The History of Apostasy And the Third Secret of Fatima

The History of Apostasy

And the Third Secret of Fatima


By Robert J. Siscoe POSTED: 7/30/13


“The tail of the devil is functioning in the disintegration of the Catholic world. The darkness of Satan has entered and spread throughout the Catholic Church even to its summit. Apostasy, the loss of the faith, is spreading throughout the world and into the highest levels within the Church.” …Pope Paul VI, Oct. 13, 1977


Time Magazine, Nov. 22, 1968

If we consider the history of rational creation from the beginning of time, a repeated pattern emerges: over and over again, we see a great apostasy that begins at the top.

At the beginning of time, God created the nine choirs of angels, in hierarchical order, with Lucifer as the head.  St. Thomas explains that the higher angels possess a more powerful intellect and a greater knowledge than the lower, and that the higher angels enlighten those beneath them. (1)  Therefore Lucifer – the chief angel – was not only the highest in hierarchical order, but was also the angel with the greatest intellect, and the one responsible for enlightening and governing the others.

As we know, this magnificent angel – the greatest creature God had created up to that time – disobeyed God and fell into apostasy, and in so doing brought one third of the other angels with him.  The angels who thought to themselves, “we would rather be wrong with Lucifer than right without him”, got their wish and became demons, while those who remained faithful to God, in spite of the apostasy of their divinely appointed leader, were immediately confirmed in grace and now reign with God in heaven.

After the fall of the bad angels, God created man.  He endowed the first man with the preternatural gifts of integrity, bodily immortality, impassibility, and infused knowledge, which perfected him according to nature, as well as the supernatural gift of grace, which elevated his soul to the supernatural level, thereby making him a “partaker of the Divine Nature” (2 Peter 1:4).   By the gift of infused knowledge, Adam knew all that he had a natural aptitude to know (2), including knowledge of the physical universe, both material and spiritual, the moral law, the Divine Attributes of God, and man’s relationship to his creator” (3), as well as the supernatural knowledge necessary to guide him and his descendants to their supernatural end. (4)  All of the gifts Adam received would have been passed down to his posterity, with the exception of infused knowledge.  The reason his descendents would not have received this gift, according to St. Thomas, is because Adam was to be the teacher of all other men. (5) As father of the human race, he was to instruct and govern mankind, just as Lucifer was to govern and enlighten the lower angels. As we know, Adam, the father of the human race and divinely appointed teacher of all men, disobeyed God and fell into sin, thereby causing the Fall of the entire human race.  But unlike the angels who fell, God did not abandon man, but instead promised to send a Redeemer.

Next God established His chosen people – the children of Israel – from whom this Redeemer was to come. This chosen race received supernatural revelation directly from God, and practiced the true religion revealed by God.  The Israelites offered God true worship, and longed for the coming of the Messiah for two millennia. Then, when the long-awaited Messiah finally arrived, their leaders rejected Him, declared him a blasphemer, and had Him put to death by the Romans, thereby causing the fall of the entire Jewish Nation.

Next, God used the betrayal of His once-chosen people, and the sacrificial death of Christ, as the means of Redeeming mankind and saving the Gentiles.  He then founded His Church, the “pillar and ground of truth” (1 Tim 3:15) and exclusive Ark of Salvation, and placed the Pope as the head and teacher of all the faithful.

Now, with the pattern that has been repeated over and over again since the beginning of creation, what should we expect to happen at the end?  Would it be a surprise if the Pope – the divinely appointed head of the Church and teacher of the faithful – repeated the actions of the former divinely appointed leaders and bring countless souls to destruction, thereby bringing about the great apostasy predicted in the New Testament?  Would this be a surprise, or simply the same pattern repeating itself?

Could the great apostasy brought on by diabolically disoriented popes be what is spoken of in the portion of the Third Secret of Fatima that has yet to be revealed?  Let’s consider the testimony of Cardinal Ciappi who read the Third Secret.  Cardinal Ciappi was a distinguished theologian from the pontifical household from 1955 to 1989.  In a letter to Professor Baumgartner, the Cardinal made an astonishing admission about the Third Secret.  He wrote: “In the Third Secret it is predicted, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.” (6) Notice, he didn’t say it would begin “near the top”, but “at the top” – the same pattern we have seen repeated throughout history.

