JUNE 3, 2013
Fr. Stefano Gobbi and the Marian Movement of Priests
Onderwerp: DON STEFANO GOBBI DIES, FOUNDER OF MARIAN MOVEMENT OF PRIESTS
On the feast of Sts Peter & St Paul, June 29, Don Stefano Gobbi (as he was affectionately called) at 3 pm, founder of the Marian Movement of Priests, passed away, at the age of 81.
I have owned several editions of “Our Lady Speaks to Her Beloved Priests“, and I was passionate about this book in the 1980s, telling people if you want to understand God’s plan for the world, read this work containing the locutions given to this Italian priest, from the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Now, I have a much more sober view about the whole thing. To me the so called revelations are awfully repetitive, verbose, (Our Lady is the model for contemplative life, and words are not to be uttered needlessly by enclosed religious) interminable, and several dates Fr Gobbi gave for events happening, proved not to be the case. See a good critique of them below*.
However, I don’t want to dismiss the MMP entirely, as particularly in the heyday of modernism, it gave a lot of support to priests who were members, to stand up for the truth. As you can see, he met with John Paul II on a number of occasions, and concelebrated Mass with him in his private chapel.
A number of bishops gave the book their imprimatur** (which is only a declaration that the book is free of doctrinal error, not an approval), but the so-called locutions have never been approved by the Church. At the most, they have been called private meditations, and perhaps in some proximate way, Mary was their author, (I say perhaps!). But I don’t believe there are any grounds to substantiate them as revelations like Lourdes, Fatima (which the MMP took its inspiration from), and Guadalupe etc. The book also mentioned some other unapproved apparitions, which I think also casts doubt on its authenticity. **See page 4
May Fr Gobbi rest in peace, as I am sure he did accomplish a lot of good, in his priestly life, through this movement he founded. God bless,
*The Marian Movement of Priests – Is It Safe for Faithful Catholics?
By Mary Beth Kremski, This Rock, Volume 12, Number 1, January 2001
I remember the day my friend — like me, a “revert” to the Catholic Church — told me she was going to begin a cenacle of the Marian Movement of Priests [MMP] in her home. She explained that such cenacles were prayer meetings in which the participants made a consecration to Mary, prayed the rosary, and read one of founder Fr. Stephano Gobbi‘s locutions, which were messages from Mary. The Church, she assured me, approved the movement.
Church sanction was of particular importance. Having struggled through the changing theological terrain of Protestantism, neither of us wanted to stray from the sure footing of truth — i.e., the teaching and leadership of the Catholic Church. While I didn’t feel called to join the cenacle, I encouraged my friend and prayed for her in what seemed to be a wonderful endeavor.
Then I came across a statement in a magazine that cast doubt on the authenticity of Fr. Gobbi’s locutions. How accurate was the information in the magazine? I didn’t know. Were we mistaken in thinking Fr. Gobbi’s locutions had already been investigated and approved by the Church?
When I went to my friend with what I’d read, she was somewhat shaken, since Fr. Gobbi’s locutions were always presented within the movement as coming without question from Mary. But now we both had questions. What does the Church have to say about these messages? What should we think about them?
Mother, Is That You?
After much searching, the best information regarding what the Church had to say about Fr. Gobbi’s locutions finally came in a letter put out by the Marian Movement of Priests itself. It was designed to counter doubts about the validity of the messages, but, in order to do so, it was necessary to include those statements that gave rise to the concerns in the first place.
Dated October 7, 1998 and addressed to “All members of the Marian Movement of Priests,” the letter from Rev. Albert G. Roux, national director of the MMP, says, “If the Marian Movement of Priests and its book of messages . . . are to be officially approved by the church . . . a thorough investigation must be undertaken by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) . . . It would be the role of the CDF, after serious examination, to make an official declaration concerning the messages and the Marian Movement of Priests.” So neither the movement nor the messages had been approved.
Fr. Roux’s letter continues: “Prior to the publishing of the new Italian edition of the book To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, the secretary from the CDF [presumably Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone], in a personal letter to Fr. Gobbi, requested and advised that he should not claim in the book’s introduction that these messages are from the Blessed Mother, but rather that they are the product of his own personal meditation.”
Fr. Gobbi complied with the request as regards the introduction of his book, but, at the same time, says Fr. Roux, “he [Fr. Gobbi] still unequivocally affirms and continues to maintain . . . that he receives these messages from the Mother of God.”
In his letter, Fr. Roux also quotes the [former] apostolic pro-nuncio to the United States [Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan], who wrote these words to the corresponding secretary of the World Apostolate of Fatima: “Concerning your inquiry, I can inform you that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has advised that the writings of Fr. Gobbi are not the words of our Blessed Mother, but his private meditations for which he assumes all the theological, spiritual, and pastoral responsibility.”
Fr. Roux counters by pointing out that this “personal advice . . . does not constitute an official pronouncement.”
But when a highly placed authority in the CDF asks that the locutions not be presented as messages from Mary but as Fr. Gobbi’s own meditations, it is not unreasonable to put some stock in his “advice.”
I found the movement’s insistence on proclaiming the authenticity of the locutions—in the face of this specific request to do otherwise—unsettling.
Along with the Church’s caution about accepting Fr. Gobbi’s locutions as Mary’s messages, I began to have other reasons to wonder about the MMP. For starters, there was message 287 (one of Fr. Gobbi’s alleged messages from our Lady). In it, our Lady contradicts Pope John Paul II and Sr. Lucia, one of the seers of Fatima — both of whom have confirmed that
Pope’s consecration of Russia and the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, made on March 25, 1984, fulfilled our Lady’s request.
According to Fr. Gobbi’s locutions, the Blessed Mother disagrees and continues to ask for another consecration.
Is Jesus going to return in glory by the year 2000? According to Fr. Gobbi’s locutions, the Blessed Mother says he is.
Message 532 says in part: “I [Mary] confirm to you that, by the great jubilee of the year two thousand, there will take place the triumph of my Immaculate Heart, of which I foretold you at Fatima, and this will come to pass with the return of Jesus in glory, to establish his Reign in the world. Thus you will at last be able to see with your own eyes the new heavens and the new earth” (To The Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, U.S. National Headquarters of the MMP , 893).
It was somewhat startling to have the Blessed Mother giving an “estimated time of arrival” for Jesus’ return—and so soon!
More disconcerting than the message itself were some of the explanations given by MMP members of just what this expected return would entail. Their explanations were not in keeping with the usual description of the Second Coming. Knowing my concern, my friend brought me a copy of Fr. Gobbi’s own explanation of the message of the Second Coming, given at an international meeting of Marian Movement Priests held June 24, 1996.
How did Fr. Gobbi’s explanation of the Second Coming line up with Church teaching? I’ve laid out some major points of comparison so you can see for yourself.
All quotations of Fr. Gobbi are taken from his 1996 twelve-page explanation of the Second Coming. Page numbers are noted.
1. On the Final Judgment
Fr. Gobbi: “The return (Second Coming) of Jesus in glory [will take place] before His final coming for the Last Judgment”(2). “Therefore, we can surely be certain that the Lord will appear and return to this earth for a period of time before the final end of the world” (6).
Catechism: “The Last Judgment will come when Christ returns in glory” (CCC 1040).
The Nicene Creed:
“He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.”
Scripture also verifies that the Last Judgment will take place at Jesus’ Second Coming—not, as Fr. Gobbi says, at some other “final coming” (cf. Rev. 20, Matt. 25:31–45, 2 Pet. 3:7).
2. On the Establishment of Christ’s Kingdom in the World
“Christ will return in glory back to this earth in order to build His Kingdom and . . . only at the end will He return as Judge” (4). Without the final judgment, “Christ will establish His kingdom in the world after having defeated and annihilated His enemies” (3).
