|Buffalo Bishop has prohibited dissemination of Maria Divine Mercy's messages in the Diocese of Portland.|
Full text of his letter below:
Bishop Richard. J. Malone
Full text below:
Recently an enquiry was been made relative to some materials that are being disseminated through the website www.thewarningsecondcoming.com. The website contains the writings of "Maria Divine Mercy" which is the pseudonym of an anonymous woman who reportedly lives in Dublin and who claims to be a Roman Catholic and to be 'receiving spiritual guidance from the Catholic Church." Since some o the "messages" promote negative attitudes towards the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and of the Papacy, I have made further inquiry as to the "authenticity" of these alleged revelations.
Through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, an inquiry was made of the Irish Catholic Conference to see if the Irish Bishops had issued any guidance. Some of the Irish Bishops had no knowledge of these revelations and none had made any statements. However, since the individual uses a pseudonym and is anonymous, it is difficult to investigate. However, there have been other statements made by other bishops. In particular, Bishop Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia has stated:
"I have examined some of these messages and found them to be patently fraudulent and corrosive of true Christian faith as the Catholic Church teaches it. The alleged recipient of the messages operates anonymously and refuses to identify and present herself to local Church authority for a theological examination of the content of her messages.
The messages contain certain theological and historical errors some of which fall within the category of bogus millenarianism, and they are more likely to provoke fear rather than the peace of the Spirit. They play on elements o the Catholic faith only to undermine it at its core. Moreover, they are outrageous in their claims against Pope Francis. Therefore, the messages of Maria Divine Mercy are not to be taken seriously, discussed, or distributed within the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Additionally, both the National Catholic Register and New Advent have posted negative evaluations of the Maria Divine Mercy revelations which can be found at http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/9-things-you-need-to-know-about-maria-divine-mercy and http://blog.newadvent.org/2013/03/a-closer-look-at-false-prophecies-of.html
Given the fact that the Church as not yet pronounced on the authenticity of these "revelations", and given the fact that more than one bishop has judged them to undermine the Catholic faith at its core, I hereby prohibit the dissemination or promotion of Maria Divine Mercy materials in the Diocese of Portland. If anyone approaches you or you are aware of anyone in your parish that is speaking about or promoting these materials please make them aware of this prohibition. This ban will be in effect, until such time as the "revelations" are authenticated by the Church.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. Thank you for your ministry to your parishioners and for your commitment and fidelity to the Church.
May God bless you with His peace. Please know that you are in my prayers.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Richard. J. Malone
Apostolic Administrator of Portland
Bishop of Buffalo
"Bishop Richard Joseph Malone is the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Portland. He served as the 11th Bishop of Portland, Maine, from March 2004 to May 29, 2012, when Pope Benedict XVI named him the 14th Bishop of Buffalo. Bishop Malone was installed in Buffalo on August 10,2012. On that same day, he became the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Portland, a position he will hold until a new bishop is named for the diocese