The Vatican Deception

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  99 min.
Release Date: January 25, 2018 - Toronto

Current rating: Rating: 4.51
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This documentary explores the prophecies of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, when three children reported that a series of apparitions took place at the height of World War I. According to the children, the Virgin announced the end of the Great War. What followed was a turn of events that led to the historic armistice of November 11, 1918.

The prophecy of greatest interest involves an instruction for the Pope to consecrate Russia – a five-minute prayer that would stave off a global apocalypse. While the threat of Russian invasion in the Ukraine is renewing fears of World War III, the Vatican remains strangely evasive about the Russian consecration.

In 1960, Pope John XXIII made the decision not to publish the Third Secret, reportedly because it was in conflict with his plans to make major reforms to the Church. In 2000, the Vatican released what is called the final secret of Fatima, but since then has refused to answer questions about evidence pointing to another document that was never revealed and has been guarded by the Vatican since 1957.

The secrets of Fatima give an ultimatum – that peace will come if certain conditions are met and if not, there will be global disasters. The film predicts that unless the Catholic Church responds in a way that will bring about the positive outcome promised by prophecy, things will worsen for the already scandal-plagued Church and for humanity itself.

Director: Paul Stark
Studio: Stark Productions
Producer(s): Mark Terry
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  • 4 stars "I thought the movie was a very good overview of the cover up in the Vatican of the contents of the third secret of Fatima and the request of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart in order to bring about world peace. I have read a lot about the Fatima message, and while the movie tells the controversial part of the story, there is a lot more that could have been added if you wanted to make a 3 hour documentary about the entire Fatima message - and there are few who would want to watch something so long. To some people, the request for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope and all the world's bishops at the same time may sound silly. However, if it's such a simple request that costs nothing, why are there prelates in the Vatican that refuse to perform the consecration, and who go even further to suppress or hide the third secret that was supposed to be publicly released by 1960? If such a consecration could bring about world peace, what have they got to lose? The world is threatened by terrorism, nuclear weapons, threats of more wars, etc. Why doesn't the Pope obey the request from Heaven? It certainly can't hurt anything. There's nothing to lose but so much to gain if world peace would, indeed, be obtained. Whether you are Catholic or not, the visual images in this film are so interesting to look at. On another note, I read some of the reviews so far and would like to clear up a bit of misinformation. I met Father Gruner and he was not a member of the Society of St. Pius X. He was an independent priest. Father didn't hate anyone. He wanted everyone to be converted back to God (no matter their background) and His church, and he wanted the prelates in the Vatican who were opposing the Fatima message to change their hearts as well. He spent his life promoting the Fatima message since the Catholic Church refused to do so. Father Gruner did say and promote the traditional Latin Mass and he supporte"
  • 5 stars "Rarely does a documentary gain access to an institution and then use that privileged status to interview executives who claim that their institution is falling apart. The Vatican Deception accomplishes this rare goal of documentary filmmaking by revealing corruption within the ranks of the Catholic Church over a crisis in faith from within. This might not sound like a big deal, but faith is the stock and trade of any religion and the Catholic Church is the foundational faith of all Christianity. When you find out what is at the centre of the controversy you will be perplexed at what seems like an easy fix, but an issue that nonetheless seems to have split the Church in two. I don't know if the filmmaker Paul Stark took this film on as a passion project - he doesn't seem to have any previous documentary credits - but if this film is any indication of what he's capable of, we have a new Michael Moore here. Hopefully he'll take on other issues. I'd love to see his take on gun control."
  • 1 star "absolute trash fire of a film."