THE 2010 THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA ANALYSIS & TIMELINE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN WASHINGTON D.C.
Freemason Satanist Pat Robertson is beside himself, pontificating the reasons for the crack in the Illuminati deception.
This is the controversial Authentic Third Secret of Fatima that we released in 2010. The Illuminati are reporting that the stoppage of the Abomination of Desolation with the 13th Century Rosary fulfilled Our Lady's requests and halted the Apocalypse. It's difficult to disagree, but nobody really knows for sure. At the time of this writing, we are waiting for what is supposed to be the last anti-Pope, Petrus Romanus.
Update 3:22:2013: Petrus Romanus is a bust. Benedict XVI resigns, Francis I becomes the "unscripted pope".
"As we shall see, Lucy was so terrified by its contents that even after she was ordered to write it down in October of 1943, she was unable to do so until the subsequent apparition on January 2, 1944 in which Our Lady assured her that it ought to be done. And yet, to this day, the Vatican has never revealed the words of the Virgin which clearly follow "In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved etc." The "etc." remains a secret. This ongoing concealment is a key element of the crime that is the subject of this book." - Chap. 1 "The Devil's Final Battle"
THE AUTHENTIC THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA
"Don't bring that subject up with me, please." - Anti-Pope John XXIII, 1960 - Time Mag.1962 "Man of the Year"
THE MOTHER OF GOD'S FINAL WARNING FOR ROME:
Released on April 21, 2010 for the people.
Translation into English (Original Document from 1944
Now I will reveal the third part of the secret;
This part is the apostasy in the Church! (1)
Our Lady showed us a vision of someone who I describe as the 'Pope', standing in front of a praising multitude.
But there was a difference with a real Pope, the evil
look, this one had eyes of evil. (2)
Then after a few moments we saw the same Pope entering
a church, but this church was like the church of hell, there is no way to describe the ugliness of this place, it seemed like a fortress made of gray cement, with broken angles and windows like eyes, there was a beak on top of the building. (3)
We then looked up at Our Lady who said to us:
you have seen the apostasy in the Church, this message can be opened by The Holy Father, but must be announced after Pius XII and before 1960. (4)
During the kingdom of John Paul II the cornerstone from Peter's tomb must be removed and transferred to Fatima.
Because the Dogma of faith is not preserved in Rome, her
authority will be removed and given to Portugal. (5)
The cathedral of Rome must be destroyed and a new one built in Fatima. (6)
If 69 weeks after this command is announced Rome continues it's abomination, the city will be destroyed. (7)
Our Lady told us this is written, Daniel 9 24-25 and Mathew 21 42-44. (8)
Apocalypse 18:4: "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying: Goe out from her my people: that you not be partakers of her sinnes, and receive not of her plagues. 18:5: Because her sinnes are come even to heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities."(1582 Douai-Rheims)
2010-2011 FATIMA MOVEMENT TIMELINE OF EVENTS
By understanding Freemasonry's goal of universal Lord (Satan) worship which benefits these Luciferians on Judgment Day (the beginning of the Secular New World Order), is it possible that we are having an effect on stalling the Godless New World Order by promoting to tens of thousands the Message of Fatima and reminding Catholics with evidence that "the Lord" is not something they want to be worshipping? The enemy sure is reacting this way. Something has gone terribly wrong in their objective of universal Protestant Lord-Satan worship and they know it.No other website on the planet is publishing the information that debunks the biblical lord apostasy except for us, and we are reaching tens of thousands.Our work is "waking up" many in the clergy who have been deceived by their Masonic Bishops and Cardinals into this universal Masonic Osiris worship, the "Big Brother" false God written about in Orwell's 1984. From their subversive position, in 2011 A.D., they never expected this information to surface which proves their Masonic subversion of the actual name of God. The Truth is now going mainstream at this late hour and the Devil is running out of time...
April 20/21, 2010
An obscure website www.fatimamovement.wordpress.com publishes a Third Secret of Fatima claiming they have Sister Lucia's "other copy" of the Third Secret of Fatima which was suppressed in 1960. It matches the description of many Vatican authorities who had read it, but were sworn not to reveal its contents. The apparent countdown is on, Rome is scheduled to be destroyed on August 17, 2011, 69 weeks after this release. But nobody is talking and no one explains what officially starts the countdown. What authority prompted its release? Does publishing it on a website start the countdown? Who are these people?
Apirl 27, 2010
This Fatima Movement Founder acquires a copy. It appears to be authentic.
May 1, 2010
The U.S. "Catholic" Council of Bishops launches their own countdown to Advent 2011 (Nov. 27, 2011). Their website header counts down the days to the implementation of "Spirit" worship in the Third Roman Missal "revision," the fulfillment of Apocalypse 22:17 "and the spirit and the bride say come." Their calendar indicates the advent of the son of man. We believe this is the signal of the day of the last "pope," Petrus Romanus.
May 13, 2010
Masonic Anti-Pope Benedict XVI cryptically states to journalists in his jet on the way to a 'pilgrimage' to Fatima: "Whoever thinks that the prophetic mission of Fatima is over, is DECEIVED."
"During the pontificate of John Paul II the cornerstone from Peter's tomb must be removed and transferred to Fatima. Because the Dogma of faith is not preserved in Rome, her authority will be removed and given to Portugal." - The 2011 Third Secret of Fatima
Our website, www.fatimamovement.com is launched, registering the coveted domain www.fatimamovement.com first, publishes the evidence that Our Lady is in the Trinity, explains the Illuminati subversion of the Rosary and posts this apparent Third Secret of Fatima. Communication between our site and the Third Secret publishers stall. They are angry that we stole their domain name.
November 1, 2010
Our Masonic adversaries, www.fatimamovement.wordpress.com posts warnings that our site www.fatimamovement.com is Masonic, launches an aggressive smear campaign. They continue to promote the Masonic keys to Hell, "Father, son, Holy Spirit" as the answer.
November 29, 2010
The Illuminati release a somber coded message: "We could have had it all" tops the music charts. This is in stark contrast to the Illuminati release of "Empire State of Mind" in Jan. 2010 which bragged: "Your Jesus can't save you, life starts when the Church ends." It appears the "Lightworkers" are running out of time and know it.
December 1, 2010
www.fatimamovement.wordpress.com posts aggressive warnings about our site, claims no association with our campaign. They completely ignore the point of Fatima, that Our Lady is in the Trinity. This Masonic order continues to promote Osiris worship while claiming to be rebels against Freemasonry.
April 20, 2011
Our Lady appears over Africa, lending credibility to the one year anniversary of the release of this document.
May 13, 2011
Miracle appears in Fatima during a ceremonial Masonic mass, a rainbow appears around the sun. This event is televised and photographed numerous times.
May 21, 2011
Imprisonment for Sedevacantism - "A lifetime in jail for being a Catholic priest
In the press release "Imprisonment for Sedevacantism" (May 21st, 2011) it was mentioned that the Roman-Catholic priest Father Rolf Hermann Lingen (FRHL), Germany, was put on trial. His crime: He is sedevacantist.
At the end of the first trial day (May 26th, 2011) the judges heavily stressed that in this trial, any arguments, especially theological arguments, are strictly excluded. Germany firmly declares that the V2-sect is the Catholic church; therefore any other position is illegal and punishable."
June 15, 2011
The website that released this Third Secret of Fatima reveals their identity. Our readers complain about the heresies and the Illuminati hidden handsign in the group photograph of the Franciscos Capuchinhos. It is now apparent to us that something is wrong with them.
June 17, 2011
The Masonic Franciscos Capuchinhos group posts a claim that they are the "protectors" of this other copy of Sister Lucia's Third Secret and claim they received it from Sister Lucia's Superior, Bishop José Alves Correia da Silva in the late 1950's.
June 29, 2011
The 62nd week of this Daniel timeline comes and goes without the final visit of Our Lady at Fatima. The Masonic Franciscos Capuchinhos indicate that the May 13, 2011 miracle was the fulfillment of their prophecy.
August 17, 2011
The end of the 69 weeks of Daniel comes. Rome is obviously not destroyed. The Masonic moderators of godlikeproductions.com seek an interview with what they call "the Nobody" but anonymity cannot be guaranteed. The Fatima Movement declines their offer.
August 20, 2011
Massive Storm embarrasses Anti-Pope Benedict XVI during the pagan-like World Youth Day in Spain.
August 23/4, 2011
The end of the 70th week of Daniel comes. A very rare, large earthquake shakes the Eastern half United States and closes down the largest Masonic temple in the world, the Washington Monument. A West Coast Earthquake rattles Colorado the same day.
August 25, 2011
Freemason American "religious" leader Pat Robertson complains on his 700 Club television broadcast : "Crack in the Washington Monument is a sign from God." He is visibly upset.
Posts on Freemason message boards indicate something went wrong, they complain that their "powers" are diminished. We assume the command to pray the Rosary the original way is stalling the advent of the Godless New World Order. It appears our strategy is working. The destruction of Freemasonry's largest occultic monument is a huge defeat for their side. Some readers report to us that spirits scream out as they pray the 150 Rosary, "why are you doing this to us?"
* Because of the Third Secret's release in Portugal at an unknown time, it is difficult to know the hour of the end of the 70 weeks.
The warning from Sister Lucia, given to Father Augustin Fuentes (postulator for the beatifications of Francisco and Jacinta, May 22, 1958:
"God will chastise the world and this will be in a terrible manner. The punishment from Heaven is imminent. Father, how much time before 1960 arrives? It will be sad for everyone. Not one person will rejoice at all if beforehand the world does not pray and do penance. I am not able to give any other details because it is still a secret. This is the part of the Message of Our Lady which will remain secret until 1960. My mission is not to indicate to the world the material punishments which are certain to come if the world does not pray and do penance beforehand. No. My mission is to indicate to everyone the imminent danger we are in of losing our souls for all eternity if we remain obstinate in sin... it is necessary for each one of us to begin to reform himself spiritually. Each person must not save only his own soul, but all the souls that God hasa placed on our path... The devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Virgin. And a decisive battle is the final battle where one side will be victorious and the oher side will suffer defeat. Hence from now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility. God is giving two last remedies to the world. These are the Holy Rosary and devotion to the immaculate heart of (Our Lady). These are the last two remedies which signify that there will be no others... the most holy virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, even of the life of peoples and nations, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary, we will save ourselves. We will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls. Finally, devotion to the immaculate heart of (Our Lady), our most holy Mother, consists in considering her as the seat of mercy, of goodness, and of pardon, and as the certain door by which we are to enter Heaven."
"Fatima as a whole is a compendium of the Catholic Faith." - Bishop of Fatima in 1975
Is a storm brewing concerning the third secret of Fatima? Benedict XVIstated to journalists on May 13th, 2010, in his jet on the way to Fatima, that
"Whoever thinks that the prophetic mission of Fatima is over, is DECEIVED."
Pictured left: anti-pope Benedict XVI adorned in Freemasonic Knights of Malta Iron Crosses and a Star of David on his mitre. How any Catholics will blindly follow this post-1962 Vatican New Order religion with its destroyed altars, sex scandals and Jewish Messianic Expectation into Hell?
Images and Video Clips of the May 13th, 2011 Event at Fatima.
Television Broadcast of the Our Lady's Response to the Masonic Mass at Fatima: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
We were compelled by one of our readers to point out that this May 13th, 2011 event drew attention away from a ceremony intended to honor the notorious heretic, antipope John Paul II. This is very interesting to the sedevacantist Fatima crowd. Was it an authentic rainbow around the sun or was it a bluebeam stunt to deceive the masses? Someday we'll find out...anything is possible.
If this is the official announcement of Our Lady's command, this would mean we are in the final 70 weeks of Daniel. The "abomination of desolation" spoken of by Daniel the Prophet is the period of time when the Catholic Faith - the Mass and Sacraments CEASE TO EXIST. This really looks like the other copy of the real Third Secret of Fatima, one of only two in the world- and it is a bombshell. It is no wonder why every "Pope" since Pius XII has kept it in a lock box next to his bed. Now that the Roman Catholic Church has been fully infiltrated by her enemies, the only resistance to a One World Government under Lucifer is gone. Prepare for the consequences...
The timeline of the Mother of God's Authentic Third Secret of Fatima matches the timeline of the Lord's (the Devil's) prophecy from some 3,000 years ago in the Old Testament. It's time to take notice. Remember, "the Lord" comes like a thief in the night...don't fall for it.
Daniel 9:24: Seventy weeks (April 21, 2010 - August 24, 2011) are shortened upon thy people, and upon thy holy city (Rome), that transgression may be finished (the Judeo-Masonic takeover), and sin (heresy against the devil) may have an end, and iniquity may be abolished; and everlasting justice may be brought; and vision and prophecy may be fulfilled; and the saint of saints (the Judeo-Masonic Jesus) may be anointed.
Daniel 9:25: Know thou therefore, and take notice: that from the going forth of the word, to build up Jerusalem again, unto Christ the prince (David's Christ, the Jewish Messiah, Lucifer, the Prince of this world), there shall be seven weeks (June 30, 2011 - August 17, 2011), and sixty-two weeks (April 21, 2010 - June 29, 2011): and the street shall be built again, and the walls in straitness of times.
Daniel 9:26: And after sixty-two weeks (April 21, 2010 - June 30, 2011) Christ shall be slain: and the people that shall deny him (Deny that Our Lord is the Messiah, unlike Caiphus) shall not be his. And a people with their leader that shall come, shall destroy the city and the sanctuary: and the end thereof shall be waste, and after the end of the war the appointed desolation (no opportunity for salvation).
Daniel 9:27: And he shall confirm the covenant with many, in one week (the 70th week of Daniel, August 17, 2011 - August 24, 2011): and in the half of the week the victim and the sacrifice shall fall: and there shall be in the temple the abomination of desolation (no valid Sacraments - 1944, no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - 1962, no valid priests - 1968): and the desolation shall continue even to the consummation, and TO THE END.
ROME'S TIME IS UP....WHAT NOW?
Miraculous evidence this document is the real deal: Solar Event in Fatima on the Anniversary of the 1917 Apparitions: May 13, 2011.
A Solar Event occurred over the Fatima Shrine in Portugal on May 13, 2011. What is interesting is that the anti-Pope John Paul II was being heralded at some outdoor ceremony. The Solar Event stole the attention away from the proceedings for the anti-Pope. Video Evidence: 123
Miraculous evidence this document is the real deal: The Mother of God appears off the Ivory Coast in Africa, marking the one-year anniversary of the release of this Third Secret of Fatima:
APRIL 21, 2010: Release of the Third Secret of Fatima
APRIL 20, 2011: Miraculous Appearance of Our Lady clothed in the sun in Africa.
What is meant by Divine Tradition? A. By Divine Tradition is meant the revealed truths taught by Christ and His Apostles, which were given to the Church only by word of mouth and not through the Bible, though they were put in writing, principally by the Fathers of the Church.” (Catholic Catechism)
(1) "Now I will reveal the third part of the secret; This part is the apostasy in the Church!"
"Whoever wishes to be saved, needs above all to hold the Catholic faith; unless each one preserves this whole and inviolate, he will without a doubt perish in eternity." Pope Eugene IV, 1439
St. Francis De Sales (1602): “As to decrees on doctrines of faith they are invariable; what is once true is so unto eternity…” (C.C., p. 231.)
(2) "Our Lady showed us a vision of someone who I describe as the 'Pope', standing in front of a praising multitude. But there was a difference with a real Pope, the evil look, this one had eyes of evil." - The Third Secret of Fatima
"Now when [the Pope] is explicitly a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church must either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See." St. Francis de Sales, "The Catholic Controversy" (16th century)
(3) "Then after a few moments we saw the same Pope entering a church, but this church was like the church of hell, there is no way to describe the ugliness of this place, it seemed like a fortress made of gray cement, with broken angles and windows like eyes, there was a beak on top of the building." - The Third Secret of Fatima
This ugly church described in the Third Secret is located in Neviges, Germany.
(4) "We then looked up at Our Lady who said to us: you have seen the apostasy in the Church, this message can be opened by The Holy Father, but must be announced after Pius XII and before 1960." - The Third Secret of Fatima
Yves Marsaudon, 33rd Scottish Rite Freemason.: "The sense of universalism that is rampant in Rome these days is very close to our purpose for existence... with all our hearts WE SUPPORT THE REVOLUTION OF JOHN XXIII."
(5) "During the pontificate of John Paul II the cornerstone from Peter's tomb must be removed and transferred to Fatima. Because the Dogma of faith is not preserved in Rome, her authority will be removed and given to Portugal." - The Third Secret of Fatima
Judeo-Masonic Anti-Pope John Paul II actually did this in a little known ceremony in March, 2004: Obeying the command of this Third Secret, John Paul II transfers remains of St. Peter from the Vatican to Fatima in a symbolic admission that the Vatican no longer has the Apostolic Authority.
(7) "If 69 weeks after this command is announced Rome continues it's abomination, the city will be destroyed."
Apcoalypse 18:8: Therefore, shall her plagues come in one day, death and mourning and famine. And she shall be burnt with the fire: because God is strong, who shall judge her.
18:9: And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived in delicacies with her, shall weep and bewail themselves over her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning:
18:10: Standing afar off for fear of her torments, saying: Alas! alas! that great city, Babylon, that mighty city: for in one hour is thy judgment come.
(8) "Our Lady told us this is written, Daniel 9 24-25 and Mathew 21 42-44."
The timeline of the Mother of God's Authentic Third Secret of Fatima matches the timeline of the Lord's (the Devil's) prophecy in Daniel Chap. 9 from some 3,000 years ago.
Daniel 9:24: Seventy weeks are shortened upon thy people, and upon thy holy city (Rome), that transgression may be finished (the Judeo-Masonic takeover), and sin (heresy) may have an end, and iniquity may be abolished; and everlasting justice may be brought; and vision and prophecy may be fulfilled; and the saint of saints (the "Son of a Man"?) may be anointed.
9:25: Know thou therefore, and take notice: that from the going forth of the word, to build up Jerusalem again, unto Christ the prince (David's Christ, the Jewish Messiah, Lucifer, the Prince of this world), there shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks: and the street shall be built again, and the walls in straitness of times.
9:26: And after sixty-two weeks Christ shall be slain: and the people that shall deny him (Deny that Our Lord is the Messiah, unlike Caiphus) shall not be his. And a people with their leader that shall come, shall destroy the city and the sanctuary: and the end thereof shall be waste, and after the end of the war the appointed desolation (no opportunity for salvation).
9:27: And he shall confirm the covenant with many, in one week: and in the half of the week the victim and the sacrifice shall fall: and there shall be in the temple the abomination of desolation (no valid Sacraments - 1944, no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - 1962, no valid priests - 1968): and the desolation shall continue even to the consummation, and TO THE END.
" No one will enter the New World Order unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer. No one will enter the New Age unless he will take a Luciferian Initiation. ” – David Spangler, U.N.
