Did Blessed Anna Katharina Emmerick foresee the Lutheranization of the Catholic Church in Our Time?

ANNA KATHARINA EMMERICK (1774-1824)
BL. ANNA KATHARINA EMMERICK (1774-1824)

On the evening of October 1st, the Pilgrim found her exhausted and bathed in perspiration from her heavy spiritual labors. She repeated that St. Michael, besides the seven days’ task, had prescribed certain alms, pointing out what children were to be assisted and what each one was to receive. “The Church,” she groaned, “is in great danger. I must ask everyone who comes to see me say an Our Father for that intention. We must pray that the Pope may not leave Rome, for unheard-of evils would result from such a step. We must pray the Holy Ghost to enlighten him, for they are even now trying to exact something of him. The Protestant doctrine, as also that of the Greeks, is spreading everywhere. Two men live at this time who long to ruin the Church, but they have lost one who used to help them with his pen. He was killed by a young man about a year ago, and one of the two men of whom I speak left Germany at the same time. They have their employees everywhere. The little black man in Rome, whom I see so often, has many working for him without their clearly knowing for what end. He has his agents in the new black church also. If the Pope leaves Rome, the enemies of the Church will get the upper hand. I see the little black man in his own country committing many thefts and falsifying things generally. Religion is there so skillfully undermined and stifled that there are scarcely one hundred faithful priests. I cannot say how it is, but I see fog and darkness increasing. There are, however, three churches that they cannot seize: St. Peter’s, St. Mary-Major’s and St. Michael’s. Although they are constantly trying to undermine them, they will not succeed. I help not. All must be rebuilt soon for everyone, even ecclesiastics are laboring to destroy – ruin is at hand. The two enemies of the Church who have lost their accomplice are firmly resolved to destroy the pious and learned men that stand in their way.”

When the Pilgrim visited Sister Emmerich on October 4th, he found her perfectly worn out by the exertions of the preceding night. That St. Michael’s commands were being fulfilled, was very evident. “I have had combats more terrible,” she said, “than any I have ever endured, and I am almost dead. I cannot say how fearfully I have suffered. This struggle was shown me long ago under the symbol of a person buffeted by demons, and now I know it was myself. I fought against a whole legion of devils who excite minds against me and do all they can to harass me. I have also undertaken too many prayers. They want to install bad Bishops. In one place they want to turn a Catholic church into a Lutheran meetinghouse. I must pray, suffer, and struggle against this, for such is my present task. If the Saints did not assist me, I could not endure it. I should be overcome, and that would be most grievous to me! I see the devil using every artifice to put me to shame. He is continually sending all sorts of people to visit me, to torment and wear me out.
– pg 266-267 of Volume Two of Two, The Life and Revelations of Anne Catherine Emmerich by Carl E. Schmöger, C.SS.R. (My emphasis)


In Our Day

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FROM CONFLICT TO COMMUNION Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017

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2. Already the 450th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession in 1980 offered both Lutherans and Catholics the opportunity to develop a common understanding of the foundational truths of the faith by pointing to Jesus Christ as the living center of our Christian faith.(1) On the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s birth in 1983, the international dialogue between Roman Catholics and Lutherans jointly affirmed a number of Luther’s essential concerns. The commission’s report designated him “Witness to Jesus Christ” and declared, “Christians, whether Protestant or Catholic, cannot disregard the person and the message of this man.”(2)

[…]

29. Implicit rapprochement with Luther’s concerns has led to a new evaluation of his catholicity, which took place in the context of recognizing that his intention was to reform, not to divide, the church. This is evident in the statements of Johannes Cardinal Willebrands and Pope John Paul II.(7) The rediscovery of these two central characteristics of his person and theology led to a new ecumenical understanding of Luther as a “witness to the gospel.”

(My emphasis)

[Obviously, when one reads The text of Pope John Paul II’s letter marking the 500th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther, translated from the Italian by UPI, there is no such evidence from the letter of the great and saintly Pope St. John Paul II which states, ‘For the Catholic Church through the centuries the name of Martin Luther is tied to the memory of a sad period and, in particular, to the experience of the origin of deep ecclesiastical divisions.’ and ‘In the first place it is important to continue accurate historical work, It is a question of, through an investigation without taking sides, motivated only by the search for truth, arriving at a just image of the Reformer, of the entire epoch of the Reformation and of the people who were involved in it.

