The Holy Father is in Fatima for the anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady.
He has gone as a pilgrim to Fatima to pray for the Church, for priests and for peace in the world.
It would have made sense to go in 2007, but… no. He went this year, for an anniversary of the beatification of Francesco and Jacinta.
His visit to Fatima was sure to arouse discussion of the so-called "third secret".
Many contend that there is a second part of the secret which was not revealed in 2000. They speculate that the second part would probably involve the Blessed Virgin’s own explanation of the vision contained in the text released in 2000. Some think that the actually explanation has to do with something so troubling that Pope’s did not want to reveal it, perhaps because it was about apostasy in the Church, or the Second Vatican Council, etc.
On the airplane to Portugal, the Holy Father chose to answer a question from a journalist about the Fatima message and secret. The way I read his response, Benedict opened up an interpretation of the vision of the "third secret" that went beyond the interpretation he himself had given in 2000. Pope Benedict’s answer tied the secret not to events just of the 20th century, but to something that is developing.
Pope Benedict has long known what the text of the "third secret" contains. I have often wondered if he hasn’t tried to indicate something of the meaning of the text in that 9th Station of the Cross he wrote in 2005. His comments about the "terrifying" effects of sin within the Church and his entrustment of priests to the Immaculate Heart of Mary – in Fatima – leads me to connect some dots.
After all, in 1984 he told Vittorio Messori that the text wasn’t released in order to avoid "sensationalism". But in 2000 in his theological reflection he began with the comment that people will probably find the text anti-climactic.
Some say the whole text is definitively out. Some say it isn’t.
The debate is not over.
But what do you think?
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Please respond with the answer that best fits your position and give your view in the combox: