To our readers
we pose this question: can any Catholic, young or old, having seen
the fruits of Vatican II, honestly say that the revolution of the
past 47 years has been for the good of the Church, that “opening
windows” to the modern world resulted in other than the destruction
of true religion? Surely not. No, the best that can be said for the
catastrophe is that it has prompted many of the faithful to search on
their own into a state of affairs that, in retrospect, we can see had
already begun to afflict the world of the 1940’s and 50’s—a time
many of us may recall with a sense of nostalgia.
the paradox: the more we learn, the more we ponder the results, the
more we realize that neither we, nor our parents, had the means of
seeing then what was truly going on. Nor do we have all the answers
now, not having access to the inner secrets, or archives, of those in
power, who, it seems, have not helped us, but, rather, continue to
lie and dissemble in order to cover up the truth. We can only
assemble the facts as we find them—from history, from scripture,
from prophecy, from current events—and conclude that something is
terribly wrong, that the mass of Christians subsist in a state of
cataclysmic shock, not understanding what they have lost, much less
how to recover it. Indeed, for those of us who do try to fathom the
extent of the loss, the words of a weeping Mary Magdalene at Christ’s
tomb on Easter morning come to mind:
“…they have taken away my Lord;
and I know not where they have laid Him.” (John 20: xiii)
If these words
seem to echo our own Catholic sense of loss, and we realize that the
Church is Christ’s own Mystical Body, which, according to tradition,
is supposed to parallel his own Life, we can deduce how all this
figures now in the grand scope of things. We can perceive that just
as Our Lord vanished from sight for awhile, so His Church—the true
Church, that is—has seemed to fade from our view. In its place we
see a counterfeit, a grotesque fraud which, like an obscene pagan
idol, has seduced and perverted countless souls. Reports of the
recent sex scandals only touch the surface of a much deeper problem,
and serve as an excuse for the enemy to place blame where it does not
belong: on the pristine Bride of Christ.
Here we come to
yet another pitfall, wherein even well-meaning Catholics, falling
into the trap, might confuse one for the other and, sensing the
extent of the rot, but failing to distinguish the fraud from the true
Bride, conclude that the latter Herself is sullied, i.e. that the
Church is in apostasy. Such a belief, however, violates the doctrine
of indefectibility, whereby only apostates can be in apostasy, not
the Church. No matter that the fraud, in all her purloined finery,
manages to monopolize the airwaves, the press, the slick periodicals,
even the so-called “Catholic” ones. False as it is, this glossy
image pervades, and a world-wide audience weaned on movies, TV and
video games cannot help but succumb to the scam. Caught up in the
mass mania, millions of fans recently descended upon Rome for a
funeral and a conclave—yet even the “talking heads” on TV admit
that only a small percentage of these actually go to church—or, we
might add, have a clue as to what is really going on.
remains that such fanfare does not represent the true Church. This
seems to be hidden from view at present. But how can this be? you
wonder. How could God allow this? In reply we point out clues to
unraveling the riddle that can be found in scripture and prophecy.
After all, Christ Himself asked whether He would find faith on earth
when He returned (Luke, 18, viii). St. Paul foretold a great falling
away, i.e. apostasy, which would usher in the Man of Sin, i.e.
Antichrist, who would rule the world for a time (II Thessalonians 2,
iii-iv) And if all this constitutes too much doom and gloom for our
reader, he should be consoled by Our Lord’s promise that He would not
leave us orphans. No, He left us His own Mother, Who has in fact
appeared in recent centuries to a variety of visionaries, including
Saints Catherine Laboure, seeress of the Miraculous Medal, and
Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes.
latter apparitions, and those of Fatima, of course, are well-known—there are even movies publicizing the events. Much less familiar,
however, even to older Catholics, is the Marian apparition of 1846
involving the shepherd children Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud at
LaSalette in France. While tending their herd, they saw a Heavenly
Lady, bathed in light, yet weeping because, she said, her children,
who took God’s name in vain and worked on Sundays, would suffer
horribly if they did not repent of their sins.1
After further words, the Lady vanished, but news of her appearance
spread rapidly. Miraculous cures followed.2
The bishop intervened, and after intense scrutiny, the apparition won
his official approval.3
controversial, though, were the ominous “secrets” told by Our Lady to
the seers, who, as instructed, refused to divulge the contents for
some years. The first on record to see them in writing was Pope Pius
IX, who at least tacitly approved;4
so did Leo XIII, who read the secrets in 1879.5
When the secrets were finally published in 1879 and in 1904 (with an
imprimatur from an Italian bishop), however, there were some in the
hierarchy of a liberal bent who did not take kindly to hearing them.
