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Cardinal Ratzinger Misleads Church
over "Third Secret" of Fatima

by Kevin Hill, Ph.D

The following is an Open Letter sent to the Holy Father on September 28, 2000, by Catholic Action in Wellington, New Zealand.

Your Holiness, you instructed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to publish the “Third Secret” of Fatima. However, Cardinal Ratzinger and Archbishop Bertone have misled the Church and the world by publishing only one part of the “Third Secret” which consists of two parts.


Cardinal Ratzinger and Archbishop Bertone in the act of releasing the Third Secret made the statement:

“There is only one manuscript, which is here reproduced photostatically”.


In fact there are two parts of the Third Secret, that is, there are two distinct manuscripts.

Manuscript #1 is the text which begins with the words of Our Lady: “In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be preserved, etc. ...”.

Manuscript #2 describes the vision (the text has been released by Archbishop Bertone).


  • Existence of two different manuscripts
  • Textual continuity required by the words “In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be preserved, etc. ...”

1. Existence of Two Different Manuscripts

Manuscript number 1: A single sheet comprising 20-25 lines recording the verbal prophecy given by Our Lady beginning with the words “In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be preserved, etc. ...”

Manuscript number 2: Four pages (released by Archbishop Bertone) comprising 62 lines written by Sister Lucy describing the vision shown to her by Our Lady.

Proof of Manuscript #1

Cardinal Ottaviani, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stated on 11 February 1967 that he had read the Third Secret and that it was written on a single sheet of paper. He states:

“And then, what did she [Sister Lucy] do to obey the Most Holy Virgin? She wrote on a sheet of paper, in Portuguese, what the Holy Virgin had asked her to tell ...”(Cardinal Ottaviani, Address on behalf of Pope Paul VI in preparation for the Fifth Mariological Congress and the twelfth international Marian Congress, February 11, 1967)

Father Joaquin Alonso, the official investigator and archivist of the Fatima apparitions, said that both Sister Lucy and Cardinal Ottaviani stated that the Third Secret was written on a single sheet of paper:

“Lucy tells us that she wrote it on a sheet of paper. Cardinal Ottaviani, who has read it, tell us the same thing: ‘She wrote it on a sheet of paper ...’” (Fr. Joaquin Alonso, La Verdade Sobre el Secreto de Fatima, pg 60)

Bishop Venancio, the former Auxiliary Bishop of Leiria-Fatima, related that he:

“... took the great envelope of the Secret and tried to look through it and see the contents. In the bishop’s large envelope he discerned a smaller envelope, that of Lucy, and inside this envelope an ordinary sheet of paper with margins on each side of three quarters of a centimeter.” (Frère Michel, The Whole Truth About Fatima, Vol III, pg 481)

These witnesses serve as sufficient authorities to prove that there exist two distinct documents which together comprise the whole of the Third Secret.

2. No Textual Continuity

The known beginning of Manuscript #1 is “In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be preserved, etc. ...” However, in the four-page manuscript released by the Vatican there is no continuity with this idea whatsoever. The four page manuscript relates the depiction of a vision where the Holy Father passes through a half-ruined city on his way to the top of a hill where he, together with many bishops, priests and others are killed with bullets and arrows.


Most Holy Father, we humbly request that you release the full text of the two-part “Third Secret” of Fatima.

Kevin Hill, Ph.D., K. Bennett, C. D’Souza, A. Skinner,
Catholic Action

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