When Christ asks you, "Who do you say that I am?" Don't forget to answer, "You are God." This means you have kept the Catholic Faith and will enter through the Gates of Heaven. It is required that you are baptized in the Holy Ghost (Council of Trent), not in the Holy Spirit (Vatican II Council), which is the mysterious (spiritual) mark of the beast. If you give the Judeo-Masonic answer, you will be glad that you prayed the Rosary (the best weapon against heresy). The Rosary will save you from Hell since you have appealed to the Mother of God for your sin (mistake of praying to "the lord/Satan." It is necessary to be joined to the Traditional Catholic Church to enter the Gates of Heaven, but the Vatican as of 1960 is 99% Masonic. This New World Order is actually a spiritual war, the consequences are permanent in the next world. Since Freemasonry is in communication with their fellow condemned, spiritually dead brothers in Hell, via their seances, rituals, spirit worship, etc., this gives them a tremendous advantage in strategizing the Secular New World Order- the complete deletion of God from the World.
WE OWN THE ANTIDOTE.
"I understood that it was the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity that was shown to me ..."
Frère Michel has rightly called this apparition “the Trinitarian Theophany”. As with the Miracle of the Sun, there is nothing else like it in the history of the world." - Chap. 3, "The Devil's Final Battle.
"God will chastise the world and this will be in a
terrible manner. The punishment from Heaven is imminent."
Sister Lucia of Fatima, 1957
Novus Ordo Seclorum (Secular/Godless New World Order)
The Three Keys to the Gates of Hell. (Novus Ordo Heresy)
It is critical to understand why Freemasons initiate themselves as Heretics. As part of their deal with Lucifer, they must be "born again" to overcome their reality of being banned from Heaven. From their "rebirth" in the Lodge, they strive to be the ideal deceivers, appearting to the world as "holy" while simultaneously promoting their biblical lordship as God to the deceived masses. They must promote the heresy of denying the Divinity of Christ to the four corners of the earth so that they can work their way up towards the top of Hell's pyramid. At Judgment, if you give the Masonic answer, "You are Jesus, son of the Lord," or, you are "the son of a fire," you will condemn yourself to Hell and Lucifer will own your soul. So, welcome out of their Machine. If you are unable to hold the simple Catholic Faith that Christ is God, you will be turned over to the fire which was prepared for the Devil and his Masonic "angels." Simply put, if you pray to "the Lord/Satan" of the Gnostic Bible and you are invalidly baptized, you're not going to make it. "The Lord/Satan" has deceived ALL NATIONS, just as prophecized.
Contrast the miraculous Trinitarian Theophany with the New Order Judeo-Freemasonic trinity of the Bible, consisting of the Father (face hidden), the son (who is coming) and the Holy Spirit (pictured left).
CBS NEWS: Engineers Inspect cracks in the world's largest Masonic Occultic Monument. This Tower of David has a 1 inch wide crack near the foreskin, 4 feet long. From an engineering standpoint, this means it is falling in on itself and that is why the monument to Baphomet's phallus has been shut down indefinitely. If Americans only knew the sins they were committing...but they soon will.
THE EVIDENCE THAT WE ARE WINNING
So here's the question on everyone's mind: Did our Fatima Movement make the "path of the coming Judeo-Masonic-N.W.O. Lord" so crooked that it is actually falling apart? The Illuminati never expected such a rebellion at this hour. In layman's terms, they thought the world would never find what they had deleted out of public knowledge over the centuries. So we wonder, by learning from the mistakes of the world in the 1930's, specifically ignoring the Message of Fatima which led to the sky turning blood red over Europe (the sign given by Our Lady that WWII was about to begin) is it possible that following these directives now have pushed back what was supposed to be WWIII? Has Jewish/Masonic Prophecy been stopped? There is evidence we are winning:
"Obelisks are phallic (penis) symbols related to the Egyptian Sun god, Ra (Lucifer). The 4 sides of the Washington Monument are aligned with the cardinal directions (i.e., east, west, north, and south). At the ground level each side of the monument measures 55.5 feet long, which is equal to 666 inches. The height of the obelisk is 555.5 feet, which is equal to 6,666 inches."
Third Secret of Fatima series made before the release on April 21, 2010.
The following is two chapters from the book, "The Devil's Final Battle" regarding the cover-up of this Third Secret of Fatima. The entire text can be accessed here.
A Chronology of the Fatima Cover-up
A brief history of the interventions of Our Lady of
Fatima to bring real peace to all mankind and the ongoing campaign to
thwart, silence, falsify and obstruct Her message of peace, hope, joy
unprecedented terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001, and the
credible reports that Islamic terrorists have acquired nuclear bombs as
well as biological and chemical weapons, brings immediately to mind Our
Lady of Fatima's warning: (see insert about Fatima on pages 266-267) If
Russia is not consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart “various nations will be
annihilated,” and that only by means of the Consecration of Russia can the
world achieve true peace in our time.
than eighty-five years after Our Lady of Fatima first appeared, Her
request for the Consecration of Russia remains unfulfilled, and Her
yet, as the world moves ever closer to a final apocalyptic event, certain
elements in the Vatican seem more determined than ever to consign the
Message of Fatima to the past, while persecuting those who continue to
one day after the terrorist attack of September 11th claimed more than
3,000 lives and stunned the entire world — only one day! — the Vatican
press office released a statement condemning Father Nicholas Gruner and
his Fatima apostolate and declaring that no one should attend the
apostolate's conference (scheduled for October 7-13, 2001) on world
peace through the Fatima Message!
these Vatican officials more afraid of Fatima than world terrorism? Are
they more concerned about a conference on Fatima in Rome than they are
about the heresy and scandal which are wounding the Church throughout the
world — on their watch? Clearly, these Vatican officials have lost all
sense of proportion about the state of the world, and the state of the
Church over which they preside.
we present key events in the long history of a great and terrible paradox:
the efforts of a few men, acting within the Catholic Church itself, to
suppress, revise and thwart the fulfillment of Heaven's plan for true
peace in our time.
1929 - Twelve years after Her original
appearances at Fatima, and in fulfillment of Her promise at Fatima on July
13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima appears again to Sister Lucy at Tuy, Spain.
Our Lady stands on a cloud beside Her Divine Son Jesus, on the Cross, and
moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father to make, and to order
that in union with him and at the same time, all the bishops of the
world make the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, promising
to convert it because of this day of prayer and worldwide reparation.”
August 1931 - Our Lord Himself speaks to Sister Lucy. Concerning the
Consecration of Russia, He tells her:
it known to My ministers given that they follow the example of the King
of France in delaying the execution of My command, like him they will
follow him into misfortune.”
January 21, 1935 - Sister Lucy writes to her confessor, Father Goncalves, in answer
to his questions: “Regarding the matter of Russia, I think that it would
please Our Lord very much if you worked to make the Holy Father comply
with His wishes ... [You ask] if I think that you should insist with the
bishop? I think that it would please Our Lord very much. If you should
modify anything? I think that it should be exactly as Our Lord asked it
May 1936 - Our Lord speaks again to Sister Lucy and tells her that the
conversion of Russia will occur only when that nation is solemnly and
publicly consecrated to the Immaculate Heart by the Pope together with all
the bishops. On another occasion, Our Lady tells Sister Lucy that Russia
was to be the instrument of world chastisement, unless beforehand the
conversion of “that poor nation” was obtained through the Consecration.
October 31 and
December 8, 1942 - Pope Pius XII, acting alone, consecrates the
world, but not Russia, to the Immaculate Heart. A few weeks later Winston
Churchill observes that “the hinges of fate” have turned, and the Allies
begin winning most of their battles against Hitler's armies. In the spring
of 1943, Our Lord tells Sister Lucy that world peace will not result from
this consecration, although the war would be shortened. World War II will
continue for another two years.
September 1943 - Sister Lucy is very ill. The Bishop of Fatima fears that she will
die and take the Third Secret of Fatima (see insert on pages 266-267) with
her to the grave. He suggests that she write it down and put it in a
sealed envelope. She replies that such an initiative would be too much for
her — but if the bishop would take responsibility by formally commanding
her, then she would willingly obey.
October 1943 - After one month of prayer and reflection, the Bishop of Fatima,
His Excellency José da Silva, gives Sister Lucy a formal, written order to
write down the Third Secret. Sister Lucy tries to obey immediately, but
for over two months is mysteriously unable to commit the Third Secret to
January 2, 1944 - Our Lady again appears to Sister Lucy and bids her to write down
the third part of the Secret entrusted to her at Fatima in July 1917,
which will become known as simply the Third Secret of Fatima. The Virgin
requests that the Third Secret be revealed to the world not later than
1960. When later asked why the Third Secret had to be revealed by 1960,
Sister Lucy states: “Because the Blessed Virgin wishes it so,” and “It
[the Third Secret] will be clearer then.”
January 9, 1944 - Sister Lucy writes to tell the Bishop of Fatima that after months
of being unable to do so, and causing the Bishop to wait so long, she was
finally able to obey his command that she write down the Third Secret.
June 17, 1944 - Since Sister Lucy will not allow anyone but a bishop to carry the
one-page letter containing the words of Our Lady in the Third Secret, up
to this date it has not been given to the Bishop of Fatima. On this day a
bishop visits near the Convent in Tuy and Sister Lucy entrusts the Secret
to him. He in turn gives it to Bishop José da Silva of Fatima on that same
day. The Bishop of Fatima is free to read the Secret immediately, but
chooses not to.
July 15, 1946 - In answer to a question from Professor William T. Walsh, Sister
Lucy points out that Our Lady did not ask for the consecration of the
world (as was done by Pope Pius XII in 1942), but only and
specifically RUSSIA. “If this is done,” says Sister Lucy, Our Lady
promises to “convert Russia and there will be peace.”
July 7, 1952 - Pope Pius XII consecrates Russia specifically, but he is not
joined by all the Catholic bishops of the world because he did not ask
them to participate, not having been advised that this was necessary. The
war in Korea continues, and other wars follow.
September 2, 1952 - Father Schweigl interrogates Sister Lucy about the Third Secret
at her convent in Coimbra, Portugal. He had been sent there by Pope Pius
XII on a special mission. On his return to the Russicum in Rome, Father
Schweigl confides this to one of his colleagues: “I cannot reveal anything
of what I learned at Fatima concerning the Third Secret, but I can say
that it has two parts: one concerns the Pope. The other,
logically — although I must say nothing — would have to be the
continuation of the words: In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will
always be preserved.”
May 17, 1955 - Cardinal Ottaviani, head of the Vatican's Holy Office, is sent by
Pius XII to the Convent in Coimbra to interrogate Sister Lucy concerning
the contents of the Secret. Cardinal Ottaviani's interrogation will be
followed by an order that the text of the Third Secret be transferred to
March 1957 - Just before its transfer to the Vatican, Bishop John Venancio
holds the envelope containing the Third Secret under a strong electric
lamp. He carefully notes that the Secret is about 25 lines long and is
written on a single sheet of paper with 3/4 centimeter
margins on both sides.
April 16, 1957 - The text of the Third Secret, sealed in the original envelope and
an outer envelope, is transferred to the Vatican. The text is placed in a
safe in the papal apartments, as shown in a photograph in Paris-Match magazine.
The Message of Fatima
Our Only Hope Against Terrorism and War
The appearance and message of Our Lady of Fatima is a beacon
of hope, joy and peace for our troubled world. Our obedience to the
message is our only hope for world peace and freedom from terrorism as you
will see below.
worked the great Miracle of the Sun on October 13, 1917 as a certain proof
that the entire message indeed is guaranteed authentic as coming from Him.
prophetic message started during World War I when Pope Benedict XV — after
three years of terrible suffering in the greatest war up to then — pleaded
in great anguish with the Blessed Virgin in a very public prayer of May 5,
1917 to ask Her to show him and all humanity the way to peace. He knew and
acknowledged that human efforts alone were not enough.
most gracious Virgin replied eight days later by giving a message at
Fatima which is “addressed to every human being”, as Pope John Paul II
gave this message through three shepherd children, Lucy, Jacinta and
Francisco. Our Lady appeared once each month from May 13 to October 13.
She returned to Sister Lucy — the sole surviving shepherd — on December
10, 1925 and June 13, 1929 to further explain and complete the requests
for world peace (see the 1929 event in the chronology above).
on July 13, 1917 Our Lady confided a secret to Sister Lucy which was to be
revealed later to the Pope and to all the faithful. This Secret contains
the key to world peace. The Secret is divided into three parts. The first
two parts were revealed by Sister Lucy in 1941. The third part was to be
released later, as we shall see in this appendix.
Lady promised “If My requests are granted, many souls will be saved and
there will be peace”. But She pointed out the folly of ignoring Her
message. She said, “If My requests are not granted … the good will be
martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer and various nations
will be annihilated.”
God has been publicly insulted by the 1917 Russian revolution — that
excluded God from Russia and conspired to fight God and His followers
everywhere — God, in the Fatima message, insisted on a public act of
reparation for this crime against God. On June 13, 1929 Our Lady of
Fatima, in the presence of the Most Blessed Trinity, explained that God
asked for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (See
June 13, 1929 and then the 1931, 1935 and 1936 events noted in the
is this act which God insists upon as an Act of Reparation for the crime
of state-imposed atheism, otherwise our sins will reap the consequences of
the terrible apostasy, heresy, vices and sins engulfing the world. This
act of obedience is our only hope of being delivered from war and
terrorism and is our only hope for world peace — not because this act is
so difficult but because it is so easy, and thus people will see that the
resulting peace is entirely due to God and the intercession of the Blessed
insists in the Fatima Message that it is only “by this means” that we will
have peace and freedom from terrorism and war because God wants to
establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in order
to save many sinners from going to hell.
December 26, 1957 - Father Fuentes interviews Sister Lucy. She tells him of many
nations disappearing from the face of the earth and of many souls going to
hell as a result of ignoring Our Lady's Fatima Message.
1958 - Father Fuentes publishes the interview with Sister Lucy with the
Imprimatur of the Bishop of Fatima. It is read widely and no one questions
October 9, 1958 - Pope Pius XII dies.
July 2, 1959 - Father Fuentes' interview with Sister Lucy is suddenly denounced
as fraudulent in an anonymous report from the bishop's chancery
office in Coimbra. To this day, more than forty years later, no official
will take responsibility for this report.
February 8, 1960 - Despite Our Lady's express request to Sister Lucy, and repeated
promises from the Bishop of Fatima and the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon,
unknown persons in the Vatican anonymously announce that the
Third Secret will not be revealed and will probably “remain, forever,
under absolute seal.” The announcement (through A.N.I. news agency)
describes the text of the Third Secret as follows:
“It has just been stated,
in very reliable Vatican circles, that it is most likely that the
letter will never be opened, in which Sister Lucy wrote down the words which Our Lady confided as a secret to the three
little shepherds in the Cova da Iria.”
1960 - Sister Lucy is officially forbidden to speak about the Third
Secret and can receive no visitors except close relatives and people she
has known for a long time. Her own confessor of many years, Father
Aparicio, returns from Brazil and is not allowed to see her.
1961 - Despite being defended by the Cardinal Primate of Mexico and his
own Archbishop, Pio Lopez, Father Fuentes is dismissed as Postulator of
the Cause for Beatification of Jacinta and Francisco on the basis of the
anonymous July 2, 1959 Coimbra report.
October 1962 - Just before the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the
Vatican agrees with Moscow that the Council will not condemn Soviet Russia
or communism in general, in exchange for which two Russian Orthodox
observers would attend the Council, as desired by Pope John XXIII. This
agreement launches the policy of Ostpolitik, which constrains the
Vatican from opposing Communism by name as well as prevents it from
condemning communist regimes which persecute Catholics. The new Vatican
policy is in favor of “dialogue” and negotiations with the communists.
This policy departs from the teaching of Popes Pius XII, Pius XI, Saint
Pius X, Leo XIII and Blessed Pius IX on the duty of the Church to condemn
and openly oppose communism and to refrain from any collaboration with
communists, who always exploit such collaboration to advance their war
against Christ and His Church.
November 21, 1964 - Pope Paul VI, during the closing ceremonies of the third session
of the Second Vatican Council, consecrates the world again. In keeping
with Ostpolitik, there is no mention of Russia, lest the
communists be offended. World peace remains elusive. The Viet-nam War
continues into the 1970's.
December 8, 1965 - The Second Vatican Council closes.
1966 - In
the aftermath of Vatican II, the Bishop of Fatima, Bishop John Venancio,
comes to understand the necessity and urgency of defending the authentic
message of Our Lady against the perfidious attacks of the progressivists —
all disciples of the modernist Jesuit, Father Dhanis. To defend the
Message of Fatima against revisionists, in 1966 the Bishop commissions a
learned Claretian priest, Father Joaquin Alonso, to establish a complete
critical history of the revelations of Fatima. Ten years later, Father
Alonso will complete his work, entitled Fatima Texts and Critical
Studies. The massive work presents 5,396 documents, ranging from the
beginnings of the Fatima apparitions until 12 November 1974. His
manuscripts were “very well prepared,” according to the Abbé René
Laurentin, who consults them himself.
November 15, 1966 - New revisions in the Code of Canon Law permit anyone in the
Church to publish on Marian apparitions, including those at Fatima,
without need of an imprimatur. Out of the one billion Catholics in the
world, only Sister Lucy — the very person who received the Message of
Fatima — is still forbidden to reveal the Fatima secret, even though Our
Lady had expressed Her will that the Secret be revealed to the Church and
the world no later than 1960. Sister Lucy remains under an order of
silence to this day, unable to speak freely about Fatima without special
permission from the Vatican, specifically from Cardinal Ratzinger or the
1967 - Sister Lucy's Memoirs are published, in which she reveals Our
Lady's 1929 request for the Consecration of Russia. A huge public campaign
begins with the collection of thousands of signatures asking the Pope to
February 11, 1967 - At a press conference, Cardinal Ottaviani, who has read the Third
Secret, reveals that the Secret is written on a single sheet of
May 13, 1967 - Sister Lucy meets Pope Paul VI in the open public square of
Fatima during his visit there. In the presence of 1,000,000 pilgrims, she
pleads to speak with the Pope. She weeps when the Pope rebuffs her and
tells her “speak to your bishop.” According to at least one Fatima expert,
Sister Lucy pleaded with Pope Paul VI to release the Third Secret, but he
1975 - After
10 years of studying the Fatima archives, Father Alonso declares, in
public, that Father Fuentes' published 1957 interview of Sister Lucy was a
true and accurate report of her statements concerning the content of the
Message of Fatima.
1975 - Father Alonso's 24 volumes of 800 pages each are ready for
publication. This monumental work on the Message of Fatima includes at
least 5,396 documents. The presses are literally stopped by the new Bishop
of Fatima, Monsignor do Amaral, preventing Father Alonso's ten years of
research from reaching the public. Two of the twenty-four volumes will
eventually be published (in 1992 and 1999, respectively), but only in a
heavily edited form.
October 16, 1978 - Pope John Paul II is elected. He reads the Third Secret within
days of his election, according to a statement to Associated Press (in May
2000) by his spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls. The statement by
Navarro-Valls will be contradicted by Msgr. Bertone of the Congregation
for the Doctrine of the Faith, who will claim that the Pope never read the
Third Secret until July 18, 1981. The two conflicting statements suggest
the existence of two distinct texts comprising the Third Secret in
toto. The Pope appears to have read the same text of the Secret which
was placed in the safe in the papal apartments in 1957.
1980 - In
only three years, in an expanded campaign sponsored by Cardinal Josyf
Slipyj, public petitions for the Consecration of Russia garner over 3
million signatures, which are received at the Vatican.
