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Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Angelo Cardinal Sodano


The following chapter frames an indictment against the four pictured Vatican prelates for their evidently deliberate attempts to obstruct knowledge of and obedience to the essential and vital requirements of Our Lady of Fatima to bring peace to the world. This is fully explained in Chapter 16, pages 225-251.


Dario Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos

Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone

Chapter 16

Framing an Indictment

                Great is the calamity that now afflicts Holy Church and the world at large. In these extraordinary times, just as in the time of the Arian crisis, the laity must shoulder burdens that in ordinary times would not be theirs.

        As members of the Mystical Body of Christ, we have a duty to take positive measures to oppose the crisis, according to our stations in life. In doing so we cannot be deterred by that false appeal to piety which urges us to indulge in the gross presumption that "God is in charge of the Church", if this is taken to mean that rank-and-file Catholics must do nothing to oppose error and injustice perpetrated by members of the hierarchy, but rather blindly submit to every decision of authority, no matter how destructive its consequences.

Our Duty in Justice and Charity

        That is not the Catholic way. That is not what the laity and faithful clergy did during the Arian crisis, and it is not what we should do today. Our silence and acquiescence in the face of this ongoing disaster would, first of all, be an injustice to the Church and a betrayal of our solemn duty in justice as confirmed Catholics, as soldiers of Christ.

        Then, too, there is our obligation in charity toward our fellow Catholics, including our superiors in the hierarchy. We have a duty in charity to our superiors to oppose what is happening in the Church, even if that means taking the extraordinary step of having to rebuke our own superiors in public.

        As Saint Thomas Aquinas taught: "if the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly." Why is it both just and charitable for a subject to rebuke his prelate, even publicly, in such cases? St. Thomas here observes that the public rebuke of a prelate "would seem to savor of presumptuous pride; but there is no presumption in thinking oneself better in some respect, because, in this life, no man is without some fault. We must also remember that when a man reproves his prelate charitably, it does not follow that he thinks himself any better, but merely that he offers his help to one who, ‘being in the higher position among you, is therefore in greater danger,’ as Augustine observes in his Rule quoted above."1 Of course, there is also danger to our fellow Catholics—the gravest possible danger—from the current course of destructive innovation being followed by certain members of the Vatican apparatus, who have turned their backs not only on the Message of Fatima but on the Church’s entire past.

        The teaching of Saint Thomas on the duty to rebuke our superiors when their actions threaten harm to the faith reflects the unanimous teaching of the Saints and Doctors of the Church. As St. Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Church, taught in his work on the Roman Pontiff, even the Pope may be rebuked and resisted if he threatens harm to the Church:

        Just as it is licit to resist the Pontiff that aggresses the body, it is also licit to resist the one who aggresses souls or who disturbs civil order, or, above all, who attempts to destroy the Church. I say that it is licit to resist him by not doing what he orders and by preventing his will from being executed; it is not licit, however, to judge, punish or depose him, since these acts are proper to a superior.2

        Likewise, the eminent Sixteenth Century theologian Francisco Suarez (whom Pope Paul V praised as Doctor Eximius et Pius, or "Exceptional and Pious Doctor") taught as follows:

        And in this second way the Pope could be schismatic, if he were unwilling to be in normal union with the whole body of the Church, as would occur if he attempted to excommunicate the whole Church, or, as both Cajetan and Torquemada observe, if he wished to overturn the rites of the Church based on Apostolic Tradition. … If [the Pope] gives an order contrary to right customs, he should not be obeyed; if he attempts to do something manifestly opposed to justice and the common good, it will be lawful to resist him; if he attacks by force, by force he can be repelled, with a moderation appropriate to a just defense.3

        If even the Pope may legitimately be resisted when he takes actions that would harm the Church, all the more so the prelates whom we must accuse here. Quite simply, as Pope St. Felix III declared: "Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it." Members of the laity and lower-ranking clergy are not exempt from that injunction. All the members of the Church are subject to it.

        We thus have a duty to speak out. We have a duty to bring to the Pope’s attention what we believe in conscience is a well-founded accusation that the prelates named in this book (and their many collaborators) have caused, and imminently will cause, grave harm to the Church and the world by their attack on the Message of Fatima. We have a duty to petition the Holy Father for redress of the crime that we believe these men have committed.

        We are about to submit our case for your consideration as fellow members of the Holy Catholic Church. We will now summarize briefly what the evidence has shown in general, and what it shows as to the particular actions of those we have accused here.

        In general, we have proven the following:

        First, the Message of Fatima is a true and authentic prophecy of vital importance for the Church and the world in this epoch of human history. The Message was delivered in person by the Mother of God, authenticated by indisputable public miracles witnessed by tens of thousands of people, has been pronounced worthy of belief by the Church, and has received the explicit endorsement of a series of Popes, including Pope John Paul II. In short, the Message of Fatima simply cannot be ignored. As Pope John Paul II himself has said, the Message of Fatima imposes an obligation on the Church.

        Second, the Message of Fatima calls for the establishment in the world of devotion to the Immaculate Heart—and thus the Catholic Faith—throughout the world. To that end, God Himself has decreed these things for our time: the solemn public consecration of Russia—specifically and only Russia—to the Immaculate Heart by the Pope and the bishops together, the conversion of Russia to Catholicism, and the consequent Triumph of the Immaculate Heart in Russia and elsewhere.

        Third, the Third Secret of Fatima (in that portion yet to be revealed) predicts what Catholics see all around them today: a catastrophic loss of faith and discipline in the Church—heresy, scandal, apostasy reaching into nearly every corner of the Catholic world. Aside from the mountain of other evidence we have presented on this point, one piece of evidence standing alone proves this: the crucial phrase in the Message which the accused have buried and tried to make everyone forget: "In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved etc."—in Portugal, yes, but not in other countries, as we have seen.

        Fourth, Sister Lucy insisted that the Third Secret be made public by 1960, because in that year it would be "much clearer."

        Fifth, by 1960 the Second Vatican Council had been called. The men who have governed the Church since 1960 have given the human element of the Church an entirely new orientation. They have done this by means of an "opening to the world" through which "dialogue" with heretics, schismatics, Communists, atheists and other opponents of the one true Church has de facto replaced the Church’s once fierce opposition to error and Her obligation to pass on to all the following generations the Catholic Faith whole and inviolate, as Christ commanded them to do. Not content with ignoring their own solemn duty to keep and pass on the Faith, they also persecute those who seek to adhere to that duty.

        Sixth, as early as 1973 Pope Paul VI was forced to admit that "the opening to the world has become a veritable invasion of the Church by worldly thinking"—that is, by liberalism. This invasion of the Church by liberalism, and the consequent collapse of faith and discipline within the Church, represents the cherished goal of organized Masonry and Communism: not the complete overthrow of the Church, which they know is impossible, but the adaptation of the Church to liberal ideas. The present state of the Church is precisely what these forces boldly predicted they would achieve, and precisely what a long line of pre-conciliar Popes warned was the object of their conspiracies.

        Seventh, instead of fighting against the new orientation that adapts the Church to liberal ideas, post-conciliar churchmen, including those we accuse here, have unswervingly pursued the new orientation by taking and implementing decisions in the name of Vatican II, including (a) Ostpolitik, a policy by which many members of the Church are made to avoid any condemnation of or active opposition to Communist regimes; (b) the "ecumenical venture" and "interreligious dialogue", which de facto abandon both the conversion of non-Catholics to the one true religion and the dogma that the Catholic Church is the one true Church, outside of which there is no salvation; (c) the introduction of novel and ambiguous terminology in conciliar and post-conciliar documents which (like the formulas of the Arians in the 4th Century) undermine belief in the dogmas of the Faith; (d) a totally unprecedented "reform" of the liturgy by abandoning the traditional Latin Rite; (e) permission or toleration for various forms of heteropraxis (unsound practices) such as communion in the hand, altar girls, removal of the tabernacle from the altar, etc., which undermine belief in the Holy Eucharist and the sacrificial priesthood.

