Third Secret Update, At Last
by Pauly Fongemie

For some years now those of us who are supporters of the "Fatima Priest", Fr. Nicholas Gruner, whose unremitting efforts on behalf of the Mother of God who came to Fatima as a last act of mercy to a sin-ravaged world, whose labors of sacrificial love have been to endure the insults, calumny and other degradations from woefully ignorant fellow Catholics because he seeks to have the Consecration of Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart finally done, not the Consecration of the World, but Russia, have been told we are nuts to believe him, her special servant. In a much lesser way, acutely minimal in comparison, his trials have become ours. It has been a frustrating time to say the least, as the years grew into decades and the Vatican has insisted that all was well, if only we would shut up, so to speak. The enemies of Christ and His holy Mother and those who unwittingly do their bidding had only to point to the Holy See as proof that we were extremists, alarmists, with nary a worthwhile argument to make and this being the case, we were an embarrassment to them. In other words, our insistence on the need for the Consecration of Russia, and not the World, made them uncomfortable. If we were really the cranks they have attempted to make us out to be they would have long ago merely turned away as most sane people do when confronted with buffoons. After all, ignoring a crank is the simplest method of disposal. The fact that their complaints became more shrill as our persistence never waned spoke volumes, in truth were a sort of vindication since some of us sensed that the opposition was fearful that perhaps there might be some truth to our claims: "the truth will out"! Never more true was this operation of human nature more noticeable than after the debacle of the so-called release of the Third Secret. Now Catholics obeying their rightly formed conscience guided by devotion to the Rosary and Our Lady need no vindication as such, for this would be a form of pride, a vice we must always spurn as dangerous to the attainment of salvation. This being said, we needed something to open the eyes of those so misled, for their own sakes and for the sake of the world, not ours, because we love Our Lady and want to serve her as she deserves to be, because she is the Mother of Mercy and loves us poor sinners exceedingly. So it is a most momentous time because help from a most unlikely source appears to be forthcoming:

In November of 2006, Antonio Socci’s Il Quarto Segreto di Fatima [The Fourth Secret of Fatima], was released in Italy. The author, who was a skeptic and wanted to disprove the claims of traditional Fatima devotees that the Consecration of Russia was not done as requested and that the Third Secret was not fully divulged. After an extensive investigation, the author concluded that the Vatican has not formally released the entire Third Secret,  and that the Consecration is yet to be done.

             As John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News wrote in his January, 2007 article on the new book:

The 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.  . . . Socci 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 the 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?

             This 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.

             Socci responded by engaging in a courteous journalist 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 Paoloni", which appeared in a traditionalist magazine that entered the debate between Socci and Messori.

             Socci 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 principle part of the Third Secret from being revealed "due to its explosive content". Mr. Paolini had researched the subject of Fatima intensely, and had written a book on the Third Secret, Fatima, Don't Despise Prophecies, which was published in Italy. To his own surprise, Socci found Paolini's arguments worthy of consideration.
             Mr. Socci expresses his view that it was a mistake of the Curia and the Catholic media to ignore the challenge of traditional Catholics who argue that the Third Secret was not fully released. "For instance", he writes, "in the book edited by Father Paul Kramer [The Devil's Final Battle] which reunited the works and articles of various authors, there is the denouncement of the failure by the Vatican to heed the requests of Our Lady of Fatima, and it is affirmed that the price of indecision in the Vatican could well be extremely high and will be paid by mankind." . . .

            Socci’s misgivings only intensified when he sought answers from the Vatican hierarchy, especially, from Cardinal Bertone, who had coauthored with Cardinal Ratzinger the June 26, 2000 document on the Secret, "The Message of Fatima".

             Socci writes, "I've searched many influential authorities inside the Curia, like Cardinal Bertone, today Secretary of State in the Vatican, who was central to the publication of the Secret in 2000 . . . The Cardinal, who actually favored me with his personal consideration, having asked me to conduct conferences in his former diocese of Genoa, didn't deem it necessary to answer my request for an interview. He was within his rights to make this choice, of course, but this only increased the fear of the existence of embarrassing questions, and most of all, that there is something (extremely important) which needs to be kept hidden."

             He closes his Introduction saying that he had not expected to find such a "colossal Enigma" regarding the Third Secret. And while he may not subscribe to each and every theory on this subject contained in traditionalist literature, "in the end I had to surrender", he said, to the conclusion that there exist two texts of the Secret, one of which has yet to be revealed to the world.

Currently [January 07 issue] the full article is online at the above link.