In a 1984 interview, Cardinal Ratzinger also spoke of the contents of the Third Secret of Fatima.  The interviewer asked: “Have you read what is called the Third Secret of Fatima?”  To his surprise, the Cardinal answered “yes”, and then went on to discuss what it contained.  The Cardinal said “the things contained within the ‘Third Secret’ correspond to what has been announced in Scripture and has been said again and again in many other Marian Apparitions”.  (As an aside, we must ask where Scripture speaks of the failed assassination attempt of John Paul II?)  Continuing on, the Cardinal said the Third Secret speaks of “dangers threatening the Faith… and the importance of the ‘novissimi’[the end times].”  Once again we see a prelate, who had read the Third Secret, state that it refers to dangers threatening the Faith.

But perhaps the most interesting statement comes from Paul VI himself on the sixtieth anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, during which he spoke of apostasy at the very “summit” of the Church, which confirms what Cardinal Ciappi wrote to Professor Baumgartner.  Here is what Paul VI had to say on October 13, 1977:


The tail of the devil is functioning in the disintegration of the Catholic world. The darkness of Satan has entered and spread throughout the Catholic Church even to its summit. Apostasy, the loss of the faith, is spreading throughout the world and into the highest levels within the Church.  (7)

Is it just a coincidence that Paul VI made this statement on the anniversary of Fatima?   It seems unlikely.  It seems more likely that he was revealing what is contained in the Third Secret.

But if this is what the Third Secret contains, when would it begin?  Is there a particular date that one could look to as the beginning of this great apostasy that would begin “at the top” – at the very “summit” of the Church?

In the famous 1957 interview of Sister Lucy of Fatima with Fr. Fuentes, about the events of Fatima, the cloistered nun asked her interviewer the following question: “Father, how much time is there before 1960 arrives?”  Why would she ask about the date 1960?  She then went on to explain.  She said when this date arrives, “it will be very sad for everyone, not one person will rejoice at all if beforehand the world does not pray and do penance.”  She then ended by saying: “I am not able to give any other details because it is still a secret.

In 1960 preparations were underway for the Second Vatican Council, which Cardinal Suenens later described as “the French Revolution in the Church”. Another attendee of the Council, an Archbishop who had lived during both WWI and WWII, described Vatican II as “the greatest war I have lived through”.

This “pastoral council” brought chaos to the Church – even before the close of its final session.  Consider what Fr. Depau wrote to Paul VI just one year after the close of the disastrous council.

‘Already then, December 1, 1965’ wrote Fr. Depau to Paul VI, who had appointed him as the head of the Catholic Traditionalist Movement, ‘Your Holiness asked me to realize that our Church was going through ‘one of the gravest crises in its history.’ If such a description of our Church’s condition was true then, how much more can the same be said of our Church today! To say that it has gone from bad to worse would be the understatement of the century.  Today’s condition of the Catholic Church is beyond the point of doctrinal heresy, factual schism and even apostasy. It is in a state of chaos and utter collapse resulting from the systematic destruction of first our liturgical and other traditions, and now our very beliefs and morals. (8)

If that letter describes the Church in the 1960’s, what words could be used to describe the Church in our day?

For those who have eyes to see, the Church is undergoing a crisis of unprecedented magnitude:  a great apostasy that began “at the top” – at the very “summit” of the Church, by means of a disastrous “pastoral council”, and a series of Popes who, whatever their good intentions may have been, were nevertheless induced to attempt to foist a new order upon the Catholic world—an order which is rapidly unraveling into chaos.  We have the promise that the gates of hell will not prevail; neither will a Pope ever infallibly define a heresy, since this would be incompatible with the charism of infallibility.  But without violating any of His promises, there is no reason to believe that God will not permit, and indeed has permitted, the crisis of Faith to reach the very summit of the Church, thereby bringing about an apostasy similar to that which has been repeated over and over again since the beginning of creation.

Since the Council, we see that the Popes themselves have embraced the same modernist errors that are ravaging the Church from top to bottom and that were warned against by the great St. Pius X in 1907, when he admitted that these errors were to be found “in the very veins and heart” of the Church:

They [Modernists] put their designs for her [the Church’s] ruin into operation not from without but from within; hence, the danger is present almost in the very veins and heart of the Church, whose injury is the more certain, the more intimate is their knowledge of her. Moreover they lay the axe not to the branches and shoots, but to the very root, that is, to the faith and its deepest fires. And having struck at this root of immortality, they proceed to disseminate poison through the whole tree, so that there is no part of Catholic truth from which they hold their hand, none that they do not strive to corrupt. (9)

In this ecclesiastical crisis of unprecedented magnitude, let us hold firm to “the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:8), and never forget the words of St. Paul: “If anyone preach to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema” (Galatians 1:8-9).