        Eighth, the Message of Fatima, with its simple call for the public consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart by the Pope and bishops, the conversion of Russia to Catholicism and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart (and with it the Catholic Church) throughout the world, cannot be reconciled with the new orientation of the Church, in which Ostpolitik, "ecumenical dialogue" and "interreligious dialogue" prevent the Church from publicly declaring that Russia must be consecrated and converted to the true religion for the good of that nation and the world.

        Ninth, the churchmen who implement the new orientation, including the accused, have attempted to revise the Message of Fatima to make it conform to the new orientation. They have done this by insisting upon an "interpretation" of the Message that eliminates (a) any consecration of Russia by name (which they regard as an intolerable "ecumenical" offense or "provocation" to the Russian Orthodox), (b) any conversion of Russia to the Catholic Faith (which they have expressly abandoned as "outdated" ecclesiology), and (c) any Triumph of the Immaculate Heart throughout the world (which they regard as "triumphalistic", embarrassing and "non-ecumenical").

        Tenth, the present Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Sodano, who has assumed de facto control of the daily governance of the Church since the reorganization of the Roman Curia by the Masonic Cardinal Jean Villot (Secretary of State of Pope Paul VI), has dictated a Party Line on Fatima, according to which the Message of Fatima in general, and the Third Secret in particular, are to be buried by means of an "interpretation" that eliminates its prophecies of future events, converting them into past events, and reduces its specifically Catholic content to mere generic "Christian" piety that will not offend the Russian Orthodox or the Protestants.

        Eleventh, the Secretary of State’s Party Line on Fatima was cited no less than four times in the commentary on the Message of Fatima and the Third Secret published by Cardinal Ratzinger and Monsignor Bertone on June 26, 2000.

        Twelfth, in accordance with the Party Line on Fatima, the Third Secret has been only partially disclosed, and the vision of the "Bishop dressed in White" being executed by soldiers outside a half-ruined city has been "interpreted" to mean nothing more than the failed attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II by a lone assassin 21 years ago.

        Thirteenth, that portion of the Third Secret which contains the "words of the Virgin" referred to by the Vatican itself in 1960—the words which almost certainly follow the incomplete phrase "In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved etc."—has been withheld from the faithful.

        Fourteenth, the Third Secret has in fact been revealed in its essence not only by the testimony of numerous witnesses, but by Pope John Paul II himself, who has twice (in sermons at Fatima) explicitly linked the Message of Fatima to the Book of the Apocalypse, and in particular to the fall of one-third of the stars (consecrated souls) from Heaven after they are dragged down by the "tail of the dragon" (Apoc. 12:3,4)—an event nowhere seen in the first two parts of the Message, and therefore undoubtedly seen in the Third Secret.

        Fifteenth, in a vain attempt to quell legitimate doubts about the Party Line on Fatima, the Vatican apparatus has conducted a secret "interview" of Sister Lucy—for which there is no transcript or other complete record—in which it appears that she was essentially induced to "agree" that she likely concocted those elements of the Fatima Message that contradict the Party Line, and was further induced to repudiate (without the slightest explanation) her unwavering testimony for 60 years that the Consecration of Russia requires explicit mention of Russia and the participation of both the Pope and the world’s bishops in a joint public ceremony.

        Sixteenth, those who do not hew to the Church’s new orientation, including the Party Line on Fatima, are subjected to persecution and "purging" by means of "suspension", threats of "excommunication" and other forms of unjust discipline, while those who are faithful to the new orientation and the Party Line on Fatima are left alone, or even rewarded, even if they are promoting heresy, engaging in open disobedience to liturgical or other Church laws, or committing unspeakable sexual scandal. As in the time of the Arian heresy, we are facing the same situation lamented by Saint Basil the Great: "Only one offense is now vigorously punished: an accurate observance of our fathers’ traditions. For this cause the pious are driven from their countries and transported into deserts."

        Seventeenth, as the direct result of this concerted effort to revise, obscure and bury the Message of Fatima in favor of the new orientation, Russia has not been consecrated, Russia has not converted but has only further degenerated, the Church is in the depths of an unprecedented crisis, many souls are at risk. For the Virgin of Fatima said: "If people do what I ask, many souls will be saved." And Our Lady also said: "Many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them." Regarding her own mission, Sister Lucy said to Father Fuentes on December 26, 1957: "my mission is not to indicate to the world the material punishments which are certain to come if the world does not pray and do penance beforehand. No! My mission is to indicate to everyone the imminent danger we are in of losing our souls for all eternity if we remain obstinate in sin." In consequence, the world is facing the annihilation of various nations that Our Lady of Fatima warned would be the consequence of spurning Her requests.

        Now, as to the prelates we have been compelled to accuse by name before the Church, the following has been established by substantial evidence:

As to Cardinal Angelo Sodano

        First, as Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Sodano is literally the most powerful figure in the Church today, given the reorganization of the Roman Curia under Pope Paul VI; and, as such, Cardinal Sodano is the de facto ruler over the daily affairs of the Church, especially given the failing health of the Supreme Pontiff.

        Second, owing to the same curial reforms of Pope Paul VI, Cardinal Sodano stands at the head of every Vatican dicastery, including the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which (when it was called the Holy Office) was formerly headed by the Pope.

        Third, it is Cardinal Sodano who has dictated what we have called the Party Line on Fatima: i.e., the falsehood that the Message of Fatima, including the Third Secret, belongs entirely to the past, and that no one may request any longer the Consecration of Russia. We know this because,

  • it was Cardinal Sodano, not the Pope, who announced to the world on May 13, 2000 that the Third Secret would be revealed, but only after a "commentary" had been prepared by the CDF, which, again, is subordinate to him, and
  • it was Cardinal Sodano’s "interpretation" of the Third Secret that was cited no fewer than four times in the CDF’s commentary The Message of Fatima (TMF).

        Fourth, Cardinal Sodano, as the de facto ruler of daily Church affairs, has vigorously enforced the new orientation of the Church in the matter of Fatima. We know this because,

  • Cardinal Sodano took control of the "interpretation" of the Third Secret and its false reduction to a thing of the past, along with the rest of the Fatima Message.
  • One day after the publication of TMF, Cardinal Sodano pointedly demonstrated his adherence to the new orientation by inviting Mikhail Gorbachev, the pro-abortion, ex-Soviet dictator, to the Vatican for a bogus "press conference" (no questions allowed), during which Cardinal Sodano, Gorbachev and Cardinal Silvestrini sat together to heap praise on a key element of the new orientation, developed by Cardinal Sodano’s predecessor, Cardinal Casaroli: namely, Ostpolitik, under which the Church "dialogues" with Communist regimes rather than opposing them, and observes diplomatic silence in the face of Communist persecution of the Church.
  • Cardinal Sodano’s representative, Cardinal Cassidy, negotiated the Balamand Declaration (1993) which declares that the return of the Orthodox to Rome is "outdated ecclesiology"—as is, therefore, (according to Cardinal Sodano) the conversion of Russia to the Catholic Faith called for by Our Lady of Fatima.
  • Cardinal Sodano has overseen the persecution of Father Nicholas Gruner, perhaps the Church’s leading exponent of the authentic Fatima Message, as shown by the following facts:

      Father Gruner’s groundless "suspension" was announced "by mandate of a higher authority" (the Vatican term for the Secretary of State) on September 12, 2001.
      Documents falsely denouncing Father Gruner and pressuring priests and bishops to shun his apostolate’s conferences have been circulated throughout the world over the years by apostolic nuncios, who are ecclesial "diplomats" attached to the Secretary of State.
      The persecution of Father Gruner began in 1989, with what his bishop at the time called "worried signals" from the Vatican Secretary of State.

