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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Maria Divine Mercy Officially Condemned By Catholic Church! Statement From Archbishop of Dublin

Archdiocese of Dublin has issued a statement on Maria Divine Mercy. The statement from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin  is binding for the whole Catholic Church as per NORMS REGARDING THE MANNER OF PROCEEDINGIN THE DISCERNMENT OF PRESUMED APPARITIONS OR REVELATIONS published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (read 'Authorities Competent to Intervene' section) since he is the Ordinary of the alleged seer.

The Church has spoken.


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

STATEMENT OF ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBLIN ON THE ALLEGED VISIONARY “MARIA DIVINE MERCY”


Requests for clarification have been coming to the Archdiocese of Dublin concerning the authenticity of alleged visions and messages received by a person who calls herself “Maria Divine Mercy” and who may live in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin wishes to state that these messages and alleged visions have no ecclesiastical approval and many of the texts are in contradiction with Catholic theology.

These messages should not be promoted or made use of within Catholic Church associations.

Source: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/content/statement-maria-divine-mercy






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Monday, April 14, 2014

Maria Divine Mercy: It Is All About Money?


There have been two important updates from Midwaystreet blog that suggest that money making-making is important, if not crucial, part of Mary Carberry's (a.k.a. Maria Divine Mercy) prophetic  enterprise.

The first update offers new information on MDM's 'medal of salvation', the second - Mary Carberry's history as a failing businesswoman. Is this what pushed her to seek profit in religious field?

 Saseen, the blog author writes:

Irish ‘visionary’ uses fake companies to sell ‘religious’ medal; Unico/Salvido take over from Salus Gifts

In early February 2014 salusgifts.com appeared online claiming to be “exclusive global distributor” of medals inspired by the visions of an anonymous woman using the name Maria Divine Mercy. Two months later the site disappeared.
Maria Divine Mercy – MDM – planners have redirected their ‘Medal of Salvation’ distribution
efforts down a confusing path of deception that nevertheless leads to the House of Mary McGovern-Carberry, the revealed identity of the Irish ‘seer’. What’s at stake? Millions of dollars in potential revenue.

In July 2013 MDM claimed a vision from the Virgin Mary commanding that a medal be struck showing a crown of thorns above her head with crossed swords on the back, available in bulk and “freely distributed.” A San Diego, California, graphic artist designed the medal that has been delayed due to redesigns and mis-mintings. This is the same graphic artist who designed the sheet of paper containing a special prayer and red-colored ‘seal’ that, when displayed, assures deliverance to heaven. According to MDM’s ‘visions,’ wearing the medal offers the same gift of salvation–the assurance of life in paradise. [18 July 2013]

THE RISE AND FALL OF SALUS GIFTS

On 18 October 2013, the MDM/Carberry group registered the website salusgifts.com with Network Solutions in Pennsylvania, US. The site went “live” in early February claiming to be “exclusive global distributor” of MDM medals and scapulars. Sales of medals through Salus Gifts were to be managed by Magento, the company that also processes sales for MDM books purchased through the Coma Books website. Salus claimed to be UK-based and published a London address revealed to be a mail drop purchased from Regus, a provider of pretend offices. There is no record of its incorporation in the United Kingdom, Ireland or the United States.
In January 2014 Carberry claimed a vision of the Virgin Mary – there are more than a thousand – commanding that every person in the world [approximately 7 billion] be given a medal. As of 6 February, Salus Gifts was not accepting orders, but assured that items will be available to every country in the world from Salus and unidentified “authorized re-sellers.” Medals would be sold in lots of 25, 50, 100, 200. “Larger orders are available on request.” Emails sent to the contact address – info@salusgifts.com – were rejected with the reply: “Failure Notice: No such recipient.” By 18 February Salus Gifts removed all content from its website but for two words: “Coming Soon.” Today, it’s a blank page. What happened?

NEW ‘FALSE FRONT’ BOGUS COMPANIES EMERGE


Researchers believe the MDM team has redirected its medal sales to a newly-invented company called Salvido Gifts the ‘shopping’ arm of another non-existent company called Unico Distribution, which claims to provide “end-to-end supply chain solutions for distance sellers” – an “order fulfillment center.”

Consistent with the businesses associated with MDM – Trumpet Publishing and Merdel Limited – Unico uses a bogus office purchased from Regus at 450 Bath Road, Longford, Heathrow, London. No desk, no files, no staff. The website photos are stock images shared by other companies. The company website appeared on 26 March – two weeks ago. It has one client, an “Online Christian Gifts Shop” called Salvido. Salvido is not taking orders, though, as “Service is Temporarily Unavailable.” Salvido registered its website name on 24 March, two days before Unico.
The website files for Salvido and Unico are located at the same computer server in Galway, Ireland, and share the same website “IP” address as Coma Books, the publisher of MDM’s three-volume collection of ‘visions.’ An IP address is a unique string of numbers that identifies a specific computer. Coma Books is the business name used by Trumpet Publishing, originally co-owned by visionary’ Mary Carberry’s daughter, Sarah, and retired Irish dentist Breffni Cully, who travels the world as ‘Joseph Gabriel’ giving seminars promoting Maria Divine Mercy. In January 2013 Sarah, who posts demonic Facebook photos of herself, transferred her interest to her mother’s vision-chasing German friend, Heinrich Martin Roth. In December Roth and Cully registered as co-owners of another company, Merdel Limited, for the purpose of selling religious items including medals. The filed paperwork was witnessed by “Mary McGovern, PR consultant.” McGovern is Mary Carberry’s maiden name.

