The Third Secret of Fatima Part Two
"Bullets and Arrows" and Apostasy in Rome
by Ron and Kirstie Finster
"The death of the martyrs was a crucifixion of the Mystical Body of Christ, of the Church, of the Faith! Let us ponder the depths of what is revealed here. Martyrs fighting for the faith were 'crucified' at the hands of Romans in powerful positions in the Church. Is this a graphic description of apostasy in Rome? Where would we be without the consoling thought that in the end the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph! The merits of this sacrifice are being applied to souls who continue struggling to live the true faith, wherever they may be."
Editor's Note: The following article, submitted by Kirstie Finster and her Dad Ron, follows up on their first part on the "Third Secret of Fatima" A Prophecy for the "New Springtime" of the Church? with a most revealing article that further solidifies their contention of the interpretation that the "Bishop dressed in White" was not John Paul II - as modern Rome has tried to impose on the world in "wag the dog" fashion - but rather indeed Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. If the version released was what Our Lady gave, then the Finsters' interpretation becomes even more plausible. With that a possibility, it would mean that certain highly influential prelates in the Vatican are working against Our Lady, and therefore against Christ and the Holy Church He founded. Everyone must, of course, always must keep in mind that we are treating "Private Revelation" which Catholics are not mandated to believe or follow private revelation, though, throughout the history of the Church, we have seen that Holy Mother Church has borne many fruits by adhering to what St. Paul advised in 1 Thessalonians 5: 17-22.
Having identified His Grace Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre as the "Bishop dressed in White", the Church as the "city" and those in powerful positions in the Church as the "soldiers", we now take a closer look at the last part of the vision of the Third Secret of Fatima:
"having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God."
"having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions."
Let us look carefully at this interesting expression "bullets and arrows." Obviously, the death of the bishop is not a physical death because soldiers of our day do not fight with arrows so the arrows are not physical. As for the bullets, guns fire bullets and guns are today's standard weapons, so it can be said that the soldiers had weapons and arrows. Now this may not ring a bell for most Catholics today, but in 1960 every priest in the Catholic world would have been familiar with this expression having encountered exactly this expression every Wednesday at the noon prayer of the Divine Office, where in the official Latin Vulgate of the Catholic Church, in Psalm 56 we find: "Filli hominum dentes eorum arma et sagittae et lingua eorum gladius acutus" which interpreted says, "The sons of men, whose teeth are weapons and arrows: and the tongue a sharp sword." The "sons of men", as opposed to the "sons of God", are the very modernists Pope Saint Pius X warned us against. [Those familiar with modernism will recognize the link here to religious immanence.] Now we see that this expression "bullets and arrows" fits in well with the "death" of a bishop who was attacked in all sorts of ways, but physical, by modernists in powerful positions in the Church. His "death" being caused by the worst weapon of all - the tongue. For it was by the tongue that he - and with him the Faith he defended - was labeled "schismatic" and "excommunicated". This was a moment of crucifixion of the Mystical Body of Christ.
"Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God."
Here we are reminded of the blood shed under the two arms of a cross at Our Lord's crucifixion, blood gathered in a Chalice and received by souls at the Holy Mass. The death of the martyrs was a crucifixion of the Mystical Body of Christ, of the Church, of the Faith! Let us ponder the depths of what is revealed here. Martyrs fighting for the faith were "crucified" at the hands of Romans in powerful positions in the Church. Is this a graphic description of apostasy in Rome? Where would we be without the consoling thought that in the end the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph! The merits of this sacrifice are being applied to souls who continue struggling to live the true faith, wherever they may be.
This Interpretation Consistent with other Prophecies
We notice that this interpretation fits in well with other approved prophecies concerning the Church. We were alerted to an attack the Church would face in Pope Leo XIII's famous vision of October 13, 1884 depicting a struggle with forces of evil after which Pope Leo composed the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. He even wrote in in his Exorcism of Leo XIII that the See of Peter would become the seat of iniquity.
