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A news item recently noted that the Vatican was using the internet to learn about cases of priest abuse and how bishops were handling them.
This tell us a few things: how big our Church is, for one; for another, how small -- and short-staffed -- is the Vatican.
In fact that shortage may be one reason matters move more slowly, along with the Vatican's prudent deliberations. There are certainly recent concerns. In the United States, two prominent priests who had been on television and were known for speaking engagements or local stature fell within a week of each other, both of whom there are been rumblings for years (causing us, for years, to hold back from promoting them).
Yet, the Church remains rock-solid at its base and bolstered by the knowing that the Force behind it is the Force -- the Holy Spirit -- Who created the universe (and sends us signs).
Are the Eucharistic miracles one such indication? Again, we set forth to consider. Notes a blog (of the image to the left): "The story of the Eucharistic Miracle that happened in Kumasi, Ghana in West Africa in the 1990s. This is what happened when a Protestant man saw what looks to him as idolatry during the Corpus Christi procession. This man took photographs of the monstrance with the intention to show it to some non-Catholic Christians as a proof that Catholics worship a 'wafer god.' The man who was a professional photographer went to develop his photographs. At the photo lab this miraculous photo of Jesus Christ was among his films. When he was given this outcome of the photograph, he first disputed with the guys at the photo lab saying this wasn't one of his films. They showed him his negatives containing this very image of our Lord."
Another presumed Eucharistic miracle is being claimed in Minnesota.
We have the prophetic element. Elsewhere, nany see or think they see and at least are edified by "images." There are "coincidences." When famed alleged locutionist Father Stefano Gobbi recently died, it so happened to be at three p.m. -- the time of Mercy -- and at the very time pirests from the movement he founded were gathered nearby from far-flung places around the world. The funeral was on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart. His actual death came on the feast of Peter and Paul, Peter the Rock on which Christ built the Church, Paul a patron of the organization to which Father Gobbi belonged.
Said one official exorcist attached to the movement (for our discernment): "I, Rev. Joseph Leo Iannuzzi, affirm that Fr. Steffano Gobbi is and was a true locutionist and a messenger from Mary, who shared with us a timely instrument from the Mother of God who is calling me and you to prayer and fasting from the heart. Time is short...The great chastisement awaits the planet that will be knocked off of its axis and send us into a moment of global darkness and the awakening of consciences. Father Gobbi's messages presently bear the Church's official seal of approval, the 'imprimatur.' Thus he is ecclesiastically recognized. So, prepare yourselves with the weapons of the Brown Scapular, the Miraculous medal, the Benedictine medal, the prayers of the Most Holy Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the frequent reception of the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion. As God loves you, I love you, and love one another. Forgive one another form the heart. Nothing else really matters in this life."
Others point out that the Vatican long ago asked that the messages not be so definitively be declared as words directly from Mary. Whatever the case, they have borne certain good fruits -- have kept many priests from discouragement, giving them a "heads-up" on the kind of trials that were ahead (here perhaps we get back to matters like the abuse calamity) and so do many look elsewhere for "messages" which must be handled with great caution (which means fasting and prayer). Fasting clarifies. Without it, we are more readily deceived. There have been wolves in sheep's clothing, or at least those who, deceived themselves, deceive others. We are careful not to judge. It is too easy to call someone a "wolf." Usually, it is a person who means well, or originally did.
Dear Rev Fr. James,
Fr. Stefano Gobbi, the founder of the Marian Movement of Priests, died on
the Feast of Sts Peter & Paul at 3pm in the afternoon, the Hour of Mercy.
A very touching tribute to Fr. Gobbi from Father Joseph Iannuzzi, an
Official Exorcist - June 29th, 2011
Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi
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