One of many pretend offices offered in London by Regus. This address is used by Unico Distribution. No desk. No files. No staff. Bogus.
Unlike Trumpet Publishing and Merdel Limited, there is no record in Ireland or United Kingdom of any registration of companies titled Unico Distribution or Salvido Gifts. What’s up?
On 27 March “Maria’s assistant” confirmed on the official Maria Divine Mercy Facebook page, Jesus to Mankind, that the Medal of Salvation would be available “from a different company – not Salus Gifts… They will be available for the world very shortly…We are going to have a fulfillment house in Malaysia which will distribute to Australia…We have three different suppliers working on them,” she posted. Maria’s assistant, who identifies herself as “Grace” in correspondence, is believed to be Andie Lynwood. She continued, “…you cannot even imagine how much the devil hates these medals. It is actually pretty unbelievable what we have gone through to get them. He hates their power.”

The devil hates the power of the medal? Or is it the other way around?

 GERMANY’ JUMPS STARTS’ MEDAL SALES

Sarah Carberry – March 2014 Facebook photo. 
Mary “MDM” Carberry’s daughter held majority 
ownership of Trumpet, set up to sell 
her mother’s books of ‘heaven-sent’ messages. 
Is she sending ‘believers’ a message?
While we wait confirmation of the worldwide distribution channel for the ‘Medal of Salvation,’ Heinrich Martin Roth has been selling the medals through his German website. Roth received an early shipment possibly delivered by his business partner Cully who visited Roth’s hometown of Cologne, Germany, on 29 March speaking at the Auditorium de Diakonie during a tour of Luxembourg, Austria and Germany promoting MDM and offering cash-only sales of MDM books. On 1 April Roth wrote on his website, “The interest sparked by the medals is incredibly high. Stocks are empty. New production is going on. We ask all who ordered to be patient. We will try to mail the medals out as soon as possible.”

A Polish website is also promoting medal sales and links to Roth for orders. The site confirms that Salus Gifts was the original intended distributor of the medals. We read, “Theadministrators of the German site were given permission to distribute the medal now. Its price is one euro [$1.40 USD]. This is dictated by the need to cover the costs incurred by MDM, especially losses, and the need for further financial outlays for subsequent editions of books in many languages.” The website does not explain that the MDM books are ‘print on demand’ – they are printed one-by-one after orders and payment are received.
At $1.40 USD, and only pennies to produce and distribute, promoters realize a profit of more than $1 per medal. If one million medals are sold, one million dollars is made, a neat payoff for three years of ‘vision’ business.

MORE BUSINESS SHENANIGANS

Adding to Mary Carberry’s business concerns, Trumpet Publishing, which does business as Coma Books, ostensibly owned by MDM promoters Cully [aka ‘Joseph Gabriel’] and Roth, is a month overdue in filing its annual report, even after extending the reporting deadline by three months. The four MDM company names – Trumpet, Merdel, Salvido, Unico – are curiously resurrected names of dissolved companies previously registered in the UK or Ireland. On 4 February Roth claimed in writing [See ‘Martin Roth Speaks'] that he does not profit from ownership and that the companies “really belong” to Mary Carberry, who Roth identified as Maria Divine Mercy.
[Added April 13] The comings and goings of short-lived companies has characterized Mary Carberry’s professional life for 15 years, long before her first talking-Jesus-picture experience. During that time the Irish ‘seer’ who promotes herself as a “successful business woman” has co-owned 10 companies with her daughter Sarah or husband John that have dissolved. Marketing Ambition [dissolved January 2012] and Ambition Awards [dissolved 2013] ended with judgments registered for bad debts. All were delinquent in filing required annual reports.
A report of these findings has been sent to the Republic of Ireland Office of Revenue.


Successful business woman? Or bankrupt and unemployed?


As noted in “The Million Dollar Caper” posted 14 April, adding to Mary “MDM” Carberry’s business concerns, Trumpet Publishing [Coma Books], ostensibly owned by MDM promoters Breffni Cully [aka ‘Joseph Gabriel’] and German Heinrich Martin Roth, is a month overdue in filing its annual report, even after extending the reporting deadline by three months. The five MDM-related company names – Trumpet, Merdel, Salas, Salvido, Unico – are curiously resurrected names of dissolved companies previously registered in the UK or Ireland. On 4 February Roth claimed in writing [See ‘Martin Roth Speaks'] that he does not profit from ownership and that the companies “really belong” to Mary Carberry, who Roth identified as the Maria Divine Mercy.
The comings and goings of short-lived companies has characterized Mary Carberry’s professional life for 15 years, long before her first talking-Jesus-picture experience. During that time the Irish ‘seer’ who promotes herself as a “successful business woman” has co-owned 10 companies with her daughter Sarah or husband John that have dissolved. Marketing Ambition [dissolved January 2012] and Ambition Awards [dissolved 2013] ended with judgments registered for bad debts. All were delinquent in filing required annual reports.
Mary Carberry’s so-called ‘success’ as a business woman was not sufficient to keep up with monthly house payments. In December 2009, while still a “high flier” and agnostic, and a year away from her first celestial encounter, the Building Society in upscale Malahide near Dublin sought to repossess her home. John and Mary Carberry were $67,000 USD behind on payments on their $1.4 million residence. She and her daughter Sarah remain in the house after Carberry found “legal ways” – words written by Roth – to satisfy the debt. John has left the nest.
Carberry may be unemployed. Carberry’s “award-winning” business, McGovern PR – operated under her maiden name – was a “traded as” name for Ambition Awards that dissolved in 2013. And she is not hanging out at Eighty Twenty PR, a company McGovern PR founded and teamed with in 2009, a year before her first supposed celestial communication. Today a representative of that company claims no association with Mary McGovern. Her LinkedIn webpage – a social media site for business and government professionals – disappeared in recent weeks.
The ‘angel’ and ‘last final prophet’ – titles claimed by Carberry – is associated with only one active company. She is co-director of Future Media Communications Limited, founded by daughter Sarah and son Stephen. After two years of operation, the business reported a negative net worth of €7,500. The company claims on its website to be a digital marketing agency but dismisses online inquirers claiming that the site is being updated – “Check back with us soon.” No active links. No address. No phone number. Sarah’s real work with the company is maintaining a menu-trading forum at ilovecooking.ie.
The notion that the self-proclaimed ‘visionary’ gains credibility by claiming to be a successful business woman becomes a bogus theory in light of her financial distress over 15 years and the maze of short-term businesses with questionable reporting and bad debts.

