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Posted on 02/18/2008 6:14:48 PM PST by fatima
Did Rome stop Opus Angelorum?
A German housewife, Marianne Poppenwimmer, addressed a complaint to the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger:
We are a parents association consisting of 21 families, all of whom have children or other family members who have been hurt by the Opus Angelorum. The damage is in some cases so great that those concerned are in psychiatric clinics, and at the early age of 29 or 30 now need nursing care and are unfit for work. Medical reports confirm that these young people were in good mental health before they came into contact with the OA. I also know of three Catholic marriages which have broken up because of the Opus Angelorum. We parents find it very wrong that for over 40 years now this organization has been able to exist under cover of the Catholic Church and has not been forbidden by the Vatican.
The number of families in the Parents Association for Opus Angelorum Victims has risen to 30. And although Rome issued a decree concerning the OA in June 1992, the problems have not yet been solved, inasmuch as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith did not ban the Opus Angelorum as the organizations opponents had hoped. It merely prohibited all those teachings peculiar to the OA and the scripts and rituals concerned, emphasizing that these were alien to the Holy Scriptures and the Churchs tradition.
The OA and its teachings are based on a so-called private revelation. From visions she had had, Gabriele Bitterlich (1896-1978), a Tyrolean housewife who originally came from Vienna, and is greatly venerated by the organization as The Mother, described the names, characteristics and appearance of hundreds of angels and demons and the never-ending battle between them. Apparently 80,000 manuscript pages can be attributed to her, and from these various publications have been composed and made available to members.
According to OA theory, in order to achieve salvation, human beings must actively join the angels in their battle against the demons which means, in concrete terms, joining the Opus Angelorum. That these inspirations were of a supernatural nature is not very plausible, as there are indications that spiritism and esoteric literature, above all occult Jewish cabbala teachings, played a certain role in the Bitterlich family. Some of Mother Gabrieles angels bear the names of cabalistic Sefirot, like the titles of the chapters in Ecos Foucaults Pendulum, but also names like Yahweh, which, according to Jewish tradition, are reserved solely for God.
Apparently by 1949 Gabriele Bitterlich had already received a calling to the Work of the Holy Angels. With its strange rituals, dedications and consecrations to guardian and other angels, and to atonement, the Opus Angelorum spread like a spiders web in the Catholic Church, taking hold of priests, religious and lay persons and sometimes causing divisions within religious communities. Only branch associations of the Opus Angelorum have been officially recognised by the Church, such as the Guardian Angels Brotherhood founded in Innsbruck in 1961, the OA priests communities, now apparently established in almost 60 dioceses the world over, and the Order of the Regular Canons of the Holy Cross, an order rich in tradition but extinct until it was revived by the OA élite. The Opus Angelorum itself has been given no legal recognition.
Strict secrecy is regarded as of the utmost importance in the OA, so membership, with the exception of the 160 male and 150 female members of the Holy Cross Order (1992 figures), can rarely be proved. In 1993, Fr Hansjörg Bitterlich, Gabriele Bitterlichs son, who at the time was still superior of the Holy Cross Convent of St Petersberg in the Tyrol, spoke of almost 10,000 regular members, and added that a further million people were close to the Opus Angelorum. The OA itself has claimed that about a dozen cardinals and more than 50 bishops have become members. With their help the organization is pressing for influence in the Church, although it is doubtful whether all these church dignitaries are acquainted with and approve of OA writings like the Handbook. As early as 1988, when Cardinal Friedrich Wetter, Archbishop of Munich, forbade Opus Angelorum activities in his diocese, an ex-member warned on Bavarian television: I think the danger for the Church is very great. I really believe that, step by step, the OA intends to occupy key positions in the Church and make it into an Opus Angelorum Church.
The OA is not short of money. In a raid on its Anápolis branch in Brazil burglars got away with a fortune in cash and gold ingots according to police reports. Large and small donors are regularly approached for contributions with evident success, and legacies are deliberately sought. As Bishop Henry Soden-Frauenhofen, formerly auxiliary in Munich, once put it, in the OA you have to know an angel or a demon that has a hunch about lucrative inheritances.
