APRIL 8/10, 2013
The critical web site on Vassula Ryden is back online!
Here is very good news for some; very bad news for others!
About one month ago, the Italian association GRIS [Group of Research and Social-Religious Information] has reopened the defunct www.infovassula.ch website under the URL www.pseudomystica.info.
To recall, on December 17, 2012, I published a report titled VASSULA RYDEN-EXCOMMUNICATED OR NOT-A LAW SUIT [http://ephesians-511.net/docs/VASSULA_RYDEN-EXCOMMUNICATED_OR_NOT-A_LAW_SUIT.doc].
In it, I chronicled how alleged mystic Mrs. Vassula Ryden, having trade-marked [something unprecedented] the name “Vassula” as well as “True Life in God”, sued Maria Laura Pio, the owner of www.infovassula.ch — which was a Vassula-critical site — and forced its closure.
That occurrence took place around the middle of the year 2012.
Having done that, Vassula Ryden issued a communication which contained misrepresentations of the truth [lies] which I exposed.
But truth always prevails.
All of the critical information that Vassula Ryden was anxious to hide from public scrutiny, and much more, was published in a series of six reports and fifty-four articles at this ministry’s web site between November 25, 2012 and January 14, 2013. This was necessitated by Vassula Ryden’s December 2012 visit to India with the support of a Cardinal, and a couple of Archbishops and Bishops who had compromised their integrity by being her repeat guests on all-expenses-paid “pilgrimages” organised by “True Life in God” [TLIG].
See the following page for the titles of the articles and reports and the links to them.
Now, critical information on Mrs. Ryden is available at an even more authoritative site than mine!
GRIS is an association recognized by the Italian Bishops’ Conference and deals with religious phenomena.
The contents of the web site are therefore approved by the Italian Bishops’ Conference.
Its National President is Fr. François-Marie Dermine, O.P. The new website www.pseudomystica.info is administered by GRIS, who is now the legal owner of all the contents of the earlier www.infovassula.ch.
François-Marie Dermine, a Dominican priest of Canadian origin, is a professor of moral theology at FTER (the Faculty of Theology of Emilia-Romagna, Bologna, Italy), a member of the executive council of GRIS
(Group of Research and Social-Religious Information), consultant to the Italian Bishops’ Conference for questions on alternative religions, co-director of the review Religioni e Sette nel mondo [Religions and Sects in the World], and official exorcist for his own diocese. He is author of numerous articles on alternative religions and of the following publications, of particular importance for the subject of the present investigation: Vassula Ryden – Indagine critica [Vassula Ryden – A Critical Examination] (Elle di Ci, 1995) and Mistici, veggenti e medium – Esperienze dell’aldilà a confronto [Mystics, Visionaries and Mediums – Comparison of after-life experiences] (Libreria editrice vaticana, 2002). He is co-author of L’estasi [Ecstasies] (Libreria editrice vaticana, 2003).
There are two documents of Fr. Dermine’s at this ministry’s web site:
VASSULA RYDEN-FR FRANCOIS MARIE DERMINE
VASSULA RYDEN-THE REASONS FOR THE CHURCH’S NEGATIVE REACTION
At our site, one will find two articles related to Richard Chonak and http://catholiclight.stblogs.org/ which announced March 2, see below, the resurrection in a new avatar of the suppressed www.infovassula.ch website.
VASSULA RYDEN-RICHARD CHONAK
False mystic Vassula R sues critical web site
Larger source: http://catholiclight.stblogs.org/archives/apparitions/
By Richard Chonak, January 11, 2012
What do false mystics do, besides peddle spiritual messages and collect money from naive followers? They sue people who try to expose them.
Last March the Patriarchate of Constantinople warned against1 Vassula Ryden’s claims of presenting messages from Jesus. It was an impressive statement from her own church (English translation here)2, which should help to diminish the bad influence of this long-exposed phony3, especially when it is added to the warnings from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1995, 1996, and 20074, 5 and 6.
In March 2011 the critical web site infovassula.ch, based in Switzerland, wrote, apparently incorrectly, that the document was a formal excommunication of Ryden, and in November 2011 Vassula’s organization sued the site author7, Maria Laura Pio. A hearing about some issues was held on January 6.
The impression of an excommunication is understandable, since the Patriarchate’s document stated:
we call upon the proponents of these unacceptable innovations and the supporters who maintain them, who henceforth are not admitted to ecclesiastical communion, not only to not be involved in the pastoral work of the local Holy Metropolis, but also to not preach their novel teachings, to prevent the appropriate sanctions under the Holy Canons.