LIST OF CARBERRY’S ‘DISSOLVED’ COMPANIES


Dissolved companies co-owned by Mary Carberry with husband John or daughter Sarah, listed in order of dissolution dates. All were in debt and/or delinquent in filing required annual reports/financial statements.

*Teetime Ltd – formed January 2000, dissolved June 2002, 2 years in business
*CultureLink Ltd – formed January 2000, dissolved July 2005, 5 years in business
*Escape Overseas Ltd. – formed November 2000, dissolved July 2005, 4 years in business
*Marbella Property Investments Ltd – formed October 1999, dissolved December 2005, 6 years in business
*Qube Awards Ltd, formed 2009, dissolved February 2010, 1 year in business
*Ambition Communications Group – formed July 2009, dissolved May 2012, 2 years in business
*Marketing Ambition Ltd – formed March 2009, dissolved January 2012, last annual return September 2010, 2 years in business, judgments registered for bad debts
*Digital Training Academy Ireland Ltd – formed in 2010, dissolved January 2013, last annual return March 2011, 3 years in business
*Ambition Awards Ltd – dissolved October 2013, traded as McGovern PR/Online PR, 5 years in business, creditors meeting Aug 2011, judgments registered for bad debts
*Carberry Dress Hire Ltd – formed 2009, “liquidated” August 2013, dissolved November 2013, four years in business, negative net worth of €4,900

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Well, what do you know, here's the only MDM Prophecy that came true

On 13 March 2013, less than 24 hours after the Papal Enclave was convened, Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, an Argentinean Archbishop, was canonically elevated to the papacy succeeding Pope Benedict XVI who resigned on 28 February 2013, the first modern Pope to ever do so. He became Pope Francis and was presented to the cheering crowds at the Vatican Square on the same day. Three days later, Mary Carberry,  aka Maria Divine Mercy, released this prophecy:

16 March 2013: "The timing of the arrival of the false prophet will coincide with the declaration of wars all over the world. These wars will be triggered instantly and men will cower in fear as the implications become clear. Wars will take root and roll out like storms in the desert, where they will gain momentum and catch all of those who feel that their peace is guaranteed, like a thief in the night."


Everyone, both MDMers and anti-MDMers alike, know that the person referred to in the message as the "false prophet" is none other than the newly elected Pope.  It's now one year after the release of this message and the Pope has already celebrated his first anniversary in the office. We have to wonder what wars have been declared that Mary Carberry was referring to.

Reviewing the March 2013 message could send chills up and down the spine of the ignorant and the gullible who must have considered Dan Brown's popular novels as gospel truth as well.  We made a little Google search on "Wars on March 2013."  And we were amazed at the number of wars that occurred on that month alone. Right in the privacy of one's home on a global scale.

So what wars were launched or declared "all over the world" coinciding with the "timing of the arrival of the false prophet?"  Here's a list one can consider as the profound fulfillment of her "prophecy" about wars in March 2013:

(1) On March 12, Sniper 2: Ghost Warrior was released on several gaming platforms that included the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PS Vita.  On the same day, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm was released on Windows and Mac OSX.

(2) On March 13, God of War: Ascension was released on Sony PS3.  This is the 7th installment in the God of War series and is the prequal to the entire franchise.

(3) On March 18, the LEGO Star Wars Special, a 21-minute animated Darth Maul take, was released on DVD.

(4) On March 19, Gears of War: Judgement was released on the Xbox 360.

(5) On March 26, Army of Two: Devil's Cartel was released on the Xbox 360 and PS3.  On the same day, the latest hack on Tribal Wars 2 was released.

Whew!!!! So many wars happening alright.  All of them occurring around the world within the month of Pope Francis becoming the 266th Vicar of Christ on earth.  March 2013 was a bounty for video game lovers. Turns out the wars predicted by Mary Carberry would occur in their TV screens and gaming consoles. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Maria Divine Mercy's Problematic Medal of Salvation

By PocketSketch

Mary McGovern has attempted a justification for the two swords of salvation on her medal, in lieu of the traditional one sword Catholics are familiar with. According to her:



“The Swords of Salvation will have a dual purpose. The First Sword will slay the Beast and I have been given the authority to do this on the Final Day. The other sword will pierce the heart of the most hardened sinners and will be the Sword by which their souls will be saved.”


