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Alice Von Hildebrand Sheds New Light on Fatima

Alice Von Hildebrand Sheds New Light on Fatima
Introductory commentary by Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.

Owing to a lack of clarity and specificity in Chapter 8 of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (AL), mutually contradictory views are circulating as to what it means for Catholics living publicly in objectively sinful relationships. Has the present Holy Father broken with his predecessors, who never permitted any of these folks to receive Holy Communion? Some say Yes, some say No. The distinguished German Catholic philosopher Robert Spaemann, a friend of Pope Benedict XVI, has not hesitated to affirm in a recent interview that with the promulgation of AL, “chaos [has been]raised to a principle by the stroke of a pen”, and that “the consequences are already foreseeable: uncertainty and confusion, from the bishops’ conferences to the small parishes in the middle of nowhere.”

This critical situation invites further reflection on the message of Our Lady of Fatima, as we begin this Friday (May 13, 2016), the 100th year since her first appearance to the Portuguese shepherd children. Back in 1980 the one surviving visionary, Sister Lucy, wrote an important letter to Monsignor (now Cardinal) Carlo Caffarra. After Pope John Paul asked him to begin a new Pontifical Institute for studies on marriage and the family, Caffarra wrote to Sister Lucy, simply requesting her prayers for this venture. He has recently made known his surprise at receiving “a very long letter with her signature. . . . In it we find written: ‘The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, for this is the decisive issue.’ And then she concluded: ‘however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.’”

This reassurance is encouraging, because fifteen years after Sister Lucia wrote that letter, Cardinal Luigi Ciappi (1909-1996), personal theological adviser to five popes, made a stunning disclosure about that part of the Fatima secret that the Vatican has never released (and which is evidently referenced by the enigmatic word “etc.” in the published part of Our Lady’s message). His Eminence, one of the few persons who had seen the complete secret, wrote in a 1995 letter to Professor Baumgartner of Salzburg: “In the Third Secret it is predicted, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.”

Such a shocking prophecy would explain why Sister Lucy herself confessed to being traumatized by it, why Pope John XXIII decided not to publish it on schedule in 1960, and why Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani of the Holy Office, in answer to a reporter’s question, stated acidly that the Third Secret had been relegated “to the bottom of the Vatican archives – and that’s where it deserves to stay!” (A priest who as a young man was living in Rome in 1960 has told me he distinctly recalls reading these words of the cardinal in a newspaper report.) As the Church’s top doctrinal watchdog, Ottaviani might well have judged that such an appalling message might unsettle the faith of many Catholics in the See of Peter, the ‘Rock’ on whom Christ built his Church.

The foregoing observations should help to set in their context the following testimony from Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, whom I have been privileged to know for about twenty years. It provides clear corroboration of what Cardinal Ciappi said about the secret, but was made known to her and her late husband, the renowned philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand, a full thirty years before Ciappi wrote his letter to the Austrian professor. In a private email at the beginning of May Dr. von Hildebrand told me about this 1965 conversation in Florence. I asked her whether she would allow this to be made known to a wider audience, and after consulting with her spiritual director, she replied that he had given her permission to do so. (Msgr. Mario Boehm, whose testimony she records here, was a leading member of the editorial staff of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano during the 1930s and 1940s, when the editor-in-chief was Count Giuseppe Dalla Torre. Boehm retained high-level contacts in Rome after his retirement.)

Dr. von Hildebrand added that it would be good for this account to be accompanied here by that of another similar conversation she and her husband had in the 1960s with the former communist agent Bella Dodd. I personally find these testimonies linked to the Fatima message deeply consoling at this time of increasing confusion and profoundly disturbing change emanating from the highest levels of Church authority. For they indicate that Heaven has not only foreseen this great crisis, but has forewarned us, in order to reassure Catholics that, whatever may happen in the immediate future, Christ is still the unassailable Head of his Church, and that the Immaculate Heart of his most holy Mother, Queen of the Holy Rosary, who to Satan is as “terrible as an army set in battle array”, will triumph in the end.

Dr. von Hildebrand, in her 90s, now finds some difficulty in writing by computer, so I have slightly edited her original email for greater clarity. She has approved the following version and graciously given her permission for it to be posted on the OnePeterFive website:

(email to Fr. Brian Harrison dated May 6, 2016):

Dear Father,

I think the following two conversations, which I recall very well from the 1960s, are of particular interest now, in these deeply troubled times half a century later. For they apparently corroborate Cardinal Ciappi’s testimony that part of Our Lady’s Fatima secret was the shocking prediction that the great apostasy in the Church would begin “at the top.”

The first conversation was In June 1965. We were in Florence in the house where my husband was born, and where I spent my first sabbatical. My husband invited a priest named Msgr. Mario Boehm, whom he had met in Rome shortly after his conversion, and who had been one of the top editors of L’Osservatore Romano for many years. The topic of Fatima came up. My husband raised the question, “Why was the third secret of Fatima not revealed?” For the Holy Virgin had said it should be shared with the faithful in 1960.