“The kingdom will be fulfilled . . . not by a historic triumph of the Church . . . but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause the Bride to come down from heaven. God’s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of the passing world” (677).
Fr. Gobbi is saying Christ will have his victory without the Last Judgment, while the Church teaches that Jesus’ victory will actually “take the form of the Last Judgment.”
3. On the Thousand-Year Reign
At the coming of Jesus in glory, there will be the “first resurrection” of “only those particular believers who had died as martyrs. Their unique role will be to partake in the sovereign earthly reign of Christ for this thousand-year period” (5). Although Fr. Gobbi concedes this reign may not consist of a literal thousand years, he says the resurrected martyrs will reign with Christ on earth for a period of time—a temporal earthly reign—before the Last Judgment.
“The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological [final] judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism” (676).
The Companion to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Note for paragraph 676 quotes the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Decree of 19 July, 1944 (DS 3839), which says: “In recent times on several occasions this Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office has been asked what must be thought of a system of mitigated millenarianism, which teaches, for example, that Christ the Lord before the final judgment, whether or not preceded by the resurrection of the many just, will come visibly to rule over this world. The answer is: The system of mitigated millenarianism cannot be taught safely.”
And in the fine catechism The Teaching of Christ: A Catholic Catechism for Adults (Bishop Donald W. Wuerl, R. Lawler, OFM Cap., and Thomas Lawler, eds., Our Sunday Visitor ), we read, “Some people have mistakenly come to expect a Messianic kingdom in which Christ together with the saints would rule a temporal kingdom on earth for a thousand years (hence the term ‘millenarianism’) before the final entrance into heaven. But such millenarianism is alien to the message of faith. The Church’s teaching associates Christ’s second coming proximately with the resurrection of the dead, with final judgment, and with the glory of His eternal kingdom” (469).
Fr. Gobbi’s explanation of the thousand-year reign clearly falls into the category of “mitigated millenarianism,” which “cannot be taught safely.”
4. On Our Human Nature
“It is clear that we will retain our weakened nature even after the Second Coming of Christ in glory” (9).
“At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness . . . the righteous will reign with Christ, glorified in body and soul.” (1042).
“At the last trumpet . . . the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall all be changed. For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality” (1 Cor. 15:51–53).
Fr. Gobbi claims, in spite of retaining our old natures, we will always “only say ‘YES’ to the Divine Will of the Heavenly Father” (9). He goes on to praise Louisa Piccarreta’s book on the Divine Will, saying it very much relates to “our book” (9).
5. On the New Heavens and the New Earth
Message 532 says we will see “the new heavens and the new earth” in the year 2000. According to Fr. Gobbi, this will occur prior to, and without need of, the final judgment.
“After the universal judgment. . . .The universe itself will be renewed: . . . Sacred Scripture calls this mysterious renewal, which will transform humanity and the world, ‘new heavens and a new earth’ . . .” (1042–1043).
In Scripture we also see the new heavens and the new earth come into being only after the final judgment, not before (cf. Rev. 20:11–15; 21:1–5).
Also, Fr. Gobbi claims that the fire that prepares the way for the new heavens and the new earth is merely a spiritual fire, i.e., a second Pentecost. Both Scripture and the Catechism differ with this view. They describe it as a “final cosmic upheaval of the passing world” (CCC 677) in which “the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up” (1 Pet. 3:10).
The facts are undeniable. Fr. Gobbi’s teaching on the Second Coming is contrary to the teaching of the Church. No one armed with the Catechism could fail to notice the discrepancies.
But what about the imprimatur given to Fr. Gobbi’s book?
We must realize what this signifies and what it does not. “Imprimatur” means literally “let it be printed”—signifying whoever reviewed it found worthy of printing, meaning it contains no teachings contrary to the faith. But an imprimatur does not verify that the predictions in it are true or that they are from our Lady. And remember, the errors we’ve discussed are contained in Fr. Gobbi’s explanation, which is not covered by the imprimatur.
Every error is a red flag warning us we are in danger of being led astray. It is never wise to ignore such red flags. Yet, it seems, many are doing just that. Why?
To be sure, the answer has several levels. Many have had enjoyable experiences in the MMP cenacles. With this attachment to the movement and the people in it, it is difficult for them to see — or more precisely, to be willing to see — its defects. Others are unaware that the locutions haven’t yet been approved or that there is any cause for concern.
Then too there’s the misleading example of clergy who have lent their support to the MMP without investigating it or explaining to the people the need to make a distinction between what can be accepted without question — e.g., the rosary — and what needs cautious discernment, i.e., the locutions.
Finally, there’s the loyalty issue. In his letter, Fr. Roux says the actions of those who express doubts about the locutions are “ferocious attacks” that our Lady predicted would be made on “her” movement. He says that those who remain in the movement are the ones who “will go to battle” with our Lady; while those who opt out are “deceived by the spirit of the world.”
This attitude is not consistent with what the Church says about Marian devotion. The Church tells us there is not one particular means or movement that signifies true devotion but that there are many authentic ways to express our dedication to the Blessed Mother. If I left the MMP but remained a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Militia Immaculata, would I be a deserting our Lady’s army?
In addition, unbelief in this person’s locutions or that person’s visions doesn’t equate to joining Satan’s attacks on our Lady. We aren’t even required to believe in approved apparitions like Lourdes to be considered good Catholics. Our love for Mary can be augmented by such supernatural events, but it is never to be founded upon them. True devotion to Mary must be built upon devotion to the truth. Do we imagine she would have it any other way?
On more than one point the MMP has strayed from Church guidance and teaching. For anyone who loves the truth and the Church, what else needs to be said? Without judging individuals, we must measure all teaching against the doctrine of the Church, our faithful Mother. And, we can be sure, Mother Mary’s voice will always be in harmony with Holy Mother Church.
Mary Beth Kremski is a third-order Carmelite. She writes from Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband, Stan.
There are a number of Catholic links that list Fr. Stefano Gobbi and his Marian Movement of Priests by name under the category of “False Private Revelations”. -Michael
Appearances can be downright deceptive
A rash of dubious miracles and rival congregations is trying the Vatican’s patience
By Simon Caldwell The Times Online 2/11/2006 EXTRACT
Pope Benedict, for one, takes them seriously. Three years ago, while Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), he said that private revelations posed a threat to the unity of the Church and warranted an “exemplary pastoral response” from the Holy See.
By that time the future Pope had already ruled against claims that Mary appeared at Garabandal, Spain; forbade Catholics to go on pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where the Virgin Mary is also said to be appearing; warned the faithful against the apocalyptic murmurings of Vassula Ryden; and ordered Father Stefano Gobbi to stop using Our Lady Speaks to Her Beloved Priests as the title for books containing similar eschatological content.
“If any man shall say to you: Lo, here is Christ… do not believe him. Behold, I have told you beforehand”
By Carey Winters
Satan’s shell game is a fairly obvious one. In lieu of real mystics, he offers us false ones, with sufficient apparent piety to mislead the marginally informed. Mirjana [of Medjugorje notoriety] replaces Sr. Lucy, Fr. Gobbi stands in for Padre Pio. Those pseudo-mystics in turn provide access to Satan’s counterfeit Mary – a banal, verbose individual whose only charm seems to be her ready availability. And the counterfeit Mary? She presents to the world a Christ indifferent to religious error, a Christ who welcomes all comers without insisting upon the inconvenience of conversion, or the discipline of subjecting oneself to Magisterial teaching. Satan’s ‘Christ’ will usher in his one world church.
This is not to say that every false mystic knowingly serves Satan… but he does not require their conscious assent. History is replete with cases in which the naive, the proud and the self-absorbed have served his purposes just as well.
