Timely words from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI

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These are the words we need, that we have been seeking. Words of Truth that point us in the right direction. Let us never forget to pray for our dear Holy Father. He is still with us, because he still has God’s work to do. We need our Holy Father, not the Usurper who sits in the Vatican.

 

See the original site on From Rome (below), for a link to more tweets.

Timely words from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI

 

 

The Rock

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Only the Successor of Peter can be “The Rock” on which the Catholic Church stands.

This article by Bro Alexis Bugnolo by describing how Luther, Calvin and Henry VIII led the Church into apostasy, but –

“… no part of the Church has even fallen into a Apostasy when it remained united to the true Pope. …

This is why now 99.99% of the Catholic Church is being led into Apostasy. Because they are no longer united in reality with the true Pope, though many are still fooled about this.

And this is why Bergoglio has such power. Because the first sin, which gives him power over you, is in holding that Pope Benedict XVI resigned the papacy, when 5 minutes of examination of Canon Law and the Papal Declaration can prove that he never resigned.  …”

He concludes with:

If priests want to be truly effective, you need to return to communion with the Vicar of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Pope Benedict XVI. Bergoglio will never have that effect, because he is the Vicar of nobody, but the vain imaginations of giddy Cardinals who were, as Pope Benedict XVI implied on Feb. 11, 2013, not competent to elect his Successor.”

This is a very thought provoking article. Read it all at the link below:

via The Rock

We can see what has happened to the Church since the usurper took over.

There is widespread apostasy – never seen on a scale like this before; heresies and blasphemies abound; paganism has been introduced into the Church and the Amazonian synod consecrated to the idols of Pachamama ( i. e. to evil).

This usurper mocks the holy and has a knack of twisting Christ’s teachings into meaning something that they do not mean. He has approved of persons indulging in sins of the worst kind in the name of “tolerance”. He introduced Amoris Laetitia into the Magisterium through a back door (by means of a letter). He has profaned the Sacraments

He actually calls people names, especially faithful Catholics. There has never been a “pope” such as this : quite “unholy”.

Let’s face it. Francis is the THE False Prophet (of Revelation). He is preparing the world for the Anti-christ.

Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen said:“The False Prophet will have a religion without a cross. A religion without a world to come. A religion to destroy religions. There will be a counterfeit church. Christ’s Church [the Catholic Church] will be one. And the False Prophet will create the other. The false church will be worldly, ecumenical, and global. It will be a loose federation of churches. And religions forming some type of global association. A world parliament of churches. It will be emptied of all divine content and will be the mystical body of the Antichrist.

Sadly, we can see all this happening before our eyes.

Prophecies from the Book of Truth:

This pope may be elected by members within the Catholic Church, but he will be the false prophet. His electors are wolves in sheep’s clothing and are members of the secret Masonic and evil group led by Satan. This is how Satan will try to destroy My Church. Sadly, he will, this false prophet, attract a large following. Those who oppose him will be persecuted.April 12th, 2012

They plan to replace the Holy Vicar, Pope Benedict XVI, with a dictator of lies. He will create a new church in league with the antichrist and his group, in order to deceive the world.” – January 18th, 2012

“My beloved Pope Benedict XVI is the last true pope on this Earth”. – April 12th, 2012

See more prophecies about The False Prophet  in the next post

Pope Benedict still acts like the true Pope

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  • Benedict XVI Keeps Imparting “Apostolic Blessing”

 

Former Benedict XVI wrote his September 20 letter to Cardinal Sarah “with my Apostolic Blessing” (Original: imparto la benedizione apostolica”)

The “Apostolic Benediction” is only given by the Pope.

Already in 2018, Benedict used the same term in German (“mit meinem apostolischen Segen”) concluding a letter to Cardinal Brandmüller.

Back then, it was claimed that Benedict used the term somewhat loosely although, reportedly, his mind is still sharp.

https://gloria.tv/post/SiJKpCN2faXg3K2eoW6ZnytBL

Also read: https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/trending-news/pope-benedict-xvi-breaks-silence-to-reaffirm-priest-celibacy.html

 Read about other events that show Pope Benedict  is the true pope:

 

(See link above)

  • Benedict XVI In New Book: “Celibacy Is Indispensable

https://gloria.tv/post/sx72hmcuMgq417prf1Ds9ARVG

 And articles at other sites

  • Pope Benedict reacts to criticisms of his letter on the sex abuse crisis

In August 2019, “Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI responds to Birgit Aschmann, a history professor who criticized his April 2019 letter on the sex abuse crisis.” Read his reactions and criticisms at :

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/pope-benedict-reacts-to-criticisms-of-his-letter-on-the-sex-abuse-crisis-points-out-that-critics-omit-god

 

  • Pope Emeritus Benedict breaks silence: speaks of ‘deep crisis’ facing Church post-Vatican II

Read the words of a true pope who refutes the “evolution of dogma” the new attitude to salvation which can lead souls to hell, the importance of Baptism, and much more at:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-emeritus-benedict-says-church-is-now-facing-a-two-sided-deep-crisis

 

  • Oriented Liturgy: Benedict XVI Stands Behind Cardinal Sarah — And Pope Francis Sinks Into Silence

From: http://eponymousflower.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/oriented-liturgy-benedict-xvi-stands.html

 

  • The English Denziger site (which was run by priests, and which (strangely??) has not been active for a few years. See tomorrow’s post for this article.

Acknowledging the true pope is the first step towards not being deceived

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Pope Benedict XVI

Gradually we have come to know some of the details of Pope Benedict’s supposed ‘resignation’. But Jesus warned us (in the Book of Truth) many times through many messages between 2010 and 2012, well before it came to pass, that an imposter would soon take over the throne of St. Peter. He told us that the False Prophet would stand in his place. We were expecting it. But not even we were expecting that the prophecy given on February 11th, 2012 would become apparent on the exact same date a year later, almost to the hour.

Read it here:

https://missionofsalvation.com/message-0336/

We were also told (in several messages) exactly what his supposed successor -who is not just a false pope and deceptive usurper, but the False Prophet of Revelations- would be like. An extract of the message from March 11th, 2011, is below:

All Christians Repent Now, Catholics Pray for Pope Benedict…

…My beloved daughter, I want you to continue to move quickly to spread the Word regarding these Messages. I have explained to you before that they must be given to as many people as possible in the shortest possible time. As this event looms, so too will an event regarding the Holy Vatican.Ask everyone to pray for My beloved Holy Vicar Pope Benedict, for he is surrounded by the enemies of My Eternal Father. Pray for the priests who have never wavered in their faith to Me or My Eternal Father.

