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Bertone in the “Wasps’ Nest”
of Controversy

The TV Program Porta a Porta (Door to Door) had prepared a wide open net for Bertone to score, instead he scored against himself!

by Antonio Socci

On Thursday evening [May 31], the Vatican was dealt a heavy blow, which was not due to Mr. Santoro, (with his well-balanced TV program regarding pedophile priests), but due to Mr. Bruno Vespa (“vespa” means wasp). Among the guests of Vespa’s program was Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, who scored against his own team in an incredible manner:

He (unintentionally) demonstrated that the most explosive part of the “Third Secret of Fatima” does actually exist, although it is well hidden somewhere.

The Vatican must really be embarrassed. We must specifically thank the Cardinal for this service offered to the truth (even if indirectly). And now we should encourage him to say everything he knows, because — as the Gospel teaches — “The Truth will make you free”. (It [the truth regarding the Third Secret] is inferable from what Sister Lucy indicated to Father Fuentes for instance, that the “Fourth Secret” specifically contains the prophetical warning given by Our Lady about the apostasy in the Church, including the terrible crisis in the clergy after the Council [Vatican II], and, therefore, also the scandals which people speak of in our times — such as the “pedophile priests”.)

Let us summarize what happened. In November 2006, my book The Fourth Secret of Fatima was published, in which I prove that the Vatican is hiding an unpublished part of the Third Secret of Fatima. On May 10, 2007, the Vatican Secretary of State published a small book against me, containing some insults, but not giving even one answer. Furthermore, Bertone’s book actually added new contradictions (which I highlighted in an article published by the newspaper Libero on May 12th).

On Thursday evening, [the nationwide Italian TV channel] RAI Uno broadcast an episode of the TV program “Porta a Porta” which was entitled “The Fourth Secret of Fatima does not exist”. This title explicitly opposed my book. How can anyone possibly understand this to be a “balanced” broadcast without “an axe to grind”? Perhaps Mr. Vespa wanted to give Mr. Santoro lessons in objectivity and impartiality. While on Santoro’s program both parties were represented, Vespa invited Cardinal Bertone only; but the undersigned [I], who was the actual “target”, was not invited. They only showed a film clip explaining some of the thesis of my book. So they handed to Cardinal Bertone on a silver platter, the possibility of attacking me without any contradiction. The Cardinal avoided using the strong terms [insults] found in his book (and I thank him for that), but above all he avoided any of my challenges. Again, he didn’t give a single answer.

And he did more than that: He proved that I am right.

In fact, at a certain point the prelate showed the envelopes which had been opened in 2000, when the vision of the “Bishop in white” contained in the Third Secret was published for the first time. Yet something that absolutely should have been on these envelopes was actually missing: a phrase of Pope John XXIII. In fact Archbishop Capovilla, Secretary of John XXIII, declared in two interviews: to Orazio La Rocca (published in Repubblica, June 26th 2000) and to Marco Tosatti (in the book The Secret not revealed), that in 1959, when Pope Roncalli read the Third Secret and decided to keep it hidden, he told the same Capovilla to “reclose the envelope”, and to write on it, “I do not express any judgment” because the message “may be a Divine manifestation, or may not be”.

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 (for the first time) by Capovilla himself to Mr. Solideo Paolini, as I report in my book. Bertone didn’t give any explanation about the absence of that phrase, and did not reply to what was revealed by Capovilla.

After all, the doubt Roncalli expressed about the Divine origin of that message could not refer to the text of the vision revealed in 2000, which does not contain any “delicate issue”, but only to that “Fourth Secret” which spoke of the apostasy and of the betrayal on the part of some members of the upper hierarchy of the Church — as Cardinal Ottaviani and Cardinal Ciappi revealed. It is that “Fourth Secret” about which in 1982 John Paul II declared that “it had not been published because it could be badly interpreted”. It is that “Fourth Secret” about which in 1996 Ratzinger said that, for the time being, such “details” could be harmful to the Faith. It is that “Fourth Secret” about which the Secretary of Pope Wojtyla said to Marco Politi (who then related it during Mr. Vespa’s program): “it requires prudence to understand what Sister Lucy says and what Our Lady says.”

But during Porta a Porta, Bertone unintentionally offered an additional and even more resounding proof that the “Fourth Secret” exists.

In fact, he provided the dimensions of the envelope containing the text of the vision: “9 cm x 14 cm”. The prelate is evidently ignorant of the fact that since 1982, a document written by Archbishop Venancio, who personally carried the envelope containing the “Fourth Secret” [from Leiria] to the Nunciature [in Lisbon] to be sent to Rome, is filed in the archives of the Fatima Sanctuary. The bishop wrote down the exact measurements of Sister Lucy’s envelope, which were 12 cm x 18 cm. So, according to the official documents, that one was a completely different envelope [from what Bertone measured].

