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Speaking of the divine imperative that the Gospel be proclaimed, Our Lord declared that even if the apostles themselves were to fall silent “the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:40). The same can be said of the Message of Fatima, and the Third Secret of Fatima in particular. If the Fatima Message is from Heaven — and John Paul II himself insisted that it was — God would have the stones themselves reveal the words of the Mother of God, even if no man would.
That is why the story of the missing words of the Third Secret will just not go away. What did Our Lady say after the telltale phrase “In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved,” to which Sister Lucy added “etc.” to make it clear that more words followed? Fatima scholars were unanimous in concluding that what followed were the Mother of God’s predictions of a grave crisis in the Church and catastrophe for the world.
That is why worldwide skepticism prevailed when the vision of “the bishop dressed in white” was published by the Vatican in June of 2000 without a single word of Our Lady to explain how the Pope comes to be seen trudging through a half-ruined city and then being executed by a band of soldiers on a hill outside that city.
We were asked to believe that the Mother of God left it to Cardinal Sodano to “explain” the ambiguous vision in the Vatican commentary published with the vision, while Our Lady described explicitly to the seers, in Her own words, the patently obvious vision of hell. It was simply incredible that the Virgin of Fatima had not a word to say about the “bishop dressed in white,” the half-ruined city and the execution of the Pope by soldiers.Did anybody really believe that?
Well, there has been a major breakthrough for the truth in Italy. The renowned Italian author and journalist Antonio Socci has just published a book entitled The Fourth Secret of Fatima in which he advances the very claims of this organization concerning a Vatican cover-up of a distinct text of the Third Secret containing words of Our Lady. Socci also claims, with us, that Russia has yet to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
I will let Vittorio Messori, who worked with John Paul II on his book Crossing the Threshold of Hope, describe Socci’s basic thesis (this from a review of the book by Messori in Corriere della Sera, November 21, 2006):
In brief, his thesis is that the part of the secret revealed (that of the “bishop dressedin white” who is killed by “gunshots and arrows”) is authentic, but constitutes only a fragment.In its entirety, the message would contain terrible words on the crisis of the faith, on betrayal on the part of the hierarchy, on catastrophic events in store for the Church and, with it, the whole of humanity.
John XXIII and Paul VI — whether out of skepticism or to avoid furnishing arguments to the critics of the Council — would have prevented the publication of the text. John Paul II and his right-hand theologian, Ratzinger, would have been blocked by the refusal of their predecessors and the unavailability of the great part of the episcopacy for the “consecration” of Russia requested by the Virgin.
So, in 2000, recourse would have been made to trickery: to reveal only one part of the text, making believe that it referred only to the past. The other contents would have been revealed “not explicitly although implicitly,” in homilies, discourses, documents of Pope Wojtyla and by the prefect of the Faith. ‘He who can understand, let him understand.’
Socci’s conclusions are consistent with reported remarks of the current Pope himself (when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger) that his “hands were tied” on Fatima by the dictates of the former Vatican Secretary of State, whose recent departure was celebrated in this column.
And Socci’s theory that it was decided to reveal the contents of the missing text of the Secret indirectly through papal remarks — such as John Paul II’s reference to Chapter 12 of the Apocalypse at Fatima in 2000 — would also explain how the Vatican could state that all has been revealed without telling a lie, strictly speaking.
It is absolutely stunning that a “mainstream” author of celebrity status, with absolutely no connection to so-called “Fatimite extremists,” would arrive at the conclusions Socci arrived at. What is even more stunning, however, is that, as Messori notes, Socci was dead set against those very conclusions and set out to disprove them, only to become convinced that the position defended by Father Nicholas Gruner and other Fatima experts was correct:
For him (Socci), there was no longer anything “secret” after the declaration of Cardinal Sodano, on May 13, 2000, and after the publication of the manuscript text, with commentary by the ex-Prefect of the Holy office, on June 26 of that same year.
But then, the Tuscan journalist and author changed his opinion and has now published a book, to be released tomorrow (The Fourth Secret of Fatima, Rizzoli, 252 pages, € 17) that begins by retracting, with undoubted honesty, the conviction that every word pronounced by the Apparition in 1917 had already been revealed by the Church.
After having rejected the journalism, above all on the part of Lefebvrists and sedevacantists, who suspected the Vatican of not having revealed the true contents of the message, Socci decided to examine the reasons of those he found unworthy of belief. And he ended by convincing himself that something of great importance had been hidden.
Now the ball is in the Vatican’s court. Socci has made serious accusations that cannot be dismissed as “Fatimite” ranting. In particular, it now falls to the Vatican to admit or deny that there is a “fourth secret of Fatima” consisting of the withheld text of the words of Our Lady which accompany the vision of “the bishop dressed in white.” If the Vatican does not deny the existence of this text — explicitly and without equivocation — then one can only conclude that the moral certainty that such a text exists, as Socci now recognizes, is confirmed as a certainty in fact.
God bless Antonio Socci for having the courage to follow the truth wherever it led. His work is an important human contribution to the task of making the truth about Fatima known for the good of the Church and the whole world, with time fast running out for our rebellious civilization.
As Vittorio Messori himself admits — in an astounding concession for one who is indeed “Mr. Establishment” in Rome — the pages Socci has written “can make one think.” They are not the work of a fanatic. (And neither is the work of this organization, whose publications are cited repeatedly by Socci.) Rather, as Messori observes, Socci was motivated by the desire to know “which are really the warnings that Heaven would have wanted to reach us. And the concern about sparing the Church devastating consequences, in case the hypothesized ‘censorship’ of the text delivered by Sister Lucy was imposed by malevolent adversaries.”
With the publication of Socci’s book, the “hypothesized” censorship of Sister Lucy will be seen as a grim reality by more and more people. As for those “respectable” organizations and personages that have mindlessly parroted the Sodano party line on Fatima — The Blue Army, Catholic Answers, EWTN, The Wanderer, Father Fox, and so forth — it is time for them to recognize their duty to make amends for having misled so many for so long. History’s verdict is fast approaching, and with it God’s inevitable fulfillment of the prophecies of Fatima.
God will not be mocked. Nor will He allow His prophet, the very Mother of God, to be silenced by the machinations of mere men, or the tut-tutting of the “respectable” and “mainstream” defenders of the status quo of apostasy and confusion in the Church. The stones are proclaiming the truth about Fatima, even if certain elements of the Vatican apparatus, aided by the useful idiots of post-conciliar correctness, are still trying to bury it in the past. They will not succeed.