The first sword is all wrong as it directly contradicts the book of Revelation on three points.

1. Our Blessed Mother has been given authority to slay the Beast? with a sword, no less? This is not only ridiculous it heralds another glaring contradiction with the Bible. According to Genesis 3:15, God’s promise was that her heel, not a sword, would crush the skull of the Serpent. 

Doubtless, some will argue she never said that. Oh, yes she did. Here is the direct quotation from the Warning Second Coming website:

“My image is to be created and a Medal struck where, on one side, I am to be placed with the sun behind my head and where twelve stars woven into a crown of thorns sits on my head. On the reverse side I wish to depict the Sacred Heart of my Son with the Two Swords of Salvation, which are to be crossed on either side.”

Everyone knows this is Our Lady as described in Revelation 12. Read what she said again, 

“The First Sword will slay the Beast and I have been given the authority to do this on the Final Day.”

2. Still some may argue, the “seer” means another sword. O.K. Perhaps she was alluding to the sword in McGovern’s favorite book? Revelation. No. There the sword of Our Saviour is described as coming “out of His mouth.” (Rev.19: 15) Therefore it is not a sword for slaying as much as it is a symbol. According to Pope Benedict XVI the double-edged sword of the Lord is a symbol for the penetrating power of God’s Word.

3. MDMer’s remain unconvinced. Jesus or His mother will surely “slay the Beast”just as their prophet has promised. Wrong again. What does Sacred Scripture really say? The beast and the false prophet will be captured and “thrown ALIVE into the fiery pool burning with sulphur.” (Rev.19:20) Doesn’t look like either one will “slay the Beast.”

All the confusion about who is going to slay whom matters not. The truth is what Pope Benedict has already taught: the sword is a symbol for penetrating power of the Word of God. As there is only one Word of God that went forth from the Father, His only Son, it follows, that there should only be only one Sword of Salvation.

Now to address the second Sword of Salvation which promises to pierce the hearts of hardened sinners. “By the power of these medals, souls are inexplicably compelled to run towards God.” [Jan.21/14] That promise, directly contradicts public Divine revelation on two points.


1. During the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, Simeon told Our Blessed Mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” (Lk.2:34-35) It is Mary’s heart which was pierced every time her Son was rejected during His public ministry and, most especially, when she witnessed the piercing of His Sacred Heart on the Cross. Here again, it was one strike at His Heart, not two.

2. At Mount Sinai, in Exodus 17, God commanded Moses to strike the rock from which life giving waters would flow to quench the thirst the Israelites. This miracle of the rock prefigured the Passion of Our Saviour on the Cross where He was struck to bring forth fountains of living waters for the People of the New Covenant. The command again was to strike once the rock. St. Paul would identify the Rock as Christ in 1 Corinthians 10:4. 

Let’s face it. There simply is no precedence, either in the Old or the New Testaments, for two swords of salvation. Incontrovertibly, it is not the hearts of sinners that will be pierced by a sword, as McGovern has said but it happened just as Simeon had prophesied. Our Lord’s heart and thereby His mother’s, was pierced by one sword. 

Finally, we move from Scripture to protest her doctrinal error. “The other sword will pierce the heart of the most hardened sinners and will be the Sword by which their souls will be saved.It is by grace we are saved not by these invented “swords of salvation.” Our Saviour decreed the Church to be the ordinary means of salvation and He isn’t about to replace His divine institution with a trinket. A trinket which bears the stamp of the sworn enemies of the Church: Freemasonry. A talisman which bears more resemblance to a Tarot card* than traditional Catholic iconography. 

In conclusion, a reminder from the Council of Trent: “Faith is the beginning of man's salvation, the foundation and root of all justification, without which it is impossible to please God and attain to the fellowship of His children.” Whenever Catholics allow their faith to be corroded and replaced with the secret knowledge of Mary McGovern’s mysteries, they recklessly endanger their gift of faith. 

McGovern doesn’t offer a new beginning of salvation; just the opposite, her faithful followers will come to a bitter end. Maria Divine Mercy is nothing more than a self-appointed high priestess. Do not make the mistake of accepting her medal. Do not take a viper to your breast.

* The “two of swords” is from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. It features a woman, seated and holding two crossed swords. The Rider-Waite tarot deck is one of the most popular Tarot decks in use today in the English speaking world. Arthur Edward Waite, the co-creator was a British mystic who wrote extensively on the occult, divination, Freemasonry, Kabbalah and ceremonial magic. He was a Freemason too. For further reading find article on “Two of Swords” at Wikipedia.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Automatic Writing – the Final Nail on the Coffin of Maria Divine Mercy

By Alex Lim

For several months, we have dug into the messages of this woman hiding behind the fake name of Maria Divine Mercy and recently unmasked as a marketer/publicist taking advantage of the gullibility of ignorant Catholics like herself - Mary McGovern Carberry. The nature of the messages, the semantics and their syntactic issues have spawned speculations about their origination, ranging from simple fraud as being the product of a corporation employing a few mental pygmies writing with the least command of the language, to diabolical dictation from entities from the netherworld.  Across this range, the objective is clearly to create schism in the Catholic Church while singing all the way to the bank using Christina Gallagher's business model of doomsaying as a sure way to live in mansions.

