution". In February 1986, Sin rallied a million people to form human barricades on Manila's main highway and protect a puny band of 300 army rebels against advancing Marcos tanks. His radio broadcasts in support of mutineers ignited the now legendary "People Power" revolt, or "The Rosary revolution" that drove Marcos into exile and swept political novice Corazon Aquino to the presidency.

I was there.  I watched as people prayed the rosary outside poling booths day and night.  I watched as people policed the counting of ballots.  I was there as nuns protected ballot boxes from being stolen.  I was there as people protested the counting of ballets at the computer headquarters.  I was there as people stood in front of tanks to protect the army that went against the dictator.  I was standing by as an American chopper came in and took Marcos prisoner and into exile.  This was "People Power".

Cardinal Sin achieved the same years later in 2001, when he called people onto the streets in protests which finished the allegedly corrupt government of Joseph Estrada. It was his skill in rallying people that earned him the nickname "divine commander-in-chief". Even after his retirement, Cardinal Sin remained a key backer of current president Gloria Arroyo, who lamented his death in a statement describing him as a "blessed man who never failed to unite Filipinos during the most crucial battles against tyranny and evil"
Cardinal Sin was always clear in his view that religion had a role to play in affairs of the state, a conviction he summed up at his retirement ceremony: "My duty is to put Christ in politics. Politics without Christ is the greatest scourge of the nation." A staunch opponent  of artificial birth control, Cardinal Sin used his ability to organize demonstrations to protest against state endeavors to curb population growth. In August 1994, he mobilized hundreds of thousands of people in a rally denouncing a state policy encouraging use of condoms and pills.

Born on August 31, 1928 on the Philippine island of Panay, Cardinal Sin was the 14th of 16 children. He was ordained priest in 1954, becoming a bishop in 1967 and archbishop in 1974. He was appointed a cardinal in 1976 at the age of 47, becoming the youngest member of the Vatican's College of Cardinals. He may be the highest educated Cardinal of all time.

What Cardinal Sin achieved inspired faith and confidence to other peoples throughout the world.  Because of his success, it was repeated in places like Nicaragua, Poland, and Mexico. 

Starting with People Power and Rosary in the Philippines, 87 dictatorships fell throughout the world within 10 years.

May 1, 1991 was the 100 anniversary of Rerum Novarum, the encyclical "On the Condition of Human Labor by Pope Leo XII, and the Feast of St. Joseph, the Worker, and the end of May Day as a communist holiday. But on Aug 19, 1991 the communists attempted to overthrow Gorbachev. They picked the wrong day for it was the 74th anniversary of the Aug appearance at Fatima. On Aug 22 the attempt failed and the communists were defeated. This was the feast of the Queenship of Mary.  And Dec 8th was the start of the Commonwealth of republics, and the end of the USSR.  On Dec 25, 1991 the Communist Flag came down for last time over Russia, 15 republics were freed from communism.  In 1992 another attempt was made to overthrow the government and Yelson stood against the entire communist army and no one died.  On March 14, 1992 Pravda ended.  Then on Christmas day, 1992 Communism was declared illegal in Russia

People Power, the legacy of Fatima and Cardinal Sin.  

The Lesson of Cardinal Sin is the lesson of Fatima

Starting in Portugal and Mexico in 1910 governments tried to push God out of governments and to teach extreme secularism and government power over people.  This they did with brute force of power throughout the world until all seemed lost.  But one thing they cannot do.  They cannot have power over people if the people just say "No!" because without the masses of people, they have no power.  Guns cannot control people who do not care if they die or not.  The women saved Portugal from two dictatorships by standing up against them and simply threw them out of power.

Using Cardinal Sin's "People Power" one country after another freed themselves from governments throughout the world.  We need Cardinal Sin now more than ever as countries throughout Europe and America are doing everything in there power to push God out of societies through fake laws like, "Separation of Church and State" and the elimination of the natural moral code. 

Churches must get involved in Governments, in people's lives outside the Church.  It is in caring about the physical that we win the spiritual war.  From the time of the emperors of Rome until the French Revolution, Church leaders felt it their obligation to care for the total man, but since the French Revolution, many Church leaders have made politics their taboo.  If Fatima and Cardinal Sin can teach us anything it is that God is involved in governments and so should we be.