Our Lady of Fátima and the Reality of Hell

Originally published at Catholic Stand on November 19, 2015.

In the apparitions of Our Lady of Fátima, there are 2 striking aspects. These aspects are the miracle of the sun and the famous three-part secret. Recently, I had cause to think about one of the parts of the secret, namely the vision of hell. There are some intriguing questions about Fátima and hell in relation to some contemporary theological views that deserve some treatment.

To begin treating these questions, it is first necessary to state the contents of the three-part secret of Fátima.

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Fátima Interview: WCAT Radio

Bob Olson:
Welcome to I Thought You’d Like to Know This Too, which is the Friday edition of I Thought You’d Like to Know This, and its interviews with very interesting people who have a message for you. We have with us tonight, Kevin Symonds. Welcome Kevin!

Kevin Symonds:
Hi! It’s good to be with you this evening.

Bob Olson:
We talked and interviewed Kevin a while back on two books that he has written Refractions of Light which are revelations, private revelations, and also the book Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael. Joining us tonight too is Al Bilowski who is the host of our program on Wednesday nights which is called Catholic Mysticism. So, let’s get right into it, Kevin. We’re going to talk about Fátima and what happened at Fátima, so let’s go!

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Fátima and the New Year

Hello Everyone! As we are preparing to enter into the year of grace, 2017, I wanted to bring to mind a point from my blog post Pope Leo, Jesus and Satan: A Question.

In that post, I discussed how people are “re-drawing the lines” about Pope Leo’s vision. At first, people thought the vision concerned just the twentieth century. When evils prevalent in that century carried over into the twenty-first, people began re-drawing the lines to connect Leo’s vision with Fátima. Many people are becoming of the opinion that the (alleged) “extended power” given to the devil will be broken in 2017–the centenary of Fátima.

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Fátima Interview

Hello Everyone! Another day is passing by, but before it goes I want to tell you some exciting news!

When I was in Fátima in September, I was interviewed by Goya Productions (Spain) for the purposes of a documentary on Fátima. I learned today that a trailer has been released and a web site established.

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Cardinal Bertone Interview

The Sanctuary of Fátima publishes a journal entitled Fatima XXI. It is a very nicely arranged journal with many interesting articles.

For my research on the third part of the secret, I found an interview between the Portuguese journalist Aura Miguel and Cardinal Bertone entitled Fátima: A Message for the Church, a Call to Community and to Humanity. I thought it was a very interesting article. While lengthy, I have excised the parts wherein Aura Miguel and Bertone spoke on the topic of the third part of the secret.

I leave the interview in the Portuguese language. If anyone feels up to translate it, please contact me. Meanwhile, we jump in media res….

 

Fátima: Uma Mensagem para a Igreja, um Apelo à Comunidade e à Humanidade

Tarcisio Bertone entrevistado por Aura Miguel[1]

A.M. E o que mais o impressiona na mensagem?

Card. B.: È a oração e a penitência, sem dúvida. Mas é também, e sobretudo, a extrema proximidade de Nossa Senhora ao povo cristão e à Igreja; é esta presença de Maria, uma presença que se revela num acompanhamento muito terno, desde que somos crianças – vemo-lo com os pastorinhos, como Ela se revela e se mostra especialmente aos mais pequenos. Mas não só, porque depois também acompanha os cristãos, é forte e ajuda-nos, como num campo de batalha e depois também como a invocava frequentemente o beato João XXIII (a entrevista teve lugar antes da canonização de João XXIII], auxilium episcoporum, auxilio dos bispos…

A.M.: Ao Cardeal Bertone foi confiada a revelação da terceira parte do segredo. Como viveu esta aventura?

Card. B.: Foi uma maneira peculiar de me aproximar do mistério de Fátima, porque fui encarregado de estudar o processo para a publicação dos escritos da Irmã Lúcia que se referiam à terceira parte do segredo e de retirar do arquivo secreto do então Santo Oficio – da Congregação para a Doutrina da Fé – este preciosíssimo manuscrito da Irmã Lúcia, sobretudo o famoso envelope…

A. M.: Ainda se lembra como foi?…

Card. B.: O envelope tinha quatro páginas guardadas nesse cofre, que estava fechado e cujas chaves as tinham o Prefeito, o Secretário e o Arquivista da Congregação. Três chaves à moda antiga para abrir o cofre onde estava guardado o envelope com a terceira parte do segredo. Nessa altura, eu era Secretário da Congregação para a Doutrina da Fé…

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Dhanis and Fátima: A Scholar’s Perspective

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Dr. Barreto

Earlier this year I came across an interesting article written by Dr. José Barreto of the University of Lisbon on Fátima and Fr. Edouard Dhanis. Written in Portuguese, a friend of mine translated it into English for me. Unfortunately, I was not able to spend as much time going through it as I would have liked to do.

While in Fátima last month, Dr. Barreto’s article came up during a conversation. I renewed my interest in the article and contacted Dr. Barreto to request permission to publish the translation. He has graciously consented to do so. I provide it below for your reading pleasure.

The topic of Fr. Dhanis and Fátima is a very volatile one in certain circles of Catholics. Dhanis is famous for being the founding father of a critical school of thought on Fátima. He also famously made a distinction between the “old” history of Fátima with a “new” history that was based upon the later writings of Sr. Lúcia’s Memoirs.

No statement is herein made on the person or work of Fr. Edouard Dhanis. All that is being provided is Dr. Barreto’s discussion of the events 50 or so years after the fact. If someone happens to notice any issue(s) with translation, please contact me.
-Kevin J. Symonds

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