ON THE 19TH
ANNIVERSARY OF OUR LADY'S FIRST WEEPING TEARS OF BLOOD IN NAJU, KOREA
October 19, 2005
WE SEEK UNITY IN THE CHURCH
Not false unity that is based on coercion or compromises, but true unity
that firmly stands on the uncompromised, undiluted, undistorted, pure
teachings of Our Lord – that is, the Heritage of the authentic Catholic
Faith. (In Naju, the Blessed Mother used the word: error
more than twenty times and also repeatedly asked us to be faithful to the
Heritage of the Faith.)
The Archbishop of Kwangju, on the other hand, said during an interview at
the Naju Parish office in March 2002: "The objective of the Naju
Investigating Committee (of the Kwangju Archdiocese) was not to find out
if the events in Naju were genuine or not but to see if they were damaging
unity in the Church community."
The purpose of the teaching authority in the Church is to defend the
truth and, thus, to protect the People of God from errors. This authority
is not something that can stand above the truth, and should never be used
for suppressing or blocking the truth. (Cf. Catechism of the Catholic
Church #86 and #890)
Using the teaching authority for forcing the faithful to accept what is in
conflict with their faith and conscience, is a grave violation of the
Church teaching and is an abuse of the ecclesiastical power. "Man
has the right to act in conscience and in freedom so as personally to make
moral decisions. He must not be forced to act contrary to his
conscience. Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his
conscience, especially in religious matters." (Catechism of the
Catholic Church #1782)
St. Francis de Sales said, "Many have been greatly mistaken as to
this condition of obedience, believing that it consisted in doing at
random whatever should be commanded, even were it contrary to the
Commandments of God and of the Holy Church. . . In all that relates to the
Commandments of God, just as Superiors have no power whatever to give any
contrary command, so in such a case inferiors have no obligation to obey –
indeed, if they did so they would sin." (The Spiritual
The Church Law strictly forbids misusing the ecclesiastical authority:
It must always be kept in mind, however, that the teaching authority and
priesthood in the Church are from God and, therefore, sacred. We should
never forget this and should always respect and love the shepherds and
follow them humbly except when their commands or requests are clearly in
violation of the Church teachings on faith and morals.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TRUTH
The Faith that is necessary for our salvation is to accept as
certain all the truths that God has revealed for our salvation, not
because the inner truthfulness of the revelation is obvious to our natural
intellect but because God is all-knowing and infinitely truthful.
The Council of Trent (1545-1563): "If anyone shall say that
justifying faith is nothing else than confidence in the divine mercy which
remits sins for Christ's sake, or that it is this confidence alone by
which we are justified, let him be anathema." (DS #1562)
Pope Paul VI: "We believe all that which is contained in the word
of God, written or handed down, and which the Church proposes for belief
as divinely revealed." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #182)
"Faith is necessary for salvation. The Lord himself affirms: 'He
who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe
will be condemned' (Mark 16:16)." (Catechism of the Catholic
The Faith provides us with the foundation and the guidance for our
life of sanctification. Professing the faith is only the beginning.
Our Lord: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter
the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in
heaven." (Matthew 7:21)
St. Paul the Apostle: "Work out your salvation with fear and
trembling." (Philippians 2:12)
St. Paul the Apostle: "This is the will of God, your
sanctification." (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
Knowing and accepting the truths is indispensable for our faith
St. John Vianney: "My children, I often think that most of the
Christians who are lost are lost for want of instruction: they do not know
their religion well."
"Offenses against the truth express by word or deed a refusal to
commit oneself to moral uprightness: they are fundamental infidelities to
God and, in this sense, they undermine the foundations of the covenant."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #2464)
"A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his
conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn
himself." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1790)
"God wills the salvation of everyone through the knowledge of the
truth. Salvation is found in the truth. Those who obey the prompting of
the Spirit of truth are already on the way of salvation."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #851)
"Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which
must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an
obstinate doubt concerning the same; apostasy is the total repudiation of
the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Roman
Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him."
"An apostate from the faith, a heretic or a schismatic incurs
automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication and if a cleric, he can also
be punished by the penalties mentioned in can. 1336 #1, nn. 1, 2 and 3)."
DISTORTIONS OF THE TRUTHS MUST NOT BE TOLERATED BUT MUST BE
Especially when the errors were officially announced by the shepherds in
the Church, they must be corrected promptly, totally, and officially.
This is because the errors and the abuses of power committed by the
shepherds not only are serious failures to be loyal to the Lord and
damages to His honor but also are causes of serious spiritual harms to the
whole Church. When the shepherds teach errors, numerous people under
their care can go astray.
