Cardinal Silvio Angelo Pio Oddi
Third Secret pre-announces something terrible the Church has done
Cardinal Silvio Oddi, who has died aged 90, was the most outspoken conservative in the Roman Curia, expressing pungent views that made even Cardinal Ratzinger look liberal.
In … unguarded interview, published in 1990, Cardinal Oddi spoke about his relationship with John XXIII. In the early 1960s, when acting as his secretary, he told the Pope: "Most Holy Father, there is one thing for which I cannot forgive you". The Pope, surprised, asked what it was. Oddi replied that he had not revealed the Third Secret of Fatima, conveyed to three Portuguese children by the Virgin Mary in 1917, which had been scheduled for release in 1960.
"Let's not talk about it," replied the Pope. Oddi said he had already delivered a hundred sermons and speeches on the subject. "I told you not to mention it," said the Pope.
Oddi duly spent the next few decades happily speculating about what might be in the sealed envelope, his favourite hunch being that it "pre-announces something terrible the Church has done, naturally without meaning to".
Cardinal Silvio Oddi
Cardinal Oddi about the Third Secret of Fatima
The first of these interviews was given for the "Catholic" journal Il Sabato, and published in its edition of March 17, 1990:
Greater details were forthcoming in the November 11, 1990 edition of Trenta Giorni, an "International Catholic" monthly. Msgr. Oddi gave these details in "memoir" form:
“… I, who knew John XXIII very well, am sure that the secret contained nothing good. Roncalli didn't like to hear about scandals or punishments. From that I conclude that it contained something about prohibition, punishment, or disaster…
At this point let me advance a hypothesis: that the Third Secret of Fatima pre-announces something terrible the (Vatican II) Church has done… something whose consequences were very painful, with a tremendous decline in religious practice. And that later, following a great suffering, the Faith would return. Yes, this may be the content of the secret. But if this were true, the fulfillment of the secret has already been observed, for the crisis in the Church is visible to all. And the most alert souls recognized it years ago.”
Lastly, Msgr. Oddi summed up his position on the Third Secret in his book of memoirs, Il Tenero Mastino di Dio, published in 1995:
“The prophecy of Fatima was completely defied! It is a lack of sense, I would say, because according to the interpretation that seems to me most worthy of consideration, the Third Secret—which John XXIII and his successors thought inopportune to reveal—is not about a supposed conversion of Russia, still far from becoming a reality, but regards the "revolution" in the (Vatican II) Church. From (this) Council… so many innovations were born that they appear to constitute a true internal revolution.”