NOVEMBER 27, 2012/JANUARY 10, 2013
The Cult of Vassula
By Richard Salbato, California, USA
I received the following two emails from Switzerland and convinced this fine young girl to help other people who may have been captivated by Vassula’s demonic power and/or her writings. Feel free to write to her if you have personal experience with Vassula and want to share it or ask questions. The secret to her success in breaking from this cult (thanks to her mother) is the same as breaking from any other cult, simply get away from it and its influence until your mind becomes clear.
I am interested in information about Vassula and the messages she claims to receive from God. I already know the TLIG (True Life in God) site, but I would like to access critical studies and articles about the messages and the “seer”. Are there any ex-followers of Vassula who have written about the movement?
I read myself the messages for approximately a year (I lived in Geneva, Switzerland, at the time Vassula lived in Lausanne, and got to know personally Mr. and Mrs. Gay, who contributed important sums of money (though I never knew the amount) in helping her spread the messages). I became addicted to the messages and almost broke up with my family. Luckily, I was able – with the help of God and of all the prayers of my mother and brother – to challenge the messages, and finally free myself from them. I would be very interested in exchanging thoughts and experiences with people who went through the same “hell”.
Thank you for your help and congratulations on the Sword of Truth Site!
Thank God you have seen the truth. For a starter, go to my web site under Apparitions – True or False* and read what I wrote on Vassula, after that I would be happy to email back and forth. I will be gone this weekend.
Apparitions True and False
By Father Peter Joseph
Examples of visionaries judged to be false
Some individuals have been pronounced against by name, e.g., Vassula Ryden, and the Little Pebble, William Kamm. Vassula has been condemned twice by the Holy Office (the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), on the grounds that her revelations do not come from God, and because they contain errors against the Faith. You hear people say: “But her writings are so spiritual and so beautiful!” I agree; possibly 99% of Vassula’s messages are in conformity with the Catholic Faith, but that is just how the devil operates to deceive pious Catholics. It is the 1% that does harm. A poison apple is mostly good apple but will harm you nevertheless. The devil knows he cannot mislead devout Catholics with outright heresy, but he can appeal to their piety and then subtly plant errors within.
In any case, 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.
I have seen one pious magazine defending Vassula by saying that Cardinal Ratzinger never signed the statement against her printed in L’Osservatore Romano. A man I know sent them the official statement from Acta Apostolicae Sedis, the official Vatican gazette, which has the Cardinal’s signature at the bottom, along with the Bishop Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Unfortunately, the editor of the magazine had neither the humility nor the honesty to print a correction in the next issue.
“Have visions; will travel” – such publicity seekers are not to be believed. Genuine visionaries fly from publicity. They do not go around with photographers and camera crews. They submit to investigation by Church authorities; but they do not have publicity agents.
It is forbidden, as well as sinful, to propagate private revelations which have received a negative judgement from the local Bishop, the conference of Bishops, or the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Some people say, “I’m going to follow it until the Pope says it’s false.” This is a useless guide for action in this matter – very rarely does the Pope make a pronouncement for or against a revelation.
Everyone is free to have an opinion, but all have to submit to the judgement of the Church with practical obedience. What I mean is: you are still free to disagree (the Bishop is not infallible in this matter), but you owe him practical obedience, that is, you may not act against the decree; you may not propagate a revelation that the Bishop has judged negatively, or continue to say publicly that you regard it as genuine. Remember, a Church commission may give a negative verdict for reasons which it cannot state publicly, e.g., it may have found out things against the character of the seer, but will not say so publicly, even though this would justify the decision and help people to accept it.
If a so-called message is judged not authentic for doctrinal reasons, then you are not free to defend such messages, because then you will be defending error. Vassula Ryden is an example of this: the judgement against her was for false doctrine in her writings. How and why pious Catholics defended her after the negative judgement by the Holy See’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is beyond me.
Her whole case is black-and-white. Apart from unorthodoxy, her alleged messages, which are meant to be handwritten by Our Lord Himself, contain mistakes in English spelling and grammar!
The simple fact is that most claimed revelations are false. It is extremely foolish, therefore, to devote oneself to propagating a disapproved or dubious message, which might actually come from the Father of Lies. If one day you see its falsity for yourself, you will regret it enormously, and be unable to undo the harm done to others. On the other hand, there are more than enough approved messages to spread, if you want to spread them. It is better to keep to what is countenanced by the Church, than to go it alone and risk being a dupe of the devil.
Thank you for your mail! I’ve read your information on Vassula in Apparitions – True or False. I didn’t know most of the events you described. The most interesting part for me was reading about the changes made in the messages in order to “correct” them. I had already heard rumors about them, but it is the first time I see examples of them.
I would like to briefly tell you how I got to know Vassula Ryden. Until 1997, I lived in Geneva Switzerland, about 50km from the Lausanne area where Vassula lived at that time. I’m Catholic, and my spiritual director was a friend of Mrs. Isabelle Gay, who is a very close supporter of Vassula. Mr. Gay is an important and wealthy businessman of Geneva. Mrs. Gay believes blindly in Vassula and finances some of her activities.
In an occasion, my spiritual director introduced me to Mrs. Gay and she invited me for lunch at her house. There, she spoke to me about Vassula, gave me the first volume of messages, and invited me to the conference Vassula was giving at the World Council of Churches (the one you mention in the text).
The messages seemed a little strange to me, but since I never had read any revelations, I kept an open mind about it. After Vassula’s talk at the WCC, I felt a lot of enthusiasm, and bought some more books. When reading the messages, for the first time, I felt that God truly loved me (the messages of Volume 1 repeat and repeat again “I love you”).
I quickly became addicted to the messages. What I mean by addicted, is that I felt the need to read them every single day. I started to believe God’s will was for me to read and spread the messages. By that time, Isabelle Gay had given me approximately 20 books to give to my friends. I started spreading the messages. I have to tell you that before, I had never done anything like this. The messages repeat that the only thing God asks us is to spread the messages, and that the messages will solve all the problems in the world. At that time I was active in an association that worked against pornography. I started seeing my work there as futile and started skipping meetings in order to have more time to read and spread the messages of TLIG (True Life in God). I also stopped reading the Gospel, since I ended up thinking that the messages were superior to the Gospel, because it was JESUS speaking.
As I quickly found out, most of the people who read the messages felt the same way I did. Isabelle once told me that she read the messages every day, and when she had some spare time, she used it to read again the first volumes.
At this point, my behavior had changed and my parents were noticing it. I was unable to accept the slightest criticism about Vassula and had
frequent and terrible fights with my mother. I had also become very sensitive to everything and cried often. I felt terribly guilty when I didn’t feel like reading the messages.
I didn’t watch television anymore, and didn’t read novels as I did before. When I had the opportunity to go on vacations, I always tried to go to a monastery for a retreat. I only went out with friends when I thought that I could have the opportunity to spread the messages.
To make a long story short, after approximately. 8 months of reading the messages, my mother challenged me to stay a whole day without reading the messages. I replied I could stay a whole month. And I did it. I felt terribly guilty by doing so. I seemed to hear an inner voice that told me that by doing that I was disobeying God. But I reasoned that I was doing it not because I thought the messages were false, but because I loved my mother and this was a way of convincing her that the messages were good.
Anyway, I felt guilty all along, but I started reading St. Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross, and I suddenly discovered a new world of faith in God. I also felt relieved not to have to read the messages the whole day (although I didn’t like to admit it). Finally, well into the third week of “abstinence” from the messages, God gave me the strength and clarity of mind to look at what had happened to me in the past year. For the first time y TRULY doubted of the authenticity of the messages.
At the end of the month, I started to read the messages again, but I had changed. I started to be more critical. And then, a series of events happened and I stopped reading the messages. Approximately a year later, the Notification was published.
As a consequence of my belief in the messages during that year, I experienced guilt and anguish for almost two years, because although I didn’t rationally believe anymore that the messages were authentic, I had brainwashed myself to believe otherwise. I also felt deceived by the priests that had not warned me against this, by the Church for waiting so long to do something, and this lack of trust for my church is a permanent feeling still today. I am also unable and unwilling to believe in ANY apparition whatsoever. During the 5-6 years that followed my “TLIG experience” I was unable to read anything that referred to Vassula or the messages. Just hearing the word “Vassula” made me re-experience the horrible feelings of guilt and anguish.
