NOVEMBER 26, 2012
By Mark Waterinckx, Belgium (English translation of originally Dutch article in newsletter AVE, December 2001)
Vassula Ryden is an attractive woman of Greek origin, with long blonde hair, who fascinates many people. She belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church and claims to receive messages from heaven. That the Roman Catholic Church at all levels warns against her activities over the world is a fact. That in the case of Vassula deception has often been proved by a variety of authors is another fact. However, this is not yet generally known. Vassula fans appear to live in a type of delusional state. Thus exclaimed a Flemish priest from Deerlijk/Kortrijk in euphoria during a discussion with me: “I love Vassula!” That in reality she is a medium for an evil spirit, is understood by few.
WHO IS VASSULA?
She is known as Vassula Ryden. Ryden is the name of her second husband. The name of her father is nowhere mentioned; also not that of her first husband. Vassula was born on 18/01/1942, in Egypt. Her parents were Greek Orthodox. However she did not receive a religious education and she did not practise her faith. During thirty years, from 1955 up to 1985, she did not put a foot in a church. In November 1985 she received her first message, which she attributes to her guardian angel, Daniel.
The former worldly woman (tennis champion, painter, and model) was converted and became an apostle of heaven. She married for the first time in November 1966 with a (possibly young) student, a Swedish Lutheran Protestant, whose name is unknown. He had a career with the FAO. They lived in a variety of countries in Africa and later in Asia, in Bangladesh. From her first marriage she had two sons, the names of which are also unknown. They were born respectively around 1971 and 1975.
About six months after her divorce towards the end of 1980, she remarried in June 1981 in a civil ceremony, again with a Swedish Lutheran Protestant, named Per Ryden. Not until five years after her conversion in 1985, did she marry her second husband in the Church. That was in 31/10/1990, in the Greek-Orthodox church of Lausanne. She had lived in Switzerland since 1987. Later she moved to her current residence in Rome.
I know that the Orthodox Church permits divorce, against the teaching of Jesus Christ in the gospel in and against the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. But that, even according to her own church, she lived together with her second husband for nine years without an Orthodox Church marriage, even though she claimed to have received messages of Jesus since 1985, is incomprehensible. How could the real Jesus not notice that the woman to whom he gave heavenly messages was living in adultery?
OFFICIAL CHURCH DOCUMENTS CONCERNING VASSULA
A) 1/9/1991: Declaration from the Bishop of Sion-Switzerland, Mgr. Heinrich Schwery:
Vassula is not a Catholic. Her initiatives are purely private and have nothing to do with any official oecumenical discussion group. To support initiatives for the promotion of unity amongst Christians, one must avoid absolutely such private initiatives, which are not recognised by her own (Orthodox) church, or by the Catholic Bishop Conference.
The ecumenical attitude of Vassula Ryden is ambiguous. Real ecumenism, in which we hope and which we pursue in spite of all difficulties, can only exist if all participating churches adhere loyally to their own church. Blurring and confusion cannot lead to unity. Every Christian is necessarily a member of a particular church.
Vassula Ryden owes her success partly to her private revelations, which she claims are dictated directly to her by Jesus Christ. We must warn the faithful against the many dangers which result from this:
3.1 Private revelations, which are accepted by others without reservations, seriously compromise the credibility of the Church. People frequently attach more belief to these private messages then to the teachings of the Church.
3.2 Private revelations must be considered as invalid as long as the Church has not officially recognised them.
3.3 A theological assessment of the private revelations of Vassula obliges the bishop of Sion to prohibit the use of these messages as a basis for prayer, meditation or study in his diocese.
Note: This clear condemnation has not extinguished the burning enthusiasm of Vassula fans in the least. In all possible languages the endless messages are spread worldwide, a commercial but dubious success. Someone who has done a lot of business with the messages of Vassula and those from a great many other not recognised apparition sites is the Swiss André Castella. In Stella Maris, November 2000, he writes the following nonsense: He who claims to speak in name of God or of Our Lady must be believed, as long as proof to the contrary has not been provided. Castella reverses the roles. (Cf. bishop of Sion, point 3.2) The inevitable happened four years later from the Vatican:
B) 6/10/1995: Declaration by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
(Amongst others in the German Osservatore Romano no. 44 of 3/11/1995 and the French no. 44 of 31/10/1995, and in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis AAS 87 (1996) 956-957 in Italian)
Note: in l’Impartial of Nov/Dec 1995, p. 12-13, Pierre Picqué calls on all his readers to accept this ruling of the Roman Catholic Church. He reminds readers of the words of Melanie Calvat of La Salette: One must always obey the church.
