Pope declares 'Holy War' against False Mystics
Richard Salbato 3-2-2010
Pope Benedict XVI has issued guidelines on distinguishing between real or 'demonic' visions of Mary. The Pope is declaring a 'holy war' against people who claim falsely that the Virgin Mary is appearing to them. He will attempt to snuff out an explosion of bogus heavenly apparitions with new guidelines to help bishops root out frauds.
Benedict XVI plans to publish criteria to help them distinguish between true and false claims of visions of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, messages, stigmata - the appearances of the five wounds of Christ - and weeping or bleeding statues. In some cases exorcists will be used to determine if a credible apparition is 'divine' origin or 'demonic'.
The guidelines will be published by the
The Pope is said to be deeply concerned by the explosion in the number of pseudo-mystics who, claiming a direct line to God, set themselves against the bishops and lure the Catholic faithful out of the Church and into cults.
The handbook comes six years after the Pope - when he was simply Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – first said that the boom in such phenomena posed a risk to the unity of the Church.
The Church has been traditionally cautious in dealing with 'private revelations', in the belief that nothing new can be added to the Catholic faith.
But according to Petrus, an Italian online magazine, the Pope will now explicitly demand the 'utmost rigour' in apparitions.
When a claim of heavenly apparitions occurs, the local bishop will need to set up a commission of psychiatrists, psychologists, theologians and priests who will investigate the claims systematically.
The first step will be to impose silence on the alleged visionaries and if they refuse to obey then this will be taken as a sign that their claims are false.
The visionaries will next be visited by psychiatrists, either atheists or Catholics, to certify their mental health and to verify whether they are suffering from conditions of a hysterical or hallucinatory character or from delusions of leadership.
The third step will be to investigate the person’s level of education and to determine if they have had access to material that could be used to falsely support their claims.
If the visionary is considered credible they will ultimately be questioned by one or more demonologists and exorcists to exclude the possibility that Satan is hiding behind the apparitions in order to deceive the faithful.
In the 2003, a
It said that in many cases 'signs from heaven' were exposed as human trickery.
Among those considered to have experienced genuine private revelations are St Faustina Kowalska, the first saint of the third millennium who was said to have been visited by apparitions of Jesus in the 1930s.
The visions of the Virgin Mary by three
Last updated at 10:43 AM on 13th January 2009
New Apparition that needs to be condemned: Anne, the Heretic
Anne, the Heretic and Proof
The first example of what Our Holy Father is talking about is the so-called “Anne, the Lay Apostle”
I first started writing about her when even before she claimed to be a mystic; she wrote and published a Catholic Heresy book called, “The Breakable Vow”. I then learned how she advised and helped her CEO to get a divorce and then get medically sterilized. I exposed her truck drivers mouth in her own emails and her real name, which had been secrete. These articles are below, except for the first one, which is real a real spiritual direction, incontrodiction to the heresy that what Anne called “Direction for Our Times”.
However, no one has done a greater job in exposing the heresies of her teaching than the following video, which I do not even know who produced so that I can give them credit. It does expose her heresy about Hell and Purgatory. I need say no more except that these heretics have to be stopped because they are corrupting the teaching of Christ and leading people to Hell.
Must watch and never forget: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwl4rQ-DkQc
New Apparition that needs to be controlled – Home of the Mother
In Fall 2004, Irish priest Fr. Colum Power arrived at Ave Maria University. According to Power’s biography published by his order:
“In the late seventies and eighties he drifted away from the Catholic faith he grew up in, until at the age of 31, in 1996, he had a strong experience of God that dramatically changed his life. In that same year he felt the call to the priesthood. Seven months later he responded to that call by consecrating himself as a religious in the Servants of the Home of the Mother [HotM]. On the 20th of December 2003 he was ordained a priest.”
Notice the pattern, as we’ll return to it:
1. drifts away from faith
2. has dramatic experience and considers vocation
3. soon joins “Home of the Mother”
After being a priest for less than one year, Power was invited by Ave Maria University to help oversee the vocational discernment of its college students.
How does this happen? How does an immature priest who has yet to fully embark on his own vocation get invited to participate in the incredible responsibility of vocational discernment of youth? Further, how do the Servants of the Home of the Mother – a new “apostolic movement” that lacks canonical certification – get invited to oversee “spiritual direction, retreats, talks and holy hours as well as vocational discernment for men and women” at Ave Maria University (AMU news release; January 3, 2009)?
While it may be true that the Servants of the Home of the Mother (HotM) contribute quite positively to some aspects of the Ave Maria community, there are also some activities that are disturbing. Individuals who have had direct contact with the HotM at Ave Maria report to AveWatch of “aggressive recruiting practices” targeted at the very young and the spiritually immature. These practices appear to be less directed at vocational discernment and more directed toward discernment to enter HotM. One parent, whose child joined HotM and was relocated abroad, considers the organization to be “a cult”. A person at Ave Maria put it this way, “They pretty much work like the Communists do. They go for the ones that are wounded, confused and lack proper Catholic formation.”
Confirmation of that tactic is borne out in HotM publications that AveWatch was able to obtain.
