Well, I certainly did not see this one coming. Yves Chiron, a noted French scholar, has weighed in on the recent talks with Fátima, Dollinger and Ratzinger. He published an article in his periodical Aletheia in which he takes to task Dr. Hickson’s article.
The article is in French, but I have completed a rough English translation. I include it below for your perusal, having taken the liberty to add some links to Chiron’s sources, a couple of notes and placing some accent marks. The text is taken from a transcription available on the TradiNews web site.
To End the “4th Secret of Fatima”
A Message from the Holy See
And a Letter of Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus
By: Yves Chiron
I quoted in a recent issue of Aletheia (No. 245, April 4, 2016), an extract of a personal letter from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, dated March 15, 2016, which affirms without ambiguity: “a fourth secret of Fatima does not exist. The published text is full and there exists nothing else.”
I do not pretend that this letter should end all debate on the subject, but given the authority of its author which still treat the question would reflect it.
Knowledge of historical fact is based on testimonies and documents on the degree of credibility of some, the authenticity of the other, and on confronting each other. The Catholic historian will be guided in his work by that recommendation of Leo XIII made when he decided to open the Vatican Secret Archives (ASV) to researchers: “The first law of History is not dare to lie; the second, not to be afraid to express the whole truth.”
Now, after the clear affirmation of Benedict XVI on March 15, 2016, Catholic publications have continued to raise the existence of a supposed “fourth secret” of Fátima as if the Pope Emeritus had not expressed himself! As if what he said had no value or was a lie.
Without being exhaustive, I will cite two recent statements:
- May 13, 2016, in an interview with the National Catholic Register (translated into French in No. 336 of DICI, May 27, 2016), Bishop Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, said: “Sister Lucia, in her third report, gave words of the Blessed Virgin Mary with an “et cetera” and in what has been produced by Rome, there are no words, there is only a vision. So obviously there is something failing [missing].”
- On 15 May 2016, on the American Catholic website 1P5 (OnePeterFive), Maike Hickson publishes the confidence of a German priest, Ingo Dollinger, former professor of theology in Brazil.[ii] He affirms that in 2000, after the publication of the third part of the secret of Fátima, Cardinal Ratzinger, “in a personal conversation,” would have said, “there is more than what we published.” The future Benedict XVI would have also told him that the yet unpublished part of the Secret speaks of a “bad council and a bad Mass.”
I stressed two words attributed to Cardinal Ratzinger by Dollinger. The article in which Maike Hickson reports is entitled: Cardinal Ratzinger: We have not published the Whole Third Secret of Fatima.
I highlight again that in the same article Maike Hickson reported another supposed confidence made to him by another priest (whose name is not mentioned!). Benedict XVI reportedly told the priest, during a private meeting that he considered the Archbishop as “the greatest theologian of the twentieth century.”
There is no need to demonstrate the implausibility of the matter.
A statement from the Holy See
The so-called revelation of Father Dollinger was a great echo in some Catholic press and on many sites of the “Catholic blogosphere.”
For example, on May 18 in Corrispondenza Romana, the Agency website weekly news founded and directed by Roberto de Mattei, Cristina Siccardi relays the information disseminated by OnePeterFive. She presents Dollinger as a “personal friend of Benedict XVI” (which was not stated in the cited article) and considers in turn that the 3rd secret of Fatima “has not been revealed in its fullness.”
The controversy on the subject began the same day that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published the third part of the secret, sixteen years ago.
To put an end to this controversy, the Holy See published on May 21, 2016, a statement. This release is not signed, but its circulation by the Holy See Press Office indicates its official character. The original text is in Italian. Two translations were published together by the Press Office, in English and Spanish.
As the French press has given extracts, I offer here a complete translation from the Italian:
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”.[iii]
This release contains a triple denial. There was no misunderstanding, Father Dollinger has not misunderstood Cardinal Ratzinger: the Pope Emeritus formally declared never having spoken of Fátima with him. It also reaffirms that the publication of the 3rd Secret made in 2000 is complete.
Journalists and commentators who persist in believing, saying, and writing that the Vatican continues to hide part of the Fátima message will they, in intellectual and spiritual humility, consider the letter (personal) of 15 March 2016 and the Communiqué (official) of 21 May 2016?
A letter from Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus
To complete the information of all, I publish below the full text of the letter Benedict XVI addressed to me[iv] sympathetically in French, and in response to historical matters on the 3rd Secret and its interpretation.
Benedictus XVI, Papa Emeritus
Vatican City, 15. 3. 2016
In response to your very kind letter of February 22, I can tell you that a fourth secret of Fatima does not exist. The published text is full and there is nothing else.
When I said that this secret is not just about the past, I wanted to clarify and explain simply the genre of such words, we can never reduce only on a specific point. It’s an ongoing reality that the Church and the Pope are threatened by evil forces.
Even if we can interpret the vision of a specific event, you can still see in it also a reference to ever new threats and dangers that continue. Above all it is important that the call to prayer, which supports and assists the Pope and the Church, remain present after this time.
I hope I have cleared your request and stay with my greetings and my blessing.
Yours, Benedictus XVI
Without going into a review of this letter and the suggestions that it makes, it makes a factual confirmation (there is no other text) and a double incentive to reflection: on the literary genre to which belongs the “Secret of Fatima” and on the interpretation for such a text.
In fact, the Pope Emeritus already widely conducted this double reflection. That was in June 2000. It is found in the Theological Commentary he published, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in addition to the presentation of the Secret that was [made by] Bertone, then Secretary of the Congregation.
To re-read this Theological Commentary would be more useful and profitable, intellectually and spiritually, than listen to the “pure inventions, absolutely false” of Dollinger, Socci, and others.
 [Translator’s Note: Speaking only for myself, I had not heard that Yves Chiron had such a letter in his possession. Had I known about it, certainly it would have been included in my recent writings on this topic—KJS.]
[ii] Maike Hickson, of Germanic origin, converted to Catholicism, has studied literature and history. She lives in Switzerland and presents herself, on the site in question, as “a happy housewife who likes to write articles when time permits.”
[iii] [Translator’s Note: I have used the English translation available from the Holy See’s web site—KJS.]
[iv] The letter is typed, the signature handwritten. It was transmitted by the Apostolic Nunciature.