A Private Letter to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Revealed

An Earnest Call to Publish the Missing Third Secret of Fatima

The recent courageous and encouraging initiative of the Four Cardinals Letter to Pope Francis has also energized the faithful and given them hope that an effective resistance is being mounted against the heretical statements of Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia. It encourages us all to keep requesting the fullness of Catholic Truth, trusting that God will provide us with the necessary Grace and prudent means if we loyally do what He would want us to do.

“At what cost has the former pope made up his mind to remain silent?”Since I have been especially inspired by the four Cardinals, I have decided to publish a personal letter that I had written in May of 2016 to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. I was moved to write the letter after my reporting on the “Dollinger affair” provoked the publication of a terse (though largely unspecific) Vatican press release intended to refute my claim – based on Dr. Ingo Dollinger’s own personal witness – that there is, indeed, a part of the Third Secret of Fatima that is still missing. (Go here to read our profile of the extraordinary life of Fr. Dollinger, friend not only to Joseph Ratzinger but also to St. Pio of Pietrelcina.) My letter to Pope Emeritus Benedict was given to the former pope in person, as I was reliably informed by a trusted contact in Rome.


A photo of Cardinal Ratzinger and his friend, Fr. Ingo Dollinger taken together in 1997

The reason I wrote to Benedict was that I wanted to plead with him to release the missing part of the Third Secret, for the sake of all the Catholic faithful in the world who are in need of Our Lady’s merciful warnings and wise counsel in this time of ecclesiastical confusion and deep disorder. However, I never received any response, neither from Pope Emeritus Benedict himself, nor from his personal secretary, Archbishop Gänswein. With the latest development — truly a historic situation — of Cardinal Burke having announced that formal steps might now need to be taken to stop Pope Francis from further spreading at least material heresy, I would like to redouble my earnest request to Pope Benedict that he make a statement and himself release the as-yet missing but morally necessary content of the Third Secret of Fatima.

Since the aforementioned “Dollinger affair”, I have been blessed to receive several additional confirmations that this missing part does, indeed, exist. One well-informed source, Dr. Robert Moynihan, even made his findings public. As an additional witness, the personal secretary of Dr. Dollinger for many years has, in the time since my initial report, told me how Dr. Dollinger himself came back from Rome in 2000, after the official release of the (incomplete) Third Secret of Fatima, reporting to her about his conversation with then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who told him that there is still a part of the text missing. Other high-ranking sources in Rome and elsewhere have also given me enough information that I believe it to be the truth that some missing part of the Fatima secret yet exists.

It seems more important now than ever that it be published.

We have a situation within the Catholic Church that is increasingly reminiscent of Communist times, where free speech is not possible and where so-called “counter-revolutionaries” are being removed from their positions if they dare to speak up and defend certain parts of Catholic truth. Two prominent Italian journalists, Dr. Sandro Magister and Marco Tosatti, have recently used the word “purge” to describe certain ongoing Vatican affairs. One source in the Vatican has told me: “The air is so thick in Rome, one can barely breathe.” Another source — a conservative and well-connected Catholic priest — commented in a personal communication to me about the recent changes at the Congregation for Divine Worship as follows:

The great “reform of the Curia” has been, as far as I can see, lamentable: removing Cardinal Burke from the Congregation for Bishops and then from his position of Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura; replacing all the members of the Congregation for Divine Worship (he [Pope Francis] must not have foreseen how strong, orthodox, outspoken, and articulate Cardinal Sarah was.) Maybe the restructuring that ended with the Congregation for the Family (or whatever it’s called) was a good thing. But putting Paglia in charge of the JPII Institute [for Studies on Marriage and the Family]?

When I asked him why the changes at the Congregation were undertaken, he answered:

It would probably have been politically difficult (even for the papal caudillo [authoritarian leader])  to remove Sarah. So he replaced everyone else.

These are only a few glimpses into the current doctrinal and administrative situation in the Church.

We need the freeing truth of Fatima. Now. May Pope Benedict have mercy on the Church that he once promised to guide and to protect.

A source in Rome told me that Pope Benedict, just as he has not responded to my letter, has decided not to respond to the Four Cardinals letter, either. He has made up his mind to remain quiet in the face of this major confusion in the Church. My source added: “If Benedict would say something controversial in this situation, the split in the Church would be accomplished.”

At what cost has the former pope made up his mind to remain silent?

The following is a loyal translation of my original letter to Pope Emeritus Benedict in German, with addresses and names of private persons removed for privacy’s sake. I have also added a few links for the readers’ convenience.

Dr. Maike Hickson

23 May 2016


His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI,

through XXX

Your Holiness,

Please allow me to address you. You might be already aware of my name, since I provoked the Statement from the Vatican Press Office on 21 May concerning the Third Secret of Fatima. But beforehand, I also would like to mention that my husband, Dr. Robert Hickson, was a student of Professor Josef Pieper, and he has also been a many-year-long friend of Dr. XXX; and that I myself in the recent times have repeatedly worked together, publicly, with Father XXX.

