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Upon his return to Brazil, Father Aparicio stated:
I have not been able to speak with Sister Lucy because the Archbishop could not give the permission to meet her. The conditions of isolation in which she finds herself have been imposed by the Holy See. Consequently, no one may speak with her without a license from Rome. The Archbishop has only a very limited number of those licenses.
Why did the Holy See take such drastic measures? Apparently they believed them necessary in order to prevent Sister Lucy from again making the declarations she had made to Father Fuentes. Also, it was 1960, a critical year it was the year the Third Secret of Fatima was supposed to be revealed to the world. Without question, Lucy was silenced in order to prevent her from repeating the requests of the Blessed Virgin, and declaring that God wished the Secret to be divulged to the world that year. Was Pope John XXIII referring to Sister Lucy when he denounced, in the opening speech of the Second Vatican Council, the "prophets of doom" for "slowing the progress of the Church"?
The silencing of Sister Lucy would become even more odious in 1966. That year, Pope Paul VI revoked canons 1399 and 2318 (of the Code of Canon Law), which had prohibited and penalized the publication of any material concerning any apparitions (approved or not) without beforehand obtaining a bishops imprimatur. After the revision, therefore, anyone in the Church was permitted to publish freely on Marian apparitions, including those at Fatima. Sister Lucy alone (out of hundreds of millions of Catholics) was still forbidden from commenting on the Fatima apparitions without prior permission from (in our day) Cardinal Ratzinger. Thus, the present Church policy allows any person, regardless of competence or even orthodoxy, to publish whatever ill-informed blather he wishes on the Fatima apparitions in complete liberty, while the one who actually received the Message is not allowed to speak openly on the subject.