Tuesday, April 16, 2002

From Spirit Daily today:

Other messages addressing the Church have also occurred in partially Church-approved places like Akita, Japan -- where the Virgin told a nun named Sister Agnes Sasagawa on October 13, 1973, that "the work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres... churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises."

And:

At Fatima, the famous third secret included an image of "a Bishop dressed in white" (the seer said it was her impression this was the Holy Father) and "other bishops, priests, men, and women religious going up a steep mountain," at the top of which was a large cross. As he went up it, said the seer, the Holy Father, "half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow," passed through a big city half in ruins and the corpses of many bishops, priests, and religious.

While the Vatican has interpreted that as representing the many who died during persecutions in the 20th century (especially due to Communism), and the wound the Pope suffered in the vision as from the assassination attempt in 1981, there are those who have interpreted his current pain as part of the premonition. Just before Fatima, Pope Pius X apparently had his own precognition when he expressed fear that enemies of the Church were seizing professorships in the seminaries and colleges, turning them into what the pontiff feared would become "chairs of pestilence."