Authenticating private revelations
By Simon Galloway
Non-supernatural visions (Non constat de supernaturalitate)
If it is deemed not supernatural in origin then we have a simple situation on our hands when deciding if it is useful to us: the material either harmonizes with church teaching or it doesn’t. If non-supernatural material does agree with catholic doctrine then it can be freely read by the faithful like any other catholic work. To that end it may be considered inspired but not divinely revealed. Such is the case for material like that of Fr Gobbi.
The Interior Locutions of Fr. Stefano Gobbi
[The author is a priest – Michael]
KNOWN AS: “Interior Locutions of Fr. Stefano Gobbi; To The Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.”
Father Stefano Gobbi.
LOCATION: Milan, Italy.
YEARS: 1972 – Present [He died on June 29, 2011]
ITS PROMOTION: The book “To The Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons” is distributed by “The Marian Movement Of Priests.”
STATUS: The Roman Catholic Church has never officially recognized the interior locutions of Fr. Stefano Gobbi as being of a heavenly nature.
In reviewing the interior locutions of Fr. Stefano Gobbi, the writer asks himself, “If these alleged locutions had been
claimed by a Roman Catholic lay person anywhere in the world, would the local Church authorities have accepted them or condemned them?” The sad answer to this question is, “They would have been rejected as not being divinely inspired because some of the content does not embrace Catholic beliefs.” The question then remains, “Why has the clergy remained silent for 25 years by refusing to speak up against these false claims?”
The alleged interior locutions of Fr. Stefano Gobbi are riddled with so many doctrinal errors, false prophecies and deceptions that only a few extracts are being quoted from the book “To The Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons” to clearly show that these writings are not divinely inspired as alleged, but rather, they are Fr. Stefano Gobbi’s personal reflections. (If Fr. Gobbi wishes to maintain that the locutions are not his personal reflections, then it must be concluded that they are spiritual manifestation of a demonic nature because some of the locutions oppose the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church.)
THE ONLY LIGHT LEFT BURNING:
On January 4, 1975, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him by interior locution, [See # 67(n)] “You also will be persecuted: the time will come when you will be the only light left burning, and thus, through your fidelity to the Gospel and your sufferings, you will be able to point out the way of salvation to a vast number of souls. And through my intervention, this light of yours will never be completely extinguished.” (The reference to “you” in the aforementioned is a reference to the cohort of priests who belong to the Marian Movement of Priests. It excludes all other priests.)
To claim that Father Gobbi and his followers, the priests of the Marian Movement of Priests “will be the only light left burning,” is a claim that at some point in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, while Fr. Gobbi is still living, no one else will be inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is a claim that the Pope, the Cardinals, the Bishops, the priests, the religious brothers and sisters, and all the faithful who do not belong to the Marian Movement of Priests will be walking in the darkness of Satan. All will have lost their faith.
Such a claim is an attack on the infallibility of the Holy Catholic Church, contrary to the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. See # 889, 890, 891, 2035, 2051. Number 891 states,
[Catechism # 891] “The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office, when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful – who confirms his brethren in the faith he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals… The infallibility promised to the Church is also present in the body of bishops when, together with Peter’s successor, they exercise the supreme Magisterium,” above all in an Ecumenical Council. When the Church through its supreme Magisterium proposes a doctrine “for belief as being divinely revealed,” and as the teaching of Christ, the definitions “must be adhered to with the obedience of faith.” This infallibility extends as far as the deposit of divine Revelation itself.”
2) PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION OF OUR LADY:
On April 25, 1975, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, [See # 72(l) (m); 425(f), etc…] “The time will come when some of my priest-sons are preparing to openly oppose my Son, myself, the Pope and the Church.” I will then be no longer able to recognize them as my children; I myself will come down from heaven to place myself as the head of the cohort of my beloved sons, and I will crush their plots.” “I am coming down from heaven.”
Are we to believe for one moment, that to conquer the spiritual battle between Our Lady and Satan, that the Blessed Virgin Mary will come down from Heaven by manifesting herself in physical form to lead the physical army of Marian priests for the purpose of destroying Satan who has a spiritual body? This is an impossibility!
The final victory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a spiritual victory, not a physical one. As the Holy Catholic Church teaches us, our battle against evil and sin is a spiritual battle.
[Catechism # 405] “Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, erases original sin and turns a man back towards God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.
3) DIVINELY GUIDED:
On October 24, 1975, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, [See # 84(r)] “Thus it will again be the Spirit who will speak in you, and by means of the Spirit, making use of you, the whole world will be completely renewed.”
(The reference to “you” in the aforementioned is a reference to the cohort of priests who belong to the Marian Movement of Priests. It excludes all other priests.)
Through only the priests of the Marian Movement of Priests, it is alleged that the whole world will be completely renewed. This statement is in harmony with the endless references in the book to new things such as: a new birth # 160(e)(l); a new heaven # 265(e); a new earth # 265(e); a new time # 302(q); a new Covenant # 328(i); a new Church # 10(n), 161(g)(q); a new Jerusalem # 242)e); a new Israel # 242(d); a new world # 10(n); etc… What is Father Gobbi saying here? Is this not saying that the whole Church will fall from the grace of God and need a renewal? Is this not saying that those who are not members of the Marian Movement of priests, the Pope, the Cardinals, the Bishops, everyone, even you as Catholics will fall from the grace of God and need a renewal.
What happened to the Sacred Words of Jesus when He said to Peter, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church and the GATES OF HADES WILL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT”? [Mt. 16:18] What are we to believe, that Jesus lied, the gates of Hades have prevailed and that the Catholic Church is in need of a renewal as alleges the private locutions of Fr. Gobbi?
Are we to believe there will be a new heaven and a new earth as Fr. Gobbi alleges in # 365(e)? What about the Sacred Words of Jesus that are spoken in the Holy Scriptures?
“Truly, I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” [Mt. 24:34-5]
Are we to believe Jesus Christ, our Saviour, or the alleged locutions of Father Stefano Gobbi that oppose the Sacred Words of Our Lord? All of Father Gobbi’s claims of new things and renewals are false and deceptive claims. They are a distortion of the truths that are being taught by the Holy Catholic Church. They oppose the Sacred Words of Jesus. They serve no other purpose but to lead the faithful towards deceptions and false hopes.
4) NEW SAVIOURS:
On November 25, 1975, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, [See # 87(d) “In fact, as your Mother, I have gathered you all into my Immaculate Heart. Here is your refuge, the altar on which you will be immolated for the salvation of the world.”
Our Christian faith teaches us that there is only ONE Saviour, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. Even our separated brothers and sisters from other religions know this truth, many being ready to die for it! We were saved by the Divine Blood of Christ!
Are we to believe that we will be saved by the human blood of Fr. Gobbi and the priests in his following who belong to the Marian Movement of Priests who will be immolated for the salvation of the world? Is this statement not raising Fr. Gobbi and his followers on an equal to God? Are we to believe for one moment that the perfect sacrifice of the Blood of Christ was insufficient for our salvation and that we now need imperfect sacrifices, over and above the perfect sacrifice of the Lamb of God? When human beings are raised equal to God, claiming that their sacrifices will save souls, this is an abomination, a sacrilege, a total disregard for the redemptive Divine Plan of Christ. This is diabolic!
5) THE FALLING OF THE CHURCH:
On February 10, 1978, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, [See # 147(d)(e)] “Darkness will descend upon the Church and will become even more dense after your heavenly Mother has come to get the soul of the first of her beloved sons, Pope Paul VI, who is consummating on the cross his supreme sacrifice.” “As long as he lives, thanks to his grievous martyrdom, I can still hold back the arm of God’s justice. But after his death, ALL WILL COME CRASHING DOWN.”
Pope Paul VI died in 1978. He was succeeded by Pope John-Paul I who also died in the same year, 1978. Now according to Fr. Gobbi, the Virgin Mary told him that starting with the Papacy of John-Paul I, the Catholic Church was supposed to come crashing down. Has it? No! Again, it is asked, did Jesus not say that the gates of Hades would not prevail against His Church? Not only is this false locution a false prophecy, but it also opposes the Sacred Promise of Jesus Christ.
