I read a prophecy by Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich about a year ago but it did not strike me at the time. Recently, I came across a blog named La Salette Journey that had the same prophecy posted, and after re-reading it, really shook me up. Anne Catherine describes the Church as it is increasingly protestantized in the spirit of ecumenism. She describes a clergy intent on watering down doctrine and tradition to more easily absorb non-Catholic denominations and their accompanying belief systems into the Church.
After re-examining Christianity (and the many different denominations) on my road back to Christianity, I realized that the Catholic Church is set apart from every other denomination on the planet. Not only does it reach clear back to Jesus and the authority given to Peter by Him, but it has survived two millennia without the doctrine having changed, only growing in depth of understanding. Even through the several “anti-popes” and many worldly men were unable to topple the Church or change her teachings. The gates of Hell have not prevailed (Matthew 16:18) in two thousand years.
I do not want to participate in a Church that’s teachings and values are as wavering, unsteady, and differentiated in a multitude of sects as you see in your average protestant denomination. I want, and I believe all Christians want, the One true Faith as spoken about in Ephesians:
( Ephesians 4:5) one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism
The Church is and has been the bulwark against abortion, against contraception, against same-sex union, against the culture of death, against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, against humanist modernism, against moral relativism, against every new evil that rises in our modern day, the Church has stood and stands against it. Granted, there are some clergymen who are not in line with what the Church teaches–and inevitably they are always the ones that receive the most media spotlight. It is these clergymen that Anne Catherine Emmerich seems to be referring to in her prophecy, posted below.
“Among the strangest things that I saw, were long processions of bishops. Their thoughts and utterances were made known to me
through images issuing from their mouths. Their faults towards religion were shown by external deformities … I saw what I believe to be nearly all the bishops of the world, but only a small number were perfectly sound. I also saw the Holy Father – God-fearing and prayerful. Nothing left to be desired in his appearance, but he was weakened by old age and by much suffering. His head was lolling from side to side, and it dropped onto his chest as if he was falling asleep …Then I saw that everything pertaining to Protestantism was gradually gaining the upperhand, and the Catholic religion fell into complete decadence. Most priests were lured by the glittering but false knowledge of young school-teachers,and they all contributed to the work of destruction. In those days, Faith will fall very low, and it will be preserved in some places only, in a few cottages and in a few families which God has protected from disasters and wars….
As we came nearer, however, the fire abated and we saw the blackened building. We went through a number of magnificent rooms, and we finally reached the Pope. He was sitting in the dark and slept in a large arm chair. He was very ill and weak; he could no longer walk. The ecclesiastics in the inner circle looked insincere and lacking in zeal; I did not like them. I told the Pope of the bishops who are to be appointed soon. I told him also that he must not leave Rome. If he did so, it would be chaos. He thought that the evil was inevitable and he should leave in order to save many things beside himself. He was very much inclined to leave Rome, and he was insistently urged to do so….I also saw the various regions of the earth. My Guide (Jesus) named Europe and pointing to a small and sandy region, He uttered these words: ‘Here is Prussia (East Germany), the enemy.’ Then He showed me another place, to the north, and He said: ‘This is Moskva, the land of Moscow, bringing many evils’…I saw also the relationship between two popes … I saw how baleful would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city of Rome. The local clergy grew lukewarm, and I saw a great darkness…I had another vision of the great tribulation. It seems to me that a concession was demanded from the clergy which could not be granted. I saw many older priests, especially one, who wept bitterly. A few younger ones were also weeping. But others, and the lukewarm among them, readily did what was demanded. It was as if people were splitting into two camps.
I saw that many pastors allowed themselves to be taken up with ideas that were dangerous to the Church. They were building a great, strange, and extravagant Church. Everyone was to be admitted in it in order to be united and have equal rights: Evangelicals, Catholics, sects of every description. Such was to be the new Church … But God had other designs…
I saw again the strange big church that was being built there in Rome. There was nothing holy in it. I saw this just as I saw a movement led by Ecclesiastics to which contributed angels, saints, and other Christians. But there in the strange big church all the work was being done mechanically according to set rules and formulae. Everything was being done according to human reason …I saw all sorts of people, things, doctrines, and opinions. There was something proud, presumptuous, and violent about it, and they seemed very successful. I did not see a single Angel nor a single saint helping in the work. But far away in the background, I saw the seat of the cruel people armed with spears, and I saw a laughing figure which said: ‘Do build it as solid as you can; we will pull it to the ground’…
I saw again the new and odd-looking church which they were trying to build. There was nothing holy about it … People were kneading bread in the crypt below … but it would not rise, nor did they receive the body of our Lord, but only bread. Those who were in error, through no fault of their own, and who piously and ardently longed for the Body of Jesus were spiritually consoled, but not by their communion. Then my Guide (Jesus) said: ‘This is Babel’…
I saw deplorable things: they were gambling, drinking, and talking in church; they were also courting women. All sorts of abominations were perpetrated there. Priests allowed everything and said Mass with much irreverence. I saw that few of them were still godly… All these things caused me much distress….
Then I saw an apparition of the Mother of God, and she said that the tribulation would be very great. She added that people must pray fervently with outstretched arms, be it only long enough to say three Our Fathers. This was the way her Son prayed for them on the Cross. They must rise at twelve at night, and pray in this manner; and they must keep coming to the Church. They must pray above all for the Church of Darkness to leave Rome… These were all good and devout people, and they did not know where help and guidance should be sought. There were no traitors and enemies among them, yet they were afraid of one another…
I saw more martyrs, not now but in the future … I saw the secret sect relentlessly undermining the great Church. Near them I saw a horrible beast coming up from the sea. All over the world, good and devout people, especially the clergy, were harassed, oppressed, and put into prison… Whole Catholic communities were being oppressed, harassed, confined, and deprived of their freedom. I saw many churches closed down, great miseries everywhere, wars and bloodshed. A wild and ignorant mob took violent action. But it did not last long… ” (Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, The Life and Revelations of Anne Catherine Emmerich).
Does this not sound like the Church today? Pray for the Church. Pray for the conversion of Russia. Pray for the Holy Father.