The publication decided to stop all further reports concerning Vassula.
Declaration by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Many bishops, priests, religious and lay people have sought an authoritative judgement from this Congregation on the activity of Mrs. Vassula Ryden, a Greek Orthodox residing in Switzerland, who in speech and in writing is spreading in Catholic circles throughout the world messages attributed to alleged heavenly revelations.
A calm, attentive examination of the entire question, undertaken by this Congregation in order to “test the spirits to see whether they are of God” (cf. 1 Jn 4:1), has brought out -in addition to positive aspects – a number of basic elements that must be considered negative in the light of Catholic doctrine.
In addition to pointing out the suspect nature of the ways in which these alleged revelations have occurred, it is necessary to underscore several doctrinal errors they contain.
Among other things, ambiguous language is used in speaking of the Persons of the Holy Trinity, to the point of confusing the specific names and functions of the Divine Persons. These alleged revelations predict an imminent period when the Antichrist will prevail in the Church. In millenarian style, it is prophesied that God is going to make a final glorious intervention which will initiate on earth, even before Christ’s definitive coming, an era of peace and universal prosperity. Furthermore, the proximate arrival is foretold of a Church which would be a kind of pan-Christian community, contrary to Catholic doctrine.
The fact that the aforementioned errors no longer appear in Ryden’s later writings is a sign that the alleged “heavenly messages” are merely the result of private meditations.
Moreover, by habitually sharing in the sacraments of the Catholic Church even though she is Greek Orthodox, Mrs. Ryden is causing considerable surprise in various circles of the Catholic Church. She appears to be putting herself above all ecclesiastical jurisdiction and every canonical norm, and in effect, is creating an ecumenical disorder that irritates many authorities, ministers and faithful of her own Church, as she puts herself outside the ecclesiastical discipline of the latter.
Given the negative effect of Vassula Ryden’s activities, despite some positive aspects, this Congregation requests the intervention of the Bishops so that their faithful may be suitably informed and that no opportunity may be provided in their Dioceses for the dissemination of her ideas. Lastly, the Congregation invites all the faithful not to regard Mrs. Vassula Ryden’s writings and speeches as supernatural and to preserve the purity of the faith that the Lord has entrusted to the Church.
Vatican City, 6 October 1995.
Note: On 25/10/95 Vassula receives from her Jesus the following message: Today, as you see, you have been sold out by your own people.
You were handed over to the Romans, through one of your own, “to be condemned and to be crucified.” You self, Vassula, keep my silence. You have sufficient witnesses to defend yourself. They will remain faithful. In the meantime, while your persecutors rejoice, my seventh angel shall pour out his chalice into the air and cause everything to catch fire… Till now they have been unable to believe that this message comes from Me.
Fr. Peter Klos, SSS, president of Vox Populi Dei, Amsterdam, writes that this condemnation from Rome is invalid and the work of Satan… It is supposed to be invalid because it lacks the signature of Cardinal Ratzinger. (AVE has the document, with the signature definitely present- editor). Only the devil himself writes anonymous letters… Klos called for a petition to the Pope on 7/11/95 to have the 6/10/95 note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith withdrawn, because it was invalid according to Peter Klos. The same Father Klos, who is continually in conflict with his superiors, obtained his wish from the Pope. Already in 1996 there appeared a new declaration, where Cardinal Ratzinger himself dotted the i’s, and in which he addressed the problem of publications of supposed private revelations in general.
