Reprinted with permission from The Fatima Crusader Issue 35.
Chronology of a Cover-Up
June 13, 1929 - 12 years after Her original appearances at Fatima, in fulfillment of Her July 13, 1917 promise, Our Lady again appears to Sister Lucy at Tuy, Spain and tells her that “the moment has come” for RUSSIA to be consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart by the Pope “in union with all the bishops of the world” on one specific day and at the same hour.
August 1931 - Our Lord Jesus Christ speaks to Sister Lucy, and concerning the Consecration of Russia, tells her “Make it known to My ministers, that given they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My request that they will follow him into misfortune.”
January 2, 1944 - Our Lady again appears to Sister Lucy and bids her to write down the Third (never released) part of the Secret entrusted to her at Fatima in 1917. She requests that it be given to the faithful no later than 1960.
July 15, 1946 - In answer to a question from Professor William T. Walsh, Sister Lucy points out that Our Lady DID NOT ask for the consecration of the world (as done by Pope Pius XII), but only and specifically RUSSIA. “If this is done,” says Sister Lucy, Our Lady promises to “convert Russia and there will be peace.”
December 26, 1957 - Father Fuentes interviews Sister Lucy; she tells of many nations disappearing from the face of the earth and of many souls going to Hell as a result of ignoring Our Lady's Fatima Message.
1958 - Father Fuentes publishes his interview. It is widely read and no one questions its authenticity.
October 9, 1958 - Pope Pius XII dies.
July 2, 1959 - Father Fuentes' interview with Sister Lucy is denounced as fraudulent in an ANONYMOUS report from the Chancery office in Coimbra. To this date, no official will take credit for this report.
February 8, 1960 - Despite Our Lady's express wish to Sister Lucy and repeated promises from the Bishop of Fatima and the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, the Vatican ANONYMOUSLY announces that the Third Secret will NOT be opened and publicly revealed in this year.
1960 - Sister Lucy is officially forbidden to speak on the Third Secret.
1961 - Despite the defense by the Cardinal Primate of Mexico and his own Archbishop, Pio Lopez, Father Fuentes is dismissed as Postulator of the Cause for Beatification of Jacinta and Francisco on the basis of the anonymous Coimbra report.
1965 - 1983
1965 - Father Alonso becomes the Archivist of Fatima. He is a theologian in his own right. He publicly states his agreement with the anonymous report against Father Fuentes.
November 15, 1966 - New revisions in Canon Law permit anyone in the Church to speak publicly about the Fatima apparitions without the necessity of an imprimatur. However, Sister Lucy remains silenced, forbidden to speak on Fatima without direct Vatican permission.
1967 - Sister Lucy's Memoirs are published in which she reveals Our Lady's 1929 request for the Consecration of Russia. A huge public campaign begins with the collection of thousands of signatures asking the Pope to consecrate Russia.
May 13, 1967 - According to one Fatima expert, Sister Lucy pleads with Pope Paul VI to release the Third Secret, but he refuses.
1975 - After 10 years' study, Father Alonso reverses himself about Father Fuentes and declares that the 1957 interview was valid and an authentic report of Sister Lucy's views.
1980 - In three years, the public campaign for the Consecration of Russia results in over 3 million signatures being received at the Vatican.
December 12, 1981 - Father Alonso dies, leaving behind a 24-volume work on Fatima. All 24 volumes remain unpublished to this day due to an ecclesiastical ban. However, in articles published before his death, Father Alonso states his belief that the Third Secret refers to dangers to the Faith and the guilt of the hierarchy.
May 13, 1982 - The Pope consecrates the world at Fatima.
May 19, 1982 - The Holy Father, explaining why he did not specifically consecrate Russia, declares he had “tried to do everything possible in the concrete circumstances.”
July/August 1982 - The Blue Army's Soul Magazine publishes an alleged interview with Sister Lucy in which she supposedly claims that the Consecration of Russia has been accomplished by the Pope.
1982-83 - In a private comment to friends and relatives, Sister Lucy repeatedly denies that the Consecration has been done. When asked to publicly announce this, she tells Father Joseph de Sainte Marie that she must have “official permission from the Vatican” before she can make such a statement.
March 19, 1983 - At the Holy Father's request, Sister Lucy meets with Archbishop Portalupi (the Papal Nuncio), Dr. Lacerda and Father Messias, and Sister Lucy confirms that the Consecration of Russia was NOT done because Russia did not appear clearly as the object of consecration and the world's bishops did not participate. She explains that she could not say so publicly before because she did not have the permission of the Vatican.
May-October 1983 - Father Caillon and Father Gruner publish several articles exposing the erroneous and fraudulent Soul Magazine interview.
