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The Third Secret Reveals
the Great Chastisement

by Father Paul Kramer, B.Ph., S.T.B., M.Div., S.T.L. (Cand.)

The late Father Malachi Martin stated in his last interview on the Art Bell Show (1998) that there was something ghastly and horrifying in the Third Secret of Fatima. It is not the annihilation of nations, nuclear war or the bloody persecution of the Church. It is something much worse. Pope Pius XII referred to this when he declared in 1945, "The world is on the verge of a frightful abyss ... Men must prepare themselves for suffering such as mankind has never seen." The Third Secret is apocalyptic and therefore corresponds to the eschatological texts of Sacred Scripture. This is what Cardinal Ratzinger pointed out when he revealed that the Secret concerns the ‘novissimi’ – the ‘last things’ and corresponds to what is revealed in Sacred Scripture.

Pope John Paul II, when asked about the Third Secret in Germany, stated that "we must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not too distant future, trials that will require us to be ready to give up our lives..."1 Pope John Paul II, as Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, elaborated this theme during a visit to the United States in 1976:

"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American Society or wide circles of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel.2 It is a trial which the Church must take up."

This is the core of the Third Secret of Fatima.

All the fury of hell will be let loose upon the earth in order to attempt to dethrone Christ the King and install satan in His place — it will be the culmination of the ‘mystery of iniquity’ represented in the figure of the Tower of Babel — the apocalyptic ‘mystery of Babylon’: the counterfeit ‘church’, the ‘church of heresy’ and its ‘pope’. The ancient Roman persecutions will pale in comparison to the horrors that will take place in this great ‘tribulation’ that Our Lord foretold in the Holy Gospel and Pius XII foretold to be very near. This is the heart, the core of the Third Secret.

It appears that the consecration of Russia will not be accomplished in time to prevent the tribulation of the Great Chastisement, which has been universally foretold in the prophecies of the saints since the days of the ancient Fathers. It will, however, be done in time to prevent the consummation of the ‘mystery of iniquity’. Jesus Christ Our Lord announced that the prince of this world has been cast from his throne, which therefore, he may never establish again. Satan’s kingdom will be destroyed before it can be fully erected, and thus the Tower of Babel is never completed.

It is my belief, based on the conclusions I have reached after studying Catholic prophecy since 1970, that the Great Apostasy, foretold in Scripture and in the Third Secret of Fatima, will be formalized under the antipope foretold by St. Francis of Assisi, during the pontificate of the immediate successor of Pope John Paul II, who will have to flee from Rome and will not be in a position to bring about the consecration. It will be the next Pope after, according to my humble opinion (and according to the prophecy of the Roman stigmatist Antonio Ruffini), the second Pope after John Paul II who will finally consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary together with all the bishops of the world. Russia will be converted. Her Immaculate Heart will triumph. A vast multitude of Russian Traditionalists will enter the Catholic Church. Russia will be converted and the Church will revert back to Her traditions. There will be peace. But this will take place after the chastisement.

Shortly before spring 1991, when I visited Fatima, Our Lady revealed to Sister Lucy (according to a very reliable source in Fatima) that the Third Secret would be revealed during the course of a major war. The Third Secret has not yet been fully revealed, as even Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger admitted in a private conversation with a German speaking person, a personal friend of Pope John Paul II for many years (who is personally known to me) who confronted him about the alleged publication of the "whole" Third Secret. Ratzinger answered: "Truly, that was not all of it." The Third Secret will be revealed, but it will be late: only after the next world war will have broken out.

The desecration of Catholic churches and sanctuaries by pagan worship and the mingling of the true religion with false religions is the signal that the chastisement will now take place in the immediate future. The desecration of the sanctuary, of God’s Holy Place, is a sacrilegious and blasphemous act of impiety that demands immediate punishment in strict justice. God, therefore, in order to remain just cannot be patient any longer in the presence of the sacrilegious abominations that are now being perpetrated in Catholic churches and sanctuaries. It is precisely for this species of sin that God declares: "Therefore I also will deal with them in My wrath: My eye shall not spare them, neither will I show mercy … nor will I have pity: I will requite their way upon their head." (Ezechiel 8:18, 9:10)


1. Reported in Nov. 1980 in Stimme des Glaubens.

2. “Notable and quotable”, Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, Wall Street Journal Nov. 1978.

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