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Discernment of Private Revelation

Claims of Private Revelation: True or False?
An evaluation of TheWarningSecondComing.com messages

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See also the second part of this evalutation here, and my posts on this subject at my blog, the reproach of Christ, especially these posts:
Should you reject the next Pope?
The identity of Maria Divine Mercy
A photo of Maria Divine Mercy
The Automatic Excommunication of Maria Divine Mercy and her followers
Rejection of the Catholic Church by Maria Divine Mercy

In my humble and pious opinion as a Roman Catholic theologian, faithful to the Magisterium, and a Bible translator, the claimed private revelations to an anonymous woman, in the form of messages posted on her website (www.thewarningsecondcoming.com), are not true private revelations from God. These messages contain many substantial doctrinal errors, in addition to the heretical claim that this woman will write a book which will become a part of the Bible, and which will be equal to one of the Gospels. Her claimed private revelations endanger souls and contradict the clear and definitive teachings of the Roman Catholic Church on many points; therefore, these messages are not from Heaven. A list of examples follows.

False teaching on judging

The message of 6 Apr 2011 claims: "No one has the power or divine knowledge to make any moral assessment of others."

The true teaching of the Faith is that Jesus taught us not to judge persons: "Do not judge, so that you may not be judged." (Mt 7:1). But He certainly also taught us to judge actions: "And why do you not, even among yourselves, judge what is just?" (Lk 12:57). If a person robs a bank, we should not judge the soul of that person, saying, "that person is evil". But we certainly can and should judge the action, saying: "that act is evil."

Do we have divine knowledge so as to make a moral assessment of the actions of another person? Yes, for we have Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, and the teachings of the Magisterium. These three sources of Divine Knowledge teach us moral truths, so that we may distinguish good from evil. The claim that we have no such knowledge essentially tells people to ignore the teachings of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium on morality.

The message of April 6th 2011 is titled: "Never judge other religions, creeds or sexual preferences." This message portrays Jesus as using the phase 'sexual preferences' repeatedly. The phrase implies that sexual orientation is merely a personal preference. But Jesus condemned every type of fornication (sexual sin), and He also condemned homosexuality as inherently disordered, and as leading toward grave sin:

[Mark]
{7:21} For from within, from the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
{7:22} thefts, avarice, wickedness, deceitfulness, homosexuality, an evil eye, blasphemy, self-exaltation, foolishness.
{7:23} All these evils procede from within and pollute a man."

The message of April 6th 2011 does not merely tell people not to judge persons, but not to judge actions, even those directly contrary to the moral law. This message is contrary to the teaching of the Church and of the Gospels.
"Never tell those of different creeds or sexual preferences they are doomed To push My teachings in a manner where you tell those who are not followers that they will perish or come to harm by brandishing their ways as 'evil' will simply render them weaker than before." (message of 6 Apr 2011)
The above message mixes some truth with error. We should not judge persons, telling them they are doomed (condemned), since they might repent. But some persons certainly do live ways that are morally evil. Sacred Scripture condemns these ways of living that lead to eternal condemnation:

[Galatians]
{5:19} Now the works of the flesh are manifest; they are: fornication, lust, homosexuality, self-indulgence,
{5:20} the serving of idols, drug use, hostility, contentiousness, jealousy, wrath, quarrels, dissensions, divisions,
{5:21} envy, murder, inebriation, carousing, and similar things. About these things, I continue to preach to you, as I have preached to you: that those who act in this way shall not obtain the kingdom of God.

The message of 6 Apr 2011 contradicts this passage from Sacred Scripture. It is a message designed to appeal to those believers who have been led astray by modern society into thinking that sexual orientation is merely a preference that is not in itself morally disordered. To the contrary, the Catholic Church teaches:
"Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' They are contrary to the natural law." (CCC, n. 2357).

"Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder." (Cardinal Ratzinger, Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons)
The message of 6 Apr 2011 also mixes truth with error on the subject of religion:
"If My believers differentiate themselves and place or exalt themselves at the expense of those who are unaware of My teachings, then they are behaving just as the Pharisees did. Shame on those who consider themselves above those souls who need enlightenment.... Don't exclude anyone irrespective as to whether they are Catholics, Other Christian Denominations, Islam, Hindu, Jews, Buddhist - even those new cults which have emerged who do not believe in God, The Eternal Father."
It is true that God loves all persons and wills that all persons be saved. But not all persons will be saved. The Catholic Christian Church is the Ark of salvation. Although other believers and even non-believers can possibly be saved, we are not all equal on the path of salvation. Those who believe and live the Catholic Faith are enlightened, and have a greater knowledge of the path of salvation. The Catholic Faith is greater than any other religion. Those who reject Catholicism, reject Christianity, reject even belief in God, are in grave danger of losing their salvation. Those who deliberately reject Catholicism, while knowing that it is the true path of salvation, sin gravely.

But the above claimed message of private revelation offers a false type of equality, as if all religions were equal.

On the point of excluding some persons, based on their errors of faith or morals, Jesus taught us to try to correct them. But if they will not be corrected, they should be excluded:

[Matthew]
{18:15} But if your brother has sinned against you, go and correct him, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you will have regained your brother.
{18:16} But if he will not listen you, invite with you one or two more, so that every word may stand by the mouth of two or three witnesses.
{18:17} And if he will not listen to them, tell the Church. But if he will not listen to the Church, let him be to you like the pagan and the tax collector.

False teaching on Sources of Truth
The message of 25th December 2010 claims: "Any doctrine that has not originated from Holy Scripture and which claims to proclaim the truth is a lie. This is a sin against Me and is a grevious attack on me and My Eternal Father."
This claim is contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church that both Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture are sources of Divine Revelation (Second Vatican Council, Dei Verbum). Notice, too, that the Magisterium is not mentioned at all. It is the error of sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), held by Protestants.

Ironically, the messages of this false visionary do not originate from Holy Scripture, and therefore fall under their own condemnation. This message implies a condemnation of itself and of all the other messages of this visionary.

Grave Heresy on Sacred Scripture

One of the messages claimed by this anonymous visionary explicitly told her that she was to write a book, and that it would not really be written by her, but by God, and that the book would be the equal of the Bible and would be a part of the Bible.

I posted a note on my list of false private revelations about this visionary. I specifically pointed out that it is a heresy to claim to be able to write a book and to claim to add it to Sacred Scripture. With my note, I added a link to one of the messages that made this claim. Soon after, the message was deleted from the visionary's website. That message referred to the 'Book of Kells', which is an Irish term used to refer to the Gospels (see Wikipedia). The message claimed that the book this visionary would write would become a part of the 'book of Kells', in other words, would be equal to the Gospels.

There are other similar messages still on the website making this same claim, with different wording:
message of 12th November 2010:
"You need all your energy to write the book. This book will change lives, save souls and has been foretold. Yes, the book is what was prophesied. You are the writer. I am the Author. Do not be surprised or overwhelmed for this is a very sacred task and you have been chosen to do this work with Me. It will take you three months. I want you to publish it around the world. It must be large, powerful and sought out by millions just like the Holy Bible. My daughter, you can publish this 'in conversation with the secret prophet'. It is okay to do this."
http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com/this-book-will-change-lives-and-save-souls/
The other message that was deleted from the website was more explicit. But this message also makes much the same claim, that a book from private revelation will become equal to the Bible. What makes the Bible unique among books? That despite having many human authors, the one true Author of the Bible is God. So the claim that God will be the Author of her book is a claim that the book will be inspired like the Bible.

This very type of claim has been rejected by the Magisterium of the Church:
"Throughout the ages, there have been so-called 'private' revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ's definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history." (CCC, n. 67).
And the Second Vatican Council taught:
"Sacred tradition and Sacred Scripture form one sacred deposit of the word of God, committed to the Church." (Dei Verbum, n. 10).