As I wrote in my first email, I would be very interested in exchanging views with people that have gone through a similar experience. I feel as if I went through a traumatic experience, and I am convinced that talking about it will surely help me detect and deal with any remaining effects of the trauma.
I thank you for your interest in my story and would be very happy to know your comments about it. If you are currently investigating Vassula, I would be also very happy to help you in any way I can.
God bless you,
I would like to put up your letter and your email address and let people write to you directly. I will not do this if you do not want but you can save many souls.
Thank you so much for your answer to my mail. Please feel free to put up my story or any part of it you wish. If you do include my email (and I would very much like you to), I prefer to switch to my private mail, which is [Withheld- Michael] (I wrote to you previously using my father’s email direction). I will keep you informed of any messages I might receive.
Thanks again for your care and help. God bless you,
[Maria Laura Pio
www.infovassula.ch Site shut down in mid-2012 following a lawsuit filed by Vassula Ryden]
By Richard Salbato
It is surprising that anyone would ask about Vassula Ryden after reading Apparitions and Mystics – True or False. Nevertheless, we have a file on her a foot thick. Our personal involvement with her goes back a long way. If it wasn’t for the managing editor of this company, Rick Salbato, Vassula would have never been known in this country. Now, don’t misunderstand what we are saying, he never ever believed in Vassula. But he was involved in all the actors of the play long before anyone ever heard of Vassula.
Rick Salbato is the author of a book about Mirna Nazzour called “THE MIRACLE OF DAMASCUS”. He not only knew Mirna on a personal level, he stayed with her nine months in Damascus and traveled with her three months in the United States. He has the only book in the world about Mirna with an Imprimatur, and that from her local bishop. As a result, he also met with Dr. and Mrs. Monsour, who are the godparents to one of Mirna’s children. Rick also knew on a personal level, Father Robert Fox, the Fatima priest, E. Michael Jones, the owner-editor of FIDELITY magazine, Father Philip Pavich, OFM, an American-Croatian priest who still remains in Medjugorje as the primary confessor to the millions of visitors to that problem. How all these people fit together will be seen, not to mention Bishop Hnilica of Rome.
CLAIRE & DR. MANSOUR
Dr. Mansour is a millionaire surgeon in Beverly Hills, who also owns an Arabic newspaper. His wife is very much into the social scene. What her friends think about her is her life. If her reputation is damaged in any way, she will become a raging mad woman you would not want to confront. Of course, this pamphlet will bring out this rage again, but we do not worry about those things. We are in the business of uncompromising truth. Dr. Mansour was the first to bring Mirna to the United States; however, she and her husband had rather bad experiences at their home to say the least. In fact, Mirna’s husband had to sell Mirna’s jewelry to get a flight home. They had become prisoners in the Mansour home. Can we prove this? Yes!
When Mirna and her husband, Nicolas, came to the United States again the following year, they refused to even make a visit to the Mansour’s home. In Claire’s own words, “What will my friends think if you do not come to my house?” Angered at the answer, Claire and Dr. Mansour went to Medjugorje while Mirna was still in the United States. They made this trip because of a sign Rick Salbato had put up in all the places where people came to see Mirna. It read:
“Mirna and the Messengers of Unity have permission from the bishops of Damascus to announce the messages and the miracles of Soufanieh. We do not have permission to spread information about any other apparitions. Please do not talk about or bring literature about any other reported miracle.”
The messages of Mirna are about unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, a unity based on “unity of truth”. Mirna was investigated by her bishop and the three Nuncios to the Vatican, and by the Orthodox bishop. All gave their approval. Rick knew that you cannot promote private revelation without Church approval [See end of this booklet], and therefore spent two years getting an Imprimatur on his book before he would publish it.
Claire and the Doctor knew nothing about Medjugorje before going, but simply did it out of spite. Strange thing, though, Vassula just happened to be in Medjugorje during the same summer of 1989. Prior to meeting Claire, Vassula never once mentioned “unity” in any of her messages. Now, with the Doctor’s millions behind her, she had become the Mansours’ replacement of Mirna.
She came back to Los Angeles and placed two stories in her Arabic newspaper (side by side), one about Mirna, and one about Medjugorje, trying to show that they are the same. She then wrote a book about Mirna [ready about Claire], and using all her vast financial clout, attacked the book that Salbato had written. She even got Bishop Hnilica of Rome to say that the book was a bad book. [Bishop Hnilica, you might not know, is the same bishop who was arrested in Rome for taking secret documents out of the Vatican Library, and embezzling millions of dollars from the money given him by the promoters of Medjugorje to promote Medjugorje in Rome.]
Armed with this letter from a retired bishop, who just happens to live in Rome, Claire sent letters to all the Catholic bookstores and all the 87 Medjugorje Centers across the United States, saying that Rome condemned the book, “The Miracle of Damascus”. Rick was forced to go back to Damascus, and get Mirna and the Nuncio to state that none of this was true. But the damage was done, and only millions of dollars could correct it.
Father Robert Fox was viciously attacked for writing a favorable article about the book in his magazine. E. Michael Jones was attacked for writing about Vassula. Finally, after ten years of trying to spread the messages of Mirna, Rick pulled his book off the market, and began to concentrate on the false mystics.
THE NEW UNITY MYSTIC
Now, however, Claire and her money had a new mystic to promote. Suddenly Vassula had the same message as Mirna, the message of unity. Prior to meeting Claire, as we have stated, Vassula never mentioned unity to anyone. Mixing Mirna up with Vassula and Medjugorje has become an obsession with Claire. She tried to get Mirna to go to Medjugorje and have pictures taken with those seers, but God protected Mirna by having an airline labor strike. She tried to fool Mirna by inviting her to Puerto Rico, without telling her that Vassula and Medjugorje seers would be there. The Nuncio in Puerto Rico and the Nuncio in Damascus protected her.
On Vassula’s trip to Sacramento, Claire advertised that Mirna would also be there. They she got Bishop Francis A. Quinn to write to Mirna pleading for her to come and be with Vassula. Even Father Rene Laurentin and Father Michael O’Carroll called her. She did not go, but that did not change the advertisement.
Then Claire and the Doctor got involved in the 101 disastrous Victorious Queen Peace Flight to Russia. The main seer on the flight, you guessed it, Vassula. However, Claire got Dr. Rosalle Turton of the 101 Foundation, Father Ken Roberts, Mr. John Haffert, Tony Hanna [Arabic singer and friend of Mirna], Rene Laurentin and others to plead with Mirna to go on the trip also. The Nuncio to the Vatican in Damascus would not allow it. Again God protected her.
So you see, the whole reason for Vassula being so well known in the United States, was to give Claire Mansour a replacement for Mirna. Although the vast resources of the Medjugorje network and the money of the Mansours have buried Mirna and The Message of unity, a great deal of good has come out of it all.
THANK GOD FOR VASSULA
When you think about it, Vassula is the most stupid of all the apparitions and mystics in the world. When we read her books for the first time [we have them all], we put them in the unimportant file, since we did not think anyone with even the smallest brain would believe them. Any professional graphologist would know that the writings are that of Vassula and no one else. Both God and Satan would be masters of the English language. But Vassula’s scribbling are full of grammatical and punctuation errors. We concluded that she was just a sick woman. But her popularity proves that you can promote anything with money and organization.
Vassula is a divorced and remarried Greek Orthodox, who has been excommunicated out of the Orthodox Church, and sees no reason to become a Catholic.
Why do we say “Thank God for Vassula”? Look at who promoted her: Father Ken Roberts, of EWTN, Dr. Rosalle Turton, the 101 Foundation, Mr. John Haffert, former head of the Blue Army and major promoter of Garabandal, Father Rene Laurentin, so-called Marian Theologian, “Mary’s People”, a branch of The National Catholic Register, The Daughters of St. Paul Book Stores, The Marian Centers of Medjugorje; Father Michael O’Carroll, (former teacher at Notre Dame and involved in the Charismatic Movement); The Riehle Foundation, (promoters of “The Final Hour”); Michael H. Brown, (author of “The Final Hour” and “The Day Will Come”); and others. These organizations and people pass themselves off as experts in discernment and apparitions. The fact that they were fooled by such a poor mystic is
proof that they are not.