They rejected the warning that horrible chastisements were imminent,
and that not only peasants were at fault, but priests and religious
as well! Still worse was the news that in coming days the Church
would be in eclipse, that Rome would lose the faith and become the
seat of the Antichrist.6
defending her message, Melanie was harassed continually through the
years. By the end of 1904 she was dead, at age 72. In 1915 her
detractors inside the Vatican managed to publish a decree forbidding
further commentaries on the prophecies. But the actual texts of
these escaped censure (as did devotion to Our Lady of LaSalette).
Even the most scrupulous may read them with a clear conscience.7
And “forbidden” commentaries aside, we moderns, armed with some basic
facts of iconography, astronomy, and history, can pretty much figure
it out for ourselves.
the sun has symbolized Christ and His Church, as well as the pope. A
solar eclipse, of course, does not indicate the sun no longer exists;
it is simply obscured. Similarly, a Church in eclipse is one that is
hidden from view. It may also signify a pope in hiding, one whose
see has been usurped by an anti-pope. Of course, if the true pope
is forced to flee Rome, and an anti-pope rules there instead over a
counterfeit church, that city could indeed be said to have lost the
or not, the scenario is, in fact, consistent with Catholic prophecy
as interpreted through the ages by a variety of saints and scholars,
including the translators of the original Douay-Rheims Bible. Its
annotations to both II Thessalonians8
and Apocalypse 179
admit the possibility, if not likelihood, that the end-times
Antichrist, usurping the papal See, will drive the true pope from
Rome. Unfortunately, however, few Catholics have had access to this
version of the Bible, because during penal times in England it was
Even in the 19th century the Protestant authorities
considered its original annotations too “acrimonious”11
to be reprinted, and, anxious to win, and keep, the limited rights of
Catholic “emancipation,” the English and Irish bishops complied.
In other words,
this Bible was, ironically, suppressed by a coalition of militant,
of Catholic prelates to publicize prophecies involving Antichrist and
the papacy might by explained by the nasty Protestant habit of
identifying one with the other. According to Luther, Calvin et al.,
the end-times Beast—or one of his
ilk—will turn out to be none
other than the Pope! Given this scenario, of course, the need for
Catholic apologists to distinguish carefully between the true pope
and usurper, or antipope, becomes paramount. Even Cardinal Newman,
darling of the literati though he was, found himself having to refute
this Protestant belief, and in the process he delineated the needed
distinctions quite clearly. The “Antichrist” entry in The Catholic
Encyclopedia summarizes his argument, and one point in particular
The defenders of the
Papal-Antichrist theory (says Newman) have made several signal
blunders in their arguments; they cite St. Bernard as
identifying the Beast of the Apocalypse with the Pope, though St.
Bernard speaks in the passage of the Antipope; they appeal to the
Abbot Joachim as believing that Antichrist will be elevated to the
Apostolic See, while the Abbot really believes that Antichrist will
overthrow the Pope and usurp his See; finally, they appeal to Pope
Gregory the Great as asserting that whoever claims to be Universal
Bishop is Antichrist, whereas the great Doctor really speaks of the
Forerunner of Antichrist who was, in the language of the day, nothing
but a token of an impending great evil.13
Unfortunately, such gems as this on the subject of prophecy are rare
in the Catholic Encyclopedia—even in that of 1917. More typical is
its entry on “La Salette.” This implies a distrust of “apocalyptic”
literature, to which it attributes what is called Melanie’s
“disturbed” frame of mind at the time she published her secret in
writer of the article refuses to concede that this could have
really come from Our Lady. As for the sources of the apocalyptic
gloom Melanie supposedly imbibed, he doesn’t specify. He gives no
names, no titles of books, no other references, thus leaving the
impression that Melanie was, for her day, what some moderns might
call a “lone nut.”
But she was
series of 1861 lectures, yet another illustrious convert from
Anglicanism—and future cardinal―Edward Henry Manning, voiced
views on the latter days that could be compared to Melanie’s
message! Citing Church Fathers and Doctors, from Hippolytus to
Bellarmine, Manning predicted that during a time of intense
chastisement and persecution towards the end of the world, the
celebration of Mass would virtually cease. Furthermore, he said, the
Fathers foretold that the Roman people, under Antichrist’s influence,
would apostasize and drive away the true pope.15
Manning’s words because his lectures were printed in booklet form,
though only a few copies remain today, buried in university archives.