The “Servants of the Home of the Mother”
are an “apostolic movement” or “private
association of the faithful” ( which does not require
Church Approval) chosen by
The Home of the
Mother (HotM) “movement” began in 1982 by Spanish
priest Fr. Rafael Alonso Reymundo. Their
footprint at Ave Maria University began in Fall of
2004 with the arrival of Fr. Colum Power from
Two of the four HotM “sisters” that currently reside at AMU are former AMU students, which obviously facilitates campus recruitment into the movement.
HotM is both connected to, and inspired by, the controversial Garabandal, Spain apparitions of the Virgin Mary. The alleged appearances occurred over a period of four years (1961-1965) and have never been confirmed as supernatural by any of the local bishops, from 1961 to the present. Still, with the HotM headquarters only a 30 minute drive from the Garabandal tourist site, young visitors to HotM are frequently taken there. This flag used by Home of the Mother (’Hogar de la Madre’) incorporates the “Our Lady of Garabandal” logo:
One of the alleged visionaries, Conchita, is said to have a close relationship with HotM. The visions contain prophesies such as The Warning (a sign that “will be a thousand times worse than earthquakes”), The Miracle (a Garabandal healing where millions will travel there 8 days before Conchita announces the miracle’s date), the Permanent Sign (”an untouchable ‘thing’ never before seen upon the earth”), and The Chastisement (scary stuff) (see garabandal.us and garabandaluk.com).
HotM staff are involved with speaking to tourists at Garabandal. Also, audio and video recordings of the HotM’s founder can be purchased on Garabandal promotion sites. ***
Beyond the unapproved Garabandal prophecies, a mainstay in HotM publications are the very intimate and private biographies of young individuals who come to the movement. This includes regularly published columns titled “How I Met the Home” and “Out in the Open”.
This pattern seems in stark contrast to they way in which mature recognized orders in the Catholic Church approach vocations, working slowly to ensure that the individual is of sufficient spiritual maturity to properly match the order’s charism/discipline to the person and his/her discerned calling (or lack thereof).
The following verbatim excerpts are just a few of the available narratives of current/former AMU students published by HotM. Names have been redacted. AveWatch comments are in [square brackets]. Notice the pattern (i.e. getting the youth to commit to HotM shortly after a retreat or while visiting abroad).
Is it any wonder that Catholic Colleges are not different than public regarding active sex?
Garabandal - Maybe most dangerous apparition in Last 100 years
Old Apparition that needs to be controlled – Hill of Hope
Dear Friends in Christ,
two different persons asked me about “
First, we should be clear about public Revelation: that it ended with the death of the last Apostle. Since then any private revelations have to be approved by the Church Christ founded. Apparitions and revelations of our Lord, Our Lady, and the saints over the past centuries have all been investigated. Some of these have received Church approval; some are still under investigation and some have been explicitly declared to be in error. Such is the case for the following.
teachings of the organization “
This organization, its properties, its activities and its teachings are independent of the Roman Catholic Church, its jurisdiction and its favor. Financial or moral support of this organization by Catholics cannot be construed as support of the Church.
particular, the President of “
As you know, there are excellent sources of authentic Church teaching which are readily available to all. Highly recommended are the Catechism of the Catholic Church or its shorter Compendium. A book that claims to be Catholic should have the Imprimaturor Nihil Obstat or some other official Church approval.
With regard to Bibles, I have often cautioned people that many Bibles in book stores are not Catholic; they are published by non-Catholic companies and omit certain books of the Old Testament that were removed in the 1500’s by the Protestant reformers. Catholic Bibles will usually say “Catholic edition” or will have the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur.
If we remain faithful to the Church’s Magisterium (Pope and Bishops) we can be sure we will not be led astray because Christ promised to be with His Church “to the end of the world”. May the Blessed Virgin Mary, seat of Wisdom, guard us and protect us always.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
In answer to this letter, followers of the now dead, Francis Klug say and I answer.
1. God channels through her from Jesus, Mary, Saints, etc.
A: Channeling is always wrong and demonic
2. They say that mystics bring forth new doctrine like Immaculate Conception.
A: Not true Immaculate Conception was
always part of the faith from 2nd Century but added only to “From The Chair of Peter” when their was a dispute from some
3. They say that the Church was wrong about Athanasius, and excommunicated him.
A: Wrong: It was the Emperor of
4. They say that Francis Klug met with the pope and he encorraged her.
A: Wrong, anyone can meet the Pope and
have pictures with him. I could have
done this many times. He meets people
everyday after daily
A: Wrong: Not only did
"In giving us his Son, his only Word (for he possesses no other), he spoke everything to us at once in his sole Word --- and he has no more to say ... because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son. Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty not only of foolish behavior but also of offending him, by not fixing his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other novelty."
But the Catholic Catechism quotes the exact paragraph.
say that the three Bishops who signed the negative declaration in 1981 are all
immoral so how can anyone listen to them and only
A: Does that sound like every other heresy, even Martin Luther?
They say that Saint Joan of
A: Not true. Joan was not even condemned by a French
Bishop, but a Bishop from
For more references to the Hill of Hope see:
Of other great stupidity: God Said, So You Have To Believe