In my humble and pious opinion as a faithful Roman Catholic theologian, the messages and claimed private revelation to the Silent Voice (www.silentvoice.net) of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan are false and are not from Heaven. A list of reasons and examples follows.
The false claim that the Antichrist is in the world today
This claim is implied by several different messages. For example, these messages, supposedly from Mary, make this claim:
"My child, as you have heard today from the reading in the First Letter of John, the antichrist is among you, having come out from those who were called and who have rejected the grace of God." (December 31, 1999, silentvoice.net/9912.htm)
This claim that the Antichrist is in the world today is one of the most common claims made by false private revelation. Yet this claim is never made by the messages of true private revelations. This is one of the clearest and most compelling differences between true and false private revelation.
"My child, the antichrist has awaken a giant who will not rest until such time as the enemy has been crushed.... The Lord God shall stir many nations to rise against the antichrist to fight the present decisive battle of good and evil." (September, 2004, silentvoice.net/0409.htm)
"Woe to France for having opened its doors to the antichrist.... Woe to Spain that is following in the step of France. Shall it fall too? The antichrist is elevating its seat (rule) in many nations, preparing to strike the blind." (September, 2004, silentvoice.net/0409.htm)
As is the case with many other false private revelations, these messages make vague predictions of natural disasters. They list nearly every natural disaster that can occur, from a mere increase in rain, wind, and snow, all the way to volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, and fire. This kind of prediction is false because no specific time or place is give, and because these events occur in various places in the world every year. Supposedly, these natural disasters are a 'sign of the times' or a response to mankind's sins. But these events occur every year. And true private revelations say nothing of the kind.
The language is not Christ-like
This characteristic of false private revelation may be difficult for some people to discern. But, having read hundreds of such messages, I notice that the language of false private revelations is not like that of the true ones. The false messages speak in a worldly manner, though this varies somewhat from one source to another. In the case of the so-called Silent Voice, the messages have many rhetorical questions. Sometimes the phrasing of something is odd, as in the repeated use of the phrase 'human creative beliefs.' Also, the language tends to be grandiose, as if something great and definitive were being said, yet the content is vague and ultimately meaningless, for example: “Beware of the raging lion of the East” (June 8, 2000).
At other times, the phrasings are a kind of convoluted pretentious theology: “As they have rejected My Divinity and oneness in God, I have rejected them.” Note that the phrase 'my Divinity and oneness in God' is theologically inaccurate and awkward. Also, the notion that Christ rejects those who reject Him is contrary to the Gospel teachings of mercy and forgiveness. There is also repeated talk about a 'final holy war.' True private revelations contain no such prophecy, nor is the phrasing 'final holy war' used by Catholics (or Christians in general).
Also, Scripture (e.g. Matthew 24, and also the Book of Daniel) predicts many different wars between now and the eventual Return of Christ in the distant future. The idea of one 'final holy war,' or of a war to end all wars, does not accord with Scripture or true private revelation.
Another example of worldly language is supposedly the Virgin Mary speaking:
“My child, when the Eagle flies over the desert lions, the gophers shall come out of hibernation to disturb the nests. Woe to those the nests if they are left unprotected.” (Sept. 14, 2001).
Again, the Virgin Mary does not speak in this manner, neither during her life on earth, nor during in any true private revelations. Also, this type of language is grandiose and pretentious, as if it had some deep symbolic meaning, but the vague expression of these symbols could be applied to many various situations; it is ultimately uninformative.
“I weep for those who spend hours to write viruses.”
Again, such language and such a topic is worldly and is unlike the messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary in any of the true private revelations, including those approved by the Church and those to Saints, Blesseds, and Venerables.
(November, 2005; http://silentvoice.net/0511.htm).
Attempt to associate these messages with the terrorist attack on 9/11.
Several other false private revelations have made the same attempt; they take a past vague message and try to apply it to the attack on Sept. 11, 2001. But these past messages do not mention terrorists, or planes, or New York City, or the World Trade Center, or the date of Sept. 11, or anything specific about the event.
Here are the portions of messages that are claimed as predictions of 9/11:
“Many innocent victims are lost because of a few.” (May 31, 2001)
The commentary on the messages notes that President Bush used the word 'people' in speaking about those who committed this terrorist act. Also, a couple of previous messages referred to Muslims as the enemy of the Church. On this basis, they claim that these messages predicted 9/11.
“My child, there is ONE PEOPLE that is the great enemy of the Holy Catholic Church and the priests.” (May 31, 2001)
To the contrary, if God intended to predict the event of 9/11, He would not merely have used the word 'people.' How is that a prediction at all? And a couple of references to Muslims does not constitute a prediction either. On a related point, the Church does not teach that Muslims (or those of any other religion) are enemies of the Church.