C) 29/11/1996: New Declaration from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
(Inter alia, this appeared in the official organ of the press office of the Vatican (Bulletin no. 447 of 29/11/1996 and in the English L’Osservatore Romanà of 4/12/1996 and the A.A.S 1996, page 966)
Official Declaration from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Cardinal Ratzinger repeats the warning against Vassula Ryden. The Congregation clarifies the rules regarding supposed supernatural revelations. The following communication was released on 29 November 1996:
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.
The notification was subsequently published in Acta Apostolicae Sedis [Acts of the Apostolic See] – AAS, vol. LXXXVIII, N. 12 (5 December 1996), 956-957.] Taken from: L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English, 4 December 1996
Are all religions equal?
In Dominus Jesus, an official document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, approved by Pope John Paul II on 6/8/2000, the Catholic dogma is clearly restated that the objective salvation of all souls can only be found in the faith of the One, Holy and Apostolic Church.
Cardinal Ratzinger, and the then Pope warn expressly against religious relativism and indifference, in particular the proposition that one religion is as good as another. In direct contradiction with this ancient teaching of the Church are the supposed messages to Vassula and those of the Franciscan Gospa to the seers in Medjugorje: All religions are equal!
A noteworthy observation, Vassula and Medjugorje are opponents of the Pope and the Church, just as the theologians Kung and Drewermann, who also attack Dominus Jesus. Nevertheless Vassula herself says (via her Jesus) that we should obey the Pope blindly, because disobedience does not come from God but from Satan.
The Papal document states: The only Church of Christ is the Roman Catholic Church, which is led by the successor of St Peter. However, the Orthodox Vassula refuses to become Catholic. The Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomeus I, the leader of Vassula’s church, also attacks Dominus Jesus.
Note: That the Holy Father was handed a book of Vassula from Niels Christian Hvidt from Denmark, proves nothing. The Pope receives so many.
In the newsletter True life in God of April 2000, I read that Vassula’s messages are already sold in 35 languages and that she has to date given 600 conferences in 54 countries. Vassula spoke in Belgium, in Kortrijk, on 11/5/1996, with more men than women present according to the papers. The participants were estimated to be about two thousand five hundred. Vassula refused an interview with the press.
On 11/2/1995 Vassula spoke in Beaurang, in the presence of the bishop of Namen, Monseigneur Leonard, who thereby went against Canon 827 par.4, which forbids the dissemination of non-recognised writings over the faith in Catholic churches. In 1995 Vassula also spoke in the St. Vitus’ church in Hilversum. In 1991 and 1992 she did the same in the St. Michel’s College in Brussels. In March 2000 she even held a conference in Bethlehem, parallel with a visit from the Pope. She herself opened the conference and introduced the other speakers, among which Milingo, the dismissed previous Archbishop of Zambia, faith healer and exorcist, married indeed with a much younger wife by Mr. Moon himself, the leader of this sect. Milingo later returned to the Church (but unfortunately later
started a schismatic movement in 2006.)
One of the other speakers was Monsignor
Hnilica (died in 2006) who at the time had been sentenced to three and a half year jail in connection with the scandal surrounding the Banco Ambrosiano and the murdered director Calvi; also the inevitable René Laurentin, previously an esteemed Mariologue, now a fantast (in the words of Cardinal Ratzinger), and a liar (in the words of Mgr Peric, bishop of Mostar). All Vassula’s friends….
NEW AGE – VIBRATIONS – AUTOMATIC WRITING – EVIL SPIRIT
In new-age literature, an evil spirit (e.g. Lazaris) often announces himself to the medium via vibrations. Now, the same happens with Vassula. She describes vibrations through her whole body. Her hand begins to shake. The evil spirit Daniel (whom she confuses with her guardian angel) in this way begins in November 1985 to write her messages. Vassula loses all self control. She becomes an instrument without a will. In the third French language book, La vraie vie en Dieu (True life in God), page 220, Jesus says: I remove from you the power to control your hand. In the fourth book, page 114, the same Jesus says: I will never limit a man’s freedom…
In the messages of Vassula, one can find all the elements of New Age language: light – peace and love – the divinity of man, knowledge – vibrations – initiation – electrical sensations – mysteries, the end of the age of the Fish – the New Age – occultism – spiritism – esotericism – channelling – universal consciousness – WE – fusions… Many believers are critical over verses in the Bible. However, they believe 100% in the occultism derived texts of Vassula, written under the influence of an evil spirit.