The next reason we say “Thank God for Vassula” is that she proves that the primary reason for false mystics is to drown out true mystics. Think again about the message of Christ to Marie Julie Mahenny in 1882:
“During the time of the approach of the punishments announced at La Salette, an unlimited amount of FALSE REVELATIONS will arise from hell like a swarm of flies; a last attempt of Satan to choke and destroy the belief in the TRUE REVELATIONS by false ones.”
The messages of Our Lady to Mirna are directly from Heaven and very important to the Church and the world, but she has been so completely drowned out that we do not even promote her. It is the salt from Heaven with a large pill of sugar over it. You cannot see the salt, and the promoters above don’t even know the difference in the taste. The messages of Our Lady of Nicaragua are very, very important to the Church and the world, who of you have ever even heard of them? If you have, aren’t you just placing them along side 700 others and mixing the messages up.
We also “Thank God for Vassula” because it forced Rome to come out and explain that the statements attributed to Pope Paul VI, regarding the promotion of apparitions, are not to be understood in the way promoters are presenting them. We will give Rome’s statement in full in the chapter “Rome Speaks Out”.
“Thank God for Vassula” because she brought Father Philip Pavich, OFM, out of his hiding in Medjugorje to expose Vassula to Rome and bring down their condemnation, which they seldom do in the case of private revelations. Vassula and “The Poem of the Man-God” are rare exceptions. Father Philip Pavich is recognized by Rome as one of the great experts in discernment. He has been in Medjugorje for over seven years. He will have much to say about that when he retires from there in March of 1997.
“Thank God for Vassula” because she shows the harm that can be done by false mystics. By their fruits you will know them. The fruits of Vassula are the destruction of true apparitions, the financial ruin of many families, the loss of reputation of many priests and bishops, and the disillusionment of many followers of true apparitions, but most of all, arming the agnostics, atheists, Protestants, and Orthodox with reasons to mock all Catholic miracles.
As we have already shown above, the promoters are willing to lie to get Vassula mixed up with true mystics. They are also willing to lie to show that bishops endorse her. Bishop John Chedid was advertised as an endorser of Vassula and as one who would be with her at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Bishop Chedid said he was angry with the Mansours’ putting his name on the flyer without his permission. He said he had some doubts about the Mansours themselves: “The lady is Latin, Roman, he is a Maronite Egyptian. They go to all churches. In the Latin, they say they are Latin; in the Maronite, they say they are Maronites. What they actually are, I don’t know.” He went on to say that he forbade his parishes to invite Vassula to speak.
THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
For those who do not know, The World Council of Churches is a Marxist-inspired pluralistic body. This is the reason the Catholic Church has never become a member. The Holy Father’s recent favorable remarks about WCC were only to invite them on the right track now that communism is dead. Their connection to two other groups of the New Age tinge, prompted us to come out with a new pamphlet, which will be out soon.
In addressing the WCC, Vassula’s so-called “Jesus” stated:
“My words of reconciliation, peace, and unity have not been heard nor have they been respected.
[Vassula: “He’s talking about the WCC here.”]
“When will they [WCC] pass a decree by unanimous vote to celebrate the feast of Easter all on one date? I have come to talk to them, to the World Council of Churches.”
Father Michael O’Carroll, from Dublin, Ireland, denies that Vassula’s voice endorsed WCC, but the above words speak for themselves. He also denies that he is her director. “Her spiritual director is the Holy Spirit.”, he states. He claims he counsels her in discernment. We wonder who counsels him.
HERESY, SEX & EDITING
It isn’t necessary to get into long dialogue about her messages. Out of hundreds of pages, you cannot find one that is not full of theological errors. Father Brian Harrison, O.S., of the Catholic University in Puerto Rico, states that her messages are strictly “indifferentism”, which is a heresy that all religions are the same in the eyes of God.
This is the same message at Medjugorje. Vassula’s Jesus tells Vassula, the Christian “communities are all the same in my eyes, you are all One in My eyes! I do not make any distinction.”
Her Jesus has a strange relationship with her that reminds us of a Black Mass:
“I have taken you as My bride sharing My Cross as our matrimonial bed, will you look at Me?” (I looked at Jesus’ face.) “Could I ever abandon you, flower? I am He who loves you most, remain near Me, here.” (It was like as if He had a sudden idea, stopped, pointed at our ankles which I saw tied to each other.)
In the April 18, 1988 edition Jesus reprimands the Pope for doctrinal errors:
“O come Peter! Take My Hand, Satan has digressed you from the Truth.” In the new version the first six words are whited out, and “many of you” has been inserted. It now reads:
“Satan has digressed many of you from the truth.”
In the same issue it read:
“the better chance they have to escape My foes’ claws.”
It now reads:
“shadowed by Satan under his wings.”
In Notebook 6, page 50, she quotes the devil as saying to her,
“go and f— off.”
In her earlier published versions she stated that we worship Mary, and then this was changed to we “venerate” Mary.
MONEY TALKS: IN VASSULA WE TRUST
We have no intention of making a complete report here, since E. Michael Jones, Ph.D. has already done this in his March 1993 issue of Fidelity Magazine. Back copies are still available for $4.00 each. Write to Fidelity Magazine, 206 Marquette Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617.
ROME SPEAKS OUT
What we wish to present here is the latest developments since the Fidelity issue.
First on May 10, 1994, Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy, Head of the Sacred Congregation for the Promotion of Christian Unity in Rome [Pontificium Consulium Ad Christianorum Unitatem Fovendam] wrote regarding Vassula: “No one should take seriously any claim on the part of this lady to have an “ecumenical mission”. I am amazed that all over the world our Church authorities are opening their doors to this lady. The question of a member of an Orthodox Church being admitted to Communion in our Church is governed by Canon Law.” He went on to say that the “competent Dicastery for matters concerning private revelations is the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, I am sending on to that office a copy of your letter and of the documentation forwarded therewith.”
This is the statement of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
NOTIFICATION ON VASSULA RYDEN (December 1996)
I. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has received various questions about the value and authority of its Notification of 6 October 1995, published in L’Osservatore Romano on Monday/Tuesday, 23/24 October 1995, p. 2 (L’Osservatore Romano English edition, 25 October 1995, p. 12), regarding the writings and messages of Mrs. Vassula Ryden attributed to alleged revelations and disseminated in Catholic circles throughout the world.
In this regard, the Congregation wishes to state:
1) The Notification addressed to the Pastors and faithful of the Catholic Church retains all its force. It was approved by the competent authorities and will be published in Acta Apostolicae Sedis, the official organ of the Holy See, with the signatures of the Prefect and the Secretary of the Congregation.
2) Regarding the reports circulated by some news media concerning a restrictive interpretation of this Notification, given by His Eminence the Cardinal Prefect in a private conversation with a group of people to whom he granted an audience in Guadalajara, Mexico, on 10 May 1996, the same Cardinal Prefect wishes to state:
a) as he said, the faithful are not to regard the messages of Vassula Ryden as divine revelations, but only as her personal meditations;
b) these meditations, as the Notification explained, include, along with positive aspects, elements that are negative in the light of Catholic doctrine;
c) therefore, Pastors and the faithful are asked to exercise serious spiritual discernment in this matter and to preserve the purity of the faith, morals and spiritual life, by not relying on alleged revelations but by following the revealed Word of God and the directives of the Church’s Magisterium.
II. Regarding the circulation of texts of alleged private revelations, the Congregation states:
1) The interpretation given by some individuals to a Decision approved by Paul VI on 14 October 1966 and promulgated on 15 November of that year, in virtue of which writings and messages resulting from alleged revelations could be freely circulated in the Church, is absolutely groundless. This decision actually referred to the “Abolition of the Index of Forbidden Books”, and determined that – after the relevant censures were lifted – the moral obligation still remained of not circulating or reading those writings which endanger faith and morals.
2) It should be recalled however that with regard to the circulation of texts of alleged private revelations, canon 823 §1 of the current Code remains in force: “the Pastors of the Church have the right to demand that writings to be published by the Christian faithful which touch upon faith or morals be submitted to their judgement”.