-One of the main accusations made against Opus Angelorum is that it estranges young people from their families, and induces a fear of demons which some members cannot cope with. The new generation of priests is usually trained in remote places, at Anápolis in Brazil, for example, where the organization has its own college for religious. Opus Angelorum clergy tell novices that they are in contact with each novices respective angel, and with the words your angel commands you demand obedience and readiness to atone. Even a journalist who is well disposed to the organization, Heinz Gstrein, says in his book on the Opus Angelorum that he would not advise anyone to associate with it who was not mentally robust and steadfast in faith as unfortunately too many short-sighted exorcists and extremists are at work there at the moment.
Bishop Henry Soden-Frauenhofen called the OA a sect, referring to a definition by a Vatican synod in the autumn of 1995. Sects, he said, are groups which believe in additional revelations or prophetic messages other than the Bible. They have authoritarian structures and practice certain kinds of brainwashing and mind-control. They induce feelings of guilt and fear. Soden-Frauenhofen stated his clear and unequivocal conclusion: All these characteristic elements of a sect apply to the Opus Angelorum. Expert opinion, whenever it has been possible to obtain OA writings, which were kept secret from the outside world for a long time, has been devastating. Johann Auer, a theologian from Regensburg in Germany, was inclined to put the ideology in OA writings down to paranoid schizophrenia.
Above all the Opus Angelorum Handbook, which turned up outside the organization for the first time in 1986-87, is rooted in magic and superstition. It also reflects racist and political discrimination. It names special demons for gypsies, Merinin; for all Jewish commerce and trade, Ahasver; in all Jewish quarters, Chanastai; and for red workers Nepher, whereas none are named for other ethnic groups or for fascists. Women come off very badly . Of Dragon, the Father of the Furies, it is said: He let woman loose on the world as a female devil, one with the demon who dominated her and was inherent in her and whom she made wholly her own. For the former Bishop of Innsbruck, Reinhold Stecher, the Handbook is a reversion to an age obsessed with witch-hunting.
The measures contained in the Vaticans decree of 1992, above all the prohibition of the use of the Bitterlich manuscripts and the rituals based on them, especially the angel consecrations, were seen by some as a death-blow for the original Opus Angelorum spirituality. Hansjörg Bitterlich, the priest and son of the foundress, was the head of the Angels Castle (Engelburg) at St Petersberg in the Tyrol until 1992.
When in an interview he severely criticized the Vatican for banning the OA Handbook, he had to leave the community and now heads a splinter group. The new OA leadership signaled obedience to Rome and was apparently able to convince the Vatican delegate appointed to oversee the Opus Angelorum, the Swiss Dominican Benoit Duroux, of the organizations continued right to exist.
But although since 1992 the new OA leadership has obviously tried to avoid causing even the slightest upset, news of the fate of families split by its activities, or reports from former members that brainwashing is still going on, have repeatedly caused a stir.
Above all the case of a young nurse, Eleonore Berger, has focused attention on the Opus Angelorum in Austria and Germany. Since she joined the OA in 1990 and moved to Petersburg Castle, her family or former friends have received no sign of life from her. Recently, however, she gave the Linz church paper an interview in which she rejected all rumors that the Opus Angelorum wanted to keep her from her family. She had broken off contact with them of her own free will, she said, so that no one would stand in the way of her vocation.
Many of those who know the Opus Angelorum will find it difficult to believe that its members have renounced their former beliefs. They suspect that the majority of OA members continue to hold on to the Bitterlich tenets and are sticking to their intention to infiltrate the Church.
A good example that Marianne Poppenwimmer is correct and that Opus Angelorum has not stopped spreading its Gnostic ideas of angels, is Mother Angelica and her order of nuns.
Only a few months ago, on December 2, 2007 Mother Angelica and her Community consecrated themselves to their Guardian Angels, using the Opus Angelorum formula. In fact, Opus Angelorum spent a year of preparation with her Community to do this. In Mother Angelicas own web site she sights the Opus Angelorum web site as the source of her consecration.
With its headquarters at the medieval Petersberg Castle in the Tyrol, to which only members or their guests have access, this association, which is sworn to strict secrecy and the rejection of all modernistic tendencies in the Church, puts one in mind of Umberto Ecos novel, The Name of the Rose. Its members practice an external, over-zealous piety which has brought the Opus Angelorum many conservative sympathizers, but what has caused far greater unease is hidden under the surface: a very peculiar angel-demon doctrine and a way of inducing fear and exercising power.