Of course we are dealing with translations, so ambiguities are possible. It sounds at least as if the followers of Vassula are to be denied Holy Communion until they desist.
I wish Ms. Pio all the best in dealing with this legal harassment from the Vassula camp.
Vassula’s organization sued the site author –Not opening now because Maria Laura Pio shut down her site www.infovassula.ch after Vassula Ryden filed a court case against her.
Free speech, part II
By Richard Chonak, May 25, 2012
Some months ago the non-Catholic false mystic Vassula Ryden sued1 Swiss resident Maria Laura Pio, in a court in Belgium, demanding to take down Mrs. Pio’s web site of critical articles, infovassula.ch. The choice of Belgium as a venue was puzzling, since both Pio and Ryden are residents of Switzerland. Maybe some foolish lawyer in Belgium is a follower of Mrs. Ryden and volunteered to do the dirty work at no charge, thinking that he’s serving God by persecuting Mrs. Pio.
When the case came to a hearing, the court in Belgium promptly dismissed it on procedural grounds, so that went nowhere.
Well, Mrs. Ryden has found another foolish lawyer to do her dirty work, and this time she may get her way. A lawyer in Cardiff, Wales, has threatened to sue Mrs. Pio, claiming that the domain name of her web site infringes on Mrs. Ryden’s trademarks. Mrs. Pio has decided not to spend any more time defending herself from such vexatious litigation and has announced2 (here’s a copy3) that she’s closing the site this month.
A commenter on the previous blog post observes4:
Vassula and TLIG are at it again and this time may have potentially shut down the one-stop site for truth about the cult – http://www.infovassula.ch/tliglawsuit2.htm.
The threats are spurious – and I’ve done some more research on the people behind this. The solicitor who is threatening to sue for legal fees and loss of TLIG(TM) earnings, Anthony Jeremy, is a specialist in CANON law and a fully paid up member of the cult, having posted at length, coincidentally, about the Congregation’s ban on the use of church premises and being mentioned by someone else in a ‘testimony’.
Vassula(TM) is a registered trademark, as is TLIG(TM), which is curious. The attack has no basis, clearly Pio’s site is not trading as TLIG, is not selling a bogus product, in fact is not selling anything and doesn’t even carry advertising! It clearly falls under ‘fair use’, otherwise it would be impossible to ever mention Vassula(TM) or TLIG(TM). Also note that nowhere on the TLIG(TM) site does it mention that these are registered trademarks and only refers to copyright on the message content. I wonder why?
Also note that TLIG(TM) is not mentioned in full, no corporate address or full details of the company. TLIG(TM) seems not registered in the UK as a trading entity. Looking at the Foundation, we find that this is registered in Switzerland. It has one office and one employee. The president, Jan Kooger Howard, has currently 19 separate companies running from front offices around Geneva – none has more than 6 registered employees – his main interest seems to be an oil brokerage for Nigerian oil, Sahara Energy Services. And no, that does not appear to be a trademark!
The trademarks are owned by the VP, another Swiss big businessman, Jacques Gay, one of the Freres Gay and the owner of a few watch clasp patents.
I’ll take your word as to the lawyer’s identity, since I don’t know it for myself. His claims seem spurious to me too: Mrs. Pio isn’t engaged in trade, so it seems strange to claim that she’s violating a trademark. And the claim that Vassula’s followers can’t tell a critical website from a supportive one is really an insult to them.
How a lawyer can make such implausible assertions without turning purple from embarrassment is beyond me, but some people have a natural skill for it.
[Update (August 2012): clarified the description of the Belgian court’s action.]
1False mystic Vassula R sues critical web site http://catholiclight.stblogs.org/archives/2012/01/false-mystic.html,
2Not opening; Maria Laura Pio shut down her site because of the Vassula Ryden-filed court case
I received yesterday (May 2, 2012) the following letter from UK solicitors representing Vassula Ryden and the Foundation for True Life in God, demanding that I turn over to them the domain name Infovassula,
because “Vassula” and “True Life in God” are registered international trademarks and I cannot use those words in my domain name. They state that I am using the domain name infovassula.ch as an instrument of fraud, because it contains negative information regarding Vassula. They claim they have been damaged because some of their followers didn’t understand (!) that it is a critical website and not an official website of Mrs Ryden’s. They also accuse me of trying to pass myself as a member of Vassula’s organization! I’m not even going to comment the letter, just read it below.
Unfortunately, I can take no more of this. So,
I am going to close the website at the end of May and unfortunately, since I do not have the means financially nor mentally to face another lawsuit (see tliglawsuit.htm), no matter how ridiculous it is, I am constrained to hand over the domain name to Vassula
in June 2012. Infovassula will then cease to be a critical website and will join the cohort of pro-Vassula websites that proliferate in the Internet.