March 25, 1984 - The Holy Father at Rome before 250,000 people again consecrates the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: The Pope departs from his prepared text and acknowledges that Our Lady of Fatima is still awaiting the Consecration of Russia.
March 26, 1984 - The Pope's own newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, reports the exact words used by the Pope during the consecration of the world ceremony. Departing from his 3-month-old prepared text the Pope asks Our Lady of Fatima to “enlighten especially the peoples, whose consecration and entrusting you are awaiting from us.”
March 27, 1984 - As reported in the Italian Catholic Bishops' newspaper Avvenire, the Holy Father, four hours after consecrating the world, prays at St. Peter's asking Our Lady to bless “those peoples for whom You Yourself are awaiting our act of consecration and entrusting.”
1984 - Fatima expert, Father Messias publicly insists that the Consecration still has NOT been done (Note: He will consistently maintain this position until spring 1989).
November 1984 - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (who has read the Third Fatima Secret) acknowledges in an interview published with his explicit permission, in Jesus magazine that the Third Secret referred to dangers to the Faith, thus confirming Father Alonso's thesis.
1985 - 1988
June 1985 - The Ratzinger Report, a book based on the 1984 interview, is published with all particularly pertinent references to the Third Secret mysteriously deleted.
September 1985 - In a published interview with friends of the Spanish Blue Army, Sister Lucy affirms that the Consecration of Russia still has NOT been done because once again Russia was not the clear object of the consecration and the bishops did not fully participate.
1985 - Cardinal Gagnon in an interview with Father Caillon acknowledges the Consecration of Russia has NOT been done.
1986 - Maria do Fetal publicly quotes Sister Lucy (her cousin) as saying that the Consecration of Russia still has NOT been done. (Note: She will consistently maintain this position until July 1989).
1986 - 1987 - Father Paul Leonard writes (June 1986) “The Plot to Silence Our Lady” and its April, 1987 sequel “The (USA) Blue Army Leadership Has Followed a Deliberate Policy of Falsifying the Fatima Message” to clearly expose the bogus 1982 Soul Magazine interview and the USA Blue Army's subsequent disinformation about the Consecration requested by Our Lady.
July 20, 1987 - Interviewed quickly outside her convent while voting, Sister Lucy confirms to journalist Enrico Romero that the Consecration of Russia has NOT been done.
October 25, 1987 - In an audience with 12 Catholic leaders, Cardinal Mayer publicly acknowledges that the Consecration has NOT been done according to Our Lady's specific request.
November 26, 1987 - In a private meeting, Cardinal Stickler confirms that the Consecration has NOT been done because the Pope lacks the support of the bishops. “They do not obey him,” says Cardinal Stickler.
1988 - Cardinal Gagnon attacks Father Gruner for publishing the Caillon report. Gagnon admits speaking to Father Caillon, does not deny the truth of his report but says it was not meant for publication.
1989 - 1990
1989 - More than 350 Roman Catholic bishops respond to a letter from Father Gruner and confirm their willingness to consecrate Russia with the Pope as requested by Our Lady at Fatima.
1989 - Since 1980, by conservative estimates, an additional 1,000,000 signatures have been received by the Vatican calling for the Pope and bishops to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
July 1989 - Maria do Fetal suddenly reverses and contradicts her statements she had been consistently making since 1986. She now claims that Sister Lucy believes the 1984 world consecration satisfied Our Lady of Fatima's request.
August 1989 - July 1990 - Computer-generated and typewritten notes and letters supposedly signed by Sister Lucy suddenly appear, flatly contradicting all former statements she has made for more than 50 years about the Consecration.
January 29, 1990 - At about 8:30 a.m., Maria do Fetal at Fatima states to Father Pierre Caillon that she “was inventing” when she earlier reported Sister Lucy's words on the 1984 consecration.
October 11, 1990 - Sister Lucy's own blood sister, Carolina tells Father Gruner in Fatima that little or no trust can be put in any typewritten letter from Sister Lucy as she does not even know how to type.
October 22, 1990 - In a written report, a highly regarded forensic expert indicates that Sister Lucy's signature was forged on a November 1989 computer-generated letter. It was excerpts from this letter (published by an Italian Catholic magazine in March 1990) that has been widely cited as “proof” that the Consecration has been done. Several wire services picked up that Italian story and spread this fraudulent claim worldwide.
November 1990 - Father Gruner and the International Fatima Rosary Crusade launch a worldwide campaign to free Sister Lucy from her 30 year ordeal of silence and to encourage the Holy Father to release the Third Secret of Fatima.