"The Roman Pontiff and the bishops, in view of their office and the importance of the matter, by fitting means diligently strive to inquire properly into that revelation and to give apt expression to its contents; but a new public revelation they do not accept as pertaining to the divine deposit of faith." (Lumen Gentium, n. 25)
Vatican II explicitly taught that no new public revelation can be accepted as part of, or even pertaining to, the deposit of faith, i.e. Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture (the Bible).

The message of this visionary, and her claim to be able to write a new book, with God as the Author, that will be equal to Sacred Scripture, is an heretical claim. Such a claimed private revelation could not possibly be from God, since it contradicts the teaching of His Church.

False Prophecy on the Warning

I write speculative eschatology; my words are my own. If I write about the future and make a mistake, my mistake is my own. Since my work is not a private revelation from God, and not an act of the Magisterium of the Church, my work is fallible. The faithful should generally expect that the work of theologians in any area of theology may have some errors in it.

But the same cannot be said for a claimed private revelation. If a person claims that a message or prediction was revealed to him or to her by God, then either the message/prediction is true, or the person is not receiving revelations from God. For God does not err, and He does not change.

The messages of this anonymous visionary, on the website 'TheWarningSecondComing.com', claim that the Warning will occur in 2011, and that the tribulation will begin at the end of 2012. So these messages claim that the Warning occurs before the tribulation begins.

Formerly, I had predicted that the Warning would occur in 2011, on Good Friday. My speculative prediction was incorrect. I now think that the Warning will not occur until 2016, after the tribulation has begun. I have predicted, in my speculative eschatology, that the tribulation would begin in 2011, with the beginning of World War 3, and that this war would unfold from 2012 and thereafter. I believe that this false visionary, or someone associated with her, has taken these dates of 2011 and 2012 from my work in eschatology, and then has presented these ideas in claimed messages of private revelation.

I posted a note about one of the messages of this visionary, the one saying that she would write a book that would become a part of Sacred Scripture (which the message called the book of Kells, an Irish term for the Gospels). I explained that this claim is heresy, and I gave a link to the page for that message. Soon after, it was deleted from the site. This shows that the visionary or someone associated with her is aware of my work in eschatology. So I don't believe that the dates of 2011 and 2012 in her messages are a coincidence. They are taken from my work.

However, my date for the Warning in 2011 has passed. I was mistaken. Now I think that the Warning will occur on Good Friday in 2016. So the claims of this false visionary about the date of the Warning are false; it will not happen in 2011. Here is what her messages, supposedly from God, say:
"2011 is the Year for Purification throughout the whole world"

