Chosen souls are often subtle in their speech and Sr. Lúcia of Fátima is no exception. Humble to the core, she did not want to draw attention to herself but keep focused upon God and Our Lady’s message. She did not want to speak about herself or her mystical experiences. How much, then, if at all, did this reluctance influence Sr. Lúcia’s writings on Fátima?
I noticed today that Dr. Maike Hickson has written yet another article pertaining to Fátima. She is claiming that unnamed sources of hers in the Vatican have “indirectly” told her that there is a second text.
Dr. Hickson’s continued support and promotion of the “fourth secret of Fátima” is causing grave injury to the unity of the Church.* Thus, a question for her consideration:
At what point in time did Our Lady rescind her command of January 3, 1944 to Sr. Lúcia not to reveal the meaning of the third part of the secret?
-Kevin J. Symonds
*I am here using the term “fourth secret of Fátima” to refer to an alleged second text that is said to remain covered-up by the Holy See.
Silence can be deafening and profound is the sound it makes. When Pope John XXIII read the third part of the secret in August, 1959, he “preferred silence” on the text.[i] It seems strange, almost cruel, that something so anticipated by the Catholic world would receive such treatment.[ii] We are, however, in a better position to understand John’s silence so let us listen to its echoes.
In their 2013 biography Um caminho sob o olhar de Maria, the Carmelite Sisters of the St. Teresa convent in Coimbra (Portugal) authenticated Sr. Lúcia’s May 12, 1982 letter to Pope John Paul II.
The other day I came across an old interview with Cardinal Ratzinger that was conducted by the Italian journalist Orazio La Rocca in May, 2000. It was published in La Repubblica on May 19.
Not a week prior to the publication of this interview, Cardinal Sodano had announced the impending publication of the third part of the secret of Fátima. La Rocca took the opportunity to speak with Ratzinger about the matter.
Last year, I posted an English translation of an article written by Dr. José Barreto of Lisbon, Portugal, on the writings of Fr. Edouard Dhanis concerning Fátima.
While in Fátima this past June, I noticed that there was some discussion on Fr. Dhanis on an Internet forum. I am quite happy to see this discussion taking place as I discuss Dhanis in my book On the Third Part of the Secret of Fátima.
I noticed that Joachim Bouflet wrote a book about Fátima entitled Fátima: 1917-2017. I have found Bouflet, generally speaking, to be a good writer and I looked forward to reading his book. I saw that he, too, has written about Fr. Dhanis (pgs. 126-132). Overall, I think he wrote well of the situation with the Flemish Jesuit. I like how he appears to acknowledge the opprobrium to which Dhanis was subjected.
For your reading pleasure, I have worked-up an English translation (by no means a polished one) of Bouflet’s discussion. I hope he does not mind that I have done so.