Guilt, where it exists, must be recognized, on whichever side it is found where polemics have clouded the view, the direction of this view must be corrected and independently by one side or the other.’]

Cf.

Pope: Luther’s intention was to renew the Church, not divide her, 19/01/2017 | Vatican Radio

Martin Luther was a ‘teacher of the faith’, say German bishops by Jonathan Luxmoore, Friday, 12 Aug 2016 | Catholic Herald

Catholics and Lutherans celebrate Reformation with new Bible translations, 10 February 2017 | The Tablet

Bischöfin Fehrs: Papst Franziskus ein “verkappter Protestant”

Pope Counsels Lutheran Woman About Receiving the Eucharist

A Pope Like None Before. Somewhat Protestant by Sandro Magister
The idyll between Francis and the followers of Luther. The alarm of cardinals and bishops against the “Protestantization” of the Catholic Church. But also the distrust of authoritative Lutheran theologians

Communion For All, Catholics and Protestants. Words of Kasper, Or Rather of the Pope | 16 Feb | Settimo Cielo di Sandro Magister

Dialog With the Lutheran World Federation at the Cost of Catholic Identity, Sunday, March 19, 2017 | The Eponymous Flower

Pope: ‘We Are Called to Free Ourselves From the Prejudices’ | ZENIT and The Pope at the conference on Luther: “Look at history without resentment” | VATICAN INSIDER La Stampa and Pope delighted by Vatican conference studying history of Reformation | Catholic Culture and Pope ‘grateful to God’ for Vatican conference on Martin Luther | Vatican Radio and ‘Put behind prejudice, forgive past sins,’ Pope on Lutheran Reformation | THE CATHOLIC REGISTER and Pope to congress on Luther: “Serious research contributes to overcoming distrust” | ROME REPORTS

A Non-Catholic German Warns Against Protestantization of Catholicism by Maike Hickson, Aril 19, 2017 | 1P5

BISHOP BARRON ON MARTIN LUTHER by Bishop Robert Barron, June 01, 2017 and LOOKING AT LUTHER WITH FRESH EYES by Bishop Robert Barron, June 13, 2017

Pietro è una piccola pietra. Pope Francis speaks, Catholics scratch their heads.


Cf. POPE FRANCIS AS HISTORIAN by Bronwen Catherine McShea, 3 . 23 . 17 | First Things


[UPDATE November 8, 2017]

De Mattei: Pope Francis and his “Lutheran turning point” by Roberto de Mattei, Corrispondenza Romana, November 8, 2017 | RORATE CÆLI


[UPDATE November 15, 2017]

Is Pope Francis a Liberal Protestant? | Gerald McDermott | First Things


The Beast‘s Magazine’s Take [i.e., The Economist’s annual collection of detailed, numerate and opinionated predictions for the year ahead.] – The World in 2017 | The Economist

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Martin Luther, church-splitter – Five centuries since Luther’s clash with Rome, Europe faces division once more by Matt Steinglass EUROPE

The process by which memes go viral has not changed much since the 16th century. On October 31st 1517 Martin Luther, a monk at the University of Wittenberg, wrote out a list of 95 theses objecting to the indulgences authorised by the pope to raise money for building St Peter’s Basilica. The story that Luther nailed his theses to the door of Wittenberg’s Castle Church (as depicted here) may be apocryphal. But, in the equivalent of an ill-judged late-night tweet, he did send a copy to Archbishop Albert of Mainz, who was taking a cut of the indulgences. Soon Luther and Albert’s allies were engaged in a flame-war using the pre-eminent social-media platform of the time: pamphlets. As usual, things escalated. The pope had Luther convicted of heresy. Luther called the pope the Antichrist. German peasants and princes defected to Luther’s side, and Europe was plunged into more than a century of savage war between Catholics and Protestants.