May 13, 1981 - Pope John Paul II is shot on the very anniversary of the first
apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. The shots are fired at the same instant
the Pope turns to look at a picture of Our Lady of Fatima pinned to a
little girl's sweater. The bullets miss their mark. The Pope recognizes
that Our Lady of Fatima intervened to save his life.
June 7, 1981 - The Pope consecrates the world, but not Russia, while still
recovering from his wounds.
July 18, 1981 - According to Msgr. Bertone (who, as just noted, is contradicted
by the Pope's spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, on this point), Pope John
Paul II reads the Third Secret for the first time.
December 12, 1981 - Father Alonso dies. But before his death, he was able to publish
a number of articles and short books on Fatima. Here are some of the most
important conclusions of his research on the Third Secret:
the period preceding the great triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
terrible things are to happen. These form the content of the third part
of the Secret. What are they? If ‘in Portugal the dogma of the Faith
will always be preserved,’ ... it can be clearly deduced from this
that in other parts of the Church these dogmas are going to become
obscure or even lost altogether” …
it is quite possible that in this intermediate period which is in
question (after 1960 and before the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of
Mary), the text (of the Third Secret) makes concrete references to
the crisis of the Faith of the Church and to the negligence of the
pastors themselves.” Father Alonso speaks further of “internal
struggles in the very bosom of the Church and of grave pastoral
negligence by the upper hierarchy,” of “deficiencies of the
upper hierarchy of the Church” …
the unpublished text speak of concrete circumstances? It is very
possible that it speaks not only of a real crisis of the faith in the
Church during this in-between period, but like the secret of La Salette,
for example, there are more concrete references to the internal
struggles of Catholics or to the fall of priests and religious. Perhaps it even refers to the failures of the upper hierarchy of the
Church”. “For that matter, none of this is foreign to other
communications Sister Lucy has had on this subject.”
Sister Lucy never corrects these conclusions of Father Alonso, even though
she had never hesitated to correct other statements by clerics and various
authors concerning Fatima when they were in error. Father Alonso has
access to the documents and to Sister Lucy herself. Thus, his testimony is
of capital importance.
March 21, 1982 - Sister Lucy meets with the Papal Nuncio, another bishop and Dr.
Lacerda and informs them of the requirements for a valid Consecration of
Russia according to the request of Our Lady of Fatima. Sister Lucy's full
message is not transmitted to the Pope by the Nuncio, who is told
by the bishop who accompanied him not to mention the requirement that the
world's bishops participate in the Consecration.
May 12, 1982 - On the eve of Pope John
Paul II's visit to Fatima, L'Osservatore Romano — the Pope's own
newspaper — publishes an article by Father Umberto Maria Pasquale, S.D.B.
about one of his conversations with Sister Lucy and her subsequent letter
to him on the subject of the Consecration of Russia. In this interview,
Father Pasquale reveals to the world that Sister Lucy clearly and
emphatically told him that Our Lady of Fatima never asked for the
consecration of the world but only the consecration of Russia. Father
Pasquale also publishes a photographically-reproduced copy of a
handwritten note by Sister Lucy attesting to their conversation on this
Pasquale, a well-known Salesian priest, has known Sister Lucy since 1939.
Up to 1982 he has received 157 letters from her. Here is his own
testimony, as published in L'Osservatore Romano:
wanted to clarify the question of the Consecration of Russia, in having
recourse to the source. On August 5, 1978, in the Carmel of Coimbra, I
had a lengthy interview with the seer of Fatima, Sister Lucy. At a
certain moment I said to her: ‘Sister, I should like to ask you a
question. If you cannot answer me, let it be! But if you can answer it,
I would be most grateful to you, for you to clear up a point for me
which does not appear clear to many people ... Has Our Lady ever spoken
to you about the consecration of the world to Her Immaculate Heart?’ -
‘No, Father Umberto! Never! At the Cova da Iria in 1917, Our Lady had
promised: I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia ... to
prevent the spreading of her errors throughout the world, wars among
several nations, persecutions against the Church ... In 1929, at
Tuy, as She had promised, Our Lady came back to tell me that the moment
had come to ask the Holy Father for the consecration of that country
this conversation, Father Pasquale, wishing to have a written declaration
from Sister Lucy, had addressed this request to her: “Has Our Lady ever
spoken to you about the consecration of the world to Her Immaculate
Heart?” Father Pasquale then received a written response from Sister Lucy,
dated April 13, 1980. A copy is reproduced below.
is the translation of the pertinent
section of Sister Lucy's
replying to your question, I will clarify: Our Lady
of Fatima, in Her request, referred only to the Consecration of Russia” …
“Coimbra 13 IV-1980” (signed) Sister Lucia
May 12, 1982 - Sister Lucy writes a letter, allegedly “to the Holy Father”. The
Vatican document of June 26, 2000 will present a photographic reproduction
of this handwritten letter and will claim that it was addressed to Pope
John Paul II. However, a close comparison of the handwritten Portuguese
text (a portion is photographically reproduced below) with versions
provided by the Vatican (English, Italian, and Portuguese) reveals that a
crucial phrase, which proves that this letter could not have been written
to the Pope, has been omitted from all 3 versions.
corresponding text in the English version provided by the Vatican is
photographically reproduced below.
the following statement taken from Sister Lucy's letter, just referred to,
the bolded text has been deliberately omitted from the Vatican's printed
versions: “A terceira parte do segredo, que tanto ansiais por
conhecer, e uma revelação simbolica ...” which translates to “The
third part of the secret, that you are so anxious to know, is a symbolic revelation ...”
omitted phrase states that the recipient is “so anxious to know [the
Secret]” even though Pope John Paul II had already read the Secret —
either in 1978, within days of becoming Pope (according to the papal press
secretary, Dr. Joaquin Navarro-Valls) or on July 18, 1981 (according to
Msgr. Bertone). Since the Pope had already read the Third Secret by 1981,
why would he be “so anxious to know” what it contained in 1982?
Furthermore, how could Sister Lucy possibly state that the Pope was so
anxious to know the Secret, when he could have obtained the text from the
Vatican archives (or the safe in the papal apartment) any time he wished?
same letter states: “And if we have not yet seen the complete fulfillment
of the final part of this prophecy, we are going towards it with great
strides.” Why would Sister Lucy tell Pope John Paul II in 1982 that the
prophecy of the Third Secret was not yet fulfilled if the prophecy had
already been fulfilled with the failed attempt on the Pope's life on May
13, 1981 (as Cardinal Ratzinger and Msgr. Bertone will later claim on June
May 13, 1982 - Pope John Paul II consecrates the world, but not Russia, at
Fatima. The bishops of the world do not participate.
May 19, 1982 - In L'Osservatore Romano, the Holy Father explains why he
did not specifically consecrate Russia, declaring that he had “tried to do
everything possible in the concrete circumstances.”
July/August 1982 - The Blue Army's Soul Magazine publishes an alleged
interview with Sister Lucy in which she supposedly claims that the
Consecration of Russia has been accomplished by the ceremony of May 13,
1982-83 - In
private comments to friends and relatives, Sister Lucy repeatedly denies
that the Consecration has been done. When asked to say so publicly in
early 1983, Sister Lucy tells Father Joseph de Sainte Marie that she must
have “official permission from the Vatican” before she can make such a
March 19, 1983 - At the Holy Father's request, Sister Lucy meets again with the
Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Portalupi; Dr. Lacerda; and this time also with
Father Messias Coelho. During this meeting Sister Lucy confirms that the
Consecration of Russia was not done because Russia did not appear
clearly as the object of consecration and the world's bishops did not
participate. She explains that she could not say so publicly before
because she did not have the permission of the Vatican.
May-October 1983 - Father Caillon and Father Gruner publish several articles
exposing the July/August 1982 Soul Magazine interview as false.
March 25, 1984 - The Holy Father at Rome, before 250,000 people, again consecrates
the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Immediately
afterwards, the Pope departs from his prepared text and prays “Enlighten
especially the peoples of which You Yourself are awaiting our consecration
and confiding.” The Pope thus publicly acknowledges that Our Lady of
Fatima is still awaiting the Consecration of Russia (see photo of L'Osservatore Romano at top of next page).
March 26, 1984 - The Pope's own newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, reports
the words set forth above, exactly as the Holy Father spoke them.
March 27, 1984 - The Italian Catholic bishops' newspaper Avvenire reports
that the Holy Father, on March 25 at 4:00 in the afternoon, three
hours after he consecrated the world, prays at St. Peter's, asking
Our Lady to bless “those peoples for whom You Yourself are awaiting our act of consecration and entrusting,” and thus admits that the
Consecration of Russia remains unfulfilled.
May 1984 - Fatima expert Father Messias Coelho, under a pen name, insists
that the Consecration still has not been done (Mensagem de
Fatima, Issue 158, May 1984). He will consistently maintain this
position until the summer of 1989.
September 10, 1984 - Bishop Alberto Cosme do Amaral, the Bishop of Fatima, declares
during a question and answer session in the aula magna of the
Technical University of Vienna, Austria: “Its (the Third Secret's) content
concerns only our faith ... The loss of faith of a continent is worse than
the annihilation of a nation; and it is true that faith is continually
diminishing in Europe”. His remarks are published in the February 1985
issue of Mensagem de Fatima published by Father Messias Coelho.
December 8th, 1983, Pope John Paul II wrote to all the bishops of the
world, asking them to join in with him on March 25, 1984, in consecrating
the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He included with his letter his
prepared text of consecration. On March 25, 1984, the Pope, making the
consecration before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, departed from his
prepared text to add the words highlighted above and translated below. As you can see they were reported in L'Osservatore Romano. The
words he added at this point indicate clearly, that the Pope knew then
that the consecration of the world done that day did not fulfill the
requests of Our Lady of Fatima. After performing the consecration of the
world proper, a few paragraphs above, the Pope added the highlighted
words which translate: “Enlighten especially the peoples of which You
Yourself are awaiting our consecration and confiding.” This clearly
shows he knows Our Lady is awaiting the Pope and bishops to consecrate
certain peoples to Her, that is the peoples of Russia.
of the March 26, 1984 issue of L'Osservatore Romano, with
translation, enlarged, of Pope John Paul II's words. Opponents of the
Consecration of Russia have, conveniently, from 1984 until this day,
omitted to report that the Pope actually said, in effect, that he had not
done the Consecration of Russia as requested by Our Lady of Fatima.
November 11, 1984 - Cardinal Ratzinger gives an interview in Jesus magazine,
a publication of the Pauline Sisters. The interview is entitled “Here is
Why the Faith is in Crisis,” and is published with the Cardinal's explicit
permission. In the interview Cardinal Ratzinger states that the crisis of
Faith is affecting the Church around the world. In this context, he
reveals that he has read the Third Secret and that the Secret refers to “dangers threatening the faith and the life of the Christian and
therefore of the world.”
Cardinal thus confirms Father Alonso's thesis that the Secret pertains to
widespread apostasy in the Church. Cardinal Ratzinger says in the same
interview that the Secret also refers to “the importance of the Novissimi
[the Last Times / the Last Things]” and that “If it is not published, at
least for now, it is to avoid confusing religious prophecy with
sensationalism ...” The Cardinal further reveals that “the things
contained in this ‘Third Secret’ correspond to what has been announced in
Scripture and has been said again and again in many other Marian
apparitions, first of all that of Fatima ...”
the portion of the text of the interview shown in the photo below, the
Cardinal says that the Third Secret contains “religious prophecy” which
cannot be revealed “to prevent [its] being mistaken for a quest for the
sensational”. Yet on June 26, 2000, the same Cardinal Ratzinger says that
the Third Secret refers only to events which had already happened
(culminating in the attempted assassination of the Pope in 1981) and
contains no prophecy concerning the future. What has happened to make
Cardinal Ratzinger change his prior testimony? Why does he suggest on June
26, 2000 that the Third Secret could be the result of Sister Lucy's
imagination alone? Does he really believe in the Message of Fatima? If
not, can his personal interpretation of the Message of Fatima be trusted?
1985 - 1988
June 1985 - The November 1984 interview in Jesus magazine is
published in a book entitled The Ratzinger Report. Key references
in the interview concerning the contents of the Third Secret have been
mysteriously deleted from the book. The book is published in English,
French, German and Italian and reaches over 1,000,000 copies in print.
Although the revelations concerning the Third Secret have been censored,
the book admits that the crisis of Faith which Father Alonso tells us is
predicted in the Third Secret is already upon us, and that it encompasses
the whole world.
PHOTO OF ORIGINAL
We give here
a photographic reproduction of the key part of Cardinal Ratzinger's
interview as it has been approved by His Eminence in the first days of
October and published in the November 11, 1984 issue of Jesus magazine, concerning the Third Secret. The original Italian text
reported above was photographically reproduced and published in The
Fatima Crusader, Issue 37, Summer 1991. The English translation
appearing below was published in The Fatima Crusader, Issue 18,
October-December 1985 and in The Fatima Crusader, Issue 37,
Summer 1991 (with a circulation of 1,000,000) - it has never been
challenged by anyone.
September 1985 - In an interview in Sol de Fatima magazine (a publication
of friends of the Spanish Blue Army), Sister Lucy affirms that the
Consecration of Russia still has not been done because, yet
again, Russia was not the clear object of the 1984 consecration and the
world's episcopate did not participate.
1985 - Cardinal Gagnon, in an interview with Father Caillon,
acknowledges the Consecration of Russia has still not been done.
1986 - Maria
do Fetal publicly quotes Sister Lucy (her cousin) as saying that the
Consecration of Russia still has not been done. Maria do Fetal will
consistently maintain that Sister Lucy told her this until July 1989.
1986 - 1987 - Father Paul Leonard Kramer writes “The Plot to Silence Our Lady”
(June 1986) and a sequel entitled “The (USA) Blue Army Leadership Has
Followed a Deliberate Policy of Falsifying the Fatima Message” (April
1987). Both articles expose the bogus 1982 Soul Magazine interview and the USA Blue Army's subsequent disinformation about the
Consecration requested by Our Lady.
We give here,
therefore, the interview as it has been approved by His Eminence Cardinal
Ratzinger in the first days of October.
of the four sections of the Congregation (for the Doctrine of the Faith)
concerns itself with Marian apparitions;
Ratzinger, have you read what is called the Third Secret of Fatima: i.e.,
the one that Sister Lucia had sent to Pope John XXIII and which the latter
did not wish to make known and consigned to the Vatican archives?” (In
reply, Cardinal Ratzinger said:)
I have read it,” (which frank response provoked a further question:)
has it not been revealed?” (To this the Cardinal gave the following most
instructive reply:) “Because, according to the judgement of the Popes, it
adds nothing (literally: ‘nothing different’) to what a Christian must
know concerning what derives from Revelation: i.e., a radical call for
conversion; the absolute importance of history; the dangers threatening
the faith and the life of the Christian, and therefore of the world. And
then the importance of the ‘novissimi’ (the last events at the end of
time). If it is not made public - at least for the time being - it is in
order to prevent religious prophecy from being mistaken for a quest for
the sensational (literally: ‘for sensationalism’). But the things
contained in this ‘Third Secret’ correspond to what has been announced in
Scripture and has been said again and again in many other Marian
apparitions, first of all that of Fatima in what is already known of what
its message contains. Conversion and penitence are the essential
conditions for ‘salvation’.”
July 20, 1987 - Interviewed quickly outside her convent while voting, Sister Lucy
confirms to journalist Enrico Romero that the Consecration of Russia has
not been done.
October 25, 1987 - In an audience with a dozen Catholic leaders, Cardinal Mayer
publicly acknowledges that the Consecration has not been done according to
Our Lady's specific request.
November 26, 1987 - In a private meeting, Cardinal Stickler confirms that the
Consecration has not been done because the Pope lacks the support of the
bishops. “They do not obey him,” says Cardinal Stickler.
1988 - Cardinal Gagnon attacks Father Gruner for publishing the Caillon
report of his 1985 statement that the Consecration has not yet been done.
Cardinal Gagnon admits speaking to Father Caillon, and does not deny the
truth of his report, but says it was not meant for publication.
1989 - 1990
1989 - More
than 350 Roman Catholic bishops respond to a letter from Father Gruner,
confirming their willingness to consecrate Russia with the Pope as
requested by Our Lady at Fatima.
1989 - Since
1980, by conservative estimates, an additional 1,000,000 signatures have
been received by the Vatican on petitions calling for the Pope and the
bishops to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
July 1989 - In the presence of three witnesses at the Hotel Solar da Marta in
Fatima, Father Messias Coelho reveals that Sister Lucy has just received
an anonymous “instruction” from unidentified persons in the Vatican
bureaucracy. The “instruction” states that Sister Lucy and her fellow
religious must now say that the Consecration of Russia was accomplished in
the ceremony of March 25, 1984, even though Russia was never mentioned and
the world's bishops did not participate.
this development, various witnesses — including, it is claimed, Sister
Lucy herself — begin to repudiate their own prior statements that the
Consecration has not been done. These witnesses previously clearly stated
that Russia could not possibly have been consecrated as requested in the
Fatima Message because of the failure to mention Russia and the failure to
obtain the participation of the world's bishops. Thus begins a process of
“revising” Our Lady's request from the Consecration of Russia to the
Consecration of the world. At the same time, powerful forces from within
the Vatican apparatus begin to target Father Gruner and his apostolate for
July 1989 - The Papal Nuncio to Portugal is replaced. In keeping with the
anonymous “instruction” from within the Vatican bureaucracy, shortly
afterwards Maria do Fetal suddenly reverses herself, contradicting all her
prior statements to the effect that her cousin, Sister Lucy, did not think
the Consecration had been accomplished; Maria do Fetal now claims that
Sister Lucy believes the 1984 consecration of the world satisfied Our Lady
of Fatima's request.
July 10, 1989 - Father Gruner respectfully replies to the new Bishop of
Avellino's letter dated May 29, 1989 and points out that he has written
permission to be in Canada from Bishop Pasquale Venezia, the previous
Bishop of Avellino.
is no explanation for why the letter has taken a month to reach Father
Gruner. The letter reveals that the Cardinal Secretary of State has sent
“worried signals” about Father Gruner's work in promoting the Message of
Fatima, which work includes especially promoting the proper consecration
of Russia as requested by Our Lady of Fatima and requesting the full
disclosure of the Third Secret.
new bishop appears to be unaware that his predecessor gave Father Gruner
permission to live outside the Diocese of Avellino while engaging in his
July 24, 1989 - Cardinal Innocenti writes to Father Gruner rebuking him for
refusing an “invitation” to visit with the Papal Nuncio in Canada. The
Nuncio has never issued any order that Father Gruner see him. Cardinal
Innocenti threatens Father Gruner with possible suspension unless he is
either incardinated in a Canadian diocese or returns to Avellino by
September 30, 1989.
August 9, 1989 - An unsolicited offer of incardination is suddenly issued to
Father Gruner by Bishop Fulton in Canada, but only on condition that
Father Gruner cease his work in promoting the Message of Fatima. This
offer to incardinate is apparently due to pressure applied to the Bishop
of Avellino by the Cardinal Secretary of State, prompting the Bishop of
Avellino to turn the matter over to Bishop Fulton.
