An Empty Celebration
The following is an email sent to a pastor in my zone who invited me to his celebration of 50 years as a priest.
Two weeks after I sent this email, Don Stefano came to me, together with Don Vincenzo, October 15, 2018, to convince me to come to their weekly meetings every Monday. I said to them that my answer is the same as the email that I sent to Don Stefano two weeks ago. At that point Don Vincenzo asked me to send this email to him.
Dear Don Vincenzo,
Thank you for your visit yesterday.
When you invited me to your meeting Monday, I said that my answer is the same as the email that I sent to Don Stefano two weeks ago.
While you sought to encourage me to come to your meeting Monday, in order to overcome my possible objections, among other things, you said: “EVERYTHING IS RELATIVE; what is important is to be together”. Fundamentally this is the theme of my email to Don Stefano: “everything is relative”. For the great majority of Catholics today, “everything is relative”, even God is relative for the great majority of people today. But God is the Truth (Jn 14:6), and thus for a great number of Catholics today, the Truth (of God, not the “truth” (small “t”) of men or of the world, is relative!!! But with people, very numerous, who have let themselves take the easier and more gratifying way of subjectivism and relativism, there is a profound blindness of the great danger of putting aside the Truth (of God, big “T”) (2Thess 2:11-12; Dan 12:8-10) which truly sets us free (Jn 8:32)!
Here is the email that I sent to Don Stefano on September 29, 2018:
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Dear Don Stefano,
I thank you for inviting me to your celebration of 50 years as a priest September 30, 2018. But for the motives for which I left your parish of Magione on September 23, 2014, I will not come to your celebration. You never answered my objections and reservations for my leaving your parish according to the Truth well summarized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You never want to dialogue with me to understand what I am trying to say, so as to seek together the Truth or the prudent solution in a certain situation. At your celebrations, dinners and meetings, JESUS CHRIST, THE TRUTH OF GOD, NOT OF MAN, IS NEVER INVITED!
Since 2002 up to four years ago I celebrated the daily holy mass, Monday to Saturday in your parish of Magione. In the last 5 to 6 years before going away you often reprimanded me after the Mass at the bar after having listened to my homilies from the confessional. But when I tried to explain myself with the documents of the Catholic Church, or from the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults (CCC, ed. 1992), you did not want to hear what is found in these documents. When I offered a few of my writings that I posted on the Internet to explain myself better, with many references to the documents of the Church, you never wanted to see these things. You NEVER said to me: “Father Joe, I believe that this phrase that you said (or wrote) during your homily today is in contrast with a document of the Church”, and then to offer me the reference to a document of the Church or from the CCC to help me discover the Truth according to God in the documents of the Church. And thus, already for years, you did not allow me to explain myself or to defend myself with these precious documents of the Church.
Finally on September 23, 2014, after the Holy Mass at the bar, you finally had the courage to at least threaten me if I wanted to continue to celebrate the Holy Mass in your parish. Already for a good while I did not want to be in this painful situation, but I did not believe that it was prudent or the will of God for me to decide to go away by myself and thus I waited for the indications from you. Thus when you threatened me, I was by now ready and happy to ask you immediately if this was an empty threat or not. You answered me that it was not an empty threat. I said at the bar: “OK I will not return for the Mass here at Magione, and I said have a nice day to all present!” And I left. I thought that finally I would have a little peace to be able to remain faithful to the Truth Who is Jesus Christ (Jn14:6) without your threats and bad treatment, but you telephoned the bishop (“The Hidden Broad Road to Perdition”; http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2015/05/road-perdition.html). You say you are a Christian and to be a member of the Focolare Movement; Chiara Lubich often said that one must “make himself one with the other person”, to seek to understand the point of view of the other person, in order to have true love non false love!!! Your dictatorial ways are tremendous! Are you able to realize how you would feel if I did the same thing to you, or are you not able to “make yourself one” as Chiear Lubich said many times as the way to have true love? Where is your willingness to dialogue together between two brother priests so as to understand how this priest, Father Joe, thinks and his motives, instead of telephoning the bishop, and to seek what Jesus wants together in each situation while making reference to the documents of the Church, to the writings of the saints and of the popes?!? Your way of doing things is “the dictatorship of relativism” as Pope Benedict XVI called it.
I was ordained a priest first of all for the universal Church, not just for a parish, and thus in the Holy Mass and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, I must behave as if before the Lord, who in the end will be my Judge for all eternity. But a pastor certainly has the right to decide who can celebrate the sacraments in his parish; if you believe that Father Joe offers obstacle for the souls to arrive to the Truth, who is Jesus, in order to arrive to heaven, it is necessary to ask Father Joe to not offer anymore the sacraments in your parish!
A few times you criticized me because I did not say the words “Pope Francis” during my homilies. But you, during your homilies, do not make reference to the CCC (as does Don Luke D. and a great number of priests and bishops today) or to the things which do the most harm to the souls entrusted to you, mortal sin! You do not make reference to those truths of God that your friends do not want to hear. You have put aside in silence Jesus Christ Who is the Truth (Jn 14:6)! This silence is a very grave betrayal to the souls entrusted to you!!! This silence, with great consequences to the souls, is exactly what one reads in this liturgical period (every year in September) from St. Augustine, in the Office of Readings, from the “Sermon of on the Shepherds”!!! Does the Truth come from God or from the Church? Is the Church the handmaid of the Truth or the Author of the Truth??? Your celebrations of 50 years as a priest or of the parish celebration of Saint Clement are empty because you do not speak of the uncomfortable Truth who is Jesus Crucified, Jesus Forsaken, as Chiara Lubich often said in the Focolare Movement, of which you say you are a part of!!!
