America Needs Fatima
|Motto||Because it's the Solution For Our Times!|
|Founder||C. Preston Noell, III|
|Robert E. Ritchie, Executive Director|
America Needs Fatima is a campaign of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), a Catholic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its stated goal is to "win the heart and soul of America for Mary by spreading Our Lady's Fátima message and promoting devotion to her Immaculate Heart."
America Needs Fatima was founded in February 1985. C. Preston Noell III. was its first Executive Director until 1996, when leadership of the organization passed to Robert E. Ritchie, who remains Executive Director today. America Needs Fatima claims an active membership of 125,000. The headquarters are in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania.
- "America Needs Fatima (ANF) is The American TFP's special campaign to spread the Fatima message in the United States. The goal of America Needs Fatima is to win the heart and soul of America for Mary by spreading Our Lady's Fatima message and promoting devotion to Her Immaculate Heart."
- "America Needs Fatima sees the essence of Our Lady's message is to open our eyes to the gravity of today's moral corruption, to explain it in light of God's plans, and to outline how to prevent the chastisement. Our Lady is thus teaching us about our epoch and our future."
America Needs Fatima is involved in advocacy and education on a range of issues, including abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, and socialism. It applies the message of Our Lady of Fatima to what it sees as the "moral crisis" in society.
Fatima home visits
Since 1994, the primary activity of America Needs Fatima has been the "Mary in Every Home" program. It consists of a Fatima custodian taking a four-foot tall statue of Our Lady of Fatima to a person's home, with a crowning and enthronement ceremony, a short audio-visual about the story of Fatima, and the praying of the rosary. ANF claims to have visited approximately 10,000 homes in all 50 states with this program.
America Needs Fatima has protested films, plays, and art exhibits it considers blasphemous or otherwise offensive to Catholicism. Protests consist of sending protest cards, phone calls, or e-mail protests as well as street demonstrations outside the theater or museum.
Films, plays, and art exhibits that America Needs Fatima has protested include:
- The Da Vinci Code
- The Crime of Father Amaro
- The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
- "The Last Temptation of Christ"
- Hail Mary
- "Corpus Christi"
- "Jesus Has Two Mommies"
- "Jerry Springer: The Opera"
- "Piss Christ", by Andres Serrano
- "A Fire in My Belly," by David Wojnarowicz, at the Booklyn Museum of Art
- "Our Lady" by Alma Lopez
America Needs Fatima protesters showed up at the Uptown Players production of "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told" in December 2013. Actor Stan Graner commented, “I appreciate the protesters exercising their right to protest, and they seemed to be doing it in a sincere and peaceful manner. But I can’t help but think that by helping to draw attention to the controversial production they are also in fact supplying free advertising for the show. As a long-time supporter of Uptown Players, I welcome the publicity, and I hope it helps sell more tickets.”
Fatima flier distribution
Public Square Rosary Crusade
Since 2007, America Needs Fatima has organized an annual "Public Square Rosary Crusade," consisting of ANF "Rally Captains" organizing prayer vigils in public places, such as a sidewalk or street corner, in their local town or city. The first campaign was held on October 13, 2007, the 90th anniversary of the "Miracle of the Sun."
According to its website, approximately 2,000 rallies were held in 2007, 3,500 in 2008, 4,337 in 2009, 5,963 in 2010, and 7,515 in 2011. In 2012, 9,077 were held across the United States and in 36 countries.
Books and devotional items
America Needs Fatima regularly publishes devotional books and pamphlets. Some of its more important works include:
- Fatima: Prophecies of Tragedy or Hope?, by Antonio Borelli
- Fatima: A Message More Urgent than Ever, by Luiz Sergio Solimeo
- Jacinta's Story, by Andrea F. Phillips
- Meet the Witnesses, by John Haffert
- The Book of Confidence, by Fr. Thomas de Saint-Laurent
- The Secret of the Rosary, by St. Louis de Montfort
- The Way of the Cross, by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
- Sermons of Hope, by St. Alphonsus de Liguiori
Return to Order
Along with its parent organization, America Needs Fatima is sponsoring a new book called Return to Order: From A Frenzied Economy to An Organic Christian Society – Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We Need to Go.
- "Who We Are", America Needs Fatima
- America Needs Fatima - Frequently Asked Questions Archived June 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Pollock, Colleen (23 June 2005). "Beloved statue comes to Rostraver". The Tribune-Review. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- Blue, Miranda. "Religious Right Abandons Brooklyn Museum Protests – Anti-Da Vinci Code Group and Pro-Censorship Artist Carry on the Fight", Right Wing Watch, November 21, 2011
- Munoz, Lorenza (October 23, 2002). "Catholic groups target film about clerical misdeeds". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- ANF. ""Dangerous Lives" Underscores Tragic Times". The American TFP. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- Marshall, Genevieve (13 November 1999). "Demonstrators Say Movie `Dogma' Is In The Doghouse * Catholics Protest Near Theater In Hanover Township". The Morning Call. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- Isbell, Gary (2005). "Catholics Rejoice - Protest Works!". Crusade Magazine. 76 (July/August): 6.
- Hallowel, Billy (18 April 2012). "Catholic Group Protests 'Gay Jesus' Film & Stage Show: A 'Blasphemous Homosexual Play'". The Blaze. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- Pat, Healy (December 12, 2002). "Christians blast 'offensive' Jesus play at Somerville Theater". Somerville Journal. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- Brown, Tony (January 29, 2011). "'Jerry Springer: The Opera' comes to Lakewood; controversy follows". The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- Ritchie, Robert. "Join This Urgent Rosary of Reparation". The America Needs Fatima Official Blog. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- Reidy, Padraig (24 June 2011). "Ireland's poisonous blasphemy debate". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- Lopez, Alma. "Our Lady controversy continues".
- Chumin, Nancy. "America Needs Fatima protests ‘Most Fabulous Story’ at Kalita in Dallas, patrons unfazed", The Dallas Morning News, December 8, 2013
- "What Does America Needs Fatima Do?". America Needs Fatima. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- Matthew, Archbold. "Town Rejects Rosary as Offensive and the Prayers that Changed Everything". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "9077 Rosary Rallies in America on October 13". America Needs Fatima. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- America Needs Fatima Home Page
- America Needs Fatima Official Blog
- Trott, Josephine. "Does America Really Need Fatima? Fordham Event Dialogue Faces Discrimination", The Observer, Fordham University, September 21, 2011