The Catechism states: "841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. 'The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day.' "
Now there was a message that specifically mentioned the 9/11 attack, but it was well after the event. This is so often the case with false private revelation. A vague message before an event is later reinterpreted to have predicted the event, but only after the event is there a specific message about the event:
“My children, in these days, you see the development of the holy war that I have foretold (Private Revelation of June 8, 2000) prior to its beginning on September 11, 2001.” (March 26, 2003)
Also, it should be noted that the Church in general does not view the war in Iraq as a 'holy war,' nor are Muslims seen as the enemy of the Church.
Reinterpretation of messages after the fact
As is the case with the supposed 9/11 related messages, other messages are interpreted after the fact as if they were a prediction of an event. What kind of lame prediction cannot be understood at all until after the event occurs? A good example of this is the claim that the Silent Voice saw letters in the sky (on Sept 19, 2001): “DAD” then it became “AHDAD” and then it read “HADDAD”. One year and six months later, the U.S. invaded Iraq. Because the letters HADDAD resemble 'Bagdad' this message was interpreted after the fact to have predicted the U.S. attack on Iraq.
The attack began on March 19th, and the message was given on Sept. 19th. This type of coincidence, that the message was on the same day of the month as the attack, has been used by other false private revelations to claim that the message predicted the event. But, in truth, there are so many messages, given on various days of each month, and the messages are so vague, that it would be easy, after the fact, to find a message on the same day of the month and reinterpret it to apply to the event. This is a clear example of a common method used by false private revelation.
True private revelation states what the event will be specifically, and when it will happen.
Distorted Theology and Absurd Heresies
There is a long message here (http://www.silentvoice.net/0511.htm) which describes distorted and false ideas about the human person, death, and judgment. The claim is made that the un-baptized are not immediately judged upon death (but they remain 'in a void' 'This void is similar to a state of being in a coma'). This claim is contrary to the teaching of the Church, which says that each person is judged immediately upon death.
The Catechism teaches: “1022 Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven-through a purification or immediately,-or immediate and everlasting damnation.”
It is contrary to the teaching of the Church to claim that the un-baptized are in a coma-like void until the day of the resurrection.
There are numerous other theological problems with this page (http://www.silentvoice.net/0511.htm), including the claim that the human person has a spirit as well as a soul. When Scripture refers to body, spirit, and soul, the reference to spirit is merely the quality of being alive, that is, the effect of uniting body and soul. It is not a separate spiritual substance, similar to the soul, as this false private revelation describes it.
There is an entire book, called 'Knowing God Thesis,' written by the Silent Voice (apparently claiming that the text or at least the ideas in the book come from the apparition and messages) here: The theology in this book is bizarre, distorted, and heretical. For example:
We now come to the question, “How could Jesus have died if He is God because God cannot die?” The answer to this question is easy. As previously stated, each Divine Presence of the Holy Trinity has life of His own, there being Three Divine minds in the Divine intellectual Soul consciousness of God. Having a mind of His own through His physical body, Jesus was able to say, “I am” apart from the Father and the Holy Spirit who also rightfully make the claim of being “I am.”
When Jesus died on the cross, at which time the Holy Spirit departed from His physical body, the mind of Jesus could no longer function through His physical body that had died. As such, for a period of time, Jesus had truly died. His self-awareness, His “I am” that knew Himself through His physical mind became non-existent. During that time, the independent minds of the Father and the Holy Spirit continued to manifest Themselves in their respective Divine Presences. Although the Divine intellectual Soul consciousness of God lived on, it was deprived of One of the Divine minds, the mind of Jesus.
The book goes on at some length making numerous heretical claims one after another, including: that the Trinity has three Divine Minds, that when Jesus died only two of the three Divine Minds could function, that human persons have two minds, and many more absurd and false things.
Also, the book claims the following: “To further perceive the mystery of the Holy Trinity, we will now turn to the gift of bilocation” and “In other words, there is one soul but two bodies, each body having a mind of its own.”
The book even claims that the death of Christ caused the Trinity to temporarily cease to be a Trinity:
“Equally, while God cannot die, the life that Jesus had in Himself ceased to exist for a period of time. During that time, the fullness of God as Three living Divine Presences in the Blessed Trinity was non-existent.... there only remains two Divine Presences in the Holy Trinity.” (http://silentvoice.net/know/godv.htm).
These teachings are repeatedly said, within the text of the book, to be the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church. But in fact these are heretical teachings that contradict Church teaching.