We know from experts faithful in devotion to Our Lady, such as the late Cardinal Oddi of the Roman Curia, the late Father Joaquin Alonso, the official archivist at Fatima for sixteen years, the late Bishop Amaral, the third Bishop of Fatima, and Cardinal Ciappi, personal theologian to Pope John Paul II, who spoke of the contents of the Third Secret that:

"It has nothing to do with Gorbachev. The Blessed Virgin was alerting us against the apostasy in the Church." [Oddi]

"It is therefore completely probable that the text makes concrete references to the crisis of faith within the Church and to the negligence of the pastors themselves [and the] internal struggles in the very bosom of the Church and of grave pastoral negligence of the upper hierarchy . . .
"In the period preceding the great triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, terrible things are to happen. These form the content of the third part of the Secret. What are they? If 'in Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved,'  . . . it can be clearly deduced from this that in other parts of the Church these dogmas are going to become obscure or even lost altogether.  . . .

"Does the unpublished text speak of concrete circumstances? It is very possible that it speaks not only of a real crisis of the faith in the Church during this in-between period, but like the secret of La Salette, for example, there are more concrete references to the internal struggles of Catholics or to the fall of priests and religious. Perhaps it' even refers to the failures of the upper hierarchy of the Church. For that matter, none of this is foreign to other communications Sister Lucy has had on this subject." [Alonso]

"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." [Amaral]

"In the Third Secret it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church begins at the top."  [Ciappi]

Furthermore, the reigning Pontiff, Benedict XVI, while Cardinal Ratzinger, said that the Third Secret was about the apostasy. Later when his hands were tied he went along with the modernists in power in a moment of weakness, changing his line, meaning, he was duplicitous the second time he commented which was to deny what he earlier revealed about the Third Secret, and unless he receives and accepts, that is, acts on extraordinary graces from God, human pride may prevent him from admitting the fraudulent circumvention of Our Lady's wishes.

What can the faithful do, in the face of a still silent Vatican whose highest authorities have deliberately deceived us? We can continue to ask for the Consecration and to make certain that we are devoted to the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary and obey the requests of Our Lady for prayer and reparation to save sinners, including ourselves; by now the apostasy in the Church, the corruption of dogma and morals in the highest places is so apparent that only someone who wills to be blind could not see it for what it is. Any lingering doubts, if that were possible, would be dispensed with by the documentation provided by the eminent researcher and writer, Randy Engel, in her sweeping book on the Homosexual Collective, The Rite of Sodomy----anti-Marian to its core among other evils
----that has colonized, terrorized even, certainly ruthlessly held almost unchallenged sway in the Church for the last century. We must pray very much and make sacrifices, for the Pope and the bishops and priests. Prayers are provided below. A booklet from the Fatima Center provides the following reminders, which we can never have enough of:

The Devotion of Reparation: A Secret of Mercy for Sinners

After enumerating the five blasphemies which gravely offend His Most Holy Mother, Our Lord gave Sister Lucy the decisive explanation which allows us to penetrate into the secret of Her Immaculate Heart, which overflows with mercy for all sinners, even those who scorn and outrage Her:

"See, My daughter; the motive for which the Immaculate Heart of Mary inspired Me to ask for this little Reparation, and in consideration of it, to move My mercy to pardon souls who have had the misfortune of offending Her: As for you, always seek by your prayers and sacrifices to move My mercy to pity for these poor souls."

"The Sin Against the Holy Spirit"

Here we have one of the principal themes of the Message of Fatima: since God has decided to manifest more and more His great design of love, which is to grant all graces to men through the mediation of the Immaculate Virgin, it seems that their refusal to submit with docility to what God wills is the fault which most gravely wound His Heart, and for which He no longer find in Himself any inclination to pardon them. This sin seems unforgivable, because for Our Savior there is no crime more unpardonable than to despise His Most Holy Mother, and "to outrage Her Immaculate Heart, which is the Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit This is committing 'the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will not be forgiven in this world or in the next'."

In 1929, in the apparition of Tuy which is the final fulfillment of Fatima, Our Lady will conclude the extraordinary manifestation of the Holy Trinity with these striking words: "So many are the souls which the justice of God condemns for sins committed against Me that I come to ask for Reparation. Sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray."