Don Mario: It was not revealed because of its content. My husband: What was so fearful about it? Msgr. Boehm (as a well-trained Italian) did not say that he had read it, but intimated that the content was fearful: “infiltration of the Church to the very top”. It shattered us but confirmed my husband’s fear that the way Vatican II was interpreted was going to expose the Church to terrible dangers. Alas, this fear was well founded.

The second conversation is one with Bella Dodd that I have already spoken about on previous occasions. We met her in the Fall of 1965 and she visited us here at New Rochelle, NY, where I still live, either in 1966 or 1967. She had been an ardent communist from her student days at Hunter College – a hotbed of communism. (That is why I was systematically persecuted there, as recounted in my book, Memoirs of a Happy Failure.) Bella had sown the seeds of this diabolical philosophy at Hunter, but converted in 1952 under the guidance of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Let me repeat the conversation between her and my husband:

DvH: I fear the Church has been infiltrated.

Bella: You fear it, dear Professor; I know it! When I was an ardent communist I was working in close contact with four cardinals in the Vatican working for us; and they are still very active today.

DvH: Who are they? My nephew Dieter Sattler is a German stationed at the Holy See.

But Bella, who was under the spiritual guidance of Archbishop Sheen, declined to give him this information.

The only recourse we have now is prayer, and the firm conviction that the gates of hell shall not prevail. St. Matthew ch. XXIV has warned us.

In union of ardent prayers.

I am, dear Father, respectfully yours in Christ,

Alice von Hildebrand

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11 comments on “1 peter 5/Fatima

  1. When I was an ardent communist I was working in close contact with four cardinals in the Vatican working for us; and they are still very active today.

    It wasn’t Montini or Roncalli as they were created Cardinal after her conversion in 1952. Likely Tisserant was one of the cardinals, and he happened to consecrate Montini bishop. Tisserant also met with the KGB, per Pope John XXIII’s design, to invite them to the Council in return for holding silence on Communism.

    The “from the top” refers not only to Francis, I’m afraid. Why did John XXIII stifle the secret? Because it would have ended the designs of the Council. Hence, he’s the top of the list. And they call him saint. Positively Orwellian.

    • Technical point: Was it Roncalli that gave Montini the red cap? I believe Pius XII did not create any new cardinals after 1953 (and he ended up sending Montini to a safe haven, without the red cap, instead of having him tried after the catastrophic treason committed on behalf of the USSR by Montini’s clerical secretary.)

      • You are correct, gpmtrad. Pius XII appointed the then Msgr. Montini archbishop of Milan, and that venerable pope’s successor, John XXIII, made him a cardinal.

        After the death of Pius XII, I read a newspaper article on the possibility of the election of a non-cardinal (Abp. Montini of Milan) as his successor, because the archbishop was regarded as Pius’ understudy and heir apparent, as was Card. Pacelli of Pius XI and Card. Ratzinger of John Paul II.

  2. This makes any of the spy movies look tame by comparison!

    How evil.

    This is yet again why ALL Catholics must speak out against false teaching – no matter who it comes from.
    The Pope himself deserves no immunity from criticism. None at all. We are in too much peril from loss of millions of souls.

  3. See also AA-1025: Memoirs of the Communist Infiltration into the Church; by Marie Carre


    Absorbing and compelling reading from beginning to end, AA -1025 Memoirs of the Communist Infiltration Into the Church is a must read for every Catholic today and for all who would understand just what has happened to the Catholic Church since the 1960 s. In the 1960’s, a French nurse, Marie Carre, attended an auto-crash victim who was brought into her hospital in a city she purposely does not name. The man lingered there near death for a few hours and then died. He had no identification on him, but he had a briefcase in which there was a set of quasi-autobiographical notes. She kept these notes and read them, and because of their extraordinary content, decided to publish them. The result is this little book, AA-1025 Memoirs of the Communist Infiltration Into the Church, a strange and fascinating account of a Communist who purposely entered the Catholic priesthood along with many others, with the intent to subvert and destroy the Church from within. His strange yet fascinating and illuminating set of biographical notes, tells of his commission to enter the priesthood, his experiences in the seminary, and the means and methods he used and promoted to help effect from within the auto-dissolution of the Catholic Church. No one will read this book without a profound assent that something just like what is describer here must surely have happened on a wide scale in order to have disrupted the life of the Catholic Church so dramatically.