6) THE SECOND BIRTH OF CHRIST:
On December 24, 1978, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, [See # 166(e) (h)] “His second coming, beloved children, will be like the first. As was his birth on this night, so also will be the return of Jesus in glory, before his final coming for the last judgment, the hour of which, however, is still hidden in the secrets of the Father.” “He will come to establish his kingdom in the world, after having defeated and annihilated his enemies.”
And on December 24, 1983, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, [See # 279(j) (k)] “Prepare yourselves for the return of Jesus in glory.” “His second birth is close at hand.”
The teaching of millenarianism, alleging that Christ shall return to earth, either by physical birth or glorious return, to reign on the earth for a period a time, is a false teaching that has been around since the first century and condemned by the Holy Catholic Church.
On this subject, the Catechism of the Holy Catholic Church states:
# 675 “Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo -messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.”
# 676 “The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgement. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism.”
It is sufficient here to say that the Holy Catholic Church refers to this belief as the Antichrist’s deception.
7) THE ILLUMINATING OF ALL CONSCIENCES:
On May 22, 1988, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, [See # 383(d)] The Holy Spirit “will open the doors of hearts and illuminate all consciences. Every person will see himself in the burning fire of divine truth. It will be like a judgment in miniature. And then Jesus Christ will bring his glorious reign in the world.”
Here, it is interesting to point out that Dr. Gianna Talone-Sullivan of Emmitsburg, near Baltimore, USA, also claimed some of the beliefs of Fr. Gobbi as being her own personal locutions. She alleged that the Blessed Virgin Mother told her that Jesus would return as a child and “That the time was coming when at one single moment everyone on earth will see simultaneously the state of their souls and know with certainty that God exists.” In other words, their consciences would be illuminated. On September 8, 2000, the Archdiocese of Baltimore issued a statement with the approval of Cardinal William H. Keeler, indicating that it “finds no basis” for the alleged apparitions and messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary which Gianna Talone-Sullivan claimed to receive during the Thursday evening prayer services at St. Joseph in Emmitsburg.”
Now, if the alleged locutions of Dr. Gianna Talone-Sullivan, a lay-person, were condemned because of their deceptive nature that opposed the teachings of the Catholic Church, why is it that Fr. Stefano Gobbi is permitted to promote the same deceptions without any condemnation? Is it because he is a member of the clergy? Are members of the clergy allowed to proclaim falsehoods while the lay members of the Church are not? Are not all baptized members of the Church equal in the eyes of God and accordingly, they should be treated equally when it comes to discernment of the spirits? If the locutions of Fr. Gobbi are considered to be truthful, then the locutions of Dr. Gianna Sullivan must also be considered as truthful! But if the locutions of Dr. Gianna Talone-Sullivan have been proven to be deceptions by a Pastor of the Church, then the locutions of Fr. Stefano Gobbi, identical in nature, are also falsehoods and must be declared as such.
8) FALSE PROPHECIES, SECOND COMING:
On September 11, 1988, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, [See # 389(d)(f)] “In the period of ten years, there will come to the completion that fullness of time which was pointed out to you by me, beginning with La Salette all the way to my most recent and present apparitions.” “In the period of ten years, there will come to the completion the time of the great tribulation, which has been foretold to you in Holy Scripture, before the second coming of Jesus.”
According to Fr. Stefano Gobbi, September 11, 1998, was supposed to see the completion of all of Mary’s promises that have been given to the world since the days of La Salette, including all the promises that she gave to Fr. Gobbi himself, that including the Second Coming of Jesus. As previously mentioned, the Holy Catholic Church refers to this Second Coming as the Antichrist’s deception. We do not have to look far for proof of the deception. 1998 came and went – nothing happened. As a general rule, Church approved spiritual manifestations reflect a HONEST Virgin Mary. When she says she will give a sign, she gives it, such as the dancing sun in Fatima on October 13, 1917. The problem that we have here is that the Virgin Mary that Fr. Gobbi knows is one that lies, that makes broken promises, that contradicts the teachings of the Catholic Church, etc… That is not the Virgin Mary that the Holy Catholic Church promotes, nor is it the Mother of God, nor the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
9) RESTORATION OF THE KINGDOM ON EARTH:
On March 26, 1989, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, [See # 402(f)] “Christ Risen wills to restore his kingdom in your midst, that He may be glorified by the whole created universe.”
Our faith teaches us that the Holy Catholic Church is the beginning of the Kingdom of God on earth. Its mission has been blessed by the guidance and protection of the Holy Spirit who has been actively involved since the Day of Pentecost.
Catechism #768, “So that she can fulfill her mission, the Holy Spirit “bestows upon [the Church] varied hierarchic and charismatic gifts, and in this way directs her.” “Henceforward the Church, endowed with the gifts of her founder and faithfully observing his precepts of charity, humility and self-denial, receives the mission of proclaiming and establishing among all peoples the Kingdom of Christ and of God, and she is on earth the seed and the beginning of that kingdom.”
To claim that the Holy Catholic Church is in need of being restored is a two-fold claim:
1) It is a claim that the gates of Hades have prevailed against the Holy Catholic Church, therefore requiring that it be restored;
2) It is a claim that the Holy Spirit, who is God, has failed to guide and preserve the Holy Catholic Church against the forces of evil.
Although it cannot be denied that the Holy Catholic Church has had its share of crosses to bear during the last few decades, such crosses have been no different then the crosses it has had to bear since the institution of the Holy Catholic Church on earth by Jesus Christ. Through suffering, the Church has been strengthened. Through suffering and its continued existence, evidence is put forward that the Holy Spirit has been actively involved in the guidance and protection of the Holy Catholic Church. And, if we are to accept that the Holy Spirit has been present in the Holy Catholic Church to guide it and to preserve it, then how can we believe that the Church is in need of restoration? We cannot! Furthermore, if we are to accept that the Holy Spirit has failed in His mission to guide and preserve the Holy Catholic Church, then we have to reassess His perfect Divinity. But this is not the case. The Holy Spirit is God! He is with the Holy Catholic Church, always having manifested His Divine Presence since its institution on earth. As such, the Holy Catholic Church being the fruit of the Holy Spirit cannot be imperfect, nor in need of restoration as is claimed by Fr. Stefano Gobbi!
10) FALSE PROPHECY:
On June 17, 1989, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, [See # 407(p)] “666 indicated thrice, that is to say, for the third time, expresses the year 1998, nineteen hundred and ninety-eight. In this period of history, Freemasonry, assisted by its ecclesiastical form, will succeed in its great design: that of setting up an idol to put in the place of Christ and of his Church. A false christ and a false church.”
Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that the Blessed Virgin Mary, she who is immaculate in nature and from who no lies can come forth, has stated that my year 1998, the Holy Catholic Church would be a false Church, having been overtaken by a false christ.
There are a few problems with this interior locution, namely:
1. It never happened.
2. The Virgin Mary does not lie.
3. False prophecies do not come from God, nor are they heavenly inspired.
4. Such a statement serves no other purpose but to corrupt the faith of the believers, leading them to believe that the Holy Catholic Church has been overtaken by a false christ who is managing a false church. As such, it encourages the faithful to disobey the God appointed authorities of the Holy Catholic Church and the inspired teachings of the Church.
11) THE NEW JERUSALEM:
On November 1, 1989, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, [See # 413(h)] “Thus you are already contributing to the forming of the new Jerusalem, the holy city, which MUST come down from heaven, as a bride adorned for her husband…”
Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleges that the Blessed Virgin Mary told him that the new Jerusalem, the holy city, “MUST” come down from Heaven. The Catholic Church teaches that the new Jerusalem, the holy city, is already on earth, that the children of the holy mother Church, through their baptism, “SHARE” in this blessed hope and are “GATHERED” into it. The Kingdom of God, the new Jerusalem, the holy city, is spiritual in nature. It is through our spirit that we worship God in spirit, such being pleasing to God.