3) Alleged supernatural revelations and writings concerning them are submitted in first instance to the judgement of the diocesan Bishop, and, in particular cases, to the judgement of the Episcopal Conference and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Vassula Again Condemned* By Vatican
By Richard Salbato
Last January 25th, 2007 Cardinal William LEVADA issued a warning to the Presidents of all the Episcopal Conferences from the official Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) regarding the false claims of Mrs. Vassula Ryden and this warning was just made public and is translated below into English and includes a link to the original in French.
As is the case of many other false mystics and apparitions Vassula’s official web site, True Life In God www.tlig.org continues to say that the Vatican supports her revelations http://www.tlig.org/en/testimonies/churchpos/, which has never been true.
As you will see the communication confirms that nothing has changed since the original doctrinal judgment of 1995. It warns against the promotion of these writings as being from God and warns against participation of the faithful in her prayer groups.
My thanks to Maria Laura Pio who has done a great job in keeping the public informed of this fraud on her web site. http://www.infovassula.ch.
CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH
25th January 2007
Prot. N.: 54/92 – 24945
Your Eminence / Your Excellency,
Requests for clarification on the writings and activities of Mrs Vassula Ryden continue to arrive at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in particular regarding the validity of the Notification of 6th October 1995 and the criteria that should be followed in defining the provision of local Churches regarding the advisability of spreading the writings of Mrs Vassula Ryden.
At this regard, the Congregation wishes to specify as follows:
1) The Notification of 1995 remains valid concerning the doctrinal judgement on the writings examined (cf. attachment 1).
2) Following a the dialogue which has taken place with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Mrs Vassula Ryden has however provided clarifications on certain problematical points which appear in her writings, and also on the nature of her messages, which do not present themselves as divine revelations but, rather as personal meditations (cf. attachment 2: Letter of April 4th 2002 published in the True Life in God vol. 10). From the normative point of view, then, after the above mentioned clarifications, it is advisable to make a prudent evaluation, case by case, taking into account the concrete possibilities for the faithful in reading these writings within the framework of such clarifications.
3) Finally, it is reminded that the participation of Catholics in prayer groups organized by Mrs Vassula Ryden is not advisable. In the cases of ecumenical encounters, the faithful should comply with the provisions given by the Ecumenical Directory, the Code of Canon Law (can. 215; 223 §2, 383 §3) and the diocesan Ordinaries.
In sending you this information, I am sincerely yours in devotion to the Lord.
Cardinal William LEVADA
To all the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences
See photocopy of original in French: http://www.infovassula.ch/tligchurchposition.htm#original
I use the word “condemned” to mean not from God and although not canonically correct, its meaning is correct.
Vassula Ryden Promoters Creating Disunity
By Richard Salbato
Doctor Antoine Y. Mansour and his wife, Claire Mansour founders of the New Jerusalem Foundation, Beverly Hills, promoted a conference at the new Los Angeles Cathedral as a Unity Conference, where Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant leaders would discuss a new era of relations with each other.
They invited the leading Religious Leaders in Los Angeles County and included as a speaker, Greek Orthodox, Vassula Ryden. They told the Rector, Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik, and Cardinal Mahoney that Vassula had Vatican Approval. They then placed large ads in the Diocesan Paper, the Tidings, promoting the event and sent out flyers everywhere. They gave a $3,000.00 donation to the Cathedral for the event and then became indignant when the Church cancelled the entire event.
Whether deliberate or not, I leave to God, but the fact is that the Mansour’s lied to the Church officials. This was not a unity conference, but a Vassula Ryden conference. Vassula Ryden was not approved by the Vatican as they claimed, and in fact, just the opposite. See below. When Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik was able to find out the truth about the Church’s position on Vassula Ryden, he cancelled the entire event, as is required by Church law. Heresy cannot be promoted on Church property or under the banner of the Church.
I know Doctor Antoine and Claire Mansour personally because they also wanted to be the main promoters of the true visionary, Myrna Nazzour of Damascus. So insistent that they be the leaders in the promotion of these messages that they destroyed my book, the Miracle of Damascus, by sending out false claims all over the world that it had an illegal Imprimatur and was condemned by the seer, herself, Myrna Nazzour. I could not compete with their money, and the failure of people to support the truth, so I just pulled the book and videos off the market.
Not long after that they picked up on Vassula Ryden and turned her into another promoter of unity. That not being enough to create the image they wanted (to be the promoters of God’s word) they teamed up with woman named Debra Geileskey, now Debra Burslem. In the early 1990s Debra and her husband, Gordan, ran a real-estate business and bought their own property as investments. But they were $300,000 in debt. Then Debra started having apparitions and visions. Her husband left her and is now living with another girl and keeping her in court with countless lawsuits. Then others started filing lawsuits also because of the almost a million dollars she conned out of people, including the Mansours. When I pointed this out, she also threatened to sue me.
People who use God to promote themselves harm the word of God. People who want to promote themselves can easily be spotted because you find their name all over everything they do. “I am the personal friend of this or that person – I was invited to see the whoever – I am the personal this or that – I, I, I and that is all they are interest in. Even those, like myself, who work to expose false mystics, can get caught up in self-promotion by exaggerating what they find or creating false information. Because someone follows a false apparition does not make them a heretic but some think so. Because someone has an affair or even many with women, it does not give us the right to exaggerate and call them a pedophile. A seer, who has false apparitions, cannot be called demonic, although sometimes this is true; however, some want to clump all false seers into the same pot of the demonic. We must even be truthful when speaking of evil, even of Satan.
What bothers me the most is that good people do not defend the truth and stand back when others are slandered thinking it is not their problem but truth is everyone’s problem. Another thing that bothers me is that no matter how much proof you give people that an apparition is false, they will not give it up. A good example is coming up soon, Loreen, the beauty queen that married the Medjugorje seer, Ivan Dragicevic, is filling for divorce. Will even that convince people that it is false? No!
L.A. Cathedral Disinvites Christian Unity Event
By Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer, From Los Angeles Times, January 10, 2006
Pastor decides not to allow conference after realizing the role of a self-proclaimed mystic.
The Roman Catholic cathedral of Los Angeles on Monday rescinded its invitation to hold a Christian unity conference later this month after concluding that the principal speaker was to be a controversial self-proclaimed mystic who claimed to speak directly with God, Jesus and Mary.
In a letter to the sponsors, Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik, pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, said that what had been represented by sponsors as a Christian unity conference had turned out to be largely a forum for Vassula Ryden, a Greek Orthodox laywoman who has attracted worldwide attention with her reports of sacred conversations.
At the same time, a leading Greek Orthodox priest said Monday he previously had also pulled out of the Jan. 28 conference. “Everything is very suspect. That’s all I’m going to say,” said the Very Rev. John Bakas, dean of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles.
A publicist for the conference said a second Greek Orthodox priest, from Brooklyn, had also decided not to attend.
Kostelnik said the decision to withdraw the cathedral’s invitation to play host to the conference was “final and not subject to change.” He said that the meeting was turning into something different than originally proposed. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, had earlier agreed to offer welcoming remarks at the conference but now approved the withdrawal, Kostelnik said.
Kostelnik also returned a $3,000 donation to the cathedral and a $200 deposit for food service.
His letter, faxed to event sponsors Monday, caught them and their public relations firm by surprise. Claire Mansour, one of the sponsors, said she did not know if she and her husband, Antoine Y. Mansour, a general surgeon, could find another location to hold the conference in time. A full-page advertisement had already appeared in Tidings, the official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Press releases were also distributed, saying that Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant leaders would discuss “a new era of relations” among them.
“To me this is a betrayal by my church,” she said, referring to the withdrawal of the invitation by the Roman Catholic cathedral.
The meeting was to have been under the auspices of Ryden’s “True Life in God” organization and sponsored by the New Jerusalem Foundation, headed by the Mansours, who live in Beverly Hills. They have long supported Ryden and were associated with her Los Angeles appearance in 1995.