The Opus Angelorum Handbook lists 243 demons together with 412 angels. One of the former, Schebarschenoth, sends his rays from the Planet Neptune and works with Adonai Melchim and Naschim, the shot-putter. He is the demon of the Great Chaos, who disrupts laws, confuses heavenly constellations in the universe, prevents childrens bones from developing properly, causes circulation trouble and glandular malfunction.
In another passage we hear of the magic rectangle which each demon spans over creation and fills with numbers behind which demons stand. Demons, we are told, are able to radiate through people, usually midwives, peasant women, gypsies, errand girls and old and vindictive peasants. Certain animals such as grey, tortoise-shell and black cats, speckled and black hens, pigs and short-haired dogs, bluebottles, rats and snakes are particularly receptive to demonic rays.
Although a recent examination of Opus Angelorum scripts shows that they contain a not inconsiderable number of contradictions, there may well be people who are capable of believing all this. But most are inclined to ask what all this has to do with Catholic Christianity.
interesting. never heard of this before today, and have no opinion. but expect anything even remotely connected with spiritual warfare to be slandered relentlessly.
I love a good conspiracy story!
According to OA theory, in order to achieve salvation, human beings must actively join the angels in their battle against the demons
Apparently, the devil is in the details...
Opus Angelorum, An Old Satanic Heresy
In Fatima I had personal experience with Opus Angelorum, their priests and their nuns. I also have a very close friend who gave me a lot of information because a member of her family is a member. As a result of this I wrote Opus Angelorum - Satanic and Disobedient . A few months after I wrote this I read what my good friend, E. Michael Jones had posted and realized that I had just touched the fringes of the problem. Because of E. Michael JonesÂ command of many languages and his contacts with the bishops of Europe and Rome, he was able to get information that I could not get.
Because I know that people will not easily change from one article to another web site, I include his article here, but advise people to visit the Fidelity web site each and every week for in depth defense of the faith and well written and documented articles.
If this document does not scare people enough to be very careful about following every self-proclaimed seer in the world, I would simply say that people do not use their God given intelligence and deserve what might happen to them in the future. What happened to Elizabeth Huber has happened to many others involved in other false apparitions but I have already written about that.
The following article is taken from the Fidelity archives and written by Father J.P.M. vandere Ploeg, O.P.
by Father J.P.M. van der Ploeg, O.P.
In early September of 1991, a 26 year old women by the name of Elizabeth Huber was discovered wandering through the woods not far from the Austrian Headquarters of the Opus Angelorum (Work of the Holy Angels) near Innsbruck. She had spent the week in the woods, burying herself, according to her own report, under a pile of stones, to escape from the curse of an Opus Angelorum priest as well as Âthe demons of the Opus Angelorum.Â Huber had lost weight and was in a state of exhaustion, disorientation and anxiety when discovered; however, in a few days she related some of the details of her ÂretreatÂ at the headquarters of the Opus Angelorum and what had driven her to flee.
The retreat took place in a cabin in the forest. Elizabeth and the other participants were repeatedly asked for dates when departed relatives had died and told repeatedly of their connection with the dead souls in the fires of Purgatory. Huber also noticed strange sights and sounds in her room at night. After inspecting the room she found gas jets which filled the room with the odors of fragrant oils and incense. During the night Huber also heard screams. By the time morning came, Huber had had enough. Shortly after the gates to the compound were opened, she fled into the forest and disappeared. When the local newspaper, after hearing of her disappearance, called the OA headquarters, it was told that the OA people had never heard of her, a fact registered in the records of the local police.
It was a scenario right out of a cheap remake of an Edgar Allen Poe story, and the local press gave maximal attention to all of its Gothic details. The Vienna newspaper Kurier featured a picture of the OA castle towering above the village with the headline ÂCastle of Demons holds a village in fear.Â The reaction, however, was hardly limited to the Austrian tabloids.
Two days after the story broke, the local ordinary of the diocese of Innsbruck, Bishop Reinhold Stecher, pressed Rome for a quick decision on the OA, complaining that the OA had still not responded to his demand that they distance themselves from all teachings on angels not sanctioned by the Church.
Stecher reminded Catholics that the OA had been forbidden any use of Church facilities in his diocese. The liberal Catholic press in Austria used the occasion to attack Cardinal Ratzinger for allegedly shielding the group. In the German speaking world, the OA had become a convenient stick for beating the Church and those within the Church in positions of authority, like Ratzinger.
In neighboring Germany, Dr. Franz Heinrich, Director of the Catholic Academy in Munich, talked about the Âgeneral horror in Bavaria that a swamp of superstition like this could spread in our Church.Â Heinrich felt that the attraction of a group like the OA Âhad roots which reached back thousands of years in human history, back to the religious ideas of the Persians and ancient Hebrews, as well as to Gnosis and Dualism.Â In an article which appeared in the May/June l988 issue of Una Voce Korrespondena (ÂEin alte juedische Sejcte und thr chistiliches Echo: Zur Problematikdes ÂEngelwerkes, Â [ÂAn old Jewish Sect and its Christian Echo,Â] pp. 157-175), Father J.P.M. van der Ploeg, O.P. shows that the OA is promoting a set of doctrines which goes back through the Cabala, the Jewish Gnostic writings, all the way to the writings of the Essenes, commonly known as the Dead Seas Scrolls. Ed.
See Notes on Gnostic and Jewish Sects below.
In a most remarkable way the doctrine of the permanent struggle of angles against devils as the determining factor of human history has been revived in our time in the ÂWork of the Holy AngelsÂ or Opus Angelorum (OA) and its under-cover organization, the ÂRegular Canons of the Holy Cross.Â This order, of which St. Anthony of Padua was once a member, was originally founded in 1131 in Portugal (Coimbra). Less than a hundred years ago it died out, and was again erected in l979, for priest-members of the OA.
Gabriela Bitterlich (l896-1978), an Austrian widow, can be considered the foundress of the OA. Her father was a distinguished public servant, called Bernhard Gohnert, and in l919 she married on Dr. Hans Bitterlich, a lawyer and civil servant. At the time of his marriage, he was a free-thinker, much interested in things like spiritism and all kinds of occultism. In his later years he became a practicing Catholic. In l932, when Gabriela expected a child, he did not want it and informed her that she should procure an abortion. The abortion eventually happened, when at the request of her husband, Gabriela lifted a stature too heavy for her. The husband was delighted, Gabriela sad.
Gabriela was no stranger to visitations from beyond. When she was only four years old, she saw her guardian angel. Her little brother had locked her up somewhere in the house, and she could not free herself. Suddenly, according to her testimony, a huge angel stood before her and unlocked the door! In later times other angelÂs appeared to her, and in l934 she saw for the first time a large group of them. All these particulars and many other ones are found in her biography Sie schaurte die Engel (She saw the angels), written and published by her son Hansjorg Bitterlich, one of the leading priests of the OA.
This work of 189 pages is not for sale (typical for the OA). Though the son tries to glorify his mother as much as possible, the book contains some data which if well understood, do not cast Gabriela in a favorable light. As a biography it is also essentially (and purposely) incomplete. The reader is given no particulars about the revelations she is said to have received, nor when they were written down and with whose help. Their subjects and contents are not revealed. We read only a few things about her relations with her husband, his occupations, and his character. That he was much interested in occultism is not told. All these things were supposed to remain secret and the reader apparently has no right to know them. But the author is good enough to tell us that the revelation his mother had received Âwas truly of global significanceÂ and important for world history (Sie schaute die Engel, P. 108).
It is not easy to discover and to describe the tenets and practices of the OA, because many things we would like to know are kept secret. Secrecy is one of the prominent features of the OA, and before l983 (when this was forbidden by Rome) every member had to make a vow of secrecy. As soon as this was forbidden, Dr. Blasko (before his death in a car crash on the feast of the three holy Archangels), the leading Âpriest theologianÂ of the OA, declared that this Roman declaration did not absolve members who already made it from their vow of secrecy!
Moreover, it is abundantly clear that the practice of secrecy still prevails in the higher quarters of the OA. When the Austrian and German bishops issued severe warnings against the OA, and some even forbad its activities in their respective dioceses, the OA leadership did hot reveal to its members the true reasons for the ecclesiastical sanctions. Because of this silence, the common members of the OA, who are as a rule not initiated into many of its secrets, still believe that the OA is being unjustly persecuted by its evil enemies.