Catechism # 2016 “The children of our holy mother the Church rightly hope for the grace of final perseverance and the recompense of God their Father for the good works accomplished with his grace in communion with Jesus. Keeping the same rule of life, believers SHARE the “blessed hope” of those whom the divine mercy GATHERS into the “holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
The alleged locution of Fr. Stefano Gobbi opposes the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church! Such a belief is not biblical in nature! Since it is a deception, it cannot be of God, or of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
12) FALSE PROPHECIES, SECOND COMING:
On January 1, 1990, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, [See # 417(b) (f) (h) “During the last decade of your century, the events which I have foretold to you will have reached their completion.” “During these years I am preparing you, by my motherly action, to receive the Lord who is coming.” “I am preparing you for his new coming.”
In consideration that this alleged private locution was given to Fr. Gobbi on January 1, 1990, the period of exactly 10 years, one decade, would have ended on December 31, 1999.
None of the events which Fr. Gobbi has alleged as coming from Our Lady since 1972 have come to pass. Christ has not been born again! The Kingdom of God did not come on earth because it was already here! The antichrist did not take over the Holy Catholic Church! And the list of deceptions continues… Such lies CANNOT originate from the Blessed Virgin Mary.
13) MILLENARIANISM, FALSE PROPHECIES:
On December 5, 1994, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, [Ref: # 532(i)] “I confirm to you that, by the great jubilee of the year two thousand, there will take place the triumph of my Immaculate heart, which I foretold to you at Fatima, and this will come to pass with the return of Jesus in glory, to establish his reign in the world. Thus you will at last be able to see with your own eyes the new heavens and the new earth.”
This is another deception with claims of the coming triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, new heavens and a new earth and the return of Jesus in glory.
The Holy Catholic Church teaches that the belief of the return of Christ to reign on earth in the form of a secular messianism is the Antichrist deception. (C.C.C. # 676) The new heavens and the new earth had their beginning during the generation that lived in the day of Jesus according to His own Sacred Words. The new earth echoes the Kingdom of God on earth, Christ having conquered Satan through His Blood on the Cross. The temporary new Heaven occurred when Satan was thrown out of Heaven by St. Michael the Archangel at which time Christ conquered sin through His Blood. This new Heaven will reach its fullness on the day of the final return of Christ. On this subject, the Catholic Church states,
“Though already present in his Church, Christ’s reign is nevertheless yet to be fulfilled “with power and great glory” by the king’s return to earth. (Lk. 21:27; Mt. 25:31). This reign is still under attack by the evil powers, even though they have been defeated definitively by Christ’s Passover. (2 Thess. 2:7). Until everything is subject to him, “until there be realized new heavens and a new earth in which justice dwells, the pilgrim Church, in her sacraments and institutions, which belong to this present age, carries the mark of this world which will pass, and she herself takes his place among the creatures which groan and travail yet and await the revelation of the sons of God.” (2 Pet. 3:13; Rom. 8:19-22; 1 Cor. 15:28). That is why Christians pray, above all in the Eucharist, to hasten Christ’s return by saying to him (1 Corinthians 11, 26; 2 Pet. 3:11-12): Marana tha! “Our Lord come!” (1 Cor. 16:22; Rev. 22:17, 20).” (C.C.C. # 671)
What about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart you may ask?
Let us look at the facts. In 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a vision while celebrating the Holy Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In a conversation between Christ and Satan, Satan indicated he could destroy the Church if he was given 100 years. Satan was given his 100 years. One hundred years later to the day, in March, 1994, Pope John Paul II and the bishops throughout the world consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Sister Lucia later affirmed that the Consecration had properly been done.
Starting from March 25, 1984, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13th of that same year, 80% of Russia’ missiles were destroyed from an explosion. On December 13th of the same year, another explosion in Siberia destroyed the largest ammunition base of Russia. In the next 2 weeks, Marshal Ustinov, the Minister of Defence and Marshal Sodolov, the 2nd Minister of Defence both died 3 days apart. One year after the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, President Chernenko died and Mikhail Gorbachev became the new President. A baptized Christian, although still a communist, he brought in the freedom of the press and freedom of religion. This destroyed communism and freed fifteen republics from the communist chains of Russia. In consideration of all this, can it not be said that in the end, the Immaculate Heart of Mary did conquer communism?
Now some will say, “Yes but look at all the abuses being reported in the Church. How could the Immaculate Heart of Mary have conquered when there is so much evil?”
There are two answers to that question. First of all, the Immaculate Heart of Mary promised to destroy communism, not to fix all the problems of the Church. Secondly, it was not until the later part of the 1980’s that world Governments started protecting children against abuses, this being after the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Most of the cases of abuses that are being reported today, are cases of abuse that occurred 20, 30 and 40 years ago, during the 100 years that Satan was given power over the Holy Catholic Church to try and destroy it.
What we are seeing now is the fruit of Satan’s damage; the clean-up phase of the Church; the sins of those who were not strong enough to overcome the temptations of Satan and his demons; the fruit of some who were never called to the religious life by God, etc… When a natural disaster strikes an area, there is always a clean-up stage afterwards. Equally, now that the spiritual disaster has passed over the Holy Catholic Church, it must go through a clean-up stage.
When considering the clean-up stage that the Holy Catholic Church has been undergoing, can it not be said that the Immaculate Heart of Mary continues to oversee the Church alongside the Holy Spirit?
Over and above the fact that the interior locutions of Father Stefano Gobbi are riddled with doctrinal errors, deceptions, non-Catholic claims, etc., one must look at the fruit of his work.
Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.” [Mt. 7:15-20]
When speaking of the fruit of the locutions of Fr. Gobbi, specific reference is made here to the Cenacles. What do the members of the Cenacles believe? I can only speak for those in my Diocese. But if this is a reflection of what is happening worldwide, the fruit speaks for itself. I choose at this time to allow a former parishioner to explain in his words his personal experience with the Cenacles.
“My first experience with a member of the Cenacles was in 1998 when I was searching for a copy of the book ‘To The Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved.’ I tracked down one of the members by telephone and went to his home to pick up an older copy of the book. Being in a rush, I was unable to stay and entertain the member of the Cenacle who seemed rather anxious to have me stay so he could explain some great thing that was about to happen that only the Cenacle members knew about. Leaving his home, I was anxious to read the book to see what this great thing was all about.”
“My second contact with members from different Cenacles was when they brought an alleged locutionist from the United States to my Parish. I attended part of the daily meeting. At the door stood a man who had a large crucifix around his neck. My first impression was that he was a Bishop, but he was not wearing clergy clothing. Therefore, I asked him if he was a priest. His answer was, ‘Not in this parish.’ I later learned that he was a lay person. At some point, this same man approached me and told me that Christ was returning on earth to reign in his worldly kingdom. When I told him that I did not believe it because it was not a Catholic teaching, he walked away from me.”
“My next encounter with members from different Cenacles was when a priest from out of Province came to do a presentation in our Parish. I attended part of the meeting during which a movie was shown and the priest answered questions. To be honest with you, I felt like an outsider and did not have a clue as of yet what the Cenacles were all about. As the priest put it, ‘There are Catholics and there are Catholics’ implying that the members of the Cenacles are the Catholics and the others are all lost! Now, knowing more about Father Gobbi’s locutions, I understand where he was coming from… only those who belong to Father Gobbi’s movement are saved. The others are all damned, including myself. At least, this is what they believe. During this entire meeting, the priest spoke in riddles, never clearly enough so an outsider as myself could understand what he was talking about. This was more or less a secretive meeting, spoken in parables, so only the members would understand. This certainly did not shine in Christian love and openness.”