Rise of the false prophet
They need to pray hard now, as the outcome of this attack on My Holy Vicar will be witnessed by you all. Pray, pray, pray that the false prophet will be identified for what he is. Watch out for his demeanour. His attention seeking agenda, the way in which My misguided sacred servants will drop in awe at his feet. Then listen to what he has to say, carefully. His humility will be false, his intentions mischievous and the love he exudes will be all about him. He will be seen as being innovative, dynamic – a breath of fresh air. While he is driven and energetic, his powers will not come from God the Eternal Father. They come from Satan, the evil one.

Pray, pray, pray. For you, My children, need to be on your guard. You need Me to guide you now as these prophecies are revealed to mankind. Be strong, loyal to My Teachings. Pray in groups. Pray the Holy Rosary to seek protection from the evil one.

Remember one lesson. My Teachings never change. They are the same as they have always been. As I said before, it is when you find that they are tampered with, toned down, or as will be the case, distorted in a way that seems strange, or at odds with My Teachings, turn away and pray to Me for guidance.

Your Divine Saviour
Jesus Christ”

Is it any wonder that the messenger was hated and castigated? Is it any wonder these messages were rejected with great force?

Gradually, after the ‘supposed resignation’ of Pope Benedict and the election of a supposedly new ‘pope’ (Jorge Bergoglio; who refers to himself as Pope Francis),  various theories began to be raised about the invalidity of the conclave.

From memory they included: the illegal meetings of the St. Gallen group, the grammar mistake in the resignation itself, the fact that there were too many elections on the day of the election (but I have read that this doesn’t matter) etc.

Since then, so much more has been discovered : that there was actually vote harvesting beforehand so that they had already arranged a guaranteed 25 votes before the election; the deliberate, definitive wording of the resignation regarding the munos and ministerium; the fact that Card Sodano was meant to do an enquiry into the resignation first etc.

 St. Francis of Assisi warned us of “an uncanonically elected pope”, who was not a “true pastor but a destroyer”. The arguments continue but few want to take up the battle. None can understand. The fact is that it is all in the Book of Revelation, and this all has to come to pass. People just don’t want to face the fact: that this is it!

We all struggle, first of all, with convincing our uninformed friends and those “with blinkers on” of what is happening. We don’t want them to be deceived but it is difficult to get the whole message across, or to get them to accept the truth.

The easiest first step is often to inform them of all the Catholic prophecies through the ages from Our Lady and the Saints: St Francis, Our Lady of Good success, La Salette, St Leo XIII, Pius X, Fatima, St Faustina, Garabandal, Akita. This is the easy part – most Catholics will accept these. ( See our menu – “Tools for Evangelisation”  to download a booklet to hand out.)

What is important for people to see is that Pope Benedict XVI is still the pope, regardless of whether Bergoglio is still there as the “great pretender“. Getting rid of him won’t happen in the way we think- prophecies foretold will be fulfilled. This does not reduce our obligations however, – it increases them due to the nature of the battle. In the Book of Revelations, both the False prophet and the Antichrist are thrown into the lake of fire.

As for Pope Benedict XVI and his resignation, a very thorough article has been posted on Bishop Gracida’s blog by David Martin, which is very helpful in explaining all the  facts and where Canon Law stands.

The parts we are concerned with – that Pope Benedict is the pope- are reproduced below:


A Closer Look at Benedict’s Resignation                       and the Ensuing Papal Crisis

 By David Martin

“With the controversial buzz that surrounded the election of Pope Francis upon the resignation of  Pope Benedict XVI, it seems that we may have lost sight of a key element in this episode,  namely, that Benedict never fully resigned the papal ministry but only the active exercise thereof.

On the eve of his resignation, he said:

“Anyone who accepts the Petrine ministry no longer has any privacy. He belongs always and completely to everyone, to the whole Church… The‘always’ is also a ‘forever’ – there can no longer be a return to the private sphere. My decision to resign the active exercise of the ministry does not revoke this.” (General Audience, February 27, 2013)

From these words it appears that there has been no revocation of Benedict XVI’s office. According to Church law, a pope must give up his office for his resignation to be valid. (Canon 332) The text indicates that Benedict XVI chose to retain his office “forever,” which is why he continues to wear the papal garb and to go by the name Benedict XVI.

No Shared Papacy 

Naturally, there is no such thing as a “shared papacy.” Christ said to Simon, “Thou art Peter.” He didn’t say to Simon and John, “Thou art Peters.” And while the papacy indeed has various facets, i.e. contemplative, theological, active, etc., it is all one ministry. 1 The idea that two dimensions of the Petrine office can be cubbyholed into separate departments (active and prayerful), each with its own capacity and each occupied by a separate Petrine representative, is heresy. Gänswein no doubt realizes this, but his explanation to the press was apparently the best he could do to cover for a very embarrassing situation that caused his mentor to be dethroned.    

Rules and Regulations Violated

Clearly, there was intense politics and vote canvassing at work around the time of the conclave, which directly violated Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, governing papal elections. Therein he makes it clear that vote canvassing among cardinal electors is strictly forbidden, and that it incurs automatic excommunication. Consider the following from his Constitution:

“The Cardinal electors shall further abstain from any form of pact, agreement, promise or other commitment of any kind which could oblige them to give or deny their vote to a person or persons. If this were in fact done, even under oath, I decree that such a commitment shall be null and void and that no one shall be bound to observe it; and I hereby impose the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae upon those who violate this prohibition.” (81)

This prohibition applies not only to the election itself but to that time just before the election when preparations are underway, since it is during this time that illicit political activity would exert its greatest influence on the vote. “Any form of pact” obliging electors “to give or deny their vote to a person” would be secured before the election.

The pope also says in his Constitution:

“Confirming the prescriptions of my Predecessors, I likewise forbid anyone, even if he is a Cardinal, during the Pope’s lifetime and without having consulted him, to make plans concerning the election of his successor, or to promise votes, or to make decisions in this regard in private gatherings.” (79)

A clique of cardinals did “make plans” to force Benedict XVI’s resignationand to campaign for “the election of his successor, with up to 25 cardinals “promising votes” the day before the election, this having come about through “private gatherings,” thus revealing the illicit conduct of those cardinal electors to be.

