November 22, 2006, Antonio Socci’s Il Quarto Segreto di Fatima
(The Fourth Secret of Fatima), hit bookstores in Italy. The
author, after much investigation, came to the conclusion that
the Vatican had not formally released the entire Third Secret.
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
firmly believing 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.
writes in the book’s Introduction that he was intrigued by an
article published by Italian journalist Vittorio Messori at the
time of Sister Lucy’s death: “The Fatima Secret, the Cell of Sister
Lucy Has Been Sealed”. Here Messori spoke of the many writings
and “Letters to the Popes” that Sister Lucy would have left in
her cell. Messori then mentioned the Vatican’s June 26, 2000 revelation
of the secret “which instead of solving the mystery, has opened
other ones: regarding its interpretations, its contents, and about
completeness of the revealed text.” This launched a burst of questions
in Socci’s mind. Why would Messori, “a great journalist, extremely
precise... “the most translated Catholic columnist in the world”,
cast such suspicion on the Vatican? How could a person like Messori,
so close to the Vatican ambient, be persuaded that the official
version of the Third Secret was not convincing?
was especially puzzling because five years previously, with the
release of the Vision of the Secret, Messori expressed no reservations
about what the Vatican published. Now he seems to have doubts.
Now he seems to have questions.
responded by engaging in a courteous journalistic dispute with
Messori in which Socci defended the Vatican position. But then,
says Socci, “I was hit by an article written by a young Catholic
writer, Solideo Paolini”, which appeared in a traditionalist magazine
that entered the debate between Messori and him.
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”. Mr.
Paolini had researched the subject of Fatima intensively, and
had written a book on the Third Secret, Fatima, Don’t Despise
Prophecies, which was published in Italy. To his great surprise,
Socci found Paolini’s arguments worthy of consideration.
short, Socci recognized that there were many questions left unanswered,
many points about the Secret that were enigmatic.
2000, concerned Catholics immediately contrasted what the Vatican
revealed as the complete Third Secret with what Cardinal Ratzinger
had said about it in 1984. In his famous interview with Vittorio
Messori, Cardinal Ratzinger said that the Secret concerns “the
dangers threatening the faith and life of the Christian, and therefore
the world. And also the importance of the last times (novissimi).”
The Cardinal further explained that “things contained in this
Third Secret correspond to what is announced in Scripture and
are confirmed by many other Marian apparitions...”
was compounded by the fact that noted Fatima scholars, such as
Father Alonso and Frere Michel of the Holy Trinity, deduced from
extensive study of what has been previously said about the Third
Secret, that the contents concerned the prophecy of a great crisis
of Faith in the Catholic Church.
Fatima’s Third Secret, Cardinal Oddi remarked “It has nothing
to do with Gorbachev. The Blessed Virgin was alerting us against
the apostasy in the Church.”
Amaral, the third Bishop of Fatima, said the following about the
Secret in a speech in Vienna, Austria, September 10, 1984: “Its
content concerns only our faith. To identify the [Third] 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.”
there is the famous quote from Luigi Cardinal Ciappi, personal
theologian to four Popes up to and including Pope John Paul II:
“In the Third Secret, it is foretold, among other things, that
the great apostasy in the Church wil begin at the top.”
had good reason to believe that there was still part of the Secret
– a second text yet to be revealed – that contained “explosive
content” regarding massive apostasy in the Church.
Socci had been in contact with Mr. Solideo Paolini, the young
journalist who had originally challenged him about the Secret.
Paolini generously turned over to Mr. Socci his findings about
the Third Secret that came from the former secretary of Pope John
XXIII, Archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla.
is a summary of the various conclusions Mr. Paolini draws from
his four meetings and many exchanges with Archbishop Capovilla:
Archbishop is visibly bound to secrecy about what he knows over
and above the official version disclosed in June 2000.
openly admitted that there are two documents relating to the
showed disbelief in the fact that both documents would be from
Our Lady, thus echoing a Vatican distinction between ‘Fatima
I’ (authentic) and ‘Fatima II’ (additions by Sister Lucy). The
part undisclosed would simply correspond to ‘Fatima II’ according
to Vatican authorities, thus not emanating from a supernatural
message from the Mother of God.
are some official contradictions in dates and places concerning
these two documents.
red hot piece of evidence, published for the first time in Mr.
Socci’s book, is the first time a Vatican official, albeit a retired
one, admitted that yes, there exists in Socci’s words: “a Fourth
Secret, or better, a second part of the Third Secret (evidently
the continuation of the words of Our Lady interrupted by that
‘etc.’), which has not yet been revealed, and which took a different
path inside Vatican walls.”
Catholics who for the past six years have endured ridicule and
contempt for insisting that the Vatican had not released the entire
Secret, who insisted there are two texts, are vindicated by the
findings revealed by Socci’s Fourth Secret of Fatima.
of the above can be called Act I.
II of this ‘Fatima Third Secret’ Drama, is the mid-May 2007 reply
Cardinal Bertone wrote to Socci’s book by a book of his own called
The Last Seer of Fatima. In it, the Cardinal in fact resorted
to insults toward Mr. Socci, but never answered any of Socci’s
III is Socci’s immediate reply to the book, basically saying that
the eminent Cardinal did not answer the major objections to the
existence of an unrevealed part of the Third Secret, and thus,
added more weight to the arguments that something is being hidden.
IV: Cardinal Bertone appeared on Italian TV two weeks later, on
May 31, arguing that the so called ‘Fourth Secret’ did not exist.
The Cardinal held up to the camera the envelope that had been
opened in 2000 containing the section of the Secret that speaks
of a bishop “clothed in white”. “Yet something that absolutely
should have been on the envelope was actually missing: a phrase
of Pope John XXIII”, says Socci. “In fact, Archbishop Capovilla,
Secretary of John XXIII, declared in two interviews that in 1959,
when Pope Roncalli read the Third Fatima Secret and decided to
keep it hidden, he told the same Capovilla to ‘reclose the envelope’
and write on it, ‘I do not express any judgment’ because the message
‘may be a Divine manifestation or may not be’.” Socci then asks,
“So where is the phrase John XXIII wanted? There is no trace of
it on the envelopes Bertone showed. Therefore it must be somewhere
else. Obviously, it can only be on the envelope containing the
‘Fourth Secret’, whose existence was sensationally confirmed by
Capovilla himself to Mr. Paolini, as I report in my book. Bertone
did not give any explanation about the absence of that phrase,
and did not reply to what was revealed by Capovilla.”
V: Last September 21, at a Vatican Press Conference Cardinal Bertone
gave as an official presentation of his recent Fatima book, Socci
and Paolini came and were denied the possibility to ask any questions
to the Cardinal who visibly avoided even meeting them. The two
Italian journalists were even roughed up by Vatican bodyguards,
and finally forced to withdraw from the auditorium.
the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph” said Our Blessed Lady
in that Third Secret. That implies that there was going to be
a fierce battle before ‘the end’. Sadly enough, some who oppose
Our Lady’s message have key positions in the Church. Let us continue
to pray for that “Triumph”. It will come. She is indeed the new
Queen Esther, who will provoke a last minute drastic change of
scenario for the greater glory of her Divine Son.
From various articles published in http://www.cfnews.org/cfn.htm