I was reading some material on Monsignor Esseff and new messages from Mary supposedly dictated to a locutionist under his direction. I was trying to find out who the unnamed mystic is, apparently she is a cloistered nun. The messages strike me as too political and a bit pro-American. For me I find nothing edifying in them - much like Medjugorje. Obviously it isn't meant to be - for me.
That said, I came across an American theologian, Ronald L. Conte, Jr. who discredits the Esseff locutions as well - so he must be right, since it accords with my intuitions on the subject. Just kidding - I only say that because when we want to be right we can usually find someone who agrees with us - even a theologian. However, I don't care about being 'right' on this - I was simply looking to find out more about the Essef messages - as they seem to be well received in my part of the Church. I should point out Conte also accepts the following revelations as 'trustworthy':
MedjugorjeMe, not so much.
Fr. Stefano Gobbi
Ranking #205 in his list of false revelations, he states:
205. "Locutions to the World" - Anonymous visionary at Locutions.org, whose messages are announced through a retired priest, Msgr. John Esseff. Messages claim that Russia was never consecrated as requested at Fatima, even though Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzginer (now Pope Benedict XVI) and sister Lucy, the visionary of Fatima, all said that Russia has been properly consecrated. The messages are similar to the other false messages of the above false visionaries, including profane commentary on politics, economics, and current events. - ConteWorks for me. The Esseff locutions are also pro-Medjugorje - an irony because Conte accepts Medj as true. It isn't a contradiction however, since they all accept Catholic teaching and remain Catholic.
Investigating the investigators.
Interestingly, Conte rejects Mark Mallet, a charismatic who supposedly misinterpreted a word of knowledge he received and speculated upon the three days darkness. That's all such iffy stuff as it is - so who can judge? I've noted some bloggers seem to follow Mark Mallet, but I know very little about him or his prophecies. Remember John of the Cross has much to say on these things and I've often referred to his writings, especially when people interpret locutions in a literal sense.
I cited the extensive list of false revelations simply to demonstrate how popular spiritual prophecies and warnings and predictions are today - it goes hand in hand with the popularity of the occult I think. That in itself should be a warning for devout souls.
When I googled Conte, his name came up on a fun site called American Loons - which pretty much diminished his credibility right away, for me at least. I searched the site for other Catholic bloggers such as Barnhardt, Mckinley, Fernandez, Jeffie, Skovran, Verrechio, Zuhlsdorf, Poodles, and so on, but they weren't listed. (Neither was I - but I'm not important enough.) I did see Ann Coulter and Pam Geller - which is what prompted me to seriously look up Ann Barnhardt - but I didn't find any other personality I've met online ... except for this guy:
Dec 08, 2014
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