Under the pain of excommunication latae sententiae, Pope John Paul forbids “each and every Cardinal elector, present and future, as also the Secretary of the College of Cardinals and all other persons taking part in the preparation and carrying out of everything necessary for the election” to allow “all possible forms of interference, opposition and suggestion whereby secular authorities of whatever order and degree, or any individual or group, might attempt to exercise influence on the election of the Pope.” (80)

Unfortunately, secular and political interference played a key part in the election of Pope Francis.  According to John Paul II, such interference renders the papal election null and void.

Should the election take place in a way other than that prescribed in the present Constitution, or should the conditions laid down here not be observed,the election is for this very reason 2 null and void, without any need for a declaration on the matter; consequently, it confers no right on the one elected. (76)  

Universi Dominici Gregis (February 22, 1996) | John Paul II

A Pope “Not Canonically Elected”

Bearing this in mind, we turn now to the prophecy of St. Francis of Assisi concerning a future pope. This is found in the Opuscula or Works of St. Francis, which was published by the preeminent Franciscan historian Fr. Luke Wadding in 1621. 

Shortly before his death in 1226, St. Francis of Assisi called together the friars of his Order and detailed this prophecy of what was to come upon the Church in the latter days. The following is an excerpt taken from Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi, R. Washbourne, 1882, pp. 248-250, with imprimatur by His Excellency William Bernard, Bishop of Birmingham.

“At the time of this tribulation, a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavor to draw many into error…. Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Jesus Christ will send them not a true pastor, but a destroyer. “

Evidence of a pope “not canonically elected” would be his success in drawing “many into error,” something that has been ongoing since Francis’ election.For instance, on February 4, 2019, he signed a joint statement with the head of Egypt’s al-Azhar Mosque, which states that “diversity of religions” is “willed by God.”This blatantly contravenes the Church’s dogma that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church, yet this “religious diversity” heresy is now preached everywhere from the pulpit, courtesy of Francis.

There is also the issue of Francis’ ongoing collusion with U.N. globalists. On October 28, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences partnered with U.N. pro-abortion advocates to pledge fidelity to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) championed by socialist rebels like George Soros and Jeffrey Sachs. The pope has also honored abortionists Emma Bonino and Lilliane Ploumen for their work.

And let us not forget that Francis engaged in idol worship in St. Peter’s Basilica during the recent Amazonian Synod. The pope and several cardinals were filmed chanting, dancing, and praying before the Pachamama idol as part of the synodal effort to make “reparation” to “Mother Earth” for the “sins” committed against her. Vatican rep denies claims that alleged ‘pagan’ statue is the Virgin Mary

Sr. Lucy’s Vision

Hence Pope Benedict XVI, in an emotional farewell speech at St. Peter’s on February 25, 2013, told a crowd of 100,000 that God had called him to  step down and devote himself to prayer, and to scale the mountain.’https://ynaija.com/god-told-me-to-climb-the-mountain-pope-gives-farewell-speech/

This would suggest that Benedict XVI is “the Holy Father” who scales the mountain in Sr. Lucy’s vision. If you’ll recall, it was in conjunction with the Third Secret of Fatima that Sr. Lucy of Fatima received this symbolic vision,which she penned on January 3, 1944. The following is an excerpt that was published by the Vatican on June 26, 2000.

“We saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; 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.” 

In her vision, Lucy sees two popes as it were. The first is a mirrored image of what appears to be the pope, but is actually “a bishop dressed in white” who gives the “impression” he is the popeThe true pope [BXVI] and his followers scale the mountain amidst peril and danger, praying for the spiritually dead along the way, before which they pass through a city half in ruins, which represents the Church in shambles. At the end of their journey they are martyred for their allegiance to Jesus Crucified.It is a symbolic picture of the Church being put to death. 

We should note that a reflection in the mirror is not a reality, but only an appearance – an impression. Lucy makes the point that this impression is “a bishop dressed in white.” It doesn’t appear that the bishop dressed in white is Benedict XVI or any previous pope, but Pope Francis.

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Read the whole article at:
The interpretation of the vision of Sr. Lucia is subjective. The interpretation  presented (above) by David Martin view is very convincing, but we won’t really know the complete Truth until it happens.. What is important is that Pope Benedict XVI is the one in the prophecy scaling the mountain, as he says in his farewell speech, that God had called him to ‘devote himself to prayer’ and to ‘climb the mountain.’ (see link to this speech in David Martin’s article above.)
Remnant child of Mary contributed to this post.

 

 

PF’s Encyclicals and Apostolic Exhortations – Part 6: Gaudete et Exsultate

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Part 6: Gaudete et Exsultate 

Exultate Gaudium or Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and be glad”),

subtitled “On the call to holiness in the contemporary world”

Francis’s Gaudete et Exsultate is his third apostolic exhortation, after Evangelii Gaudium, and Amoris Laetitia.

Comments re quote in Exultate Gaudium:

“It is not healthy to love the silence and avoid the encounter with the other, to desire rest and reject activity, to seek prayer and to despise service” 

From Tt Crusader (to Donna): Well, there go the Carmelites and poor Clares, and other enclosed orders, and silent adoration, etc…

Donna’s reply: “…And I’m sure I can find biblical quotes about rest and silence. Some of the greatest hermits and saints took up this sole way of life.”

  • Headline: Francis contradicts previous Popes: immigration issue just as important as abortion

By John -Henry Westen   9 April 2016

(https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/francis-contradicts-previous-popes-says-migration-not-a-lesser-issue-than-a)

In his lengthy exhortation released this morning, Pope Francis chastised those who would see abortion as a more important issue than migration.

“Our defence of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate,” he said, but should not supercede the defense of the poor or migrants.

The contrast with Pope Benedict XVI is evident from Benedict’s 2006 remarks to members of the European People’s Party. “As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable,” he said.”

From the Book of Truth: 

 “If those who say they represent Me do not speak with the same passion about the evil of abortion, as they do about other acts against humanity, then be aware that something is amiss.” (25 Dec. 2014)

  • Raymond Arroyo of EWTN:

    Doug Mainwaring Lifesite News April 16th

“Raymond Arroyo and the “papal posse” broke down the “troubling” parts of the document on The World Over on April 12. (2018)

“I enjoyed the parts which dealt with the supernatural life,” said Fr. Gerald Murray, a canon lawyer, “but I got to the section where the Pope deals with what he calls ‘neopelagianism’ and I just said to myself, ‘Wait a minute. What’s going on here?’”

