Dashed Hopes from Childhood

November 26, 2005

"A great chastisement will come over all mankind, not today or tomorrow but in the second half of the twentieth century… Satan will even succeed in infiltering into the highest position in the [Catholic] Church….The great, great war will come in the second half of the twentieth century. Fire and smoke will drop from heaven and the waters of the ocean will turn to steam…Millions of people will die. Those surviving will envy the dead.…The age of ages is coming; the end of all ends…go my child and announce it and I will assist you…" The apparition at Fatima, according to one Louis Emerich in "Fatima’s Distressing Message," supposedly published in the German newspaper, Neues Europa, in 1963.

The above is a quote from an old flyer that our parish priest gave to the families of our parish back in the early 1960s. It had a profound effect upon me as a child. I just rediscovered that flyer while I was going through old pictures and keepsakes at my mom’s house on Thanksgiving. This old yellowed sheet of paper was kept intact all these years by my Roman Catholic mother. I found it in the same box as my dad’s love letters to my mom that he wrote to her during World War II while overseas. To her they must have been of equal value.

This was supposedly an excerpt of the highly secretive "Third Secret of Fatima" that the Vatican held for decades. It got wide distribution in the 1960s in Catholic circles, but the Vatican never admitted it was true or denounced it as a fake. So many Catholics were left wondering – until the Vatican finally released the "full" text of the Third Secret in the year 2000.

[You can read all three "secrets" on the Vatican’s website at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20000626_message-fatima_en.html or here: http://tinyurl.com/7r4b ]

As you can see from these transcripts that the Vatican waited 40 plus years to release, the excerpt that was leaked in 1963 is gone without a trace. This anticlimactic conclusion to the mystery of Fatima left millions of Catholics disillusioned by their leaders.

As a young Catholic I heard the stories that all the Catholics were buzzing about in the 60s. We had been told by our priests that Pope John XXIII had met with both President John F. Kennedy an the USSR’s Nikita Khrushchev after the Bay of Pigs incident and it stopped both of them in their tracks from moving towards war, it had scared them so much. So all Catholics who had been told these things expected the ‘Third Secret’ to be so profound that it was a horrible disappointment when the Vatican finally published it.

There are different theories as to what happened. For instance, The Fatima Crusader – a Catholic lay organization who were once the biggest proponents of the trustworthiness of the Neues Europa leak, have had to backpedal after the twentieth century ended without any world-wide devastations. Their rhetoric now is that it was a phony document because the prophecies turned out to be false.

But my theory is more plausible. I think the Vatican had to edit out all the false prophecies in order not to invalidate Fatima. Fatima has the Catholic Church’s full endorsement and any admission of error about Fatima would bring the entire house of cards tumbling down. As you can see from the link above, there was nothing in the official ‘Third Secret’ that was too dangerous to the world to be revealed until the Vatican got the okay from Lucia (the nun who supposedly received the message when she was a young girl) or unless she died. But that was what Catholics were led to believe all this time.

This is a sham and a scandal that would have gotten a lot more attention than it did had it not been for the pedophile priest scandal that emerged at the same time. Looking at this faded sheet of paper today it looks like a sad testament to my Catholic childhood. There is no Santa Claus; there is no tooth fairy; there is no Easter bunny; there is no St. Christopher; and there is no Lady of Fatima.

As you can see at the above link, the opening remarks of the official statement about Fatima on the Vatican’s own website includes a blasphemous reference to the late pope: "The twentieth century was one of the most crucial in human history…culminating in the assassination attempt on the ‘sweet Christ on earth.’" The Roman Catholic Church worships a man on the throne the same way as the Romans worshipped the emperor, Pontifus Maximus, as god and she worships Fatima’s lady as its goddess in the same way as Rome worshiped Isis. There is nothing new under the sun.

Heavenly Father, thank you so much for rescuing me and others from the deception of false religion and the grip of Rome. Thank you for your Word of Truth that does not change or fade with shifting shadows as the dogmas of religion do. Sanctify us in Your Truth and keep us from the many religious schemes of the wicked one. Have pity on those still in the grip of deception and rescue those whose hearts are seeking the truth. Pour out Your Spirit of Truth upon Your people so that we will not stumble over lies. Comfort our hearts and establish us in every good word and work on behalf of Your Kingdom, in Jesus’ name. Amen!!