Even in his time the audience was probably limited. The lengthy
entry on him in The Catholic Encyclopedia fails to mention his
comments on the last days. Indeed, few Catholics in the
English-speaking world seemed to know much at all about Catholic
prophecy. When Passionist Father Gaudentius Rossi, an Italian priest
living in the United States, and writing under the pseudonym
“Pellegrino”, came out with The Christian Trumpet in 1873, he
called it the first full-length book on that subject ever compiled in
features a selection of prophecies, and visionaries down through the
ages: St. Bridget of Sweden, Anna Maria Taigi, and St. John Vianney,
for instance, and also includes two chapters on LaSalette. Whereas
his book predates the publication of the full secret, Fr. Rossi
includes an abbreviated form that apparently circulated earlier; this
also warns priests and laity alike to repent or suffer horrific
Rossi has nothing but good to say regarding Melanie, whose words he
considered to be consistent with many other prophecies of the day—those of the stigmatist Palma Maria d’Oria, for example. This
visionary and Melanie, he says, communicated with each other in a
“supernatural” way (as Padre Pio would at a later date), suggesting
“marks of holiness” for both.18
It is interesting to note that while supposedly not as yet knowing
Melanie’s words regarding the papacy, he himself mentions a
“well-founded rumor” warning men like him “that an attempt will be
made at the first opportunity to thrust upon St. Peter’s throne an
anti-pope, in order to create a schism in the Church. . .”
remember, was written in the early 1870’s!
The year after
the Vatican censored “commentaries” on the LaSalette secret, a
heavenly angel appeared to three children at Fatima in Portugal.
Then in 1917, Our Lady herself appeared on a number of occasions to
give them a series of apocalyptic warnings, her final visit including
a miracle of the sun witnessed by many thousands. Here, too, a
secret was entrusted to the children, one that was to be revealed by
the pope in 1960. But this did not occur as Our Lady had directed.
Most of us think it never has been told to us. Is it too much to
conclude that this is because the contents might in some way
incriminate those holding power in Rome?
appear to be a pattern here?
And lest we
think such prophecies as these have been pronounced only in remote
climes and times, let us before closing turn to a book published in
1948 by none other than our very own Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. In
it he says:
He (Satan) will set up a counterchurch which
will be the ape of the Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of
God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church,
but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a
mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble
the mystical body of Christ. . . Then will be verified a paradox ――
the very objections with which men in the last century rejected the
Church will be the reasons why they will now accept the
The Shepherdess of LaSalette, Apparition of the Blessed Virgin on
the Mountain of LaSalette (Lecce, 1879), pp. 7 – 8; See also:
Abbe Guin, Sister Mary of the Cross (Billing and Sons), 1981.
Msgr: John S. Kennedy, “The Lady in Tears,” in A Woman Clothed
with the Sun, John J. Delaney ed. (Image Books, 1960), p. 100.
Ibid. p. 109.
4 Ibid. p. 106.
Solange Hertz, “The Secret of LaSalette” (Big Rock Press) p. 2.
Guin, op. cit. p. 68.
Gary Giuffré, “Warnings from Heaven Suppressed” (2001), pp. 2 – 4.
See this article posted on his website.
8 II Thessalonians, 2: 3 – 4, “Annotations,” The New Testament,
(English College of Rheims, 1582), p. 558. See Gary Giuffré's article “Scripture
Scholars, Ancient and Modern.” posted on his website.
The Apocalypse 17: 5, “Annotations,” op. cit. p. 731. See Gary
Giuffré's article “Scripture Scholars, Ancient and Modern.” posted on
Bernard Ward, “William Cardinal Allen,” The Catholic Encyclopedia,
Vol. I, (The Encyclopedia Press, 1913), p. 322.
Tobias Mullen, The Canon of the Old Testament, (Pustet, 1892),
Ibid., p. 400.
A. J. Maas, “Antichrist,” The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. I,
(The Encyclopedia Press, 1917), p. 561.
Léon Clugnet, “La Salette,” The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol.
IX, (Encyclopedia Press, 1913), p. 8.
Henry Edward Cardinal Manning, The Present Crisis of the Holy See,
(Burns and Lambert, 1861), pp. 87 – 90. See “Scripture Scholars,
Ancient and Modern” posted on this website.
Pellegrino, The Christian Trumpet, (Patrick Donahoe, 1874), p.
Ibid. pp. 77-81.
Ibid. p. 85.
Ibid. p. 142.
Fulton J. Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West,
(Bobbs-Merrill, 1948), pp. 24 – 25.
2005 by Judith Gordon
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