In Spite of the Efforts to Bury it:
Pope John Paul II
Gives Us the Key to the Real Third Secret
Our Lady of Fatima said, "In Portugal, the dogma of the
Faith will always be preserved, etc." What is dogma? And what does this have to
do with the Third Secret? Father Gruner masterfully shows us how we can protect
our souls; how we can know, without a shadow of a doubt, what our Catholic
Faith asks of us; and how this helps us to understand the innermost contents of
the Third Secret.
by Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L., S.T.D.
In Part I of this article (Issue
67), I examined what Pope John Paul II has told us concerning the Third Secret
in his sermons of May 13, 1982 and May 13, 2000 and what this means to us. I
discussed how the Pope has revealed to us the essence of the Third Secret
that the Catholic Faith is being undermined in our time by (among
others) one-third of the Catholic clergy.
In Part II of this article (Issue
68), I discussed the importance of knowing the identity of those persons in the
Catholic Church who are undermining the Faith and the importance of knowing how
they are going about undermining the Faith. I also discussed how we can
distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys in the Church and the
importance of this to the average layman. I also summarized what we know about
the Third Secret and its importance to our eternal salvation.
At the end of Part II, I emphasized
that the Third Secret concerns the infallible definitions of the Faith and that
definitions, by their very nature, have to say what the truth is and,
therefore, by strict logical implication, what the error is and that the error
is condemned. If a person stubbornly holds on to a condemned error after
he has been informed of the infallible truth then he cannot be saved (unless he
repents before he dies), so its only charitable to warn him. And
so it is our duty to witness to the truths of our Faith and to protect the
little ones from errors against the Faith by defending the Faith in public.
Thats why the Church anathematizes those errors and those clergy and
laity who stubbornly hold on to them.
It would seem then that Vatican II
by attempting to teach without definitions, without condemnations,
without anathemas in practice fell into a snare of the devil. Our Lord
said "By their fruits you shall know them." [Mt. 7:16] The fruits of this snare
are evident all over today: only 20% of Catholics go to Sunday Mass (before the
Council 70% of Catholics practiced their Faith), and today the non-practicing
Catholics morals are as bad as those of non-Catholics in matters such as
abortion, divorce, adultery, fornication, voting for abortionist politicians,
etc. The teaching of Vatican II which refuses to anathematize error could have
error in it this was admitted by the General Secretary of Vatican II,
Cardinal Pericle Felici so we must judge everything in Vatican II by the
solemn definitions of previous Popes and the previous twenty General
Q: How can we be morally certain that what you say here is
the Third Secret?
We know what the Third Secret is
because Pope John Paul II has revealed to us what it is, and the proper
Catholic interpretation of his statements coincide with what we have learned
from other reliable sources as well, including the following:
1. We know it from the
As previously mentioned, Pope John
Paul II warned us in May 2000 about the dangers to the Faith in our day by
citing in his sermon Apoc. 12:3-4, which predicts that one-third of the stars
of heaven would be taken down to earth by the tail of the dragon, and the Pope
indicates to us that the danger is now. Catholic commentaries have
traditionally interpreted this passage as referring to one-third of the clergy
i.e. Cardinals, bishops, priests as undermining both the Catholic
Faith and the salvation of souls by working for the devil.
2. We know it from Cardinal
In his 1984 interview with Italian
journalist Vittorio Messori, Cardinal Ratzinger stated that the Third Secret
refers to "the dangers threatening the faith and life of the Christian, and
therefore the life of the world." This is similar to what the Pope has told us
on May 13, 1982 and on May 13, 2000.
3. We know it from Our Lady
At Fatima, Our Lady spoke of the
"dogma of the Faith" being preserved in Portugal. The dogma of the Faith is the
entirety of the defined doctrines of the Catholic Faith. These one must believe
the defined doctrines are infallible, they cannot fail. If a Pope,
Cardinal, bishop or priest or even an Ecumenical Council says something
contrary to dogma, he is objectively speaking guilty of heresy
and may lead the faithful to perdition. And we see much contradiction of
defined Catholic dogma today and the faithful are not warned against the
dangers to their faith.