As to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

        First, Cardinal Ratzinger, in his capacity as head of the CDF, has on innumerable occasions stated his commitment to the new orientation of the Church, which he described as "demolition of bastions" in a book published after he had become head of the CDF.

        Second, in accordance with this "demolition of bastions", Cardinal Ratzinger has openly declared his view that Blessed Pius IX and St. Pius X were "one-sided" in their solemn, infallible condemnations of liberalism, and that their teaching was "countered" by Vatican II. He further declares that the Catholic Church no longer seeks to convert all the Protestants and schismatics, and that it has no right to "absorb" their "churches and ecclesial communities," but must make a place for them in a "unity of diversity"—a view that is obviously irreconcilable with the consecration and conversion of Russia to the Catholic Faith. Cardinal Ratzinger’s view is, to say the least, suspect of heresy.

        Third, one of the "bastions" Cardinal Ratzinger has sought to "demolish" is the traditional Catholic understanding of the Message of Fatima.

        Fourth, Cardinal Ratzinger sought to demolish the bastion of Fatima in TMF, which he published under the control of Cardinal Sodano.

        Fifth, TMF attempts to destroy the authentic Catholic prophetic content of the Message by the following exegetical frauds:

  • Cardinal Ratzinger removed the words "In the end" from the Virgin’s prophecy "In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph."
  • Cardinal Ratzinger also cropped the immediately following words from the Fatima prophecy: "The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and it will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world."
  • Having deliberately tampered with the words of the Mother of God, Cardinal Ratzinger then declared that the (predicted future) Triumph of the Immaculate Heart means only Mary’s fiat, 2,000 years ago, in consenting to be the Mother of the Redeemer.
  • Cardinal Ratzinger thus deliberately ignored the Virgin’s prophecy of four future events surrounding the consecration and conversion of Russia, and deliberately reduced them all to one event—Her fiat in 1 B.C.
  • Concerning devotion to the Immaculate Heart, which Our Lady of Fatima announced that God wills to establish in the world, Cardinal Ratzinger dared to say that devotion to the one and only Immaculate Heart of Mary means nothing more than following Mary’s example by achieving an "immaculate heart" of one’s own, through "interior unity" with God.
  • By means of this grotesque and blasphemous "interpretation", Cardinal Ratzinger debases the Mother of God Herself in order to sever any link between devotion to the Immaculate Heart in the world, and Our Lady of Fatima’s call for the conversion of Russia to the Catholic religion, which must precede true devotion to the Immaculate Heart in that nation since the Russian Orthodox religion does not recognize the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

        Sixth, Cardinal Ratzinger, following Cardinal Sodano’s Party Line, stated in TMF that "we must affirm with Cardinal Sodano: ‘... the events to which the third part of the ‘secret’ of Fatima refers now seem part of the past’", and (according to Cardinal Sodano’s "interpretation") that the Third Secret culminated with the failed assassination attempt in 1981.

        Seventh, in adopting the Sodano Party Line on the Third Secret, Cardinal Ratzinger flatly contradicted his own testimony in 1984—three years after the assassination attempt—that the Third Secret is a "religious prophecy" concerning "dangers to the faith and the life of the Christian, and therefore the world", on which occasion Cardinal Ratzinger made no suggestion that the Secret pertained to the 1981 assassination attempt or any other past event.

        Eighth, in furtherance of the Party Line, Cardinal Ratzinger went out of his way to criticize Father Nicholas Gruner at the press conference of June 26, 2000, advising the world press that Father Gruner "must be submissive to the Magisterium" and accept the alleged 1984 consecration of the world as a consecration of Russia. That is, according to Cardinal Ratzinger, Father Gruner must submit to Cardinal Sodano’s Party Line. Cardinal Ratzinger’s claim is false because there has been no binding, authoritative pronouncement of the Magisterium—not the Pope, not a Council, not the Ordinary and Universal Magisterium.

        Ninth, in sum, Cardinal Ratzinger, carrying out the Party Line, deliberately used his position as head of the CDF to lend the false appearance of theological weight and validity to a shameless "deconstruction" of the Message of Fatima—an effort so blatant that even the Los Angeles Times sub-headlined its coverage of TMF and the June 26, 2000 press conference as follows:

        The Vatican’s Top Theologian Gently Debunks a Nun’s Account of Her 1917 Vision That Fueled Decades of Speculation.

As to Monsignor Tarcisio Bertone

        In his capacity as Secretary of the CDF, Msgr. Bertone also carried out the Party Line dictated by Cardinal Sodano.

        First, Msgr. Bertone perpetrated a demonstrable fraud by asserting in TMF that "Sister Lucia personally confirmed that this solemn and universal act of consecration [of the world in 1984] corresponded to what Our Lady wished (‘Sim, està feita, tal como Nossa Senhora a pediu, desde o dia 25 de Março de 1984’: ‘Yes it has been done just as Our Lady asked, on 25 March 1984’: Letter of 8 November 1989). Hence any further discussion or request [for the Consecration of Russia] is without basis."

        Second, the fraud is demonstrable since the cited "letter of 8 November 1989" was printed out by a computer that the aged Sister Lucy does not use, and contains an error of fact that Sister Lucy could not have made—namely, that Pope Paul VI performed a consecration of the world during his visit to Fatima in 1967, when Pope Paul never consecrated anything during his fleeting appearance at the Cova da Iria.

        Third, Msgr. Bertone deliberately relied solely upon the patently bogus "letter of 8 November 1989", even though he (and the rest of the Vatican apparatus) had complete access to Sister Lucy in April-May 2000 and could have asked her to confirm that the 1984 consecration of the world sufficed for a consecration of Russia—contrary to her consistent testimony for decades.

        Fourth, Msgr. Bertone, truckling to the Sodano Party Line that Fatima "belongs to the past", dared to state in TMF that "the decision of His Holiness Pope John Paul II" to publish the Third Secret on June 26, 2000 "brings to an end a period of history marked by tragic human lust for power and evil"—a reckless, preposterous and fraudulent claim that ignores reality and contributes to the present endangerment of the Church and the whole world.

        Fifth, in response to growing public doubt about the completeness of the Vatican’s disclosure of the Third Secret and the Consecration of Russia, Msgr. Bertone staged a secret "interview" of Sister Lucy at her convent in Coimbra, the alleged results of which were not produced for more than a month.

        Sixth, although the "interview" is alleged to have lasted more than two hours, Msgr. Bertone offered only forty-four words from Sister Lucy related to the Consecration of Russia and the Third Secret, which words are presented without any surrounding context, so that it is impossible to tell exactly what Sister Lucy was asked, and how exactly she answered.

        Seventh, among other incredible things, we are asked to believe that during this two-hour interview, of which we are given only forty-four relevant words,

  • Sister Lucy repudiated a lifetime of unwavering testimony that Our Lady asked for the Consecration of Russia by the Pope and all the world’s bishops, not the consecration of the world by the Pope and a few bishops.
  • Sister Lucy "confirms everything that is written" in TMF, including its suggestion that she concocted the Third Secret vision from things she had seen in books, and that Edouard Dhanis is an "eminent scholar" on Fatima, even though Dhanis asserted that Sister Lucy concocted virtually every prophetic element of the Fatima Message.
  • Sister Lucy "confirms" that the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart has nothing to do with the consecration and conversion of Russia, but only the Virgin Mary’s fiat 2,000 years ago.