“My next involvement with members of different Cenacles was when I went to one of their monthly hour of adoration. I had great difficulty accepting the fact that rather than reading from the Holy Bible, they read from Father Gobbi’s locutions and preached on his ministry. Knowing the content of the book which is full of non-Catholic teachings, I refused to further get involved with this group.”
“My next contact came by telephone. A member of one of the local Cenacles who meets for adoration once a month was inquiring about Marian Sacramentals. The conversation turned to my being informed that our present Pope was a false Pope; the previous one had been murdered; Jesus is coming back to reign on earth; none of the present priests are validly ordained because they were all ordained by bishops who were not validly consecrated by a false Pope; etc… I listened to the heresies of this lady for one hour, attempting to correct her in her errors, such proving fruitless because she was convinced that she was right. Her beliefs were a combination of all the false locutionists that are presently hammering the Holy Catholic Church with deceptions and lies.”
“My last contact with members of different Cenacles was when I decided to attend a local Church that has the Holy Mass in Latin. To my surprise, I realized that those who were attending the Latin Mass were mostly all members of the Cenacles.”
“A couple of weeks later, I was reading an article about Traditionalist members of the Catholic Church who reject Vatican II, the Holy Mass in the language of the land, Communion in the hand, etc… I then realized that the members of the Cenacles fit this perfect description. They are awaiting the Second Coming of Christ to reign on earth so He can ‘fix’ things, to undo all the progressive work of the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Church since Vatican II. They have become a Church within a Church, remaining secretive about their false hopes. Such is not surprising since the alleged locutions of Fr. Gobbi command them to be silent, not to say anything to those who question them. In their eyes, to be questioned means to be persecuted. This is all part of the brainwashing process that they undergo once they join the movement. They believe that they are right, that they are the only Catholics, and that everybody else is wrong and damned!”
The above is but a small reflection of the beliefs that are being held by the members of the Cenacles. As a priest, during my ministry in the service of the Lord Jesus, I have come across many of the deceptions that are embraced by members of the Cenacles.
In conclusion, I can state that one alleged interior locution of Fr. Stefano Gobbi holds truth,
# 58(e) “There are also speaking today false prophets, who announce the Gospel by betraying it, and these are listened to and followed! And they bring disorder and confusion among the most faithful children of my Church.
The alleged interior locutions of Fr. Stefano Gobbi, being nothing else but personal reflections, have served no other purpose but to damage the faith of many believers for the last twenty-five years. They have erased the truth from the soul of many who await the Second Coming of Christ, they rejecting that the Kingdom of God is presently on earth, being manifested through the Holy Catholic Church.
These deceptions have so severely erased the truth and sound doctrines from the hearts of so many of the faithful Catholics that it will take years of re-evangelization to correct the damage that has been done to their faith, if it is not too late for some of them!
In consideration that Fr. Gobbi has elevated himself as one of the new Saviours of the world and as one of the only future remaining lights in the world, such being a heresy, the book “To The Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons” distributed by the Marian Movement of Priests, should be banned from every Catholic Church around the world before other faithful members of the Body of Christ are brainwashed into believing deceptions, the faithful risking to lose their precious faith in Christ.
There is a time to be silent and a time to speak up. Until now, the clergy has remained silent for too long. Now is the time to speak up and to expose the deceptions. As members of the clergy, we are responsible for the souls that are placed under our care. The longer we remain silent, the more we will have to answer to the Lord Jesus on our Judgment Day. For a soul that believes in the Antichrist deception is a soul that is lost. A soul that believes that Fr. Gobbi will be one of the new Saviours is a soul that is lost.
Finally, this writer does not condemn genuine Marian devotion. To the contrary, he encourages the priests and lay members of the Body of Christ to reorganize themselves by embracing a Marian Movement that is faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium. The Holy Catholic Church has sufficient riches in its teachings, in its Sacraments, in its devotions, in its Sacramentals and in the Marian Doctrines to feed the souls of those who hunger for many years to come. Let us pray that through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Lord Jesus will raise a sound international Movement so that those who hunger, they may be fed by the abounding grace of God.
Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association
By Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ
Q. Is Fr. Gobbi getting authentic messages or has he gone astray?
A. I met Fr. Gobbi about ten years ago, and I must have mentioned him to you on some previous occasion. When I questioned him he told me, my broken Italian, he knew almost no English. We talked about an hour and a half maybe almost two hours. He told me, a very high compliment, the questions you are asking me are those the Holy Father has been asking me too. How do you know your revelations are from God? He said I don’t know. I don’t know. Well then you shouldn’t tell people they are from God. Right? In any case, I think Fr. Gobbi, I don’t want to use the word, has gone astray, but I think Fr. Gobbi’s fertile, pious, imagination sometimes carries him away. One of my jobs for the Church is meeting mystics, sometimes appointed by the Church, to pass judgment on the authenticity of mystics. Met one in Chicago last Friday. And find out, are they genuine? Pray for Fr. Gobbi.
Marian Movement of Priests
By Susan Brinkmann, March 1, 2010
MD asks: “What is your opinion of Cenacles, and the Marian Movement of Priests?”
For those of you who do not know, the Marian Movement of Priests (MMP) is a private association of Catholic clergy and laity founded by an Italian priest named Fr. Stefano Gobbi in 1972. It consists of the faithful and priests gathering in Cenacles either in parish churches or private homes to recite the rosary, celebrate Mass where possible, and pray together for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as she requested during the apparitions at Fatima.
In the three decades of its existence, tens of thousands of priests, bishops, Cardinals, deacons and millions of laity have participated in these Cenacles where they consecrate themselves to Mary and pledge their fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church.
For the most part, the controversy surrounding the MMP concerns the locutions Fr. Gobbi alleges to be receiving from the Blessed Mother which are distributed to Cenacle members. The locutions (a locution is a message received interiorly from someone other than oneself) began when he was visiting the Shrine of Our Lady in Portugal and he felt Our Lady calling him to begin the work of encouraging Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and pledging fidelity to the Magisterium. As time went on, he began to record these locutions, which eventually became the book entitled, To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.
Because a person can so easily be deceived by these kinds of mystical experiences, a qualified spiritual director must be called upon to discern the authenticity of the locutions. In this case, Fr. Gobbi’s was already under the care of a spiritual director who judged the messages to be authentic. The spiritual director also decides which messages can be published.
Colin Donovan, STL, theologian at EWTN, confirms in an article about the MMP that Fr. Gobbi has never been subject to any formal scrutiny by the Church, even though some believe otherwise.
The confusion mostly stems from Fr. Gobbi’s decision to change the name of his book from Our Lady Speaks to Her Beloved Priests to the present title, which some believe implied that the Church had determined the messages were not authentic. As Donovan points out, this title change “represented nothing more than prudent reserve, typical in such matters, and was not a formal action of any entity in the Church.”
The second source of confusion is a letter from an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith asking Fr. Gobbi to explicitly state in the book’s introduction that the messages are merely his own meditation.
This request was made by the monsignor and reflected only his personal desire. As the Congregation later clarified to Fr. Gobbi, this letter was not an official act of the Congregation.
Questions have also arisen about some of Fr. Gobbi’s messages which appear to contradict Church teaching.
Mary Beth Kremski*, writing in the January, 2001 issue of This Rock magazine, points out several inconsistencies between Fr. Gobbi’s discussion of the Second Coming and the Church’s official statements on these events.
For instance, in one of Fr. Gobbi’s messages, we are told that we will see “the new heavens and the new earth” in the year 2000. “According to Fr. Gobbi, this will occur prior to, and without need of, the final judgment,” Kremski writes.
However, as she correctly points out, the Catechism (1042-1043) clearly states that the new heavens and the new earth will occur after the universal judgment. Scripture also tells us that we will see the new heavens and new earth only after the final judgment (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:1-5).
