History. XXI Century. Great Persecution
The Year 2010. The Great Persecution of the Church from within the Church
Discussing the problem of sexual abuse of minors by clergy Benedict XVI said “that the greatest persecution of the Church comes not from her enemies without, but arises from sin within the Church”. Also “that attacks on the Pope and the Church come not only from without, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin existing within the Church” and “today we are seeing it in a really terrifying way”.
He linked present sufferings of the Church because of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy with the content of the Third Secret of Fatima given to three shepherds in 1917. According to him in the Third Secret “an indication is given of realities involving the future of the Church, which are gradually taking shape and becoming evident”.
Thus Benedict XVI forsees the future greatest persecution of the Church, which is gradually taking shape and becoming evident, coming not from the external enemies of the Church, but from sin that has already infiltrated the Church.
The Year 1985. The devil will take over God’s Church in ten years
In August of 1985, in the small village of Melleray, Ireland, Our Blessed Lady appeared to some of the locals for a period of 9 days. She gave the visionaries a messages for the Irish people and the whole world. Our Lady spoke that the world has ten years to improve and to change:
“If the world does not improve the devil will take over God’s Church in ten years.”
The Year 1973. The devil wants to disperse the priests of the Church
In 1973 Our Lady talked to Sister Agnes Sasagawa near the city of Akita in Japan. Our Lady gave her three messages. On October 13, 1973, the Third Message of Our Lady of Akita was given. It contains the prophecy of the persecution of the Church by the devil from within the Church: “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church. One will see cardinals opposing other cardinals… and bishops confronting other bishops. …churches and altars will be sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will tempt many priests and religious to leave the service of the Lord. The demon is trying hard to influence souls.”
Priests will persecute priests: “The priests who venerate me will be scorned and condemned by their confreres…”. Using those who accept compromises “the demon will tempt many priests and religious to leave the service of the Lord”. Thus the goal of the demon is to disperse the priests of the Church.
The Year 1965. The persecution of the Church from within is already happening
On June 18, 1965, Conchita Gonzalez, the primary visionary of Garabandal, received the second message from the Virgin Mary to mankind. Among other statements it contains the following: “Many cardinals, many bishops and many priests are on the road to perdition and taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist.”
On December 26, 1957, Fr. Fuentes was speaking with Sr. Lucia, one of
the visionaries of Fatima. Lucia said the following about the enmity between the serpent and the woman (Gen.3:15):
The Years 1929 - 1931. God punishes the world by means of war, famine, and persecutions
On July 13, 1917, during one of apparitions at Fatima Our Lady explained to three shepherd children that God “is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.” Futher She said: “To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.”
On June 13, 1929, through Sister Lucia, Our Lady delivered to the Pope of Rome the request of God for the solemn consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart. It was not done. Later, in August of 1931, Our Lord said to Lucia: “They did not wish to heed my request!… Like the King of France, they will repent and do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread her errors throughout the world, provoking wars, and persecutions of the Church: the Holy Father will have much to suffer.”
The Consecration of Russia still has not been done as Our Lady had demanded.
Therefore the Last Great Persecution of the Church is a consequence of the persistent disobedience of the Vatican to the will of God. Through the persecutions Our Lord will exterminate the rebellious Church. Rebels “will revolt more and more” (Isa.1:5) and “should not enter into his rest” (Heb.3:18).
Leave not thy place
4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.