WHAT WOULD YOU THINK OF A DOCTOR WHO CARED NOTHING ABOUT DISEASE and sends home the patients with grave sicknesses saying to not to worry because THE DOCTOR DOES NOT WANT TO SCARE OR UPSET THE PATIENT. Such doctors would be called quakes, incompetents, guilty of gross professional negligence; they would be sued for malpractice. But if priests do not speak about the only thing that can kill the soul, mortal sin, because the people (spiritual patients) do not want to hear these things, what would we think about such priests? If the doctor acts in this way, the person could lose his life; but if the doctor of souls, the priest, does like this, the person could loose his immortal which last for all eternity!
How many times during the Mass do we say: “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”? If there is no longer sin, we do not need a Savior who came above all to free us from sin. If the priest never speaks about sin and about the consequences of mortal sin, people no longer come to confess their sins because their spiritual doctor did not help them to realize they have this mortal sickness. Exorcists tell us that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is more powerful to drive away the devil than an exorcism, because Confession is a Sacrament, exorcism is a sacramental.
“To The Priests OUR LADY’s Beloved Sons” (http://our-lady-priests.blogspot.it/):
“Today my Heart bleeds to see how SACRILEGIOUS COMMUNIONS are spreading more and more, because many come to receive Jesus in the Eucharist in a state of mortal sin without having gone to confession” (December 8, 1997).
“It can be said that there is no longer any Eucharistic celebration where SACRILEGIOUS COMMUNIONS are not made. If you only saw with my eyes how great this wound is which has contaminated the whole Church and paralyzes it, halts it, and makes it impure and so very sick!” (August 8, 1986).
Our Lady of Fatima, in the first apparition of May 13, 1917, said: “Do you wish to offer yourselves to God, to endure all the suffering that He may please to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and to ask for the conversion of sinners?" "Yes, we do." said the children. "You will have to suffer a lot, but the grace of God will be your comfort.” After a few moments Our Lady added: "Recite the rosary every day to obtain the peace for the world and the end of the war."
In a secularized world there is also added the negation of hell on the part of many theologians, justifying everything by saying that God is Merciful, and thus it is impossible to speak of hell as an eternal condition of the damned. All of this has produced an effect, the loss of the consciousness of sin, thus above all a great number of youth no longer have points of reference; thus one lives in sin, one dies in sin! Our Lady in the third apparition at Fatima (July 1917), asked with insistence: “Pray, pray a lot and offer sacrifices for the sinners. You know that many souls go the hell because there is no one who prays for them." Our Lady showed hell to the true seers. Lucy declared after that vision that they would have died of fright if there had not been a particular grace from God.
God does not send anyone to hell; a great number of people today do not want to be with God, because, “I am in charge”, not God. The people who do not have time to pray, or do not pray sincerely, “MY will be done”!, instead of “THY will be done”, do not want to be with God in this short life and also not for eternity. “The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God” (CCC 1035).
“To The Priests OUR LADY’s Beloved Sons” (http://our-lady-priests.blogspot.it/):
“The aim of ecclesiastical Masonry is that of justifying sin, of presenting it no longer as an evil but as something good and of value. Thus one is advised to do this as a way of satisfying the exigencies of one's own nature, destroying the root from which repentance could be born, and is told that it is no longer necessary to confess it. The pernicious fruit of this accursed cancer, which has spread throughout the whole Church, is the disappearance everywhere of individual confession. Souls are led to live in sin, rejecting the gift of life which Jesus has offered us. (…)
And so ecclesiastical Masonry, in many and subtle ways, seeks to attack the ecclesial devotion towards the sacrament of the Eucharist. It gives value only to the meal aspect, tends to minimize its sacrificial value, seeks to deny the real and personal presence of Jesus in the consecrated Host. In this way there are gradually suppressed all the external signs which are indicative of faith in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, such as genuflections, hours of public adoration and the holy custom of surrounding the tabernacle with lights and flowers” (June 13, 1989).
The importance of warning the sinner: Saint Augustine: “Do you want to be astray; do you want to be lost? How much better is my not wanting this, I am bold to say so; I am importunate.” (Sermon of St. Augustine on the Shepherds; Office of Readings, Week 25, OT, Monday). Mother Angelica, the foundress of EWTN, said this often on world wide TV.
"So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way; he shall die in his iniquity, but YOU WILL HAVE SAVED YOUR LIFE” (Ezek 33:7-9).
“For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? (Mt 16:26; Mk 8:36). Satan has convinced a great number of priests and bishops today that the devil and hell do not exist, or at least if hell exists, it is empty!!! “The whole of man’s history has been the story of DOUR COMBAT with the powers of evil” (CCC 409). (“Forbidden To Speak About Sin”; http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2016/09/forbidden-to-speak-about-sin.html).
To fight in a battle, is it not prudent and necessary to know not only your own weapons, tactics and strategy but also the weapons, tactics and strategy of the enemy? It was recounted to Pope John Paul II that the Vatican's chief exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, “knows too many bishops who do not believe in the Devil”. The Pope replied bluntly: “ANYONE WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THE DEVIL DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL”. When asked “What do you see as Satan’s greatest success?”, Amorth replied: “The fact that he has managed to convince people that he does not exist. He has almost managed it, even within the Church. We have a clergy and an Episcopate who no longer believe in the Devil , in exorcism, in the exceptional evil the Devil can instill, or even in the power that Jesus bestowed to cast out demons. For three centuries the Latin Church – in contrast to the Orthodox Church and the various Protestant professions – has almost totally abandoned the ministry of exorcism. So because they no longer perform exorcisms, or study them, and never having seen them, the clergy no longer believe in them. And they no longer believe in the Devil. We have entire Episcopates trying to counter exorcism. We have countries completely devoid of exorcists, such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Portugal. This is a shameful shortfall.”; (http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=2879; http://www.vaticans.org/index.php?/archives/61-An-interview-with-the-Vaticans-chief-excorcist,-Father-Gabriele.html).
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mk 2:17-22; Lk 5:32; Mt 9:14-17). “For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost” (Lk 19:10). Satan has convinced a great number of Christians today that they are not lost in sin, and thus do not seek a Savior!
My life has been a journey of seeking the truth which you can see in my abundant articles. While I was discovering the saving truths of God in a world and in a Church more full of confusion than ever before, I began to preach these truths in my parishes. After having been sent away from one parish after another, in the end the Bishop of Perugia took away my last little parish (Cf. http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2015/05/road-perdition.html; http://cibo-spir.blogspot.it/2016/11/festa-falsa.html; http://cibo-spir.blogspot.it/2014/01/attirare-la-gente-chi.html; https://youtu.be/OhcOkeUhmsA), because today, more than ever, the first priority is to please the people, not God who is the Truth (Jn 14:6). Almost everywhere in the Catholic Church today, the religion is rather the cult of man instead of the cult of God!
Even though Jesus offered his immense mercy, Jesus never offered compromises with the Truth.
In the final message of the Blessed Virgin, October 13, 1973, on the anniversary of the last apparition and of the miracle of Fatima, at Akita, Japan, she said to Sister Agnes Sasagawa: “The work of the devil will infiltrate even the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate Me will be scorned and opposed by their conferees, churches and altars sacked, THE CHURCH WILL BE FULL OF THOSE WHO ACCEPT COMPROMISE and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord” (http://www.miraclerosarymission.org/akita.htm).
A great number of priests and bishops today do not speak about the parts of the Gospel and of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults which their friends and parishioners do not want to hear!!! But did God give us the Ten Commandments for our good or for our evil?!? Do we trust God or do we trust ourselves or the world?!? These half truths are false love, false mercy, misguided compassion and false ecumenism which do not lead toward the Truth which truly makes us free now and forever (Jn 8:32), but to the truth according to the world, which offers us our comfort and our pleasure today without personal responsibility and the consequences of living in our egoism. But tomorrow and for eternity there is the worst of slavery! The great majority of priests and bishops today follow men, not God. The great majority of priests and bishops today are “DUMB DOGS, THEY CANNOT BARK’ (Is 56:10); they do not protect the sheep from the wolf disguised as a lamb, disguised as pastors! Behold what Pope St. Gregory the Great (Office of Readings; Sunday, Week 27 of OT), says about these very numerous priests and bishops today:
“A religious leader should be careful in deciding when to remain silent and be sure to say something useful when deciding to speak. In this way he will avoid saying things that would be better not said, or leaving unsaid things that ought to be said. For, just as thoughtless remarks can lead people into error, so also ill-advised silence can leave people in their error, when they could have been shown where they were wrong. Negligent religious leaders are often afraid to speak freely and say what needs to be said – for fear of losing favor with people. As Truth himself says, they are certainly not guarding their flock with the care expected of a shepherd but are acting like hirelings, because hiding behind a wall of silence is like taking flight at the approach of the wolf. These are the people whom the Lord is reproaching through the prophet, when he says: ‘THEY ARE ALL DUMB DOGS, THEY CANNOT BARK’ (Is 56:10) … If a religious leader is afraid to say what is right, what else can his silence mean but that he has taken flight? Whereas, if he stand firm in defense of his flock, he is building up a wall for the house of Israel against its enemies. And so again the sinful people are told: ‘Your prophets have seen false and foolish visions for you; they have not exposed your iniquity in order to provoke you to repentance.’ (Lam 2:14) …”
Here is what Saint Augustine says:
“WHAT KIND OF MEN ARE THEY who, FEARING TO HURT THOSE THEY SPEAK TO, not only do not prepare them for imminent temptations, but even promise the happiness of this world, which God did not promise to the world itself?” (Sermon of St. Augustine on the Shepherds; Office of Readings, Week 24, OT, Friday).
“ “The weak you have not strengthened” (Ez 34:4), says the Lord. He is speaking to the wicked shepherds, the false shepherds, those who seek their own advantage, not what is Christ’s. Happy in the benefit of mik and wool, they take no care of the sheep at all, not heal the sick” (Sermon of St. Augustine on the Shepherds; Office of Readings, Week 25, OT, Sunday).
Here is what Pope John Paul II says:
POPE JOHN PAUL II (AMONG MANY OTHER OCCASIONS) SPOKE FIRMLY TO THE US BISHOPS AGAINST THIS "PICK AND CHOOSE SMORGASBORD TYPE CATHOLICISM" in LA in his September 1987 visit: "It is sometimes reported that a large number of Catholics today do not adhere to the teaching of the Church on a number of questions, notably sexual and conjugal morality, divorce and remarriage. Some are reported as not accepting the Church's clear position on abortion. It has also been noted that there is a tendency on the part of some Catholics to be selective in their adherence to the Church's moral teachings. It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the Magisterium is totally compatible with being a “good Catholic” and poses no obstacle to the reception of the sacraments. THIS IS A GRAVE ERROR that challenges the teaching office of the bishops of the United States and elsewhere. I wish to encourage you in the love of Christ to address this situation courageously in your pastoral ministry, relying on the power of God's truth to attract assent and on the grace of the Holy Spirit which is given both to those who proclaim the message and to those to whom it is addressed." (http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/speeches/1987/september/documents/hf_jp-ii_spe_19870916_vescovi-stati-uniti_en.html).