message of 31st May 2011
"The prophecies given at Garabandal will now become a reality. Prepare now for this event for you have only a few months left to prepare your souls."
The front page of the website (retrieved 16 June 2011) says this:
"The Warning is Close
This event will take place in next few months.
TWO COMETS will CLASH, Sky to turn red, Cross in the sky
Millions will repent as a result of this 'Warning'
It is a great act of God's mercy
One of the greatest events in the history of mankind"
When 2011 ends without the Warning having occurred, it will be proof that this visionary is false.
The about the website page says this:
"This mystical event which is expected to take place shortly will be experienced by everyone in the world over the age of 7 years where people will be given clear proof of the existence of God which Our Lord Jesus Christ refers to as The Warning - the Illumination of Conscience. It is a gift to man that when they see the proof that God really exists with their own eyes. However it is important that people prepare for this because many will die of shock when their sins, particularly Mortal sins, are revealed. Prayers asking for forgiveness before the event is essential."
http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com/about-the-messages-about-the-website/
The idea of a Warning, an Illumination of Conscience, is taken from the messages of Garabandal. The idea that many will die of shock at their sins, is taken from my work, from my book about Medjugorje and Garabandal. The idea that the Warning will prove that God exists is also taken from my eschatological writings. These are not messages from God, they are messages concocted to deceive and manipulate people by combining some truth with falsehoods.
"The time is drawing close for the advent of the Great Tribulation. This event will commence from the end of 2012 and must not be confused with the time or the date for My Second Coming on Earth. For this, My children, is not being foretold in these messages. Anyone who attempts to give My children a date for My Second Coming is a liar and not a true prophet. I am, however, revealing years of specific events leading up to my Second Coming, through this prophet."
message of 20th December 2010
Notice the condemnation of anyone who gives a date for the Second Coming of Jesus. I believe that message is directed at my work. I've given a year for His Second Coming in my speculative eschatology: the year 2437 A.D. This year is in the distant future. My eschatological analysis of Sacred Scripture shows that the Antichrist's reign occurs shortly before the Second Coming of Jesus, from 2431 to 2437 A.D. Many of the false private revelations claim that the Antichrist is in the world today. But none of the true private revelations approved by the Church make this claim. Here is my article proving, from the writings of the Saints and from Scripture, that the Antichrist cannot be in the world today.

So my work in eschatological shows that all these visionaries, including the one posting at TheWarningSecondComing.com website, are false, because they make the false claim that the Antichrist is in the world today.

False teaching on faith and reason

The message of 20th May 2011 claims: "You must now open your minds, leave all human reasoning aside to accept the truth of your existence on earth." This message directly contradicts the infallible teaching of Vatican I on faith and reason:
"Not only can faith and reason never be at odds with one another but they mutually support each other, for on the one hand right reason established the foundations of the faith and, illuminated by its light, develops the science of divine things; on the other hand, faith delivers reason from errors and protects it and furnishes it with knowledge of many kinds." (First Vatican Council, Faith and Reason)
And there are several other similar passages in Vatican I showing the value of reason with faith, and rejecting the idea that our religion is based solely on faith, as if reason should be cast aside. The teaching of Pope John Paul II in the encyclical Faith and Reason explains this teaching of Vatican I in greater detail. The message of 20 May 2011 is a grave doctrinal error, incompatible with the teachings of Vatican I and of Pope John Paul II.

The heresy of Millenarianism

The message of 20 May 2011 also teaches the heresy called Millenarianism, which is the belief that Jesus will rule the world (visibly, directly, in person) for 1000 years: "I will rule the earth for the 1,000 years." This heresy is condemned by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 676. Here is an article from the Catholic Encyclopedia on the topic.

The heresy called millenarianism was rejected by Saint Augustine and Saint Aquinas and many other Saints. The Magisterium has also condemned the idea that Jesus Christ will rule over an earthly kingdom for 1000 years. The messages of this claimed visionary are heretical. No wonder she hides behind the anonymity of the internet. She is, or should be, ashamed of the heresies and doctrinal errors in her messages.

Conspiracy theories about free masons and the Illuminati

These messages claim that evil cults, such as free masons and the illuminati, present a danger to the world.
The message of 13 Nov 2010 says: "Please do not listen to the deceit of the lies you have been told by The Deceiver, through divisions of the Free Masons, the Illuminati, the false prophets and the bizarre and totally evil cults that have evolved through the stupidity of Man."

The same message also says: "I implore all of you, especially My children who have been sucked into the Illuminati and other such evil entities. Once there you are doomed to eternal damnation."

The main page of the site (read on 10 June 2011) makes this amusing claim: "Satan's Illuminati control the music industry"
The illuminati figure prominently in some modern conspiracy theories; in all probability, the group no longer exists. The free masons were once a threat to the Church, centuries ago; now they are a small organization with no power. It is only false private revelations that exaggerate this type of threat, as if the Church were in grave danger from such groups.

Also, there is no group that one can join that will doom that person to eternal damnation, as the message claims. Repentance and conversion are always possible in this life, and therefore salvation is always possible in this life.