In spite of the disiplina arcani (practice of keeping things secret) in the OA, some of its writings became known to the outside world. The German BishopÂs Conference asked the Holy See to intervene and a number of writings of the OA had to be sent for examination to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. A prominent member of the OA, who was the first elected superior general of the Canons of the Holy Cross, assured me that all the books of the OA had been sent to Rome. This was not true because at least one of them, the Handbuch (Handbook) was not among them. This was strictly reserved for the priests of the OA only and was not given to the ordinary members who did not even suspect its existence.
It had also been loaned to one layman, whom the OA could fully trust. When this man died, two priests of the OA presented themselves within a few days to the widow of the deceased to search his library for the secret books of the OA. The Handbook was not found, but was later discovered among other books. From there it got into the hands of auxiliary Bishop Heinrich Count von Soden Fraunhofen of Munchen-Freising. The contents were appalling and he sent photocopies of its 819 pages to all the Bishops of German language countries and to some interested persons (I got one). It contains, besides the names and offices of more than 600 angels and devils, passages full of insane and dangerous occultism of the worst kind. A whole issue of this magazine could easily be filled with them, and therefore we can only quote a few.
The general doctrine of the OA resembles that of the Qumran sect. According to the OA the meaning of history lies in the continuous struggle going on between angels and devils. After their sin, the bad angels were thrown out from heaven into the abyss of hell. Before reaching this, some succeeded in clinging to stars or planets around the earth (Handbook p. 180), others are operating on the earth. Through their Âfields of forceÂ (Kraftfelden) and the radiations they transmit (each demon on his own wavelength, p. 185), they act upon men.
According to the OA the angels are much more powerful than the saints (in heaven), because the latter can only help us by their intercession with God, but the angels can intervene in our interest through their own power. For this reason the veneration and cult of the angels ranks much higher in the OA than the cult of the saints. One can see this in the so called Kalendarium.
A number of doctrines and the corresponding practices of the OA are for the following reasons unacceptable (because of lack of space we mention only a few).
1. In spite of Cardinal RatzingerÂs l983 warning, the practice of secrecy and the corresponding vow (of secrecy) are still considered valid for all who took it, above all for the members of the original nucleus. The OA is wholly founded on the very secret revelations conveyed to Mrs. Bitterlich and not destined for the common man. We are never told in any detain when and where she got them. The members of the OA are to accept them without any proof of their credibility. According to Vatican I, God has given evident proofs of the credibility of what has been revealed to us, above all miracles and prophecies. In the OA the private revelations given to Mrs. Bitterlich are practically put on a par with the revelation of the articles of faith; OA members are asked to believe them without any proof of credibility. Even their contents are kept secret for the uninitiated. This is wholly unreasonable.
2. The theory that the course of human history is determined by the struggle of good and bad angels is neither Catholic nor Christian. The work of our redemption by Jesus Christ is obscured by it and eventually relegated to secondary status.
True the OA accepts the whole of Catholic doctrine, the Creed and dogma of the Church. But the very prominent role played by the angels tends to obscure (not to deny) parts of its doctrine. When one reads the Kalendarium, the Handbook and other writings, one finds himself in a strange world, no more in the Catholic one to which he is (or was) accustomed.
3. The OA knows the names of more than 365 angels (one for each day of the year) and of at least 243 devils (whose names are found in other writings of the OA according to the Handbook). Many names are very strange indeed and though purporting to be ÂHebrew,Â they defy interpretation. I suppose that a good deal of them originate from the fertile (and sickly) imagination of Mrs. Bitterlich. Not a few have been taken from the Jewish Cabala (a syncretistic philosophical-theological Jewish tradition), as I have proved in my article in the Una Voce Korrespondenz. Some of these names given to angels are reserved strictly to God Â such as Jahwe Jah, Elohim Â astonishing fact only to be explained by the influence of the Cabala. According to the late priest, Dr. Blasko, the names of angels and demons already known from ancient sources were revealed a second time to Gabriela Bitterlich. Blasko himself was a collector of those names. Presumable, Mrs. Bitterlich got a number of already existent names from her husband, or at least from (his?) books.