    Marie Carre was a French author, nurse and convert from Protestantism in 1965. Her dramatized memoirs, entitled AA-1025: Memoirs of the Communist Infiltration Into the Church, were originally published in 1972 as ES-1025 by Editions Segieb, France. The English edition was printed in 1973 by Editions St. Raphael, and later republished by TAN in 1991. The work is comprised of various biographical notes that the author obtained from a Communist who entered the seminary with the intent of subverting the Church. Marie Carre died in 1984 at Marseilles, France.

    Full text at archive.org/stream/Aa-1025TheMemoirsOfAnAnti-apostle/Aa-1025TheMemoirsOfAnAnti-apostle_djvu.txt

    • [Alice von Hildebrand has written in defense of this book as well as of Bella Dodd against scurrilous charges by a neo-Catholic journalist]

      Bella Dodd & “AA-1025: The Memoirs of an Anti-Apostle” –Facts or Fables
      Crisis Magazine Letters to the Editor | Alice von Hildebrand
      Text available only at freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/913897/posts

      A Final Swing

      Sandra Miesel does a fine job debunking the fantastic and often absurd conspiratorial inventions that have proliferated in some circles (“Swinging at Windmills: A Close Look at Catholic Conspiracy Theories,” December 2002). Many of them have been refuted and proven to be totally baseless. But I have a quarrel with some of the arguments that she offered.

      In a few paragraphs in her article, Miesel overshoots her mark and weakens her conclusions. She challenges the authenticity of a book published by a French woman, Marie Carré She was a nurse who received a call to take care of a man mortally wounded in a car accident. The dying man had no identification and no passport. All she found was a manuscript that she decided to publish in 1972 under the title AA-1025: The Memoirs of an Anti-Apostle. It relates the story of a young man who, upon discovering that his adoptive parents had “lied” to him, decided to escape to Russia. Animated by a deadly hatred of the Catholics who had raised him, he decided to dedicate his life to the victory of atheism. Trained by the Communists, he was ordered to go back to Poland and play the repentant sinner, enter a seminary as an anti-apostle, and then spend his life working toward the destruction of the Roman Catholic Church.

      Miesel writes: “This is supposed to explain the post-Vatican II changes, although Communist control never altered dogma of worship beyond the Iron Curtain.”

      This is a non sequitur. AA-1025 was working in the West, not in Eastern Europe; moreover, the Communist regime did not need to change dogmas: Atheism was supreme. A careful reading of the book shows that AA-1025 was much too clever to launch a direct attack on dogmas. His plans were much more subtle, much more “professional,” to spread doubt, to weaken faith, to undermine tradition, and to ridicule old-fashioned practices that alienate “modern man” for failing to address themselves to his needs.

      The next paragraph is still more astonishing: Miesel refers to the book as “a fable.” There I part ways with the author. As much as I agree with her that the validity of AA-1025 has not been proven, this fact does not disprove the book’s truth. Miesel makes the mistake that hundreds of my students have made: If God’s existence is not satisfactorily proven to their taste, they draw the conclusion that it has been disproved. Even if all proofs of His existence were weak and unconvincing, this fact would thereby in no way be disproved. I grant Miesel that one can raise many questions concerning the authenticity of this document. I have raised them myself. But once again, this does not prove without a shadow of a doubt that it is not valid.

      AA-1025 may be a literary invention of Marie Carré, but one must admit that she hits the bull’s eye from the first page to the last. Some people have extraordinary talents to foresee the future. Carré certainly had an extraordinary perception of how best to harm the Church. How surprising indeed that all her inventions have become reality in the post-conciliar Church.

      More serious is the brief reference that Miesel makes to Bella Dodd. It is clear from the content of her article that Miesel never met Dodd personally. I knew her and can call her a friend. After dedicating 21 years of her life to the Enemy, she was so shattered when her eyes opened that she wanted to devote the years left to her to penance and to join the most severe penitential order. She turned for advice and help to Bishop Fulton Sheen. She opened her heart to him, went to confession, and put herself under his guidance. He became her spiritual director and gave her the order to remain in the world and open the eyes of Americans to the deadly poison of Communism, its atheism, its hatred of God and the Church. She lectured extensively. It was at one of her talks that my husband and I made her acquaintance. We immediately perceived that she was an exceptional person: her intelligence, her sincerity, her humility, and her desire to make good for the harm that she had done.

      Dodd visited us in New Rochelle, New York. I recall that one day my husband—who had become increasingly worried about what was dubbed “the spirit of Vatican II”—said to her, “Bella, at times I wonder whether the Church has not been infiltrated.” I can solemnly testify that she answered, “Dear professor, you fear it; I know it. When I was a fanatic Communist, I was in close contact with four cardinals in the Vatican working for us. They are still very active today.” My husband jumped in his seat and said, “My nephew is German ambassador at the Holy See. Who are they?” Bella Dodd refused to answer: Bishop Sheen had not allowed her to reveal their names.