It is interesting that Pope John Paul II did not say to the bishops that they must obey me as Pope or “my magisterium”, but “dissent from the Magisterium” of the Catholic Church! Lumen Gentium 25 teaches clearly that the documents of an ecumenical council ARE INFALLIBLE (CCC 891). The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 888-892) tell us that the doctrines of the Church are essential to arrive to sanctity. “When the Church through its supreme Magisterium proposes a doctrine “for belief as being divinely revealed,” and as the teaching of Christ, the definitions “must be adhered to with the obedience of faith.” This infallibility extends as far as the deposit of divine Revelation itself” (CCC 891). But to the ordinary teaching of the Church “the faithful are to adhere to it with religious assent” which, though distinct from the assent of faith, is nonetheless an extension of it” (CCC 892). Thus the documents in an ecumenical council express in human language the absolute truths which cannot be changed, EVEN BY A FUTURE POPE FOR APPARENTLY GOOD MOTIVES TO MAKE THE NON CATHOLICS FEEL MORE AT EASE or for non practicing Catholics; this would be false ecumenism, false mercy, false love, which offers a superficial and easy solution without the cross of Jesus, but afterwards there is slavery and destruction!
Even though today we hear very little, the saints warn us often of the great danger of different doctrines (1Tim1:1-5), diabolical doctrines (1Tim 4:1-5), diverse and strange teachings (Heb 13:9), false and suspect doctrines and beautiful lies of the devil (Saint Ignatius of Antioch; Office of Readings, Week 16, OT, Monday and Tuesday), false apostles (2Cor 11:13), false brethren (2Cor 11:26).
How well Saint Paul described the great majority of Catholics today!!! “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and TURNING TO A DIFFERENT GOSPEL, not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, If any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed. AM I NOW SEEKING THE FAVOR OF MEN, OR OF GOD? OR AM I TRYING TO PLEASE MEN? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ. For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not man's * gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ” (Gal 1:6-12).
Saint Michael the Archangel at Garabandal, sent by Our Lady, (Spain, 1965) said: “Many Cardinal, many Bishops and many Priests are on the road to perdition and with them they are bringing many souls”! Three years later there was the great rebellion against “Humanae Vitae” which maintained the perennial teaching of the Church that to use contraceptives is a mortal sin!
The “Prophecy” of Saint Francis d’Assisi (http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2013/11/prophecy-st-francis.html):
“2. The power of the demons will be greater than usual, the immaculate purity of our religious community and of others, will wither to the point that very few Christians will want to OBEY the TRUE Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with a sincere heart and perfect charity. At the decisive moment of this crisis, a personage not canonically elected, raised to the Pontificate, will endeavor to administer shrewdly to many the mortal poison of his error.
7. Some preachers will keep silent about the truth and, denying the truth, they will trample upon the truth. The sanctity of life will be held in derision by those who only profess it outwardly, and for this reason Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a worthy Pastor, but a destroyer.”
Saint Catherine of Siena tells us: “Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear”!
During the centuries of human existence, God has revealed his Truth which “sets us free” (Jn 8:32); we call this Divine Revelation. God sent his only Son Jesus who founded a Church, the Catholic Church, to guide us in interpreting Divine Revelation according to God, not according to the very numerous opinions of men and of women, who are very often not inspired by pure love of God and neighbor, nor by true humility. Divine Revelation has been written down, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit for 2000 years, in the documents of the Church, and well summarized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults (CCC; ed. 1992, promulgated by Pope John Paul II; http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM). The world today is more full of falsehoods than ever before: beautiful deadly lies from “the father of lies” (Jn 8:44) presented as if they were the truth, hidden destructive deceptions (such as the devil, hell and sin no longer exist!!!), misguided compassion and HALF TRUTHS (which are worse than lies!), especially to speak only about mercy without “Go and sin no more” (Jn 8:11; 5:14).
“The father of lies”, Satan (Jn 8:44), has slowly led us to neglect these precious truths and to change these divine saving truths with compromise after compromise. In the Old Testament and in the New Testament, when the people of God did this, afterwards (not immediately), the consequences were terrible! We have slowly forgotten this and we do not want to realize that we have let ourselves slide and detach ourselves from the uncomfortable Truth of God and to embrace the easy “truth” of the world and the “truth” that we want in the name of “God” in the Church, in the name of religion. “Everyone does it”, and so it is OK! We are like spoiled arrogant children who no longer listen to their parents. What will happen, after, to the Church and to the world this time in our period of time, after the “great tribulation” (Mt 24:21)?
Pope John Paul II said to a group of pilgrims in Fulda, West Germany, in November 1980, speaking about the secrets of Fatima, that: “We have to be prepared to suffer, before long, great trials which will require of us the disposition to sacrifice even our life for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is still possible to diminish this trial (predicted at Fatima), but it is no longer possible to avert it, because only in this manner can the Church be effectively renewed. How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time.”
“WE LEARN FROM HISTORY that we do not learn from history” - Georg Hegel. “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Stantayana. This is because most people do not want to pay the price to change their lives according to God’s revealed Truth, and so they slowly embrace the easier philosophy of life, “Ignorance is Bliss”, which is always accompanied by more spiritual blindness! Very few people today realize, or want to realize, the great devastation caused by changing or ignoring even an “iota” (Mt 5:17-18; 24, 35) of the laws of God which were given to us for our true good!!!
“To be deep in history is the cease to be protestant” – Cardinal Blessed John Henry Newman. But very few protestants want to become deep in history and open their eyes with the risk of being challenged to having to change their lives with the consequences of much suffering. Human nature is the same today as it was in the time of Moses. God gave us the Ten Commandments for our true good, not for our evil. “For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished” (Mt 5:17-18; 24, 35). St. John Bosco indicates this dangerous slide along the easier way down: “The longer you stay away from Communion (the Eucharist), the more the soul will become weak, and in the end you will become dangerously indifferent.”