        Eighth, no transcript or other record of the two-hour "interview" has been produced, but only an Italian-language summary in L’Osservatore Romano, signed by Msgr. Bertone and (purportedly) by Sister Lucy, who does not even speak Italian. (Sister Lucy’s "signature" does not appear on the English translation of the "summary.")

        Ninth, Msgr. Bertone conducted the "interview" even though he had a vested interest in coercing Sister Lucy to support the Party Line, and to defend his own preposterous claim that the press conference of June 26, 2000 "brings to an end a period of history marked by tragic human lust for power and evil …"

As to Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos

        The principal role of Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos in this matter has been to carry out the Party Line and serve the new orientation of the Church by seeking, in his capacity as head of the Congregation for the Clergy, to crush the Fatima apostolate and destroy the reputation of Father Nicholas Gruner, who represents the largest pocket of "resistance" to the effort to bury the Message of Fatima. The evidence shows that,

        First, the new orientation of the Church has allowed the Catholic clergy to be thoroughly infiltrated with homosexuals, pederasts and heretics who bring disgrace upon the Church—to the detriment of the many good priests who, like Father Gruner, have kept their vows and kept the faith.

        Second, despite a crisis in faith and discipline among the clergy that is raging on every continent, Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos has issued public condemnations, notices of "suspension" and even a threat of excommunication regarding only one priest in the entire Catholic Church: Father Nicholas Gruner, who has committed no offense against faith or morals, has kept his vow of celibacy, has kept the faith, and has done absolutely nothing to warrant any punishment, let alone the cruel and unusual punishment imposed upon him by Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos under the direction of Cardinal Sodano, who has arrogated the papacy to himself de facto.

        Third, the only priests Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos has subjected to immediate and harsh disciplinary measures during his tenure are "traditionalist" priests he deems insufficiently "inserted" into the "ecclesial reality of today" and "the present-day Church"—i.e. the new orientation, which he enforces far more diligently than the doctrinal or moral integrity of the priesthood.

        Fourth, in his letter to Father Gruner of June 5, 2000, Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos threatened Father Gruner with excommunication—only days before the June 26, 2000 press conference called to "gently debunk" the Message of Fatima, under the direction of Cardinal Sodano.

        Fifth, on February 16, 2001, Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos sent Father Gruner another letter, renewing the threat of "excommunication" and demanding that he "publicly retract" criticism of Cardinal Sodano, and other matters of free opinion in the Church, found in certain articles in The Fatima Crusader—an unprecedented demand, and one that is quite ludicrous considering the profusion of heretical literature promoted by unfaithful priests and even bishops today, about which Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos does nothing.

        Sixth, in the same letter, Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos revealed his motive of furthering the Party Line when he castigated Father Gruner for not accepting the new version of Fatima: "the Blessed Mother appeared to the three little visionaries in the Cova da Iria at the beginning of the century, and marked out a program for the New Evangelization which the whole Church finds itself engaged in, which is even more urgent at the dawn of the third millennium."

        Seventh, Our Lady of Fatima said nothing about any "New Evangelization", but only the consecration of Russia, the conversion of Russia to Catholicism, and the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart—all of which Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos studiously ignores, along with the other accused.

        Eighth, in a Church beset by widespread clerical corruption that he generally tolerates, Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos has attempted to destroy the life’s work and good name of Father Nicholas Gruner, a faithful priest, simply and only because Father Gruner will not accept a counterfeit of the Message of Fatima, dictated by Cardinal Sodano.

As to All of the Accused

        The evidence we have presented shows that all four of the accused—Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Msgr. Tarcisio Bertone, and Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos—have combined and conspired to take various actions that make no sense unless they are viewed through the prism of the motive we have proven here: the motive of eliminating the Message of Fatima, understood in a traditional Catholic sense, from the memory of the Church, in order to make way for a new ecclesial orientation that cannot coexist with what the authentic Message says.

        The accused have attempted to dispose of the Message of Fatima at precisely that moment in history when the Church’s correspondence to its requests would avert what anyone can see is a coming global catastrophe. The civil authorities of the world, armed with only the fallible intelligence reports of their human operatives, are wise enough to prepare for the worst. But the accused, who are in possession of an infallible heavenly intelligence report about the coming annihilation of nations, tell us that the report mentions only past events, is probably not reliable, and can in any event be safely disregarded.

        At the same time, the evidence is overwhelming that the accused are still concealing from us a part of that heavenly intelligence report pointing directly at their own actions and omissions as the cause of an unprecedented crisis in the Church, a crisis whose terrible effects are now visible to the entire world, which looks on with a mixture of mockery and contempt.

Eleven Lies

        The evidence shows that the accused have perpetrated at least eleven distinct lies. These lies have already caused grave harm to the Church and mankind at large, and they imminently threaten even graver harm to every man, woman and child, as the Virgin of Fatima Herself has warned us.

        These lies are as follows:

Lie #1:

The vision of the "Bishop dressed in White" published on June 26, 2000, is all there is to the Third Secret of Fatima.

        This lie criminally deprives the Church and the world of the obvious prophetic warnings in the vision, which can only be explained by the missing words of the Blessed Virgin. The missing words would not only explain the vision but also tell us how to avoid the future catastrophe it depicts, which includes the execution of a Pope (or a bishop dressed in white) by a band of soldiers outside a half-ruined city.

        In a display of gross duplicity, the accused tell us, on the one hand, that the vision must be interpreted "figuratively" (as representing the persecution of the Church during the 20th Century), while on the other hand they themselves interpret it literally as a depiction of the failed assassination attempt against the Pope in 1981. They simply ignore Sister Lucy’s own explanation in the published text of the vision that "the Pope is killed". They also ignore Sister Lucy’s purported letter of May 12, 1982—which they themselves offer as evidence in TMF! In that letter, supposedly written a year after the assassination attempt, Sister Lucy warned: "And if we have not yet seen the complete fulfillment of the final part of this prophecy, we are going towards it with great strides."

        By withholding the words of the Virgin which are clearly missing from the Third Secret, the accused deprive us of precious heavenly guidance in this time of unprecedented crisis in the Church, while attempting to hide their own role in causing the crisis, which the Secret in its entirety no doubt reveals.

Lie #2:

The Third Secret depicts events that "belong to the past," including the failed attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II.

        The effort to "interpret" the vision of a future disaster befalling the Pope and the hierarchy (including a public execution) as nothing more than a failed assassination attempt more than 20 years ago is the most blatant fraud involved in the crime at issue. As we have shown abundantly, this lie is the most dangerous aspect of the crime, since it would lead the entire Church down the primrose path to ruin by telling all the faithful to have no concern any longer about vitally prophetic warnings—including the annihilation of various nations—which have clearly not yet come to pass.

        This fraud—almost laughable in its audacity—is exposed by none other than Cardinal Ratzinger’s own description of the contents of the Third Secret in 1984. At that time the Cardinal said nothing of his current "interpretation" (clearly dictated by Cardinal Sodano) that the Third Secret culminated in the 1981 assassination attempt. This "interpretation" is obviously a recent fabrication designed by Cardinal Sodano (and carried out by the other accused) to misdirect and mislead the faithful.

Lie #3:

The Message of Fatima offers no specific prescription for the current crisis in the Church and the world beyond generic piety in the form of prayer and penance and being "pure of heart."

        The accused and their collaborators wish to pretend that Our Lady of Fatima did not specifically request, by the will of Almighty God Himself: the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope together with all the Catholic bishops of the world at the same time; and the Five First Saturdays devotion, including the Holy Communions of Reparation for man’s sins against Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, numbered among which are all of man’s blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart.

