“Suppose, dear friend, that Communism [one of ''the errors of Russia'' mentioned in the Message of Fatima] was only the most visible of the instruments of subversion to be used against the Church and the traditions of Divine Revelation ... I am worried by the Blessed Virgin's messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul.... I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject Her ornaments and make Her feel remorse for Her historical past.... A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them, like Mary Magdalene weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, ''where have they taken Him?'”

... Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (the future Pius XII)
when he was Secretary of State to Pope Pius XI.
Cited in the book Pie XII Devant L'Histoire, pp. 52-53.

“In the Third Secret it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.”

... Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, personal papal
theologian to Popes Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI,
John Paul I and John Paul II, quoted in the journal
Catholic, March 2002.

“It [the Third Secret] has nothing to do with Gorbachev. The Blessed Virgin was alerting us against apostasy in the Church.”

... Cardinal Oddi, quoted March 17, 1990, in the journal Il Sabato.

“Through some crack the smoke of satan has entered into the Church of God.”

... Pope Paul VI, papal address of June 30, 1972.

“We must admit realistically and with feelings of deep pain, that Christians today in large measure feel lost, confused, perplexed and even disappointed; ideas opposed to the truth which has been revealed and always taught are being scattered abroad in abundance; heresies, in the full and proper sense of the word, have been spread in the area of dogma and morals, creating doubts, confusions and rebellion; the liturgy has been tampered with; immersed in an intellectual and moral relativism and therefore in permissiveness, Christians are tempted by atheism, agnosticism, vaguely moral enlightenment and by a sociological Christianity devoid of defined dogmas or an objective morality.”

... Pope John Paul II, quoted in L'Osservatore
February 7, 1981