I do not believe, Father Stefano, that you realize, or that you want to realize, that we are the generation (Mt 24:34) of the “great tribulation” (Mt 24:21) of which Jesus spoke about, when “if possible, even the elect” (Mt 24:24) will be led astray. I do not believe, Father Stefano, that you realize, or that you want to realize, that it is our generation of the great apostasy of which Saint Paul wrote about in 2 Thess ch. 2. I do not believe, Father Stefano, that you realize, or that you want to realize, how far away the people in the Church are from the Truth and from living the Truth, and thus far away from God!!! It seems that the only thing that counts for you and for your friends is to be comfortable in this short life, and that it is not necessary to dialogue with sincere people who are not in agreement with you, or to seek to discover and to do the will of God which is found in Divine Revelation explained well in the Doctrines of the Church and well summarized in the CCC!
For you Don Stefano, like so many Catholics today, totally immersed in subjectivism and relativism, one no longer obeys the perennial teachings of the Catholic Church if “I” am not in agreement, as if I am GOD! This is always the same perennial temptation of Satan (Gen 3:4-5)! When I spoke about these things with you, you always responded with our opinion or objection without ever making reference to the documents of the Church!!! As a priest, do you represent yourself or the Catholic Church?!? You were not content when I gave you a few months ago my article, “The History of Communion in the Hand” - Communion in the hand was not only started in disobedience, but was perpetuated by deception! (http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2016/12/history-communion-in-hand.html). You have never made any indication whatsoever to try to discover together what God might want in this situation!!! You never asked me to see and to read the documents of the Church regarding the argument at hand! Don Stefano, WE ARE NOT PART OF THE SAME RELIGION!!! Your religion is centered on man and what man wants; my religion is centered on God and what God wants!!! Today in the great apostasy (2Thess 2:3) the great majority of Catholics are in the cult of man instead of the cult of God! If I follow the Magisterium of the Church of 2000 years ONLY TO THE POINT THAT I AM IN AGREEMENT, or the ideas and opinions and beliefs and desires of my friends or my group or the head of a movement who is not obedient, I, Father Joe, will go to hell for all eternity!!! After years of taking the easier way you are no longer used to seeking the Truth outside of your head and making reference to Divine Revelation but you have allowed yourself to slide into subjectivism and relativism in which “YOUR truth” is not in harmony with what you say with your mouth in the Our Father: “THY will be done”! God does not send anyone to hell; the people do not want to be with God because they are the ones who command, not God in their lives. But if everyone wants to command in that eternal place separated from God, who commands in that place? The one who is the strongest. But who is the strongest in hell? Satan! I prefer to be under God, a benevolent dictatorship for eternity, than under Satan, a malevolent dictatorship for all eternity!!!
After many years of work to destroy the Catholic Church, Satan has succeeded in leading a great number of Catholics into subjectivism and relativism even more than the protestants!!!
On November 11, 2013, Archbishop Carlo Maria VIGANÒ, the Apostolic Nuncio (Papal Ambassador) to the United States, addressed the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
Archbishop Viganò quoted as “profoundly prophetic” remarks made by Blessed John Paul II (then Cardinal Wojtyla) during the Eucharistic Congress on Aug. 13, 1976 for the Bicentennial celebration of the signing of our Declaration of Independence:
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the FINAL CONFRONTATION between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God's Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously….” (Cardinal Ivan Dias also quoted this at Lourdes, France, on December 13, 2007).
Archbishop Viganò said that he viewed these words “as a call to attentiveness, watchfulness and preparedness for whatever proclaiming the Gospel may mean for us as successors of the Apostles, who were called to give radical witness to their faith in Jesus Christ.”
Jesus never offered compromises even when there was the risk of losing many followers. When many of his disciples left him regarding the truth about the Eucharist, He did not offer compromises with the truth (as do a great number of priests, bishops and politicians today!), but He was even ready to lose His apostles: “Will you also go away” (Jn 6:67)!
Following the Truth even to the end, Jesus lost almost all of His followers, His group of disciples and apostles, while He was dying on the cross, humiliated and tortured. In this period, as we know, the Body of Christ, the Church, will be crucified and buried as was Jesus 2000 years ago; then after there will be the resurrection of the purified Church with the few people who remained faithful to the Truth (CCC 675-677). We find in the messages of Our Lady to Don Stefano Gobbi that the true priests must be as Jesus in the period, victims for the expiation of the Church, ready to lose all for Jesus, even their followers or groups of people entrusted to them.
When even the apostles at the beginning of their walk with Christ were “amazed” and even “exceedingly astonished” at the uncompromising words of Christ (Mk 10: 23-27), Christ did not do as the men (wimps) that we see on TV today. Instead He said: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Mt 19:26; Mk 10:27; Lk 18:27).
“To The Priests OUR LADY’s Beloved Sons” (through Don Stefano Gobbi, September 8, 1985; http://our-lady-priests.blogspot.it/):
“What is it that is obscuring the beauty and the brightness of the Church? It is the smoke of the errors which Satan has caused to enter into it. These are becoming constantly more and more disseminated and are bringing very many souls to the loss of the faith. The cause of such a vast diffusion of errors and of this great apostasy rests with unfaithful pastors. They remain silent when they should speak with courage to condemn error and to defend the truth. They do not intervene when they should be unmasking the rapacious wolves who, hidden beneath the clothing of lambs, have insinuated themselves into the flock of Christ. THEY ARE MUTE DOGS who allow their flocks to be torn to pieces. You, on the other hand, must speak out with force and with courage to condemn error and to spread only the truth. The time of your public and courageous witness has come”.
