Father Nicholas Gruner
The fifth of seven children, Father Gruner was born in Montreal, Canada, to Malcom and Jessie (née Mullally) Gruner.
Gruner started an apostolate in the 1970s to promote the message of Fátima. He was ordained at Avellino, Italy on August 22, 1976 by Bishop Pasquale Venezia.
In 1978, he launched a periodical dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, which was a journal mostly dedicated to praying the rosary, until Gruner became focused particularly on the consecration of the Soviet Union controversy.
Gruner and his magazine, "Fatima Crusader," took a critical stance toward the compliance of the Popes with the message of Fátima, specifically the request for the Consecration of Russia.
Gruner believed that John Paul II was held by the consent of his predecessor to an alleged Vatican/Moscow concordat, which had been signed between the Pope John XXIII and then-Premier Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union. This was primarily because the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, also supported this alleged concordat.
Throughout the 1980s, the Fatima Crusader made further frequent allegations that the Vatican had been infiltrated and subverted, and that the Soviet Union was engaging in deliberate deception when it depicted Mikhail Gorbachev and perestroika as initiators of internal Communist reform after the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s. In 1988, he urged a letter writing campaign against arms control talks.
Fr. Gruner died on the night of April 29, 2015, of a sudden heart attack while working at his Fatima Center office.