“Then there’s another section on ‘neo-gnosticism,’” said Murray, adding, “These are, in my opinion, very serious problems in this document because he seems to be defending the controversial parts of Amoris Laetitia by lashing out at people who don’t agree with him. And I find that very, very troubling.”

You cannot categorize obedience to the Ten Commandments as a defect,” said Murray. “And it is not ‘a museum’ to say that what Christ said 2,000 years ago is what I believe today.”

 

  • Claire Chretien of LifeSite news said on April 9:

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate “blurs lines and causes confusion” about the gravity of abortion, the leader of a pro-life group that majorly influences U.S. politics said today.

Pope Francis wrote that migration shouldn’t be seen as a “secondary” or “lesser” issue to “‘grave’ bioethical questions” and that helping “victims” of “every form of rejection” is just as important as defending the pre-born.

 “It is impossible to equate the moral weight of abortion – the direct killing of innocent unborn children occurring on a daily massive scale, here in America and abroad – with any other social justice issue,” said (Marjorie) Dannenfelser. “The right to live predates or precludes every other right. It is simple logic. Without the fundamental right to life, no debate can even begin on the rights that follow.”

“The Catholic Church has long taught that abortion is an intrinsic evil that must always be opposed,” she continued. … We all affirm the absolute dignity of the migrants and those suffering from poverty. How we solve these issues are matters of prudential judgment on which Catholics can disagree. Today’s exhortation blurs lines and causes confusion.”

From the Book of Truth:

Those who are of Me and who represent My Church on earth have failed to proclaim the Truth. Murder, including abortion, is one of the greatest sins against God. Why do they distract you from acknowledging the most serious of sins while they preach about the importance of humanitarian acts?” ( (25 Dec. 2014)

 

Christopher Ferrara says about “Gaudete et Exsultate”

in the Remnant Newspaper on April 11, 2018:

The document’s call for a living relationship with God animated by charity is belied by its repeated descent into the uncharitable caricature and outright calumny of those members of the faithful Bergoglio perceives as impediments to his maniacal designs. Herewith a sampling of the invective interwoven into the pious passages of the document:…”

Ferrara explains the errors in this article re;lating to Bergoglio’s views of Church teaching:

1) Contemplative orders apart from the world are unhealthy: …

2) The Church does not have all the answers and should not tell people how to live (unless it is Bergoglio speaking): …

3) Catholic doctrine is subject to different interpretations depending on circumstances: …

4) Catholic doctrine is not monolithic, but rather is open to doubt: …

5) Strong attachment to Catholic doctrine and discipline is Pelagianism: …

6) Those who resist change—i.e, whatever Francis wants—have succumbed to the forces of evil: …

7) Those who say all things are possible with grace are really Pelagians:

8) Even with the aid of grace it is impossible for “the weak” to keep the moral law given their “concrete” limits; only gradual progress is possible (thus exalting the frailty of human will over grace in precisely the Pelagian manner Francis condemns): …

9) Attachment to Catholic doctrine and discipline is Pelagian aridity that rejects “the Spirit”: …

10) Observant Catholics are heartless Pelagian curators of a religious museum who reject “the Spirit”: …

11) Attempts to limit mass Muslim migration (primarily military-age males) are morally equivalent to murder in the womb:

12) Any public opposition by the faithful to Bergoglian designs is defamation inspired by the devil (whose dwelling place is unclear given the interviews with Scalfari): …

13) The defenders of orthodoxy are heartless judges who look down on others (says Bergoglio who constantly judges and looks down on others): …

14) God demands that we accept Bergoglio’s “magisterium” of “today” and see the Gospel in a new light rather than simply following what the Church (including all prior Popes) has always taught; all else is rigid dogmatism:

Click on the link below to read the complete article, together with quotes from the document “Gaudete at exsultate” that exemplify each of these claims:

https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/3841-gaudete-et-exsultate-demagogic-piety-on-the-march

 

This is the end of the series of articles on “PF’s encyclicals and apostolic exhortations”.

 

FATIMA’S MESSAGE MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER: Heaven’s Request for reparation


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The following talk is by Crusader Chris, in the city where he lives. I thought, being the 100th Anniversary of the first Apparition, that this would be appropriate to share today. The only changes are the subheadings which I added for ease of reading. In fact, he did his second talk in the series today in the pro-Cathedral at an all-day Fatima celebration.

(The picture is of my own personal statue of Our lady of Fatima)

FIRST OF A 4-PART SERIES OF TALKS

IN THIS CENTENARY YEAR OF FATIMA, 2017

DAY WITH MARY, 25 February 2017

Good morning, everyone. Now, before I begin I’d just like to stress that the following material is not purely my own personal opinion. While I’m a Fatima enthusiast, I don’t profess to be an expert on the subject. I’ve done a lot of research, and have drawn on a number of RELIABLE sources – some of these I’ll mention as we go.

Perhaps we could start by praying a HAIL MARY for the Holy Spirit’s presence?

PART 1:

FATIMA’S MESSAGE MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER: Heaven’s Request for reparation

FATIMA… it could well be the most important sign of visible Divine intervention since Jesus was raised from the dead.

The “Miracle of the Dancing Sun” at Fatima must rank as the most dramatic and significant supernatural event in the entire history of the Church.

Not since Biblical Times has there been a public miracle of this magnitude!

But WHY we may wonder? WHY?

Could it be that, on entering the modern age in 1917, the Church was on the brink of the most critical and decisive phase of its two thousand year existence?

Many would contest that. Pragmatists and rationalists, theologians and historians would say that the Church has always been upon stormy waters.

But the advent of secularism, atheism, materialism, modern psychology, science and evolution has created a whole new generation conditioned by this thinking who are now enemies of the faith unlike anything ever before: hedonists, scoffers, intellectual giants, revolutionaries, demagogues and social activists with power and ambition to take hold of the world and make their beliefs dominate. Forcefully and seductively they are steering our civilization away from its Christian mores, coercing us into a Brave New World of supposedly “enlightened” values which, in truth, are both anti-Christian and destructive.