4. In the Kalendarium one meets absurd allegations. According to one of them three angels of the order of Seraphim (the highest one) are at the time only one angel (because they represent the Trinity). This is absurd, because in the creation 3 = 1 is a contradiction. One angel, called ÂDimacheilÂ (a pseudo-Hebrew word with out meaning, one of the many of this kind; feast-day on Dec. 24) received from God the office of laying his hand on the womb of the Virgin Mary when she was about to give birth to her child (for this reason his feast-day is on the date mentioned above). He did and still does the same with all the women of the whole world, beginning with our mother Eve. A formidable task indeed! Space is lacking to mention other incredible duties entrusted to angels.
The clothes and attributes of the angels are described in such a way that it is difficult to believe, as some defenders of the OA say, that these descriptions are only to be taken in a spiritual sense. Nowhere is the reader warned that he should do so. In the OA angels and devils are not pure spirits.
5. Of all the writings of OA so far known the Handbook is the worst of all. It was intended to be seen by only the initiated priests of the OA. An exception was made by lending this book to a few trustworthy persons (an imprudence which led to its discovery, as mentioned above). The book contains the list of angels, their place in the angelic hierarchy, their duties, clothes, symbols and other characteristics, known from the Kalendarium
There is also a similar list of 243 devils, some of whose names recur in the other writings of the OA. It is believed that sicknesses, temptations and other evils which happen to befall men are often caused by devils. If a priest of the OA has a penitent who has persistent complaints of this kind they may be caused by one or more infernal beings. In the Handbook, he can find the names of the devils who bring them about and the name(s) of the particular angel(s) whose special duty it is to fight these demons. Then the penitent is told to invoke this angel (or these angels), who will deliver him from his evil. It is all very simple, but only the priests of the nucleus of the OA are privileged to know it.
No reason is given for this secrecy. If the method described in the Handbook is a good one, this secrecy is in the highest degree a sin against charity and brotherly love. So many people are sick, tempted, unlucky and if there were an easy means to get rid of all this, it should receive the highest form of publicity. But alas, the OA reserved this information only to initiated members.
When Bishop von Soden published the Handbook, Dr. Blasko (OA priest and leading theologian) uttered dire threats against him. He made known that he was going to ask permission from the Vatican to drag him before the civil judge, to be condemned to pay a slander indemnity of 100,000 Deutsche Marks. Before he got the indult, Dr. Blasko died.
6. According to the Handbook, the devils emit very dangerous radiations, which the book calls Wessensstrǒmungen (p. 179), i.e., emanations coming forth from the substance of the angels, a most absurd idea, which reminds one of the Cabala.
That the radiations are of a material kind became clear to me for the first time in a long private conversation I had with Dr. Blasko years ago. He wished to see me because I am a known expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls. This proves that the similarity between the doctrine of the Essenes and that of the OA had not escaped him. He told me that there are radiations in the cosmos which modern science cannot explain. If scientists can discover them, this can only be with their instruments. Consequently the radiations alluded to were of a material kind (we saw that they have Âwave-lengthsÂ). But according to Catholic doctrine, angels and devils are pure spirits, and no material radiation, no radiation at all can emanate from their substance.
According to the Handbook the radiations of the devils easily pass through black cats, black hens and roosters (if you have some, beware!), smooth haired dogs, pigs, rats, and snakes. Equally dangerous (by black magic) are freshly-plucked feathers of black hens, roosters, as well as the hair of cows, pigs, cats and other animals (Handbook, p. 182, 182). Each demon radiates his own personal wave-length in accordance with his ÂnumberÂ, and he has a special Âsign.Â If a Âman of SatanÂ lays this sign in a shed of his enemy, this will soon swarm with devils. The consequences are disastrous, as one may easily guess.
If the devil happens to be Belial himself, the situation becomes very bad indeed. His number is 45 and to fight his enemies he may use a square figure of nine small fields, in which the number are distributed thus:
Each row makes up 15 and the sum of all of all of them is 45 (Handbook, p. 114, from where the diagram has been taken). Belial spreads this terrible magic square Âon creationÂ (p. 114) and fills every sub square with the number of devils indicated in the diagram. If you are unlucky enough to have the devil Ismael as you adversary, your situation is still worse: his number is 135 (= 4 x 34). The commanding devils may also distribute their hellish henchmen in triangles (the most demonic figure there is), pentagons, hexagons and other figures. The readers of this article are hereby warned!