        The evidence shows that these requests from Heaven have been buried and ignored by the accused and their collaborators because such things are too explicitly Catholic for the new "ecumenical" and worldly orientation of the Church which they obstinately pursue and promote. Thus the very means God has ordained to obtain special graces in our time for the salvation of souls from hell are criminally removed from view.

Lie #4:

The requests of the Virgin of Fatima have all been honored.

        On the contrary, Her requests have been spurned by the accused. The accused and their collaborators have arrogantly substituted a consecration of the world, in which very few bishops participated, for the Consecration of Russia which must be done by the Pope together with all the world’s Catholic bishops in a solemn public ceremony. They have "adjusted" what the Mother of God requested on the authority of Her divine Son in order to fit their failed and worthless human plans and initiatives, including an utterly fruitless "ecumenism" that has produced nothing but continued contempt for the Pope on the part of an unconverted, Kremlin-controlled, Russian Orthodox hierarchy.

        Instead of seeking the conversion of Russia, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, and reparation for sins as God commanded them at Fatima, the accused have participated in the fraudulent repackaging of the Message of Fatima as a bland and meaningless "program for the new Evangelization" (to recall Cardinal Castrillón’s ridiculous assertion in this regard).

        As we have shown, "the new Evangelization" abandons the constant teaching of the Church that not only the Russian Orthodox but also all schismatics and heretics must return to the Catholic Church, and that Moslems, Jews and pagans also need conversion, faith in Jesus Christ and Baptism to be saved from hell. "The new Evangelization"—much in the manner of Communist slogans—means the opposite of what it says. That is, "the new Evangelization" means no evangelization—of anyone!—and thus no honoring of the Virgin’s requests concerning the conversion of Russia.

Lie #5:

The alarming state of the Church and the world is the best we can expect from the falsely claimed "obedience" to the Message of Fatima.

        It is criminal to attempt to deceive the faithful by telling them that the current state of Russia and the world at large represents in any way the fulfillment of the promises of the Mother of God at Fatima. The Church and the world are thus robbed of the untold temporal and spiritual benefits that God would bestow if the Message of Fatima were respected and obeyed. We have been given a demonstration of those benefits in the case of Portugal, a nation miraculously transformed into a Catholic social order following its consecration to the Immaculate Heart in 1931—a result the head of the Portuguese hierarchy explicitly declared would occur throughout the world if Russia were likewise consecrated. It also savors of blasphemy to attribute the horrendous spiritual and moral condition of Russia and the world to the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.

Lie #6:

The Message of Fatima offers no concrete solution to the crisis in the Church and the world beyond prayer and penance.

        Here the specific requests of the Mother of God are deliberately and fraudulently concealed so that no one will petition Church authorities to undertake them. This fraudulent concealment of Heaven’s prescribed spiritual helps for our time has caused untold losses to the Church and the world.

Lie #7:

We can do nothing to avoid the great chastisement foretold by Our Lady of Fatima, including the annihilation of various nations, besides offering individual prayer and penance.

        The accused thus deliberately and willfully hide from the Church and the world two precise means that Heaven has ordained for protection from temporal harm and the obtainment of extraordinary graces in this epoch of Church history: namely, the Consecration of Russia and the widespread practice of the First Saturdays devotion.

        The accused thus coldly, deliberately and ruthlessly place the Church and civil society alike on the same path as that followed by the unfortunate kings of France, who failed to heed Our Lord’s command that France be consecrated to His Sacred Heart in a solemn public ceremony.

        The execution of the King of France by French revolutionaries in 1793 mirrors the fate that awaits the Pope and many members of the hierarchy, as seen in the Third Secret vision: that is, the execution of the Pope and his ministers by soldiers, outside the half-ruined city. This future event the accused criminally attempt to misrepresent as a failed assassination attempt against the Pope alone more than 20 years ago!

Lie #8:

The Message of Fatima is a mere "private revelation" that does not impose any obligation on the members of the Church to believe it or to follow it.

        As Cardinal Ratzinger claims in TMF, the Message of Fatima is nothing more or less than "a help which is offered, but which one is not obliged to use." That is, Cardinal Ratzinger openly declares that the Church is not obliged to heed the requests of the Virgin of Fatima—including the Consecration of Russia and the Five First Saturdays. The other accused agree.

        Yet while the accused tell us that no one need believe or heed the Message of Fatima, the Pope himself has declared that the Message of Fatima "imposes an obligation on the Church." To demonstrate this, the Pope has had a Feast of the Virgin of Fatima inserted into the new Roman Missal, which the universal Church will celebrate on May 13 each year. Thus, according to the fraudulent claim of the accused, the Church celebrates a feast day in honor of an apparition in which no one has to believe!

        To hold that heavenly warnings about a great chastisement, that "various nations will be annihilated" and the loss of millions of souls need not be given credence if we choose to disbelieve them—even though the warnings were authenticated by an unprecedented public miracle witnessed by 70,000 people—is the height of human folly. We will all suffer terrible chastisements including the annihilation of various nations—and have already suffered World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, etc. as well as the war on the unborn with more than 600 million murders of innocent children—all of these and more are the consequences of this arrogant demotion of the counsels of the Mother of God at Fatima.

Lie #9:

The Message of Fatima is ultimately of little importance in its prophetic particulars, while the Third Secret contains "no great mystery", "no surprises" and no warnings about the future.

        By this lie the faithful are criminally deprived of heavenly warnings and prescriptions of utmost importance for the Church in our time. Had the Message of Fatima been heeded, incalculable temporal and spiritual harm could have been avoided. By continuing to perpetrate this lie, the accused leave the Church and the world powerless to avoid the great chastisement which will affect gravely every man, woman and child—namely the literal "annihilation of various nations" and the enslavement of the whole surviving populations of the world, not to mention the loss of millions of souls in hell for all eternity. Our Lady warned this would be the ultimate consequence of failing to heed Her requests.

Lie #10:

The accused themselves are believers in the authentic Message of Fatima.

        While they hide behind a false appearance of belief in the Message of Fatima, the objective words and deeds of the accused reveal a systematic attempt to undercut and destroy all credence in the explicitly Catholic prophetic content of the Message. They reveal their true intention by citing Dhanis as an "eminent scholar" on Fatima, when Dhanis cast doubt on every prophetic aspect of the Message. By citing Dhanis as their great authority, the accused signal their fellow "illuminated ones" (but not the uninformed general public) that they regard the Message of Fatima as essentially the pious concoction of Sister Lucy, whose claim to have spoken with the Virgin about the consecration and conversion of Russia, and so forth, cannot really be taken seriously by the "enlightened" men of the post-conciliar Church.

        The failure of the accused to admit openly that they really do not believe in the authentic Message of Fatima, even as they purport to "interpret" it for us, is not only gross hypocrisy but an outrageous fraud upon the Church. Just as in the court of law, judges and potential members of the jury must disclose any possible prejudices they may have regarding the case at hand, so too should the accused reveal their prejudices openly before they pretend to be unbiased judges of the Fatima Message.

Lie #11:

Catholics who do not agree with the accused concerning the Message of Fatima are "disobedient" to "the Magisterium."

        By "Magisterium" the accused mean nothing more than their own opinions about the Message of Fatima, which opinions in fact contradict what the Pope himself has said and done to vouch for the authenticity of the Message—most recently with his institution of the Feast of the Virgin of Fatima in the Church’s liturgical calendar.

        Thus, ironically enough, it is the accused who are disloyal to the Magisterium when they seek to demote Fatima to the status of "private revelation" that may be disregarded by the entire Church with complete safety.