What we seek is not a condemnation or punishment of the shepherds who are
in errors and publicize them. On the other hand, we are keenly aware that
it is far more important and urgent to restore the Lord's honor, that has
been severely damaged, and defend his truths than trying to help these
shepherds save their faces.
St. Paul the Apostle said, "The wrath of God is indeed being
revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who
suppress the truth by their wickedness." (Rome 1:18)
Thus, we are seeking that the Catholic Church in Korea will be in harmony
and unity with the universal Church in truth and also obedient to and in
unity with the Holy Father in Rome.
The ecumenical movement also must be guided by the truths revealed by
God. The truths from God can be the most powerful unifying force. As we
are not the authors of these truths, we absolutely have no right to make
concessions or changes in these truths.
Teaching of the Second Vatican Council on ecumenism: "Nothing is so
foreign to the spirit of ecumenism as a false irenicism which harms the
purity of catholic doctrine and obscures its genuine and certain meaning."
(Unitatis Redintegratio, Nov. 21, 1964)
Despite this Church teaching, Fr. Peter Soon-Sung Ri, the secretary
general of the Naju Investigating Committee of the Kwangju Archdiocese in
Korea and also a dogmatic theologian, wrote in an article he contributed
to "Pastoral Care", the March 1998 issue, (a monthly
magazine published by the Korean Bishops' Conference): "The real
reason for rejecting the Eucharistic phenomena in Naju was to pursue the
grand proposition of promoting unity with our separated brethren."
THE EVILS OF MODERNISM
We alert ourselves to the dangers of modernism and seek to defend the
authentic Catholic Faith from the errors of modernism that have
infiltrated the Church. St. Pius X said, "Modernism is a synthesis
of all errors." (Lamentabili, 1907)
Contents of Modernism:
a. Rejection of the supernatural. Accordingly, despises all miracles as
superstitions or effects of preternatural powers.
Denial of the divinity of Jesus Christ.
Accordingly, denial of the divine motherhood of Mary.
Denial of the reality of sin. Thus, rejection of penance and
alienation of the Sacrament of Confession.
Insists that the Church dogmas can and must evolve to keep pace
with the advancement of human knowledge and the changes in human
Rejection of the teaching authority and the hierarchy in the
Church. (However, the teaching authority is often used to repress those
who disagree with the modernist ideas.)
Denial of any real supernatural effects of the Sacraments.
Denial of the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist.
Seeks local election of the bishops.
Insists on the abolishment of celibacy for priests.
Advocates the ordination of women to priesthood.
Seeks a national church with more independence from Rome.
Willing to adopt some of the indigenous religious and shamanistic
beliefs and practices.
There has been some association between the leading modernist priests
in Korea and the WAC (We Are Church) movement in Europe.
5. PROBLEMS IN THE KWANGJU ARCHDIOCESE'S HANDLING OF THE
Because of the modernist influences, the Kwangju Archdiocese has
been opposing the messages and signs in Naju totally, unconditionally, and
fundamentally. Whether the messages and signs are truly coming from God
or not seems to be totally outside its interest.
Ignored the testimonies, opinions and judgments of the Holy Father
and many bishops in different countries who personally witnessed
miraculous signs through Julia Kim. John Paul II's repeated urgings to
the Korean bishops to take Naju more seriously have been ignored.
Almost all of the hundreds of thousands of witnesses have been
Refused to order scientific tests of the numerous physical
evidences of miracles in Naju
Calumnies and defamations against Julia Kim and many others with
groundless accusations and rumors to discredit them.
Distortion of the Church doctrines, especially those on the Holy
Eucharist and God's Omnipotence.
The clergy in Kwangju and other diocese in Korea have coerced the
faithful to accept the errors contained in the Kwangju declarations, and
deprived those who refuse to comply of their rights to attend Mass,
receive the Sacraments, and serve in various church committees.
The Kwangju Archdiocese has been totally silent concerning the
appeals from many of the faithful to properly address the problems of
doctrinal errors in the declarations, prejudiced and faulty investigation
of Naju, and abuses of the church authority. Instead, it has only
continued its demand that people accept the declarations unconditionally.
WHAT WE NEED TO DO NOW
We need to offer up more fervent and persistent prayers for the
triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the conversion of all –
especially, the Holy Rosary and turning the entirety of our lives into
prayers. As there is the devil behind all these difficulties with his
terrible power and violence, it is essential that we always and totally
rely on the power of the Blessed Mother who was conceived without sin and
has been filled with the graces from God.
