Because I am very concerned and because I have a thirst for souls, I write this essay. Many times in the past month I have met people who are putting the private revelations of many seers on the same plain as Revelation, that is the Bible, and Tradition–these women , and all are women, follow seers who contradict even the Liturgy, the docrtines and dogmas of the Church and who these seers the women think are on par with with the Scriptures. When I corrected one lady by quoting Scripture, she chose to believe her seer over the Scripture and said I was not “called.” This is very serious, and all because these women 1) have not read the Bible; 2) have no idea of dogmas and doctrines of the Church; 3) have never read the Breviary; 4) have no idea of what Revelation is and what Tradition is.
We are losing souls because of this chasing after private revelations…I pointed out to one lady last week that Catherine Emmerich and Mary Agreda disagree on details—that private revelation is not Revelation with a capital R. The Church teaches that Revelation ended with the last word of the Apocalypse by St. John. I am grieved and think many of these books should not be read unless someone knows the real teaching of the Church on matters of Revelation and Tradition…Here is the key line in the CCC–“Christian faith cannot accept “revelations” that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfilment.” If a text contradicts or relates that the seer or author is surpassing 2,000 plus years of Revelation, the author and/or seer is in error.
We are not in any compulsion to believe either in apparitions or private revelations, but we are, as Catholics, obliged to believe in Revelation and Tradition, the explanation of Revelation through the Early Church Fathers, the Doctors of the Church and the documents of the Popes and Congregations. If a book is in contradiction with any of these, the private revelation is wrong. If you are following a devotion without knowing the teaching of the Catholic Church and you are saying the rosary, trying to be holy, and do not know the doctrines and dogmas of the Church and fall into false teaching because of false visionaries, this is a great victory for Satan…all false teaching is rooted in feelings…Think on this—does your favourite seer agree with the infallible doctrines and dogmas of the Church? If yes, these writings may be truly from God. If not, these writings are either from Satan or the personal imagination of the seer. Here is the teaching of the Church on Revelation and revelations. If you disagree with any of this, you need to pray and conform yourself to the Mind of Christ, which is revealed in the Mind of the Church.
In addition, Catholics must make an intellectual assent to the Teachings of the Catholic Church–not merely a “heart” assent but one which means you have to study your faith…Britannica has a nice paragraph on our belief..”Christian thinkers, beginning with St. Paul and the Evangelists, sought to explain faith. In the Synoptic Gospels, God was the object of faith, and faith itself was belief in Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God. The Apostle Paul taught that faith meant belief in Christ and the preaching of Christ, which is the word of God, as well as obedience to Christ. Faith also was the key to salvation, and as such it offered confidence in the reconciliation with God. For St. John, faith was inspired by miracles and was knowledge of Jesus as the Messiah. The Apologists and other early writers commented on faith, but the most influential discussion of faith was that of St. Augustine, for whom faith was the acceptance of revelation and the freely given gift of God. This idea was developed and given official sanction at the second Council of Orange (529), which declared that the beginning and even the desire of faith was the result of the gift of grace. In the 13th century St. Thomas Aquinas defined faith as an intellectual assent to divine truth by the command of the will inspired by grace and the authority of God. Aquinas’s definition was made canonical by the Council of Trent (between 1545 and 1563) and Vatican I (1869–70). The fathers at Vatican II (1962–65) confirmed this understanding of faith in the dogmatic constitution Dei verbum (November 18, 1965; “The Word of God”), which declared that faith must be preceded and assisted by “the grace of God and the interior help of the Holy Spirit.” Vatican II stressed that both the bestowal of grace and the human response to it are free acts.
I learned something VERY important this last December. It is illegal in canon law for a bishop to give an Imprimatur for a book which is not written by a person in his diocese…this is huge…all those, no offence, Philippine and Indian bishops giving imprimaturs to book of authors or seers from Europe are breaking Church law. Any retired bishops giving an imprimatur is breaking Church law if he is not involved in the actual administration overseeing the seers or apparitions.
Again, many false books have these spurious imprimaturs and the only safety is for a Catholic to know her own Faith.
As this is getting to be a long post, I shall continue with Part Two…on the nitty gritty of one particular highly heretical set of texts.
JMJ, pray for us!
God is good,