Saint Pope Pius X warned in his first encyclical, "Henceforth the enemy of the church is no longer outside the church, he is now within….The enemy is found in the seminaries." Then there is Our Lady of Good Success who told of a prelate who would save the priesthood. There is also the prophecy of Our Lady of La Salette which says that Rome will lose the faith and that there would be an eclipse in Rome. Finally, Lucia had made reference to the theme of the Third Secret herself when she wrote, "In Portugal the dogma of the faith will always be preserved; etc..." In the event of an eclipse in Rome, the Lord must protect the faith somewhere in His Church for He promised He would always be with us. Hence, some indication of where the faith is being preserved, such as this vision illustrates, would seem to be of vital importance!
The Society of Saint Pius X Keeps the Faith
In his famous Declaration, Archbishop Lefebvre writes: "We hold fast, with all our heart and with all our soul, to Catholic Rome, Guardian of the Catholic faith and of the traditions necessary to preserve this faith, to Eternal Rome, Mistress of wisdom and truth. We refuse, on the other hand, and have always refused to follow the Rome of neo-Modernist and neo-Protestant tendencies which were clearly evident in the Second Vatican Council and, after the Council, in all the reforms which issued from it. All these reforms, indeed, have contributed and are still contributing to the destruction of the Church, to the ruin of the priesthood, to the abolition of the Sacrifice of the Mass and of the sacraments, to the disappearance of religious life, to a naturalist and Teilhardian teaching in universities, seminaries and catechectics; a teaching derived from Liberalism and Protestantism, many times condemned by the solemn Magisterium of the Church. No authority, not even the highest in the hierarchy, can force us to abandon or diminish our Catholic faith, so clearly expressed and professed by the Church's Magisterium for nineteen centuries. "But though we," says Saint Paul, "or an angel from Heaven preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema" (Gal. 1:8). Is it not this that the Holy Father is repeating to us today? And if we can discern a certain contradiction in his words and deeds, as well as in those of the dicasteries, well we choose what was always taught and we turn a deaf ear to the novelties destroying the Church."
In a letter sent to the faithful, Fr. Violette of the SSPX comments on the recent attempt of Rome to strike a deal with the SSPX, "On Good Friday cardinal Castrillon Hoyos officially informed us that the Vatican had refused the 2 requests made by Bishop Fellay (permission for the traditional Mass for all priests without condition and the lifting of the censures against our priests & bishops) as a sign of good will on their part in order to pursue the discussions." He explains why these requests had to be fulfilled before SSPX would enter into discussions, "The SSPX is not seeking its own private arrangement with Rome, nor for a peaceful coexistence with the new Mass. In this we must thank Bishop Fellay for his strong stand for the liberation of the true Mass for the good of the Church not just the Society." ... " Nor is the SSPX seeking a purely disciplinary or canonical compromise." … "What we want is a true doctrinal accord. This is why the question of the new Mass and Vatican II are so important: it is a matter of faith." [emphasis added]
The SSPX continues today in the work of restoring all things in Christ through the Catholic priesthood from which, as Fr. Ramon Angles points out, all Catholics have benefited , "Even those who turned their back on him from whom they received every grace must recognize their debt toward the Archbishop. Indult Masses, parallel societies, protocols and gentle smiles of Vatican officials, mitres and abbeys, pontifical audiences and blessed papal rosaries were made possible not by a sudden conversion of the Modernist hierarchy but by the holy stubbornness of the "rebellious bishop." Oh yes, his life has been a turning point in our own!" Truly, graces from the sacrifice are being applied to souls struggling to live the faith.
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre passed away on March 25, 1991. Fr. Angles writes, "It is the day of the priestly ordination of Our Lord in the bosom of His Mother and, according to ancient martyrologies, the date of the death of Our Savior. On his tombstone were put the words he wanted, 'Tradidi quod et accepi,' 'I have transmitted what I received.'"