When the Holy See published the text of the third part of the Secret of Fátima in 2000, she offered two things: an historical explanation of the facts as well as an interpretation of the third part. For twenty-one years, the explanation and interpretation have stood as the “official” stance of the Church. As time passes, and more knowledge and information about Fátima becomes available, occasion has arisen for us to reconsider some aspects of the Church’s official stance. This essay shall examine some of the reasons for a fresh look.
Dr. Bella Dodd, the famous one-time Communist lawyer who reverted to the Catholic Faith of her youth, has been the subject of much discussion over the past few decades. She is said to have planted 1,100 to 1,200 men into the Catholic seminary system. These men would then rise up the clerical ranks and work to destroy the Catholic Church from within. A talk given by Dodd in 1961 has recently surfaced that sheds some light on this subject of infiltration and the Catholic Church.
Over at Catholic Exchange there is a seriesofarticles written by Dorothea and Wolfgang Koch about Fátima. They are focusing upon the artwork of the Dominican Friar Fr. Thomas McGlynn who sculpted the statue of Our Lady of Fátima that adorns the facade of the original Basilica in Fátima.
There is, however, a fact of Fr. McGlynn’s life that is not very well known.* When the Carmelites of Coimbra, Portugal published their biography of Sr. Lúcia, they revealed to the world a previously hidden fact.