A Crime Beyond Calculation

        How can one assess the magnitude of the crime committed by those who would bury, in misrepresentation and concealment, a precious Message from Heaven, delivered by the Mother of God Herself for the temporal and eternal welfare of Her children? This crime is beyond all calculation, because it involves not only temporal calamity but also the loss of countless millions of souls, which could be avoided by heeding the Virgin’s request for the Consecration of Russia and Her other requests at Fatima (including the First Saturday devotion, which the accused and their collaborators refuse to promote). The Virgin of Fatima Herself indicts them: "If My requests are granted, many souls will be saved and there will be peace." Her requests have not been granted, and these men (along with their collaborators) are responsible for the consequences to the Church, to the world, and to countless millions of souls who have been robbed of the graces Our Lady of Fatima came to provide them in the name of Her Son.

A Mystery of Iniquity

        Why are the accused and those who labor with them in pursuit of the Church’s new orientation so adamant in their refusal to allow the Pope and the bishops to do the simple thing that Our Lady of Fatima requested? Why do they move mountains to prevent the utterance of one word—Russia—in a public consecration of "that poor nation"? What do we have to lose by carrying out the Virgin’s request to the letter, without amendments imposed by Vatican diplomats and ecumenists? Nothing. What do we have to gain? Everything.

        There is simply no legitimate explanation for such perverse resistance to the Consecration of Russia by name. Something unnatural is at work here. Without judging the subjective motives of the accused, one is driven to the conclusion that their otherwise inexplicable and seemingly senseless refusal to allow the utterance of one simple word—the one word Our Lady of Fatima requested—is the result of a preternatural intervention into the Church. It is an intervention by the Adversary himself, who, as Sister Lucy herself has said, is "in the mood for engaging in a final decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin." This final battle has involved the penetration into the Church of the organized forces that have long sought to bring Her to ruin. In the face of this awful development, even Pope Paul VI was compelled to lament publicly that "the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God."

        Whether they subjectively intend it or not, the accused have acted in a way that only serves the aims of the Church’s worst enemy. The results of their actions speak for themselves. "By their fruits ye shall know them." (Mt. 7:16) What are the fruits of their governance of the Church? Simply look at the condition of the Church today and you will know the answer.

        Along with many others in high positions in the hierarchy, the accused have presided over the worst crisis of faith and morals in Church history. In their pursuit of the ruinous novelties that have brought on the crisis, the accused spurn a heavenly prescription that would restore the Church to health and bring peace to a warring world. Instead of listening to the advice of the Mother of God at Fatima, they press on with their utterly fruitless "ecumenism", "interreligious dialogue", and "dialogue with the world"; their hobnobbing with men of blood like Mikhail Gorbachev, whose presence desecrated the Vatican only one day after the accused attempted to dispose of the Message of Fatima. As the accused and their fellows palaver endlessly with the forces of the world, countless souls in need of the light of Christ for their salvation in Russia and elsewhere are allowed to remain in darkness. The enemies of the Church delight in seeing Her thus rendered almost powerless to oppose them.

        The Church retreats as the forces of the world continue to advance against Her. Yet the accused and their collaborators persist in their suicidal attempt to embrace the world instead of conquering it spiritually for Christ the King, as Our Lady of Fatima would have them do. The men who control the Vatican apparatus today do not wish to offend the Russian Orthodox or anyone else with a show of Catholic militancy, which they view as embarrassing and "outdated"—to use one of their favorite words. The Church’s abject retreat from battle warms the hearts of the Masons and the Communists, who labored for generations in the hope of seeing the Church reduced precisely to this pathetic condition.

        And yet the accused and their collaborators are not without militancy of a sort. While over the past forty years they have done almost nothing to stop infiltrators of the Church from spreading heresy and moral corruption with virtual impunity, they relentlessly hound, denounce and ostracize anyone who opposes too effectively their disastrous policies of "reform", "openness" and "renewal." For the accused and the other members of the upper hierarchy who have presided over the post-conciliar debacle, it seems that the only remaining "heresy", the only offense warranting harsh punishment, is to question their judgment in imposing the new orientation upon the Church, an orientation from which they have utterly and definitively excluded the Message of Fatima in its traditional Catholic sense—or so they think.

The Remedies to Which the Faithful Are Entitled

        What is it that we seek from the Holy Father as remedies for the acts and omissions of the men we have identified? We seek the following:

First,
The Consecration of Russia—
There Is Still Time

        By this we mean precisely what Our Lady of Fatima requested: The immediate Consecration of Russia—by name and without equivocation—to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in a solemn public ceremony by the Pope together with all the Catholic bishops of the world.

        We ask the Pope to command under pain of excommunication all the Catholic bishops (except those prevented by imprisonment or serious illness) to consecrate solemnly, publicly and specifically Russia, according to the requests of Our Lady of Fatima, together with the Pope on the same day and at the same hour specified by the Pope.

        Some will say it is already too late to obtain the Consecration and that it is pointless to go on requesting it. That is simply not so. As Our Lord Himself revealed to Sister Lucy in the revelation at Rianjo in August of 1931:

        Make it known to My ministers that given they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they will follow him into misfortune … They [the ministers of the Catholic Church] did not want to heed My command. Like the King of France they will repent of it, and they will do it, 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.4

        And yet, as Our Lord also revealed to Sister Lucy on that occasion: "It will never be too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary." That is, even though we are now suffering the consequences of delay in the execution of Heaven’s command, the worst of those consequences, including the annihilation of various nations, may yet be avoided if the command to consecrate Russia is heeded, however belatedly.

        It is outrageous that human respect—fear of offending the Russian Orthodox—has been allowed until now to prevent the Church’s fulfillment of Heaven’s plan for peace in our time. As members of the Church militant, we can no longer allow those who claim to speak for our ailing Pope to declare that "the Pope" has pronounced unequivocally, authoritatively, and definitively the consecration to be accomplished. We have shown how the Pope himself has publicly said quite the opposite. We must implore His Holiness to reject the manifestly bad advice he has been given by those who surround him, and to follow Heaven’s advice instead.

Second,
Disclosure of the Full and Integral
Third Secret of Fatima

        This disclosure would have to include the text of the words of the Blessed Virgin explaining the vision that was published on June 26, 2000. That such a text exists has been proven to a moral certainty by a mountain of direct and circumstantial evidence, every piece of which points to a missing text of one page and some 25 lines in letter form, containing the words of the Virgin Herself.

        The Church and the world have the right to know the contents of the Third Secret, which obviously contains salutary warnings about the current crisis in the Church. The Holy Father’s clear indications that the Secret relates to the apostasy and fall of consecrated souls described in the Book of the Apocalypse tell us that he himself has been constrained not to reveal the Secret in its entirety, but rather has been reduced to hinting at its contents. Meanwhile, those who actually control the daily affairs of the Church—first and foremost Cardinal Sodano—continue to bury the truth about their own failed governance of the Church.

Third,
A Call for Daily Recitation of the Rosary

        The Rosary is infinitely more powerful than any weapon devised by man. There is no difficulty that cannot be overcome, no battle that cannot be won, with the aid of the Holy Rosary. If enough Catholics pray the Rosary with the correct intention, the enemies of the Church will be routed from their strongholds within Her and driven out. As Fatima itself shows us, by the will of God the Virgin Mary is our refuge and our strength in times of crisis. In this gravest of crises, the whole Church must seek recourse to Her through daily recitation of the Rosary.