Also dangerous are plants and mud. I know a lady who was ordered by a priest of the OA to destroy a nice vase in her possession; because it was ÂdangerousÂ (it contained some mud). Devils may lie in wait everywhere and therefore initiated members of the OA often pronounce exorcisms against them.
Devils can also easily radiate through witches, midwives, Gypsies, revengeful old peasants (Handbook, p. 292). Badly educated children roaming through the streets of a city or village easily fall into the clutches of demons and very bad things may happen.
We could quote many more examples of these warnings, which ultimately originate from old and well-known popular superstitions, some of which are dangerous nonetheless. The are now taught as having been revealed, with divine permission, by angels. This is as preposterous as it is ridiculous.
In l983 the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith sent a letter to the president of the German BishopÂs Conference, then Joseph Cardinal Hǒffner. In it the OA is told to keep to the doctrine of the angels as taught by the Church, its Fathers and its Doctors. Evidently the ÂdoctrineÂ concerning the angels of the OA is much more than what the Church allows; it is quite novel and quite incredible. It has never been taught by the Church and it remains shrouded in secrecy.
The same Congregation also prohibited the use of the ÂnamesÂ of the angels as known from Âpresumed revelationsÂ received by Mrs. Gabriela Bitterlich. In spite of this prohibition the OA continues to use its Kalendarium and other books, in which these names are prominent. The vow of secrecy has also been prohibited. Contrary to the spirit of this interdiction, the practice of secrecy continues as before.
We ask those who continue to defend the OA, in spite of the interdictions of a good number of German and Austrian Bishops, and the warnings of Rome, to end the secrecy which is still practiced in the OA in such a high degree and not to distort the truth in their defenses. If there is nothing to hide, let them lay their cards on the table! Let them tell us how many secret books the OA still has, and let them be available to everybody who is interested in them. I have been in contact with various persons, former member of the OA, who became appalled when they were introduced to some of the more intimate secrets of the OA and its occult practices. One of the assured me various times that all I wrote on the OA (the contents of this article and much more) is absolutely true. When this person was about to leave the OA she was put under heavy pressure not to do so. The same happened with other persons.
Some defenders of the OA write extensive apologies in defense of it, but never enter into the objections raised above. To these people I say, put the cards on the table gentlemen, and only then we will speak again Â if you will still desire to do so.
The Essenes, a Jewish sect which lived in the time of Jesus near the shore of the lake of the Dead Sea, to the south of Jericho, is now known the world over because of its manuscripts. These were discovered in 11 caves in the neighborhood of the ruins of a building, called in Arabic (Hirbet) Qumran. It is generally supposed to have been the seat of the headquarters (or at least an important branch) of this Jewish sect.
According to the well-known Jewish writer Flavius Josephus (first century A.D.) there were three principal Jewish sects in his time: the Sadducees, the Pharisees and the Essenes. The Gospels only mention the first two and not the Essenes. It has been said that John the Baptist was one of them and that Jesus of Nazareth had connections with them. It is abundantly clear that Jesus was not an Essene and although John the Baptist may have had connections with them, it is pretty certain that he was not a member of the sect.
The discovery of the manuscripts of the sect (popularly called the ÂDead Sea Scrolls,Â though most of them are only fragments) in l947 and following years stirred many emotions and still does nowadays, because a number of those of Cave 4 (all in very fragmentary state) have not yet been published, though they were discovered more than 40 years ago. It has been supposed by journalists that the fragments contain secrets which Âthe VaticanÂ and orthodox Jewish rabbis do not want to be published. This insane accusation is utterly unfounded and we will not occupy ourselves with it in this article.
That the Jews of Qumran were Essenes is nearly universally accepted. Their tenets are characterized by their dualism, probably borrowed from the Persians and adapted to Jewish monotheism. According to Zarathustra, the Persian prophet, the universe is governed by two independent principles, a good one and a bad one. This system is called Dualism (duo = two) and has been taken over by Manicheism, Gnosticism, the medieval Catharists in France, as well as the Jewish Cabala, and other writings. Persian dualism included the idea that there is a continuous struggle in the world between good spirits (under the command of the supreme good Principle, called Ahura Mazda) and the bad ones (commanded by Ahriman). Dualism is an attractive theory because it explains the origin of the evil in a world created, according to us, by an eminently good God.
