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Maria Divine Mercy: Fact or Fiction? Catholic Experts Weigh In

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 07:51 PM

Since 2010, a woman, who calls herself Maria Divine Mercy, has been delivering messages via the Internet that she says are given by God the Father, Jesus, and Mary, the mother of Jesus. The messages predict the impending second coming. She says, “The Catholic Church will be taken over by the enemies of God from within,” and, “The world will witness the rise of Satanism and new age paganism.”

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Maria Divine Mercy has received and posted more than 2,000 messages on her website and published them in four volumes. Most notably she claims that Pope Benedict XVI was the last true pope, the antichrist will soon appear, and the Great Tribulation foretold in Revelation started in December 2012.

According to the National Catholic Register, there are “abundant” reasons to reject the claims of Maria Divine Mercy. "She is an anonymous, unapproved seer whose prophecies contain material that is both demonstrably false and contrary to Catholic teaching regarding the future,” says National Catholic Register commentator Jimmy Akin.

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Top among reasons Akin lists as reason to believe Maria Divine Mercy is a fake would be her anonymity. She claims God wanted her to be anonymous to protect her family, but no other prophets or true mystics of the church have had the same designation. They have all been public figures.

Maria Divine Mercy received a lot of attention for what she called a prediction that Pope Benedict XVI would step down. Her prophecies say that Pope Benedict was the last true pope and that he was forced to resign. Pope Benedict himself cited health reasons and the rigorous demands of the position that led him to resign.

Church officials have also publicly proclaimed Maria Divine Mercy a fake. After Maria Divine Mercy was reportedly identified as a person living in the Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland, the archbishop of the diocese issued a statement against her teachings. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said her messages were “in contradiction with Catholic theology” and “have no ecclesiastical approval.” 

In Portland, Maine, the bishop issued a letter forbidding the dissemination of her writings within the diocese. Many other bishops from around the world have also issued warnings or condemnations of the teachings.

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