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A Reversal of the Party Line!

by Christopher A. Ferrara
May 28, 2009

In an address Pope Benedict gave at Bethlehem on May 13, 2009, the anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima, the Pope declared: “You promised the three children of Fatima that ‘in the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph.’ May it be so!”

That remark represents, to those who know, a stunning reversal of the “Party Line” of the Vatican Secretary of State that the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart is already behind us, and consists of the “fall of communism” following the “consecration of Russia” in 1984 — during a ceremony which avoided any mention of Russia, lest the Russians be offended.

It also represents a reversal of the former Cardinal Ratzinger’s truly embarrassing claim, in the Vatican commentary of June 26, 2000 concerning the Third Secret of Fatima, that the triumph of the Immaculate Heart took place when Mary gave Her “fiat” 2,000 years ago.

Why the reversal? I have just returned from Japan, where I was privileged to give a series of talks to Japanese pilgrims in the city of Akita, the site of Our Lady’s apparitions to Sister Agnes Sasagawa in 1973. The pilgrims were under the spiritual guidance of Father Daniel Couture, District Superior of SSPX’s District of Asia, and Father Thomas Onoda of the Society, who I believe is literally the only native-born Japanese traditionalist priest in the world today. My talks concerned the relation between the Message of Fatima, the Message of Akita, which is called “the Fatima of the East,” and the probable contents of the Third Secret of Fatima.

The Akita apparitions were approved as authentic and worthy of belief by the diocesan Bishop, John Shojiro Ito, in 1984, following scientific verification of a miracle associated with the apparitions: the weeping of tears on 101 occasions and the shedding of blood by a wooden statue of the Virgin at the convent where Sister Agnes resided — before she was hounded from it in 1998 at the instigation of the new modernist bishop. The 101 “lachrymations” of the statue were witnessed four times by Bishop Ito himself and 98 times by Sister Agnes’s spiritual advisor, Father Thomas Aquinas Teiji Yasuda, S.V.D.

In my talks at Akita, based on my book The Secret Still Hidden, I reviewed the mass of evidence that makes it morally certain the Third Secret involves a yet-to-be-published text in which the Blessed Virgin provides, as it were, the “sound track” of the vision of the “bishop in white,” wherein a hobbling Pope is executed at the top of a hill outside a half-ruined city filled with cadavers.

In my book I show that the former Cardinal Ratzinger, who conferred face-to-face with Bishop Ito in Rome concerning the Akita apparitions, told Howard Dee, the former Philippines Ambassador to the Vatican, that the Message of Fatima and the Message of Akita are “essentially the same.” But here is what Our Lady told Sister Sasagawa on October 13, 1973, the very anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima:

As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms that will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the pope, the bishops, and the priests.
The work of the devil will infiltrate even the Church in such a way that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate Me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…churches and altars sacked, the Church will be full of those who accept compromise and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of My sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them.

Perhaps the Pope’s reversal of the Vatican Secretary of State’s “Party Line” that “Fatima is finished” has something to do with a connection between the execution of the “bishop in white” — a future Pope — outside the half-ruined city (message of Fatima), and the fire that “will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful” (message of Akita).

It is difficult to see what else would have prompted the Pope, who is now under attack around the world for his moves in favor of Catholic Tradition (including his remission of the purported excommunication of the SSPX bishops), to declare that we have not yet seen the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart promised at Fatima — from which, by necessary implication, it follows that the world still faces the warning at Fatima that “various nations will be annihilated” if the Consecration of Russia is not accomplished. For if the 1984 “consecration of Russia” had really been such, we would not still be waiting for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart a quarter-century later.

No matter how many times certain members of the Vatican bureaucracy try to bury Fatima, the Popes cannot stop talking about it — not even the Pope who once (as Cardinal Ratzinger) seemed intent on debunking the entire Fatima message. The promises and the warnings of Our Lady of Fatima are still very much alive. And thus we have cause for hope, but also fear. So we were warned by the Mother of God at Akita, “the Fatima of the East.”