August 30, 2002
St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Sienna comes and sits in front of me. Then she stands and recites the Divine Praises. She says: “Praise be to Jesus.”

“Dear child, listen to what I have come to say. The image that many and most have of Church officials today is not what it should be. Setting aside the recent scandals, the feeling that Diocesan authority evokes in hearts is one of control, reprimand and retaliation towards those who cross them. The Church should be like a loving parent figure–ready to listen, understand and support. Correction should be gentle and loving, not vindictive.”

“Today–sadly, many in the Church do not lead in Holy Love, but rather rule with an iron fist. Further, there is a general spirit of denial which has become apparent in the scandals recently revealed–denial to the degree of not assuming responsibility for their own wrongdoing–denial in the sense of continuing to try to lead despite loss of credibility–denial in regards to Heavenly interventions in the form of apparitions.”

“But, what no one can deny is their responsibility before God–their accountability to Jesus for their lives here in the world, and the fulfillment of their vocations given them.”

“A dark curtain has fallen over the Church, sealing off the majority of Church leadership from the people, and from the movement of the Holy Spirit. This has been the choice of those who choose power and money over Holy Love.”

“You will please make this known.”