Furthermore, this message (13 Nov 2010) contradicts the previously discussed message (6 Apr 2011), saying that it is wrong to tell anyone they are doomed to eternal damnation due to their religion beliefs:
"Never tell those of different creeds or sexual preferences they are doomed.... Never tell or attempt to say to these people that they are doomed in My eyes. Because they are not.... even those new cults which have emerged who do not believe in God, The Eternal Father."
This type of self-contradiction is often found in false private revelations.

The Schismatic Error of Anti-papalism

The message of 07 June 2011 contains a serious error, called anti-paplism (against the pope), that is often found in false private revelations. This type of error rejects one or more Popes as being evil, or a false teacher, or a heretic, or a threat to the Church. In private revelations, the error is most often in the form of claiming that a future Pope will be evil and will lead people astray:
"It is important that My followers keep alert to any new Pope that may come forward for he will not be from God."
http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com/message-to-priests-bishops-and-cardinals-about-false-prophet/
But this idea is contrary to the teaching of the Magisterium that the Church is indefectible, and that the Church is founded upon the Rock, that is, Peter and each of his successors. So no Pope can ever lead the Church astray. It is true that each Pope is a fallen sinner, but this does not mean that the Pope can commit any sin whatsoever. For God prevents the Pope from ever being a heretic and from ever leading the Church astray.
"The Church of Peter is My church. But when the keys are handed back to God the Father, which they will be now, the church becomes part of My Kingdom."
The above message claims that the keys given to Peter and each of his successors will (now or soon) be handed back to God -- implying that there can be no more valid successors. This claim is a heresy against the teaching of the First Vatican Council:
Chapter 2.
On the permanence of the primacy of blessed Peter in the Roman pontiffs

1. That which our lord Jesus Christ, the prince of shepherds and great shepherd of the sheep, established in the blessed apostle Peter, for the continual salvation and permanent benefit of the Church, must of necessity remain for ever, by Christ's authority, in the Church which, founded as it is upon a rock, will stand firm until the end of time.

2. For no one can be in doubt, indeed it was known in every age that the holy and most blessed Peter, prince and head of the apostles, the pillar of faith and the foundation of the Catholic Church, received the keys of the kingdom from our lord Jesus Christ, the savior and redeemer of the human race, and that to this day and for ever he lives and presides and exercises judgment in his successors the bishops of the Holy Roman See, which he founded and consecrated with his blood.

3. Therefore whoever succeeds to the chair of Peter obtains by the institution of Christ himself, the primacy of Peter over the whole Church. So what the truth has ordained stands firm, and blessed Peter perseveres in the rock-like strength he was granted, and does not abandon that guidance of the Church which he once received.

4. For this reason it has always been necessary for every Church--that is to say the faithful throughout the world--to be in agreement with the Roman Church because of its more effective leadership. In consequence of being joined, as members to head, with that see, from which the rights of sacred communion flow to all, they will grow together into the structure of a single body.

5. Therefore, if anyone says that it is not by the institution of Christ the lord himself (that is to say, by divine law) that blessed Peter should have perpetual successors in the primacy over the whole Church; or that the Roman Pontiff is not the successor of blessed Peter in this primacy: let him be anathema. [Vatican I]
http://www.ewtn.com/library/COUNCILS/V1.htm
False teaching on why God became Incarnate

The message on why Christ became a Man (http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com/why-i-became-man/) omits the dogmatic teaching of the Church that His Incarnation, and His Passion, Crucifixion, death, and Resurrection, actually obtain grace and salvation. In place of this dogma, the message of the visionary claims that Jesus became a man only to show us the path to salvation, as if His death were merely a manner of teaching and not an effective sacrifice.