Since the Babylonian captivity (begun in 586 B.C.) there has always been a large body of Jews in greater Persia - that is in Mesopotamia. It seems that some of them were influenced by Persian dualism which they incorporated into Judaism. Judaism is essentially a monotheistic religious; the doctrine of dualism cannot be reconciled with it. Persian dualism, although totally un-Jewish was adopted by the Essenes. According to them, human history is determined and explained by the continuous struggle of an immense army of demons, under the command of Belial or Beelzebub, as he may be called. In this struggle man only plays a secondary role. Men can only be auxiliary troops of the armies of either angels or demons, having joined their ranks. At the end of time God will give the final victory to the army of the angels and to these men who have enlisted in it. The bad ones, with their human auxiliaries, shall be thrown into hell and remain there forever.
We find this theory in a document of Qumran called the ÂRule of the SectÂ or the ÂManual of Discipline,Â published in l951 (New Haven). In the beginning God created the angels and all were good. But many sinned and became bad spirits or demons. Their two armies fight each other continuously and men join their ranks. At the end of time final victory will be given by God to the good spirits and to the men who joined them (the ÂSons of LightÂ), whereas the demons and their human henchmen (the ÂSons of DarknessÂ) will forever remain in hell.
In Persian dualism, Ahriman and his bad spirits are bad by nature; in the doctrine of the Essenes they have become bad because of their sin. In this way essential dualism has been avoided and Jewish monotheism saved. But it is clear to every student of Jewish religion that even the mitigated form of dualism, as professed by the sect of Qumran, is a Fremdkorper, as the Germans say; a Âforeign bodyÂ in the doctrine of both Old Testament and rabbinic Judaism. Human history is not determined by the invisible struggle of two armies of spirits, with God looking on in heaven and intervening at the last moment. True, angels are sometimes sent by God to fulfill missions on earth and they may counteract the bad influence of the devil. But this does not imply the universal, even cosmic dualism of Persia and Qumran.
After the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the Essenes practically disappeared from history. The building of Qumran was destroyed in 68 A.D., and before its dispersal the community stored its manuscripts in nearby caves. Some of them were already discovered in antiquity, but modern scholars did not pay much attention to these finds until the discoveries of l947 and following years.
Some ill informed people out there!
OA was stopped for investigations in 1992 but in 1997(therabouts) were given guidelines to work within and are fully recognised by Rome and fully functioning and doing excellent work within the Church.I have only come across good and holy people within them. Hope this is a helpful update.
**If this document does not scare people enough to be very careful about following every self-proclaimed seer in the world, I would simply say that people do not use their God given intelligence and deserve what might happen to them in the future. **
We’ve been warned by Christ about false prophets. Apparently we have one here.
Look at this Sunday’s First Reading and see what happens to the false prophets. I’ll post it here after I post the Sunday Readings.
Thanks for your studious research!
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2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23
In those days, all the princes of Judah, the priests, and the people
added infidelity to infidelity,
practicing all the abominations of the nations
and polluting the LORD's temple
which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.
Early and often did the LORD, the God of their fathers,
send his messengers to them,
for he had compassion on his people and his dwelling place.
But they mocked the messengers of God,
despised his warnings, and scoffed at his prophets,
until the anger of the LORD against his people was so inflamed
that there was no remedy.
Their enemies burnt the house of God,
tore down the walls of Jerusalem,
set all its palaces afire,
and destroyed all its precious objects.
Those who escaped the sword were carried captive to Babylon,
where they became servants of the king of the Chaldeans and his sons
until the kingdom of the Persians came to power.
All this was to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah:
"Until the land has retrieved its lost sabbaths,
during all the time it lies waste it shall have rest
while seventy years are fulfilled."
In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia,
in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah,
the LORD inspired King Cyrus of Persia
to issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom,
both by word of mouth and in writing:
"Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia:
All the kingdoms of the earth
the LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me,
and he has also charged me to build him a house
in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
Whoever, therefore, among you belongs to any part of his people,
let him go up, and may his God be with him!"
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