Antoine Mansour, in a handwritten Oct. 7 letter to Kostelnik, assured the pastor that Ryden’s writings “have been cleared by the Vatican.” But Kostelnik wrote Monday that Mansour’s assurance was “a serious misrepresentation of the current Vatican view of Ms. Ryden’s speeches and writings.” He said 1995 and 1996 Vatican statements cautioning Catholics against following Ryden remained “in full force.” “The 1995 statement cautioned Catholics that Ms. Ryden’s ‘revelations’ were merely the result of private meditations and contained doctrinal errors. It also advised bishops not to provide any opportunity in their dioceses for the dissemination of her ideas,” Kostelnik wrote. “In short, it is my belief and that of Cardinal Mahony that instead of a Christian unity conference where all participants have an equal opportunity to share and speak, what is now taking its place is a Vassula Ryden conference,” Kostelnik wrote.
During an appearance in Los Angeles in 1995, Ryden told an audience at the Los Angeles Convention Center that Jesus joked with her as she ate ravenously. “Finally,” she told the audience, “he asked, ‘Is it good?’ And I said, “Yes, Jesus. Thank you.’ There was nothing wrong, so I continued eating. After a while he said, ‘Don’t you want me to bless it?'”
Her current website, http://www.tlig.org, quotes Jesus as addressing her as “My Vassula” and tells her he was giving her his lamp to remove spiritual darkness from the world.
Critics have challenged the authenticity of Vassula’s supposed messages from God because she has changed some of them over time. Vassula, who was in Washington, D.C., and could not be reached for comment Monday, told The Times in a 1995 interview that God gave her permission to make such changes. She said it was possible for a perfect God to regret something he said, just as he regretted creating a race that would fall from grace.
Claire Mansour said Monday that the Los Angeles archdiocese “had all the information” about the conference for months, including Ryden’s appearance. “It was very clear. We didn’t hide anything,” she said, adding that she had expected a full house at the 3,000-seat cathedral. But she said God had the “final word” on the matter.
From Catholic’s United for the Faith – CUF
The Catholic Church’s position regarding True Life in God by Vassula
The TLIG association is claiming that the Church has recently modified its position regarding the writings of Mrs. Ryden and suggesting that the Notification is no longer valid. This is not true. Please read hereunder our latest updates, which include the text of Card. Ratzinger’s July 2004 letter as well as our correspondence with the Conference of Swiss Bishops confirming that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has NOT modified its position regarding TLIG.
Official Position of the Catholic Church:
of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Cardinal Ratzinger’s Press release regarding the Notification
Validity of the Notification (see also “recent developments” hereunder)
The Catholic Church’s official position regarding the TLIG messages and Mrs Vassula Ryden is contained in the 1995 Notification, issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). The Notification is a very severe warning regarding the errors and negative elements contained in the messages. It requests Bishops not to authorize the promotion of TLIG in their dioceses. It advises the faithful not to consider the messages as of divine origin.
Since it’s publication in 1995, the Notification has not been modified nor cancelled, and therefore is a valid document which figures in the Vatican website, in the list of doctrinal documents issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/doc_doc_index.htm
The Conference of Swiss Bishops confirms that the July 2004 letter is NOT a modification of the CDF’s position
When Mrs Ryden moved to Rome some years ago, she started approaching several congregations of the Holy See in order to try to regularize her situation with the Catholic Church and obtain a revision of the Notification. Her efforts were kindly welcomed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which addressed her five questions for her to answer by writing. The questions concern some of the points contained in the Notification. A copy of this exchange of letters can be consulted in the TLIG official website http://www.tlig.org/cdf.html. In addition to the above, the CDF requested Bishops around the world to give their own opinion regarding the messages and Mrs Ryden’s activities.
In January 2005, the TLIG association announced that Cardinal Ratzinger had written a letter dated July 2004 addressed to the Presidents of 5 Episcopal Conferences (Switzerland, Uruguay, France, Canada and the Philippines) who had voiced concerns regarding the writings and activities of Vassula Ryden. A copy of this letter was given to Mrs Ryden, but it has not been published by the CDF. The TLIG association affirms that the letter contains a positive modification of the CDF’s position regarding Mrs Ryden’s writings, and some have even suggested that the Notification is no longer valid. We have requested to see a copy of this letter, but different TLIG sources have systematically refused it to us, saying that it is at this time the decision of Mrs Ryden to provide it only to bishops and priests, together with other documents that “help” understand the meaning of the letter (see the TLIG official website: http://www.tlig.org/cdf.html).
We have therefore written to the Episcopal Conference of Switzerland asking for confirmation of the above. Here is the answer we received from the Secretary General of the Conference des Eveques Suisses (CES) on February 23rd, 2005 (the original mail is in French):
I willingly answer your question of February 16th.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith maintains all it’s reservations regarding the writings and actions of Mrs Ryden. The past July 13th, the CDF did indeed write to the President of the Conference of Swiss Bishops (CES) to request him to remind the Catholic faithful that their participation in the “ecumenical” prayer groups organized by Mrs Ryden has to follow the directives of the Diocesan Bishops.
Since the letter is an internal correspondence, I cannot give you a copy of it. However you must know that the position published by the CES some years ago (and that we are sending you by post), and that already reflected a notification of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, keeps all its value.
Hoping to have helped you, I present you my distinguished greetings.
Abbé Agnell Rickenmann – Secretary General
Some days letter I received the position of the CES, which was a copy of the 1995 Notification.
Latest update: Text of the July 2004 Letter signed by Card. Ratzinger
Shortly afterwards, the text of the July 2004 letter was sent to me by a person who had obtained a copy of it. As the Swiss Bishops indicated above, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) does not indicate that it has modified nor intends to modify its position. In fact, the CDF refers to the 1995 Notification and mentions the dialogue it had with Mrs Ryden at her request, which concluded with the publication in the latest TLIG book of her letter of April 2002, containing clarifications regarding several points mentioned in the Notification. Cardinal Ratzinger refers to these clarifications as “useful”, but apparently not satisfying or thorough enough to modify the CDF’s general position regarding the TLIG writings (not to be considered as of divine origin), nor the instructions given to Bishops in order to avoid the diffusion of the messages in their dioceses.
The second paragraph of the letter is a reminder that the catholic faithful, even when participating in ecumenical prayer groups, have to follow the dispositions of the Diocesan Bishops. (The instructions for Bishops regarding the activities of Mrs Ryden are indicated in the 1995 Notification.)
I copy hereunder the text in English of the July 2004 letter as it has been published by the TLIG association (click here to see the image of the original in Italian):
Palazzo del S. Uffizio, 10 July 2004.
To the Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of France, Switzerland, Uruguay, Philippines, Canada.
As you know, this Congregation published a Notification in 1995 on the writings of Mrs Vassula Ryden. Afterwards, and at her request, a thorough dialogue followed. At conclusion of this dialogue, a letter of Mrs Ryden dated 4 April 2002 was subsequently published in the latest volume of “True Life in God”, in which Mrs Ryden supplies useful clarifications regarding her marital situation, as well as some difficulties which in the aforesaid Notification were suggested towards her writings and her participation in the sacraments (cf. Attachment).
Since the aforementioned writings have enjoyed a certain diffusion in your country, this Congregation has deemed it useful to inform you of the above. Concerning the participation in the ecumenical prayer groups organised by Mrs Ryden, the Catholic faithful should be called to follow the dispositions of the Diocesan Bishops.
In communicating to you the above, I use the occasion to assure you of my lasting and profound esteem.
Joseph Card. Ratzinger
We would also wish to add that it was never the intention of the CDF to make the above letter public. This was indicated to us by the Conference of Swiss Bishops (see above), who refers to the letter as an “internal correspondence”. Moreover, when Vassula received a copy of the July 2004 letter, it was accompanied by a letter signed by the Under Secretary of the CDF Fr. De Noia, in which he indicated that he was sending her a copy of the letter for her information.
The use that the TLIG association is making of the correspondence with the CDF, presenting it as a reversal of the Church’s position regarding Mrs Ryden’s writings, is clearly abusive.
Thank you for passing on this information to whoever reads the TLIG messages.