Now, I would like to relate to you finally how Father Ingo Dollinger – or Professor Dollinger – had spoken about you when I called him by telephone on Pentecost Sunday in Germany. As you know well, he is a holy priest. When he confirmed to me over the phone what has been circulating on the Internet for some years now – namely, that you yourself had earlier admitted to him that there is still an unpublished part of the Third Secret and that, therein, there are warnings concerning a bad council and a bad Mass – he had a warm tone in his voice. He reflected carefully with me whether we should even mention your name in my then-proposed article. He also merely confirmed for me what I had told him and what I had read elsewhere about you. He gave me his blessing and showed himself to be very concerned about the newer developments within the Church concerning the teachings on marriage.

I attach my article so that you can see how I have reported on this telephone conversation. When the public statement from the Vatican then came out, I immediately called Father Dollinger once again (please see attached a second article). He again was very friendly. When I told him that you now publicly declare that you have never spoken with him about Fatima, he responded: “What nonsense! That people nowadays are not any more keeping with the truth.” He added that he has, after all, already spoken with other people about Cardinal Ratzinger and the Third Secret of Fatima. He also compassionately added that it could be the case that you, Holy Father, are already now a little bit old and that thus, perhaps, your own memory has failed you in this matter. [As I have written elsewhere, Dr. Dollinger has now decided to remain silent “since Rome has spoken.”]

However, such a priestly mildness I could not at all detect in the [abrupt terse] words of the press statement from the Vatican which has now been attributed to you. These words which are now being put into your mouth do not even mention that you likewise might have said that, perhaps, your own old friend has himself erred a little, or that he has misunderstood you and your own earlier words to him.

To be honest, Holy Father, I do not even believe that these words from the Press Office stem from you. You are much milder than these blunt quotes from the Press Statement make you seem.

As we have publicly said on our website OnePeterFive, we do not even claim that you yourself had been lying when you said, on 26 June 2000, that the Third Secret of Fatima has now been published completely. We can well imagine that, at the time, you acted in obedience toward your superiors and that you yourself perhaps believed that the unpublished part of the Third Secret might contain, rather, some uncertain additions from Sister Lucia. At that time, perhaps it was not yet so clear that the warnings were realistic, even if, of course, Sister Lucia really could not have been able to know that, so soon after 1960, a council would be convoked and that a new Mass would later also be introduced and promulgated.

At any rate, we now seem to be exactly in that situation where we have to observe a lapse in Faith at the top of the Church. Or how else would you interpret Amoris Laetitia, against which even Cardinal Gerhard Müller – recently in Spain – substantially has had to resist, and in a courageous way – while at the same time showing his respect – and he even then said that one cannot change at all the teaching on marriage, even if one is pope?

Do we not now see that the part [of the Third Secret] which the Vatican did not publish in 2000 is becoming a reality?

Dr. Alice von Hildebrand – whose husband is of course known to you – only recently published on our website OnePeterFive.com a report (see attachment), where she herself remembers a witness who told her and her husband [in 1965] that the Third Secret speaks about an apostasy and an infiltration at the top of the Church. We KNOW, Holy Father, that there is still more than what was published on 26 June 2000.

Both witnesses – Professor Dollinger and Dr. von Hildebrand – have an advanced age. Both perhaps are aware that they should not take a certain knowledge with themselves into the grave, since it pertains to the whole Church – especially now, where almost everything seems to be up for debate – even the dogma of infallibility. Do you yourself not now have similar thoughts? We all, after all, will be standing in front of Our Lord and will have to give an account of our lives. It is for this reason that I myself also have taken this grave step and have put you publicly under pressure by publishing the witness of Father Dollinger. I myself shall also have to appear before Our Lord one day.

In honor of the Mother of God of Fatima, I therefore ask you to make available to all of us the missing text. The Catholics in the world need it, in order to arm themselves well and in order to protect their souls against these confusions of our current times. Much is at stake. Even if it should be difficult at the beginning, I firmly believe that our knowing the truth here will set us free. Please do make this freeing act. For too long now, there have been all these rumors and speculations. Such a situation is of course neither pastoral nor trust-building.

You and I both are Germans. My Bible-believing ancestors suffered much under Hitler (one even died), but they did not give up their own Christian witness. Should we ourselves not also show that courage, even if “hell” should threaten to come down upon us?

Could you not simply and in an elegant manner publish the missing text – in our enlightened age! –  and say that this text is not being regarded as an official part of the Third Secret, but, rather, only as an addition made by Sister Lucia herself? And that, since the speculations concerning this text do not cease, it has now been decided to publish it as is, and thus to make it available for discussion among enlightened and informed Catholics – of course especially the theologians and the experts?

This way, nobody really would lose face, especially since the pope who was responsible for the publication [in 2000] is already deceased.

In the name of Our Lady of Fatima, I herewith once more plead with you to give us this text in its entirety and to make available to all of us – to all Catholics in the world – the possible truth [of Fatima] which could also help us to save our souls.

Please be assured of my daughterly love. I ask you for your blessing for my husband, for our two little children XXX and XXX, as well as for myself.

With heartfelt greetings in the Lord,

Maike Hickson

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