The Impending Great Chastisement Revealed in the Third Secret
By Father Paul Kramer, B.Ph., S.T.B., M. Div., S.T.L. (Cand.)
In the first installment of this series on the impending Great Chastisement, I have dwelt mainly on the physical aspect of the chastisement: the role of Russia raising up wars and bringing about the annihilation of nations. The annihilation of half the world seems rather dire to say the least it would be the greatest catastrophe since the Flood. Yet, this is not the most frightful aspect of the chastisement foretold in the Secret. What is most frightful is the spiritual chastisement foretold in the Secret.
The second part of the Secret already warns of persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father. On July 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima warned:
If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated.
"God", Our Lady said, "is going to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father." The persecution of the Church that will take place will be like none other that has ever taken place in all the history of the world. That which is seemingly impossible will take place, yet it is foretold in the unpublished part of the Third Secret and in Sacred Scripture.
In his letter to Professor Baumgartner, Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi revealed: "In the Third Secret it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top." This corresponds to what is revealed in the Book of Lamentations: "The kings of the earth and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should enter in by the gates of Jerusalem." What is foretold is that the partisans of the devil will occupy the Roman Curia under a Masonic antipope.
In 1998, the late Father Malachi Martin stated on the Art Bell Show that, while he was secretary to Cardinal Bea, he was given to read the Third Secret of Fatima in early February 1960, which he described as written on a single sheet of paper. He stated that Our Lady's words were very dry and specific and they foretold of a future "pope" an imposter who would usurp the See of Rome while being completely under the control of the devil. Thus, the Third Secret of Fatima reveals the "mystery of iniquity" (2 Thess. 2:7): The counterfeit "Catholic" Church the counter-church, the anti-church the mystery of the dragon, whose tail swept down a third of the "stars of Heaven", i.e. one third of the Catholic hierarchy under the leadership of a heretical antipope.
This is what Pope John Paul II has cryptically revealed concerning the Third Secret on May 13, 2000: "The message of Fatima is a call to conversion, alerting humanity to have nothing to do with the dragon whose tail swept down a third of the stars of Heaven, and cast them to the earth (Apoc. 12:4)."
When I spoke with Father Malachi Martin about the heretical antipope of the apostasy in the Third Secret, Father Malachi's response was, "Were it only that." The antipope and his apostate collaborators will be (as Sister Lucy calls them) partisans of the devil (os partidarios do demonio) "who work for evil and fear nothing."1 It is these "partisans of the devil" who constitute the "third of the stars of Heaven" swept down by the tail of the dragon. These men who masquerade as Catholic clergy are secret members of the sect and are consecrated to the devil. They will gain control over the Vatican apparatus and establish the Catholic branch of a new ecumenical world religion. Their counterfeit church will be Catholic in name only. It will form the Catholic part of the established and compulsory religion of the New World Order. True Catholicism will be outlawed, and the remnant of faithful Catholics will be subjected to the most ferocious persecution that there will have ever been in the history of the world.
Catholics will not be welcome in the Civilization of Love: the exclusivism of their dogmas (such as extra ecclesiam nulla salus, i.e. "Outside the Church there is no salvation") will cause them to be viewed as dangerous fanatics and terrorists a mortal threat to the ecumenical unity and peace of the New World Order. Thus, the real Catholic Church will be treated as an outlaw organization, and a threat to world peace. The Church's status will therefore be the same as it was during the Roman persecutions, when the Church was viewed as a subversive and criminal organization. There will be penal laws enacted to punish non-conformist practitioners of outmoded pre-conciliar forms of religion that threaten world peace (the neo-pagan ecumenical order of the Civilization of Love) by their divisive attachment to dogmatic exclusivism which (it is already alleged) leads to inquisitional persecutions and religious wars and crusades.
An alternative will be offered to Catholics so that they may avoid the unpleasantries of persecution and martyrdom. The vast majority will be taken in by the deception and will apostatize. Just as is the case today in China, they will be given their Latin, their incense, their Mass, etc. but on the condition that they be in communion with the established church with what will by then have become apostate Rome. They will be compelled to be subject to the imposter pope whose counterfeit church will be in communion with the Great Ecumenical Church that will unite all religions.