It contained the text of the “Fourth Secret”, which consisted of “a single sheet of paper” containing “25 lines”, as witnessed by Cardinal Ottaviani, and not of 4 pages containing 62 lines as the text of the vision shown by Bertone, who seemed to be extremely embarrassed when Mr. Vespa reminded him of Ottaviani’s words: he didn’t know what to answer.

But there was another element which represented a resounding confutation of Bertone’s reconstruction. During the program, a phrase personally written by Sister Lucy (on each of two different envelopes) was shown, and it reads:

“By the express order of Our Lady, this [envelope] can be opened in 1960 by the Patriarch of Lisbon or by the Bishop of Leiria”.

As Sister Lucy declared many times, that date had been indicated by Our Lady Herself. Furthermore, during the program, we see that she had even written it down on paper. And this is exactly the opposite of what Bertone maintained when attributing to her [Lucy] the choice of that date. If it was Our Lady Who chose the date, then why did She choose 1960? What was happening inside the Church during that year? Roncalli had just convoked the Second Vatican Council. Therefore it is natural to believe — as the Fatima scholars do — that the Secret contained the prophecy regarding a terrible apostasy that followed as a consequence of the Council (which then happened and is still ongoing). This is the reason why Roncalli was frightened, and decided to keep it secret.

After all, the phrase pronounced by Our Lady, which has always been considered as the beginning of the Third Secret (In Portugal, the Dogma of the Faith will always be preserved, etc.”), leads in that direction. During many hours of private conversation, Bertone always avoided asking Sister Lucy whether she had written a continuation of that phrase or not. And he also avoided explaining its meaning (since these words pronounced by Our Lady obviously cannot stop with a simple “etc.”). In the Vatican dossier (June 26, 2000), though, Bertone makes a telling observation. Regarding this phrase, he describes it as “some annotations” of Sister Lucy. Therefore, does he hold then that those words of Our Lady were actually fantasies of Sister Lucy, as insinuated by Roncalli? If that were really the case, they would do well to tell us and freely publish these words, as is allowed with all messages of this type (since 1966 Paul VI has liberalized this kind of “literature”).

Why continue to negate its existence, by upholding a thesis which has holes in it on every side, and thereby exposes the Church to serious blackmail?

Now Cardinal Bertone is faced with a difficult and thankless task. Every day pieces of truth about Fatima come out and debunk his theories (just to mention two more details, during Porta a Porta he talked about the Holy Office plenary meeting of Cardinals which took place in 1960, and also about the date written on the envelope of the translation, March 6th 1967, which facts do not show up in the official version).

Fundamentally, in the letter published by Bertone, the Pope opens the path for the truth when he says that in 2000 they published “the authentic words of the third part of the Secret”. He is clearly hinting that there exist words of the Secret which are considered as “not authentic”. So, be brave: publish everything! Don’t be afraid. “The Truth will make you free.”

Answer to Some Readers

Among my readers and supporters, there were some who were scandalized by my inquiry into the Third Secret of Fatima, and by my articles published in reply to Cardinal Bertone. No one contests the facts and the details, but the objection is that, by telling the truth which I have discovered, I am causing damage to the Church.

I answer that I am simply doing my job as a journalist, according to the obligations indicated by the Compendium of Social Doctrine published by the Pontificium Consilium for Justice and Peace:

“For all people working for the media, a warning by Saint Paul resounds strong and clear: ‘Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor’.” (Ephesians 4:25)

I am writing what in all conscience I deem true; if I wrote the contrary, I would go against my own conscience and — as taught by Pope Innocent III and acknowledged by the Universal Catechism (n. 1790) — “Acting against conscience brings damnation”.

Moreover, as Pope Benedict XVI explained in Ratisbona, the rational quest for the truth is never against God (see Fides et Ratio). This all the more applies if it is a quest for the authentic words pronounced by Our Lady at Fatima. Finally, if anyone thought that the truth should be hidden for a “good purpose”, they would be outside of orthodoxy. It is not me who says this, but — once again — the universal Catechism of the Church, published by John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger:

“Doing evil to obtain good is never allowed” (n. 1789).

Therefore the commandment “do not bear false witness” is valid also for Cardinals, and they cannot use “superior motives” to ever justify lying.

I actually believe that truth is always worth it. The Gospel tells us this clearly. Jesus says: “The Truth will make you free”. He does not say: be careful, because truth can cause you trouble, sometimes. He says: “The truth will make you free” (and this is the meaning behind the “mea culpa” pronounced by Wojtyla). This phrase from the Gospel denotes the wonderful freedom of the sons of God. The Church is not a kind of sect or lobby which asks us to remain silent, but is the house of God, the house of freedom and truth. God does not need our lies, but rather that we humbly listen to Him and also acknowledge our miseries (even on the part of Ecclesiastics). I suggest that everyone read the memorable speech by Cardinal Ratzinger on the subject of the conscience and the freedom of Christians, entitled “The Toast of the Cardinal”. It is not by chance that the Universal Catechism (n. 1778) quotes the wonderful phrase by Cardinal Newman, which reads: “Conscience is the first of all Christ’s vicars”.


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