Maria Laura Pio
Other interesting articles on the Notification and Church Position
http://www.christianorder.com/features/features_2004/features_oct04.html See in particular the section entitled “The authority to judge and the duty to obey”.
www.christianorder.com/features/features_2005/features_jan05_bonus.html Please keep in mind when reading this article, that the Notification is not technically speaking a condemnation, but a warning. This is due to the fact that Vassula Ryden is Greek Orthodox, and the Church cannot interfere with the “spiritual life of any other Church’s faithful”, but does have “the duty to clarify and warn it’s faithful about any disorder created by any person’s or organization’s attitude” (see article on validity of the Notification)
French: “A propos de Vassula Ryden: un cas de discernment”, by Joseph Moerman (theologian), in Choisir, num. 434, February 1996, Geneva (Switzerland) by Joseph Moerman (theologian), in Choisir, num. 434, February 1996, Geneva (Switzerland). “Rome persiste et signe”, by Anita Sanchez Bourdin, Famille Chretienne, num.988, December 19th, 1996.
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Doctrinal Errors in her writings. —- http://www.mypage.bluewin.ch/cafarus/tligerrors.htm
Church Warnings against Vassula —- http://www.mypage.bluewin.ch/cafarus/tligtheologians.htm
A letter to John Haffert, Vassula promoter, and a letter to Sister Lucia
To: John M. Haffert, P.O. Box 41, Washington, N.J. 07882
Dear Mr. Haffert,
Thank you for your prompt reply to my letter. I want you to know that I am not a stranger to the 101 Foundation. You should also know that I am (and have been) a promoter of Akita. I am aware that Dr. Rosalie Turton went to Akita and this is why she started the 101 Foundation. This was the right thing for her to do and I applaud her for it. However, this is not what she ended up doing. She ended being one of the biggest promoters of false mystics in the world.
It does not escape my notice that in talking about the 101 flight to Moscow you never once mention Vassula. In the film promoted on EWTN, Vassula is edited out. Why is this? You talk about a seer who said Our Lady thanked everyone for the flight and saw a vision in the sky over Moscow, but you do not say who that seer is. How many seers went on that flight? How many of those seers have the Church approval required by Canon Law for promotion? What about the 10 million conversions promised because of the flight? (Copy of that ad enclosed) You know also that all the donors of the 101 flight were given gifts of the Vassula typed book and a Mark Treanor Video.
Even in your very carefully worded letter of April 3, 1996 you are still promoting mystics without church approval which is a major sin against obedience. How do you justify Daily Communion breaking the First and Fourth Commandments?
I too am a daily communicant, but I would not dare go to Our Lord’s Supper if I disobeyed His Bishops. All authority comes from God, and I must obey all authority in all things except sin. Garabandal is the most condemned apparition of my 35-year study of private revelations, and you are its biggest promoter. Vassula has the strongest condemnation that any seer ever had from the Vatican, and the 101 Foundation is her biggest promoter.
Perhaps you have forgotten the pressure you and Dr. Rosalie Turton put on Mirna Nazzour to go on that same flight to Moscow (copy of the 101 letter enclosed); but God has a way of protecting true mystics. You see, I am the author of “THE MIRACLE OF DAMASCUS” that the 101 Foundation attacked because the book insisted that the local bishop and only the local bishop could approve a private revelation. As you can see, Rome has verified this only six months ago (enclosed).
Rome has just seen fit to take control of the Saint Paul Book and Media Stores (Society of St. Paul) because of their promotion of non-Catholic books and false apparitions. Papal delegate, Bishop Buoncristiani is now in charge. The same thing might happen to EWTN if they don’t stop their promotion of Garabandal and Medjugorje. There is not much they can do with the 101 Foundation since it is a private foundation without a Catholic name, but in fact, anyone who holds to a single anti-Catholic belief is “Ipso-facto” excommunicated. I can prove that both Garabandal and Vassula have messages that are against the faith of the Church. If you are the loyal Catholic you say you are, you will put in writing that you support the condemnations of the Church on Garabandal and Vassula.
I think I have made myself clear. Thomas Merton started out a great convert to the Church and wrote a great book, “The Seven Story Mountain”, but success went to his head and most experts believe he died out of the Church and out of grace. You are not a young man; and yet, you are risking your eternal salvation by mixing Our Lady of Fatima up with Vassula and Garabandal? Perhaps you have done more harm to Our Lady of Fatima than anyone in the world because of your insistence on mixing Her up with Garabandal.
If you will not listen to reason, I am going to ask my people to all write to Lucia of Fatima. A copy of what I am going to ask them to write is enclosed. I will wait a week for you to respond.
Keep in mind that I owe my salvation to that Statue and I intend to do all I can to protect it from any more false mystics like in 1972. If I fail, Our Lady will reward my efforts to be a good son, and Her spirit will go out from that Statue along with the crown. Without Her blessing it will only be a piece of wood.
We are Her children only if we keep the commandments of Her Son. (Rev. 12:17)
One of those commandments is obedience to His Church.
Letter to Lucia of Fatima
To: Sister Lucia De Jesus, Convento De Santa Terresa, 3000 Coimbra, Portugal
From: Rick Salbato, Re: International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima
Dear Sister Lucia,
Please, in your prayers, thank Our Lady for me for the conversion of Russia and the other 87 dictatorships that have fallen since the 1984 consecration of the world to Her Immaculate Heart. We, here in the United States, who love Our Lady of Fatima, have a problem that maybe only you can help us with.
It is a well known fact that the primary reason for false apparitions is to drown out true apparitions; therefore, promoters of private revelations must be very careful to only promote what has been properly investigated by the Church and approved. Canon Law also prohibits the publication or promotion of even a true private revelation without an Imprimatur.
Our problem is that one of the Official International Pilgrim Virgin Statues has been forcibly taken away from the National Blue Army of America by John Haffert and given to the 101 Foundation. It is at the present time in the hands of a promoter of Medjugorje in Australia. The 101 Foundation plans to take the Statue on a tour of the world including Russia (so that Russia can be converted). They have already taken the Statue once to Russia accompanied by six or seven false mystics, including Vassula Ryden.
The 101 Foundation is a major promoter of many false apparitions and mystics. Not to mention their promotion of Medjugorje, Scottsdale, Poem of the Man God, and many more, they also continue to promote the two most condemned apparitions in the Twentieth Century: Garabandal and Vassula Ryden. Garabandal has been condemned seven times and most recently only seven months ago. Vassula Ryden has been condemned by Rome itself only five months ago. Rome was forced to be the one to condemn Vassula because she has no local bishop, being a non-Catholic. In spite of these condemnations, the 101 Foundation continues to promote these false mystics. It is my personal opinion (with a lot of experience in these matters) that the 101 Foundation is a cult, doing the work of Satan without knowing it.
What can you, Lucia, do about this? Our Lady and I pray that you will write a letter to John Haffert and ask him to return the Statue back to the National Blue Army, for that is the only Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima in America recognized by the Church. His address is: John Haffert, P. O. Box 41, Washington, NJ 07882
SO WHAT IS THIS “101 FOUNDATION“?
“Victorious” Queen Peace Fright
By Richard Salbato
The 101 Foundation was founded by Rosalie Turton after going to Akita, Japan and reading about the 101 times the statue cried. She had been working with the Blue Army of Fatima and wanted to promote Akita with Fatima. The Blue Army (now approved by Rome and with a Bishop in charge) insisted that they would remain a strictly Fatima Apostolate. John Haffert
wanted to promote Garabandal in “Soul” Magazine along with Fatima and was also refused. In 1987 he was forcibly retired from the Blue Army, which he helped found, and ran for many years. It was at this time that he helped Rosalie found the 101 Foundation right on Blue Army property, which he claimed was his personal property along with a house that he lived in. Many believe both buildings were built with Blue Army funds but since Haffert controlled all the Blue Army books for many years this was difficult to prove. There was also a fight over the rightful ownership of the world famous Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, but the Bishop did not want the Blue Army in a lawsuit and gave the Statue to Haffert. I know of two documents that could have proven Blue Army’s ownership. Nonetheless, Haffert, who had bought and paid for the Statue with his own money and had given it to the Blue Army, took it back by sending in the police. I have a personal interest in this Pilgrim Virgin Statue and its relationship to false mystics. In 1972 I flew to New Orleans where the Statue was crying. A false mystic was following the Statue around and giving messages from Our Lady. One of the things she said was that the reason the Statue was crying was that New Orleans was going to fall into the ocean the following year. The custodian of the Statue was not careful (It was not Kaszmarek at that time). Anyway Father Romagosa performed an exorcism on this mystic and she turned into a raving dog, cussing like a truck driver. I was there in 1972 and that is why I helped take the very valuable crown back from Haffert. I hope to re-crown Our Lady with that same crown here in Portugal someday.