Those who will have the grace and fortitude to hold fast to their Catholic Faith will refuse to abandon the true traditional Catholic religion. For this refusal they will be regarded as incorrigible fanatics and obstinate schismatics. They will be universally despised as the enemies of the Civilization of Love, and they will be blamed for the failure of the New World Order to achieve universal peace, love, unity and harmony. Their fate is depicted in the vision of the Third Secret: the Pope, clergy and Catholic faithful will be systematically hunted down and brutally exterminated for their refusal to embrace the false religion of Ecumenism and Religious Liberty, both of which have been forcefully and explicitly condemned by the Catholic Church in the pre-conciliar pronouncements of such popes as Pius IX in the Syllabus, Pius XI in Mortalium Animos and Gregory XVI in Mirari vos.
St. Methodius (+358) wrote concerning this persecution, "A time will come when enemies of Christ will boast: 'We have subjected the earth and all its inhabitants, and the Christians cannot escape our hands.'"
According to St. Caesarius of Arles (469-543), "there shall be a great carnage ... the altars and temples shall be destroyed ... the pastors of the Church shall abandon their pulpits and the Church Herself be despoiled of all temporalities."
Especially significant is the prophecy of Bishop George Michael Wittman (+1833):
Woe is me! Sad days are at hand for the Holy Church of Jesus Christ. The Passion of Jesus will be renewed in the most dolorous manner in the Church and in Her Supreme Head. In all parts of the world there will be wars and revolutions, and much blood will be spread. Distress, disasters and poverty will everywhere be great, since pestilential maladies, scarcity, and other misfortunes will follow one another.
Violent hands will be laid on the Supreme Head of the Catholic Church: bishops and priests will be persecuted, and schism will be provoked, and confusion reign amid all classes. Times will come so preeminently bad, that it will seem as if the enemies of Christ and His Holy Church, which He founded with His Blood, were about to triumph over Her ... Secret societies will wreak great ruin, and exercise a marvelous monetary power, and through that many will be blinded, and infected with the most horrible errors: however, all this shall avail naught ... they cannot shake the rock whereon Christ has founded His Church: Portae inferi non praevalebunt.
Anna Katarina Emmerick (1774-1824), a German Augustinian nun who bore the stigmata, also foretold of the "false church of darkness":
"I saw a strange church being built against every rule ... as well as the new heterodox church of Rome. The Church is in great danger. They are now demanding something from him (the pope). The Protestant doctrine and that of the schismatic Greeks are to spread everywhere ... The Church is being so cleverly undermined. I saw that many pastors allowed themselves to be taken up with ideas that were dangerous to the Church. They were building a great, strange, and extravagant Church. Everyone was to be admitted in it in order to be united and have equal rights: Evangelicals, Catholics, sects of every description. Such was to be the new Church."
Sister Emmerick summed up her description of the tribulation of the Church: "In those days, Faith will fall very low, and it will be preserved in some places only, in a few cottages and in a few families which God has protected from disasters and wars."
The Catholic Church, of course, will not be the actual cause of the failure of the Civilization of Love. It will be perceived as such by the apostate and infidel nations of the world because the Faith of the Church will constitute the testimony against the godlessness of the New World Order. Precisely because the apostates will be deprived of the light of Faith and the gifts of the Holy Ghost, they will, in the blindness of their darkened intellect, fail to grasp the truth taught by St. Augustine that the godless City of Man cannot consist of peace because it is faithless and perverse in its rebellion against God, and therefore it calls the wrath of God down upon itself.
There will be a great apostasy. It is foretold in Holy Scripture. (2 Thess. 2:3) It is foretold in many prophecies of the saints and apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, and it is revealed in the Third Secret of Fatima. The apostasy is a great and integral part of what St. Paul referred to as the mystery of iniquity (that) already worketh. (2 Thess. 2:7) It is indeed a mystery because evil itself is a mystery, but it is no mystery why the Vatican apparatus under Cardinal Angelo Sodano does not want the Catholic faithful to know the content of the Third Secret insofar as it relates to the apostasy. It is not because they don't want people to "confuse religious prophecy with sensationalism" as Cardinal Ratzinger mendaciously claimed in 1984. It is not for the good of the Church and the salvation of souls, but it is to spare themselves from reproach, and for the sake of their Modernist agenda and their own ecclesiastical careers that they fiendishly work together to prevent the publication of the "words which Our Lady confided as a secret to the three little shepherds in the Cova da Iria."2 They are, after all, the ones who promote the condemned teachings of Ecumenism and Religious Liberty in the name of Vatican II, and would make these condemned errors the cornerstone of the new religion in what Cardinal Benelli called the Conciliar Church, with its New Evangelization and its Civilization of Love. The Third Secret of Fatima is an indictment against them, and it drives a stake through the heart of the counterfeit church.