4. We know it from Father
Malachi Martin, who read the Third Secret when he worked in the
Father Malachi Martin has told us
that he has read the Third Secret he announced that on the Art Bell
radio program, which we have on audio tape. In addition, in answer to a number
of questions, Father Malachi Martin stated that Our Lady came to Garabandal,
Spain, because the Third Secret was not released in 1960 as She had requested.
As a result, Our Lady appeared in 1961 one year after the Vatican failed
to release the Third Secret and She basically released the Secret to the
four children at Garabandal, or at least within the message of Garabandal. And
the most striking thing of all in that message is "many Cardinals, bishops and
priests are going to hell and dragging many souls with them" and that a great
chastisement awaits mankind because of the sins of this time.
5. We know
it from the message of Our Lady at Garabandal.
One of the most essential as
well as very striking parts of what Our Lady is reported to have said in
Her message of Garabandal is "to the Eucharist is being given less and less
importance." She also said "many Cardinals, bishops and priests are on the road
to hell and that they are dragging many souls with them". That, of course, ties
in with Pope John Paul II in effect telling us on May 13, 2000 that one-third
of the Catholic clergy are working for the devil, and that ties in with the
Pope telling us on May 13, 1982 that the dogma of the Faith is being undermined
from within the Catholic Church. Father Malachi Martin has said that the
message of Garabandal is what the Third Secret is about. Although the reported
apparitions of Our Lady at Garabandal have not been approved by the Church, the
Bishop of Garabandal that is, the Bishop of Santander, Spain
officially published in July 1965 that the message of Garabandal is not
contrary to the Faith. And, of course, it ties in with the Church-approved
message of La Salette which predicted that Rome would lose the Faith and become
the seat of the Antichrist.
6. We know it from "Neues
We also have the endorsement of
Cardinal Ottaviani of the article in the German publication Neues Europa
in 1963, which reported parts of the Third Secret. Part of that article stated
that "Cardinal will oppose Cardinal and bishop will oppose bishop" (confirming
what was reported in the message of Garabandal). This opposition occurs between
clergy who work to promote the Faith and those clergy who work to undermine the
Faith. This opposition occurs because you cannot be for the Faith without
opposing those who undermine and attack the Faith, and the heretics cannot be
heretics without opposing those who uphold the orthodox Catholic doctrines.
Q: To sum up, when Our Lady said "In Portugal, the dogma
of the Faith will always be preserved, etc.," what does this mean, if anything,
for the rest of the world?
It means that the dogma of the Faith
will not be preserved in various (or many) other parts of the world because the
clergy and faithful are not adhering to the solemn definitions. This does not
mean that everyone in Portugal adheres to the solemn definitions; but Our Lady
promises, nevertheless, that the country as a whole will do so, whereas the
dogma of Faith will not be retained in other parts of Europe and of the world.
It is interesting that (in August 1931 at Rianjo, Spain) Jesus asked us to pray
for the conversion of Portugal, Spain, Russia, Europe and the whole world. It
seems that these may be the principal nations and the most important continent
upon which the fate of the salvation of much of the world depends. The Third
Secret concerns the undermining of the Catholic Faith throughout Europe and
possibly throughout much of the world.
Q: What can the faithful do about it?
If the people adhered to the
infallible definitions, they would retain the Faith. To safeguard your Catholic
Faith, you need your own efforts to live a good Catholic life and to read solid
Catholic material, to avoid bad books, magazines, TV programs, and to avoid
also people who undermine your Catholic Faith, but you also need grace. To
obtain this grace, you must pray especially the daily Rosary. To avoid
being confused, do not follow the false shepherds and the heretics who claim to
speak to a deeper understanding of the Gospel. If they followed the infallible
definitions of the dogmas of the Faith, the faithful would judge everything
including anybody from a Pope or an Ecumenical Council down to a simple
layman according to what is right and what is wrong, in the light of the
Gospel and of the infallible definitions which explain the Gospel. They would
know if something were of the Faith or not, and they would know when the other
person speaking was in error no matter what their position and stature
in the Church was. And they would be able to determine what is wrong, what is
against the Faith, because the definitions are infallible. That is, they cannot
fail. A Pope can fail at times. At times, an Ecumenical Council can fail
a Cardinal, a bishop, a priest or a layperson can fail, but the solemn
definitions of the Pope alone or the Pope together with an Ecumenical Council
can never fail.
