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Our Lady's Electronic Newsletter: May 16, 2007
Just in time for the 90th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, has rushed into print L'ultima veggente di Fatima (The Last Seer of Fatima) a book-length interview about his alleged conversations with Sister Lucy.
In the book, Cardinal Bertone rejects charges that the Vatican is hiding some portion of the famous Third Secret of Fatima. He admits his frustration over the continuing popularity of theories suggesting that the Third Secret involves an apocalyptic prophecy that the Vatican does not wish to disclose. He then indulges in a vicious attack against Antonio Socci, author of Il Quarto Segreto di Fatima (The Fourth Secret of Fatima).
After intense investigation, Socci came to the conclusion that the Vatican has not -- in 2000 or since -- formally released the entire Third Secret. The importance of this book cannot be overemphasized. Mr. Socci is a famous, mainstream Italian author and TV anchor man, not associated with any "traditionalist" group. In fact, he began the project prepared to believe the Vatican had released the entire Secret on June 26, 2000. Yet the more he investigated, the more he became convinced that the entire Secret was not revealed.
Antonio Socci was neither the first nor the only Italian journalist to see through the tissue of half-truths and outright fabrications foisted on us by the Vatican on June 26, 2000. He tells us, in the introduction to Il Quarto Segreto di Fatima, that he began to have doubts about the Vatican's version of the Secret while engaging in a courteous dispute with another noted Italian journalist, Vittorio Messori. Socci defended the Vatican position while Messori said that the Vatican's revelation of the Secret "instead of solving the mystery, has opened other ones: regarding its interpretations, its contents, and about the completeness of the revealed text."
Then, Socci continues, "I was struck by an article written by a young Catholic writer, Solideo Paolini", which appeared in a traditionalist magazine that entered the debate. Socci says Paolini "listed a series of arguments against the official Vatican version (which was mine too, at the time)." Paolini argued that the Vatican is still holding the principal part of the Third Secret from being revealed "due to its explosive content". Paolini had researched the subject of Fatima intensely, and had written a book, Third Secret, Fatima, Don't Despise Prophecies, which was published in Italy. To his own surprise, Socci found Paolini's arguments worthy of consideration.
Il Quarto Segreto di Fatima is still awaiting translation into English. But you can read an excellent review and summary of the book by visiting Fatima.org. You will also find a good commentary, "The Truth Breaks Out in Italy" at Fatima Perspectives. Read those articles and you will understand immediately why the Vatican has gone into damage control mode. The truth is finally coming out and backers of the Vatican "party line" on Fatima are tripping all over themselves to deny the truth and continue their suppression of the real and entire Third Secret.
No wonder, then, that the Vatican felt compelled to say or do something to stem the rising tide of disbelief. The simple thing to do would be to publish the entire text of what are widely believed to be the two documents containing the Third Secret. However, they cannot do that if the parts that have been suppressed prophesy the crisis in the Church which we are now experiencing, including widespread apostasy beginning at the top. As Cardinal Ciappi, Papal Theologian to five Popes, said: "In the Third Secret it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top."
So what does Cardinal Bertone do? First, he tells us details of his visits to Sister Lucy in Coimbra in 2000, 2001 and 2003. Troubled by the insistence of Fatima scholars and writers that the Third Secret had not yet been fully revealed, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a statement in 2001 saying that the Secret had been disclosed in its entirety. Then Archbishop Bertone, who was the secretary of the Congregation, announced that he had met with Sister Lucia, the cloistered Carmelite nun who was the sole surviving Fatima seer, and she had confirmed "with absolute clarity and precision" that the full Secret had been disclosed.
In December 2001 the Vatican said that Sister Lucy said, "Everything has been published; no secret remains." Nothing else was reported. Yet now it seems Sister Lucy said much more. According to Cardinal Bertone's book, he talked with her for a total of ten hours! Sadly, the Cardinal didn't arrange to have these lengthy conversations taped or filmed or recorded in any way. Bertone tells us he took notes...and what he reported covers about 4 minutes only of the entire 10 hours! Nothing else was recorded! Sister Lucy passed away in February 2005, so Cardinal Bertone asks us to take his word that what he tells us is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But is it?
Evidently fearing that we might still be in some doubt, Cardinal Bertone warns us not to listen to those who dare to suggest that the whole truth may be something other that what he says it is. They say the truth hurts. To judge from Cardinal Bertone's tirade against Antonio Socci, Il Quarto Segreto di Fatima must have hurt a great deal.
Forgetting about Christian charity, and unhesitating in his wild desire to impute evil motives to those who dare to question the "party line", Cardinal Bertone states flatly that Socci's theses are "pure fabrications", and that such inquiries only "help the ancient game of Masonry to discredit the Church". He adds menacingly, "I'm ashamed that journalists and writers who define themselves as Catholic, are willing to play their game". Eventually, he calls Socci a "liar". He uses the archaic Italian word "'mendace", meaning "someone who lies, knowing that he is lying", that is, a deliberate liar.
One wonders who will have more deliberate lies -- mortal sins -- on his conscience in his next confession, or when he meets his Eternal Judge. Antonio Socci puts it even more bluntly in an article in the Italian newspaper Libero on May 12th. You can find the same article on Socci's own website, click here.
The title of Socci's rebuttal is "Caro Cardinal Bertone, chi e -- fra me e lei -- che mente sapendo di mentire? E lasciamo stare la massoneria..." In English, it means: Dear Cardinal Bertone: who - between you and I - is the one who's lying, and knowing it? And please don't mention Masonry.
The main point of Socci's brilliantly argued rebuttal is that Cardinal Bertone ignores the evidence put forth in Il Quarto Segreto di Fatima and simply calls Socci a liar. Bertone makes what lawyers and logicians call an ad hominem (literally, "against the man") argument. When you can't attack the message, you attack the messenger.
"Unfortunately", says Socci, "he doesn't show how and when I lied." The truth of the matter is that Socci asked the Cardinal (to name just one of the questions) why in his commentary on the Third Secret published by the Vatican Bertone quotes a letter written by Sister Lucy, while at the same time he omits (without saying so), a decisive phrase that would have debunked Bertone's entire interpretation. Bertone gives no explanation as to why he did his, but simply repeats the "modified" letter of Sister Lucy.
Bertone's new book, says Socci, "does not give even one answer to the many questions. On the contrary, it raises new problems." Socci says he felt embarrassed to read "una cosa tanto pasticciata e autolesionista" (something so messed up and so self-damaging [to Bertone]).
Socci goes on to say that, as a man who considers himself a Catholic first and a journalist second, "I would have preferred to be terribly wrong myself, and to be confuted." What happened instead was something the Vatican should have "avoided at all cost": Bertone "exposed himself publicly without answering anything" and on the contrary adding new "findings" which are disastrous for him and for the Vatican.
"The core of the dispute," Socci reiterates, "is that the Vatican did not release the entire Third Secret in 2000." He reminds the reader that he had originally accepted the Vatican's claim that it had been completely published, "but then I realized the facts said the opposite." He points out the tremendous number of holes and contradictions contained in the official Vatican version. Socci also states, as related in his book, that he had requested an interview with Cardinal Bertone to ask him these questions, but Socci's request was never acknowledged.
Be sure to read The Fatima Center's Special Report "Antonio Socci Refutes Cardinal Bertone's New Book on the Third Secret" at fatima.org.
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