August 21, 1989 - Father Gruner replies to Cardinal Innocenti's letter dated July
24, 1989 (which he did not receive until after August 14), pointing out
that the Cardinal has no right to interfere since the Bishop of Avellino
has given no orders of his own in the matter. Father Gruner points out
that he is acting within the law of the Church. Father Gruner then appeals
to the Pope against Cardinal Innocenti's abuse of authority. Thereafter,
the Cardinal never replies or writes again to Father Gruner. The Cardinal
orders everyone in his office never to mention Father Gruner's name to him
September 1, 1989 - The Fatima Crusader points out the right of every priest
to publish the truth about the Message of Fatima. Accordingly, Father
Gruner's 10-page reply to Cardinal Innocenti is published in this issue of The Fatima Crusader.
Late August - Early
September 1989 - The so-called “coup d'etat” in Moscow, in which
the Communist regime follows a script intended to deceive the West. This
plan was partly written in 1958 and published in 1984 by KGB defector
Anatoliy Golitsyn, who was at the planning session of 1958. His book New Lies for Old makes 148 predictions concerning the Russian
Communists' plan for strategic deception of the West. By 1993, 139 of his
predictions will have come true.
plan revealed by Golitsyn would be well served by deceiving people who
believe in Our Lady of Fatima into thinking that the merely political
changes of 1989 are part of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart predicted
by Our Lady. In fact the changes in Russia during the period 1989-2001
will demonstrate only a further perversion of Russian society, not
is no mere coincidence that in 1989, the very year Russia's strategic
deception begins, there also begins a coordinated campaign to suppress or
revise the Message of Fatima, including moves to silence Father Gruner and
his apostolate and the sudden appearance of typewritten letters from
Sister Lucy, who does not type, declaring that the Consecration of Russia
has been accomplished by ceremonies which did not even mention Russia.
August 1989 -
November 1989 - Computer-generated and typewritten notes and
letters supposedly signed by Sister Lucy suddenly appear, flatly
contradicting all prior statements she has made for more than 60 years
about the Consecration. These notes contain factual errors Sister Lucy
could not have made (e.g. the false statement that Pope Paul VI
consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart during his 1967 visit to
Fatima) and phraseology she had never used before. Until now, “Sister
Lucy” has never conducted correspondence with typewriters or word
processors, and she still continues to write everything else, including
her lengthy memoirs, by hand.
January 29, 1990 - At about 8:30 a.m., Maria do Fetal, at Fatima, states to Father
Pierre Caillon that she “was inventing” when she earlier reported Sister
Lucy's statement that the 1984 consecration of the world was not in
conformity with Our Lady's request for the consecration of Russia.
October 11, 1990 - Sister Lucy's own blood sister, Carolina, tells Father Gruner, in
Fatima, that little or no trust can be put in any typewritten letter from
Sister Lucy, as she does not even know how to type.
October 22, 1990 - In a written report, a highly regarded forensic expert indicates
that Sister Lucy's purported signature on a November 1989
computer-generated letter is a forgery. Excerpts from this letter,
published by an Italian Catholic magazine in March 1990, are being
circulated widely and cited as “proof” that the Consecration has been
done. Several wire services carry that story from the Italian magazine and
spread the fraudulent claim worldwide.
November 1990 - Father Gruner and The International Fatima Rosary Crusade launch
a worldwide campaign to free Sister Lucy from her 30-year ordeal of
silence and to encourage the Holy Father to release the Third Secret of
May 13, 1991 - Sister Lucy declines to go to Fatima during the Pope's visit but
is commanded to do so under holy obedience. Pope John Paul II visits
Fatima for the second time, and has a half-hour meeting with Sister Lucy.
After this meeting neither the Pope nor Sister Lucy make any announcement
concerning the Consecration of Russia having been done — an announcement
that would have been forthcoming had the “letters of Sister Lucy” from
1989-90 been genuine.
silence of the Pope and Sister Lucy concerning the Consecration of Russia
is most revealing. There is an obvious disagreement between Sister Lucy
and a certain part of the Vatican apparatus, which has been trying to
suggest that the consecration of Russia is over and done with. Although
Sister Lucy is alleged to agree that the Consecration has been
accomplished, she continues to be bound by the order to be silent imposed
upon her in 1960, and she does not defend herself publicly against this
rumor because her enforced silence continues. Father Alonso's 24 volumes
of 5,396 original Fatima documents are still banned from publication.
October 8, 1992 - The Fatima Crusader's Peace Conference is held. False
and misleading declarations are published in L'Osservatore Romano by Cardinal Sanchez and Archbishop Sepe, suggesting that
ecclesiastical permission is required for the Conference when it is
clearly not necessary under Church law. Similar falsehoods are published
in the Portuguese press on October 7-9. Nevertheless, more than 100
bishops accept the invitation and payment of expenses for their trip to
Fatima for the Conference. While 65 bishops ultimately attend, 35 others
are “persuaded” not to attend by the anti-Fatima establishment and certain
officials of the Vatican Secretariat of State.
October 10, 1992 - Father Gruner is beaten up by Fatima Shrine workers, one of whom
later admits he was acting under orders of the Rector of the Shrine, Msgr.
Guerra. Bishop Amaral, the Bishop of Fatima, is retired from office four
months later, but Msgr. Guerra remains Rector of the Shrine.
October 11, 1992 - A questionable interview of Sister Lucy is conducted by Father
Pacheco, Cardinal Padiyara, Bishop Michaelappa and a chauffeur, Carlos
Evaristo. Evaristo later publishes a doctored version of the interview,
which he admits was “reconstructed.” Among other falsehoods, the
“interview” contains a statement by “Sister Lucy” that Mikhail Gorbachev
knelt in front of the Holy Father and asked pardon for his sins. This
claim is denounced as a total fabrication by papal spokesman Joaquin
Navarro-Valls. Father Pacheco publishes a repudiation of the bogus
“interview.” Fatima scholar Frère François concludes that this “interview”
was put together by the Rector of the Shrine in order to stop petitions
for the Consecration of Russia. Today, Evaristo's totally discredited
interview is no longer mentioned as “proof” of Sister Lucy's alleged
affirmation that the Consecration has been done.
1992 - The
first heavily edited volume of Father Alonso's critical documents on
Fatima is published, leaving 23 other volumes under lock and key.
July 31, 1993 - A prominent bishop in India gives written assurances that he is
willing to incardinate Father Gruner, thus apparently ending any effort by
the anti-Fatima establishment officials in the Vatican to force Father
Gruner's return to Avellino, Italy.
November 3, 1993 - The Bishop of Avellino, Antonio Forte, admits to Father Gruner
that he is being prevented from approving Father Gruner's transfer out of
the Diocese of Avellino because Cardinal Sanchez and Archbishop Sepe, at
the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, will not allow it. Cardinal
Sanchez and Archbishop Sepe are working with the Secretariat of State to
silence Father Gruner and his apostolate. Their actions violate the
jurisdiction of the Bishop of Avellino and have no basis in canon law. No
other priest in the entire Catholic Church is being subjected to such
interference in transferring from one diocese to another.
January 13, 1994 - Bishop Forte tells Father Gruner that he has nothing against him,
and when Father Gruner asks him what he should do, the Bishop tells him to
return to Canada.
January 14 - 31, 1994
- Cardinal Sanchez, Archbishop Sepe and Bishop Forte begin making
the final moves in “the incardination game” they are playing against
Father Gruner. They command him to find another bishop, then obstruct
incardination by other bishops, while refusing him excardination from
Avellino. The “checkmate” is to declare that since Father Gruner has
“failed” to be incardinated elsewhere, he must now return to Avellino or
else be suspended from the priesthood.
January 31, 1994 - Bishop Forte sends Father Gruner a letter accusing him of being a vagus (wandering) priest because he has not returned to Avellino
from Canada — even though Bishop Forte himself had just told Father
Gruner to go back to Canada only 18 days earlier. This incredible
behavior is explained in Fatima Priest. It continues today, and
is still being appealed in the Vatican tribunals and before the Pope.
October 1994 - The Secretary of State and the Papal Nuncios write to bishops
around the world, directing them not to attend the second Fatima Crusader
Peace Conference to be held in Mexico. Visas are denied and other
obstacles put in the way of more than 100 Catholic bishops who accept
invitations to the conference.
1995 - In a
personal communication to a Professor Baumgartner in Salzburg, Austria,
Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, no less than the personal theologian of John
Paul II, reveals that: “In the Third Secret it is foretold, among other
things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.”
July 12, 1995 - The first Open Letter to the Pope is published in a
leading daily Roman newspaper, Il Messaggero. It covers 2 full
pages, publicly protesting the gross abuse of position, prestige and power
by anti-Fatima Vatican bureaucrats during the period 1992-1994. It is
signed by two bishops and thousands of priests and lay people. The Pope
does not act (or is prevented from acting), although privately word is
received that His Holiness did read the Open Letter.
November 1996 - The third Fatima Crusader Peace Conference is held in Rome.
Again, all bishops are invited to attend, with all expenses paid. Despite
the constant repetition of the same falsehoods circulated by certain
members of the anti-Fatima establishment in the Vatican apparatus in 1992
and 1994 — combined with pressure not to attend the conference applied by
Cardinal Gantin, various Papal Nuncios and other Vatican bureaucrats —
more than 200 bishops, priests and lay people do in fact attend.
November 20, 1996 - Father Gruner's Canonical Complaint against Cardinal Sanchez and
Archbishop Sepe and their accomplices is placed in the Pope's own hands,
as shown in a photograph reproduced in Fatima Priest and
published April 2, 1998 in Il Messaggero.
February 26, 1997 - Coralie Graham, Editor of The Fatima Crusader, sends
Cardinal Gantin a registered letter containing seven pertinent questions
concerning his illegal actions in trying to prevent bishops and priests
from attending the Peace Conference. More than five years later her
entirely respectful letter still has not been answered.
April 2, 1998 - The second two-page Open Letter is published. This time
the Open Letter garners the signatures of 27 bishops and
Archbishops, as well as 1,900 priests and religious and more than 15,000
lay people. It is published in Italian in Il Messaggero.
Thousands of posters of the Open Letter are posted around the
Vatican during 1998.
Father Gruner's canonical case continues to wend its way through the
Vatican court system. Details of the “rigged” and absurdly unjust
proceedings are provided in Fatima Priest. During the process,
Archbishop Grochelewski, now chief judge in the case (after Cardinal
Agustoni is forced to recuse himself due to the appearance of prejudice),
admits that the case is not about Father Gruner's incardination, but what
he says (concerning Fatima). This is the real reason for the numerous
unprecedented and illicit actions against Father Gruner, even though it is
nowhere admitted in the written acts of the proceedings. A cardinal
principle of natural justice is that the accused must be informed of the
precise charges against him so that he can defend himself. To put Father
Gruner on trial for an alleged “offense” concerning his incardination,
when the real issue is what he says about Fatima, flies in the face of
October 1998 - The various lies, innuendoes and accusations against Father
Gruner are summarized in a lengthy accusatory document prepared and issued
by the Promoter of Justice, appointed by the Vatican apparatus to prepare
a supposedly “impartial” summary of the canonical positions of the
parties. Father Gruner is told he may not even have a copy of this
“impartial” document unless he takes an oath to keep it secret. This
bizarre request is issued by the Tribunal itself. (A copy of the
tribunal's demand for secrecy is available to any bishop who requests it.) Father Gruner refuses to take this oath of secrecy. He is forced
to review the Promoter's document in the presence of his canon lawyer, who
must travel to Canada from Rome and then take the document back to Rome
without leaving a copy.
October 10, 1998 - The Promoter's document reveals, for the first time, the
existence of some 20 letters secretly circulating against Father Gruner
and his apostolate. The letters are replete with misrepresentations and
outright falsehoods by certain members of the Congregation for the Clergy,
the Secretariat of State and even Cardinal Ratzinger's Congregation, going
back to the early 1980s.
December 10, 1998 -
Despite the almost impossible obstacles and very limited time allowed for
his reply, Father Gruner submits an 80-page canonical response to
the Promoter's document, conclusively refuting its every allegation. The
Promoter's document is never again mentioned by the Tribunal.
December 1998 - Father Gruner, by registered mail, requests copies of the
approximately 20 letters against him from the Congregation for the Clergy
and from the tribunal. The letters are never provided. Falsehoods continue
to circulate behind Father Gruner's back, greatly hindering his efforts to
persuade bishops that the Consecration of Russia must be done in the
proper manner in order to avoid the annihilation of nations, of which Our
Lady of Fatima warns.
August 1999 - Father Gruner provides a new document to the Bishop of Avellino
that demonstrates that Father Gruner is incardinated elsewhere.
September 3, 1999 - The Apostolic Signatura issues a decision, backdated to July 10,
1999. The manifest groundlessness of the decision is demonstrated in “A
Law For One Man” (a chapter in Fatima Priest), and by documents
attached to Father Gruner's rebuttal, dated October 14, 1999 (also
reproduced in Fatima Priest, 2000 A.D. edition), to which the
Apostolic Signatura offers no reply. Meanwhile, Father Gruner's third
canon lawyer comes under pressure to turn against him. (The misconduct of
the first two canonists is detailed in Fatima Priest.) Only 16
canonists are allowed to defend 400,000 Catholic priests in the Signatura,
making it easy to pressure these lawyers with threats of the termination
of their admission to the Tribunal.
October 12-18, 1999 - The apostolate's Peace Conference in Hamilton, Ontario is
subjected to the same pattern of harassment, abuse of authority and
calculated untruths which have hindered the apostolate's previous
Fatima conferences. Bishops and priests attend, but in reduced
numbers. It has become increasingly difficult to reach the priests and
bishops because of the Vatican's campaign of blackening the reputation of
Father Gruner and his apostolate. Over 300 people attend, most of them lay
November 22, 1999 - A second Canonical Complaint by Father Gruner is sent by
registered mail to the Pope from the Vatican post office. This complaint
names Cardinals Agustoni, Innocenti, and Sanchez, Archbishop Sepe,
Archbishop Grochelewski and Bishop Forte.
December 1999 - The second volume of Father Alonso's manuscripts is finally
published, but with extremely heavy editing. The other 22 volumes are
still unpublished after 25 years, even though they were fully prepared for
the press in 1975.
April 20, 2000 - Father Gruner invokes Canon 1506, which requires the Pope to
accept both canonical complaints against the named Cardinals and bishops.
The complaints are deemed accepted under canon law, once the May 2000
deadline has passed. The Pope does not respond, although he is bound to do
so by the law he himself promulgated. Even the Pope is bound by the
prevailing law of the Church until such time as he promulgates a new law.
May 13, 2000 - During the ceremonies for the beatification of Jacinta and
Francisco, Cardinal Sodano announces that the Third Secret of Fatima will
be revealed. (The Secretariat of State had previously tried to divert the
beatification ceremonies from Fatima to a group beatification ceremony at
the Vatican, involving other beati unrelated to Fatima.)
Sodano, however, gives a misleading description of the Third Secret,
claiming that it consists of a vision in which “the Pope apparently falls
dead”. The actual text of the vision (to be revealed in the following
month) states that the Pope is killed. Cardinal Sodano is clearly
paving the way for a bogus “interpretation” of the Secret which will claim
that the Third Secret culminated with the failed attempt on the Pope's
life in 1981, and that all the events prophesied in the Secret, to use his
words, “now belong to the past.”
June 5, 2000 - A letter threatening Father Gruner with a totally groundless
“excommunication” is signed by Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos. The letter is
delivered to Father Gruner's home by a Vatican emissary on June 21 at
10:00 p.m. The emissary lies his way into Father Gruner's living room by
claiming he has good news from “the Holy Father.”
June 26, 2000 - At a press conference, the Vatican publishes a text it claims is
the entire Third Secret. The text describes a vision in which the Pope (a
“bishop in white”) is killed by a band of soldiers who shoot him
down while he is kneeling at the foot of a large wooden cross atop a hill,
after having traversed a half-ruined city filled with corpses. The
execution of the Pope is followed by the execution of many bishops,
priests and laity.
abound. (See article by Andrew Cesanek in The Fatima Crusader,
Issue No. 64.) Among these questions is why the published vision contains
no words of Our Lady, even though, when it announced suppression of the
Secret in 1960, the Vatican itself referred to “the words which Our Lady
confided to the children as a secret.” The vision fails to mention the
words which clearly follow “In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always
be preserved etc.” — the phrase Sister Lucy included in her fourth memoir
as part of the integral text of the Third Secret of Fatima. The phrase
concerning the dogma of the Faith in Portugal is mysteriously demoted to a
footnote in the Vatican commentary on the Secret, where it is ignored by
both Cardinal Ratzinger and Msgr. Bertone, the co-authors of the
Ratzinger's portion of the commentary specifically states that he and
Msgr. Bertone are following the “interpretation” given by Cardinal Sodano:
i.e., that the Message of Fatima, and the Third Secret in particular,
relates entirely to events which now belong to the past. Accordingly,
Cardinal Ratzinger claims that the Pope's escape from death in 1981 is
what is depicted in the vision of the Pope being killed. Even the secular media recognize the falsity of this interpretation.
published text of the vision contains none of the elements
described by Cardinal Ratzinger in his mysteriously censored 1984
interview in Jesus magazine. The published vision says nothing
about “dangers threatening the Faith and the life of the Christian and
therefore of the world”, nothing about “the importance of the end times”,
nothing about what is contained “in many other Marian apparitions”
approved by the Church and nothing about prophecies “announced in
Scripture”. Further, while Cardinal Ratzinger said in 1984 that the Third
Secret contains “religious prophecy” — a statement he made three years after the attempt on the Pope's life — he will now claim there is
no prophecy, but only a description of past events, culminating in the
1981 assassination attempt.
Cardinal Ratzinger's commentary scandalizes the faithful by claiming that
the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is nothing more than love
conquering bombs and guns, and that devotion to the Immaculate Heart means
nothing more than each person doing God's will and thus acquiring an
‘immaculate heart’ of his or her own. The conversion of Russia to
Catholicism and the spreading of devotion to the one unique Immaculate
Heart of Mary throughout the world are not even mentioned in Cardinal
only Fatima “authority” Cardinal Ratzinger cites is Father Edouard Dhanis,
S.J., a modernist Jesuit who spent years casting doubt on the prophetic
elements of the Message of Fatima concerning Russia. Father Dhanis claimed
these elements of the Message were pious inventions of Sister Lucy. Father
Dhanis refused to study the official Fatima archives or consult other
private documents made available to him in order not to have to withdraw
his false thesis. In keeping with Father Dhanis' errors, which reduce
Fatima to generic piety with no prophecy of future events, Cardinal
Ratzinger's portion of the commentary concludes by asserting that all that
remains of the Message of Fatima is prayer and penance.
astounding quote by Monsignor Bertone, Cardinal Ratzinger's assistant, in
the commentary (photographically reproduced [in part] in the box
immediately above, from the Vatican's booklet The Message of
Fatima) shows how deeply into error and revisionism Msgr. Bertone and
the rest of the anti-Fatima establishment have fallen. Msgr. Bertone says
here, in effect, that Our Lady's promise of a period of peace was
dependent on the revelation of the Third Secret, when, in fact, Our Lady
said that a period of peace will be granted to the world only when Russia has been consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart and thereby
converted. If one had not seen Msgr. Bertone's words in print,
one would have doubted that any sensible Catholic theologian or Church
official could have presented such a gross misrepresentation of the
Message of Fatima. In view of the current state of the world, Msgr.
Bertone's proclamation of the end of an era “marked by tragic human lust
for power and evil” borders on lunacy. What does he think we have today —
an era of peace and tranquility?