        While we need not wait, and should not wait to institute a perpetual Rosary Crusade at all levels in the Church where we can and as soon as possible, we also can petition the Pope to institute such a campaign throughout the Church by writing encyclicals on the Rosary every year like Pope Leo XIII, by appointing a dicastery headed by a Cardinal to promote the Rosary by various initiatives through the network of Catholic shrines and Marian priests (both religious and diocesan). Such initiatives, of course, must be entirely in keeping with authentic Catholic doctrine and practices promoting all the great privileges of Our Lady.

        The Rosary should, of course, include the prayer prescribed by Our Lady of Fatima as an addition to the Rosary: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need." During the "entrustment" of the world to the Immaculate Heart in October of 2000, however, the public recitation of the Rosary at the Vatican conspicuously omitted this prayer, even though Sister Lucy said the prayer in her convent on that occasion. This is yet another sign of the new orientation, which abhors any reference to hell and damnation.

Fourth,
Promotion of the Five First Saturdays Devotion

        Those who have undertaken to "revise" the Message of Fatima have attempted to bury in silence this part of the Message, along with all its other explicitly Catholic elements. Indeed, the whole concept of man making reparation to God and the Blessed Virgin Mary for blasphemies and other sins has been gravely diminished in the Church’s new orientation. (One of the key elements obscured in the new liturgy is that the Mass is a propitiatory sacrifice to make reparation to God for sin, not merely a "sacrifice of praise.")

        The First Saturday devotion is one of Heaven’s chosen means to restore in our time a sense of the need for reparation for sin by the members of the Church. Who can doubt that now, more than ever before, the Church must renew Her effort to offer reparation to God and to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, thus staying the execution of God’s wrath? Yet the wrath of God is another thing of which we hear nothing from modern churchmen. By promoting the First Saturday devotion, the Holy Father will marshal the Church’s power to offer reparation for sin at this critical time in world history.

Fifth,
Reestablishment Throughout the Church of Devotion
to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

        Cardinal Ratzinger’s shameful attempt to equate the one and only Immaculate Heart to the heart of anyone who repents of his sins is only typical of the new orientation, which abhors the concept of Original Sin as much as it does hell and damnation.

        Only the Immaculate Heart of Mary was preserved free from all stain of Original Sin and was never under the dominion of Satan. In contemplating the glory of the one and only sinless Immaculate Heart of Mary, we are drawn also to be aware of our own wretchedness and the need for Baptism and the other sacraments of the Church to preserve us in a state of grace.

        The uniquely Catholic devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a rebuke to the new orientation of the Church, whose "ecumenism" downplays the dogma of the Immaculate Conception (and the Assumption) out of human respect for the sensibilities of non-Catholics. That is precisely why, as Our Lady of Fatima told us, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. God wishes the world to see that it is the Catholic Church, and none other, which is the ark of salvation.

Sixth,
The Resignation of the Accused and Their Collaborators

        As we have proven, Cardinal Sodano, Cardinal Ratzinger, Cardinal Castrillón and Archbishop Bertone have combined and conspired to do away with the Message of Fatima in its traditional Catholic sense. They have tampered with the meaning of the very words of the Mother of God, buried in silence and obscuration all of the explicitly Catholic and prophetic elements of the Message, and persecuted those who have offered a principled opposition to their revisionist program, their Party Line on Fatima. By so doing, the accused have already caused untold damage to the Church and have exposed both the Church and the world to the gravest possible dangers, including the loss of millions of souls and the annihilation of various nations foretold by Our Lady of Fatima as the consequence of failing to heed Her requests. For as She cautioned the Church: "If My requests are not granted, Russia will spread her errors throughout the world raising up wars and persecutions against the Church, the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated." She also promised: "If My requests are granted, many souls will be saved and there will be peace." The course of conduct in which the accused obstinately persist imminently threatens the Church and the world with incalculable harm. For the good of the Church these men should be directed by the Holy Father to resign their offices, immediately.

        Some will object, however, that it is the height of arrogance for mere members of the laity to petition the Pope for the removal of such high-ranking prelates. On the contrary, it is our duty as Catholics to petition the Pope for the removal of errant prelates who endanger the flock.

The Example of St. John Gualberto

        No less than a canonized saint of the Catholic Church gives us the example to follow when the faithful are confronted with a wayward prelate who is harming the Church.5

        St. John Gualberto lived in the 12th Century. He is not only a saint but founder of the Val Ambrosian Benedictines. His feast day is July 12 in the old calendar. St. John’s heroic Christian virtue is demonstrated by his having forgiven the murderer of his own brother. Encountering the weaponless and defenseless killer in a blind alley, St. John (who was not yet a monk) was moved to forgiveness when the man put up his arms in the form of a cross and asked for mercy for the sake of Christ crucified. St. John forgave the man even though he had been searching for him with a band of soldiers in order to exact vengeance. That very day, which was Good Friday, St. John saw the image of Christ on a crucifix come alive and nod His head toward St. John. At this moment, Our Lord imparted to St. John an absolutely extraordinary special grace, because he had forgiven his own brother’s murderer. It was that moment of grace which led St. John to become a monk.

        Now, as we can see, St. John Gualberto was the very model of Christian forgiveness. If he could forgive his brother’s own murderer, he could forgive any offense. He was also a man of considerable importance in the hierarchy of the Church, having gone on to found a monastery and an order of monks that still exist to this day. The order had—and still has—charge of a church in Rome, the Church of St. Praxedes, wherein nothing less than the column at which Christ was scourged is to be found. The church, literally just around the corner from St. Mary Major, also contains a painting of St. John Gualberto forgiving his brother’s murderer—clearly, a very significant event in Church history.

        Yet despite his exemplary Christian mercy and forgiveness and his great stature in the Church, St. John Gualberto did not hesitate to seek the removal of a corrupt prelate of his own day. St. John went to the Lateran (where the Pope resided in those days before the creation of the Vatican enclave) to ask that the Archbishop of Florence be removed because he was unworthy of his office. The grounds for St. John’s petition were that the Archbishop had paid money to certain persons of influence in order to have himself appointed Archbishop. That is, he had purchased his ecclesiastical office, which constitutes a grave sin of simony.

        After the Pope’s officials in the Lateran—including no less than St. Peter Damian—would take no action to remove the Archbishop, citing a supposed lack of proof, God gave St. John a special inspiration: In order to demonstrate that St. John was telling the truth about the Archbishop, God would give a sign. One of the brothers in St. John’s order, Brother Peter, would walk through a bonfire from which he would emerge miraculously unscathed, to testify to the truth of St. John’s accusation against the Archbishop. St. John called all the townspeople together and told them to construct a huge bonfire with a narrow passage in the middle. He explained to them what was about to happen and why. Then Brother Peter, under holy obedience, walked through the narrow, fiery passage and emerged at the other end without injury. For his own great faith, Brother Peter was beatified (his feast day is on February 8 in the Roman Martyrology). When the lay faithful saw this miraculous sign, they arose as one and literally drove the Archbishop out of Florence. The Archbishop had to flee for his life, and the Pope had to appoint an honest replacement.

The Removal of Wayward Prelates in Our Own Time

        What does this event in Church history tell us about our own situation today? It teaches us that the laity have the right and the duty to protect themselves from wayward prelates who are harming the Church and souls by their misconduct. And in this time of unparalleled crisis in the Church, we are hardly alone in seeking this extraordinary remedy from the Pope.