Haffert had also formed a Pilgrimage Travel Business with the purchase of two 747 jet airplanes. Questions also arise as to where the money came from. Although John Haffert inherited millions from his father and could afford almost anything, even 747 jet airplanes, he always believed the Blue Army money was his own. (Haffert’s father owned one of the largest publishing houses in the world.) Now with Haffert’s airplanes, Haffert’s Pilgrim Virgin Statue, and the 101 Foundation that Haffert helped organize, we come to our story.
The Reason for a Flight
For those who don’t know, the 101 Foundation came to promote every clamed mystic in the world no mater how stupid. Several of these visionaries claimed that if the 101 Foundation brought the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue
(the most famous statue in the world) to Moscow, it would be converted. In their advertisements they also promised 10,000,000 conversions. They received permission from John Haffert to bring the famous Statue. The Statue was in the Hands of Luis Kaszmarek and the Blue Army. John Haffert was able to get the Statue away from the Blue Army as stated above by calling in the police. Vassula Ryden was the main visionary on the Flight.
Why the flight was called Victorious Queen Peace Flight instead of Queen of Peace Flight we also don’t know. We are not making anything of this, but it has a Satanic ring to it. No human would make such an error. Queen Peace gives the name of the Queen as Peace, like saying Father God, instead of God the Father. It makes three different Gods out of one God. This is why semantics is so important in theology, as it was in the first Councils.
Anyway, Rosalie Turton of the 101 Foundation prior to the Trip sent out the following letter to all Marian subscribers:
MESSAGE GIVEN BY THE LORD REGARDING THE 101 VICTORIOUS QUEEN PEACE FLIGHT
Another visionary who will be with us on the flight and who John Haffert believed to be creditable, told me (Rosalie) through his (the visionary’s) spiritual director that Jesus said that because of our prayers and sacrifices, we are enabling Our Lady to hold back the hand of the Father which was about to come down upon our country and the world, and thus, save many souls. Our acts of reparation are and will be pleasing to God. A certain International Congress of the Family is being planned for 1994. Jesus told this visionary that without the pilgrimage, that would have been too late. He mentioned earthquakes that could change our country into three separate masses of land and could affect the Philippines and Japan. I do not wish to frighten you. We all know that Our Lady said prayer, sacrifices, and fasting could even stop wars. We also know that without those efforts on our part, as Mary said at Fatima, nations will be annihilated. Aug/Sept. 1992
The “alleged” visionary was Mark Treanor of Ireland.
Refused to Go
Without her permission, it was advertised in all the flyers that Mirna Nazzour (see Miracle of Damascus) would also be on the flight. Dr. and Mrs. Mansour (who have been the primary promoters of Vassula) as much as guaranteed that they (the Mansours) could get Mirna to go. Tony Hanna, a close friend of Mirna, was on the trip. In spite of letters and phone calls from Claire, Tony Hanna, and Bishop Francis Quinn of Sacramento, Mirna refused to go. Why? We don’t know. A letter from
Rosalie Turton, director of the 101 Foundation promised Mirna all expenses paid from anywhere in the world if she would go. She still refused. (We have those letters.)
Mirna was not the only one who refused to go on the flight. Louis Kaszmarek, the custodian of the Statue and the foremost Marian Theologian in America, also refused to go with the Statue. Never had the statue been out of his hands in almost twenty years. Since the death of Father Patrick Peyton, Louis has become the voice of Our Lady in America. Louis did not object to a flight to Moscow. What he objected to was having Our Lady in the same plane with six false mystics. In spite of his objections, Our Lady was taken on the flight. Louis stood behind and watched as his love, the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue, went away from him for the first time in almost twenty years. He could have gone, but that would have given his support to the false mystics.
The Actual Flight
There were five bishops and some Cardinals on the trip. None of the bishops were from the United States; they were from the Philippines, Europe and Russia. There were 50 priests. There were “many” seers. (This is what we were told … and MANY was emphasized). Many of the people on the trip didn’t know who all of seers were. Some priests and seers were picked up at various points of the trip in Europe. Christine Gallagher and Father McGinnity did not go on the whole trip. They were in Moscow and Rome only. The alleged seer, Mark Treanor from Ireland, who gave the original message about this pilgrimage, did not go. He said it would prevent this country from being split into three pieces, etc, etc.
There were two 747-jet airplanes. Plane one was called “the 101 Flight” (we were told by a woman who coordinated this trip with Rosalie Turton), because this one had all of the so-called “celebrates” (and we are quoting her) on it. Those on this plane were: Rosalie Turton,
Vassula, Father Ken Roberts, all the Bishops, Cardinals, and most of the priests, except the one from this area (Texas), and the man who was appointed the escort of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue, as well as various other “alleged” seers.
Plane two was called “The Poor Flight” (and again we are quoting the woman who coordinated the trip with Rosalie). The group on this place included Estella Ruiz from Scottsdale, Arizona; Janie Garzia from Austin, Texas, and her spiritual director.
We were told that all the
“alleged” seers on this trip were getting messages very frequently. However, they would state that it was not on a daily basis, but on some days several
“alleged” seers reported messages from Our Lard and/or Our Lady.
The “alleged” seer from Austin, Texas, Janie Garzia, received a message from Jesus in which He (Jesus) was supposed to have had two “special” messages:
1: One for all the Flight Crew Members of the two jets. Jesus is “allegedly” to have said that it was by no mistake that they were the crew for this particular flight, that each one of them was especially “hand-picked” for this flight. And that He (Jesus) wanted to personally thank them!!!!
2: The second “alleged” message Jesus is said to have given was to all those on the trip, that each one of them had been “called” and “chosen” to be on this trip!!!!
These people were told that this trip was the spark that would ignite Her (Our Lady) spark that will be sent around the world. These people were told that this was the beginning of the pilgrimage for which they had been “chosen” as prayer warriors, and to make sacrifices, and that this pilgrimage had not ended with this trip.
The people on this trip were told by “alleged” seer,
Ruiz, that the Blessed Virgin Mary said that She led them to the desert, and that the Holy Father (The Pope) knew about this trip and that he (The Pope) had blessed this trip.
Every passenger we were able to speak to all said that same thing; “It was a weird trip.” These are their words. They stayed in weird places. We asked what they meant by “weird”. They said that those on the first plane (known as the “celebrate flight”) got all the best room accommodations, staying in the ultra hotels. The “poor” flight got the worse room accommodations. They were total “dumps”. They were in the dangerous areas of the towns. They said that the facilities were “the pits“. In some of the hotels they had to walk up two or three flights of stairs, carrying all their own baggage. Some people had bad backs, weak knees; some were elderly and had a hard time carrying their entire luggage up several flights of stairs. Some tried to help those in need, but everyone was responsible for themselves and their own luggage. If you left it behind you could lose it. They said it was a mess.
The woman who coordinated the trip told us that they stayed in the poorest of the poorest of the poorest. In fact, they stayed in “shanties”. Their bus driver, in one country, couldn’t even find the place they were supposed to stay. It took them two hours going threw many potholes in the roads, piles of garbage, etc. to finally find the place they stayed for the night.
Backing up a little bit, Plane #1 left New York about 30 minutes before Plane #2. This was so that both planeloads would not be landing in Paris at the same time. They traveled over Europe and to Russia in 20 buses. Each was assigned to a bus. People on the buses were supposed to be rotated so that everyone would have a chance to stay in the ultra-nice hotels but it didn’t work out that way. There was no rotating. Once a person was assigned to a bus, that’s the bus they were stuck with.
Regardless of these “hardships” they said that they would do it again, because they were told (and you can guess by whom) that on this trip for which they were “chosen” that they would learn: “discipline, obedience, and how to fast”. There were many places where there were no places for them to eat. Many times they had to get up very early and be gone before breakfast, or not back to the hotel in time for the evening meal.
Many, many people got sick. One lady broke her hip. A man died of a heart attack. One woman from Texas pulled all the blood vessels in her ankles and her feet began swelling and had a very difficult time the rest of the trip. She is still having trouble with her feet because of the trip. They had to do a lot of walking, and apparently the terrain was very bad.