It is, as I mentioned earlier, a mystery how almost the whole Church could fall away into apostasy. Such a thing could not take place in a Church where the faithful are well schooled in traditional Christian Doctrine and in the practice of Christian virtue. It will not be the New Evangelization but adherence to Tradition that will preserve a remnant of Catholics in the Faith, as St. Vincent of Lerins explains: "What shall the Catholic do ... if some new contagion attempts to poison, no longer a small part of the Church, but the whole Church at once, then his great concern will be to attach himself to antiquity which can no longer be led astray by any lying novelty."
Unfortunately, Catholics today are not being schooled in the Catholic Tradition of antiquity or in the orthodoxy of the traditional catechism, but in the new catechism of the 'living magisterium' and the living tradition of the Conciliar Church of the New Evangelization. The post-conciliar renewal that has been brought about by aggiornamento, the implementation of the post-conciliar reforms, has produced the loss of Faith and the diabolical disorientation that the former Bishop of Fatima (Cosme do Amaral) and Sister Lucy speak of as being central to the Third Secret of Fatima.
"The disorientation is diabolical," wrote Sister Lucy [29-12-1969], "do not let yourself be deceived." The disorientation is doctrinal: "in these times of diabolical disorientation, let us not allow ourselves to be deceived by false doctrines." [12-4-1970] It is a "cancer" in the Church [29-5-1970] that affects "priests" and "consecrated souls" who have been "led astray": "It is sorrowful," wrote Sister Lucy [16-9-1970], "to see such disorientation, and in such persons who occupy positions of responsibility ... they are the blind leaders of the blind". Thus, it is the ones who occupy the highest positions in the Roman Curia who have paved the way for the Great Apostasy.
Father Joaquin Alonso, who was the official archivist of Fatima for sixteen years, hit the nail on the head when he stated: "It is therefore entirely probable that the text (of the Third Secret) 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."
Just "a few weeks before his death," writes Brother Michael of the Blessed Trinity, Father Alonso "prudently gave the appearance of justifying Rome's silence (on the Third Secret) while he wrote these remarkably clairvoyant lines":
An inopportune revelation of the text would only have further exasperated the two tendencies which continue to tear the Church apart: a traditionalism which would believe itself to be assisted by the Fatima prophecies, and a progressivism which would have lashed out against these apparitions, which in such a scandalous manner would seem to put the brakes on the conciliar Church's foreward progress ... Pope Paul VI judged it opportune and prudent to delay the revelation of the text until better times. Pope John XXIII declared that the text did not refer to his pontificate ... And the following popes did not consider that the moment had come to lift the veil of mystery, in circumstances where the Church has still not overcome the frightening impact of twenty post-conciliar years, during which the crisis of the Faith has installed itself at every level. (Emphasis mine)
Here is the indictment against the Vatican apparatus in the Third Secret: It is the negligence of those who hold the highest positions of authority who are responsible for the diabolical disorientation in the Church, the result of which is that "the crisis of the Faith has installed itself at every level." It is literally true that the diabolical disorientation has installed itself at every level in the Church, including the highest level. The proof of this is that heresy is being taught at the highest levels in Rome: in the name of the living magisterium and the living tradition of the Church, the sense and understanding of defined dogma is being changed.