Bertone's portion of the commentary also claims that any further request
for the Consecration of Russia “is without basis.” He cites as his only
evidence for this claim an alleged “letter from Sister Lucy” in 1989,
addressed to an unidentified party. The “letter from Sister Lucy”
demolishes itself by falsely stating that during his visit to Fatima in
1967 Pope Paul VI consecrated the whole world to the Immaculate Heart — an
event which never occurred. Sister Lucy could not have made such a blunder
since she attended the whole of Pope Paul VI's brief visit to Fatima.
the only person not to participate in the “revelation” of the Third Secret
on June 26, 2000 is Sister Lucy herself. She is still not allowed to
speak, even though the public is now being told that the Message of Fatima
has been fully revealed and that nothing else remains hidden. Her crucial
testimony concerning the Consecration of Russia is not elicited, even
though Cardinals Sodano and Ratzinger and Msgr. Bertone and other members
of the Vatican apparatus were in Fatima only weeks before and could have
spoken to her about the matter. The obviously discredited 1989 letter is
the only evidence on which these Vatican officials expressly rely for
their claim that the Consecration has been done. Curiously, Sister Lucy is
not even asked to authenticate this letter.
the conclusion of the June 26 press conference, Cardinal Ratzinger
mentions Father Gruner by name, claiming that he must be submissive to
“the Magisterium” concerning Fatima and the Consecration of Russia. There is no claim, however, that the Pope himself has proclaimed the
Consecration to be over and done with. The Pope plays no role in the
June 26 press conference or the Ratzinger/Bertone commentary, which is not
a document of the Church's Magisterium (the authentic teaching office of
the Pope or the Pope together with all the bishops in union with him) and
therefore binds no one to believe what it claims. Even Cardinal Ratzinger
himself admits that his and Msgr. Bertone's interpretation is not binding.
July 11/12, 2000 - Father Gruner continues to resist the groundless threat of
excommunication from Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, publishing his reply to
the Cardinal. Father Gruner is the only priest being exposed to such a
direct, public threat from a Vatican official. Yet, at the same time, the
Vatican turns a blind eye toward innumerable priests who are spreading
heresy and engaging in unspeakably scandalous behavior in every nation.
July 14, 2000 - Father Gruner learns that Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos is commanding
various Nuncios of the world to continue to plague Father Gruner with false accusations. For example, the Nuncio to the
Philippines circulates the lie that Father Gruner is guilty of forging
Vatican Secretariat of State documents to imply Vatican endorsement of his
apostolate — a manifest absurdity. These lies are refuted by the
apostolate's published declaration. (See Fatima Priest.) Cardinal
Castrillón Hoyos ignores Father Gruner's repeated requests that he retract
the false allegation of forgery. Instead, Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos simply
revises the accusation to alleged “inappropriate use” of genuine documents, refusing to admit that his original accusation was a lie.
All Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos' accusations are refuted in the apostolate's
reply but he refuses to retract any and all of his false allegations.
July 15, 2000 - Issue 64 of The Fatima Crusader is published by Father
Gruner. This issue demonstrates that the text of the Third Secret released
on June 26 is incomplete. (See, especially, the article about the
existence of two texts by Andrew Cesanek. Copies are available in Italian,
English and Portuguese on the Fatima website, www.fatima.org. See also
August 8 - October
16, 2000 - Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos refuses to withdraw his
threat of excommunication. In mid-October he says he is referring the
matter to “higher authority.” He refuses to identify this “higher
authority,” although it is clearly the Vatican Secretary of State.
August 31, 2000 - Father Gruner files with the Holy Father a second reminder
concerning his canonical complaint and recourse to the Pope against
Cardinals Innocenti, Sanchez and Agustoni, Archbishop Sepe, Archbishop
Grochelewski and Bishop Forte, under Canon 1506. The grounds for the
complaint are abuse of power and violation of canonical due process. The
complaint notes that (unless and until the Pope promulgates a new law) the
Pope is bound by the laws he has already promulgated to hear the case.
October 8, 2000 - Yet another consecration of the world, but not Russia, is
performed in a Vatican ceremony. This ceremony is called an “entrustment.”
Although anti-Fatima propagandists say the Consecration of Russia is
impossible, some 1,400 bishops and 76 Cardinals are gathered in the
Vatican on this date and can easily mention Russia during the
“entrustment.” In fact, a number of bishops think this is exactly what
they are going to do. The text of the entrustment is not made public until
October 7, the day before the ceremony. The text makes no mention of
Russia, but does mention an “entrustment” of the world, “the unemployed,”
“youth in search of meaning” and other objects of “entrustment” — anything
and anybody but Russia.
November 30, 2000 - Inside the Vatican magazine reveals that a Cardinal
described as “one of the Pope's closest advisors” admits that His Holiness
has been counseled not to make mention of Russia in any
consecration ceremony because this would offend the Russian Orthodox. That Ostpolitik and Vatican diplomacy have prevented the specific
Consecration of Russia is here confirmed by a Vatican prelate.
December 20, 2000 - Father Gruner finishes writing a canonical complaint to His
Holiness Pope John Paul II against Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos for crimes
against Church law and formally requests, in due canonical form, the
Cardinal's removal from office. Canons 1405, 1406 and 1452 §1 are invoked,
under which the only competent judge in such cases is the Pope, and that
the Pope is bound to decide the complaint.
May 16, 2001 - Reflecting the growing skepticism of millions of Catholics,
Mother Angelica states on her live televison show on this date that she
does not believe the Vatican has revealed the entirety of the Third
for the Secret, well I happen to be one of those individuals who
thinks we didn't get the whole thing. I told ya! I mean, you have
the right to your own opinion, don't you, Father? There, you know,
that's my opinion. Because I think it's scary. And I don't
think the Holy See is going to say something that does not happen, that
might happen. And then what does it do if it doesn't happen? I mean the
Holy See cannot afford to make prophecies.”
August 30, 2001 - The Fatima Center sends a letter to thousands of the press and
world leaders containing the following warning in the light of the Fatima
will come a day, sooner than you think, when bombs will start exploding
even in the ‘peaceful’ parts of the world.”
September 11, 2001 - Terrorists hijack two airliners and crash them into the twin
towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, causing them to
collapse. Another hijacked airliner crashes into the Pentagon. More than
3,000 people are killed in the bloodiest terrorist episode the world has
ever seen. This act of war is definitive proof that the Consecration of
Russia, which Our Lady promised will bring world peace, has not been done.
Yet the anti-Fatima establishment insists that the Message of Fatima was
gloriously fulfilled with the consecration of the world in 1984 and that
the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is upon us.
September 12, 2001 - Revealing their bizarre obsession with Father Gruner and his
Fatima apostolate, only one day after the worst terrorist attack
in world history, Vatican officials cause the Vatican press office to
publish a “Declaration” to the world alleging that Father Gruner has been
“suspended” from the priesthood, and that no one should attend a
Fatima-related peace conference being sponsored by the apostolate
in Rome from October 7-13, 2001. The “Declaration” states that it has been
issued upon “the mandate from a higher authority”. The carefully inserted
article in the phrase “a higher authority” clearly indicates that
the “authority” in question is not the highest authority in the Church —
namely, the Pope. The expression “a higher authority” is Vaticanspeak for
the Secretary of State — Cardinal Sodano. In any case, under Church law a
“mandate” by a nameless person is null and void.
“Declaration” gives no grounds for the “suspension,” there being no
grounds beyond the bogus accusation that Father Gruner “failed” to find
another bishop to incardinate him and must therefore “return” to Avellino
after 23 years. This is the same “failure” which the Vatican bureaucracy
had engineered through its unprecedented interference in offers of
incardination by a series of friendly bishops over the years, all of whom
wished to foster Father Gruner's work.
Vatican announcement claims that the conference in Rome does not “enjoy
the approval of ecclesiastical authority.” The statement is evidently
calculated to mislead, since these Vatican officials are well aware that
no approval whatever is required under Church law (canons 212, 215, 278,
299), which guarantees the natural right of clergy and laity to associate
and discuss matters of concern in the Church. Incredibly, Vatican
officials have never taken such dramatic measures, or indeed any measures
at all, to prevent innumerable conferences and other gatherings constantly
being held throughout the Church by priests, nuns and lay people who
openly dissent from Catholic doctrine. These same Vatican officials seem
to view the Message of Fatima as the greatest threat to the Church today.
the Vatican should step up its persecution of Father Gruner only hours
after thousands of Americans were slaughtered in an unprecedented
terrorist attack, demonstrates beyond doubt the utter perversity of the
opposition to the Message of Fatima from within certain elements of the
Vatican bureaucracy. Neither the spread of heresy nor innumerable sexual
scandals among the clergy over the past forty years has ever prompted such
action from these same Vatican elements, who are duty-bound to protect the
Church from her real enemies. It is a mystery of iniquity that the prime
imperative of these Vatican officials, even in the midst of worldwide
bloodshed and apostasy, has become suppression of the Message of Fatima —
the very means by which bloodshed and apostasy can be averted.
September 13, 2001 - The Fatima Center responds to the “Declaration” published by the
Vatican Press Office, noting, among other things, that Father Gruner
appears to be the only priest in the living memory of the Church who has
been publicly denounced to the world for an “offense” that is not even
specified by “a higher authority” who is not even named.
September 21, 2001 - After receiving what she privately admitted was an
“ecclesiastical telephone call” from someone in the Vatican bureaucracy,
an agent of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome sends a
letter advising that the apostolate's contract for their facilities for
the October 7-13, 2001 Conference on World Peace will not be kept — and
that they refuse to keep their written contract. All this less than three
weeks before the Conference begins, and after the apostolate has expended
more than $100,000 on advertising and other arrangements. When pressed for
an explanation for this breach of contract, the Catholic University of the
Sacred Heart claims that it suddenly had to schedule a “structural
inspection” of its facilities — during the very week the apostolate's
conference is to be held!
September 28, 2001 - Father Gruner receives a letter directly from Bishop Dziwisz, the
Pope's personal secretary, dated August 24, 2001, which is
photographically reproduced along with the English translation on the
following page. In the letter, Bishop Dziwisz warmly wishes Father Gruner
well with his upcoming conference on Fatima and world peace in Rome and
expresses his regrets that he could not attend the conference due to the
Synod of Bishops taking place at the same time. Bishop Dziwisz has been
Pope John Paul II's personal secretary for some 35 years, and is like a
son to the Holy Father. Bishop Dziwisz's expression of support and good
wishes to Father Gruner demonstrates that the worthless denunciation of
Father Gruner published by “mandate of a higher authority” on September
12, 2001 could not have emanated from the papal household, leaving
Cardinal Sodano as the only other “higher authority” who could have
instigated the groundless denunciation.
October 25, 2001 - Cardinal Ratzinger admits to a “destabilizing [of] the internal equilibrium of the Roman Curia” due to reports
(following the September 11th terrorist attack on New York) of a letter
from Sister Lucy to the Pope concerning the Third Secret and dangers to
the world and the person of the Pope. Ratzinger does not explicitly deny
the existence of this letter. This admission indicates that widespread
skepticism over the Vatican's Fatima disclosures apparently extends even
into the Curia itself.
December 2001 - Father Gruner gives an interview with the editor of The
Fatima Crusader in an article entitled “Don't Shoot the Messenger”.
It is summarized by the following statement: “God's law and the law of the
Catholic Church (Canon Law) itself states clearly (see Canons 221, 1321,
1323) that no priest in the Catholic Church can be penalized with any
ecclesiastical penalty whatsoever, if the priest has not committed a
criminal act or transgression of Church Law or precept. Since no such
crime or transgression has ever been committed by Father Gruner, it is
absolutely clear and certain that Father Gruner is not suspended a
divinis . Anyone, even a Cardinal, who says Father Gruner is
suspended is either misinformed or malicious.”
Castel Gandolfo, 24 August
your letter of last July 10 you have invited me to participate in the
fifth Conference for World Peace which will take place in Rome from the
7th to the 13th of October.
thank you warmly and up to now I have hopes that this meeting dealing with
such an important topic as World Peace will be crowned with great success.
will not be able to be present at the event because at that time the Synod
of Bishops will be in progress here in the Vatican.
cordial greetings and the wish that the Lord, through the intercession of
Our Lady of Fatima, grant to all every desired good.
Signed By (Bishop) +
December 20, 2001 - In response to mounting public skepticism about the completeness
of the Vatican's disclosure of the Third Secret, the Vatican apparatus
suddenly publishes a secret “interview” of Sister Lucy, purportedly
conducted by Archbishop Bertone more than a month earlier (November 17) at
the convent at Coimbra. The “interview” consists of nothing more than
Bertone's Italian language report of what Sister Lucy is supposed to have
said in Portuguese. According to Bertone, Sister Lucy said that the
consecration of the world in 1984 has been “accepted by heaven” (for what
purpose she did not say), and that “everything has been published.”
“interview”, which Bertone claims went on for two hours, contains only
44 words alleged to be from the mouth of Sister Lucy concerning the
matters in controversy (the consecration of Russia and the Third Secret).
No transcript or other independent record of the “interview” is provided,
making it impossible to determine what exactly Sister Lucy was asked
during the closeted two hour interrogation, or the context of the 44 words
she is alleged to have uttered during those unrecorded two hours. [The
numerous suspicious circumstances of this secret “interview” are analyzed
in the article entitled “Let Us Hear the Witness, for Heaven's Sake”, by
Christopher A. Ferrara, Esq. in Issue 70 (Spring 2002) of The Fatima
Crusader. See also Chapter 14 of this book.]
January 2002 - Despite the Vatican's claim that the entire Third Secret has been
released, Sister Lucy remains under orders not to speak in public about
the Message of Fatima without permission from Cardinal Ratzinger or the
Pope himself. And, as the world spirals downward into violence and the
loss of God, the Consecration of Russia remains undone. The annihilation
of nations hangs in the balance as the world prepares for war. As this
book goes to press in December 2002 and the threat of war looms even
greater, Sister Lucy is still bound to silence.
Where Do We Stand?
is where we stand, 85 years after the Message of Fatima was delivered to
the three seers by the Mother of God:
request of the Blessed Virgin that the nation of Russia — not
the world, not the unemployed, not youth in search of meaning — be
consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary has yet to be honored. This
failure is as mysterious as the failure of the kings of France to honor
Our Lord's request in 1689 for the Consecration of France to His Sacred
Heart. The failure to consecrate Russia, however, will have infinitely
more ruinous consequences than those which befell France in the French
witness to a systematic attempt to revise the Message of Fatima to
eliminate any reference to the consecration or conversion of Russia, and
to reduce the Message to a mere chronicle of past events and a call for
personal piety. This Fatima revisionism is accompanied by a de facto “purge” from the Church, through calls for “obedience” to deny the
truth and with threats of excommunication as well as through character
assassination, of anyone who would contradict the Vatican Secretariat of
State's “party line” that Fatima belongs to the past and that the
Consecration of Russia must never be mentioned again.
supposed revelation of the Third Secret by the anti-Fatima establishment
in the Vatican raises more questions than it answers. The ambiguous
four-page vision of “a Bishop dressed in White” published on June 26,
2000 bears no resemblance to the one-page document containing “the words
which Our Lady confided to the three children as a secret” — a document
seen by various witnesses and described in considerable detail by
Cardinal Ratzinger in 1984. The “interpretation” of the vision by the
anti-Fatima establishment in the Vatican — that the killing of the
bishop in white as well as many other bishops, priests, religious and
lay people by a band of soldiers signifies the failed attempt
on Pope John Paul II's life by a lone assassin — is plainly incredible
and obviously contrived to further the “party line” that the Message of
Fatima belongs to the past.
18 years after the alleged “consecration” of 1984 there are two
abortions for every live birth in Russia, whose population is dropping
by 700,000 per year; Vladimir Putin has signed a friendship pact with
Red China; Russia has become a world center for the production of child
pornography; and the Catholic Church is hemmed in by impossible legal
restrictions, forbidden to make converts or even to have permanent
resident priests and bishops in the country (they're only allowed to
stay for three months at a time). To suggest that a nation which does
these things has started to be converted through the completed
consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a claim as
blasphemous as it is absurd.
Fatima revisionists continue to insist that Fatima belongs to the past,
wars rage around the globe and the world descends ever more quickly into
an abyss of total corruption. The attack on America on September 11,
2001 is a dire warning that the world is moving ever closer to the
annihilation of various nations which Our Lady of Fatima warned would be
the result of failing to heed Her request for the Consecration.
always been those who have opposed Our Lady's Message of world peace
through the consecration and conversion of Russia, and dismissed the
warnings She gave the world at Fatima in 1917. The story of the brutal
imprisonment of the three child seers by Portuguese government officials
is well known. Equally well-documented are the vicious persecutions that
Fatima adherents have endured under Communist and Masonic regimes around
familiar to many, however, is the struggle within the Church itself
concerning the Fatima Message and its enduring importance in our own
times. Despite official approval of the Fatima apparitions, there remains
today a small but powerful group within the Church actively working to
suppress Our Lady's full Message.
millions of souls still look to the Message of Fatima with faith and hope,
continuing to believe that the Mother of God did not come to earth in
vain. Joining in a great grassroots crusade, over FIVE MILLION people have
petitioned the Pope for the Consecration of Russia and full public
disclosure of the Third Secret.
presented this chronology in the hope that it will give all Catholics and
others of good will the opportunity to judge the facts for themselves. We
have not included any unsupported testimony or documents whose
authenticity is open to question.
earnestly encourage all those seeking the saving light of Our Lady's
Fatima Message to join with us in asking our Holy Father the Pope and
other Church leaders to free Sister Lucy from her 42-year ordeal of
silence and to publicly release Our Lady's Third Fatima Secret in
prayerfully request your help in bringing this information to the
attention of your family, friends and associates. The stakes could not be
higher: world peace on the one hand, or the annihilation of various
nations on the other; the salvation of millions of souls, or the loss of
millions of souls for all eternity.
always, God leaves the choice for good or evil in our hands. He will give
us the grace to act, but He will not force us to do what is right. To do
what is right is our duty as Catholics before God. Let us do what is
right, respecting the Heaven-sent Message of Fatima — for the sake of
ourselves, our loved ones, America, our homelands and the whole world.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Father Paul Kramer
B.Ph., S.T.B., M.Div., S.T.L. (Cand.)
The Third Secret Fully
If, as seems to be
the case—and as millions of responsible Catholics believe—there is more to
the Third Secret than an obscure vision of the “Bishop dressed in White”
with no explanation by Our Lady of Fatima of how it is to be interpreted,
then in what would the missing part of the Secret consist? We have already
suggested an answer. In this chapter, we develop the answer in some
Every Witness Agrees
The testimony of
every single witness who has spoken on the question points to only one
conclusion: the missing part of the Third Secret of Fatima foretells a
catastrophic loss of faith and discipline in the human element of the
Church—that is, in short, a great apostasy. Let us recall the testimonies
on this point, which we first presented in Chapter 4:
Pope Pius XII
I am worried by the Blessed Virgin's messages to Lucy of Fatima. This
persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a
divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her
liturgy, Her theology and Her soul. …
Fr. Joseph Schweigl
I cannot reveal
anything of what I learned at Fatima concerning the Third Secret, but I
can say that it has two parts: one concerns the Pope; the other
logically (although I must say nothing) would have to be the
continuation of the words: ‘In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will
always be preserved.’
