29 Padre Pio, Fatima and Wolves
In the process of her reading, Cap discovered Padre Pio. He was a gentle but sometimes gruff Italian monk who had the stigmata. He was famous for healings and for the gift of reading souls. In confession, he could see a person’s life as if it were a movie. He had recently been canonized.
In february, Cap wrote to Skinner.
Dear Father Skinner,
The more I read, and the further I go, the more things pile up, one remarkable story on top of another. All of them connected by some thin thread to Fatima.
I came across a quote which I wanted to share with you. As a non catholic, I have to wonder what was going on in the church, that one of the holiest men in history was deeply at odds with the Vatican. It supports the idea that the devil has entered the church.
Padre Pio made a powerful statement about the message of Fatima. “Because of the spreading injustice and abuse of power, we have arrived at a compromise with atheistic materialism, denying the rights of God. This is the chastisement preannounced at Fatima... All of the priests who maintain the possibility of a dialogue with the deniers of God and with the Luciferian powers of the world are mad, they have lost the faith, they no longer believe in the Gospel. Thus, they betray the word of God because Christ came to bring to earth a perpetual alliance only with men of goodwill, but not to ally Himself with men thirsty for power and domination over their brothers... The flock is dispersed when the pastors ally themselves with the enemies of the Truth of Christ. All of the forms of power made deaf to the will and the authority of the Heart of God are rapacious wolves who renew the Passion of Christ and cause the tears of the Madonna to pour forth.”
Abuse of Power
Padre Pio said these words in 1963. The first sentence is a powerful criticism against the leadership of the Vatican and specifically the Pope himself: “Because of the spreading injustice and abuse of power, we have arrived at a compromise with atheistic materialism.” The reference to “injustice and an abuse of power” is a direct reference to the Vatican’a having taken the Third Secret from The Bishop of Fatima and having refused to publish it. It was the Madonna’s intention that the Bishop of Fatima should hold the Secret and that he should publish it in the year 1960.
Thus, Pio charges Pope John XXIII with disobedience and rebellion against the Madonna.
Compromise with atheistic materialism
Padre Pio condemned the policy of dialogue with atheistic communism. He took a harsh view toward communism at the same time that John XXIII was speaking about the medicine of mercy instead of the arms of severity and condemnations.
John XXIII agreed not to condemn the Soviet Union or Communism. The second secret includes the request for the consecration of Russia. The Consecration of Russia would have been perceived as a condemnation of Communism. Therefore, his rapprochement with the Soviet Union was directly opposite the approach of the Madonna.
Chastisement Preannounced at Fatima
In this passage, Pio throws the book at John XXIII. Pio is opening up the Secret, which John wants to bury. When Padre Pio uses the word preannounced he had chosen the word carefully. The preannouncement was the third secret. Pio declares that the Secret announces a Chastisement, a punishment. Pio is saying that the compromise with the communists is the punishment about which the Madonna spoke at Fatima. They both know that the Secret says that the devil will infiltrate the Church.
With the use of the word “because”, Padre Pio has hurled a grave charge against John XXIII and his collaborators. He is in effect saying that the Chastisement mentioned in the Third Secret will be caused by their injustice and abuse of power. All involved know that John would not have been allowed to compromise with the communists if the Secret had been revealed. The opposite would have happened. Catholics in the millions would have wanted to see Russia Consecrated.
Apostacy. Padre Pio goes on to charge all the priests who want to dialogue with communism as deniers of God, which is to say apostates. He is in effect charging Pope John with Apostasy. It needs to be remembered that Cardinal Ciappi would later write that the Third Secret foretells that the Great Apostasy will begin at the top. Then, Pio touches on another elements of the secret. The flock is dispersed when priests ally themselves with the enemy of Christ. Rapacious wolves attack the abandoned flock. Padre Pio is exposing the third secret.
Content of the Third Secret. No where in the known message of Fatima is a warning against compromise with atheistic materialism. Nor mention of it being a the chastisement. Padre Pio was giving away part the Third Secret. He was saying that the Third Secret announced that there would be a profound spiritual chastisement, far worse than any material punishment. The chastisement would be that the leadership of the church would embark on a policy of compromise with atheistic materialism. They would lose the faith. They would deny the Gospel and betray God. Pastors would ally themselves with the enemy of Christ, who is the devil. Rapacious wolves would disperse and ravage the flock. Many souls would be dragged to hell. The loss of so many souls would be the cause of the tears of the Madonna.
An Alliance of men of Goodwill.
Then he says something beautiful, “Christ came to bring to earth a perpetual alliance only with men of goodwill, but not to ally Himself with men thirsty for power and domination over their brothers....” There is hope for the rest of us.
Padre Pio mentioned Wolves in connection with Fatima. That he uses such an unusual expression in connection with the message of Fatima, suggests that the word Wolves may be found in the Third Secret. The paragraph above can be looked upon as a survey of the Third Secret. Padre Pio is saying that in the third secret is a message about rapacious wolves.
Padre Pio and Sister Lucy.
Padre Pio’s words intertwine with Sister Lucy’s. The two stories together speak about Pastors abandoning their flocks. One says rapacious wolves. The other says seizing the flock and dragging them down to hell. Sister Lucy was not able to use the word Wolves because that would have been giving away too much. She was forbidden to speak directly about the Secret. But she touches on a number of elements around it.
When she speaks about the Decisive Battle between Mary and Satan, she speaks in the language of a shepherd. “Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin. And the devil knows what it is that most offends God, and which in a short space of time will gain for him the greatest number of souls. Thus, the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated to God because in this way, the devil will succeed in leaving the souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he seize them... The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag numerous souls to hell.”
Tears of the Madonna
This is a reference to The Weeping Statue of Syracuse. Padre Pio had a special connection with the Weeping Madonna. He believed that the Madonna had healed him when he saw the Statue from his window. He was in effect saying that the Madonna was weeping because she foresaw that Pope John would not publish the secret, and would instead compromise with the enemies of Her Son and that as a result many of her children would be led astray and lost forever.