This is what Our Lady of Fatima came to warn us about and to
tell us what to do to preserve our own souls and to preserve as many
souls of the people around us as we can. And this is what the Third Secret is
about in a few words. And were on solid ground.
Q: What can we do about it to save our souls?
As I said before, pray the Rosary
daily and learn the dogmas of the Catholic Faith, especially the infallible
definitions. If a person is not ready for these, then he or she should first
read and study the Catholic catechisms approved by the Church before Vatican II
especially the Baltimore Catechism (which has withstood the test of time
and was approved by the Church before the current state of confusion within the
Church), the Catechism of the Council of Trent and the Catechism of St. Pius
Q: Do we have evidence of a cover-up of the Third
We have presented much evidence of
this in Issue 64 of The Fatima Crusader; in Father Hesses article,
"Cardinal Ratzingers Third Secret" in Issue 66; and elsewhere. We
also have Frère Michels masterful study, The Whole Truth About
Fatima - Vol. III, The Third Secret, as well as Father Alonsos
published research on the Third Secret, all of which have provided us with much
of the evidence that the Third Secret was not released, in its entirety, on
June 26, 2000.
We then have Cardinal Ratzinger
telling us in 1984 that the Third Secret concerns: "the dangers threatening
the Faith and life of the Christian, and therefore the life of the world.
And also the importance of the last things. If it is not published
at least for the moment it is to avoid confusing religious
prophecy with sensationalism. But the things contained in this third
secret correspond to what is announced in Scripture and are confirmed
by many other Marian apparitions ..."13 However, in the Vatican
document released on June 26, 2000, Cardinal Ratzinger contradicts his 1984
statement by stating that (concerning the Third Secret), "No great mystery is
revealed; nor is the future unveiled."14
And we can also refer to a letter
written by Sister Lucy on May 12, 1982, allegedly "to the Holy Father". The
Vatican document of June 26, 2000 presents a photographic reproduction of a
portion of this handwritten letter and claims that it was addressed to Pope
John Paul II. However, a close comparison of the handwritten Portuguese text (a
portion is shown below) with the versions provided by the Vatican (English,
Italian, and Portuguese) reveals that a crucial phrase, which proves that this
letter could not have been written to the Pope or to any Pope has
been omitted from all 3 versions.
The corresponding text in the
English version provided by the Vatican is shown below.
In the following statement taken
from Sister Lucys letter, just referred to, the bolded text has been
deliberately omitted from the Vaticans printed versions: "A terceira
parte do segredo, que tanto ansiais por conhecer, e uma revelacao
simbolica ..." which translates to "The third part of the secret, which all
of you (plural) want ardently to know, is a symbolic revelation ..." where
the verb tense of "you want" is plural and informal. Therefore, more than one
person is being addressed in this letter. In addition, Sister Lucy, a
cloistered nun who is instinctively deferential to ecclesiastical authority,
would certainly know better than to address the Supreme Pontiff of the Holy
Catholic Church with the familiar and informal "you".
In addition, this omitted phrase
also states that the recipients want "ardently to know [the Secret]" even
though Pope John Paul II had already read the Secret either in 1978,
within days of becoming Pope (according to Joaquin Navarro-Valls) or on July
18, 1981 (according to Msgr. Bertone). Since the Pope had already read the
Third Secret by 1981, why would he "want ardently to know" what it contained in
1982? Furthermore, how could Sister Lucy possibly state that the Pope wanted
ardently to know the Secret, when he could have obtained the text from the
Vatican archives (or the safe in the papal apartment) any time he wished?
The same letter states: "And if we
have not yet seen the complete fulfilment of the final part of this prophecy,
we are going towards it little by little with great strides." Why would Sister
Lucy tell Pope John Paul II in 1982 that the prophecy of the Third Secret was
not yet fulfilled if the prophecy had already been fulfilled with the failed
attempt on the Popes life on May 13, 1981 (as Cardinal Ratzinger and
Msgr. Bertone later claimed on June 26, 2000)?
