DAILY CATHOLIC   FRI-SAT-SUN   September 24-26, 1999   vol. 10, no. 182


Do not be deceived by the heathen and the publican!

        Up to this point in our ten-year ministry we have never taken on another visionary or passed on an opinion regarding messages which this or that person was receiving. We truly believe that the majority of today's visionaries, locutionists and messengers are honorable and the content of the messages are basically the same only the style that varies. Most have displayed a humble fiat, are obedient to the Church, and do not seek attention to themselves, only to act as a vehicle for God's Holy Will in whatever way the Almighty has chosen through private revelation to reinforce Divine Revelation. After all, the vast majority of religious orders were founded on private revelation.

        So also this apostolate was founded on such and continues to promote private revelation in full accord with Sacred Scripture, Church Doctrine and Dogma. We remain ever obedient to the Magisterium of the Church. This includes the messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Medjugorje and the messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart which were received between September 22, 1990 and June 18, 1995. Each message was submitted to the bishops within the diocese she lived in at the time. In addition, each of the more than 600 messages, plus 100 Meditative Lessons and the Lessons on the Mysteries of the Rosary plus other assorted messages were discerned before publication by her spiritual director Father Al Svobodny, OMI, Cyndi's approved spiritual director. In fact, the only private revelation we have ever taken to task until now was Bayside and Our Lady of Roses. We published in volume 2, no. 3 issue of A Call To Peace back in the summer of 1991 the official decree by Brooklyn's Bishop Francis John Mugavero from November 4, 1986 in which the Church officially forbid any further promotion of the messages of Veronica Lueken by anyone. We all know disobedience has followed which further verifies the fallacy of the messages - for obedience is the litmus test.

        Now that same form of disobedience has raised its ugly head again in the person of self-proclaimed prophet Joshua better known to many as Ron O'Brien from Keene, New Hampshire. There are many who were duped by his earlier messages in which he was purportedly receiving messages from God the Father which followed, pretty much the same theme as the Blessed Mother and her Divine Son Jesus but earlier this year it seems God began to change His mind and contradict Himself. Can you believe that?

        Before we go into specific contradictions be it known that O'Brien, and his band of Sons of Light and others who persist in blindly following this modern-day Martin Luther, are in direct disobedience to the lawful authority of the Church, beginning with Bishop John B. McCormack of the Diocese of Manchester. We wrote the Bishop back in July and his Chancellor Monsignor Norman P. Bolduc responded by confirming that O'Brien did not have permission to disseminate the messages nor did he have an approved spiritual director. The Bishop had asked a Capuchin priest to serve as O'Brien's spiritual director and the latter flatly refused. In addition, as the Monsignor pointed out, O'Brien is in direct disobedience to the Code of Canon Law 900 and 934 regarding the fact only a priest can confect the Holy Eucharist and permission is needed by the Bishop to keep the Holy Eucharist in one's home which O'Brien has been doing with multiple hosts appearing out of nowhere! Add to this that he is distributing these mysterious hosts to lay men who submit in writing their request in which they are strongly urged to donate what they think it's worth. We quote, "In a world which, in the main, only VALUES the material, these Sacred Hosts now only will be given to those of exceedingly exceptional character and who are willing to shed themselves in sacrifice of a significant MATERIAL sum, which My prophet will determine." This was naively published by Joe Hunt, M.I. who disseminates O'Brien's messages. Hunt is a member of Saint Maximilian Kolbe's Militia Immaculata and we can't help but think poor St. Kolbe must be groaning with horror over this travesty Hunt is spreading. Following up about the material sum, Hunt records O'Brien's words: "The sum to be sacrificed I have determined to be $3,333.33. There are no exceptions. All remaining Hosts will accompany our family to Europe." Did you know God placed a monetary price tag on the Holy Eucharist? A pretty steep monetary price as well! Can you say usery with a capital U? Also, note there are six threes! That, in itself might alert one to the horned-one who mocks the Father.