Now, 500 years on, the Reformation has the soft glow of history. Commemorative events are planned across Germany in 2017. Some will celebrate reconciliation: on March 11th Germany’s head Lutheran and Catholic bishops will lead a service dedicated to the “process of healing of memory”. Pope Francis got that process moving in 2016, with a visit to Lutheran Sweden.

Some Catholic clergy still object to such ecumenical gestures. After all, Luther tore apart their church by insisting that the pope had no more say than any other Christian. Yet most practising Protestants and Catholics today feel they are on the same side, largely because they are among the few Europeans interested in Christianity at all. In most of Europe less than a third of the population considers religion an important part of life. Eastern Germany, Luther’s homeland, may be the world’s least religious region, according to one study.

Today few secular Europeans understand the reasons for the split in the church, or the logic of Luther’s doctrine that only faith, not good deeds, leads to salvation. They are far removed from a world where “good deeds” might mean coughing up your savings for a promise that God will release your late relatives from their suffering in the afterlife. For that matter, a few years ago, Europeans thought themselves long past the stage of resorting to violence over religion. That was premature. Intolerance, corruption and religious upheaval are all making a comeback, and not just in the Middle East. Time to bone up on our Luther. (My emphasis)


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Comment by the author and owner of The War Blog:

The thunderbolt is a symbol of Zeus and we now know that the devil has come down to the Church in rage.

When they are Assembled at Armaged′don, it Behooves them to Choose A Side Wisely.

Pope Francis is allying himself with the international left. – THE AUSTRALIAN (Cf. here, PDF and here)

How Pope Francis Became the Leader of the Global Left By FRANCIS X. ROCCA | Dec. 22, 2016 – With the right on the rise, many progressives are looking to a pontiff who campaigns against inequality and climate change – PDF



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Aerial view of Tel Megiddo from the south east By Created by משתמש:אסף.צ uploaded Daniel.baranek – he-wiki, Public Domain

About Mageddo or [Battle of] Megiddo [(609 BC)] or in Hebrew Armaged′don

[The] Battle of Megiddo is recorded as having taken place in 609 BC when Pharaoh Necho II of Egypt lead his army to Carchemish (northern Syria) to join with his allies, the fading Neo-Assyrian Empire, against the surging Neo-Babylonian Empire. This required passing through territory controlled by the Kingdom of Judah. Judaean King Josiah refused to let the Egyptians pass, perhaps thinking that the Assyrians and Egyptians were weakened by the death of the pharaoh Psamtik I only a year earlier (610 BCE) and also attempting to help the Babylonians.[2 Kgs 23:29] The Judaean forces battled the Egyptians at Megiddo, resulting in Josiah’s death and his Kingdom becoming a vassal state of Egypt. The battle is recorded in the Bible, the Greek 1 Esdras, and the writings of Josephus. – Battle of Megiddo (609 BC) | Wikipedia


RSVCE Footnote Rv 16.16 Armageddon: i.e., Megiddo where Josiah was defeated by the king of Egypt, cf. 2 Kings 23.29.


Finally early in the seventh century Josias tried to bar near Mageddo the advance of the Pharao Nechao towards Mesopotamia and “was slain when he had seen him” (2 Kings 23:29-30; 2 Chronicles 35:22; Jos., “Ant.”, X, v, i; Max Müller, “Mittheil. d. Vorderas. Gesell.”, III, 1898, p. 56; but against cf. Zimmern and Winckler, “Die Keilin. und A. T.”, 105, who follow Herodotus, II, clix). The mourning for this calamity became proverbial (Zechariah 12:11). The warlike reputation of Mageddo is perhaps confirmed by Apocalypse 16:16. – Catholic Encyclopedia > M > Mageddo


Choose A Side Wisely

In the two battles of the end [second one in Rv 20] a side must be chosen wisely. The devout King Josiah, having disregarded God’s word through prophet Jeremiah and making his own interpretation on the word of God, chose wrongly and paid for it with his life. In the upcoming assembling at Armageddon the Babylonians and those with them are doomed and will finally be defeated definitively.