The Warning predicted for 2011
(update added 29 Jan 2012)

When I write Roman Catholic eschatology, my writings are based on study and interpretation, and my conclusions are speculative and fallible. If I err in a prediction, it is not surprising, nor does it indicate that my work is to be rejected in its entirety. However, the predictions of claimed private revelation are in a different category. The claimed visionary or locutionist is not writing speculative eschatology. Instead, he or she is claiming to present the predictions of God, or of the Blessed Virgin Mary who has the Beatific Vision of God. If such a claimed private revelation were truly from Heaven, then its messages could not err in their prediction of future events. Neither the Father, nor the Son, nor the Spirit, nor anyone with the Beatific Vision of the Most Holy Trinity could possibly utter any falsehood.

So when I make predictions of future events, I may be (and have been) mistaken on some points. These errors occur because I am drawing conclusions based on my own fallible understanding of many various sources. However, if a message of claimed private revelation is mistaken in predictions of future events, then that claimed private revelation was not from God or Heaven at all. God knows the whole future with absolute certitude. All those persons, especially the Blessed Virgin Mary, who have the Beatific Vision of God, also cannot be mistaken in anything that they think or say. For their thoughts and words are informed by the absolute truth of the direct vision of the Nature of God, who is Truth.

The claimed private revelations called "The Warning Second Coming" predicted that the Warning of Garabandal would occur in 2011, but it did not. This falsehood was clearly expressed in a number of different messages said to be from Heaven. The fact that it did not occur proves that these messages are not from Heaven at all.
"2011 is the Year for Purification throughout the whole world"
(quoted from the About page: www.thewarningsecondcoming.com/about/)

"The Warning will be a purifying experience for all of you."
(message of June 5th, 2011; www.thewarningsecondcoming.com/two-comets-will-collide-my-cross-will-appear-in-a-red-sky/)

"Welcome, therefore, the gift of Purgatory presented to you during The Warning when you must be purified as penance for your sins. You will not have to wait children for death to face this purification."
(message of November 12th, 2011; www.thewarningsecondcoming.com/your-moment-of-glory-before-my-eyes-%E2%80%93-your-moment-of-salvation/)

"The prophecies given at Garabandal will now become a reality. Prepare now for this event for you have only a few months left to prepare your souls."
(message of 31st May 2011; www.thewarningsecondcoming.com/prophecy-at-garabandal-will-now-become-a-reality/)

"The Warning is close now.... They will see great signs in the skies before The Warning takes place. Stars will clash with such impact that man will confuse the spectacle they see in the sky as being catastrophic. As these comets infuse a great red sky will result and the sign of my cross will be seen all over the world by everyone"
(message of June 5th, 2011; www.thewarningsecondcoming.com/two-comets-will-collide-my-cross-will-appear-in-a-red-sky/)

"The Warning is Close
This event will take place in next few months.
TWO COMETS will CLASH, Sky to turn red, Cross in the sky
Millions will repent as a result of this 'Warning'
It is a great act of God's mercy
One of the greatest events in the history of mankind"
(front page of thewarningsecondcoming.com, retrieved on June 16th, 2011)
In May and June of 2011, the website called "TheWarningSecondComing.com" claimed that the Warning of Garabandal would occur within a few months. More than a few months have passed, and the Warning did not occur.

The website also distributed a flyer, stating that the Warning would occur in 2011. The flyer was recently changed to omit that wording. The 'administration team' for the website admits as much:
"A message was included in a recent flyer on our website which states that The Warning will take place in 2011. This is incorrect. At no time did Jesus mention to the visionary the year or the date that The Warning will take place other than that it will be soon and within months. That is not to say that it wont happen in 2011. The fact is the Visionary has not been given a date or a year.

"The flyer has now been amended and the corrected version is now included on the website.