1)       S.T. PT 1, Q 106, A. 1

2)       S.T. Pt I, Q 94, A 3

3)       Hardon, God the Author of Nature and the Supernatural

4)       S.T. Pt I, Q 94, A 3

5)       Ibid

6)       The Fourth Secret of Fatima, Pg. 122

7)       Pope Paul VI’s October 13, 1977 address on the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions

8)        Letter of Fr. Depaw to Paul VI.  Later published under the title: ‘Be Thou Peter’.

9)       PASCENDI DOMINICI GREGIS, Encyclical of Pope Pius X on the Doctrines of the Modernists, 1907

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4 comments on “The History of Apostasy And the Third Secret of Fatima

  1. I will remember that post from Galations mentioned above that if anyone preaches a gospel other than that which we have received(which means from the apostles) let him be anathema. I believe that even if a pope were to teach heresy, I would not have to obey or agree with him. I do not believe that any fornication or homosexual acts are right for christians and the church must preach against them. If any cleric leans to a direction that appears to approve of these behaviors, then I will not accept that.

  2. My take – FWIW, mardancy – is that most times they state the usual, usual caveats about “not judging the heart but the act” and that “certain acts are always proscribed” and, as one saint-to-be-in-the-present-melee put it, “within due limits” that’s kosher enough, by their lights, for the peanut gallery.

    What they seem to forget, assuming they ever studied it in the first place, is that folks actually DO consult the twaddle and piffle oozing out of NO chanceries – for loopholes!

    Writers learn, usually painfully and slowly, that readers SEE things in their works that the author never thought of himself.

    And what many licentious individuals FIND in the lateral arabesques and nudge-nudge, wink-wink world of post-modernist, highly deconstructed gobbledygook that passes for “pastoral advice” these days is a lot of wiggle room.

    And all that usual, usual looks like a big chunk of Swiss cheese.

    F’rinstance, take Maynard, the poor little schlub whose been enticed / coerced / forced / “whatever” into “accepting the reality” of gross, diabolical perversion from kindergarten on, even in “katholic skrewels” in many cases, and then led down the pits into “accepting it as normal” – a youngster whose entire gift of innocence has been stolen from him before he’s even learned how to hold a Ted Williams model Louisville Slugger bat properly. He will in all likelihood NEVER be able to learn the proper reaction with which to respond to it when and if he encounters it in the big bad world of porn-saturated, foul-mouthed ignoramuses that populate his own parish.

    So, when Bp. Bubbles and Fr. Howdyho turn fifteen shades of red if the subject ever arises – from sheer perplexity over how NOT to offend all the porn-saturated, foul-mouthed ignoramuses in their diocese, or even more important, the local daily newspaper and TV station – if any thought at all that this stuff might be serious matter and involve damnation, before (morbidity) and after death, does pop into little Maynard’s fluff-filled skull, it finds no points of meaningful reference.

    It’s all just stuff that nobody can judge. And that’s the bish and padre telling him that.

    It’s the (im)moral equivalent of handing loaded revolvers to a classroom full of pre-schoolers and then just locking them inside and going to the faculty lounge for a smoke.

    Now, if those pre-schoolers were trained from infancy by their parents to never touch any firearm – EVER! – FOR ANY REASON! – because they could kill themselves or someone else, then maybe, just maybe when the principal finds the class room door locked, uses the master key and then wades into the situation to prevent catastrophe, some very upset but very alive children will be there to greet her. Maybe.

    I remember back in the 80s when I first learned that the USCCCP condoned and actually pushed sex ed – which is nothing more than indoctrination into perversion, fornication, licentiousness and all the other raw sewage that will overwhelm the minds and hearts ( and bodies ) of innocent little ones – that I realized that most of the “official” church leadership in the US, objectively, was committing countless mortal sins through its willful participation in the black arts practiced by the godless hordes in government, academia and the media.

    That is, literally, one hell of a thing to realize, as a Catholic.

    The spiritual Band-Aid, kissy-kissy, wuv! wuv! wuv! felt banner crowd had been derelict for decades.

    Bromides in this age of now papally-NOT condemned!!! “orientations” that spit on the Scriptures and defy the order of the universe itself are the epitaph of an institution that is already dead from self-inflicted madness.

    I really don’t know how many of us fully realize just how horrible the Revolution that began in 1962 truly, despicably is…

    And it is getting worse by the day.

  3. You got the wrong secret.

  4. To me, the purpose that God allowed all the ills and wrongs to happen instead of annihilating and destroying the whole of Creation (did He need any of these since He was perfect in Himself?) was for one single purpose only: the whole and complete divine plan was MARY. God simply needed to be able to create His masterpiece. I see no other reason why we should be here in existence but for the woman who would be the mother of Word.

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