Even the graphologist Meunier considers Vassula to be a medium who is in contact with unknown powers. Vassula is also a typical example of channelling, derived from spiritism. Through mystification she manipulates the ignorance of readers, which leads to collective deception. Implicated in her worldwide success is (again) René Laurentin, who launched her by writing the foreword of her book, without even carefully reading it and after only one interview.
In the Warning of 6/10/1995 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, there was already mention of doctrinal errors in the divine messages of Vassula, which no longer occurred in her later writings. Vassula repaired all sorts of mistakes in a remarkable manner. Certain words were changed, passages were left out, unfulfilled prophecies were designated as purely symbolic. And the naïve fans swallowed all this nonsense. The real Jesus (Son of God) does not say such stupidities.
Father Filip Pavic made all these manipulations known. In April 1991, while working in Medjugorje, this Franciscan, who was born in 1930 in the United States of Croatian parents, met a young Australian, Kim Davison, who delivered him a manuscript for a book from Greece. This Kim lived as a homosexual prostitute and drug dealer in Athens. In Rhodos he met Yanula. She spoke about her sister Vassula, who claimed to receive messages from Jesus. Yanula gave him the manuscript …and Kim was converted. Later Kim received a copy of the original diaries of Vassula, via the Austrian Erwin Schlacher, who had helped Vassula with the publication of her diaries.
Kim was in Medjugorje to also convert Father Pavic to Vassula’s messages. He left the original manuscript with Father Pavic. In 1991 Kim discovered the conspiracy and deception of Schlacher and Vassula. They had in fact falsified the original texts, before these had appeared in book form. In September 1991 Kim took the corrected texts, written in Jesus handwriting to Pavic in Medjugorje. Many words and sentences were crossed out in red ink and/or rewritten in Jesus’ handwriting through… Erwin Schlacher. Herewith a falsification of a text addressed to the Pope:
Original text: “O come Peter, take my hand, Satan has digressed you from the Truth” were changed to: “Satan has digressed many of you from the Truth! Take my hand Peter…”
In the same way, inter alia, the following text also disappeared: The souls in purgatory can be saved from Satan’s(!) claws through prayer(!). But the souls in Purgatory have of course already been saved from Satan’s claws!
When Fr Pavic observed that the well known Medjugorje promoters also defended the counterfeits, he sent copies of these manipulative practices over the whole world.
In 1993 Rainaldo Pinheiro published these in Brazil. Thereupon the Brazilian translator of Vassula, Helena, received a fax from Vassula, who defended herself. Here are some passages from this fax: Satan used Filip Pavic to persecute me. I have two diaries. In the first are all the messages. God later removes all the private messages and rewrites the public messages in the second, official diary. At first I made everything known, but God did not want that. That’s all.
Vassula forgot to mention however, that the divine rewriting occurred in the handwriting of Erwin Schlacher. Other divine interventions were those of Vassula’s first spiritual leader, Father James Fennan. He advised her to change the word worship of Maria to venerate.
On 12/10/1986 Vassula received the following message from the Eternal Father: For every word where you “feel” that it is not correct or confuses you, you may consider yourself free to correct it. I, God, give you that feeling. In this way was, with God’s permission the word Hades (kingdom of the dead) later replaced by purgatory. Another recent example is as follows: On 10/5/1995 Vassula let the whole world know that the three and a half year of the Antichrist had already commenced. Thus they would run till 1998. Also according to Father Gobbi (friend or foe?) the Antichrist should appear in the year 1998 (3 x 666). Father James Fennan tried to save face (Newsletter True Life In God, April 1999) with the stupid explanation that everything had happened invisibly. Thank God, he writes, the dominion of the Antichrist is over. Hurrah, we are now in the age of peace, which follows that of the Antichrist. What than with the blood baths in Kosovo, Macedonia, Palestine…, the abortions, euthanasia, homosexual marriage etc? To keep believing Vassula, one has to trade in common sense and sing as one: We want to be deceived!