"Due to the enormity of the changes in the lives of all of us who volunteer to spread the word of Jesus Christ in these messages we can be disorganised at times. This heading was included when it should never have been. We apologise for our mishandling of promoting these important messages and will give greater review to what is posted from now on." (http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com/how-you-can-help/leaflet/)
The persons who prepared the flyer understood what the messages of their anonymous visionary implied, that the Warning would occur in 2011. As the end of 2011 approached, they realized that this prediction would likely not happen. So they changed the flyer and posted the above explanation. But in fact, their original understanding of that these messages claimed was accurate. The messages did say, in May and June of 2011, that the Warning would occur within a few months. The message did say that the Warning was a purification, and that the year 2011 was the year of purification. The persons who prepared this flyer understood correctly what was being claimed. It is simply the case that this claim turned out to be false.

The Warning did not occur in 2011, as the messages of this anonymous visionary claimed. Therefore, these messages are not from God, not from the Blessed Virgin Mary, and not from Heaven at all. The most likely source is fallen angels.

"Your prophets have seen false and foolish things for you. And they have not laid open your iniquity, to provoke you to repentance. Yet they have seen for you false revelations and banishments." (Lamentations 2:14).

"Now the Spirit has clearly said that in the end times some persons will depart from the faith, paying attention to spirits of error and the doctrines of devils...." (1 Timothy 4:1)

Marie Julie Jahenny of La Fraudais, mystic and stigmatic: "During the time of the approach of the punishments announced at La Salette, an unlimited amount of false revelations will arise from hell like a swarm of flies; a last attempt of Satan to choke and destroy the belief in the true revelations by false ones."

Messages that Attack the Church
(update added 29 Jan 2012)

A recent message was added to "The Warning Second Coming" website by the visionary who now calls herself by the pseudonym "Maria Divine Mercy". This message attacks the Vatican and the Church, attempting to convince the faithful not to trust either. Previous messages tried to convince the faithful not to trust future popes. This is one of the main goals of the false private revelations that come from fallen angels, to gradually lead the faithful away from the one true Church, to cause the faithful to distrust the Pope, the Vatican, and even the Church as a whole. Another goal is to teach the faithful false doctrines. This latest message does both.

The title of the message is: "The final secret of Fatima reveals the truth of satan's evil sect entering the Vatican" (26 Jan 2012). The message claims that the Church lied about the last part of the secret of Fatima, revealed by the Holy See in the year 2000. But this last part of the secret was revealed by the decision of Pope John Paul II. And then-Cardinal Ratzinger, who is now Pope Benedict XVI, wrote a commentary on the secret. And Sister Lucia, the visionary of Fatima, publicly assured everyone that this is the real and final part of the secret of Fatima.

And yet the anonymous visionary of the "Warning Second Coming" website says otherwise. So who are you going to believe:
1. an anonymous visionary who does not give her real name
or
2. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI and Sister Lucia, visionary of Fatima.

If you believe that the visions of Fatima are truly from Heaven, then you cannot believe in the visionary of "The Warning Second Coming" website.

This latest message claims that the Vatican is filled with evil persons controlled by Satan: "The last part of secret has not been revealed in order to protect the wicked sect who entered the Vatican in great numbers since My Mother's appearance at the holy shrine of Fatima. My daughter Lucia was silenced by the powers which control part of the Vatican over which My poor beloved Popes have little control."

This claim is obviously false, since Sister Lucia spoke publicly when the last part of the secret of Fatima was revealed. She was not silenced. And the claim that "My poor beloved Popes have little control" over the Vatican is absurd. Pope John Paul II decided to reveal the secret, and it was revealed. This was publicly confirmed by Lucia. Then-Cardinal Ratzinger, who is now Pope Benedict XVI, even wrote a commentary on the secret. So the claim is patently false that evil powers overwhelmed the Popes and Sister Lucia in this matter.