Well, thanks to the revealing rants of one of the business associates of Mary Carberry – a certain Martin Roth defending his benefactor, the latter has been confirmed. By not denying and actually referring to his benefactor MDM as Mary Carberry, Mr. Roth unwittingly confirmed the identity that has until now remained an investigative research conclusion.  More than that, Mr. Roth promptly damned her for being a medium who goes into automatic writing when receiving those messages since 2010. (http://midwaystreet.wordpress.com/updates/).  Here is the confirmation from his 30-page response to attacks on MDM:
"After placing my (Martin Roth) question she (Mary Carberry) started to my surprise short, maybe 10 seconds to pray to the image of Jesus . Then she began to write. I sat beside her and watched her without hesitation and thinking in high speed flawlessly without correction of the text wrote . In between times came a short sigh like, " Oh, so long "
"Without stopping, she wrote down a text that was the answer of Jesus to me. Immediately following it - without the stylus depose to sit up , to slow down in the letter, etc. - She wrote down another text which as we learned later, a message of Jesus to the entire group was present . The group had long since out that Mary wrote. All were silent and watched the action ."
"Conclusion:
Mary did not know me and knew nothing of me, not even through a third party. The
question from me in Jesus was made spontaneously by me. The speed and without
stopping to write continuously without correction, points out that Mary not thought about what to write, but that it was entered her."

Martin Roth echoes the same mindless conclusion that because Mary Carberry wrote things that only he knew about, the message must be coming for God.  Such ignorance about the fact that the Satan is a fallen angel who can read minds and knows someone's deepest secrets is at the core of the vulnerability of MDM followers and apologists to being deceived by the Father of Lies.

In Mary Carberry's first message dated Nov. 8, 2010, automatic writing was already hinted. "You are one with Jesus and your hand is being guided by the Holy Spirit". Some keen readers noted this as automatic writing as mediums are well-known to use "spirit guides" when getting messages on paper. On hindsight, it is indeed funny that the entity behind  the messages already alluded to it right from the start. While this article talks of Martin Roth's damning revelation of automatic writing as the last nail on MDM's coffin, reading the very first infernal message actually makes it the first nail.


What is automatic writing?

In automatic writing, a person acting as spiritual medium or channel summons the entities from the spirit world to take control over his/her physical writing abilities, receiving messages about things, people and places that the medium would otherwise have no knowledge about.  The person could even write in a foreign language totally alien to him or her.   During the process, the medium may be aware or unaware that he/she is writing, but has no control over his/her hands or over the "spirit guide" controlling the writing faculties. The medium is often startled to read its contents after the session as much as the next person who reads it.  The medium snaps out of it once the writing stops.

With automatic writing you can access all the ideas, knowledge, and wisdom that is and ever will be known. It involves consciously shifting your mind and mental space in order to achieve an expanded state of consciousness that is called a trance. To achieve the Trance State to allow your guides in, you can use either a progressive relaxation or trigger technique. Triggers are very easy to develop.(4)
In the case of MDM, the trigger is a simple prayer to an image of our lord and she goes into a trance.  As an aside, prayers from a mortal sinner never reach God, unless it is a prayer of genuine contrition. People in grave mortal sins are almost always vulnerable to demonic possession.  And this prayer MDM uses serves as the trigger to call on the entity to control her writing hands.

The problem is that the entity taking possession of the medium can only come from evil spirits. There is no such thing as a good spirit who possesses a person.  The simplest form of automatic writing can be experienced using the Ouija Board, or spirit of the glass where a person can form words as the spirit directs the medium’s hands to certain alphabets or symbols on the board.  With whatever form automatic writing takes, it is nothing less than possession, albeit temporarily, as the medium can often get into and out of it at will.

What is the Church stand on automatic writing? 

Automatic writing, also known as trance writing, is temporary possession by entities from the spirit world.  It is a form of occultism or spiritualism in the same league as the use of Tarot cards, divination, necromancy, sorcery, witchcraft, seances, horoscopy, astrology, and magic, among others.  The entire range of occult practices is condemned by the Church.  Automatic writing makes the person practicing it a medium, and mediumship, which opens a person to all sorts of spirits to enter the medium, is condemned by the Church.
1Chronicles 10:1 - So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance.
Exodus 22:18 - You shall not permit a sorceress to live. 
Leviticus 19:31 - Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God. 
Leviticus 20:27 - A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them. 
Deuteronomy 18:10-11 - There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 
"...there has been no approved revelation in the history of the Church where God took someone’s hand and gave messages by writing with their pen. But you do find handwriting messages given at séances—and séances are condemned by the Church as a practice of the occult against the law of God." (6)

Automatic writing has never been and will never be part of the mystical tradition of the Catholic Church. With the exception of a few you can count with one hand (i.e Vassula Ryden, Maria Valtorta) it is of no surprise that the Church finds little or no interest in investigating reports of private revelation achieved through this method. Just the mere mention of it as the means to receiving messages already merits automatic condemnation. The church generally would not waste time investigating such occult-driven messages. This is the most likely reason for the silence of the good Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Malahide where Mary Carberry’s diocese is.  He must have learned about her alleged divine messages received from automatic writing and considered it way below the dignity of the Church to even bother about.
“Mystics have always been respected in their humanity and their liberty, and have never been guided by God against their will and forced to do things that they could not achieve otherwise,” says Father François-Marie Dermine in an interview regarding his critique of the writings of Vassula Ryden.(3)
What this means is that a true Catholic mystic is very much aware of the content of what he or she is writing during the entire process.  The messages are often received in the form of locutions.  The mystic is free to even reject the locutions if he/she deems it.  In fact, reading the diaries of some mystics showed that they questioned some of these messages, even entertaining doubts about some aspects of the message. That’s because in any mystical experience, God respects the mystic’s free will.  He or she is never possessed. Free will  is not suborned or taken over by someone else’s will. God respects our free will so much that He allowed the free will of Adam and Eve to plunge entire future generations of humanity into original sin forever.  It would require His only Son to become flesh and die on the cross to redeem mankind from a sin occasioned by free will with which God could have easily intervened.  That's the awesome extent of how much God values free will. He will never set aside man’s free will just to send a message.

In contrast, what you have in MDM is nothing more than a prostitution of free will.  She is a genuine occult practitioner, a medium who channels some infernal energy to write the messages through her without her ever knowing the content. In fact, that is the reason why she would not allow her followers to debate or defend these messages as she herself can’t.  Her minions are quite candid in saying MDM is not at fault as she only receives the messages and writes them down. Such is what automatic writing does. It's all about prostituting free will to some infernal spirit guide controlling your hands.
Although it is true that God wants to commune with all of his beloved children, he will never violate anyone’s free will by taking control of the individual’s hand to write messages. When this type of phenomena occurs, it is a good indicator that the medium has opened the door to the demonic.(7)

A Mystic is Never a Medium

A mystic is not a medium who enters into automatic writing. A saint, blessed or mystic  writes only what God inspires him or her to write, being fully cognizant at all times of the content of their writing.  On the other hand, a medium allows itself to become a channel or conduit for some spiritual entity to take over his/her consciousness or ability to write.  This is temporary possession. Mediumship allows a spirit to temporarily possess a person to go into automatic writing.

At no time does God or any of the divine personage possess a person called upon by God to write messages. While mystics have been known to go into states of ecstasy, God does not “possess” their bodies and use them to do His bidding. He always respects the free will of His seers or prophets.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Profiting From a False Prophet? The Strange Case of Kelly Bowring

By Tim Stuart

Dr. Kelly Bowring
Kelly Bowring lately of Cummins, Georgia, continues to launch marketing spiels for his books from his website. He is focused on writing about end times prophecy and how it relates to the Catholic Church. His latest attempt to sell his books was issued just a few days ago. Last year he told us that it was “plausible” that Pope Francis was the false prophet of the antichrist, based on the often ludicrous “prophecies” of one calling herself “Maria Divine Mercy” or, simply MDM. 

Dr. Bowring wants us to take him seriously and often points out his academic credentials as well as his “mandatum” to teach theology. There is no question of his academic background, he is well-schooled and holds a doctorate in theology. 

However, his claim to hold a “mandatum” to teach theology is problematic. In order to have a mandatum, you have to be employed as a theologian, and at this writing Dr. Bowring is unemployed; his sole occupation now appears to be the marketing of his doom saying books. Canon 812 of the 1983 code of canon law tells us that the mandatum is required for “those who teach”. As he no longer holds a teaching position, Dr. Bowring’s claim to possess a mandatum is tenuous at best. 

Dr. Bowring has spread the messages of MDM for some time now, as he believes one is allowed to do so, whether they are approved by Church authority or not. But unlike Kelly Bowring’s tentative description of Pope Francis as a “possible” or “plausible” false prophet, the messages of MDM state unambiguously that Pope Francis is an antipope and indeed the false prophet of the Antichrist! 

Now of course, we can point out to Dr. Bowring that anyone who wants to spread such revelations is in fact required by canon law to submit them first to his or her bishop. Dr. Bowring claims that since her bishop has not issued any directive on the subject, one is free to spread them. But this is not the position of the Catholic Church at all and MDM herself (also apparently known as Mary Carberry in her native Ireland) stated in an audio interview that her bishop had rejected her claims. 

With respect to the Church’s position the canons on prior censorship still govern here. Cardinal Ratzinger spelled out these concerns in 1996 when he said:
“A reminder, therefore, that for the diffusion of texts of presumed private revelations, the norm of the Code in force, Canon 823, para 1, which gives pastors the right "to demand that the writings of the faithful which touch faith or morals be submitted to their own judgment before publication," remains valid. 
Presumed supernatural revelations and writings which regard them are in the first instance subject to the judgment of the diocesan bishop and, in particular cases, to that of the Episcopal conference and the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.” (CDF Notification of Nov. 29, 1996. The full text may be read here.

And one would think Dr. Bowring is competent enough in moral theology to also realize that Pope Francis like any other individual is also entitled to his good name. And to spread such messages does grave harm to the good name of the pope and sets up even the possibility of encouraging schism at the very least. 

Bowring asks us to consider the “disconcerting actions and statements” of Pope Francis in the past year. Reading this, we expect to hear a review of just what those statements and actions are. But instead we get a long review of various supposed Catholic prophecies related to the end times without Dr. Bowring ever explaining how any of this “plausibly” or “possibly” relates to Pope Francis, who has not attempted to change so much as a single Catholic doctrine. It isn’t necessary to go point by point through this list as I can spot a few errors on a first reading. And if there are a few errors then the integrity of the whole article is called into question. 