Here is one of many examples of heresy being taught in the guise of Catholic doctrine at the highest level in the Church: It has always been taught in the basic Catholic catechism of Christian Doctrine that the Old Testament ended with the inauguration of the New Testament which superseded it. This is the universal and perpetual doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Church. It is taught in a multitude of catechisms, manuals of Christian doctrine and theological treatises approved by ecclesiastical and pontifical authority and certified to be free of doctrinal error. It is also the explicit Apostolic teaching in Sacred Scripture. St. Paul, writing specifically on the topic of the relation of Old Testament to the New, quotes Jeremiah, "I will perfect unto the house of Israel, and unto the house of Juda, a new testament: not according to the testament which I made to their fathers ..." (Heb. 8:8-9) St. Paul then expounds under the infallible inspiration of the Holy Ghost, "Now in saying anew, he hath made the former old. And that which decayeth and groweth old, is near its end." (Heb. 8:13) End [aphanismou] is meant in the sense of destruction. ("aphanismos; disappearance; destruction. Heb. Viii. 13")3
The doctrine of the supersession of the Old Testament by the New is a defined article of the Catholic Faith. In the solemn Profession of Faith of the Ecumenical Council of Florence under Pope Eugenius IV, it is set forth:
The sacrosanct Roman Church ... firmly believes, professes, and teaches that the matter pertaining to the Old Testament, of the Mosaic law, which are divided into ceremonies, sacred rites, sacrifices, and sacraments, because they were established to signify something in the future, although they were suited to the divine worship at that time, after our Lord's coming had been signified by them, ceased, and the sacraments of the New Testament began; ... All, therefore, who after that time observe circumcision and the Sabbath and the other requirements of the law, it (the Roman Church) declares alien to the Christian faith and not in the least fit to participate in eternal salvation, unless someday they recover from these errors. (D.S. 1348)
The new doctrine of the Conciliar Church directly opposes this dogma of the Catholic Faith. On November 17, 1980, Pope John Paul II declared in a speech to the Jewish community of Mainz, Germany, that the "Old Covenant" was "never revoked by God." This is heresy. It is still a heresy despite being the "official" doctrine of the Vatican (of the Vatican but not of the Roman Catholic Church) as set forth in its 1985 Notes on the Correct Way to Present the Jews and Judaism in Preaching and Catechesis of the Roman Catholic Church. The document states in paragraph three that Judaism is a "present reality" and not a superseded "historical reality". The document cites the authority of John Paul II and quotes the words of his above noted speech, where John Paul speaks of "the people of God of the Old Covenant which has never been revoked." John Vennari pointed out in a recent article that, "Far from claiming that the Notes misrepresented his words, John Paul spoke of his unqualified support of the document" on October 28, 1985. The United States Bishops Conference similarly fell into the same heresy in its document, God's Mercy Endures Forever, Guidelines on the Presentation of Jews and Judaism in Catholic Preaching. The document quotes the Pope's statement that the Old Covenant was "never revoked" in order to uphold the heresy that Christ did not supersede the Old Covenant with the establishment of the New and Everlasting Covenant.4 This is just one of many examples of the diabolical disorientation in the very highest level of the Church.
The Sacred Doctrine of the Catholic Faith is in its very nature unchangeable. It is clearly set forth by the First Vatican Council in Dei Filius (Session II, Chap. IV) that:
For the doctrine of the faith which God has revealed ... has been entrusted as a divine deposit to the spouse of Christ, to be faithfully guarded and infallibly interpreted. Hence, also, that understanding of its sacred dogmas must be perpetually retained, which Holy Mother Church has once declared; and there must never be a recession from that meaning under the specious name of a deeper understanding.
Therefore ... let the understanding, the knowledge, and wisdom of individuals as of all, as one man as of the whole Church, grow and progress strongly with the passage of ages and the centuries; but let it be solely in its own genus, namely in the same dogma, with the same sense and the same understanding. (St. Vincent of Lerins). [D.S. 3020]
Pope Gregory XVI declared to all the bishops of the Catholic world in Mirari vos, "nothing that has been regularly defined can bear diminution, or change, or addition, and repels every alteration of sense, or even of words." Whoever would change, alter, modify the sense or meaning of the defined articles of Faith falls into heresy and incurs the anathema pronounced by the First Vatican Council: "If anyone shall have said that it is possible that to the dogmas declared by the Church a meaning must sometimes be attributed according to the progress of science, different from that which the Church has understood and understands: let him be anathema." [D.S. 3043]
1. Sister Lucia, letter of 29-5-1970.
2. Vatican press release to the UPI in February 1960.
3. Joseph Henry Thayer; A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament; Grand Rapids, 1982, p.88.
4. John Vennari, “The Attack on the Oberammergau Passion Play”, Part III, Catholic Family News July 2003.
To be continued next Issue.