“To The Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons” (http://our-lady-priests.blogspot.it/):
“How many pastors there are today who no longer defend the flock which has been entrusted to them by Jesus! Some remain SILENT when they should speak courageously to defend the truth and to condemn error and sin. They tolerate to avoid risk; they descend to compromise simply to maintain their privileges. Thus error is spread under the form of ambiguous formulas, and reparation is no longer made for sin, in a progressive apostasy from Jesus and from his Gospel.” (September 15, 1982; September 8, 1985; October 27, 1980; February 9, 1985; October 7, 1990; February 26, 1991; June 8, 1991; September 8, 1982; September 8, 1993).
“The time has come to proclaim to all, with clarity and with courage, that the sixth commandment given by God to Moses: `Do not commit impure acts,' (cf. Ex 20:14) still has its full force and must be observed even by this corrupted and perverted generation.” (Seattle (Washington, US.A.); June 2, 1987). Then in September 1987, Pope John Paul II said the same thing to the bishops in LA, California.
The few priests today who preach the whole Gospel and all of the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church are labeled ridged and old-fashioned, insensitive, lacking in compassion, divisive, judgmental, moralists. While at the same time the ones who maintain a culpable silence, the ones who tell their people what they think they want to hear are seen as understanding, sympathetic, pastorally sensitive and merciful. But this way of doing things is not true mercy!
I prepared this written because I realized that you do not want to hear something that is not in agreement with your opinion.
God is with which people? The humble who obey God or with who? Can we accept compromises if we want to remain united with Jesus? A great number of Catholics today accept what is comfortable, or for other hidden motives, choosing among the easy teachings of the Church (leaving behind and putting aside the difficult ones as Pope John Paul clearly warned about in 1987 in L.A., California), and then they do something that seems good in the Church to feel OK in their religion and before men; God is not with these people even if in our eyes it seems that there are good fruits. The Church has always taught that the end never justifies the means!!! Because if this were so, fundamentally, we trust in ourselves, not in God!
“To The Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons”:
“To walk along my way, there can be no descending to compromise with evil, because this road winds its way only over [the terrain] of enmity between these two opposed realities. My Son Jesus becomes the sign of this contradiction and has been given to you by the Father for the salvation and the ruin of many. You are now living in obscure times, because in all kinds of ways an attempt is being made to reach a compromise between God and Satan, between good and evil, between the spirit of Jesus and the spirit of the world. Many are running the danger of becoming victims of this general confusion, and even in my Church a false spirit, which is not that of Jesus the Son of God, is seeking to spread itself about. Like a cloud of invisible poison gas, a spirit which jumbles the things of God with those of the world is expanding and succeeding in depriving the word of God of its vigor and in despoiling the announcement of the Gospel of its force” (December 8, 1982).
“Always announce the Gospel that you live with fidelity and clarity! Your speech must be: ‘Yes, Yes – No, No.’. Everything else comes from the Evil One” (Mt 5:37; February 2, 1976).
Often Our Lady gives us these messages:
“My Heart is pained by the great danger into which your homeland is running, because of the spread of violence and hatred, of evil and of immorality. In the name of a false way of understanding liberty, even the gravest moral disorders are today being permitted and justified. Impurity is EXALTED and spread about through the social means of communication, and thus a veil of darkness has descended to blind the souls of many of my children” (“To The Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons”; Sao Paulo (Brazil); February 25, 1988).
I follow God, not men. You, Don Stefano, follow men instead of God. Even worse, one chooses from religion what one wants for oneself and for your friends, and one puts aside the rest of the teachings of the Church in silence. The Truth of God will make us free (Jn 8:32)! The truth of man, of the world, that you follow and teach, WILL NOT MAKE US FREE NOW AND FOR ALL ETERNITY!
If you do not want to be with the absolute Truth in paradise, it is your choice. But to bring with you the souls entrusted to you at Magione for all eternity, this is something more terrible than I can possibly imagine!!! This would be the supreme betrayal for the souls entrusted to you, as do cowards. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a HIRELING and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep” (Jn 10:11-13). Jesus told Padre Pio that he (Jesus) suffers much for the bad priests and that he (Jesus) will suffer until end of time!!!
The definition of love, for a great number of Catholics and Focolarini today, is to be together in a celebration, but to put aside the uncomfortable Truth (Jesus Forsaken!!!) so that everyone is happy, at their ease, to be able to continue to live in the way of the world today and to let their consciences slowly die, to put to silence the reproaches of their consciences, which perhaps not yet dead. In this way, there is not “the Truth in our midst”! “For where two or three are gathered in my name (in the Truth!!!), there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 18:20).
This is false love, FALSE ECUMENISM!!!
Two years ago you invited me to the celebration at Magione of Saint Clement. I have already explained these things to you (in Italian: “Una Festa Falsa Senza la Verità; http://cibo-spir.blogspot.it/2016/11/festa-falsa.html). You invite me to these celebrations but you never want to reply to my questions and objections because in this very pervasive climate of subjectivism and almost total relativism in the world and in the Church today it is forbidden to say that we must follow the uncomfortable Truth which is considered the lack of love toward the people who do not want to change their lives according to the saving Truth of Jesus!!! For me, true love means to help people to be happy above all for all eternity according to the criteria of God (not of the world), not just this short life!!!
In this climate of subjectivism and relativism today, one no longer understands the logic of God, the point of view of God from Divine Revelation. This is why you do not understand this crazy priest whose name is Father Joe. This is why you continue to taunt me and to invite me to your celebrations of feasts without dialogue and without even the ability to understand anymore the point of view and the divine logic of the saints of God for all times. In subjectivism and relativism there is blindness to understand spiritual things and the invisible things of God. In subjectivism and relativism each person essentially becomes a god “knowing good and evil” (Gen 3:4-5).
“Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2Thess 2:11-12).
“I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the issue of these things?” He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but those who are wise shall understand.” (Dan 12:8-10).
“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect” (Mt 24:24).