        What convinces us and should convince every loyal Catholic out there that this is not from God, but rather from satan are 1) the fact God can change His mind; 2) disobedience factor; 3) Contradictions on the Church, her doctrine and Vicar of Christ; 4) self-appointing nature of the messenger; 5) Usury; 6) Hatred toward the Magisterium and bigotry toward women and those who do not abide by O'Brien's old-testament mind-set. There are other reasons as well, but for the sake of brevity we will concentrate on these, having already covered the first two.

        According to O'Brien, God told him on May 30, "to follow My Pope-son John Paul II, for as long as he reigns." On September 17, it appears God changed His mind and now has condemned this holiest of Popes. We quote, "be it known that John Paul II has abdicated through inaction his supreme Apostolic leadership, much as those popes during the Arian Heresy of the fourth to seventh centuries abandoned their responsibility." Interesting, this includes Pope Saint Gregory the Great. According to O'Brien, this, one of the greatest of Popes in the history of the Church who gave us the Gregorian traditions of the Holy Mass, abdicated his throne as well. O'Brien bases the Father or Yahweh's words on the fact Pope John Paul II has not rescinded and anathematized the Novus Ordo Mass or renounced the apostasy and modernism in the Church. Evidently Yahweh hasn't read any of the Holy Father's encyclicals or been listening to his weekly audiences, or any of the other countless orthodox pronouncements and documents this Sovereign Pontiff has produced. Can you imagine the liberals and modernists being told John Paul II is really cut from the same cloth has them?

        But Yahweh's frustrated anger is not directed only to the Pope. No, he can't stand the Bishop of Manchester who is following episcopal norms in ruling his see as the lawful successor of the Apostles. Because the Bishop dared to question O'Brien (who must humbly submit to the Bishop as his lawful shepherd), Yahweh was incensed and therefore condemned Bishop McCormack because he had the rightful audacity to question a phenomena that had never taken place in the history of the Church and posed so many questions that even the Riddler would be lost. Couldn't have anything to do with O'Brien's mind-set and self-appointed leadership role or rebellious mentality, or desire to establish free-enterprise at the expense of the Church and her followers, could it? Dear Mr. O'Brien, since when do you sell and barter God?

        If one dares to disagree with this modern-day Jim Jones Yahweh is quick to condemn you to hell. Just ask Bishop McCormack. We're not alone in disagreeing with O'Brien's self-glorification. Father Albert Roux of the Marian Movement for Priests who coordinated Father Don Stefano Gobbi's messages in the United States strongly states, "I learned that a MMP group from New York was organizing a pilgrimage to Ron's house. I wrote to the group leader to let him know that I was against this trip, and that I did not want the MMP involved at all with Ron's experience. Concerning the bleeding consecrated hosts, I do NOT believe that they come from God the Father and that they are consecrated. Satan can make him believe that they are consecrated and lead him to idolatry. As for the bleeding images and statues, satan can also produce such thing...I do NOT believe that God the Father would multiply His Son's sacred body in the consecrated host the way it is happening with Ron. He finds these bleeding hosts everywhere and anywhere. There is something SERIOUSLY WRONG there. God would not go against the discipline of the Church concerning the Holy Eucharist. Besides, Ron gives these hosts to people indiscriminately. These hosts are brought to their homes against the will of the Church. God DOES NOT behave in such a manner."

        We also have these words from one representing Mother Angelica at EWTN, who wrote: "The first thing you should know is that any time a person or group begins to make such off-the-wall claims as that since the 1970's, the Masses haven't been valid, the priests not validly ordained, etc. - you know that you are dealing with someone entirely out of the mainstream of the Roman Catholic faith. The implications of such claims is that Jesus could not manage to keep His Word. He could not keep His Church free of error, and the gates of hell have indeed prevailed against His Church."

