In her Fourth Memoir (dated December 8, 1941), Sister Lucy copied the first two parts of the Fatima Secret word-for-word – including what appears to be the conclusion to the whole Secret:
In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.
Partial Text of the Third Secret
Sister Lucy then immediately added the following text to her Fourth Memoir:
In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved etc. Source
Fatima scholars debate what that “etc” represents. What words follows that intriguing promise of Our Lady that in Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved? For a long time, I’ve expressed the view that an “if” follows the promise. “If the people cling to the traditional Faith and Mass …” (or the sense thereof) seems to me, to be the most likely “If”. I’ve never been to Portugal but on enquiring of friends who have been, I’ve noted that nobody enthused about the state of the Church there, and this reinforced my belief that Our Lady promised that the Faith would be preserved in Portugal (only) IF some condition or other is met.
The sad news from Portugal this week of the hundreds of priests abandoning their vocation to marry, further cemented my belief in the “IF” word. What do you think – is this a possibility? Or do you have your own theory about that “etc”?