“Considering the directives of the Council, Don Stefano (Gobbi) always had an attitude of humble obedience, because to be faithful meant to receive, obey. (…) This does not preclude that in the years of the post-Council Don Stefano did not show bitterness for the mistaken interpretation of some innovations. (…) He was not in agreement with the free interpretation of the liturgical acts, for which some priests felt themselves authorized to improvise as they liked gestures and words, as if after the Second Vatican Council one must finally make room for a new and different Church, detached from the context of the preceding Church …” (“Parroco di Tutto il Mondo – Biografia di Don Stefano Gobbi”, di Mariadele Tavazzi; Edizioni San Paolo, 2015; p. 63).
Professor, Father Ivan Pojavnik writes:
“In the prospective of the final consummation of the centuries, Saint John XXIII, a spiritual Father of the last Council, wanted that it might assume the role of John the Baptist, and prepare the Church (a by her humanity) for the coming of the Lord of glory. The Council in fact assumed and carried out at its level this role (cf. AG 1,3), because the coming of the Lord in glory is near (cf. GS 45,3). Wanting to overcome the great Prophet John XXIII, and thus leaving aside his magisterium, a theological current fatally lost the prospective of the “final consummation of the ages” and deviated in partial interpretations of the Universal Vatican Council II and its “evangelical updating” of the Church, which will culminate in the “great day of the Lord”: after which, in the new era, as never before will shine the “Gospel, shining sun of heavenly doctrine” (John XXIII). Consequently this current, overturned, secularized, earthly and underground, tore apart the Gospel of the Logos (of Wisdom) of God incarnate with new “scientific” (rationalistic) interpretations, spreading pernicious and grave errors (cf. 1Pt 2,1-3) and provoking in this way the great apostasy foretold by Saint Paul (cf. 2Thess 2:3): this constitutes the first sign of the end times (cf. 12-31-1992)” (pp. 118-119; “Don Stefano Gobbi – Testimonianze”; a cura di P. Quiartilio Gabrielli, D. Ivan Pojavnik, Santina Raimondo; gennaio 2017; Graphital - Parma, Italia).
“In those confusing years after the Second Vatican Council when many priests left the priesthood, it seemed up for grabs the doctrines and the liturgical ceremonies of the Catholic Church. I have since discovered how the forces of evil were rather well organized right after the council to interpret the documents of the council in a false way so as to change the true teachings of the Church in the Catholic universities and seminaries so as to lead, in a subtle and prideful way, many Catholics, priests and seminarians away from the true teachings of the Church” (http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2016/05/is-pope-catholic.html).
In a great number of seminaries after the Second Vatican Council, they stopped teaching “Logic” and “Metaphysics” which help a great deal the new priests to be able to think logically so as to be able, as Saint Thomas Aquinas taught, to distinguish between the destructive subtleties of error and the truth. Also in a great number of seminaries after the Second Vatican Council, they stopped teaching Thomism as the philosophical base; they began to offer the modern philosophers next to that of Saint Thomas as if all were equal, and the young seminarians could choose, in the name of liberty, what they liked without the guidance and the wisdom of the documents of the Church throughout the centuries. This is the same strategy of promoting the lie that all religions are the equal which leads people to believe that all “truths”, all opinions are equal, and that the Truth of does not exist because they believe that God does not exist and there is nothing after death! “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil” (Is 5:20). I was astonished that a priest from Nigeria, who is studying for the doctorate at Rome and who helps in the parish of Olmo, indicated clearly that each person interprets the truth without reference to Divine Revelation summarized in the documents of the Church and the CCC. But notwithstanding this base of subjectivism or relativism, he did not know what is subjectivism or relativism but insinuated that I had the sickness which is called “objectivism” at our monthly meetings with the Cardinal in May 2018 at lunch time! At that moment I had never before heard of this word “objectivism”, but when I searched for it on the Internet I discovered that it is a new word to criticize those who still believe that the objective Truth exists!?! La objective Truth is God (Jn 14:6) and thus this priest criticized me because I still believe in God!!! We have arrived even to this point in the seminaries and in the Catholic Universities!!!
During the International Spiritual Exercises, at Collevalenza – Sanctuary of Merciful Love (Madre Speranza), June 22-28, 2008, Father Michael Gaughran offered to over 200 priests and to over 10 bishops of the movement these words in a meditation, with the title of the meditation, “The Church, The Movement and the current times” (http://wordbelife.blogspot.it/2014/11/spiritual-food-1411.html):
“[IT IS AN ATTACK ON THE TRUTH OF GOD.]
It grew gradually. It is enough to think of a subtle change that happened around the time of the Second Vatican Council. With the arrival of the “experts” there developed the fashion of theologians (Note 1), regardless of whether or not they deserved the name; the fact that they had published a book, in general that was enough. This continues and, with this, the center that guides the Church in the minds of many, has shifted from where God had placed it, in the hierarchy, the Pope and the bishops in union with him, and became the various opinions of all sorts of writers. [The students collected the books.] So, this has had an impact not only on the priests, but also on seminarians in many universities. This is the first part of the attack: the attack on the truth of God, the foundation of the Church. (…)”
By now you, Don Stefano, refuse to understand another fundamental point of view, that of God expressed the Divine Revelation, after so many years of having embraced the easier philosophy of life: “Ignorance is Bless”, while you help all those around you to do the same! You have REVERSED the PRIORITY of love of God and neighbor: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and FIRST commandment. And a SECOND is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt 22:37-38)! Saint Augustine described well these two points of view reciprocally exclusive in his famous book, “The City of God”!