Maria Laura Pio
3 May 2012, (minor edits 8 May)
Scanned copies of original documents may be viewed on pages 8 through 10 of VASSULA RYDEN-EXCOMMUNICATED OR NOT-A LAW SUIT
Read this comment of Michael Abberton, VASSULA RYDEN-EXCOMMUNICATED OR NOT-A LAW SUIT, page 3
Vassula and TLIG are at it again and this time may have potentially shut down the one-stop site for truth about the cult – http://www.infovassula.ch/tliglawsuit2.htm
The threats are spurious – and I’ve done some more research on the people behind this. The solicitor who is threatening to sue for legal fees and loss of TLIGI earnings, Anthony Jeremy, is a specialist in CANON law and a fully paid up member of the cult, having posted at length, coincidentally, about the Congregation’s ban on the use of church premises and being mentioned by someone else in a ‘testimony’.
Vassula is a registered trademark, as is TLIGI, which is curious. The attack has no basis; clearly Pio’s site is not trading as TLIG, is not selling a bogus product, in fact is not selling anything and doesn’t even carry advertising! It clearly falls under ‘fair use’, otherwise it would be impossible to ever mention Vassula or TLIG. Also note that nowhere on the TLIG site does it mention that these are registered trademarks and only refers to copyright on the message content. I wonder why?
Also note that TLIG is not mentioned in full, no corporate address or full details of the company. TLIG seems not registered in the UK as a trading entity. Looking at the Foundation, we find that this is registered in Switzerland. It has one office and one employee. The president, Jan Kooger Howard, has currently 19 separate companies running from front offices around Geneva – none has more than 6 registered employees – his main interest seems to be an oil brokerage for Nigerian oil, Sahara Energy Services. And no, that does not appear to be a trademark!
The trademarks are owned by the VP, another Swiss big businessman, Jacques Gay, one of the Freres Gay and the owner of a few watch clasp patents. –Michael Abberton, May 25, 2012
Free speech, part III: Critical website on Vassula Ryden case returns at new address: www.pseudomystica.info
By Richard Chonak, March 2, 2013
Here’s a little good news for readers who are concerned about the case of non-Catholic false mystic Vassula Ryden.
You may recall that Mrs. Ryden won a small victory in 2012 by shutting down the leading web site with critical information about her writings.
Her campaign of harassment by means of lawsuits1 got the site owner to close the web site.
But in an example of the
Streisand Effect2, the suit brought lots of attention to Mrs. Ryden and her dirty method of dealing with sincere religious critique: among Orthodox Christians
and among sect-watchers
here4, and particularly
here on the world’s leading English-language Catholic news site5. And there’s information
here in Spanish6; and
here in French7
and here in German8.
And various people took action to make sure that the informative material on that web site would not disappear. For instance, Catholic Culture picked up
this analysis of the case by a prominent Dominican theologian9, Fr. François Dermine, O.P.
Now the theologian himself has stepped up by putting the whole website back on line, at the new domain www.pseudomystica.info. He’s the president of an Italian organization studying religious sects10, and they’re willing and able to defend their freedom of speech from legal harassment by sect leaders.
Mille grazie, Padre Dermine!
http://www.db.gris.org/gris/chisiamo/index.html; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
EXTRACT FROM THE HOME PAGE OF THE NEW GRIS WEB SITE
Added link to the False Mystics category of the
Ephesians-511 blog: https://ephesians511blog.com/category/false-mystics/
A valuable resource for articles on Vassula Ryden that have been published on the Internet.
Welcome to www.pseudomystica.info
This website is a continuation of the previously known infovassula.ch website. The dominion name infovassula.ch had to be transferred in June 2012 by the owner María Laura Pio to the Foundation for TLIG (True Life in God), the organization which ensures the promotion and defence of Vassula Rydén’s messages. Mrs Pio declared herself unable “financially as well as psychologically” to continue the fight against TLIG’s legal harassment.
It is indeed well-known that many claimed seers are used to entrusting the defence of their cause to solicitors rather than to God…
The GRIS (Gruppo di Ricerca e Informazione Socio-religiosa) has asked and obtained from Mrs Pio the ownership of all the contents published in the infovassula.ch website, which have been significantly renamed www.pseudomystica.info.
The new website is well within GRIS’ objectives. Its Articles of association were approved in 1990 by the Italian Bishops’ Conference and the association is present in more than 40 Italian dioceses through a representative named by the GRIS and approved by the local bishop. Since 1987 our association promotes the research, study and discernment of various religious phenomenologies, and provides spiritual, legal or psychological assistance to those who find themselves involved in particular situations or groups.