Cf. The WAR: The earthly city, mystery Babylon vs. the heavenly city, Jerusalem


“Io ho la sensazione che il mio pontificato sarà breve… 4-5 anni”. – Papa Francesco, 80 anni amari. In Vaticano è sempre più sotto attacco | IlFattoQuotidiano.it / BLOG / di Marco Politi | 17 dicembre 2016

Cf. Pope Francis refers to the end of his pontificate, April 10, 2017 | Catholic Culture

In Wake of Rejection of dubia Pope Francis Cancels Meeting With Cardinals, by Deacon Nick Donnelly | ewtn.co.uk/news – PDF

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The Vatican Preferred Clinton over Trump? 😕

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VA with her?

However, Corriere della Sera reported Nov. 10 that, according to its research, most in the Vatican were backing Hillary Clinton as the “lesser evil.” Trump, on the other hand, was considered “unelectable” due to his “aggressive chauvinism,” in addition to his threats to deport 11 million illegal Mexican immigrants and ban Muslims from immigrating to the United States.

Now that the “greater evil” has won, the Vatican is viewing the United States as “angry and radicalized,” Corriere della Sera wrote. “For the Holy See, it is a bitter defeat, cultural rather than political. Among other things, it indicates that the Catholic Church hadn’t registered the very deep upheavals taking place in the greatest Western country.”

A “lot of incomprehension” and “bitter shock” were generally prevalent for many in the Vatican, agreed one U.S. official who spoke with the Register. Based on “failings of reporting,” he said, Clinton was represented as far preferable to Trump, who was portrayed as a “buffoon,” and reporting about Clinton’s shortcomings “never sunk in.” Due to a general lack of understanding of the U.S. “culture wars” in Italy, Clinton’s radical pro-abortion-rights position also hardly figured at all in media commentary. (My emphasis)
– VATICAN | NOV. 15, 2016 How the Vatican Views Trump’s Presidential Victory – Views are mixed, ranging from ‘incomprehension’ and ‘shock’ to optimism that a Republican presidency opens new possibilities for cooperation. by Edward Pentin | NCR

Edward Pentin’s translation of

Esplora il significato del termine: Il Vaticano aveva scelto la strategia del «male minore». E alla fine sembrava così rassegnato alla vittoria di Hillary Rodham Clinton da pensare a lei come alla candidata meno sgradita: sebbene forse non ci credesse fino in fondo. Donald Trump era considerato «non votabile» per le rivelazioni sul suo maschilismo aggressivo, che si aggiungevano alle minacce di deportare oltre il confine sud undici milioni di messicani, di impedire l’entrata negli Usa agli islamici: cose ormai archiviate. E invece, il presunto «male maggiore» Trump è emerso a furor di popolo come nuovo inquilino della Casa Bianca, a conferma di un’America arrabbiata e radicalizzata. E per la Santa Sede si tratta di una sconfitta bruciante: culturale prima che politica. Tra l’altro, è il segno che la Chiesa cattolica non aveva captato i sommovimenti più profondi in atto nel maggiore Paese occidentale.Il Vaticano aveva scelto la strategia del «male minore». E alla fine sembrava così rassegnato alla vittoria di Hillary Rodham Clinton da pensare a lei come alla candidata meno sgradita: sebbene forse non ci credesse fino in fondo. Donald Trump era considerato «non votabile» per le rivelazioni sul suo maschilismo aggressivo, che si aggiungevano alle minacce di deportare oltre il confine sud undici milioni di messicani, di impedire l’entrata negli Usa agli islamici: cose ormai archiviate. E invece, il presunto «male maggiore» Trump è emerso a furor di popolo come nuovo inquilino della Casa Bianca, a conferma di un’America arrabbiata e radicalizzata. E per la Santa Sede si tratta di una sconfitta bruciante: culturale prima che politica. Tra l’altro, è il segno che la Chiesa cattolica non aveva captato i sommovimenti più profondi in atto nel maggiore Paese occidentale.
– LA CHIESA Elezioni Usa e Vaticano, i cardinali che tifano per Trump – Si tratta di settori minoritari che però adesso si sentono rafforzati. Capofila è il cardinale Raymond Leo Burke, critico coriaceo delle aperture di Bergoglio


Cf. November 16, 2016 Trump, a shocked Vatican, and ‘papal’ climate change by Matt C. Abbott | American Thinker

Papal Response to the Four Brave Cardinals via Twitter?