        Consider that in March of 2002 the Pope received a canonical petition from various members of the faithful in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, seeking the removal of Archbishop Flores from his office on grounds that he had covered up criminal acts of sexual abuse by homosexual priests under his charge and paid millions of dollars in "hush money" to silence the victims of these predators. The petition to the Pope charges that Archbishop Flores has "been grossly negligent in the exercise of his episcopal office, has failed to protect the temporal goods of the archdiocese, and has endangered the faith of the people entrusted to his care by allowing sexual predators within the clergy free rein."6 In like manner, thousands of members of the faithful have called for the resignation of Cardinal Law of the Archdiocese of Boston because of his complicity in shielding dozens of homosexual predators from exposure and punishment.7

        Would anyone accuse the faithful of the Archdiocese of San Antonio or the Archdiocese of Boston of arrogance for exercising their canonical and God-given right to seek the removal of prelates whose acts and omissions have caused so much damage to the Church and to countless innocent victims? By what peculiar standard of justice, then, are prelates who work in the Vatican apparatus exempt from accountability to the Pope for their actions? Clearly, they are not exempt. And while the sexual abuse of members of the flock by their very pastors is among the gravest of scandals, justifying a movement of the laity against the priests who commit these unspeakable acts and the bishops, and even Cardinals, who shield the offenders, there is a scandal even greater than this. We mean the scandal of spurning the very prescriptions which the Mother of God Herself gave to the Church at Fatima—prescriptions which, had they been followed, would have prevented not only the sexual scandal now racking the Church but indeed the entire ecclesial and world crisis we now see. We mean also the scandal of a Vatican apparatus that does nothing to combat the true enemies of the Church in Her very midst, while it persecutes faithful traditional clergy for the "offense" of being too staunchly Catholic for the "ecclesial reality of today"—to recall once again the telltale phrase of Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos. For no other reason than to prevent the collapse of faith and discipline which we now witness did Our Lady come to Fatima. Yet it is precisely the Message of Fatima which the accused have devoted so much time and effort to burying, while they do virtually nothing about the ecclesial crisis that is raging all around them.

        The example of St. John Gualberto teaches us also that when God gives a sign through a chosen messenger, the laity are entitled to rely upon that sign, even if the highest prelates in the Church choose to ignore it. Such is the case with the Message of Fatima, for there could be no greater sign from Heaven than the Miracle of the Sun. The Message of Fatima clearly involves a warning of apostasy and malfeasance among the members of the upper hierarchy, as well as the fall of many consecrated souls from their stations. We are witnessing the fulfillment of that prophecy at this very moment. We are entitled to rely upon the sign of Heaven that authenticates that prophecy beyond all reasonable doubt, no matter what the Message of Fatima’s "debunkers" in the Vatican may claim.

        Knowing what Heaven has told us at Fatima, it is our duty as members of the Church to try to convince the Pope to remove the errant advisors who surround him, especially the accused, and to follow instead the advice of the Mother of God at Fatima. We must plead with the Pope to perform the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart exactly in the manner She requested, without alteration by any worldly-wise member of the Vatican apparatus. Further, we should ask the Pope to remove from office, if necessary, any prelate in the Vatican who attempts to prevent the Pope from carrying out the Virgin’s requests.

        Likewise, we must petition the Pope to remove from office those, including the accused, who have conspired to prevent full disclosure of the Third Secret of Fatima. The Third Secret is obviously of the utmost importance in understanding and combating the crisis in the Church, while protecting ourselves from its devastating spiritual effects—of which the unspeakable crimes committed by so many priests are but one manifestation. The faithful are entitled to know what Heaven Itself wishes them to know for their own spiritual safety. The coordinated actions of those who prevent full disclosure of the Third Secret are grave offenses against the Church and the Blessed Virgin Mary and are crimes against Almighty God Himself.

The Church’s Urgent Need for Militant Prelates

        Today the Church needs more than ever true soldiers of the Church—men possessed of an unabashed Catholic militancy, who are not afraid of a confrontation with the forces of the world, which invaded the Church while the accused and their many collaborators in the Vatican apparatus stood by and did nothing, except to encourage the invasion. The Church needs men who will act decisively to root out the pandemic heresy and scandal in the Church, instead of hounding and oppressing traditional Catholic clergy who decline to be "inserted" into Cardinal Castrillón’s "ecclesial reality of today." The Church needs spiritual warriors, not practitioners of "dialogue", "ecumenism" and Ostpolitik.

        The Message of Fatima itself is a call to spiritual warfare—to a battle that is to culminate in the consecration and conversion of Russia and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The accused regard such things with the squeamishness of those who seem to think themselves more enlightened than all the generations of Catholic saints, doctors, martyrs and popes whose militancy down through the centuries is a living testament to the very words of Christ Himself:

        "If the world hates you, know ye that it has hated Me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." (Jn. 15:18-20)

        "Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man’s enemies shall be they of his own household." (Mt. 10:34-36)

        For too long the Church has suffered under the governance of those who would have us believe that there is no spiritual combat between Christ and His Church on the one hand, and the world on the other. For too long these men have been allowed to pursue and promote their false vision of a Church reconciled to the world, rather than a world reconciled to the Church. For too long these men have yoked the Church to the utopian notion of worldly peace among men of all religions or no religion at all, rather than the true peace that can come only when the souls of men are conquered by the grace of Christ the King, which He deigns to mediate to men through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and through the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

        Fatima shows us the way to this true peace in the world. Yet the men we name have blocked our progress along that way, exposing the Church and the world to the risk of an ultimate calamity. If the victims of the scandal of sexual abuse by clergy have the right to seek the removal of the prelates whose negligence brought about the scandal, all the more are we entitled to seek that same remedy as to the prelates who have presided over the scandalous campaign to nullify the Message of Fatima. It is the men who have thwarted fulfillment of the Fatima Message, not ordinary Catholics, who are lacking in vision. It is they, not we, who are narrow-minded. It is they, not we, who are being unrealistic. They must step aside for the good of all humanity.

Sister Lucy has corresponded with the present Holy Father at various times, and has had several face-to-face meetings with His Holiness Pope John Paul II. Yet after all the letters and meetings, Pope John Paul II has never claimed that Sister Lucy told him Russia had been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as requested by Our Lady of Fatima. To this day, Sister Lucy is still under an order of silence (see pages 267-268 and footnote 5 on pages 299-300). Sister Lucy is the only Catholic out of one billion Catholics who is under such a gag order. According to this order, Sister Lucy needs the permission of Cardinal Ratzinger to speak to anyone about the Consecration of Russia or the Third Secret or anything else that is not already in her pre-approved writings on Fatima. If the Consecration of Russia were truly performed and if the Third Secret were completely released, then there would be no real purpose for such an order of silence.


Footnotes

1. ST, Q. 33, Art. V, Pt. II-II.

2. St. Robert Bellarmine, De Romano Pontifice, Book II, Chapter 29.

3. De Fide, Disp. X, Sec. VI, N. 16.

4. The Whole Truth About Fatima - Vol. II: The Secret and the Church, pp. 543-544. See also Toute La Vérite sur Fatima - Vol. II: Le Secret et L’Église, pp. 344-345.

5. See Coralie Graham, "Divine Intervention", The Fatima Crusader, Issue 70, Spring 2002, p. 8ff.

6. "Abuse Victims File Petition Seeking Removal of Archbishop", The Wanderer, April 4, 2002.

7. "Internal church documents showed that from the mid--1980’s and into the 90’s Cardinal Law and his top aides were aware of the problems of Father Geoghan, who was eventually accused of molesting more than 130 children over 30 years. In February, he was sentenced to 9 to 10 years in prison for fondling a 10-year-old boy. After the church’s role [that is, the Boston Archdiocese’s officials’ role] in protecting Father Geoghan became known, the Cardinal gave local prosecutors the names of more than 80 priests accused of sexual abuse over decades." Quoted from "As Scandal Keeps Growing, Church and Its Faithful Reel", New York Times, March 17, 2002.

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