The scope of the current initiative is to avoid the disappearance of a very valid critical instrument as well as to avoid the further fulfilment of the principle that ‘might makes right’; but most of all it wants to ensure that the new website has all the guarantees, including legal ones, needed not only for its survival, but also for a more calm, free and resolute continuation of its activities.
Father François-Marie Dermine OP, National President of GRIS
AT THIS MINISTRY’S WEB SITE, ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY
VASSULA RYDEN-A CDF NOTIFICATION BISHOPS WARNINGS AND THEOLOGICAL CRITIQUES
DECEMBER 2012/13 JANUARY 2013
VASSULA RYDEN-CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE BISHOPS AND OTHERS
14 JANUARY/4 FEBRUARY 2013
VASSULA RYDEN-EXCOMMUNICATED OR NOT-A LAW SUIT
VASSULA RYDEN-HIERATIC OR HERETIC
27 NOVEMBER 2012/13 JANUARY 2013
VASSULA RYDEN-PROBLEMS WITH ROME BUT WELCOME IN INDIA
NOVEMBER 25/DECEMBER 8/12, 2012/13 JANUARY 2013
VASSULA RYDEN-THE EUCHARIST AND INTERCOMMUNION ONE DATE AND PAN-CHRISTIAN ECUMENISM
15 DECEMBER 2012/13 JANUARY 2013
VASSULA RYDEN-A CRITIQUE-DIALOGUE CENTRE INTERNATIONAL
VASSULA RYDEN-ADUR VALLEY PARISH
VASSULA RYDEN-AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN
VASSULA RYDEN-ASK A CATHOLIC
VASSULA RYDEN-BENEDICT TANG
VASSULA RYDEN-BRO IGNATIUS MARY
VASSULA RYDEN-CARDINAL BASIL HUME
VASSULA RYDEN-CAREY WINTERS
VASSULA RYDEN-CARRIE TOMKO
VASSULA RYDEN-CATHOLIC ANSWERS
VASSULA RYDEN-CATHOLIC DOORS
VASSULA RYDEN-CONSTANCE CUMBEY
VASSULA RYDEN-DANIEL KLIMEK
VASSULA RYDEN-DON LATTIN
NOVEMBER 2012/DECEMBER 10, 2013
VASSULA RYDEN-FR BRIAN HARRISON
VASSULA RYDEN-FR FRANCOIS MARIE DERMINE
VASSULA RYDEN-FR MITCH PACWA
VASSULA RYDEN-FR PETER JOSEPH
VASSULA RYDEN-FR RAY BLAKE
VASSULA RYDEN-INTERNATIONAL MARIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE
VASSULA RYDEN-INVESTIGATE VASSULA
VASSULA RYDEN-JOE NICKELL
VASSULA RYDEN-JOHN SANIDOPOULOS
VASSULA RYDEN-LAURENCE ENGLAND
11 DECEMBER 2012
VASSULA RYDEN-LAURETTE ELSBERRY
VASSULA RYDEN-LARRY B STAMMER
VASSULA RYDEN-MARIA LAURA PIO
18 DECEMBER 2012/JANUARY 10, 2013
VASSULA RYDEN-MARK WATERINCKX
17 DECEMBER 2012
VASSULA RYDEN-ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY
VASSULA RYDEN-RICHARD CHONAK
12 DECEMBER 2012
VASSULA RYDEN-RICHARD SALBATO
NOVEMBER 2012/JANUARY 10, 2013
VASSULA RYDEN-RONALD L CONTE
VASSULA RYDEN-RORATE CAELI
VASSULA RYDEN-SEMPER FI
VASSULA RYDEN-STEVE HAYES
VASSULA RYDEN-SUSAN BRINKMANN
VASSULA RYDEN-TE DEUM
VASSULA RYDEN-TERRY NELSON
12 DECEMBER 2012
VASSULA RYDEN-THE REASONS FOR THE CHURCH’S NEGATIVE REACTION
VASSULA RYDEN-TONY-ALLEN CUCOLO
VASSULA RYDEN’S JESUS-INGERLISE PROVSTGAARD
VASSULA RYDEN-THE TLIG APOLOGISTS 13/15 DECEMBER 2012, JANUARY 10, 2013
APRIL 2011/NOVEMBER 2012
CDF, OCTOBER 6, 1995
PRIVATE REVELATION-RULES FOR DISCERNMENT OF PHENOMENA-FR FELIX BOURDIER
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