War and Peace Depend on Communions of Reparation

In fact, in addition to the conversion of sinners and our own eternal salvation, Our Lady has willed that the Communion of Reparation be linked to another magnificent promise: the gift of peace. On March 19, 1939, Sister Lucy wrote: "Whether the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this devotion, along with the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is why I desire its propagation so ardently, especially because this is also the will of our dear Mother in Heaven." And on June 20 of the same year, she wrote:

"Our Lady promised to put off the scourge of war, if this devotion was propagated and practiced. We see that She will obtain remission of this chastisement to the extent that efforts are made to propagate this devotion; but I fear that we can do more than we are doing and that God, being displeased, will pull back the arm of His mercy and let the world be ravaged by this chastisement which will be unlike any other in the past, horrible, horrible."

The Request for the Consecration of Russia

On July 13, 1917 as we saw in the second part of the Secret, Our Lady told Lucy that later on She would come back to ask for the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart. Our Lady did return for this request as promised.
On June 13, 1929, Sister Lucy was in her convent chapel in Tuy, Spain, a city on the border of Portugal. Sister Lucy herself left a description of the event, and so we quote her account at length, adding only a few subtitles. Sister Lucy wrote:

"At this time Our Lord informed me that the moment had come when He willed for me to make known to the Holy Church His desire for the Consecration of Russia and His promise to convert It  . . . The communication took place in this way":

The Holy Hour of Adoration and Reparation:

13/06/29----"I had requested and obtained permission from my superiors and confessor to make the Holy Hour from 11:00 p.m. until midnight from Thursday to Friday.

"Being alone one night, I knelt down before the Communion rail in the middle of the chapel to say the Prayers of the Angel, lying prostrate. Feeling tired, I got up and knelt, and continued to say them with my arms in the form of a cross. The only light came from the sanctuary lamp."

A Spectacular Trinitarian Theophany:

"Suddenly a supernatural light illumined the whole chapel and on the altar appeared a Cross of light which reached to the ceiling.


"In a brighter part could be seen, on the upper part of the Cross, the face of a Man and His Body to the waist;
"On His breast was an equally luminous dove,

"And nailed to the Cross, the Body of another Man.

"A little below the waist, suspended in mid-air, was to be seen a Chalice and a large Host onto which fell some drops of Blood from the Face of the Crucified and from a wound in His breast These drops ran down over the Host and fell into the Chalice.

"Under the right arm of the Cross was Our Lady with Her Immaculate Heart in Her hand... (It was Our Lady of Fatima with Her Immaculate Heart  . . . in Her left hand  . . . without a sword or roses, but with a crown of thorns and flames . . .)

"Under the left arm (of the Cross), some big letters, as it were of crystal clear water running down over the altar, formed these words: 'Grace and Mercy'.

"I understood that it was the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity that was shown to me, and I received lights about this mystery which I am not permitted to reveal."

The Request for the Consecration of Russia:

"Then Our Lady said to me: 'The moment has come when God asks the Holy Father to make, in union with all the bishops of the world, the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means.

'So numerous are the souls which the justice of God condemns for sins committed against Me, that I come to ask for Reparation. Sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray.'

"I gave an account of this to my confessor, who ordered me to write what Our Lord willed to be done."

The Terrible Revelation of Summer 1931 "They Did Not Want to Heed My Request"

Since the Pope and his advisors chose, for two years, to ignore the words of Our Lady of Fatima explicitly stating the Most Solemn Request of God to consecrate Russia, Jesus, Himself, spoke to Sister Lucy in Rianjo, Spain, in August 1931.

First of all let us quote from Sister Lucy's letter of August 29, 1931, where the seer passes on to her bishop this message, which is of highest importance in the economy of the Message of Fatima:

"My confessor orders me to inform Your Excellency of what took place a little while ago between the Good Lord and myself: as I was asking God for the conversion of Russia, Spain and Portugal, it seemed to me that His Divine Majesty said to me:

'You console Me a great deal by asking Me for the conversion of those poor nations. Ask it also of My Mother frequently, saying: Sweet Heart of Mary, be the salvation of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world At other times say: By your pure and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, obtain for me the conversion of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the entire World.' Then Jesus said:

'Make it known to My ministers, that given they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My request, that they will follow him into misfortune. It will never be too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.'

"Later on, by means of an interior communication, Our Lord complainingly said to me:

'They did not want to heed My request. Like the King of France they will repent and do so, but it will be late. Russia will already have spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The Holy Father will have much to suffer!"

The Fatima Message Explains:

Jesus Wants Devotion to the Sacred Heart Joined to Devotion to the Immaculate Heart

In various parts of the Fatima Message, devotion to the Sacred Heart is promoted with devotion to the Immaculate Heart.

THE ANGEL OF PORTUGALThe Message of the Angel of Fatima

First there are the words of the Angel of Peace in the spring of 1916 to the 3 children of Fatima:

"The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications."