Will the like of these:

Cf. Amoris – PAPA.pdf

Pope Francis associate: Controversial questions on communion already answered By Fr. Antonio Spadaro Updated 2236 GMT (0636 HKT) November 28, 2016 | CNN

Pope Francis explains how to put up with annoying people, 2016-11-16 | ROME REPORTS

Pope to Avvenire: Jubilee and ecumenism fruits of Vatican II | Radio Vaticana (EN)

L’intervista integrale. Papa Francesco: non svendo la dottrina, seguo il Concilio Stefania Falasca giovedì 17 novembre 2016 | Avvenire

Pope Grants Interview to Italian Catholic Daily ‘Avvenire’ In a Long Interview with Stefania Falasca, Francis Evaluates the Jubilee and Explains Why Christian Unity Is Necessary in a World Lacerated by Conflicts NOVEMBER 18, 2016 SALVATORE CERNUZIO

Prominent Italian philosopher explains his response to doubts surrounding the Amoris Laetitia | VATICAN INSIDER La Stampa

An Open Letter to the Four Cardinals – Bishop Franghískos Papamanólis, O.F.M. Cap., Bishop Emeritus of Syros (e Milos)

WATCH: Cardinal Cupich: Anyone who ‘doubts and questions’ Amoris needs ‘conversion’ | LifeSiteNews

The Pope Isn’t Talking, But His Cardinal Friends Are. And Accusing by Sandro Magister | WWW.CHIESA – The prefect of the new dicastery for the family attacks the archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles J. Chaput, over how he is implementing “Amoris Laetitia” in his diocese. Here are the guidelines that have come under accusation

Dean of Rota warns Pope could strip Card. Burke & others of cardinalate, NOV 29TH 2016, BY DEACON NICK DONNELLY | EWTN News | St. Clare Media (EWTN) | The EWTN Foundation in Great Britain

be the entire extent of the papal response to:
The Brave 4 (L - R): Carlo Cardinal Caffarra, Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect Emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura, Walter Cardinal Brandmüller, President Emeritus of the Roman Curia – Other, and Joachim Cardinal Meisner, Archbishop Emeritus of Köln {Cologne}
The Brave 4 (L – R): Carlo Cardinal Caffarra, Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect Emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura, Walter Cardinal Brandmüller, President Emeritus of the Roman Curia – Other, and Joachim Cardinal Meisner, Archbishop Emeritus of Köln {Cologne}
Exclusive Interview: Cardinal Burke Explains Plea to Pope for Clarity, November 14, 2016 | Catholic Action for Faith and Family

and

VATICAN | NOV. 13, 2016 Four Cardinals Formally Ask Pope for Clarity on Amoris Laetitia – The senior Church leaders have referenced the controversial aspects of the Holy Father’s apostolic exhortation, relating to reception of Communion. | Edward Pentin | NCR and “Seeking Clarity.” The Appeal of Four Cardinals To the Pope by Sandro Magister | WWW.CHIESA – One letter. Five questions on the most controversial points of “Amoris Laetitia.” To which Francis has not replied. One more reason, they say, to “inform the people of God about our initiative” and VATICAN | NOV. 15, 2016 Cardinal Burke on Amoris Laetitia Dubia: ‘Tremendous Division’ Warrants Action – In an exclusive Register interview, he elaborates about why four cardinals were impelled to seek clarity about the papal exhortation’s controversial elements. | Edward Pentin | NCR?


#AmorisLaetitia Card Burke: “Formal calls for clarification are in process and they simply will demand a response.”

Pro Domine et Ecclesia et Pontifice contra #AmorisLaetitia; Petitions: To the Pope; To all Catholic Cardinals; To all Catholic Bishops