On December 26,
1957, with an imprimatur and the approbation of the Bishop of Fatima,
Father Fuentes published the following revelations by Sister Lucy
concerning the Third Secret:
Father, the Most
Holy Virgin is very sad because no one has paid any attention to Her
message, neither the good nor the bad. The good continue on their way
but without giving any importance to Her message. The bad, not seeing
the punishment of God falling upon them, continue their life of sin
without even caring about the message. But believe me, Father, God will
chastise the world and this will be in a terrible manner. The
punishment from Heaven is imminent.
much time is there before 1960 arrives? It will be very sad for
everyone, not one person will rejoice at all if beforehand the world
does not pray and do penance. I am not able to give any other
details because it is still a secret. ...
This is the
Third part of the Messsage of Our Lady which will remain Secret until
Father, that many times, the most Holy Virgin told my cousins Francisco
and Jacinta, as well as myself, that many nations will disappear from
the face of the earth. She said that Russia will be the instrument of
chastisement chosen by Heaven to punish the world if we do not obtain
beforehand the conversion of that poor nation.
devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the
Blessed Virgin. And the devil knows what it is that most offends God and
which in a short space of time will gain for him the greatest number of
souls. Thus, the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated
to God, because in this way, the devil will succeed in leaving souls of
the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he
afflicts the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus is the
fall of religious and priestly souls. The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation
drag numerous souls to hell. … The devil wishes to
take possession of consecrated souls. He tries to corrupt them in
order to lull to sleep the souls of laypeople and thereby lead them to
Before his death
in 1981, Father Joaquin Alonso, who for sixteen years was the official
archivist of Fatima, testified as follows:
It is therefore
completely probable that the text makes concrete references to the
crisis of faith within the Church and to the negligence of the pastors
themselves [and the] internal struggles in the very bosom of the Church
and of grave pastoral negligence of the upper hierarchy.1
In the period
preceding the great triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, terrible
things are to happen. These form the content of the third part of the
Secret. What are they? If ‘in Portugal the dogma of the Faith will
always be preserved,’ ... it can be clearly deduced from this that
in other parts of the Church these dogmas are going to become obscure or
even lost altogether.2
unpublished text speak of concrete circumstances? It is very possible
that it speaks not only of a real crisis of the faith in the Church
during this in-between period, but like the secret of La Salette, for
example, there are more concrete references to the internal struggles of
Catholics or to the fall of priests and religious. Perhaps it even
refers to the failures of the upper hierarchy of the Church. For
that matter, none of this is foreign to other communications Sister Lucy
has had on this subject.3
the judgment of the Popes, it would add nothing to what a Christian must
know from Revelation: a radical call to conversion, the absolute
seriousness of history, the dangers threatening the faith and life
of the Christian, and therefore the world. And also the importance
of the last times. … If it is not published—at least for the moment—it
is to avoid confusing religious prophecy with sensationalism. But the
things contained in this Third Secret correspond to what is announced in
Scripture and are confirmed by many other Marian apparitions, beginning
with the Fatima apparitions themselves in their known
contents.4 (11 November 1984)
concerns only our faith. To identify the Secret with catastrophic
announcements or with a nuclear holocaust is to deform the meaning of
the message. The loss of faith of a continent is worse than the
annihilation of a nation; and it is true that faith is continually
diminishing in Europe.5
It is important to
note that, as part of the general attempt to conceal and suppress the
truth about Fatima, Bishop Amaral was pressured to withdraw his remarks
shortly after they were made. But then, ten years later, and now safely
retired, the bishop casually reaffirmed his testimony in a public
interview in 1995, adding a crucial bit of evidence: “Before I asserted in
Vienna (in 1984) that the Third Secret concerned only our Faith and the
loss of Faith I had consulted Sister Lucy and first obtained her
approval.”6 Thus, Sister Lucy herself indirectly
confirmed, yet again, that the true and complete Third Secret of Fatima
predicts apostasy in the Church.
It [the Third
Secret] has nothing to do with Gorbachev. The Blessed Virgin was
alerting us against the apostasy in the Church.
To these witnesses
we must add the testimony of two others. The first is Cardinal Mario Luigi
Ciappi, who was nothing less than Pope John Paul II's own personal papal
theologian. In a personal communication to a Professor Baumgartner in
Salzburg, Cardinal Ciappi revealed that:
In the Third
Secret it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in
the Church will begin at the top.7
Then there is
Father Jose dos Santos Valinho, who is Sister Lucy's own nephew. In a book
by Renzo and Roberto Allegri entitled Reportage su Fatima [Milan
2000], published—providentially enough—very shortly before the disclosure
of the Third Secret vision and the publication of TMF by
Ratzinger/Bertone, Father Valinho expressed the view that
the Third Secret predicts apostasy in the Church.8
In short, every
single witness on the issue—even Cardinal Ratzinger in 1984—has testified
to the same effect: the contents of the Third Secret of Fatima pertain to
a crisis of faith in the Catholic Church, an apostasy, with grave
consequences for the whole world. Not a single witness has ever denied
that this is what the Third Secret portends. Nor has Sister Lucy ever
corrected any of these testimonies, even though throughout her life she
has not hesitated to correct those who misrepresented the contents of the
Message of Fatima.
Pope John Paul II Has Twice
Revealed the Essence of the Secret
As if all this
were not enough, on two occasions, in his own sermons at Fatima, Pope John
Paul II himself has confirmed the essential contents of the Third Secret.
It is apparent that Pope John Paul II told us essential elements of the
Third Secret in his sermon at Fatima on May 13, 1982, as well as in his
sermon during the beatification ceremony of Blessed Jacinta Marto and
Blessed Francisco Marto at Fatima on May 13, 2000.
On the first
occasion the Pope asked in his sermon: “Can the Mother who, with all the
force of the love that She fosters in the Holy Spirit and desires
everyone's salvation, can She remain silent when She sees the very bases
of Her children's salvation undermined ?” The Pope then answered
his own question: “No, She cannot remain silent.” Here the Pope himself
tells us that the Fatima Message concerns Our Lady's warning that the
very bases of our salvation are being undermined. Notice the striking
parallel between this testimony and that of Pope Pius XII, who spoke of
the suicide of altering the Faith in the Church's liturgy, theology and
Her very soul.
Then, on May 13,
2000, the Pope in his sermon during the beatification ceremony warned the
faithful as follows:
appeared in Heaven; behold, a great red dragon” (Apoc. 12: 3).
These words from the first reading of the Mass make us think of the
great struggle between good and evil, showing how, when man puts God
aside, he cannot achieve happiness, but ends up destroying himself. …
The Message of
Fatima is a call to conversion, alerting humanity to have
nothing to do with the “dragon” whose “tail swept down a third of the
stars of Heaven, and dragged them to the earth” (Apoc.
Man's final goal
is Heaven, his true home, where the heavenly Father awaits everyone with
His merciful love. God does not want anyone to be lost; that is why
2,000 years ago He sent His Son to earth, “to seek and to save the lost”
(Lk. 19:10). …
In Her motherly
concern, the Blessed Virgin came here to Fatima to ask men and women “to
stop offending God, Our Lord, who is already too much offended”. It is a
mother's sorrow that compels Her to speak; the destiny of Her
children is at stake. For this reason She asks the little
shepherds: “Pray, pray much and make sacrifices for sinners; many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray and make
sacrifices for them”.
We have already
noted that His Holiness cited Chapter 12 verses 3 and 4 of the Book of the
Apocalypse, and that the reference in those verses is commonly interpreted
to mean one-third of the Catholic clergy being swept down from their
exalted state through loss of faith or moral corruption—and we are
certainly seeing both among the Catholic clergy today. Notice the exact
coincidence of the Pope's sermon with Sister Lucy's warning to Father
Fuentes about how “The devil knows that religious and priests who fall
away from their beautiful vocation drag numerous souls to
seems perfectly clear that Pope John Paul II was trying to tell us that
the Third Secret relates to the great apostasy foretold in Sacred
Scripture. Why did the Pope not say these things directly and explicitly,
but rather in a somewhat hidden manner, in language only the more learned
would grasp? It seems likely that he was sending a signal to the more
astute about what he thought was going to be revealed very soon—namely,
the whole of the Third Secret. As it turned out, of course, we
received only the vision of the “Bishop dressed in White” and the
so-called “commentary” in TMF. Perhaps the Pope recognized the
strength of the resistance posed by Cardinal Sodano and his collaborators,
and hoped that he would at least be able to disclose in his sermon the
essence of the Secret in the hope that sooner or later the whole truth
would come out. Perhaps the Pope does not feel that he can speak freely,
precisely because he had allowed himself to be surrounded by clerics,
religious, bishops and Cardinals whom he has discovered now to be
untrustworthy but whom he feels unable to replace, who are still
in office and who are undermining the Faith, who are part of that one-third of the consecrated souls swept down from their
high stations by the devil. Perhaps the Pope either does not know who they
are, or he does know but does not think he can speak out publicly and
survive for long. (We recall here the sudden death of Pope John Paul I.)
Whatever the reason, the Pope is not speaking very clearly—yet clearly
enough that one can discern his meaning. As Jesus told His disciples on
one occasion: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
So, not only is
every witness, from the future Pope Pius XII in the 1930s through Sister
Lucy's own nephew in the year 2000, unanimous on this point, but the
reigning Pope adds his own voice to theirs: the Third Secret foretells a
widespread loss of faith and fall from grace among the Catholic clergy of
Now, the first two
parts of the Secret of Fatima say absolutely nothing about apostasy in the
Church. Likewise, the visional portion of the Third Secret, concerning the
“Bishop dressed in White”, says absolutely nothing about an apostasy. If
every witness says that the Third Secret speaks of apostasy in the Church,
yet those portions of the Message of Fatima revealed to date, including
the vision of “a Bishop dressed in White”, say nothing about it, the
inescapable conclusion is that some portion of the Third Secret has been
withheld. What does this portion actually say?
The logical place
to begin is with the telltale phrase that the Vatican apparatus has been
at great pains to demote and obscure as if it were a mere footnote to the
Message of Fatima: “In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be
preserved etc.” This phrase is the only evident reference to a coming
apostasy in the published portions of the Message (although we hasten to
add, that even without this phrase, it would still be clear from all the
evidence that the Third Secret relates to an apostasy in the Church).
Here, and only here, the revealed portion of the integral Message
of Fatima touches upon the question of the dogmas of the Faith,
and how they will be preserved in Portugal.
What would be the
point of Our Lady mentioning the preservation of dogma in
Portugal if not to warn us that dogma was not going to be
preserved elsewhere in the Church? And, as we have earlier suggested, the
“elsewhere” is undoubtedly described in the words comprised within Sister
Given that the
vision published on June 26, 2000 contains no further words of Our Lady,
it can only be concluded that the missing words of Our Lady are found in
the “sound track”, as it were, of the Third Secret, in which Our Lady
would explain the vision. The vision, it would seem, is the end result of
this catastrophic loss of faith: The Pope and remaining hierarchy are
being hunted down and killed outside the half-ruined city of Rome, perhaps
(we can only speculate since the words of Our Lady are missing) after a
This, indeed, fits
perfectly with Cardinal Ratzinger's admission in 1984 that the Third
Secret relates to “dangers to the faith and the life of the Christian, and
therefore of the world.” On the figurative level, the corpses
surrounding the Pope as he walks haltingly toward the hill where he is
executed by soldiers would represent the victims of apostasy, and the
half-ruined city the condition of the Church during this time of apostasy.
The Greatest Threat of All:
Loss of Catholic Dogma
Angelica stated on national television on May 16, 2001 that she believes
“we didn't get the whole thing” [i.e., the whole Third Secret] because “I
think it's scary,” she was surely correct. There is nothing more
frightening than the danger of a widespread loss of Faith in the Church,
especially when the danger emanates “from the top” as Cardinal Ciappi, the
Pope's own personal theologian, said concerning the Third Secret. The
result of this danger, if it is not averted, will be the eternal damnation
of millions of souls. And who knows how many have been lost already for
lack of the Third Secret's salutary warnings and advice?
published on June 26, however, simply does not express anything that
frightening. The vision, in fact, expresses nothing so terrible
that the Vatican would have kept it under lock and key for forty years.
Indeed, Cardinal Ratzinger would have us believe that the Third Secret, as
represented by the vision alone, contains “no great surprises”. That is
because the surprises follow the still-hidden conclusion of the phrase “In
Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved etc”—again, the
very phrase the Cardinal's “commentary” has removed from the integral text
of Our Lady's words in Sister Lucy's Fourth Memoir.
Now, when the Pope
spoke of “the very bases of our salvation undermined” in his Fatima sermon
in 1982, he certainly meant the undermining of the Catholic Faith. We know
this from the constant teaching of the Catholic Church. For example, the
Athanasian Creed says: “Whoever wishes to be saved must before all else
adhere to the Catholic faith. He must preserve this faith whole and
inviolate; otherwise he shall most certainly perish in eternity.” The
foundation of our salvation is belonging to the Catholic Church and
holding on to our Catholic Faith whole and inviolate. The loss of this
foundation must be what the Third Secret concerns. Every witness says so,
Pope John Paul II says so, and the telltale phrase “In Portugal the dogma
of the Faith will always be preserved etc.” also says so.
As Our Lord warned
us: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world if he loses his own
eternal soul?” If a person loses his soul for the new orientation of the
Church, the New World Order, the One World Religion, or the promise of
peace and prosperity in the world, it profits him nothing, for he will
burn in hell for all eternity. For this reason alone, the Third Secret is
vitally important to us. It could not be any more important, because it
concerns the salvation of our own individual souls. It also concerns the
salvation of the souls of the Pope, Cardinals, bishops, priests, and
indeed of every living person. Thus, the Third Secret concerns every man,
woman and child on the face of the earth, and particularly Catholics.
We recall again
that in 1984 Cardinal Ratzinger admitted that if the Secret was not
published “at least for now” it was to “avoid confusing religious prophecy with sensationalism”—a far cry from his claim today
that, according to Sodano's Party Line, the Third Secret culminated in
1981 with the failed assassination attempt. Further, the Third Secret is a
prophecy that began to be realized in 1960, which Sister Lucy said was the
year by which the prophecy will be “much clearer” (mais claro).
As Frère Michel points out, a prophecy that starts to be realized
obviously becomes much clearer. The prophecy, therefore, started to be
realized at least by 1960. It is, therefore, a prophecy that tells us about our time. It is a loving warning from Our Lady, and also
advice on how to respond to the clear and present danger in the Church.
Now let us look
more closely at the essence of the Third Secret. As Cardinal Ratzinger
admitted 18 years ago—again, before Cardinal Sodano issued the Party Line
on Fatima—the Third Secret concerns, first of all, the dangers to the
Faith. St. John tells us what it is that overcomes the world: he says it
is our faith. Therefore, in order for the world to overcome the
Church, it first has to overcome our faith as Catholics.
The Third Secret's
essence then concerns the world's attempt to overcome our Catholic Faith.
As we have demonstrated abundantly in the previous chapters, the forces of
the world have conducted a major assault on the Catholic Faith since 1960.
There is simply no question about this, based on the overwhelming evidence
which we have only outlined here.
particularly, the Secret concerns the dogma of the Faith. Our
Lady of Fatima spoke about the dogma of the Faith always being
preserved in Portugal, not simply “the Faith.” Why did Our Lady focus on
Catholic dogma? Clearly, She did so because the Secret is a
prophecy that Catholic dogma, specifically, would be the target
of those who would attack the Church from within and without. As Our Lord
Himself warned us in Sacred Scripture: “For false Christs and false
prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it
were possible, even the elect” (Mk. 13:22). As the Arian crisis
demonstrates, these false prophets can include even priests and bishops.
We can cite here Cardinal Newman's famous description of that time in
Church history: “The comparatively few who remained faithful were
discredited and driven into exile; the rest were either deceivers or
deceived.” In such times of crisis, Catholics must adhere to the
dogmas of the Faith.
What is dogma?
Dogma is what has been infallibly defined by the Church. Dogma is
what Catholics must believe in order to be Catholic. The dogmas of the
Faith are what is contained in the solemn, infallible definitions of the
Magisterium—namely, the Pope alone, speaking in a way that clearly binds
the Universal Church to believe in what he is pronouncing, or an
ecumenical council of all the Catholic bishops presided over by the Pope
which issues such binding pronouncements, or those things taught by the
Ordinary and Universal Magisterium of the Church.
What is meant by
the infallible definition of dogma? The word infallible means “cannot fail”. Therefore, the definitions of the Faith, solemnly
defined by the Church, cannot fail. We know what the Faith is, what the
dogmas of the Faith are, by means of the infallible definitions. If we believe and hold fast to these infallible definitions, then we
cannot be deceived in those matters so defined.
How do we know
that a matter has been defined infallibly as an article of the Catholic
faith? We know it from the manner in which the teaching is presented.
Four Sources of Infallible
There are four
principal ways Church teaching is presented to us infallibly:
First, through the
promulgation of creeds by the Popes and ecumenical councils,
which provide a summary of what Catholics must believe in order to be
Second, by means
of solemn definitions containing such phrases as “We declare,
pronounce and define,” or some similar formula indicating that the Pope or
the Pope together with an ecumenical council clearly intend to bind the
Church to believe in the teaching. Such definitions are usually
accompanied by anathemas (condemnations) of those who would in
any way deny the defined teaching.
definitions of the Ordinary and Universal Magisterium, meaning the constant teaching of the Church in an “ordinary” manner, always and everywhere, even if the teaching is never solemnly
defined by such words as “We declare, pronounce and define...” (One
example of this is the Church's constant teaching, throughout Her history,
that contraception and abortion are gravely immoral.)
Fourth, there are
definitive judgements of the Pope, usually condemned
propositions, which are those propositions a Catholic is forbidden to believe. When a Pope, or a Pope and council
together, solemnly condemn a proposition, we can know infallibly that it
is contrary to the Catholic Faith.
An example of a creed is the Profession of Faith promulgated by the Council of
Trent. We present it here, conveniently arranged in the form of points,
with the language unaltered:
I, N., with firm faith believe and profess each and every article
contained in the Symbol of faith which the holy Roman Church uses;
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and
earth, and of all things visible and invisible; and in
one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, born of the
Father before all ages; God from God, light from light, true God from
true God; begotten not made, of one substance (consubstantial) with the
Father; through whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven, and was
made incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
He was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, died, and was
He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and
ascended into Heaven;
He sits at the right hand of the Father, and He shall come again in
glory to judge the living and the dead, and of His kingdom there will be
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and giver of life, who
proceeds from the Father and the Son; who equally with the Father and
the Son is adored and glorified; who spoke through the prophets.
And I believe that there is one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic
I confess one baptism for the remission of sins; and I hope for the
resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
I resolutely accept and embrace the apostolic and ecclesiastical
traditions and the other practices and regulations of that same Church.
In like manner I accept Sacred Scripture according to the meaning
which has been held by holy Mother Church and which She now holds. It is
Her prerogative to pass judgement on the true meaning and interpretation
of Sacred Scripture. And I will never accept or interpret it in a manner
different from the unanimous agreement of the Fathers.
I also acknowledge that there are truly and properly seven
sacraments of the New Law, instituted by Jesus Christ our Lord, and that
they are necessary for the salvation of the human race, although it is
not necessary for each individual to receive them all.