Relevance of Private Revelation

It is frequently asserted that Fatima is ONLY private revelation. Many voices in the Church diminish its importance. In the last 50 years it has been dismissed by the Vatican hierarchy. Buried by others and consigned to a grave stone. “It’s only private revelation,” they say. “We don’t have to believe.”

But looking back over the entirety of faith history, some of the greatest landmark moments, even in Sacred Scripture itself, are made up of private revelation. The three angels who appear to Abraham and Sarah announcing the infinite generations of believers to come:  private revelation. Moses’ encounter with God on Sinai and the giving of the Law: private revelation, although, of course, the Israeli camp did witness the accompanying spectacle from a distance. The calling of Samuel the prophet who anoints King David: private revelation. Isaiah, Jeremiah, all the prophets, the Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary: all private revelation. And the New Testament abounds with similar phenomena: the conversion of St Paul on the road to Damascus, his transporting into the heavenly realms, the apparitions to the disciples of the Risen Christ in His Glorified Body: all private revelation.

To those who insist that Fatima is merely private revelation, Our Lady in fact says the complete opposite. She told the three shepherds that she would perform a miracle so that “EVERYONE would believe”. It was intended for everyone, not just the young visionaries. And it did get the world’s attention, even the secular newspapers at the time. Over seventy thousand pilgrims were present. Hardened journalists who turned out to mock and belittle the so-called religious hysteria became believers.

Why did Our Lady appear?

So why would God permit the Blessed Mother of His Son to appear at the dawn of the twentieth century during the bloodiest war which was meant to “end all wars” and only months prior to the tumultuous Russian Revolution? Why would He give the handmaiden of Nazareth the power to overwhelm such a great multitude of people with a sight which brought them to their knees, convinced the world was about to end with the sun plunging toward the earth? It is interesting to note that this was 28 years before the first nuclear bombs were exploded, bringing an end to a far more devastating Second World War. Some commentators say Fatima’s solar phenomenon was like a prelude of that atomic power.

When Jesus came among us as the long-awaited Messiah He scolded those of His generation for not recognizing the signs of the times – Hugh Owen in his recent Fatima book, The Light Comes from the East, says “How much more will He scold us who have the gifts of the Holy Spirit if we fail to read the signs of the times.”

Pope Benedict’s XVI

Seven years ago our previous Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, while visiting Fatima, made a startling pronouncement, one which negated the official Vatican position and his own earlier opinion as Cardinal Ratzinger. No longer could he agree that Fatima’s message was relegated to the historical past, left behind with the 20th century.  On May 13, 2010, before 500,000 pilgrims at the famous apparition site, Pope Benedict proclaimed in his papal address: “Whoever thinks that the prophetic mission of Fatima is over, is deceived. May these seven years that divide us from the centennial of the apparitions bring forth soon the foreseen triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!”

In the same address Pope Benedict pointed out an uncomfortable fact: “Today,” he said, “we see in the most horrifying way, that the greatest persecution against the Church does not come from its enemies outside, but from the sins within; and that the Church has therefore a great need to re-learn penance. . .”

His Holiness was simply echoing the words of Our Lady of Fatima:

On October 13 in 1917 she was reported saying, “People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more for He is already TOO MUCH offended.She mentioned in particular immorality and immodesty, fashions which greatly offended God, and her admonition recalls the two prayers which the Angel had taught the shepherd children a year earlier. These prayers were “in reparation for the outrages, sacrilege, blasphemies and INDIFFERENCE toward God.”

The Relevance of Our Lady’s Words for Today

Now, remember, this was 1917. How much more-so have those sins multiplied and intensified one hundred years later!

Father Regis Scanlon, spiritual director for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, has authored articles on Fatima. Recently he wrote, “Without a doubt abortion has always existed,” – on a minor scale in the backstreets of cities – “but now it is glorified by societies and protected by governments as a legal right. In 1917 the idea of legalized homosexual marriage, especially on a worldwide scale, would have been inconceivable. And I doubt you could find a practicing Catholic, in those days, who would NOT have been horrified to hear a fellow Catholic was regularly receiving Holy Communion despite being divorced, co-habiting or committing fornication or homosexual acts.”

Our Lady told Jacinta that the sins that offended God most were sins of the flesh, and that many marriages were not good. More people fall into hell, she said, because of unrepented sins of the flesh. This and sacrilegious communions are the two great evils which afflict the world and the Church.

Heaven foresaw all of this coming. Like the prophets of old, Christ’s Mother was sent to forewarn the world, to alert believers to the signs of the times. Sadly, a hundred years later, we hardly ever hear about sin (especially mortal sin); nor do we hear about Hell, about Satan or demonic activity, and we definitely never hear about reparation and sacrifice, so badly needed, as Fatima highlighted. Any such reference has become unfashionable – almost politically incorrect.

The Sequence of Events – a refresher:

Now, for those who are unfamiliar with the Fatima story, here’s a brief recap – and a refresher for those of you who have heard it but long ago.

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The extraordinary sequence of events actually began in the spring and autumn of 1916. Sister Lucy in her memoirs, however, does mention that there was a mysterious prefigurement even earlier in 1915. On three occasions that year, while she and her two younger cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto were tending their flocks, a figure appeared in the air above the olive trees.

The following year this figure revealed to them that he was the Angel of Peace, the Guardian Angel of Portugal – also later identified as St Michael. “Do not be afraid,” he told the children. “Pray with me.” Sister Lucy wrote that he looked “like a young man of about 14 or 15 years old, transparent as crystal when the sun shines through it and of great beauty.” He taught them a short prayer and showed them to kneel as they prayed and prostrate themselves with their foreheads almost touching the ground. When he returned in the autumn that year he rebuked them for wasting time playing. “What are you doing? Pray, pray very much! The most holy hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High.” He explained to them, “Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. You will thus draw down peace upon your country.”

Now remember, these instructions were given to three little children who, in 1916, were aged ten, eight and six years old. On this second visit the Angel gave Holy Communion to Lucy and the precious Blood from a Chalice to Jacinta and Francisco, saying, “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men! Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.” He knelt prostrate before the Blessed Sacrament, demonstrating again this lowly position of prayerful adoration, and recited with the young shepherds the now-famous prayer addressed to the Holy Trinity. In this way the little seers of Fatima were being primed up for the great encounter with heaven’s Queen a year ahead of her appearance.

The First Apparition

Meanwhile, the First World War was raging through Europe without let-up. Pope Benedict XV, tired and frail, weary of fruitless diplomatic entreaties with leaders, wrote a letter to all Christians. It was dated 5th May 1917. “In this terrible hour,” he pleaded, “may the faithful turn with lively confidence to the august Mother of God. Since all graces are dispensed through the hands of the Holy Virgin, beg her to obtain peace for the world, to end the dark tide of ruin and massacre.” He solemnly entrusted this task to her alone. Only eight days later she responded – on what was then known as the feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, May 13th.

May 13th that year was a Sunday. After attending Mass and leading their sheep to pasture at a place called the Cova da Iria, the three children witnessed a flash of lightning in the blue sky after praying their Rosary. Another flash and there, just a few footsteps away, on the top of a holm oak, stood a Lady dressed in white, “more brilliant than the sun,” wrote Lucy, “radiating a light so clear and intense”. She encouraged them to pray the Rosary to obtain peace for the world and an end to the First World War, and requested that they come to the Cova da iria on the 13th day of each month for six successive months.

13th June: the second apparition.

This drew about fifty onlookers along with Lucy, Jacinta and Francisco. On this occasion the Blessed Mother spoke of devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. “Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved,” she said and opening her hands, she showed them a vision of her heart encircled by thorns.

The Third Apparition

13th July. This pivotal third apparition brought record crowds. Five thousand people assembled this time, and it was the day that the Mother of Christ delivered the prophecies and promises and visions now associated with Fatima.

Firstly she announced the miracle which would take place three months from that date: “I will do this so that all may believe,” she said. And then she gave the children a graphic glimpse into the frightening reality of hell. Sadly she continued, “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. This war is going to end soon, but if people do not cease offending God, a worse war will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.

If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, stirring up revolutions, and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer; several nations will be annihilated.” Her final words were ones of hope:In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph and there will be peace.”

The Secret

All these revelations were known initially as “the Secret”. The secret was divided into three parts: first part was the terrifying sight of hell. The second was the prophetic words just quoted. And what became known as the Third Secret or the third part began with the promise “In Portugal the dogma of the faith will always be preserved”. The contents of this secret were sealed in an envelope to be made public in 1960 when they would be better understood. Through papal diplomacy it took another forty years to learn of the apocalyptic vision we now know about: a slain bishop in white, surrounded by the corpses of bishops, cardinals and lay people in a city in ruins with soldiers present.

During this July apparition Our Lady also taught the children to pray in between decades of the Rosary: “Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are most in need of Thy mercy.” This is where that prayer originated.

The Fourth Apparition

13th August 1917. There was no apparition that day. The fourth appearance of Our Lady of Fatima was delayed until August 19th. This was because the three young seers were imprisoned by the Administrator of the local council. He threatened to boil them alive in hot oil if they did not renounce their visions and disclose the secret. After three days of brave and determined refusal they were released.

The Fifth Apparition:

September 13th. The fifth apparition occurred in the presence of 25 thousand observers with the Virgin Mary confirming the much-anticipated Miracle in one month’s time.

 

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This resulted in pilgrims converging on Fatima from all directions across Europe during mid October. Tens of thousands of them flocked in great expectancy, singing and praying, making their way through a ferocious rainstorm the night before the Miracle was due.

The Sixth Apparition: Miracle of the sun

October 13th, their faith in Fatima was not disappointed. The sky which had been hidden by black clouds suddenly cleared and the sun shone through. To everyone’s amazement it began performing extraordinary feats in the sky for fifteen long minutes. It whirled like a giant fiery Catherine wheel, zigzagging and plunging toward the earth, flooding the countryside with a spectrum of glorious rays. The muddy ground and the sodden clothes of the spectators were bone dry by the time the awesome prodigy was over. The secular press gave wide coverage with photos, especially of the terrified onlookers who thought the world was coming to an end. Even skeptical journalists were instantly converted that day.

In recent times, there have been reports of the sun spinning at other apparition sites like Medjugorje but nothing has equaled the impressive light show and the solar gymnastics displayed at Fatima.

Further apparitions

Of course that was not the completion of the Fatima story, only the beginning. Both Jacinta and Francisco were told by the Blessed Mother they would join her in heaven shortly. Both of them died of the post-war influenza epidemic in 1919 and 1920. Eighty years later they were beatified by Pope John Paul the Second and Blessed Jacinta’s body was exhumed and found to be incorrupt.

Lucy eventually became a Carmelite nun and was blessed with subsequent visions and heavenly communications throughout her long life. She died on 13th of February 2005 just seven weeks before Saint John Paul Two went to his heavenly reward.

There were three documented visitations to Lucy which served as a sequel to the 1917 events. On December 10th 1925 Our Lady appeared in Lucy’s convent cell to announce the Five First Saturday devotion of Reparation. Then on the 15th February the following year the Child Jesus appeared to Lucy, along with Our Lady to ensure the spreading of this devotion and to stress its importance..

Three years later, 13th June 1929, Our Lady of Fatima came to Lucy, as foretold, with her request for the consecration of Russia. This request was given while Lucy was praying late at night in the chapel, which became illuminated by the presence of a breathtaking image. Over the altar she saw the Divine Trinity: God the Father overseeing the Crucified Jesus with the Holy Spirit hovering above the cross.The moment has come,” Our Lady announced, “for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart. The Holy Father must do this in union with all the bishops of the world.”

Two years later, in 1931, Jesus spoke to Lucy and reminded her of the consequences of failing to consecrate Russia.

The Great Sign:

Seven years elapsed and, as predicted by the Blessed Mother, the Second World War erupted, preceded by the Great Sign she had spoken about. During the reign of Pope Pius XI, on the evening of January 25th, 1938, all of Europe was bathed in unearthly lights. People were in panic, running in the streets with fear once again that the world was ending. Scientists quickly labeled the phenomenon an Aurora Borealis. They have since admitted the lights were “of an unidentified source” with no further explanation.

Within weeks of that Great Warning Sign, Hitler had marched into Austria, followed by its annexation and the seizure of Poland. Right on cue, the vast conflict, involving much of the world, began to unfurl.

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Fatima is one of the very few Marian apparitions to be fully approved by the Church and to be promoted by most popes ever since – John Paul Two especially after his assassination attempt on 13th May 1981. The current pope has dedicated his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima. But still heaven’s directive remains unimplemented. It is not the world which needs to be consecrated to the Heart of Mary but Russia, specifically named so that the conversion of Russia will be then attributed quite unmistakably to Our Lady’s intercessory power.

Sister Lucy recorded that Jacinta once told her, “Do not be afraid to tell everyone about devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. God has entrusted the peace of the world to her.” God has given the Blessed Virgin Mother a mission, to bring Christ back into the world, just as she brought Christ into the world the first time.

What  Fatima requires of us.

The more we study the Fatima revelations the more we come to see that there is much more required than simply praying the Holy Rosary every day. The Rosary is certainly a vital element – but what is equally imperative is an attitude of sacrifice, the offering of all the penances that come from our state of life, all that’s demanded by our daily duty, in a spirit of reparation for so many outrages and sacrileges and blasphemy. Reparation is the key word. One hundred years later the world’s future is in a precarious balance. A visionary was recently told by Our Lady that humanity is hanging by a thread. “The Bear is about to awaken and take the world by surprise”.

If God was offended in 1917, what is He now?

The errors of Russia

The “errors of Russia” which our dear Mother mentioned are precisely this: systematized atheism, the rejection of God, indifference to His existence and providence, even outright hostility; abortion now institutionalized in what were once Christian nations; divorce, destruction of the family unit, the denigration of a woman’s role of motherhood; the substitution of Divine Creation with Darwinism and its claim of human life evolving from a soulless primeval void.

These were the errors about to emerge in Holy Mother Russia a century ago which brought about bloodshed, closure of Churches, the imprisonment and murder of clergy and religious, millions upon millions of citizens wantonly slaughtered. It took fifty years for these errors of belief to be absorbed into western culture. By the 1970s divorce and abortion had gained legal status, followed by prostitution, and now the current gender theology, same-sex marriage and so on…. I think we all understand the seriousness of the times.

What we have to do now

Returning to Father Regis Scanlon, he recently wrote, “God doesn’t want us to suffer the consequences of our disobedience, that’s why He sent Mary Immaculate to us in the early 20th century with these important signs – so we could repent and correct ourselves (…) there is still time left. Remember God’s Mercy. We must not despair. When enough of the entire Church makes an effort, including daily and worthy reception of Holy Communion, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in reparation – when the Pope, Bishops and priests lead the Church in these efforts, Satan’s power will end. And if our Church leaders refuse to do what Our Lady has been asking since 1917, then I believe that we must prepare for penance – a lot of it – and soon.”

In the end Mary’s Immaculate Heart will triumph and her promises will be fulfilled – but at what cost?

Please continue to pray that all of Our Lady’s conditions for world peace are soon met. Pray for the Church. Pray for the world. Pray for souls. And, in the words of the latest Fatima online newsletter, “Pray also for COURAGE for it may grow darker before the dawn of grace.”

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Feast of Blessed Jacinta of Fatima

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In the next two talks on Fatima we will look at the numerous events since 1960 which are directly related to Fatima, the significance of the 100 years ending in 2017; also the history of the many attempts at consecrating Russia, and why such a simple act has caused so much difficulty and confusion.

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The Church of the End Times according to Father Benedict

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A prophecy of the future Churchyoung-ratzinger

 

Pope Benedict XVI’s original priestly name was “Father Benedict”.

In June 1970, he delivered a lecture in Munich entitled “Why I am still in the Church today”, (from Father Benedict: The Spiritual and Intellectual Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, by James Day (Sophia Press),

“From today’s crisis will emerge a church that has lost a great deal.

It will no longer have use of the structures it built in its years of prosperity.

The reduction in the number of faithful will lead to it losing an important part of its social privileges.

It will become small and will have to start pretty much over again.

It will be a more spiritual church and will not claim a political mandate flirting with the Right one minute and the Left the next.

It will be poor and will become the Church of the destitute.”

From: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2017/01/04/lets-remember-the-prophesy-of-benedict-xvi-as-we-begin-the-new-year

 

2017 – 100 Years since Fatima- what is the significance?

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Pope Leo XIII’s vision on 13th October, 1884:

The pope overheard a conversation between Jesus and the devil, who said he could destroy the Church. Jesus gave him 75-100 years to try to do this.

We don’t really know when the 100 years started but

EXACTLY 33 years later, on the 13th October, 1917 – the miracle of the sun occurred. (Co-incidence?)

Obviously Fatima is connected to Pope Leo’s vision. Our Lady of Fatima outlines events which are to happen in the next 100 years, and she gives us the solution.

Our Lady, at Fatima on 13th July, 2017 said :

 “…To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.

If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.

The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. 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. In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved …”   https://www.ewtn.com/library/mary/firstsat.htm

In 1931, Our Lady said:

…Like the King of France they will repent and do so, but it will be late. Russia will already have spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The Holy Father will have much to suffer!

(There is no doubt he aforementioned events are now occurring!)

Message from the Book of Truth:  Message 0036

01 January 2011 @ 02:00am

 …   Mother of God’s role in Second Coming of Christ

My beloved Mother, who was responsible for taking up the Chalice of accepting My Existence, at the moment of Conception to herald a new beginning for mankind, will also herald My Second Coming.

My beloved Mother, the Angel of Light, will now triumph to deliver My Mercy and herald My Second Coming on Earth. My devoted Mother, the Immaculate Conception, as Mediatrix, will help prepare the world for My Second Coming. She has been preparing mankind for many centuries, but has now, in the last 100 years, been trying to instil love in your hearts, to ignite the sometimes stagnate love you have for Me and My Eternal Father.

There was a time when My Mother, who, through Divine Manifestation, would command attention on Earth. Sadly, since Fatima and Garabandal, few of My sacred servants take her Divine apparitions seriously. Nor are her visionaries, the chosen few, taken seriously.

This time, as the year 2011 commences, many, many changes in the world are now about to take place. This is because the world, My children, as you once knew it is about to change…”

(These are now evident)

“…Secret of Fatima – connection with future

So many of you innocent and trusting souls fail to grasp the evil that is about to unfold. My children, and I include those reading these Messages for the first time out of curiosity, who may feel a gap in your spiritual welfare, listen now.

You and your fellow brothers and sisters are being led into a world dictated by the group foretold in the last Secret of Fatima, to which you are not privy, where you will soon find the following. …”

Your Divine Teacher, Saviour and Just Judge of Mercy”

And finally, words from Pope Benedict XVI in 2010:

Pope Benedict visited  Fatima in May 2010 – excerpt of Interview with Fr Lombardi on Tuesday 11th May.