      As long as Bella Dodd lived, she remained in close contact with Bishop Sheen. He knew what she was revealing in her numerous lectures and never tried to curb her or to challenge what she was saying, but he did not allow her to reveal names. The Roman Catholic Church rightly fears scandals.

      In a talk that Dodd gave in Orange, California, she told a packed auditorium that in the 1920s Stalin ordered his subordinates to try to infilt­rate Catholic seminaries. Dodd was ap­pointed to faithfully follow this directive, and given her extraordinary charism to persuade people, she claimed publicly that she alone was responsible for the infiltration of hundreds of Judases in Catholic seminaries: “Young men who had neither faith nor morals” was the way she put it. It seems legitimate at this point to wonder whether some of the horrendous sexual scandals that have rocked the Church in the United States are not to be traced back to Bella Dodd’s efficiency.

      With a sleight of hand, Miesel dismisses the whole thing as being “implausible.” End of discussion.

      Having taught in a fortress of secularism for some 37 years and as a cradle Catholic, I have learned a few things along the way. It is a well-known fact that teachers learn much from their students, and mine have opened my mind to quite a few facts. One thing that they convinced me of is that most fundamental errors are highly plausible and that many a truth are implausible. All Catholic dogma shocks human reason, since original sin is always tempted by rationalism. Religious, metaphysical, and ethical truths can only be accepted when reason is on its knees in a position of humility.

      I have heard Europeans accuse Americans of being “naive.” Maybe several paragraphs of Miesel’s article are a case in point. Many of my students have convinced me that atheism, materialism, evolutionism, relativism, subjectivism, and sexism are highly plausible. How can God exist, be all-powerful and all good, and yet permit the tortures of innocent children?

      On the other hand, infiltration is highly plausible. One of the tasks of the KBG, the FBI, and the CIA is to recruit double agents. There is not a single organization that does not aim at in­filtration. If they don’t, they will inevitably be defeated. Stalin (like every devil) was immensely clever. Being an ex-seminarian, he knew the power that faith exercises upon man’s soul; he also knew best the means of weakening and destroying it. He would have been very stupid indeed had he not tried to infiltrate the Vatican.

      This very thought, of course, is repugnant to Catholics. Many of them have no fear that an intimate of the Enemy might be within and would undermine the authority of Peter. Almost instinctively they will reject as “fable” and “inventions of scandal mongers” any claim that some cardinal, bishop, or priest might be working for the Enemy.

      I am not a prophet. I am far from claiming that we are at the end of time. I do not know. But one thing is certain: Confusion reigns all over. Does it imply that the Holy Catholic Church is no longer without blemish? Far from it: The Holy Catholic Church is indeed holy, and will ever be, but God’s greatness and power are best shown in the fact that, in spite of the treason of some of His children, He will conquer, because, as St. Augustine wrote, His power is best shown by the fact that evil can be used for the triumph of the good.

      Alice von Hildebrand New Rochelle, New York

      [More on all of this at www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m153.html ]

  4. IF, repeat IF, Dodd had the names then common sense would dictate that someone with a genuine Catholic interest in her claims, such as an orthodox prelate, would have learned of it or insisted on learning of it and dealing with the matter foresquare.

    To my knowledge, such has never occurred.

    I’m not claiming that she knew nothing but rather that that is exactly where interested Catholics are even today: We still know nothing but insinuations.

    As for Carre, I had always understood her book to be fictional.

    I make these comments as someone who has, since age ten, hated communism so I am not trying to instigate “doubt” among my fellow traditional Catholics.

    I’m just asking why, if these explosive claims have never led to even one communist infiltrator being exposed and dealt with, then of what use are they?

    • I hear you. If Dodd was telling the truth, then Sheen was, unknown to her, one of them. I agree that AA, the AltaVendita, and the like, should be taken with a grain of salt. And as you say, not to lower your guard, but actually the opposite! Because things that seem so true could contain a misleading morsel that works to disarm you just at the wrong moment.

      The bottom line is, Our Lady warned us about the Errors of Russia, and the Church has supplied us with more than enough armor and grace to stay safe.

      Pray the Rosary every day.

  5. And, for the record, I DO consider Fr Villa’s and Franco Belgrande’s works entirely credible.

  6. Besides Dodd’s book “School of Darkness”, I also read “Black listed by History” (which by the way could be applied today to Washington ‘s hearings), Towards the end of that book it mentions that one of the men who worked with McCarthy had attended a protestant seminary and had stated that those seminaries had also been infiltrated by the Communist too. He supposedly had written several articles where he name d names. And also if you read her book you will see how heavily the Communist had infiltrated the schools teachers even back then. Which probably laid the seeds for the condition of our colleges today.

    • Joe McCarthy was a good guy. He realized the nature of the war. It’s still the same, but with yet more enemies in places of power. Once the Church threw in the towel on Communism, our demise was sealed. It’s all up to Our Lady now.

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