We were told that Vassula was “front line” all the way. We asked what they meant, and were told that she was the “little darling” of the trip. She gave talks all the time. We were also told that Father Ken Roberts endorsed Vassula. We were also told that John Haffert, since he was the tour guide across Europe, also gave a lot of talks. He made the statement that this pilgrimage is something he had been wanting to do for many, many years.
While they were in Red Square the “alleged” seer,
Janie Garzia from Austin, Texas had an apparition from Our Lady where Janie said that rays came from Her Hands and extended out over Russia and the World.
We’re sure you all know the story of St. Stevens, now The Church of The Miracle. Well, this was one of the stops on the tour. A priest from the Houston area (who was on the “poor” flight) and who is pastor of a church in Alvin, Texas, said Mass at the chapel where the Monstrance with the miraculous Host is exhibited for perpetual adoration. He told everyone in the group that after the Mass he would allow everyone of them to pick-up, hold and embrace the Monstrance. We were very surprised when we heard this. That is a very Holy Sacramental, and only priests are supposed to touch the Monstrance, and then only with a cape, and especially with the miraculous Host in it. You cannot in your wildest imagination began to think up some of the things we were told from some of these people when they loved, kissed, held the Monstrance close to their bosom, all the “Graces?” they say they were given. One woman said that she thought she was going to levitate. People were seeing all sorts of things. They said that Jesus and Mary were pouring out many, many graces to them. Their bus was the only one that was allowed to hold and embrace the Monstrance like they did. The next busload had not gotten there yet.
INTERNATIONAL PILGRIM VIRGIN STATUE
There was much confusion and a big foul-up concerning this Miraculous Statue. First of all, we have different views from various ones as to the man who was appointed to be Our Lady’s escort. At one point the statue got LOST. The escort took it somewhere and left it. When he came back for it, the statue was gone. No one knew where it was. It was not made clear to us “when” or “where” this man finally found it. We heard at one point that there was a large youth group from Steubenville, Ohio, and they had taken the statue with them when it was supposed to be somewhere else. So, we gathered it went on their bus with these students, unescorted. Someone had a small Fatima statue, so that is the one they used when they couldn’t find the International one.
When they took the International Pilgrim Statue to Moscow, one lady said, “It was pouring down rain. Everyone in the square had umbrellas, except Our Lady. No one thought to cover Her or put an umbrella over Her. Our beautiful International Pilgrim Statue got literally drenched. She was out in the open, un-covered for hours. I only hope this does not cause it to crack.”
When the statue was in Paris, somehow, and no one seems to know what happened, but the HANDS ON THIS FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL STATUE GOT CRACKED. “I do not know how bad, but I cannot believe that these ‘turkeys’ were so careless with this most miraculous sacramental.” said the same lady. We were told that on the return trip home, this statue was on Plane #2 (The Poor Plane). And that they would parade it up and down the isles and say the rosary. This is the most famous sacramental in the world. This statue converted the managing editor of Unity Publishing. Just being next to it converted “New Age” prophet, Mrs. Lovejoy. Its power rivals the Ark of the Covenant.
OUR LADY’S HOMECOMING
When the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady arrived back in the United States,
Luis Kaszmarek was there to meet Her. This is a letter Kaszmarek wrote to a friend who went on the flight with the famous Statue.
November 30, 1992
Jesus and Mary bless your beautiful heart and soul:
Thank you for your letter and for the comments and statements pertaining to the 101 flight. I am sorry for the people who went on this pilgrimage and were disillusioned. I am sorry too for those who had to suffer. I am mostly sorry for those who were fed all of the spiritual garbage that they were given.
I can tell you this, that when I picked up the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue in Peoria, Illinois, from the escort who took Her on the 101 flight (and I can’t recall his name and don’t care to), I was horrified! I never saw the statue look so horrible! They broke Her!
She had a huge gaping crack running down the right side from Her waist down to Her ankles. I wanted to cry when I saw this damage. Not only that, She had bruise and scuff marks all over Her right side plus the fact that the hands were damaged too.
When I asked the man how this happened, I was aghast at what he told me. He said he had put Her in “Baggage” in Paris, France, and that when he asked them to remove Her, they THREW HER OUT UNTO THE PAVEMENT WHERE SHE HIT HARD AND CRACKED. I asked him how he could have been so irresponsible and allowed this to happen, and he had no satisfactory answer. As I drove with Her from Peoria, Illinois, to Kansas City, Kansas, I was so upset that I was not aware that I was driving. I could have cried. MY HEART DID.
I no longer work for the Blue Army. I sent my letter of resignation to them just one week ago. I will now accept speaking engagements around the country speaking on my own.
I have heard from three people who made the 101 pilgrimage and all three have mentioned Satan in their comments. One person said, “Satan was with us all the way.”
I keep you in my prayers. Please pray for me in my new endeavor.
For Jesus and Mary
Louis Kaszmarek is now a recluse and sees no one. He spends six to eight hours a day in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. But this is not what Our Lady wants of him. He and the Statue belong together and God willing…?
It is our understanding that Mother Angelica (EWTN) was showing this 101 Queen Peace Flight every week calling it “World Pilgrimage” by Father Ken Roberts, and was running it every Sunday at 9:00 PM. We also know that any shots or mention of Vassula Ryden have been edited out of the Video. We hope that Mother Angelica is innocent of the deceit in showing this flight. We are very sorry to have to use these words, but we have a great love for the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. We have a great love for Louis Kaszmarek. Both Our Lady and Louis have been permanently harmed by this flight. It was reported to us that it cost over $20,000 to repair the damage done to the statue. We have seen Her since and She is not the same. Louis Kaszmarek has lost his Lady, and of course, is speaking very little anymore. Everyone is into spiritualism today. If he were willing to travel around with someone claiming to see visions, he would be speaking all over the world just like Wayne Weible.
Unlike Weible, Louis is an expert on Our Lady. He knows more about Her and the History of Her power than any man living today. But for now, he has been silenced by the loud cry of the Wolves in Mary’s clothing. To watch this flight shown on EWTN every week is like placing sWords into the Heart of Mary and Louis.
We have a sWord also
We must say “deceit” when it comes to the 101 Foundation, because they sold seats based on Mirna going, and she never agreed to go. We must say “deceit” when people were promised ten million conversions even before the flight left. We must say “deceit” when the presence of the “little darling” [Vassula] of the flight, supported by Father Ken Roberts is now edited out of the films of the flight as though she was never there. We must say “deceit” when threats of “earthquakes” and America being split into three continents is used to fill the planes.
Vassula Ryden; Mark Treanor of Bessbrook, Ireland; Christine Gallagher; Father McGinnity; Estella Ruiz from Scottsdale, Arizona; and Janie Garzia from Austin, Texas are the mystics who were “hand-picked” to take Our Lady’s Statue to Moscow. They were “chosen” and “blessed” (as Father Ken Roberts would say), just as the man who died of a heart attack from the mistreatment of the “not-so-special” people.
I wonder if Vassula went without an umbrella as Our Lady did. She and the people were treated like “baggage”, and the marks will never go away from Her or the people. The description given us of a “weird” trip is a gross understatement. To have lay men and woman hold and embrace the Monstrance with Our Lord inside, is more than weird. Losing Our Lady is more than weird.
These “turkeys” [the mystics and promoters] had Satan with them all the way, and some of them know it. This is spiritual garbage of the worst kind. If your mother was attacked, you have an obligation to protect her.
Our Mother has been attacked. Her protector and servant, Louis
Kaszmarek, has been attacked. We intend to protect and avenge Her with every ounce of our being, even to the last drop of our blood.
If you think that is not in keeping with our pledge to never let truth be the enemy of love, you are mistaken.
For we must love truth first, and the sin of these false mystics has not stopped even with strong declarations of the Church. Sin must be stopped first, then we will love the sinner. If anyone thinks we have spoken falsely regarding this Satanic Trip, step forward, bring proof that we are wrong. We will dialogue publicly and publish in writing and on tape the outcome.
Until then, remember the word is a two-edged sWord.
Our Lady, and Louis Kaszmarek and we have been wounded by their edge, but it’s only a wound. By patience and love of truth our edge is getting sharp.
[All emphases the author’s- Michael]
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