- WHY FATIMA
- FATIMA CENTER
- PRAYER & DEVOTION
August 7, 2000
The revelation by the Vatican of the long-suppressed Third Secret of Fatima has sparked a controversy that is now rocking the Catholic Church.
For more than 40 years, the Third Secret (the final part of a message by the Blessed Virgin Mary to three Portuguese shepherd children during Her apparitions in the early 1900's) has been kept under lock and key.
Despite promises that it would be revealed to the world in 1960, the Secret, consisting of approximately 25 lines on a single sheet of paper, was suddenly suppressed in that year and Catholics were told it would probably remain under seal forever.
The four-page document released by the Vatican on June 26, which it claims is the Third Secret, has only renewed the Third Secret controversy. It is not the single sheet of paper containing words of the Virgin Mary which everyone had expected and to which the Vatican itself had referred in 1960.
The Vatican spin on the text released June 26 is that it refers to the assassination attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II in 1981 and other events entirely in the past. Many have asked why, if this is so, the Vatican continued to suppress the Secret for nearly 20 years after the assassination attempt.
Many Catholic publications and secular journals have already expressed skepticism about the Vaticans claim that what it released is the complete, authentic text of the long-awaited Third Secret. There has also been much criticism of the Vaticans official interpretation of the document.
The Vatican has offered no explanation for its long suppression of this seemingly innocuous document, which contains none of the criticism of Church policies or leadership it was expected to contain.
While Vatican officials have attempted to close the door on Fatima with this publication, it seems clear that the real story is still unfolding, and there are more chapters to come.
Contact: Father Paul Kramer
The Fatima Centre, 452 Kraft Road,
Fort Erie, Ontario L2A 4M7
The Fatima Center, home of "The Fatima Crusader", is the world's largest Fatima
apostolate campaigning for the promotion of the full Message of Fatima, for the
release of the Third Secret and for the Consecration of Russia to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary. Its outreach includes the print media, Internet,
Radio and Television. For more information on the Third Secret, click here.