COLLABORATION with other false seers
It is remarkable to observe how many false seers support each other and form a sort of network, always assisted by the same priests.
A. Medjugorje: Already in the summer of 1989 Vassula is noticed in Medjugorje. In 1993 Father Michael O’ Carroll made a list of supporters of Vassula. Amongst them one finds the Medjugorje fans: René Laurentin, Frane Franiç, Hnilica,
Father Edward O’Connor, Robert Faricy, Don Gobbi. At the opening of the Medjugorje conference in the pro-Cathedral of Split on 2/4/1995, the ex-Archbishop Franic proclaimed from the altar: Vassula is a fruit of Medjugorje! The Franciscan Father Filip Pavic from Medjugorje however, likens Medjugorje to a spiritual petri dish, which spreads her occult spores over the whole world.
The same Medjugorje message: You divide the Church; not I, is later repeated by Vassula. She also speaks over the day of the festival, as also in Medjugorje). In True Life in God, volume II, page 122, her Jesus talks about the blessings he has given, via his mother in Medjugorje.
B. Garabandal: On 24/3/1989, Vassula herself went to Garabandal, an apparition site in north western Spain, which, just as Medjugorje has been condemned by the Roman Catholic Church, as being not supernatural. About the many similarities between Vassula and Medjugorje, some examples: embracing of crucifixes, rings, rosaries. In both cases is mention made of Padre Pio (a sort of Godfather). In book II of Vassula, Garabandal is mentioned at least 10 times:
On 5/9/1987, the demon (evil spirit) says to Vassula: Write the word Garabandal; the apparitions there are authentic… I have manifested myself to you to remove all doubt regarding Garabandal.
On 1/12/1987, Jesus says: The souls of priests are my thorns. They have refused to spread the messages from my mother in Garabandal. Accept the truth. Garabandal is the continuation of Fatima (cf .Medjugorje)
On 4/12/1987, Our Lady says: My beloved daughter, hallow Garabandal. I have appeared at Garabandal.
Later Vassula met Conchita at a Marian Congress in the United States and had a telephone conversation with three other seers. In the French volume II, page 56, the Jesus of Vassula says: The opposition of my priests against the apparitions at Garabandal is the work of Satan. In this way the demon stirs our pious faithful against our spiritual leaders. That is really satanic. Apparitions, even genuine ones, never have to be believed.
C Don Gobbi: With the Marian Movement of Priests of the Italian priest Don Gobbi, Vassula has a hate-love relationship. On 15/6/1991, Don Gobbi declared that Vassula had her place in the Church and that she would go forward in the way God would show her. However, in the international cenacle of the Movement on June 1993 in Valdragone/San Marino, theologian Fr Ivan Pojavnic discusses false prophets: Of one hundred visionaries, ninety are false.
He attacks Vassula as well as Kurescek in his own Slovenia (the so called stigmatised priest Franz Spelic), who recently (2001) brought his show to Flanders. Don Gobbi warned specifically against Vassula, after she had caused trouble within the Marian Movement of Priests. According to Professor Pojavnic the automatic writing is typical of spiritists (the deceased Fr Tardif said the same) and she proclaims real heresies, as when the voice tells her: Go to confession with me; you don’t need another confessor. To Sister Faustina however the real Jesus said: Listen to your confessor.
In addition Jesus is sometimes addressed as Father and sometimes as the Holy Trinity. Later Don Gobbi is supposed to have reconciled with Vassula. Nevertheless he stated that the Marian Movement of Priests should not be supported by other charisms. Remarkable. Who did send me (Mark Waterinckx) to Medjugorje in 1982? Don Gobbi himself!
D Milingo: In The True Life in God of December 1998, page 4, there is a good photo of Vassula, between Milingo and René Laurentin taken on 18/9/1998 in the Italian Cattolica near Rimini. Also in 1998 distributed by the Dane Christian Hvidt a statement from Milingo, the world’s most eminent exorcist,… over Vassula: All I have read of her I regard as positive. I consider that we must have more trust in René Laurentin. He has said lovely things about Vassula. You have already read over Laurentin and Milingo on page 4.