I acknowledge that the seven sacraments are: Baptism, Confirmation,
Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony; and
that they confer grace; and that of the seven, Baptism, Confirmation,
and Holy Orders cannot be repeated without committing a sacrilege.
I also accept and acknowledge the customary and approved rites of
the Catholic Church in the solemn administration of these sacraments.
I embrace and accept each and every article on Original Sin and
justification declared and defined in the most holy Council of Trent.
I likewise profess that in the Mass a true, proper, and propitiatory
sacrifice is offered to God on behalf of the living and the dead, and
that the Body and Blood together with the Soul and Divinity of our Lord
Jesus Christ is truly, really, and substantially present in the most
holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, and that there is a change of the whole
substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the
wine into the Blood; and this change the Catholic Church calls
I also profess that the whole and entire Christ and a true Sacrament
is received under each separate species.
I firmly hold that there is a purgatory, and that the souls detained
there are helped by the prayers of the faithful.
I likewise hold that the saints reigning together with Christ should
be honored and invoked, that they offer prayers to God on our behalf,
and that their relics should be venerated.
I firmly assert that images of Christ, of the Mother of God ever
Virgin, and of the other saints should be owned and kept, and that due
honor and veneration should be given to them.
I affirm that the power of indulgences was left in the keeping of
the Church by Christ, and that the use of indulgences is very beneficial
I acknowledge the holy, Catholic, and apostolic Roman Church as the
mother and teacher of all churches; and
I promise and swear true obedience to the Roman Pontiff, vicar of
Christ and successor of Blessed Peter, Prince of the Apostles.
I unhesitatingly accept and profess all the doctrines (especially
those concerning the primacy of the Roman Pontiff and his infallible
teaching authority9) handed down, defined, and explained by
the sacred canons and ecumenical councils and especially those of this
most holy Council of Trent (and by the ecumenical Vatican Council I).
And at the same time:
I condemn, reject, and anathematize everything that is contrary to
those propositions, and all heresies without exception that have been
condemned, rejected, and anathematized by the Church.
I, N., promise, vow, and swear that, with God's help, I shall most
constantly hold and profess this true Catholic faith, outside which no
one can be saved and which I now freely profess and truly hold. With the
help of God, I shall profess it whole and unblemished to my dying
breath; and, to the best of my ability, I shall see to it that my
subjects or those entrusted to me by virtue of my office hold it, teach
it, and preach it. So help me God and His holy Gospel.
As for solemn and
infallible definitions of Catholic dogma, one recent example is
the Apostolic Letter of Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus (1854),
infallibly defining the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary:
pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most
Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of Her conception, by a
singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the
merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free
from all stain of Original Sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and
therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.
Hence, if anyone
shall dare—which God forbid!—to think otherwise than as has been defined
by us, let him know and understand that he is condemned by his own
judgment; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith; that he has
separated from the unity of the Church; and that, furthermore, by his
own action he incurs the penalties established by law if he should dare
to express in words or writing or by any other outward means the errors
he think in his heart.
Here we recall
that in TMF Cardinal Ratzinger blatantly undermined this
dogma—and the Message of Fatima—by daring to claim that “According to
Matthew 5:8, the ‘immaculate heart’ is a heart which, with God's
grace, has come to perfect interior unity and therefore ‘sees God.’” No,
no, no! The Immaculate Heart is not “a” heart, but the heart—the
one and only heart—of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Who is the only merely
human being Who was conceived without Original Sin and Who never committed
even the slightest personal sin during Her glorious life on this earth.
Finally, there is
the condemned proposition. A prime example of this is the Syllabus of Errors of Blessed Pius IX, wherein this great Pope
enumerated the many errors of liberalism in the form of propositions which
he solemnly, definitively and infallibly condemned as errors against the
Faith,10 including proposition #80 (which we mentioned
earlier): “The Roman Pontiff can and ought to reconcile himself and come
to terms with progress, liberalism and modern civilization.”
As we have shown,
here too Cardinal Ratzinger has sought to undermine prior Church teaching,
telling us that the teaching of Vatican II was a “countersyllabus” which
was “an attempt at an official reconciliation with the new era inaugurated
in 1789” and an effort to correct what he dared to call “the one-sidedness of the position adopted by the Church under Blessed
Pius IX and Saint Pius X in response to the situation created by the new
phase of history inaugurated by the French Revolution …”11 To
make his rejection of the solemn, infallible teaching of Blessed Pope Pius
IX even more explicit, Cardinal Ratzinger declares that at Vatican II,
“the attitude of critical reserve toward the forces that have left their
imprint on the modern world is to be replaced by a coming to terms with their movement.”12 This opinion of Cardinal
Ratzinger's flatly contradicts the teaching of Blessed Pope Pius IX that
the Church must not “come to terms” with “progress, liberalism
and modern civilization.”
Ratzinger's outrageous abuse of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and
his arrogant dismissal of the Syllabus as “one-sided” exposes the
very core of the post-conciliar crisis in the Church: an assault on the infallible definitions of the Magisterium.
Now, for the most
part, this assault has been rather indirect. The infallible definition is
usually not directly denied, but rather undermined through
criticism or “revision.” The innovators in the Church are not so stupid as
simply to declare that an infallible Church teaching is wrong. And, in
their supposed “enlightenment” these innovators may actually think they
are “deepening” or “developing” Catholic teaching for the good of the
Church—again, we are not judging their subjective motivations. But the effect of what they do is obvious: the undermining of the
infallibly defined teachings of the Magisterium.
Another example of
this undermining is the attack on the dogma that outside the Catholic
Church there is no salvation. The Tridentine creed, quoted in full above,
states: “I shall most constantly hold and profess this true Catholic
faith, outside which no one can be saved …” In Chapter 6 we show how, over
and over again, the Magisterium has solemnly defined the dogma that there
is no salvation outside the Catholic Church. Yet today, the dogma is
denied and undermined by an “ecumenism” which declares that
neither the Protestant heretics nor the Orthodox schismatics need return
to the Catholic Church, because this is “outdated
ecclesiology.”13 And in many places today, the dogma is
directly denied, and in other places it is not directly denied but in
practice it collapses from insidious, repeated, indirect attacks and, as a
result, it is no longer believed and followed in those places.
It is undeniable
that since Vatican II a host of novel notions has been passed off in the
Church as “development” of Catholic doctrine, even though these novelties
at least implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) contradict and undermine
the infallible definitions. The idea, for example, that the Council
document Gaudium et Spes is a “countersyllabus” that counters the
solemn condemnations of Blessed Pope Pius IX14 undermines the
whole integrity of the infallible Magisterium. Such talk is an assault on
the very credibility of the teaching office of the Church, and is thus, in
the end, an assault on Catholic dogma itself.
There Cannot be
Understanding” of Catholic Dogma
post-conciliar attack on dogma through undermining and implicit
contradiction cannot be justified as a “development” or “new insight” into
dogma. As the First Vatican Council solemnly taught: “For, the Holy Spirit
was not promised to the successors of Peter that they might disclose new doctrine, but that by His help they might guard sacredly the
revelation transmitted through the Apostles and the deposit of faith, and
might faithfully set it forth.”15
Vatican I taught, there cannot be any “new understanding” of what the
Church has already infallibly defined:
understanding of its sacred dogmas must be perpetually
retained, which Holy Mother Church has once declared; and there
must never be a recession [moving away] from that meaning under the
specious name of a deeper understanding.16
Thus, it is a
matter of Catholic Faith that we believe that no new doctrine has been
revealed by God since the death of the last Apostle, Saint John and
that no new understanding of doctrine has arisen because of
Vatican II or otherwise.
“new” doctrine or “counter”-doctrine we have heard so much about since
Vatican II can only be pseudo-doctrine. This pseudo-doctrine is being
taught very subtly. When pseudo-doctrine contradicts doctrines that have
been infallibly defined, then Catholics must cling to the infallible
doctrines and reject the “new” doctrines.
The dogma of the
Faith cannot fail, but novelties can fail us. Men can fail; lay
people can fail; priests can fail; bishops can fail; Cardinals can fail;
and even the Pope can fail in matters which do not involve his charism of
infallibility, as history has shown us with more than one Pope who taught
or appeared to teach some novelty.
For example, Pope
Honorius was posthumously condemned by the Third Council of Constantinople
in 680 A.D. for aiding and abetting heresy,17 and that
condemnation was approved by Pope Leo II and repeated by later Popes. As
another example, Pope John XXII, back in the 14th Century (1333
A.D.), gave sermons (but not solemn definitions) in which he insisted that
the blessed departed do not enjoy the Beatific Vision until the day of
General Judgment. For this he was denounced and corrected by theologians,
and he finally retracted his heretical opinion on his deathbed.
In the case of
Pope John XXII, knowledgeable Catholics (in this case theologians) knew
that John XXII was wrong in his teaching about the Particular Judgment.
They knew that something was wrong with Pope John XXII's teaching because
it contradicted what the Church had always believed, even if there had not
yet been an infallible definition. Catholics who knew their faith in the
14th Century did not simply say: “Oh, the Pope has given a
sermon, therefore we must change our belief.” Looking at the Church's
constant teaching that the blessed departed enjoy the Beatific Vision
immediately after Purgatory, the theologians knew Pope John XXII was
wrong, and they told him so.
As it turned out,
the immediacy of the Beatific Vision was solemnly and infallibly defined
by Pope John XXII's successor in 1336. This placed the matter beyond all
further dispute—which is precisely why an infallible definition was
needed. The same is true with every other matter infallibly defined by the
Church. We can, and must, rely on these infallible definitions with
absolute certainty, rejecting all opinions to the contrary—even if
contrary opinions were to come from a Cardinal or even a Pope.
There are other
examples of Popes failing. Even the first Pope, St. Peter, failed, as
shown in Sacred Scripture—not by what he said but by the example he gave.
Saint Peter refused to sit at table with Gentile converts, in Antioch
about 50 A.D. By shunning these converts he gave the false impression that
the First Council of Jerusalem was wrong in its infallible teaching that
the Mosaic ceremonial law, including the prohibition against Jews eating
with “unclean” Gentiles, was not binding on the Catholic Church. This was
the incident for which St. Paul rebuked St. Peter to his face in public.
Another example is
Pope Liberius in 357 A.D. (or thereabouts), who failed by signing a Creed
which the Arians proposed to him, leaving out any reference to the Son
being consubstantial with the Father. He did this after two years in exile
and under the threat of death. And he also failed (under duress while in
exile) by wrongly condemning and excommunicating—in reality, only giving
the appearance of excommunicating—St. Athanasius, who was defending the
Faith in this matter. Pope Liberius, the first Pope not to be proclaimed a
saint by the Church, was wrong because Athanasius was teaching the
Catholic doctrine—the true doctrine, the infallible doctrine—taught
infallibly by the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. It was that infallible
definition, not the defective teaching of Pope Liberius, that had to be
followed in that case.
examples in Church history we learn that everything proposed to
us for our belief must be judged by those definitions. And so if a
Cardinal, a bishop, a priest, a layman or even the Pope teaches
us some novelty that is contrary to any definition of the Faith, we can
know that the teaching is wrong and that it must be rejected for the
salvation of our immortal souls. Yes, even the Pope can fail, and he
does fail if he expresses an opinion that is contrary to a solemn,
infallible definition of the Catholic Church. This does not mean the Church fails when this happens, but only that the Pope has made a
mistake without imposing it on the whole Church. And, of course, if even
the Pope can make a mistake in teaching some novelty, then certainly
Cardinals, bishops and priests can make mistakes in their teaching and
And so, when Our
Lady speaks about the “dogma of the Faith”, She indicates to us that the
danger to the Faith—and to “the life of the Christian and therefore (the
life) of the world”, to recall Cardinal Ratzinger's admission—will arise
when solemn dogmatic definitions of the Catholic Faith are contradicted or
undermined; for it is these definitions which are the very foundation of
the Catholic Faith, and therefore the foundation of our salvation, to
recall the Pope's 1982 sermon at Fatima.
To the objection
that mere priests, or mere lay people, cannot disagree with high-ranking
prelates like Cardinal Ratzinger, or even (in the kind of extraordinary
case for which we have just given examples) the Pope, one must reply: That
is why the Church has infallible definitions. It is by measuring any given
teaching against solemn, infallible definitions that one can know that a
teaching is true or false—not by what rank in the clergy a person has. As
St. Paul taught: “But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach a gospel
to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema.”
(Gal. 1:8) The faithful are to regard even an Apostle as anathema—accursed, cut off from the Church, worthy of hellfire—if
he contradicts the infallible teaching of the Church. That is why
theologians were able to correct Pope John XXII in his erroneous teaching
from the pulpit; and it is why Catholics today can tell right from wrong
teaching, even if they have a rank lower than the prelate who is
committing the error.
A prime historical
example of this is found in the case of a lawyer named Eusebius, who
pointed out that Nestorius, a high-ranking Archbishop in Constantinople,
the highest ranking prelate after the Pope, was wrong when he denied that
Mary is the Mother of God. Eusebius stood up in his pew on Christmas Day,
during Mass, and denounced Nestorius for preaching heresy. Yet all the
“high-ranking” priests and bishops had remained silent in the face of
Nestorius' heresy. Thus, a mere layman was right and all the rest of them
were in error. The Council of Ephesus was called to hear the matter, and
it was solemnly and infallibly defined that Mary is the Mother of God. And
since Nestorius refused to recant, he was deposed and declared a heretic.
Nestorius was excommunicated!
truth is not a matter of numbers or rank; truth is a matter of what Christ
and God have revealed in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, what has been
solemnly defined by the Catholic Church, and what the Catholic Church has
always taught—taught always, not just since 1965!
The Disastrous Effects
Tampering With Infallible Definitions
provides us with a prime example of what can happen to the Church when
even one dogma is contradicted on a wide scale. The heresy of Arianism caused catastrophic
confusion in the Church from 336 A.D. to 381 A.D. Arianism was condemned
in 325 A.D.; and yet in 336, it arose again. Beginning around 336, the
heresy eventually claimed about 90% of the bishops before it was finally
defeated about fifty years later. In the resulting confusion and loss of
faith, even the great St. Athanasius was “excommunicated” by the Pope in
357. By 381 Arianism had been defeated by the First Council of
Constantinople. However, it was still in full bloom for some time between
360 and 380. The results were utterly devastating to the Church.
The Arian crisis
has more to teach us about the probable contents of the missing text of
the Third Secret. One reason the Arians were able to succeed for a time,
was that they “successfully” attacked a dogma that had been
solemnly and infallibly defined at the Council of Nicea in 325—that Christ
is God from God, Light from Light, true God from true
God; begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father. This
solemn and infallible definition is in the Credo of the Council of Nicea,
which we say every Sunday at Mass.
overturned the definition by getting many of the “faithful” to argue for
replacing it with a false definition that was not infallible. In 336 they
replaced the Greek word Homoousion with another word Homoiousion. The word Homoousion basically means
“consubstantial” with the Father. For God the Son to be consubstantial
with the Father, the Son must not only be God but the same one
God as the Father, so that the substance of the Father is the
substance of the Son, even though the Person of the Father is not the
Person of the Son. Thus, there are three Persons in one God—Father, Son
and Holy Ghost—but there is only one God, with one substance, in
three Persons. That is the mystery of the Trinity. The new word Homoiousion, however, means “of similar substance” to
the Father. Thus, the critical phrase in the dogma— “consubstantial with
the Father”—was changed to “of similar substance with the Father” or “like
Thus the Arians
brought about mass confusion in the Church by adding one letter to the word Homoousion to create a new word with a new
meaning: Homoiousion. They attacked a solemn definition, claiming
that their new definition would be better than the solemn definition. But,
of course, the new definition could not be better than the solemn
definition, because the solemn definition of the Council of Nicea was
By adding one letter to one word, the Arians got rid of an
infallible definition. This opened the way for the Arians and the
semi-Arians, leading to actual warfare. People were martyred, persecuted,
driven out into the desert, driven into exile over this one change to one infallible dogma. St. Athanasius was driven
into exile five different times by the Synod of Egypt (and spent at least
17 years in exile as a result.) But he was right and the heretical bishops
of that Synod were all wrong.
Infallible Definitions Are Higher
than Any Learning or Rank in the Church
Why did Athanasius
know he was right? Because he clung to the infallible definition, no
matter what everyone else said. Not all the learning in the world, nor all
the rank of office, can substitute for the truth of one infallibly defined
Catholic teaching. Even the simplest member of the faithful, clinging to
an infallible definition, will know more than the most “learned”
theologian who denies or undermines the definition. That is the whole
purpose of the Church's infallibly defined teaching—to make us
independent of the mere opinions of men, however learned, however high
Now, in 325 the
solemn definition of the Council of Nicea was infallible, but
many people then did not fully realize that solemn definitions of the
Faith were infallible. That is, at this time in Church history the Church
had not yet issued the solemn definition teaching that the definitions of
Faith are infallible. But in 1870, the First Vatican Council solemnly and
infallibly defined the infallibility of the Church's solemn definitions.
Now we know, infallibly, that solemn definitions are infallible. Once
again: they cannot fail— ever.
The Infallible Definitions
Under Attack in Our Time
In our day,
therefore, there is no excuse for being taken in by heresy and giving up
the defense of solemn definitions. But that is precisely what is happening
today, just as in the time of Arius. Churchmen are judging things in
light of the Second Vatican Council instead of judging the Second Vatican
Council in light of the infallible definitions. They have forgotten
that the infallible definitions, not Vatican II, are the unchanging
standard by which one measures every doctrine, just as a 36-inch yardstick
is the unchanging standard for measuring a yard. One does not suddenly
decide that the new standard for measuring a yard is a 35-inch stick.
Likewise, the Church cannot suddenly decide that Vatican II is the new
yardstick of the Faith.
And so we arrive
again, after a more detailed examination, at the crux of the Third Secret. This is why it begins with Our Lady's reference to the dogma of the Faith. This is why Sister Lucy said the Third Secret would be
“much clearer” after 1960. And here it must be noted that we are clearly
living in the midst of the period of calamity the Third Secret predicts.
How do we know this? Because the Virgin has told us that the Secret would
“be clearer” as of 1960 and She has also told us that in the end Her Immaculate Heart will triumph. Since the Triumph of the
Immaculate Heart is obviously not yet upon us, we must be living in the
interim period between 1960 and that final Triumph—that is, the period
encompassed by the prophecy of the Third Secret.
Now what we have
seen since the Second Vatican Council is, again, an attack—a very subtle,
indirect attack—on the solemn definitions of the Church. We have had a
so-called pastoral council that refused to speak with solemn
definitions and—in the view of some—actually went against certain solemn
definitions. But the Council, as we have seen, wished to be “pastoral”, to
avoid solemn definitions, to avoid condemnations of error, as Pope John
XXIII declared in his opening speech.
Well, what is
wrong with that? What is wrong is that by the subtle mistake of refusing
to make solemn definitions, the door is opened for a Council to use
language that could undermine existing solemn definitions—exactly
this trick was used by the Arians in the Fourth Century in order to bring
about confusion in the Church. And they almost succeeded in overcoming the
This same process
has been occurring again since the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
But the faithful have a remedy for the problem: Vatican II is not
authoritative to the extent it did not exercise its supreme Magisterium,
its power to define doctrine and its power to anathematize error. Since it
did not exercise this authority, everything taught by Vatican II that had
not been taught infallibly before Vatican II has to be examined
in light of the infallible dogmatic definitions and teachings of the
However, that is
not what is happening today. What is happening today is people are
redefining “the faith” in light of Vatican II. It is surely this process
that Our Lady of Fatima speaks about when, going right to the heart of the
matter, She says that the dogma of the Faith will always be
preserved in Portugal—but clearly lost in many other places—telling Sister
Lucy that this warning must be made known by 1960, by which time
the Council had been announced.
