MALACHI MARTIN'S DEEP REVELATIONS ON THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA
In the late 1990s, the consummate Vatican insider, Father Malachi Martin went on Art Bell's radio show and entered a guessing game with the listeners. They told him the hearsay they had heard about the Third Secret of Fatima and Martin replied as to whether they were correct or wrong. This was Martin's way of circumventing the oath he took not to reveal the Secret, which he read when he was a young wonder-boy in the Vatican during the early 1960s. Three decades later, he said he could answer the listeners' questions truthfully because he could not tell a lie - and indeed he agreed "plague" could well be the lot of those living in the time of the Third Secret. I read "plague" for Covid.
On Art Bell's show, Martin gave fragmentary answers as to the contents of the Third Secret which was confided to the three shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco in 1917 and was meant to be read and published by the Pope of 1960, which turned out to be Pope John XXIII.
Most shockingly, one listener told Martin, that they had heard from a priest who had claimed to have read the Third Secret that, "The last Pope would be under the control of Satan...when Pope John XXIII read this he fainted, thinking it was him", to which Martin replied, "Yes, it sounds as if they were reading the text of the Third Secret".
Personally, I believe Father Malachi Martin was telling the truth when he said he had read the text because he was a favorite among the bishops and cardinals and he was being groomed to be their successor. I believe he held in his hands the text of the Third Secret a little while after Pope John read it prematurely and before he ought in 1959. In the pages of The Keys of This Blood, Martin didn't hold back when he wrote, "Lucia's single-page written formulation of the Third Secret covers three main topics. A physical chastisement of the nations, involving catastrophes, man-made or natural, on land, on water and in the atmosphere of the globe. A spiritual chastisement, far more frightening and distressing - especially for Roman Catholics - than physical hardship, since it would consist of the disappearance of religious belief, a period of widespread unfaith in many countries."
In tandem with the man-made or natural catastrophes and the punishment-of-spirit visited particularly upon Catholics, Martin said that both these were intrinsic to the third topic, the pivotal role of Russia, "In fact, the physical and spiritual chastisements, according to Lucia's letter are to be gridded on a fateful timetable in which Russia is the ratchet." Then Martin, in this best-selling book, did not sweeten the Secret, "The chastisements were meant to punish the nations for their ungodliness and abandonment of God's laws." But he allowed for the hope that still existed in 1960, "The whole dire process could be averted - need not happen - if two requests of Mary were granted. One: that whoever would be Pope in 1960 should publish the text of the Third Secret for the whole world to read and know. Two: that then the Pope, with all his bishops acting collegially, should consecrate Russia to Mary."
Repeatedly, Martin stressed that, "Russia according to the text of the Third Secret, was the regulator or the timetable. If these two basic requests were satisfied, then the two chastisements - physical and spiritual - would not be inflicted on mankind. Russia would be converted to religious belief and a period of great peace and prosperity would ensue." Neither of these conditions were met during the time of John XXIII, and Martin lamented that the collegial consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was not done in October 1962 when 2,500 bishops assembled at the Vatican to open the Second Vatican Council.
Martin drew on an answer that Polish Pope John Paul II gave as to why the Popes who came before him did not deign to publish the Secret or obey the request concerning Russia, "My predecessors in the Petrine Office [John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I] diplomatically preferred to postpone publication so as not to encourage the world power of Communism to make certain moves."
The section on the Third Secret of Fatima is the heart of The Keys of This Blood, and yet absolutely no listing is made of it in the Index. I have quoted from page 630 onwards, however, none of these pages are referenced in the Index as pertaining to the Third Secret. It is almost as though Malachi Martin was breaching the limits of his oath in giving a precise analysis of the Third Secret while at the same time, he made it harder for those who would like to pin disobedience on him, because a lot of reading must be done in a 734 page book to find proof that Martin had revealed the Secret when it is not mentioned once in the Index.
Clearly, you and I cannot have it both ways, we cannot hold up the text issued by the Vatican and Malachi Martin's version of the Third Secret as both being true. Even if you think Malachi Martin was sorely in error or a manipulative liar (as his worst enemies maintain), it bears studying his detailed account because it may have immediate bearing on our lives. Critics of Martin often say that the Kerryman was "full of old Blarney" and that he liked to pretend he knew more than he did, but were it truly the case, Martin would have paraded and protested the Secret as opposed to making it the hidden and secret grand finale of his best non-fiction work.
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This post was informed by Malachi Martin's opus The Keys of This Blood.