In spite of these discrepancies, it should be noted that the various editions of Fr. Gobbi’s book of messages contain imprimaturs. An imprimatur, a Latin word meaning “let it be printed,” is given after a member of the Church hierarchy has reviewed the material and determined that it contains nothing contrary to faith or morals.
The bottom line is that there is nothing “New Age” about the MMP and there is certainly no record of it doing anything other than bringing people closer to God, Our Lady, and the Church.
*Mary Beth Kremski, see pages 1-4, concludes her lengthy critique of Fr. Gobbi/MMP opining that “On more than one point the MMP has strayed from Church guidance and teaching.“
Dear Friends, I present you this article about the ‘apparitions’ in Akita-Japan. It is the translation of my article published in a Dutch newsletter AVE 2003. I give permission to publish it in any English newsletter or on Internet.
Let me know if you agree, please. Pax et Bonum, Mark Waterinckx, Catholic apologist, Belgium EXTRACT
[…] [For the entire letter, see AKITA, JAPAN-ARE THE SUPERNATURAL EVENTS GENUINE?
Don Gobbi (a never recognised Italian seer – see AVÉ no. 5), also plays an important role in Akita just as in Medjugorje. In the publication Chrétiens Magazine of November/December 1985 (in which among other things Fr. René Laurentin propagates a lot of false apparitions), there is on page 7 a photograph of Don Gobbi (founder of the Marian Movement of Priests) standing beside Mgr. Ito [the bishop who approved Akita, though not by his successor and not by Rome] by the miraculous statue of Mary of Akita. As a matter of fact, the same Don Gobbi claims to have got a message from Our Blessed Lady in Akita on 15 September 1987, who said that she had already spoken in Fatima of a sentence more terrible than the flood! (Sic)
The author of the book Celle qui pleure au Japon – La Dame de tous les Peuples (1985 ed. Téqui-Paris) is a mission priest, Joseph-Marie Jacq. This supporter of Akita mentions in this book both Medjugorje (see AVÉ no. 1) and Garabandal (see AVÉ no. 3) as well as San Damiano (see AVÉ no. 7) and Teresa Musco (see later in AVÉ) as if they were also real apparitions. And what is still more curious, he claims, just like Don Gobbi, to have received a message in Akita from Our Blessed Lady (see the French publication L’ Impartial no. 99 from 1983 p 7).
In general, I notice that authors as well as editors and promoters of books concerning Akita are at the same time proponents of many other, not-recognised apparitions.
False locutions of Fr Gobbi
November 18, 2006
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)
“Darkness will descend upon the Church and will become even more dense after your heavenly Mother has come to get the soul of the first of her beloved sons, Pope Paul VI, who is consummating on the cross his supreme sacrifice.” “As long as he lives, thanks to his grievous martyrdom, I can still hold back the arm of God’s justice. But after his death, ALL WILL COME CRASHING DOWN.“
February 10, 1978
Message # 326:
“In these times, you have need above all of being defended from the terrible snares of my Adversary, who has succeeded in establishing his reign in the world. It is the reign which is opposed to Christ; it is the reign of the Antichrist. In this last part of your century, this reign of his will reach the peak of its strength, of its power, of its great seduction. The hour is in preparation when the man of iniquity, who wants to put himself in the place of God to have himself adored as God, is about to manifest himself in all his power. “June 7, 1986
Message # 357:
“These are the times of the great chastisement. These times are closer than you think. Already during this Marian year, certain great events will take place, concerning what I predicted at Fatima and have told, under secrecy, to the children to whom I am appearing at Medjugorje. These are the times of the great return. “
July 3, 1987
“In the period of ten years, there will come to the completion that fullness of time which was pointed out to you by me, beginning with La Salette all the way to my most recent and present apparitions.” “In the period of ten years, there will come to the completion the time of the great tribulation, which has been foretold to you in Holy Scripture, before the second coming of Jesus. “
September 11, 1988
“666 indicated thrice, that is to say, for the third time, expresses the year 1998, nineteen hundred and ninety-eight. In this period of history Freemasonry, assisted by its ecclesiastical form, will succeed in its great design: that of setting up an idol to put in the place of Christ and of His Church. A false christ and a false church. Consequently, the statue built in honor of the first beast, to be adored by all the inhabitants of the earth and which will seal with its mark all those who want to buy or sell, is that of the Antichrist. You have thus arrived at the peak of the purification, of the great tribulation and of the apostasy. The apostasy will be, as of then, generalized because almost all will follow the false christ and the false church. Then the door will be open for the appearance of the man or of the very person of the Antichrist! “June 17, 1989
What I find truly amazing is that despite all these unfulfilled prophecies, priests and lay people remain committed to the “Marian Movement of Priests” and the Cenacles devoted to this movement continue operating in Catholic parishes. There are heresies sprinkled throughout the messages of course, but even if these are not terribly obvious to the average person, surely the unfulfilled prophecies should have clued them in by now. Priest or not, what we have in Fr Gobbi is nothing more than a false medium spreading its lies.
As to Fr Gobbi, I am not aware of any official judgement, positive or negative, but I think his messages are repetitive, prolix, and sometimes contradictory. The Antichrist did not appear in 1998, as prophesied; nor did the Second Coming occur, which the messages of the 1990’s were predicting for the end of the decade.
-Fr. Peter Joseph
Fr Peter Joseph of Wagga Wagga, Australia, has a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, is the editor of the revised version of Archbishop Sheehan’s “Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine” (Saint Austin Press 2001), [vice-rector of Vianney College seminary], and is currently the Chancellor of the Maronite Diocese of Australia.
MMP promoters in India
I am a Salesian Missionary from Italy. I arrived in India on 5th December 1939 with other very young Salesians like me. We did all our ecclesiastical studies in Salesian Houses of Formation, and were ordained in India. In 1980, Fr. Stephen Gobbi, who at Our Lady’s bidding had founded The Marian Movement Of Priests, came to India to introduce the Movement. I accompanied him during his visit to various Indian dioceses, particularly in South India. A number of Bishops and Priests adhered to the Movement and when he left, he asked me to take charge of the Movement in India.
With renewed apologies, Yours in Christ, Fr. Rosario Stroscio, SDB
2. In Chennai, the priest promoting the
Fr. Ignatius Prasad.
3. Fr. James Fannan, PIME
of Bangladesh was the first priest who believed in Vassula Ryden**, a false Greek Orthodox mystic, and he accompanied her on her visits to India to promote her True Life In God messages. He was a member of Fr. Gobbi’s Marian Movement of Priests.
By Mark Waterinckx, Belgium (English translation of originally Dutch article in newsletter AVE, December 2001)
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. […]
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 [another unapproved apparition site] in 1982? Don Gobbi himself!
**Vassula Rydén: the Reasons for the Church’s Negative Reaction
By Fr. Francois-Marie Dermine, O.P., January 2008
[…] Disappearance, cancellation, censuring and modification of the [True Life in God] messages [of Vassula]
[…]The pages that follow are taken mostly from one of my articles published in the Italian magazine Jesus of October 1996 and entitled Quando Dio si fa correggere [When God is corrected]. […]
2. Omitted or deleted messages
When we compare the photocopies of the manuscripts which, in the beginning, the protagonist had freely circulated, with the facsimile editions (also known as the “handwriting edition”)
printed later on, some cuttings show up. The most obvious cuttings are explained as: «At Vassula’s request portions of page X have been deleted».
This discovery has to be attributed to Father Philip Pavich O.F.M., an American of Croatian origin. In September 1991, during a five year stay in Medjugorje, where he was carrying out the ministry of reconciliation, Fr. Pavich received a copy of the original messages that had been corrected by the “seer” herself with the help of her collaborator Erwin Schlacher, and where the many deletions and modifications could be seen. The Franciscan priest made public these photocopies by circulating them and comparing them with the printed “handwriting edition”.
