The Holy See today issued a denial of Fr. Dollinger’s claims concerning Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the third part of the secret of Fatima. The text reads:
Communiqué: on various articles regarding the “Third Secret of Fatima”
Several articles have appeared recently, including declarations attributed to Professor Ingo Dollinger according to which Cardinal Ratzinger, after the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima (which took place in June 2000), had confided to him that the publication was not complete.
In this regard, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI declares “never to have spoken with Professor Dollinger about Fatima”, clearly affirming that the remarks attributed to Professor Dollinger on the matter “are pure inventions, absolutely untrue”, and he confirms decisively that “the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima is complete”.
[00855-EN.01] [Original text: Italian – working translation]
The following article has been updated in accordance with some new information that came to my attention on June 6, 2017.
Chapter 12 of On the Third Part of the Secret of Fátima,
wherein the story of Fr. Dollinger is discussed, has been updated.
The revised text shall appear in a second edition of the book.
Readers are directed to this page for the updated information.
I read with interest the article on One Peter Five about a phone conversation between Dr. Maike Hickson and Fr. Dollinger on Sr. Lúcia, the Second Vatican Council and the third part of the secret of Fátima. Hickson states that Fr. Dollinger, a friend of Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI, was told by Benedict that there was more to said part of the secret that the Vatican has not published. Allegedly, the “unpublished” part talks about a “bad Council” and a “bad liturgy.”
Having studied Fátima over the years, this topic is of much interest to me and I would like to write about some things that are perplexing from Fr. Dollinger’s claim.