Then he speaks again in the summer of 1916:

"The Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs for you." Then in the autumn of 1916, he dictates a prayer which in part says:

"And I draw upon the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary that you might convert poor sinners."

This theme of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, in the Fatima Message, is also seen in the apparitions of Jesus and Mary to Sister Lucy at Pontevedra and Tuy noted above.

This same theme is seen in the prayers Jesus dictated for us to say in honor of the Pure and Immaculate Conception of Our Lady as well as the prayer to the Sweet Heart of Mary given at Rianjo.

Jesus Addresses This Subject Explicitly:

But the most striking message about the importance of joining the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with that of the Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is seen in the dialogue of Jesus with Sister Lucy in 1936. We quote here directly from Sister Lucy's letter of May 18, 1936 to her spiritual director who had asked her several questions. She replies:

"About the other questions, if it will be convenient to insist in order to obtain the Consecration of Russia? I answer in almost the same way as I answered the other times. I am sorry that it has not been done yet, but the same God Who asked for it, is the One Who permitted it. I am going to say what I feel about it, although it is too delicate a subject to talk about in a letter, due to the danger of it getting lost and being read, but I entrust it to the same God, because I am afraid I have not treated the matter with enough clarity.

"Is it convenient to insist? I don't know. It seems to me that if the Holy Father did it right now, God would accept it, and would fulfill His promise; and without any doubt, through this act, the Holy Father would gladden Our Lord and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (Her letter continues:)

(Lucy) "Intimately I have spoken to Our Lord about the subject, and not too long ago I asked Him why He would not convert Russia without the Holy Father making that Consecration?

(Jesus) 'Because I want My whole Church to acknowledge that Consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so that it may extend its cult later on, and put the Devotion to My Mother's Immaculate Heart beside the Devotion to My Sacred Heart.'

"But My God, the Holy Father probably won't believe me, unless You Yourself move him with a special inspiration."
'The Holy Father: Pray very much for the Holy Father: He will do it, but it will be late! . . . Nevertheless the Immaculate Heart of Mary will save Russia. It has been entrusted to Her.'

Prayer for the Church

O Holy Spirit, Creator, Spouse of Mary, be gracious to Thy Catholic Church. By Thy Heavenly Power, make it strong and secure against the attacks of its enemies, within and without. Renew in charity and grace the spirit of Thy servants, whom Thou has anointed that they may glorify Thee and the Father, and His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord.

Mary Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and our Mother, Thou seest how the Catholic Faith is assailed by the devil and the world, that Faith in which we propose, by the help of God, to live and die. To Thee we entrust our firm purpose of never joining assemblies of heretics or secret societies. Do Thou, All Holy Virgin Mother of God, offer to Thy Divine Son our resolutions and obtain from Him the graces necessary for us to keep them unto the end. Amen.

Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.

Prayer for the Holy Father

Let us pray for our Holy Father, Pope N.

May the Lord preserve him and give him life and make him to be blessed upon the earth and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

Prayer for Bishops and Priests

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Divine and Eternal High Priest, let the life-giving waters of Thy love flow into the hearts of Thy Bishops and Priests and transform them into living images of Thee. By Thy grace make them true apostles of Thy Sacred Heart.

Save souls through Thy Bishops and Priests; accompany them through life. Give them the special grace of drawing sinners to Thy Sacred Heart, Refuge of sinners, that they may find forgiveness and salvation.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I pray for the fulfillment of this promise which Thou didst make to Saint Margaret Mary: "I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts." May Thy Kingdom come to the hearts of men through the activity of truly saintly Bishops and Priests.

Do Thou, O Mary, Mother of the High Priest, protect all Bishops and Priests from dangers to their holy vocations. May Thine Immaculate Heart be their refuge and consolation during temptations, trials and loneliness, that we may soon see "all things restored in Christ."

We know that to combat the spiritual terror assailing Holy Mother Church in our time, the Incarnate Wisdom sent the Immaculate Heart of Mary to Fatima to help us, counsel us, enlighten us, and protect all the faithful of Jesus Christ, so that we could save our own soul and the souls of those that God puts on our path.

We acknowledge that the Blessed Virgin also gave a most important request to the Pope and the Bishops to solemnly and publicly, on the same day, consecrate specifically Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We pray that they all will receive the necessary grace to do this duty soon, so that we can attain worldwide peace and die salvation of billions of souls now. Amen.

Jesus, Savior of the world, sanctify Thy priests and sacred ministers. Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for them and for us; Obtain for us many and holy Bishops and Priests.

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