hypothetical man on the street would be surprised to learn that the terrorist
attack of September 11, 2001 and the sexual scandal now wracking the Catholic
Church are closely related events. But they are indeed closely related. The
relation becomes apparent when the two events are viewed through the prism of
the Message of Fatima.
It is often
said that as the Church goes, so goes the world. That, in essence, is what the
Mother of God cautioned when She came to Fatima, Portugal, 85 years ago, in a
series of apparitions authenticated by a public miracle without precedent in
world history. Since that time the prophetic admonitions in the Message of
Fatima have all been fulfilled to the lettersave for one: the
annihilation of various nations, which the Virgin of Fatima warned would be the
ultimate consequence of failing to honor Her requests.
apparitions have been deemed authentic by a series of Popes and are now
commemorated in the Roman Missal (the basic book of Catholic worship) by the
decree of Pope John Paul II. And yet, in what must be seen as a mystery of
iniquity, the Virgins simple requests remain unfulfilled due to conscious
decisions by some of the highest-ranking prelates in the Catholic Church. The
result, just as She predicted, is an ever-deepening crisis in the Church and
the world, accompanied by a growing sense, even among non-Catholics, that we
are witnessing the beginning of an apocalypse.
was originally conceived as a compilation of some of the more important
writings and speeches on Fatima in recent years.1 It was hoped that collecting these
works under one cover would give them wider distribution and longer shelf life.
But this concept was soon supplanted by a better onerecasting the
articles and speeches as an integral book with a coherent overall theme. With
the authors permission, Father Paul Kramer and the editorial staff of The
Missionary Association sculpted the articles and speeches (adding much new
material) into a work unlike anything ever published about Fatima.
It was in
the process of assessing and augmenting the material that something remarkable
happened: a theme emerged entirely on its own, as if by Providence. In
approaching the subject of the Fatima Message from different angles, the
various speakers and writers had all converged on one conclusion: the events at
Fatima represent a heavenly focal point in the battle now raging for the Church
and the world. Both the crisis in the Church and the crisis in the world center
around the divine truths summed up with heavenly concision in the Fatima
apparitions. In the fulfillment of the Message of Fatima lies the end of these
twin crises. In the denial of that Message lies, in great measure, the origin
and the augmentation of both.
astounding events at Fatima were not some useless spectacle, for God does not
engage in useless spectacles. The Mother of God came to earth with our present
circumstances clearly in view, and with the solicitude of a mother She offered
us a way outthe way chosen by God Himself for our time. That being the
case, one cannot understand the state of the Church and the world today without
understanding what happened at Fatima.
also understand the strange and systematic effort by certain Catholic churchmen
to obstruct fulfillment of the heavenly imperatives of the Fatima Message
including: the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; the
miraculous conversion of Russia to Catholicism; and the consequent triumph of
the Immaculate Heart in a period of world peace. The central importance of
Fatima in the scheme of current world events is only demonstrated by the
recent, almost frantic, efforts of certain Vatican officials to "deconstruct"
and "demythologize" Fatima in order to avoid giving offense to various elements
outside the Churchespecially the Russian Orthodox, whose implacable
opposition to Rome is as intense as ever after forty years of useless
"ecumenical dialogue" with Vatican representatives. The pages that follow
present evidence against the most prominent churchmen involved in this campaign
against Fatima, laying at their feet a large portion of the blame for the
ecclesial crisis and the world crisis we must all face.
who say that our undertaking to expose their campaign against Fatima is
scandalous, we can only reply with the words of the Virgin Herself: "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; various nations will be annihilated." Russia has not converted.
Russias errors, including the holocaust of "legalized" abortion, have
spread throughout the world. There is no peace. And today even non-Catholics
and unbelievers live in fear of the annihilation of nations. To echo the words
of Pope St. Gregory the Great, it is better that scandal arise than that the
truth be hiddenespecially when, as in this case, the truth could avert
this work to the judgment of the Pope and to the judgment of you, the reader.
We submit this work publicly because numerous private entreaties, spread over
more than five years, to high Church authorities have all been unavailing.
Meanwhile, the men who surround an increasingly frail Pope render him
effectively incapable of responding to petitions from rank-and-file clergy and
laity. At this very moment a papal deathwatch is underway, with would-be
successors to the papal throne maneuvering for positions of advantage at the
next conclave. As the decades-long episcopal cover-up of sexual scandals among
the priesthood demonstrates, in present circumstances the public forum is the
only forum open to Catholics who seek redress of just grievances
affecting the whole Church.
motivation in presenting this book is that of loyal sons and daughters of the
Church, who know and love the Faith and believe in conscience that the current
course still being followed by certain Church leaders is gravely mistaken, as
recent events in the Catholic Church should make clear to any objective
observer. If we have erred in any of our facts, reasoning or conclusions, or
committed any injustice, it would be the duty of the reader to offer us, not
invective or empty denunciations, but legitimate correction based upon
factsfor our own sake and the sake of the Church. But if the case
we present is well-founded, then the reader has a different duty: the duty to
act upon the evidence we presentnow, while there is still
Father Paul Kramer and the
Editorial Team of The
December 8, 2002
Feast of the Immaculate
1. Among the principal
sources of this book are: "Are There Two Original Manuscripts on the Third
Secret?", Andrew M. Cesanek (The Fatima Crusader, Issue 64, Spring
2000); "Cardinal Ratzingers Third Secret", Father Gregory Hesse (The
Fatima Crusader, Issue 66, Winter 2001); "Chronology of a Cover-up", Father
Paul Kramer (published on www.fatima.org); "Freemasonry and the Subversion of
the Church (the Alta Vendita)", John Vennari (Transcript of speech from
Fatima Conference in Rome, October 2001); "It Doesnt Add Up", John
Vennari (The Fatima Crusader, Issue 70, Spring 2002); "Let us Hear the
Witness, for Heavens Sake," Christopher Ferrara (The Fatima
Crusader, Issue 70, Spring 2002); "Lucy and the Pirates", Mark Fellows
(The Fatima Crusader, Issue 70, Spring 2002); "The Lying Press
Conference of June 26, 2000", Father Paul Kramer (Transcript of speech from
Fatima Conference in Rome, October 2001); "Our Lady of Fatima vs. the Desire to
Destroy our Catholic Heritage", John Vennari (Transcript of speech, Fatima
Rally Against Terrorism, New York, November 2001); "The Party Line
and its Relationship to Fatima", Father Paul Kramer (Transcript of speech from
Fatima Conference in Rome, October 2001); "Pope John Paul II Gives Us the Key
to the Real Third Secret," Father Nicholas Gruner (Three part series, The
Fatima Crusader, Issues 67-69); "The Stalinization of the Catholic Church"
(Transcript of speech from Fatima Conference in Rome, October 2001); "The Third
Secret," Father Nicholas Gruner (Transcript of speech from Fatima Conference in
Rome, October 2001).