“The Antichrist will conquer many people by saying: “You can do all that you like... it is enough to love each other...” - Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179; Doctor of the Church)
This fundamental contradiction in truth is worse than the Tower of Babel (Gen 11:1-9) because at the time of the first Tower of Babel one could at least communicate slowly with a dictionary. But without the fundamentals of Truth from God accepted and in common among priests and bishops of the same Catholic Church, it is impossible to arrive at any conclusion without this common basis of divine immutable Truth upon which to build and to go forward together. Thus more and more in the Catholic Church, we see the words of Pope Benedict XVI fulfilled: “Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be "tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine" (Eph 4:14), seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. WE ARE BUILDING A DICTATORSHIP OF RELATIVISM that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one's own ego and desires” (“Who Decides The Truth?”; http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2014/06/who-decides-truth.html). Without the base of God’s Truth, we go quickly to “Might makes Right”, as is done in hell, instead of “the Truth of God makes Right”!
A few years ago I conducted a meeting with the catechists and others in your parish. In this meeting I made reference several times to the CCC. After the meeting, the catechists of this Parish asked me, WHAT IS THIS BOOK, THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH FOR ADULTS? When I talked about this to Father Luke D. who came from the diocese to form the catechists in various parishes, also in your parish, he responded: “It is not my fault, but the fault of the Pastor.” But this means that Father Luke D never made reference to this precious gift of the CCC for adults! At one of our monthly retreats with the clergy of the diocese after having told this to Father Luke B., I asked him if these priests, who form the catechists of the diocese, represent themselves or represent the Catholic Church! Father Luke B. did not answer me.
If there might be an indication that you want to go toward God with humility, to calmly dialogue in order seek together what God wants according to the teachings of the Church of 2000 years, I’m all for it. We are all weak, I agree. But the real problem is that THERE IS NOT THE DESIRE to follow Jesus with the cross but to criticize a priest who says we must live the Our Father: “THY will be done”, not “MY will be done”. Years ago, the second question of the Catholic Catechism for children was: “Why did God create you?” As children we responded: “To know, to love and to serve God and to be happy with God in heaven forever.” For a great number of Catholics and Christians today, religion exists to serve oneself, not to “serve God”, not to help us discover God’s holy will for each of us and to help us live God’s holy will which is the best thing for each of us, since God loves us. There are a great number of priests and bishops today who are “dumb dog” regarding the difficult things of the Gospel and of the CCC.
How many lay people, priests and bishops are very worried about human respect and thus do not say what their friends and followers do not want to hear, even if it for their true eternal good? “Every one who acknowledges me (the uncomfortable Truth) before men, the Son of man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but he who denies me (the uncomfortable Truth) before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Lk 12:8-9). God is the Truth (Jn 14:6)! The uncomfortable Truth is Jesus crucified! False love, misguided compassion, do great harm to souls!!!
Every time, while speaking with you, when I make reference to some document or article on the Internet, you immediately criticize what I say without having every read or studied that document!!! You have never asked me to see a document or an article that I offer in order to explain myself! You are not seeking the Truth from God!!! Spoiled arrogant children act like this, those who have rebelled against the good example and good discipline of a good father or they have not received the good example and good discipline of a good father. If spoiled arrogant children do not convert, their rebellion against those who do not do as they want (eg. to participate a their empty celebrations) and against the Truth of God will become stronger and stronger even to eternal rebellion in hell. “For the Lord disciplines him who he loves, and chastise every son whom he receives” (Heb 12:6; Prov 3:12; Rev 3:19; Acts 17:11).
When you repeated this behavior when you came to visit me a week ago, I said to you that only God is capable of knowing these things and criticizing things without having ever read or studied the document, and thus I said to you: “You are God, you are God, you are God!” And finally you stopped criticizing what I said. As I have already indicated in the past, I ask you not to come to visit me anymore at Antria if you do not want to seek the Truth together with me while we look at together the documents of the Church which can be easily found with the Internet. If you do not come with this motive to seek the Truth of God together, I will say to you: “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men” (Mt 16:23). Have I made myself clear?!?
At the end of this period of the “great tribulation” (Mt 2421) and the great apostasy (2Thess 2:3), the Mother of God, with the few who have remained truly humble, will crush the head of the ancient serpent (Gen 3:15) with all of his very numerous prideful followers (“The Woman Clothed With The Sun In Search Of The Little Ones”; http://spir-food.blogspot.it/2016/02/children-of-woman.html). `Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, You have asserted your power against your adversaries, to silence the enemy and the rebel.' (cf. Ps 8:3)
At your celebrations, dinners and meetings, Jesus Christ is not invited because one feels great pressure to not talk about how we can live the Our Father, “THY will be done”, not “MY will be done”! At your meetings it is OK to speak about the truth according to the world, what people want, but not according to God revealed in Divine Revelation, because people do not want to suffer by changing their lives according to God. Jesus is the Truth (Jn 14:6). I will not go to a parochial meeting if Jesus is not welcomed and honored with due respect! For 18 years I have spent more than an hour every day before the Most Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. I will not go to meetings where the One with whom I am in love with, my Eucharistic Lord, is not welcomed and honored with due respect!
Dear Don Stefano, I will come to your celebrations when you will have the courage to take the risk of dialoguing with me regarding my objections and reservations according to the Truth well summarized in the CCC. I will come to your celebrations when we walk together toward the Truth which does not change and which leads us toward Jesus and paradise, not toward the “truth” according to my head nor according to your head or according to the world or our friends, which would be the cult of man instead of the cult of God. In this way there will be truly “Jesus in our midst” AND NOT JUST EMPTY WORDS, without the “Truth in our midst”, the Truth Who is Jesus (Jn 14:6), not the “truth” of the world! “For where two or three are gathered in my name (in the Truth!!!), there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 18:20). You say you are Catholic?!? If so let us together look at Divine Revelation expressed in the documents of the Church and well summarized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults (CCC, ed. 1992)!!!
Father Joseph Dwight