What Are ‘the Errors of Russia?’

In her apparition of July 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima told Sister Lucy that “Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated.”

People sometimes ask the question, “What are the errors of Russia?” In her article, Have the “Errors of Russia” Now Infected Rome?, Dr. Maike Hickson gives the most exhaustive list I have ever seen in reply to this question.

I thought of this list recently as I was doing research on a related question and decided it would be good to post Maike’s list here for the benefit of Catholicism.org readers.

But, what, then, are the “errors of Russia” as they were developing at the time of the Bolshevik-Russian Revolution shortly after the Fatima apparitions? It would seem that they include, among other things, the following list of characteristics:

  1. A reductively atheistic materialist world-view which aims at undermining anything Christian in society;
  2. An ideology that is disconnected from Truth and reality;
  3. A cultural Marxism that later permeated also the West with the help of the Frankfurt School and Antonio Gramsci’s ideas;
  4. A revolutionary socialistic spirit that undermines especially major aspects of family life – especially with the help of feminism, divorce and abortion;
  5. A Hegelian dialectic philosophy, along with dialectic materialism, which claims that strife and ongoing contention in society are necessary in order to bring about higher and unfolding forms of life; such an approach essentially denies and purportedly transcends the principle or law of non-contradiction.
  6. A form of governing “revolutionary socialism” that is also constitutionally called “Democratic Centralism,” the latter formulation meaning that things have the appearance of being openly democratic, yet they are all centrally organized and managed in the background (Dr. Robert Hickson recently applied this principle to the current situation in the Church – especially with regard to the Family Synods – here);
  7. A disregard for tradition and for the traditional institutions of society (or now of the Church, such as the Curia?) as “counter-revolutionary forces”;
  8. A deceitful misuse of language with the intent to manipulate the public;
  9. A method of branding one’s own opponents with sweeping and demeaning epithets that abstractly categorize them as “right-wing” or “counter-revolutionary” [and what about the most-common term in use among the left: “fascist”?];
  10. An approach to ongoing revolutionary changes where there is both “a slow path” and “a fast path” of the Revolution; such is “the Dialectic” and the “dialectical process”;
  11. Toward more moderate and compromising opponents, one first tries to incorporate them into the professed new system so as to use them as Lenin’s “useful idiots” in the sense that they help give to the world the illusory idea that nothing has really changed;
  12. As a last element – but of course a very important and painful one for those who lived under Communism – there is a constant sense of distrust and fear, unto the imprisonment and killing of one’s intransigent opponents.

Pro-Soviet propaganda from Communist Romania (source)

  • im4truth4all

    It is hard for many in the free world to believe that there are not only bad men, but evil men. Bad men steal, rape, ravage and plunder. Evil men may not always do these things, but they seek to destroy goodness, virtue, morality, decency, truth and honor. Bad men who steal admit honesty; evil men who do not steal, call dishonesty “honesty,” totalitarianism “democracy,” slavery “freedom.” Evil men can be nice at table, polite with women, courteous in Washington, refined in London and calm in Geneva.  – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

  • Marie Halligan

    My son has just showed me a video of a long stream of tanks on being transported by rail in America and we started talking about WW3. He said that the prediction made by Our Lady of Fatima was that it would start about 100 years after the WW1 and I remembered what she said about Russia’s errors and I said I reckoned she meant not so much political Communism with a capital C,but cultural Marxism, the stuff discussed in this article. Now the Brits are going having another General Election,Erdogan is the absolute ruler of Turkey,N. Korea are throwing their nuclear weight around and the morals of the West are in the sewer!Oh dear…! The Pope should have done what Our Lady asked; why isn’t he doing it now or is it too late?She said by 1960 so I suppose it is! God have mercy on us all!

  • Marie Halligan

    Quite right! As M.Scott Peck says in his book,People of the Lie,the evil do not have a desire to DO good but do very much want to APPEAR good,which is why he called the people of the Lie. They are liars and dissemblers,twisting the truth and hiding behind masks to deceive the world! I think Obama was an prime example of this; he had the world fooled and everyone thought he was fab with his charisma but he is only a snake!

  • John Taylor

    On August 19, 1931, Our Lord, speaking regarding the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, told Sister Lucy:

    “Make it known to My ministers, that it has been given to them that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My Command and that they will follow him into misfortune.
    “They have not wished to listen to My Command! Like the King of France, they will repent of this, and they will do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread her errors throughout the world provoking wars and persecutions against the Church. The Holy Father will have much to suffer.”

    “They will do it, but it will be late.”

    In the end Mary’s Immaculate Heart triumphs!

    Keep the Faith


    Regarding King Louis XIV’s example: