The following article 'Who is Maria Divine Mercy' appeared in Australian The Catholic Weekly news magazine in June 2014, and it contains one more important condemnation of the Irish seer. Contents below:
By Fr. John Flader
|Fr John Flader|
According to her website, the woman calling herself Maria Divine Mercy is a Catholic married mother of a young family living in Europe. It seems clear from those who have investigated her further that she lives in Dublin.
Her website claims that since 2010 she has received more than 2000 messages from the Holy Trinity and the Virgin Mary.
Before going further let me say that these so-called messages do not have the approval of bishops and should not be believed, as evidenced by a number of high-ranking bishops’ warnings against them.
For example, as recently as 14 April, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, of Dublin, issued the following statement: “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.”
And, on 13 December last, Bishop Anthony Fisher, of Parramatta, issued the following statement:
|Bishop Anthony Fisher|
“Many of you might have received email or other communications from a woman who goes by the name of ‘Maria Divine Mercy’.
Supposedly, she is a seer in receipt of private revelations from the Holy Trinity, Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary. She runs a website called ‘The Warning’, the subject matter of which relates to the end of the world and Christ’s Second Coming.
“The messages and ‘revelations’ of Maria Divine Mercy contain theological positions that do not conform to the Catholic Church’s teachings, Scripture or Tradition. There are also historical errors. There is also a persistent animus towards various aspects of Church leadership, for example, the messages and ‘revelations’ regarding the supposedly illegitimate papal ministry of Pope Francis.
“Maria Divine Mercy’s messages enjoy no ecclesiastical support or approval. The faithful should not take seriously the messages of Maria Divine Mercy. No support should be given to the dissemination of these messages or ‘revelations’ or associated material in the diocese of Parramatta.”
Why have these bishops, and others, rejected the messages? Undoubtedly because some of the messages are contrary to Church teaching, disturbing and clearly not from God.
One of the most absurd messages is that Pope Benedict XVI, whom she says God regarded very highly, was pushed out and that his successor, Pope Francis, is the anti-Christ! Pope Benedict was supposed to be the last Pope on earth and his successor would be a false prophet. But Pope Benedict made very clear that he was resigning freely, not under pressure from anyone, and Pope Francis was duly elected by the cardinals and is doing marvellous work for the Church.
The messages also say that a great warning will appear soon and the Second Coming of Christ will follow shortly thereafter. The warning will consist in a collision of two comets, with the sky turning red and a cross appearing in the sky, which will be seen all over the world.
What is more, the Catholic Church will be taken over by the enemies of God from within and this will lead to the greatest apostasy of all time. There will be a great flood and Europe will succumb to dictatorship no better than in the days of Hitler.
These supposed messages are ludicrous and not worthy of belief. We do well to warn anyone inclined to believe them that they are simply untrue and not from God. We should tell them, and ourselves, to go back to reading the Bible, which is truly the word of God, and the writings of Popes and saints, which speak to us of charity, prayer, penance and hope, and give us a deep sense of peace and joy.
Source: The Catholic Weekly