(Referring to Third secret released in 2000)

“Consequently, I would say that, here too, beyond this great vision of the suffering of the Pope, which we can in the first place refer to Pope John Paul II, an indication is given of realities involving the future of the Church, which are gradually taking shape and becoming evident” 

See:   https://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/speeches/2010/may/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20100511_portogallo-interview.html

Clues for the Curia?

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st-hildegardIn Pope Benedict’s Christmas address to the Roman Curia in December, 2010 he cited a vision of St Hildegard of Bingen (1170), which is a most apt prophecy of the Church today.

 The image in the prophecy includes:

  1. A beautiful woman stretching from earth to heaven and is so beautiful that the human mind cannot comprehend it.
  2. Her face shone with exceeding brightness and her gaze was fixed on heaven.
  3. Her shoes were of onyx.
  4. She had a “dazzling robe of white silk”.
  5. Her cloak was “adorned with stones of great price”.

1.This beautiful woman is the Church.

2. Her face is “stained with dust” – I guess with neglect and an unappreciation of her beauty.

3. Her shoes “had been blackened”.

4. Her robe was “ripped down the right side”.

5. Her cloak “had lost its sheen of beauty”.

  1. “She (the church) cries out in a loud voice:
  2. Hear heaven how my face is sullied;
  3. tremble abyss because my shoes are blackened
  4. mourn, earth, that my robe is torn.”

 The vision also mentions the Bridegroom. This is Christ, whose Bride is the Church. “The Bridegroom’s wounds remain fresh as long as the wounds of men’s sins continue to gape”.  (a reference to the robe which was ripped down the right side)

In the vision, “Christ’s wounds remain open because of the sins of priests”.

 The vision continues:

 “They (the priests) tear my robe, since they are violators of the Law, the Gospel and their own priesthood; …” (reference to the torn robe)

And in reference to the cloak: “they darken my cloak by neglecting, in every way, the precepts which they are meant to uphold..”

In reference to the shoes:

“…my shoes too are blackened, since priests do not keep to the straight paths of justice, which are hard and rugged, or set good examples to those beneath them.

Nevertheless, in some of them I find the splendour of truth.(i.e. the shoes which still reveal their original beauty – of onyx.)

Sadly, the Roman Curia let this prophecy go right over their heads and they (the majority) took no notice!!

 See the prophecy at: http://www.onepeterfive.com/about/

“In the year of our Lord’s incarnation 1170, I had been lying on my sick-bed for a long time when, fully conscious in body and in mind, I had a vision of a woman of such beauty that the human mind is unable to comprehend. She stretched in height from earth to heaven. Her face shone with exceeding brightness and her gaze was fixed on heaven. She was dressed in a dazzling robe of white silk and draped in a cloak, adorned with stones of great price. On her feet she wore shoes of onyx. But her face was stained with dust, her robe was ripped down the right side, her cloak had lost its sheen of beauty and her shoes had been blackened. And she herself, in a voice loud with sorrow, was calling to the heights of heaven, saying, ‘Hear, heaven, how my face is sullied; mourn, earth, that my robe is torn; tremble, abyss, because my shoes are blackened!’

And she continued: ‘I lay hidden in the heart of the Father until the Son of Man, who was conceived and born in virginity, poured out his blood. With that same blood as his dowry, he made me his betrothed.

For my Bridegroom’s wounds remain fresh and open as long as the wounds of men’s sins continue to gape. And Christ’s wounds remain open because of the sins of priests. They tear my robe, since they are violators of the Law, the Gospel and their own priesthood; they darken my cloak by neglecting, in every way, the precepts which they are meant to uphold; my shoes too are blackened, since priests do not keep to the straight paths of justice, which are hard and rugged, or set good examples to those beneath them. Nevertheless, in some of them I find the splendour of truth.’

And I heard a voice from heaven which said: ‘This image represents the Church. For this reason, O you who see all this and who listen to the word of lament, proclaim it to the priests who are destined to offer guidance and instruction to God’s people and to whom, as to the apostles, it was said: go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation’ (Mk 16:15)” (Letter to Werner von Kirchheim and his Priestly Community: PL 197, 269ff.).”

How apt that Pope Benedict would quote this;- as if he knew the sorrows and grief-rendering neglect that would tarnish the church ( even more than before!) As if he indeed had prior knowledge and is most certainly acquainted with prophecy…and this is not the first hint he has given!

Judging Francis

See who judges Francis…

• Sacred Scripture

• 38 Popes (see summary of what Pope Benedict tells us in excerpt below)

• 10 Ecumenical Councils

• 7 Fundamental Texts

• 15 Roman Congregations

• 18 Fathers of the Church

• 13 Doctors of the Church

• 8 Synods and Episcopal Magisterium

• Other Documents and Saints

Benedict XVI…

…judges Francis’ idea that spiritual direction is a charism of the laity

Priests have the munus docendi, the task of teaching – they must answer the fundamental questions about what we must do in order to do good

An essential part of the priest’s grace is the task of putting others in touch with God
Christ tends his flock through the Pastors of the Church

Every priest is called to help the penitent to walk on the demanding path of holiness

Listening to the confessor’s advice is important for the spiritual journey of the penitent

In the saintly priest, the Christian People recognize the voice of the Good Shepherd

…judges Francis’ idea on adulterine unions

The trials of Christians are indeed numerous, but they must be faithful to God in their marriage

Materialistic ideologies tell us it is absurd to observe God’s commandments

The only joy that fills the human heart comes from God: the cross of Christ

The Church has received from its Founder the mission of showing people the way to true happiness: fidelity to the words of Christ

…judges Francis’ idea on family

An institution of natural law based on the marriage between a man and woman

 Marriage has value as a natural institution and as a Sacrament Raised to the dignity of a Sacrament, marriage confers greater splendor and depth to the conjugal bond

The Lord is the centre and heart of the family

 The family is a necessary good, fruit of the love and total self-giving within marriage

 Today the essential characteristics of Sacramental marriage are misunderstood

Today the crisis of the family impresses upon children an erroneous typology of the family

The natural structure of marriage is the union of a man and a woman – this principle comes from human nature itself and not only from faith

 

Read Pope Benedict’s teachings in the complete articles in a comprehensive new website at:
http://en.denzingerbergoglio.com/who-judges-francis/benedict-xvi/