Included in this list is one attributed to Pope Saint Pius X, in which Pius X sees a vision of a future pope “fleeing over the bodies of his brethren”. Unfortunately for Dr. Bowring’s case, there is no credible source for this supposed prophecy. It is simply spread around the World Wide Web without anyone citing an original source for it. Bowring relies heavily on the alleged prophecies of St. Malachy and his now well-known list of popes. But no serious scholar takes these prophecies seriously. They are at times highly inaccurate in fact and more than likely a forgery. (For more on the prophecies of St. Malachy see Dr. Donald Prudlo’s excellent article

The “revelations” of MDM also rely on this list as the messages tell us Pope Benedict is the last
true pope and “the keys of Rome are now being handed back to God the Father” (MDM message of June 6, 2011). We are running out of popes is the cry of Dr. Bowring as well as MDM. 

Dr. Bowring has insisted repeatedly that he is not able to find any doctrinal errors in the messages. Well, when you claim we are running out of popes and that the keys of Rome (aren’t they in fact the keys of St. Peter?) have gone to heaven, it should be very evident to someone familiar with Church teaching that this is a huge error. The First Vatican Council did more than simply define papal infallibility. It issued other dogmatic definitions which bind all Catholics. One of these dogmas is related to the perpetual character of the Roman primacy. It states: 

“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, SESSION 4 : 18 July 1870, Chapter 2 of the First Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of Christ) 

In short, we simply cannot run out of popes, Christ intended the primacy to endure until the end of time. It is therefore very erroneous for anyone to claim the “keys of Rome” have disappeared into the sky. 

Kelly Bowring gives MDM great credit for having allegedly prophesied the end of Pope Benedict’s pontificate. As he puts it:
“ONE-YEAR LATER TO THE VERY DAY of her reported prophecy, he surprised the world by announcing his retirement. The devil does not know the future! Her messages say Benedict would be secretly forced out, to which much evidence has been presented by those who have investigated it, though he himself also states that the resignation itself was done freely.” 
Let’s take a closer look at this. First, we might ask ourselves why Bowring did not favor us with an actual quote of the “prophecy”? Let’s leave that aside and just look at his statement here. “Secretly forced out”?? And this he seems to regard as reliable as “much evidence has been presented by those who have investigated it”. And just who has investigated it and presented us with such evidence? Bowring never lets us know, though he admits Pope Benedict himself says otherwise. So what else is he saying or could he be saying except that Pope Benedict is lying? 

Any reasonable Catholic would take the Pope’s statement at face value and let it go at that. This is a recurring problem with Bowring, he wants to have it both ways, and he wants to spread the messages of MDM all the while pretending he does not fully support them. But that’s quite like a Catholic priest going door to door with Jehovah’s Witness literature and advising people “I am not sure I really believe this but why don’t you read it?” In that instance I think the Catholics would be rightly scandalized whereas others would simply be confused. 

The MDM message he is referring to is that of February 11, 2012. Now Pope Benedict actually resigned on February 12, 2013 so it wasn’t exactly one year to the day as Bowring and MDM followers like to think. But was the prophecy in fact fulfilled? The prophecy said this: 
“Other world leaders will be killed soon, and My poor Holy Vicar, Pope Benedict XVI, will be ousted from the Holy See in Rome. Last year, my daughter, I told you of the plot, within the corridors of the Vatican. A plan to destroy My Holy Vicar was devised in secret on the 17th March, 2011, and this will come to fruition, for it has been foretold.” 

Well search as you will but no other world leaders have been killed since then, and we are now two years past the date of this prophecy. And “destroyed” is a pretty strong word and suggests Pope Benedict was to be murdered. Pope Benedict affirmed his resignation was voluntary and recently re-affirmed that so we can hardly call that “ousted”. And he has appeared several times in public with Pope Francis, which is very strange behavior if he thinks Pope Francis is an antipope. Indeed, it would be more than strange, as Benedict would be seen to support an antipope and that is more like a dereliction of duty. 

But there is a later message of MDM that Bowring does not call our attention to. And that is the message  of March 13, 2013 which says:"My beloved Pope Benedict XVI was persecuted and fled, as foretold." But he didn't flee; he just went to Castelgandolfo until the conclave was over and then returned. Those of us watching on TV saw Pope Benedict board a helicopter and leave the Vatican smiling and with an air of calm. Who “persecuted” him? No sign of that anywhere. 


So in what sense can Bowring (or anyone else for that matter) argue that these prophecies have been fulfilled?

Without reviewing his entire laundry list of quoted prophecies, let’s just take a look at one more. Bowring quotes Our Lady of La Salette as having said: “Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the antichrist…” This is another “prophecy” that is idly copied and pasted around the web and I don’t doubt that Melanie Mathieu, one of the child seers of La Salette said it. But she said it some thirty years after the apparitions occurred, and Dr. Bowring fails to let his readers know this text was in fact condemned by the Holy Office in 1915. (1)

The actual secrets of La Salette have now been published and can be read at miraclehunter.com. That phrase which seems to imply the apostasy of the hierarchy in Rome does not appear in Melanie’s actual secret which she gave to her bishop in writing and before witnesses in 1851. (Those wishing to read the actual secret of Melanie Mathieu will find it at this link here.

So now we can conclude quite easily that Kelly Bowring is misrepresenting some facts, and I have not examined each of his points but only called attention to a few. Is he doing it deliberately in order to sell books or is this simply an instance of sloppy scholarship? I don’t know, I did point out these facts and more on his Facebook page but his only response was to delete my remarks without responding. Perhaps that speaks volumes all by itself. One of his former colleagues in teaching also posted a cautionary comment but that too was deleted. Incidentally, 

Bowring recently posted this on his Facebook page:

In a recent interview with an Italian newspaper, Pope Emeritus Benedict said that liberation theology is a "falsification of the Christian faith". This is in direct opposition to the approach of current church leadership, which has embraced liberation theology.” 

