Catholics be advised. This 'cult' -like organization has been condemned by the NCBB (National Council of Brazilian Bishops) and ordered Catholics to have nothing to do with it, on April,18 1985.
They use the name ANF, TFP and Foundation for a Christian Civilizaion for filing.
America Needs Fatima campaign is wholly operated by an organization called The Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), founded in Brazil by late Professor Plinio Corrêa De Oliveira in 1960.
This group are followers of the eccentric Professor Plinio whose teachings are heretical in the Roman Catholic Faith. They feign to be 'faithful Catholics' exploiting the Fatima devotion in their propaganda and aggressive direct mail fundraisings targeting Catholics with rented mailing lists.
They recruit young men to join full time. But the Bishop in Brazil said, "their entire recruitment procedure is in violation of Canon Law 219 prohibiting any coercion in choosing or remaining in any state of life."
This organization has been condemned by Roman Catholic Bishops in Brazil, Scotland, Africa and Miami Florida-http://www.miamiarch.org/atimo_s/Bulletin/2007/Bulletin20071017.pdf
The bishops' warning, characterized the group as a "cult of personality " (meaning that they are giving excessive or worshipful devotion to their leader) and also accused the group of "abusing the name of Holy Mary."
The official nature of the notice was subsequently confirmed by the Under-Secretary General of the Brazilian Conference, Fr. Valentini Netto on Dec. 8, 1995.
Review from Guidestar
My wife & I have been affiliated with The American TFP for over 12 years & must say that we are profoundly impressed by the TFP members whom we have had the opportunity to meet over these many years. They are extremely dedicated to the Roman Catholic Church & to the traditions that make up the Church, along with their incredible support for family values & private property, the first thing that communist/socialist governments take away from the people when they gain control of a country. They are very open in everything that they do, as was Our Lord, to the extent that they do tend to attract detractors, as did Our Lord, & as would any organization that stands up for the truth & for Catholic values that are so sadly being set aside today. We have worked with the TFP for 10 years sponsoring local Rosary Crusades which have the intent of encouraging individuals & families to pray the rosary daily as requested by Our Lady at Fatima. They also have an incredible program to promote the messages that Our Lady gave to the 3 shepherd children at Fatima in 1917, 99 years ago this May 13th. Their current campaign is to promote family values by supporting traditional marriage, that is marriage between one man & one woman as ordained by God, starting with our first parents in the Garden of Eden. When you support such "controversial" issues today, yes, you do tend to make some enemies, enemies that are also enemies of the Catholic Church. We have never found such an outstanding organization of men & women in our 65+ years of experience as Roman Catholics. If you have a true love for the Church, for the traditional values of the Church as taught by Our Lord some 2,000+ years ago, & if you are a true supporter of democratic values then you will be extremely impressed with The American TFP.
They push aggressively, always asking for money. For these guys, its all about the money. Expect newsletters, mailings, etc, all asking for, you guessed it, money!!
I met all the TFP members in person and can attest that they live modestly and devote their lives to the defense of Christian Civilization. They work hard and produce excellent materials and activities.
This organization targets Christians ESPECIALLY Roman Catholic churches and parishioners devoted to Our Lady of Fatima, a Catholic Shrine and apparition site in Fatima Portugal. They do massive HIGH pressure fundraiser direct mailings two times a month. They are NOT Catholic but want people to think they ARE. They follow in cult-like devotion a heretical deceased founder from Brazil condemned by many Roman Catholic Bishops beginning in Brazil - for their heresey, secretiveness, exploitation of young men and destruction of families. Their grip on the youth who are under their full control and domination is for the purpose of more fundraising, and treating and using them as slaves for their massive office work and campaigns. They pay high salaries to management and the real 'owners' who are all family members.
People need to know the truth of this evil organization.
Review from Guidestar
this secretive group does not tell the public in their massive, agressive direct mailings to Catholics in their rented lists that they follow an eccentric founder from Brazil that has been condemned by Roman Catholic Bishops in many countries. They do not believe or practice all the teachings and dogma in the Roman Cathlic church.
Review from Guidestar
I'd like to comment on the "secretive" nature of TFP, which is a part of the Foundation for a Christian Civilization: what a lie! My goodness, what does it take to be considered "open" and not secretive. TFP's books and writings are voluminous and the Church has never censored one thing. In fact, they have written many glowing letters of praise for several of TFP's publications. Their books and magazines and websites are readily available to all honest souls. I've known this group for 30 years and spent time with them in their sister organizations' offices and housing in Europe and Brazil. They've let me attend their weekly general meetings, been a free, totally unwatched, roaming guest in their offices, etc... Anyone can smile and be nice to you. If you want to know what an organization is all about, read what they write, because they can't wriggle out of it or 'spin' it. TFP and it's America Needs Fatima campaign promote the public practice of virtue according to the traditional and contemporary magistirium of the Catholic Church. No bishop has EVER challenged, in writing, any of the publications of the TFP. Why? because what the TFP believes and preaches is 100% in accordance with Catholic doctrine. If you're against that, especially if you're inside the Church, you can't actually put your wrong headedness in writing, so you whisper your calumnies and never WRITE a response....typical methodology of those 'whited sepulchers'. Because they can't convict TFP of sin, they whisper calumnies and untruths for over 50 years now.
Review from CharityNavigator
I had to laugh when I read the negative comments by anonymous posters, but then I thought: what if in today's world...just because they're ONLINE...such comments are taken as deified, necessarily known to the organization, and thus "true"?
Well, readers certainly can ask the foundation at their own website(s) if they want to know who knows what.
As to being created by a "secretive" leader, that man was a Brazilian lawyer and professor as one can view reasonably reliably (at the moment!) at Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Society_for_the_Defense_of_Tradition,_Family_and_Property .
It may be that as in original day, around the globe State-regulated if not appointed "bishops" don't approve of such talk...but then, it would be such TALK, no matter if a Muslim, LBGT, Buddhist, Jew, or any person of any "-ism" or bent disapproved! Consider also neither the USCCB nor Vatican, for example, disapproves of the foundation.
This is intended to submit a counterpoint to knee-jerk and possibly sometimes prank "critics" offering no details of self-opinions, and I neither encourage nor discourage the public about this foundation.
I am very grateful for their sponsorship of Rosary Rallies in the public square, something I've wanted to do for years.
Review from Guidestar
The solicitation material was using Mary, The Mother of God, to raise money. One of the very things Jesus worked against. In addition, they promised to use the money to blaspheme God's children.