The message says: "Every true visionary of Mine and My Blessed Mother was ignored in the beginning and treated with contempt by My Church." This claim is an attempt to cause the faithful to distrust the Church, and instead trust an anonymous visionary. The message says: "Watch how they have not only twisted the truth of My teachings but introduced new methods of Catholic worship which insult Me and My Eternal Father." This is an attempt to separate the faithful from the true holy Mass. The changes to the form of the Mass that happen from time to time are approved by the Pope and the Bishops. The Mass on earth is always imperfect, but it is among the greatest forms of holy prayer to God. So the idea that the Mass is an insult to Jesus and the Father is false.

The message makes further attempts to separate the faithful from the Church: "Yet My church never preach about the seriousness of sin. They never tell people that they will go to hell should they commit a mortal sin if they do not show remorse. My heart is deeply wounded. They, My churches, all over the world do not preach the truth." It is patently false that the Church does not preach about the seriousness of sin. This preaching is found in the words of the Pope, of the Bishops, and of faithful priests throughout the world. The Catechism of the Catholic Church and other magisterial documents also teach on the seriousness of sin. This message is making a false accusation against the Church, in order to exalt this visionary over the Church.

Finally, the message introduces a heresy, the claim that killing is only moral in self-defense, and not in the death penalty or (it is implied) in just war.

"Thou shalt not kill means you cannot kill another human being. It does not refer to self defence but in every other circumstance. No man can justify murder - abortion, execution or euthanasia. No one."

It is true that abortion and euthanasia and all other forms of murder are intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral. However, the Church has always taught that the death penalty is not intrinsically evil, and that it is justified in some circumstances. The Church has always taught that some wars are just and moral. Pope Benedict XVI, as Cardinal Ratzinger, wrote about this truth:
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger: "Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
(Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion, General Principles -- sent by Cardinal Ratzinger to Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., and made public in July, 2004, n. 3)
Again, who are you going to believe? Cardinal Ratzinger, who is now Pope Benedict XVI, or an anonymous visionary who is not even willing to put her real name on her claims? Ss. Augustine and Aquinas also taught that the use of the death penalty, and just war, are moral. Who are you going to believe? Saints, Popes and Cardinals, or an anonymous visionary?

It is a heresy against the true Catholic Faith to claim that the death penalty is never moral and that war is never moral. This message from "Maria" teaches heresy. It also makes grave false accusations against the Vatican and the Church. Whoever believes the contents of this message (on the Warning Second Coming website) commits the sin of heresy and is automatically excommunicated from the Church.

Conclusion

The claimed private revelation to an anonymous woman, posted on her website (www.TheWarningSecondComing.com), contain many false claims and many doctrinal errors. These are sufficient to prove that these messages are not from God, not from the Virgin Mary, not from Heaven at all. In addition, these messages claim that said visionary will write a book that will be equal to Sacred Scripture and become a part of Sacred Scripture, a book written by God, just as the books of the Bible are written by God through human authors. This claim is abject heresy. The Catholic Church teaches that the Canon of Scripture is closed, that no new Revelation can be added, and that private revelations do NOT belong to the Deposit of Faith, which is Tradition and Scripture (CCC, n. 65-67). Also, this website promotes the false claim that the Antichrist is in the world today. Based on all of these considerations, I conclude that these claimed messages are false private revelations, probably given to this woman by fallen angels.

Furthermore, as explained above, this anonymous visionary believes and teaches the heresy of millenarianism, the schismatic error of anti-papalism, and the heretical claim that she will write a new book that will become part of the Bible. Therefore, she is automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church for the sins of heresy and schism under Canon law.
Canon 751: "Heresy is the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after the reception of baptism of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him."

Canon 1364 1: "an apostate from the faith, a heretic, or a schismatic incurs a latae sententiae excommunication."
[Titus]
{3:10} Avoid a man who is a heretic, after the first and second correction,
{3:11} knowing that one who is like this has been subverted, and that he offends; for he has been condemned by his own judgment.

Faithful Catholics should not believe or promote her messages, and should not associate themselves with her or her claimed private revelations in any way.


by
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and Bible translator
17 July 2011


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