Note: Vassula names herself a good friend of Myrna Nasour, a stigmatised visionary in Syria, with whom also Fr Jozo Zovko, the suspended Saint from Medjugorje, is trying to ingratiate himself. After Vassula heard of Myrna, who is well regarded by many churches in Syria, she suddenly also had messages about unity between the Orthodox and Catholic churches and over the confluence of the dates for Easter. Could this be a coincidence?
Publications against Vassula
One should test all things, said St Paul. Therefore one must read pro and contra arguments if one is not to be deceived. But whoever dares to speak against the demons of Vassula, experiences a veritable tidal wave of hatred. The following authors know this from experience:
1. Daria Klanac: Un ouvrage du Nouvel Age – Une Recherche sur les Ecrits de “La Vrai Vie en Dieu” de Vassula Ryden, 54 pages with ten references. Address (in 1992) Daria Klanaç, 7350 Mount Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3R 3A7.This is a thorough work, in sixteen chapters, with all the references to the correct pages in the many books of Vassula. Daria Klanac is a known Medjugorje fan.
2. Joachim Bouflet: Faussaires de Dieu, 728 pages, with 18 references to Vassula. Editions Presses de la Renaissance, 12, Avenue d’Italie, F-75013 Paris, France (ISBN 2.85616.697.0). This encyclopedia contains over three hundred false apparitions in the two thousand year Church history.
3. Reverend Brian Harrison O.S.: Two very good articles, respectively Vassula and her heavenly handwriting, in Fidelity, May 1992, pages 33 – 42, and Vassula edits Jesus, in Fidelity, May 1994, pages 29– 3, periodicals published by Michael Jones, see the following point.
4. Michael Jones:
The Medjugorje deception, 385 pages, with 9 passages about Vassula. Fidelity Press, 206 Marquette Ave, South Bend, IN 46617, U.S.A.
5. Michael Jones:
Der Medjugorje-Betrug, 567 pages, German, improved translation of 4. Verax Verlag, CH-7537 Müstair, Switzerland
6. Marie-France James: Le phénomène Vassula, Montreal, Canada. Nouvelles Editions Latines, 1 Rue Palatine, F-75006 Paris, France; ISBN-2 7233 0445 0
7. Bishop Schwery of Sion – Switzerland, see 3 A.
8. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Rome; see 3 B and C.
9. Katholiek Nieuwsblad: Very good articles on Vassula, amongst others on 1/9/1995, 3/11/1995 en 6/12/1996
10. Professor Ingeborg Blümel, Vienna, Austria: Article in IDU nr. 10, 10/3/’94
In addition there are many non published private studies over Vassula.
An interesting brochure is Het Paradijs, (Paradise) by Cardinal Danneels from 1992. Pages 7 to 13 discuss private revelations. Persdienst aartsbisdom, Wollemarkt 15, B-2800 Mechelen Belgium.
In the Netherlands information regarding paranormal phenomena can be obtained from Fr Touw and Martie Dieperink, amongst others. About 1990, Fr Touw OSB published Paranormal, in three volumes. Abdij Benedictusberg, Vaals – Nederland.
In 1995 the publishing house De Korenwolf, postbox 6707, NL-6075 ZG Herkenbosch, issued a scientific booklet (124 pages) over Wenende Madonna’s. (Weeping Madonnas) It placed the deception of the Weeping Madonna of Brunssum in a wider context of paranormal phenomena.
In 1988 Martie Dieperink issued New Age en Christelijk Geloof (New Age and Christian Faith, 121 pages).through the publishing house Uitgeverij Kok – Voorhoeve, in Kampen (NL). Many articles written by her can be found in a variety of periodicals.
Vassula is a medium, someone who is in touch with an evil spirit (demon) who dictates so called messages to her, in the New Age style. Her Jesus talks about a united church in much the same way as freemasonry does.
What will you choose, the farcical unity of Vassula who refuses to obey the Roman Catholic Church, or the Church founded by Christ and entrusted to St. Peter?
See VASSULA RYDEN-PROBLEMS WITH ROME BUT WELCOME IN INDIA
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