The Australian version:
The Fatima Center has nothing to do with America Needs Fatima, but it looks like ANF has managed to use the "fatima.org" domain for Australia and Oceania, since it entails the extension -.au (for Australia). In America, fatima.org
belongs to the Fatima Center, founded by Fr. Nicholas Gruner (RIP). Fr. Gruner was in no way associated with the ANF branch of TF&P. He was, however, loosely associated with TIA. One joint project, We Resist You to the Face,
was co-authored by Guimaraes and Marian T. Horvat, PhD., along with 2 of Fr. Gruner's regulars, John Vennari (of Catholic Family News
) and Michael J. Matt (of The Remnant
The founder of TIA, Atila Sinke Guimaraes, has an associate, Marian T. Horvat, and together they edit materials in English and Portuguese very well. TIA has a selection of books they've published including the many-volume Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani. .
Marian Horvat's brother, John Horvat II, is vice president and member of the board of directors of ANF. But as far as I know these 2 siblings have very little association with each other's office. They might write letters to each other but they don't have any joint projects, from what I've heard.
The ANF group is basically Novus Ordo, and most of their membership is in Newchurch.
TIA is absolutely TLM, and diligently seeks to promote the Latin Mass, recommending against everything Novus Ordo.
I guess you would call them Recognize & Resist.
But they have been a longstanding advocate of the fake Sister Lucia theory, long before Peter Chojnowski took it up.
I've had the impression that ANF would have nothing to do with the fake Sr. Lucy concept.
It seems to me they'd be terrified of alienating most of their followers that way, which might be the case in fact.
I know Trads who are very appreciative of the ANF projects, since they take the Rosary to the streets without compromise.
Their demonstrations and public Rosaries eagerly invite the participation of all comers, and Protestants join in to pray the Rosary.
I have no idea how they explain the concept of "getting together to pray, but not praying together" like JPII at Assisi I & II did.
A friend recently told me about a local Novus Ordo parish that had announced a public Rosary at the Church, in Simi Valley.
She was anticipating having it outside, on the sidewalk, where everyone can see it.
That's the way ANF does these Rosaries, often at public parks with soccer games going on all around, and the like.
But when the day arrived, everyone was inside the church, so my friend sought out an explanation from the parish office.
They explained to her that the Knights of Columbus had stepped in to run the Rosary, and they wanted to keep it indoors.
My friend was quite disappointed, because, she said, how can you expect to spread the Faith when you hide out of sight?
For this reason, she is an outspoken advocate of ANF, and thinks they are doing a lot of good.
I was involved about 20 years ago with organizing a home Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima visit from the ANF group.
They set up the date, and tell you how to invite friends and neighbors for the ceremony.
They show up with their Virgin Mary of Fatima statue, and get all set up with decorations and literature in your home.
There is a prayer sequence they lead, which includes a Rosary and then a short speech by the ANF representative.
At the end he encourages everyone to drop some *money* into the conspicuously perched box with a small opening in the top.
When everyone is finished, the rep picks up all his stuff, beginning with the BOX, and carries the statue etc. out to his minivan.
They obviously are well-rehearsed and use the same format wherever they go, I would suppose.