        So how does Mr. O'Brien respond to criticisms of his ways and means? By condemning. It has almost become a badge of honor and acceptance for the many present day messengers and bishops to be maligned and condemned by O'Brien's fabricated "god." It is actually a joke, but no one's laughing when we're dealing with something so very sacred. To survive the mounting wave of skepticism and the fact he is truly a false prophet, he's ready to take the money and run! He hides behind Hunt's crusade to raise thousands, even a hundred thousand dollars so O'Brien and his family can live comfortably in County Mayo, Ireland through all the turmoil and chastisements which he has prophesied will befall those who disagree with him. His legacy? He is organizing a group - which he calls an "army" called the Sons of Light, Templar Knights. We all know what happened to the original Knights Templar who were lured by materialism camouflaged through religious purposes. They eventually became the backbone of the Masonic movement. Can you see the devil's hand in all this? We sure can. And it's about time everyone was aware of how dangerous this man is and how he has so duped men like Joe Hunt and others. We hope and pray Joe sees the light and anyone else involved with the excellent organization Militia Immaculata founded by Saint Maximilian Kolbe. Right now Hunt putting M.I. behind his name is an affront to Kolbe's group and we hope the Militia Immaculata will correct Mr. Hunt as to the error of his ways and how he and Mr. O'Brien are responsible before God for misleading thousands of souls. Don't these people realize they could possibly lose their faith and ultimately their souls by following this heretic? "Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you traverse sea and land to make one convert; and when he has become one, you make him twofold more a son of hell than yourselves" (Matthew 23: 15).

        O'Brien's diatribe, masked through Yahweh's supposed "prejudices," against women is appalling. If God truly felt as O'Brien indicates, then how could the Father have possibly allowed His only-begotten Son to be born of a woman? True, women have lost their way in these modern times, but that's only because they followed the men. Consider the number of women at daily Mass and praying their Rosaries compared to the number of male counterparts; not just today, but throughout history. Women have always been more religious and obedient to God then the stubborn male ego, which we are dealing with in the person of Ron O'Brien whose messages betray a mean-spirited disgust for the female gender. Most Catholic women who are involved in the liturgical life of the Church today are not trying to "take over" as O'Brien intimates, but rather to do whatever they can for the Lord. They can't help it if lax and liberal liturgical forms of worship by ICEL and other entities not approved by the Holy See have opened the sanctuary wide for abuse of the rubrics. Most lay women are naive to the rules and regulations of the rubrics, and are willing to be Eucharistic Ministers, lectors, ushers and servers as part of their fiat to God and the woman they most want to emulate - His Holy Mother Mary. Most are good wives and mothers, striving to do what's right in a world turned topsy-turvy in values and morals. Only a small percentage of the feminists truly wish to wrest power from the "male-dominated bastion of the Church." They have pretty much been identified and isolated. Yet acting as God's chosen prophet for these times, O'Brien is quick to denigrate women and "put them in their place."

        If you'll note throughout this editorial, we have treated Mr. O'Brien irreverantly and with purpose. Many have lovingly informed O'Brien of the error of his ways and he has stubbornly and pridefully refused to listen. The Church has counseled him and again he has stubbornly and pridefully rejected wise teaching. Therefore, we refer to Our Lord's binding words in Matthew 18: 17-18, "And if he refuse to hear them, appeal to the Church, but if he refuse to hear even the Church, let him be to thee as the heathen and the publican." As a side note, this is interesting because one of the rudest and most vile detractors of Our Lady's apparitions at Medjugorje and its principals goes by the name "The Publican."

        And so, to Ron O'Brien, Joe Hunt and all those who blindly continue to follow a man who has lost his way as have other fools in the past such as Martin Luther, Henry VIII, Bayside fanatics, and the Society of St. Pius X, we remind them of Jesus' charge to the Magisterium of the Church in the following verse of Matthew 18, "Amen I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound also in Heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed also in Heaven." Yet, according to Mr. O'Brien, God changed His mind and has decided this no longer applies. Wrong!

        In the words of the Son of God, dear readers, we can no longer tolerate O'Brien's ridiculous and harmful messages. He leaves in a few weeks from his home in Keene, New Hampshire, fleeing to Ireland where Catholicism is rooted in truth. Just another ploy by satan to infiltrate the emerald isle where the horned one has been fighting to see abortion become a reality and where now he sows dissension among the ranks by bringing in one of his own dressed in sheep's clothing. Ireland beware! God will not abandon you if you stand up and proclaim the truths of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. As a wise priest once said, you can leave the Church just as easily through the far-right door as the far-left. Please, dear fellow Catholics for the sake of yours and countless others' souls: Do not be deceived by the heathen and the publican!

Michael Cain, editor

September 24-26, 1999      volume 10, no. 182
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