As further evidence of a cover-up of
the Third Secret, Pope Pius XII told us that the message of Our Lady of Fatima
to Sister Lucy concerned the suicide of the Catholic Church in altering Her
liturgy. Nowhere do we see any references to the ramifications of the Church
changing the liturgy in the parts of the Message of Fatima that have already
been revealed to the world. Therefore, it must be mentioned in the Third
Secret, which was NOT fully revealed on June 26, 2000.
Pius XII, who died on October 9,
1958, gave us this warning quoted on pages 52-53 in the book Pius XII
Devant LHistoire (the title in English is Pope Pius XII Before the
Bar of History) at a time when altering the liturgy was considered
"Suppose, dear friend, that
Communism (Russia and Russias errors, in Fatima terms) was only the most
visible of the instruments of subversion to be used against the Church and the
traditions of Divine Revelation ... I am worried by the Blessed Virgins
messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which
menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the
Faith, in Her liturgy ... A day will come when the civilized world will deny
its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to
believe that man has become God ... In our churches, Christians will search in
vain for the red lamp where God awaits them, like Mary Magdalene weeping before
the empty tomb, they will ask, Where have they taken Him?"
We also have the statement that the
Pope read the Third Secret not in 1981 after he was shot as Msgr.
Bertone claimed but in 1978, according to the testimony of the
Popes personal press spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls. And so, obviously,
there are two different stories coming out of the Vatican: one saying that he
only read it after May 13, 1981 more precisely, in July 1981 the
other one saying that he read it, actually, in 1978. In fact, Pope John XXIII
read it in August 1959, less than a year after his election; Pope Paul VI read
it within weeks after he was elected in 1963. It doesnt make sense that
Pope John Paul II would not read it until three years later; when, in fact, we
have the testimony of his portavoce, his press agent, saying that he
read it a few weeks after he was elected. Why would Msgr. Bertone go to great
lengths to say the Pope had not read it until July 1981. The only answer that
reconciles both statements is that there are two documents, as Mr. Andrew
Cesanek has shown in his article ("Are There Two Original Manuscripts on the
Third Secret?") in Issue 64 of The Fatima Crusader.
Our arguments are based on facts. It
is an axiom that against a fact there is no argument ("contra factum non est
argumentum", St. Thomas Aquinas). You cannot argue against a fact. If there
is a tablecloth sitting on my table, which has red color on it, which I see
with my own eyes, you can argue all you want that it is not there, but the fact
is: it is there; and against that fact there is no argument. Not even the
argument from authority, "the Pope says it is not there; Cardinal Ratzinger
says it is not there," can prove the opposite of the plain facts. Against any
other fact there is no argument. What St. Thomas Aquinas has done is to give us
an axiom that says: when you get to a fact, you cant use reason to prove
that the fact isnt there. The fact is: the fact is there, and thats
that. And so we have facts, and theres no argument against these
facts. And just like the axiom "the shortest distance between two points is a
straight line", so "against a fact there is no argument" is also axiomatic.
Q: What are they hiding?
They are hiding the most important
part of the Third Secret, about the dangers to your faith by the bad people
infiltrated among us. It is that part which was not revealed by Cardinal
Ratzinger and Msgr. Bertone at their press conference of June 26, 2000. This is
why The Fatima Crusader is needed. This apostolate and this magazine are
one of the few means by which the public in the English-speaking world can
learn the whole truth about Fatima. This is the only large-scale English
language Fatima apostolate (that we know of) that is publishing the whole
Message of Fatima, and this apostolate is devoting a full-time effort to make
this truth known.
Footnotes 1-12 refer to Parts I and
(13) Frère Michel de la Sainte
Trinité, The Whole Truth About Fatima, Volume III - The Third
Secret, Immaculate Heart Publications, Buffalo, New York, 1990, reprinted
2001, pp. 822-823. See also Jesus magazine, November 11, 1984, p. 79.
See also The Fatima Crusader, Issue 37, Summer 1991, p.
(14) Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, "Theological Commentary", The
Message of Fatima, June 26, 2000, p. 32.
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