[ENG] Change of ownership or usurpation…

… the entrusting of the world to the madonna of Fatima?

We publish in full an article sent by a dear brother in faith to the magazine “Gente”, in “custody of the world to Our Lady of Fatima”, celebrated in 2000 by Carol Pope Wojtyla, 2000 by bishops from all over the world and thousands and thousands of faithful Catholics.

Most esteemed Director of “GENTE” Sandro Mayer,
I greet you affectionately in the loce of Jesus extended to all of the staff of “GENTE”.

Please allow me as a free citizen in a free country and in the name of all evangelical believers, to humbly express the following regarding the entrusting of the world to the Madonna of Fatima on the part of Carol Wojtyla. I hope that through your magazine you will allow us the possibility to express ourselves since we are also here in this world along with another billion people or so who do not share in this gesture made by Wojtyla. If you should decide to publish the following article, I ask that you kindly notify us ahead of time. May the Lord bless you, Nicola Andrea Scorsone.

I would like to focus on this event, not from my own personal critical viewpoint, but in light of the Word of God, the Bible.

As a believer, I address other beleivers who normally should live their faith guided not by personal emotions nor by human traditions, but by divine teaching, in fact: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete…” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

When the apostle Paul urges us to “flee from idolatry” in 1 Corinthians 10:14 this exortation is explained saying that there are different forms of idolatry. There is the obvious idolatry which consists of bowing before a statue or an image created by man. There is also a more subtle idolatry, but no less wrong or damaging, which consists of replacing God with anything in our lives by placing it first.
We insist, therefore, that it is this latter form of deception of which we must beware because clearly in our civilized modern countries no primitive style of idolatry exists.

And yet, when on Sunday, 8 October the network news broadcast sent the image of Carol Wojtyla kneeling before the statue of the Madonna of Fatima to fulfill the act of the entrusting of the work to Mary into the homes of the Italian people, these distinctions crumbled.
And all of the other Madonnas, of Lourdes, of Medjugorhe, of Civitavecchia, the black one, etc…weren’t they offended?
And didn’t this shot to the heart subsequently stimulate more bigotry toward the superstitions to continue chasing after different “sanctuaries” in order to present works of art, courage, hearts of gold, silver, etc.?

It behoovs us at this point, to read carefully from the Bible the denouncing of idolatry: “You shall not makeidols for yourselves; neither a carved image nor a sacred pillar… Nor shall you set up an engraved stone in your land, to bow down to it; for I am the LORD your God . (Looking at all of the statues set up at every cornere in our country, we certainly can’t say that the Word of God is held in high esteem). Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Awake!’ To silent stone, ‘Arise‘! their priests say to a tree, ‘You are my father,’ And to a stone, ‘You gave birth to me. Arise and save us.’ They are upright, like a palm tree, And they cannot speak; They must be carried, Because they cannot go by themselves. Do not be afraid of them, For they cannot do evil, Nor can they do any good. But they are altogether dull-hearted and foolish; A wooden idol is a worthless doctrine. “Remember this, and show yourselves men; Recall to mind, O you transgressors. Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me” (Lev. 26:1, Hab. 2:19, Jer. 2:27 – 10:5-8, Isa. 46:8-9).

First of all, how can we define ourselves as Christians when, very clearly, we ignore the truth expressed by CHRIST himself who says: “the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in SPIRIT and TRUTH” (John 4:23-24)?

There is no way to explain it. No matter how you want to interpret the gesture, it reeks of idolatrous Maryanism and contains nothing of Christianity, and so it was and will remain forever under the judgement of the Etermal, one and only God and Redeemer.

Secondly, even though we don’t want to use harsh words, one is forced to affirm that a true act of USURPATION has taken place. How can you entrust something that doesn’t belong to you? The Eternal says: “The world and all that is within it is mine” (Psalm 50:12 – 24:1, Deut. 10:14), and we find nowhere that he has given up this right. That which by many may be perceived as a gesture of devotion is in reality, none other that an absurd pretense which reminds us all too much of that of the Usurper made in the course of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness (Luke 4:5-8).

Finally, what is left of Christianity in a religion which, by the mouth of its highest representative, allows no oppurtunity to pass in order to exalt the person of Mary instead of that of the Christ? If you want proof of this in a generalized way, try to count the number of statues in our country of Mary and, especially recently, also those of “father” Pio, in comparison with those of Jesus. The apostle Paul, speaking of those who had been abandoned by God, says that the cause of this is that they have “exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the CREATURE rather than the CREATOR, who is blessed forever.” (Rom. 1:25).

Doesn’t all of this tell us anything?
The Lord says: “My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.” (Isa.42:8).
And when we confirm God’s rights, it doesn’t mean that we take anything away from Mary.
As every true Christian, she was “FAVORED BY THE GRACE OF GOD” (Luke 1:28) and she never expected or asked for the entrusting of the world to her. On the contrary, she said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant” (Luke 1:46-48).

Jesus never told us to entrust ourselves or to address our prayers to others, but to pray to the Father in His name. If the world is in trouble, we will ask for His help for all of our necessities. If we are at war, we will pray for peace, if there is drought, for rain, if I can not rejoice in God as Mary did who was saved, then I will pray to the Father in the name of Jesus (John 14:13-14 – 15:16 – 16:23) who saves me. I will certainly not recite the Hail Mary… that would be pointless.
The Hail Mary is not a prayer, but a greeting and a unique promise in time made by the angel to Mary. To repeat today praying “Blessed is the fruit of your womb” makes no sense, because Jesus in no longer in Mary’s womb, or in her arms or the arms of St. Anthony, but he died, rose again glorified, and will soon return to gather His believers and take them with Him to paradise.
Furthermore, Mary can not receive prayers offered up to her from Italy, from America, from France, etc…

If two people pray in the same room they can hear one another, but if one is in Italy and the other in Chine,
they can’t hear each other because they are only human.
Jesus, on the other hand, can hear all of them because He is omnipotent, all-seeing, omnipresent… because He is God. If Mary could do this she would be God. And yet again, the Bible affirms that when a human being dies “Nevermore will they have a share In anything done under the sun.” (Ecc. 9:6). Therefore, to ENTRUST something or to address our PRAYERS to them is completely useless.
Jesus said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you… Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23, 24). This is the right address for that fulfilling joy, which is also the only way to gain access to heaven.

In order to have been a true Christian, Wojtyla should have said to that crowd in Piazza Sr. Peter on the 8th of October: “THERE IS NO SALVATION IN ANY OTHER, FOR THERE IS NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN BY WHICH WE MUST BE SAVED” (Acts 4:12), “REPENT AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL” (Mark 1:15) and nothing else!

Certainly Christ’s first disciples were called Christians because they followed Him. Followers of Buddha are called buddhists, just as anyone who follows Mary is a Maryan. Today more than ever it is important that we know who we are, living and not letting live, freely choosing the respoonsability of being a Maryan or a Christian.

In as much as every true Christian in all times can say the following Bible verse: “For all people walk each in the name of his god, But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God Forever and ever” (Mic. 4:5).

Care of Nicola Andrea Scorsone
Ribera, october 2000

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