To begin with Bowring is misquoting Pope Benedict. What he actually said was: “A falsification of the Christian faith needed to be opposed precisely for the sake of the poor and in favor of the service rendered to them.” That’s quite different. 

Father Gustavo Gutierrez
As Bowring presents it, the entire movement was considered false in the eyes of Rome. Has Pope Francis embraced liberation theology? And just where and when did this happen? Presumably he is referring to Pope Francis recent meeting with Father Gustavo Gutierrez, long considered the founder of liberation theology. Yet, Pope Francis issued no statement on the subject whatever. And Gutierrez was not in trouble with anyone in the Vatican under previous popes. 

When Cardinal Ratzinger investigated liberation theology he asked Father Gutierrez to rewrite certain portions of his works. And Father Gutierrez complied with this request. He has continued to teach and write since then without any restrictions from the Vatican. Questioned recently about his meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger, Father Gutierrez described it as “very good”. Ratzinger was more of a theologian. He understood better and that's been very important. 

I can honestly say that his understanding worked because he knew what it was about from the start," because he knew "it wasn't the idea of Marxism." Once again, we see that Dr. Bowring offers an observation that no facts will support. Is Dr. Bowring more driven by his own agenda to sell his books? Given the fact that the Facebook page of MDM has over 91,000 “likes” now it is not unreasonable to believe Dr. Bowring wishes to sell his books to some portion of those 91,000. They are his natural market. 

He has shown us that he is anything but a careful scholar. Sadly, he seems to have also forgotten some important principles of moral theology. 



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Notes


  1. The text of La Salette that Bowring quotes from was condemned three times by the Holy Office between 1915 and 1923. The full details can be seen at this link: http://jloughnan.tripod.com/sal_decr.htm

Friday, March 14, 2014

SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT OF PRIVATE REVELATIONS. ELEMENTARY RULES FOR MDM BELIEVERS.

By David Moorcroft

“I do not give much belief to prophecies, because most, especially those that have come to me recently, do not deserve to be read.
 – Pope Pius IX. (9th Apr 1872).

The ‘warningsecondcoming’‘messages’ themselves speak of the need for discernment. MDM alleges that‘Jesus’ told her, on 15th Aug 2011:


“THEN PRAY TO THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR THE GRACE TO BE ABLE TO SEE THAT THESE MESSAGES ARE OF DIVINE ORIGIN.”


(1) The Church teaches, as of faith, that Christ communicated the whole of the Father’s Revelation to his Apostles, who committed it to writing (Sacred Scripture), or handed it on in the word of preaching or instruction (Sacred Tradition). Catholics MUST believe this Public Revelation by ‘divine and Catholic faith’.Private revelations are not part of the deposit of faith (Catechism of theCatholic Church no. 67), and only ‘human belief’ guided by reason and prudence may be given them.

The above‘message’ implies that a divine gift of faith is necessary to believe the‘messages’ – that they are, in fact, equal to Public Revelation. Only a falserevelation would claim this.

(2) To pray for the grace to see, not whether, but THAT the ‘messages’ are divine is to start by assuming that they are so, and to ask God to confirm that foregone assumption.

Such a prayer is presumptuous, assumes that disbelief in the ‘messages’ is a lack of discernment, and opens the soul to the danger of spiritual deception. No discerning Catholic would pray such a prayer. 

(3) The charism for discerning that a private revelation is ‘worthy of pious credence’is given to the Church, specifically in the person of the local Bishop, and not to individual Catholics. (See 2 Peter 1:20-21.) It is presumptuous to claim this charism for oneself.

It is a fact that most alleged private revelations are false, and most of these,especially in modern times, are obviously so. We do not need a ‘gift of discernment’ to see the self-evident, or to reject doctrinal falsehoods already condemned by the Church. A few simple ground-rules should help.

RULE 1 

The first test of holiness is OBEDIENCE. A person who receives a private revelation will always OBEY the Church.

In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI issued instructions to Bishops which reinforce the Church’s procedures for investigating claims of private revelations. A Bishop informed of such claims in his diocese must act quickly, placing the alleged seer under a spiritual director with instructions to keep SILENT on any ‘revelations’until the Bishop gives permission to publish. Any disobedience on the part of the ‘seer’ will be taken as PROOF that the claims are false. If he deems it necessary, the Bishop must set up a special commission to investigate the‘seer’ and any alleged revelations thoroughly and report to him for a final decision, if any.

The self-proclaimed ‘seer’ who publishes under the pseudonym ‘Maria Divine Mercy’(MDM) publishes her alleged ‘divine messages’ in many languages on the Internet, without any Episcopal consent or approval. According to Rule 1, she must be judged a false seer.

RULE 2 

Any alleged private revelation which contradicts Public Revelation given through Church doctrine is false by definition.

It is elementary that God cannot contradict himself, and error cannot be attributed to the One who is Truth. Pope Benedict XVI has stressed that when the Church approves a private revelation, she affirms that the content is free of doctrinal error.

The alleged‘divine messages’ of MDM teach (dates of ‘messages’ given):


--- that they are Sacred Scripture (6th and 7th Feb 2011)