This distorted theology is found in the messages as well as in the book:
“As you have seen your spirit who had life in himself, so does Christ have life in Himself, apart from the Heavenly Father. As you were one in consciousness, body and spirit, Christ is One with the Father, my Son being the Incarnation of the Infinite Father. As you grow in spirituality, your physical mind becomes one in harmony with your spiritual mind (each mind having a free will) perceiving the knowledge of the spiritual that is known to your spirit. As my Son was in perfect harmony with the Holy Spirit, He shared in the Divine consciousness and knowledge of the Heavenly Father while being restraint by His physical Body. At the same time, my Lord had a mind of His own, this setting Him apart from the Father as a Person in Himself. Yet they were one, joined in consciousness. Jesus, my Son, was truly God and man.” (1998, May 13)
This description of Jesus and of the Trinity is heretical and bizarre. Christ is the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity, not of the Father. The human person does not have two minds. The idea that the Second Person was restrained in His knowledge and understanding by being Incarnate is false and heretical. Some of the other ideas expressed so vague and distorted as to be empty rhetoric; in fact, it is difficult to even point out specific errors in that which is totally incoherent. And these messages are supposedly from the Virgin Mary.
The heresy is taught by these messages that Christ Incarnate had a body, spirit, and soul (as these messages claim all human persons have) but that the spirit of Jesus Christ was the Holy Spirit. In other words, the Holy Spirit was a part of the human nature of Christ, or a replacement for a part of Christ's human nature. Again, this is not only heretical, but absurd.
“Let it be known my son that the Spirit of my Son Jesus, during His Incarnation, was the same, One and only Holy Spirit of the Father. It would have been undignified to provide Jesus with any lesser than the Father's Holy Spirit. Yet, Jesus was fully man in bodily form with the fullness of God within Him. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus was in constant communion with the Father as the Second Adam as the first Adam was in communion with the Heavenly Father. It would have been ungodly to provide Jesus with another spirit other than the Holy Spirit of God and then to dispose of the new spirit of the Most High at His death.” (1998 May 13)
To the contrary, the truth is that Jesus was fully human and fully Divine and that He had a human body and a human soul. (The human spirit sometimes mentioned in Scripture is merely the quality of being alive when body and soul are united.) The Holy Spirit is not the soul or the human spirit of Christ, nor is the Holy Spirit a replacement in Christ of the human spirit.
On this point of claiming that the human person has a spirit, in addition to a soul, a message of June 9, 1998 says:
“Why are you uneasy my child? Does it really surprise you that the Church has failed to distinguish between the soul and the spirit?”
The messages also claim (1998 July 6) that aborted babies, because they are un-baptized 'remain non-existent' until the resurrection. Such a claim is contrary to the Mercy and Power of God who loves the unborn as His own children.
The heretical claim is made that the Protestants are not saved: “they refuse to submit themselves to the authority of the true Church. There is no salvation for the disobedient.” (1998 August 1)
False claims about the future
The messages claim that the Church must receive a dedication, which will come about through the Silent Voice. And these messages also claim that there will be “the final proclamation of the Trinity in year 2,000 of your time” (1998 July 6). And that the Virgin Mary must be proclaimed as 'Our Lady of the Divine Commission.' This is all supposedly to come about by means of this Silent Voice.
exaltation of the Silent Voice
The message of 1998, July 6, has been edited to remove a particular (apparently very exalted title) given to the Silent Voice through these messages. “In My eyes, you are not only a very great saint, but also a spiritual [title]....” So this exalted title, withheld from the printed version of the messages, is a title greater than that of 'very great saint.'
Other messages claim that the Silent Voice's theology will be debated by the greatest Doctors of the Church, and that they will find no errors in it. (1998 May 21). Yet already there are numerous serious errors in this 'theology' that is clear to any faithful Catholic.
Numerous messages concern the idea of bilocation. This message, supposedly from St. Paul, is but one example:
“By the grace of God, for the human mind to know God by what has been created, many have experienced what they call astral project or out-of-body experiences.”
The message goes on to then clarify the differences between 'out-of-body experiences' and 'bilocation.'
“While out-of-body experiences are but a taste of God's grace to His loved ones, the greatest of all is the spiritual gift bilocation. Bilocation manifests a spiritual elevation by the grace of God the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit in the Most Holy Name of Jesus.” (January 21, 2000)
This kind of idea is typical of a New Age type of spiritualism. However, it is not Catholic theology and it is not the teaching of the Church. Such foolishness does not come from Heaven above.
I could go on and on and on pointing out the serious heresies and absurd theological errors in these messages that supposedly come from Heaven. But I will spare the reader from the full force of this foolishness. This should be sufficient to show that the messages of the so-called Silent Voice are false and that they do not come from God, or Mary, or Heaven.
by Ronald L. Conte Jr.
February 3, 2006
updated August 9, 2006