These photocopies were sent to Elena Carvalho – the Brazilian translator of the revelations into Portuguese. She was disconcerted by these photocopies and requested explanations. Mrs. Rydén wrote a fax to her on October 14, 1993, in which she justified herself by asserting that the passages:
“were taken out with God’s guidance. In two words, God gives me private messages plus very symbolic ones. In the beginning I photocopied ALL things out. Later, when God’s work had to be printed, God made me understand that the private messages and the very symbolic that people might not understand, should not be printed. (…) I have 2 notebooks, one I call the private notebook (…). Then I have what I call the ‘official’ notebook, the one that should be printed. God removes from the private notebook all what should be diffused and re-writes the message in the official notebook.”
She also states that at the beginning, she had made everything public, but God did not want that. At the end of the fax (photocopy 1 shows one a passage of the fax), Mrs. Rydén announced that René Laurentin would give a detailed response to all the “calumnies”. However, Laurentin did not write this response, and Mrs. Rydén had to take the matter into her own hands, formulating argumentations that, according to our opinion, complicate even further her already precarious situation and clash with indisputable facts.
A close examination of the complete original photocopies (extracts reproduced hereunder, each one indicated with the number of the notebook, the page and the date of the message) allows one to verify that the parts removed from the printed edition normally correspond to some unfulfilled prophecy or to some fact resulting in disappointment for the protagonist. In photocopy 2, for example, the original version of the message dated April 14, 1988, asks Vassula and her “entourage” to write to Don Stefano Gobbi of the Marian Movement of Priests. In photocopy 3, the cuttings appear clearly. The same treatment was reserved to the message of June 10, 1988 (photocopies 4 and 5), where the “Virgin Mary”, intending to perform a consolidation between her messages to Don Gobbi and those of Jesus to Vassula Rydén, announces that she had arranged a meeting between the two. This meeting, because of Don Gobbi’s reluctance, did not take place. The same procedure of “cutting” was applied to a part of the message dated July 29, 1988 that mentions a meeting to take place in Switzerland with Fr. Schwitzer S.J. The “Virgin Mary” had directed Vassula, her “most beloved one”, to him for spiritual direction. In the meantime, the priest did not want to assume such a responsibility because he attributed the messages to a «spirit of dubious origin».
**Vassula Ryden – Mystical theology add-ons…
By Terry Nelson, August 3, 2010
[…] On notifications and clarifications
One of the reasons I believe seminarians need extensive training in mystical theology in our times is precisely because of all the spiritual frauds and their delusional devotees running around parishes and the archdioceses of the world these days. Last week I came upon a post on mysticism and discernment written by a British Third Order Carmelite priest who claims to be an exorcist – (whenever he speaks to anyone it seems he makes this fact known) – in addition to being a mystical theologian. His name is Fr John Abberton. Fr. Abberton may indeed carry all of those credentials, but he has a lot of baggage on top of that – he promotes the false visionary: Vassula Ryden.
The CDF issued the following Notification on Vassula Ryden – who some say is more an occultist than mystic – as far back as 1995. Fr. Abberton goes to great lengths trying to explain away the notification, but his arguments are less than convincing, if not without authority.
[…Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – Notification on Vassula Ryden, October 6, 1995 …]
“Merely the result of private meditations…”
I believe that has been the same assessment on the messages of Fr. Gobbi to the Marian Movement of Priests; not surprisingly, Fr. Abberton is also a member of MMP.
The website of the Adur Valley Parish, Our Lady Queen of Peace, UK http://www.olqp.net/Home/Welcome.html
[Fr John Abberton defending Vassula Ryden:] […] Fr Edward O’Connor of Notre Dame wrote a pamphlet on the Notification and the messages. The fact is, that if people read both the Notification AND the answers that Vassula gave (and it is clear that this was the Cardinal’s intention) they will see that the anxieties expressed in the Notification are groundless.
So, the question is why did the Cardinal issue that letter? It seems to contradict the statement made by Cardinal Ratzinger that “the situation has been modified”. How could the CDF have allowed Fr Prospero to work so closely with Vassula and liaise with them if they had already made up their minds?
Also, one of the quite serious factual errors in his letter is that the messages are presented as Vassula’s meditations. She has never presented them in that way. She has written to the Cardinal to make this clear. There is no record anywhere of Vassula saying anything like that or writing about the messages in that way.
That point reminds me of an incident concerning Don Stefano Gobbi. On retreat in San Marino some years ago, someone arrived from the Vatican asking Don Gobbi to sign a statement saying that the messages he had received (“To the Priests; Our Lady’s Beloved Sons”) were simply his private meditations. In humility he was about to sign it when the priests present on the retreat objected and begged him not to sign. He didn’t, and the Vatican has never insisted on it since (although he was made to change the title of the book!).
**Touched by the Spirit of God II: Vassula and the CDF
By Fr. Edward O’Connor CSC
[…] It has been worth that pain, however, to be able to publish now this book by a theologian of the calibre of Fr. Edward O’Connor. His work in the second section, “Vassula and the End Times” raises scholarly investigation of the True Life in God messages to a new level. He brings out the essential consistency among these writings, the writings of Father Stefano Gobbi (founder of the Marian Movement of Priests).
Father Miguel Contardo SJ
In defense of Vassula Rydén, regarding an article of “L’Osservatore Romano“(no 44), dated November 3, 1995
1. The Lord warned Vassula, on several occasions, that she would have many detractors, both Catholics and mainly Orthodox.
2. Father Gobbi, Director and Founder of the “Marian Movement of Priests”, talked to us of the “Ecclesiastical masonry”, as the “Beast coming out of the sea”, referred to in the Revelation, and that it’s influence penetrates the social communication means, even within the Vatican.
**Public and Private Revelation
By Fr. Desmond O’Sullivan, C.S.Sp. and Fr. James Fannan, PIME
The two priests, in their defense of Vassula Ryden, cite Fr. Stefano Gobbi:
“MMP Message No. 166: “The second coming of Jesus is before the last coming in judgement” 24/12/1978“
Following on from the 1996 talk by Fr. Gobbi which has just been forwarded to this list, it seems appropriate to forward also this article, dealing with the same topics, written by Fr. “X” back in 1994. [Fr. “X”
is Fr. James Fannan PIME]
NORMS REGARDING THE MANNER OF PROCEEDING IN THE DISCERNMENT OF PRESUMED APPARITIONS OR REVELATIONS
PAUL VI/CDF FEBRUARY 25, 1978 & DECEMBER 14, 2011
NORMS REGARDING THE MANNER OF PROCEEDING IN THE DISCERNMENT OF PRESUMED APPARITIONS OR REVELATIONS 02
CDF MAY 29, 2012
PRIVATE REVELATION-RULES FOR DISCERNMENT OF PHENOMENA-FR FELIX BOURDIER
CARDINAL IVAN DIAS PROMOTES CONTROVERSIAL MARIAN APPARITIONS
AKITA, JAPAN-ARE THE SUPERNATURAL EVENTS GENUINE?
CHRISTINA GALLAGHER-THE HOUSE OF PRAYER
FALSE PRIVATE REVELATION OF MICHAEL DIBITETTO – RON SMITH
JULIA KIM-MARYS ARK OF SALVATION
MARIA DIVINE MERCY-THE WARNING SECOND COMING AND THE BOOK OF TRUTH
MARIA VALTORTA-POEM OF THE MAN-GOD
MAUREEN SWEENEY-HOLY LOVE MINISTRIES
PATRICIA DE MENEZES-THE COMMUNITY OF DIVINE INNOCENCE
QUO VADIS PAPA FRANCISCO 02-MEDJUGORJE
VERONICA LUEKEN-OUR LADY OF THE ROSES
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