This conclusion is
confirmed by the Pope's sermons at Fatima in 1982 and 2000. In 1982 the
Pope said that the bases of our salvation were being undermined.
And in 2000, in his sermon during the beatification of Blessed Jacinta and
Blessed Francisco, Pope John Paul II warned us about the dangers to our
salvation today by telling us that “The Message of Fatima is a
call to conversion, alerting humanity to have nothing to do with the
‘dragon’ whose ‘tail swept down a third of the stars of Heaven, and
dragged them to the earth’ (Apoc. 12:4).” Again, where do we find
this in the revealed parts of the Fatima Message? Nowhere. It must,
therefore, be in the Third Secret. The Pope is telling us that the Third
Secret concerns dangers to the Faith and that one-third of the Catholic
clergy are involved.
The Attack is From Within the Church
Now we will focus
on yet another particular of the Third Secret's essence. The Pope also
pointed out that the attack on the Catholic Faith is coming from within. He said in 1982: “Can the Mother with all the force of
the love that She fosters in the Holy Spirit and who desires everyone's
salvation, can She remain silent when She sees the very bases of Her
children's salvation undermined?” The word undermine implies a weakening of the foundation of our salvation from within.
An external enemy of the Church attacks from without, an infiltrator from
within. In the latter case, the attack is not expected and everyone's
guard is down; the attacker is viewed as a “friend.”
So we have Pope
John Paul II telling us that the Catholic Faith is being undermined from
within (May 13, 1982: “the very bases of Her children's salvation
undermined”) by the Catholic clergy (May 13, 2000: “one-third of the stars
We conclude this
point by noting that there is another source from which we can glean this
aspect of the Third Secret. In 1963 the German publication Neues
Europa revealed what was purported to be part of the Third Secret:
that Cardinal would oppose Cardinal, bishop oppose bishop. We
know that when asked whether the Neues Europa account should be
published, Cardinal Ottaviani, who also had read the Third Secret—who had
a very dry personality and was pretty much indifferent to most
apparitions—exclaimed very emphatically: “Publish 10,000 copies! Publish
20,000 copies! Publish 30,000 copies!”18
Then we have the
testimony of the late Father Malachi Martin that the message of Garabandal
contains the Third Secret or parts of the Third Secret. Father Martin, who
knew the Third Secret because he had read it himself, and who also read
the message of Garabandal, said that because the Vatican chose not to
release the Third Secret in 1960, Our Lady had appeared at Garabandal in
1961 in order to disclose the Third Secret. What is in the Garabandal
message? The Garabandal message says, among other things: “many Cardinals,
bishops, and priests are on the road to hell and ‘dragging’ many more
souls with them”. Notice yet again the concept of dragging souls
down into hell. The same terminology appears in Sister Lucy's remark to
Father Fuentes that “The devil knows that religious and priests who fall
away from their beautiful vocation drag numerous souls to
hell,”19 and in the Pope's sermon on May 13, 2000, which refers
to the scene in the Book of the Apocalypse in which the tail of the dragon
drags one-third of the stars (consecrated souls) from Heaven.
Garabandal apparitions are not formally approved, the Bishop with
jurisdiction over Garabandal—that is, the Bishop of Santander—said that
nothing in the message was contrary to the Catholic Faith.
The Attack Includes Bad Practices
As Well As Bad Doctrine
Here it must be
noted that whether a member of the clergy (or the laity) is good or bad is
not determined solely by whether he verbally upholds or does not uphold
the Faith. Besides comparing the teaching (i.e. the words) of a priest, a
bishop, a Cardinal or the Pope to the infallible teaching of the
Magisterium, one needs to see if the person is also upholding the orthodox practices of the Catholic Church by his words (written and
spoken), by his actions and by the Christian conduct of his life. One
needs to know if the person (priest, bishop, Cardinal or Pope) is engaging
in heteropraxis— practices contrary to the Faith—such as
disrespect for the Blessed Sacrament.
The Faith can be
attacked by actions done in either an obvious or a subtle manner. Our actions must support our words. We uphold the Faith by
upholding the doctrines in our thoughts, words, and writings and also by
upholding the pious practices of the Church that support our adherence to
the Faith. By introducing novel practices into the local parish (or the
local diocese or the local ecclesiastical province, or even into the
Universal Church as Catholic Doctors have written it is possible to
happen) that give the impression that the defined Faith is not to
be believed, one scandalizes the little ones and even some learned souls
by this heteropraxis.
For example, we
know by the solemn definitions of the Council of Trent that God guarantees
to us that the consecrated Host is indeed His Real Presence—that is, the
Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, together with His Soul and
Divinity. Now, the Protestant rebels wanted to deny this article of the
Faith and they wanted to influence others to do the same. So they
reintroduced the practice of Communion in the hand (it had been originally
introduced as a widespread practice by the Arian heretics of the Fourth
Century to deny that Jesus is God). By this symbolic action, their denial
would be clear to all.
Heteropraxis has been used in our day by the enemies of the Church to scandalize
many Catholics into losing their Faith in the Real Presence. That is why
the abuse of Communion in the hand was forbidden by the universal law of
the Church for many centuries and is still forbidden by the law of the
Church to this day. The recent indult [i.e. permission] to go against the
letter of the law is only allowed if this practice does not lead to the
lessening of the Faith in the Real Presence and does not lead to less
respect for the Real Presence. But it always does, as we can see
from our own everyday experience with this form of
which uphold orthodox doctrine, on the other hand, are referred
to as orthopraxis (i.e. orthodox Catholic practices). These
include: genuflecting in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament,
distributing/receiving Communion on the tongue, maintaining the tabernacle
with the Blessed Sacrament as the primary focus of attention (and worship)
in the center of the sanctuary; and the solemn behavior of the clergy
within the sanctuary, showing due reverence to the Presence of God in the
Blessed Sacrament. These examples of orthopraxis (orthodox
actions upholding the Faith) testify to the truth of the dogma that the
Blessed Sacrament is the Real Presence of God—the Body, Blood,
Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ under the appearance of
bread—as well as the proper respect of man to God.
Examples of heteropraxis against the dogma of the Real Presence include
Communion in the hand. This form of heteropraxis conveys the
erroneous message to the faithful that the Blessed Sacrament is just not
that important, that It is just bread, and promotes the heresy that It is
not the Real Presence of God—the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our
Lord Jesus Christ under the appearance of bread. Another example of heteropraxis in this area is the permanent removal of the
tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament from the sanctuary to a side room or
broom closet, so that the primary focus of attention (and worship) in the
sanctuary becomes the chair of the “celebrant” or “Presider” over the
“assembly”. The message is subtly given, and received, that the person
sitting in the chair is more important than the Blessed Sacrament. And
since the “Presider” (or president of the “assembly”) represents the
people, then subtly the message is given that God is less important than
remind us yet again of the words of Pope Pius XII, quoted earlier:
friend, that Communism [one of “the errors of Russia” mentioned in the
Message of Fatima] was only the most visible of the instruments of
subversion to be used against the Church and the traditions of Divine
Revelation ... I am worried by the Blessed Virgin's messages to Lucy of
Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the
Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in
Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul. ... A day will come
when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt
as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God
... In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp
where God awaits them, like Mary Magdalene weeping before the empty
tomb, they will ask, “where have they taken Him?”21
From Pope Pius
XII's words, it seems then that these above-mentioned forms of heteropraxis against the Blessed Sacrament were explicitly
mentioned in the Third Secret of Fatima, because while Pope Pius XII
relates them to the Fatima Message, they are not mentioned in any part of the Message that has been published. That is why they must be
mentioned in the Third Secret—that is, the part that is not yet published.
Pope Pius XII clearly says that it is Our Lady of Fatima who
warns us against “the suicide of altering the Faith in Her liturgy , Her theology and Her soul.” Therefore, the Third
Secret warns us about both false doctrine and heteropraxis as attacks upon “the dogma of the Faith.”
The Attack Includes the
Corruption of the Clergy Which We Now Witness
As we see today,
with the eruption of a massive, worldwide scandal involving the sexual
misconduct of members of the priesthood, there is a third line of attack
on the Church during this time of great crisis: the moral corruption of
many consecrated souls. The tail of the dragon sweeps souls from the
heavens—down from their consecrated state—not only through heterodoxy and
heteropraxis, but also through immorality. Let us recall the statements of
Sister Lucy to Father Fuentes:
The devil wishes
to take possession of consecrated souls. He tries to corrupt them in
order to lull to sleep the souls of lay people and thereby lead them to
afflicts the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus is the fall
of religious and priestly souls. The devil knows that religious and
priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag numerous souls
Today we see
widespread corruption among the Catholic clergy which is now being
manifested in sexual scandals of an unspeakable nature in dioceses
throughout North America, Europe and Africa. The tail of the dragon has
dragged many members of the clergy down into the rankest forms of
As a result, the
credibility of the many priests who do honor their vows and keep the faith
is being destroyed, along with the very credibility of the Church as an
institution. Even if there is good doctrine and good practice, the
benefits of these often are negated when moral corruption undermines the
credibility of the Church.
Who Is Responsible?
Now the question
arises: But who is identified in the Third Secret as being
responsible for the undermining of the Faith through heterodoxy,
heteropraxis and the moral corruption and fall of consecrated souls? First
of all, it is members of the Vatican apparatus itself. We note again the
revelation of Cardinal Ciappi, Pope John Paul II's official papal
theologian, that “In the Third Secret it is foretold, among other things,
that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.”
Thus, the responsibility lies first and foremost with men in the Vatican.
In this, we see the fulfillment not only of the Third Secret, but also the
warning of Pope St. Pius X in his 1907 encyclical Pascendi,
wherein he writes: “The partisans of error are to be sought not only among
the Church's open enemies; but ... in Her very bosom, and are the more
mischievous the less they keep in the open.” These enemies are lay
people and priests “thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught
by the enemies of the Church”, and who put themselves forward “as
reformers of the Church”.22
St. Pius X
“The Church has
no greater enemies. For they put into operation their designs for Her
undoing, not from without but from within. Hence, the danger is present
almost in the very veins and heart of the Church, whose injury is the
more certain from the very fact that their knowledge of Her is more
“They seize upon
professorships in the seminaries and universities, and gradually make of
them chairs of pestilence.”24
“It is time to
tear away the mask from these people and to show them to the Church such
as they are.”25
But then it will
be asked: “How do we know which of the clergy are part of the one-third of
the stars alluded to by Pope John Paul II; how do we know who the
partisans of error are?” The answer again lies in what has been infallibly
defined. Those who uphold the Faith, who hold fast to the doctrine of
Jesus, are friends. (Apoc. 12:17) Those who do not are foes. As Our Lord
said, “By their fruits you shall know them.” (Mt. 7:16) One can tell whom
to trust by whether they are upholding the Catholic Faith as defined by
the solemn definitions. Another sign is that they are living their
Catholic Faith as well.
when Pope Paul VI lamented in 1967 that “the smoke of Satan has entered
the Church” and in 1973 that “the opening to the world has become a
veritable invasion of the Church by worldly thinking” he was only
confirming the contents of the Third Secret; so was Pope John Paul II in
his more veiled statements in 1982 and 2000. The first two parts of the
Great Secret of Fatima warn of the spread of Russia's errors throughout
the world. The Third Secret, in its full contents, is surely a warning
that those errors will infiltrate the Church Herself, and especially
taking hold through the “opening to the world” at Vatican II. The
infiltration of the Catholic Church by Masonic, Communist, neo-modernist
and homosexual elements is seen in the ruinous results of their activities
and the loss of faith among Catholics in the pew.
To those who scoff
at the claim that such a disaster has befallen the Church in our time, we
can only say that they are blind, and that they have ignored the Church's
own history, which shows that something very similar has happened before.
We alluded earlier to Cardinal Newman's description of the state of the
Church during the Arian heresy. A more extended quotation from that
description, found in his book On Consulting the Faithful in Matters
of Doctrine, suffices to prove that the state of affairs in the
Church today is not without precedent:
The body of
bishops failed in their confession of the Faith. … They spoke variously,
one against another; there was nothing, after Nicea, of firm, unvarying,
consistent testimony, for nearly sixty years. There were untrustworthy
Councils, unfaithful bishops; there was weakness, fear of consequences,
misguidance, delusion, hallucination, endless, hopeless, extending
into nearly every corner of the Catholic Church. The comparatively
few who remained faithful were discredited and driven into exile; the
rest were either deceivers or deceived.26
The point of
Cardinal Newman's book was that it was the laity, clinging to the defined
dogma of the Faith along with a few good bishops such as Saint Athanasius,
who kept the Faith alive during the Arian crisis. So it is today.
But one of the
great differences between the Arian crisis and the current crisis in the
Church is that the Virgin Mary not only gave us a warning many years in
advance of the current crisis, but also the means to avoid it by following
Her requests at Fatima. To have deprived the Church of the warning
contained in the Third Secret, to have covered up the prophecy of apostasy
that implicates the very men who have imposed a ruinous new orientation
upon the Church and allowed Her to be invaded by the enemy, to have thus
prevented the faithful from understanding the cause of it all and arming
themselves against it, is another key element of the great and terrible
crime in question here.
Yet the cover-up
has not succeeded. The Message of Fatima has not been buried; disbelief in
the completeness of the purported disclosure of the Third Secret is
widespread and growing. Recognizing this, the members of the Vatican
apparatus we have identified attempted yet another burial on November 17,
2001, thus aggravating their crime against the Church and the world. We
will now consider this development.
1. Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité, The
Whole Truth About Fatima - Vol. III, p. 704.
2. Ibid., p. 687.
3. Ibid., pp. 705-706.
4. The Whole Truth About Fatima - Vol.
III, pp. 822-823. See also Jesus magazine, November 11, 1984, p.
79. See also The Fatima Crusader, Issue 37, Summer 1991, p. 7.
5. The Whole Truth About Fatima - Vol.
III, p. 676.
6. Contre-Réforme Catholique ,
7. See Father Gerard Mura, “The Third Secret of
Fatima: Has It Been Completely Revealed?”, the periodical Catholic, (published by the Transalpine Redemptorists, Orkney
Isles, Scotland, Great Britain) March 2002.
9. The words in parenthesis in this paragraph
are now inserted into the Tridentine profession of faith by order of
Blessed Pope Pius IX in a decree issued by the Holy Office, January 20,
1877. (Acta Sanctae Sedis, X , 71 ff.)
10. In Paragraph 6 of the Encyclical Quanta
Cura which was issued with the Syllabus on Dec. 8, 1864,
Blessed Pope Pius IX stated solemnly: “Amid, therefore, so great
perversity of depraved opinions, We, well remembering Our Apostolic
Office, and very greatly solicitous for Our most holy Religion, for sound
doctrine and the salvation of souls which is entrusted to Us by God, and
(solicitous also) for the welfare of human society itself, have thought it
right to raise up Our Apostolic voice. Therefore, by Our Apostolic
Authority, We reprobate, proscribe and condemn all the singular and evil
opinions and doctrines severally mentioned in this Letter, and will and
command that they be thoroughly held by all children of the Catholic
Church as reprobated, proscribed and condemned.” (Our emphasis) Taken
from The Popes Against Modern Errors, (TAN Books and Publishers,
Rockford, Illinois, 1999) p. 21.
11. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Principles
of Catholic Theology, (Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1987) pp.
12. Ibid., p. 380.
13. The Balamand Statement, No. 30,
June 23, 1993.
14. See footnote 10 of this chapter.
15. Vatican Council I - 1870 A.D., see
Denzinger (Dz.) 1836.
16. Vatican Council I, see Dz. 1800.
17. Through his negligence, Pope Honorius had
been largely responsible for the spread of the Monothelite heresy by
asserting that there is only one will in Christ, the divine will—an error
that implicitly denies that Christ is both true God and true man—,
although he understood this in a Catholic sense, namely that there could
not be a conflict between the divine will and the human will of Christ.
However, his formulation allowed the Monothelite heretics to assert that
there was only one will in Christ and that the Pope agreed with them.
18. Personal testimony of retired Vatican Msgr.
Corrado Balducci to Father Nicholas Gruner, Christopher Ferrara and
various other witnesses. This fact is also attested to by Marco Tosatti in
his book Il Segreto Non Svelato (The Secret Not Revealed),
(Edizioni Piemme Spa, Casale Monferrato, Italy, May 2002), p. 86.
Marco Tosatti writes: “Father Mastrocola,
director of a religious newsletter ‘Santa Rita’, asked Cardinal Ottaviani
the permission to reprint the prophecies made in ‘Neues Europa’. The reply
was encouraging, but in the light of the ‘revealing’ of the secret of June
26, 2000, embarrassing. ‘Do it, do it’—replied the Cardinal custodian of
the Third Secret—‘publish as many copies as you want, because the Madonna
wanted it to be published already in 1960.’ And of that text Vatican Radio
also spoke in 1977 on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the trip of
Pope Paul VI to Fatima. The text of ‘Neues Europa’ received great
circulation and was republished even in the L'Osservatore Romano Sunday edition of October 15, 1978”.
The Italian original is as follows: “Padre
Mastrocola, direttore di un foglio religioso, «Santa Rita», chiese al
cardinale Ottaviani il permesso di riprendere l'anticipazione fatta da
«Neues Europa». La risposta fu incoraggiante, ma alla luce dello
«svelamento» del segreto del 26 giugno 2000, imbarazzante. «Fatelo, fatelo
pure—rispose il porporato custode del terzo segreto—pubblicatene quante
copie vi pare, perché la Madonna voleva che fosse reso noto già nel 1960».
E di quel testo parlò anche la Radio Vaticana nel 1977, nel decennale del
viaggio di Paolo VI a Fatima. Il testo di «Neues Europa» conobbe grande
fortuna, e venne ripreso persino il 15 ottobre 1978 dall' «Osservatore
19. See Francis Alban, Fatima Priest,
First Edition, (Good Counsel Publications, Pound Ridge, New York, 1997)
Appendix III, “A Prophetic Interview with Sister Lucy of Fatima”, p. 312.
See also The Whole Truth About Fatima - Vol. III, pp. 503-510 for
the text of this interview together with further explanations by Frère
20. See Fatima Priest, Editions 1 and
2, Appendix V, “Regarding Communion in the Hand”. See also The Fatima
Crusader, Issue 28, June-July 1989, pp. 33ff, 34ff, 36ff; The
Fatima Crusader, Issue 29, Sept.-Nov. 1989, p. 16; and The Fatima
Crusader, Issue 7, Spring 1981, p. 11.
21. Pope Pius XII, quoted in the book Pius
XII Devant L'Histoire, pp. 52-53.
22. Pope St. Pius X, Pascendi Dominici
Gregis, para. no. 2.
23. Ibid., no. 3.
24. Ibid., no. 61.
25. Ibid., no. 3.
26. John Henry Newman, On Consulting the
Faithful in Matters of Doctrine, (Kansas City, Sheed and Ward, 1961)