"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Mother Teresa never said that... and John XXIII didn't cry all day after reading the Third Secret either ...

He thought it was the Octave of Pentecost and not Ordinary Time.


For years I have heard religious people insist that Mother Teresa condemned Communion in the hand ... turns out she didn't.  In fact, she once asked Fr. Rutler to set the record straight:

Mother did not want to be invoked in polemics. No sentimentalist, she ordered me to write a correction for a newspaper that had reported that she opposed Communion in the hand. - Crisis
Here are some more things Blessed Teresa never said: Quotes falsely attributed to Bl. Mother Teresa.

People make stuff up, or at best, exaggerate things they've witnessed or heard repeated by others.  They repeat it as if it were dogma - even if and when it contradicts what the Bishops have said or permitted.  Sometimes lay-mystics even make it part of their message.

Sometimes they repeat these stories to scare people into reverence or to shame and quilt them as bad Catholics destined to have their hands rot off at their wake...

Ever hear the one about the black box everyone would have in their homes through which the devil would enter?  As a kid, I first heard the prophecy attributed to St. Frances Cabrini. Later, after canonization, Mother Seton. I may be wrong, but it might go way back to some unknown ecstatic in the Swiss Alps. At any rate - I've never been able to verify the origins of the prophecy.  Before cell phones and computers, people thought it was the television, maybe before that it was the radio?

I've written about this stuff before.  My favorite  was from Fatima promoters before the Third Secret was revealed:  "Pope John the XXIII opened the Secret of Fatima in 1960 and cried all day."  That's not what happened.  He didn't share it with Khrushchev and Kennedy either.

The other one, Pope Paul VI wept on Pentecost Monday, when he realized there was not going to be an Octave of Pentecost any more. A bishop stated it as fact in his memoirs.

Then there is the report of what JPII supposedly said in 1980 at Fulda about the Third Secret of Fatima. It was roundly disputed at the time that he even said it - now it is claimed to be historically accurate. Oddly enough, Bl. John Paul never read the contents of the secret until after the 1981 assassination attempt. Yet the Fulda statement continues to be circulated as true.

I bet there are many sayings attributed to Padre Pio which may also be made up.  Pious people often make the mistake of accepting these statements as having more weight than Magisterial teaching and instruction.  They willingly believe a locutionist over proper ecclesial authority regarding the discipline of the sacraments.

H/T Mark Shea

13 comments:

  1. Interesting read ... anyway, did you read that Mr. Gene Wilder died late Sunday night? He was 83 years old.

    Gene Wilder, star of 'Young Frankenstein' and 'Willy Wonka,' is dead at 83

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2016/08/29/gene-wilder-star-willy-wonka-is-dead-at-83.html

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    1. I did see that about Gene Wilder - I liked him and loved Gilda - the news made me really sad. I didn't know what to write and decided not to post on it.

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  2. Very interesting post Terry. It seems to me this is illustrative of the myth building process in human history. A story develops, grows and gets established as fact which never occurred. The Fatima, Medjurgorie and all other miraculous events have a certain amount of this going on. As do all conspiracy theories as well. As aside, but somewhat related. I was mowing my lawn the other day, nearly dusk when in a beautiful blue sky I saw three jets high in the sky leaving Lon trails that became long cirrus like clouds. Recalled how I have seen the same in early morning lately. Not all jets leave such distinctive trails. My curiosity kicked in and the word Chen trails came to mind. I googled it to find all kinds of sinister theories about this. Now, I do not believe them to be necessarily true, but many people apparently do. This is how myths are born.

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    1. You are right - funny I just noticed the same on a jet over head - but I think it has to do with the moisture and the fact the atmosphere at that elevation is below freezing?

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  4. I'll never forget how the day after my twin brothers received their First Holy Communion I took them to Mass with me at a private chapel. They received Communion in the hand because that is how they had been taught at their parish. A woman came up to them after Mass and told them that Mother Teresa had said that receiving Communion in the hand was the worst sin in then world. They were only little boys and very upset. They never went back to that chapel with me again. Now they are totally unchurched.

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    1. That's sad - the poor lady meant well and was sadly misinformed. Especially when trying to instruct the little boys. Oh well. We all make mistakes. Tonight I'll ask St. Joseph to fix it and let them see a sanctuary lamp someplace, be drawn inside and realize ...

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    2. What a beautiful idea!

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    3. That is indeed a beautiful idea, thank you, Terry.

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  5. http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/eucharist-desecrated-missionaries-of-charity-assaulted-in-argentina-63151/

    I read this and wonder what Blessed Mother Theresa would say.
    What is happening in Argentina? Second time in less than a month that a church/tabernacle desecration has occurred.

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    1. Oh that is terrible, I hate to read such things, I hate to think the Missionaries suffered in that way, I hate to think Our Lord permitted such desecration. It makes me ...

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  6. I wouldn't trust anything from Mark Shea...especially now that he has been fired from the NCRegister for being a heretic.

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    1. Thanks for the morning laugh. He wasn't let go for that - but it made me laugh that you said so.

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