The True Third Secret of Fatima?

“A Wicked Council… The Church will Bleed from all Her Wounds”

[Disclaimer: The following text is based on an alleged private revelation that has not been approved (nor condemned) by the Catholic Church. Catholics must exercise great caution with regard to alleged private revelations. In general, we ought to stay away from unapproved private revelations, and we ought not to attach ourselves even to approved private revelations, which are not necessary for salvation and can never be on a par with, much less revise, Catholic doctrine. We present this unapproved alleged private revelation only to help shed greater light on the approved Fatima apparitions of 1917 and the controversy surrounding Fatima’s Third Secret.]

In May of 1994 — 77 years after Our Lady first appeared to the three children at Fatima, Portugal — a French priest by the name of Raymond Arnette was reportedly listening to a CD entitled Mysterium Fidei, with French lyrics and sung by French choirs. As he was listening devoutly, suddenly the music faded into the background and a clear voice, which was perceived quite normally and not as an interior inspiration, said: “L’eglise saignera de toutes ses plaies”, that is, “The Church will bleed from all her wounds.”

Then, there followed this text:

There will be a wicked council planned and prepared that will change the countenance of the Church. Many will lose the Faith; confusion will reign everywhere. The sheep will search for their shepherds in vain.

A schism will tear apart the holy tunic of My Son. This will be the end of times, foretold in the Holy Scriptures and recalled to memory by Me in many places. The abomination of abominations will reach its peak and it will bring the chastisement announced at La Salette. My Son’s arm, which I will not be able to hold back anymore, will punish this poor world, which must expiate its crimes.

One will only speak about wars and revolutions. The elements of nature will be unchained and will cause anguish even among the best (the most courageous). The Church will bleed from all Her wounds. Happy are they who will persevere and search for refuge in My Heart, because in the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph.

After this message, Fr. Arnette allegedly only heard one more sentence: “This is the Third Secret of Fatima.”

Could this be the true Third Secret, then? We have neither the knowledge nor the authority to say anything definitive about this. It appears to us, however, that it is possible that this is indeed the Third Secret of Fatima, or a significant part of it.

This text has been published and circulated before; for instance, in the book The Devil’s Final Battle as well as in a newsletter of then-SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson in 2000. If this is the true Third Secret, it is no wonder why the Vatican, beginning in 1960 with Antipope John XXIII, did not wish to make it public. John XXIII claimed that the Third Secret “does not concern my pontificate” and refused to reveal it, despite the Blessed Virgin Mary’s order that it be revealed to the faithful by 1960 at the latest. Of course, by 1960, preparations for John’s so-called “Second Vatican Council” were running high, its convocation having been announced by him on January 25, 1959.

It is perhaps particularly interesting that the text states: “The sheep will search for their shepherds in vain,” which is a perfect description of the Catholic world according to the sedevacantist position, which holds that the clergy of the Novus Ordo Church (the Church of Vatican II) are not valid or legitimate Roman Catholic shepherds.

The fact that, according to private testimony, then-“Cardinal” Joseph Ratzinger admitted in 2004 that the true text of the Third Secret speaks of an “evil council” (source here — see also this response and our post, “Fatima: Separating Fact from Fiction”), helps to bolster the hypothesis that this might indeed be the genuine Third Secret of Fatima, revealed by the Blessed Mother to Lucia dos Santos on July 13, 1917. (Although there are, of course, also some considerations that speak against this hypothesis.)

The above text and its preface are based on a pamphlet Novus Ordo Watch received from a traditionalist Catholic German publisher, Pro Fide Catholica. Whether it is the true Third Secret or not, we do not profess to know. But let us certainly follow its advice and seek refuge in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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