By reading the Bible, the Catechism, the Lives of the Saints, and
other good Church books and meditating on them, we need to acquire a
deeper knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of the authentic Church
teachings. In addition, we need to diligently study the messages from Our
Lord and Our Lady in Naju, put them into practice, and spread them to
Deeply realizing our mission as lay people for preserving the
purity of the truths and propagating them and also uniting with and
following the clergy who are faithful to the truth, we need to spread the
authentic Catholic Faith and the messages and signs in Naju more
Catechism of the Catholic Church #900:
"Since, like all the faithful, lay Christians are entrusted by God
with the apostolate by virtue of their Baptism and Confirmation, they have
the right and duty, individually or grouped in associations, to work so
that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all men
throughout the earth."
Catechism of the Catholic Church #91:
"All the faithful share in understanding and handing on revealed
truth. They have received the anointing of the Holy Spirit, who instructs
them and guides them into all truth."
Consider the deplorable condition of the work of catechetical formation
especially since the end of Vatican Council II.
THE BLESSED MOTHER IMPLORES US TO BE FAITHFUL TO THE DOGMAS AND TO
CORRECT DISORDERS IN THE LITURGY AND THE CHURCH LAWS
"Numerous children, who have gone far away from my Son Jesus and me,
have been swept away by storms and have fallen into errors and, because of
the resulting lack of faith, are not able to accept the Dogmas and are
causing a great disorder in the Liturgy and Laws of the Church. Even many
shepherds have fallen into this disorder and are walking along the way to
hell. The gates of hell are wide open to receive them." (February
St. Paul the Apostle: "'As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall
bend before me, and every tongue shall give praise to God."
TRUE SPECIAL REVELATIONS DESERVE OUR UTMOST ATTENTION
Catechism of the Catholic Church #768:
"So that she can fulfill her mission, the Holy Spirit bestows upon
the Church varied hierarchic and charismatic gifts, and in this way
Special revelations refer to the messages and miraculous signs that God
sends to the people of a particular age who are faced with terrible
dangers for the purpose of rescuing them and helping them.
The gifts of graces that God ordinarily
grants to the Church through the hierarchy and those that he specially
sends by means of special revelations are not contradictory or competitive
with each other; rather, they are complementary with each other (e.g.:
The miracle and messages brought by the Blessed Mother in Guadalupe in
1531 were followed by a massive conversion of the Mexican people and their
abandoning idolatrous human sacrifices).
The faithful must not accept special
revelations as new truths but as promptings of the Holy Spirit to become
more faithful to the existing teachings of the Church and to repent of our
sins and reform our lives.
OUR LADY IS TRULY THE CO-REDEMPTRIX
St. Paul the Apostle: "Now I rejoice in my suffering for your sake,
and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of
Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church." (Colossians
Catechism of the Catholic Church #306: "God is the sovereign master
of his plan. But to carry it out he also makes use of his creatures'
cooperation. This use is not a sign of weakness, but rather a token of
almighty God's greatness and goodness. For God grants his creatures not
only their existence, but also the dignity of acting on their own, of
being causes and principles for each other, and thus of cooperating in the
accomplishment of his plan."
Pope Leo XIII: "Mary was associated with Jesus in the painful work
of the redemption of mankind" (Jucunda Sempter, September 8,
Pope St. Pius X called Our Lady "the repairer of the fallen world"
and continues to show how she was united to the redemptive work of her Son
(Ad diem illum, Feb. 2, 1904).
Pope Pius XII: "She offered Him on Golgotha to the Eternal Father
together with the holocaust of her maternal rights and her motherly love
like a new Eve for all children of Adam" (Mystici Corporis, 1943).
Many other Popes also taught the same doctrine.
The Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ, is already perfect and
all-holy in her head, Christ Himself, in the Blessed Mother, who is His
Mother and Associate, the Mother of the Church, and the Queen of Heaven,
and in all the Saints who have completed their earthly journey and arrived
at Heaven. We, who are members of the Church on earth, are still
imperfect and are in the difficult process of our sanctification as well
as our neighbors'. While we live on earth, we have this mission from God
to pursue the growth and perfection of the Church with the graces that
flow from Christ to us through the Blessed Mother. This means that we
have been called by God to become little co-redeemers and co-redemptrices
who work with Christ to accomplish the salvation of the human race. The
Blessed Mother has been assisting Christ in the most intimate, effective,
and noble way and, therefore, truly deserves to be called and honored as
the Co-Redemptrix in the most special and outstanding sense. The messages
and signs in Naju support this truth in the most powerful and convincing
The doctrine that the Blessed Mother is the Co-Redemptrix does not mean
that there are two Saviors for the human race. Jesus Christ alone, as he
is a man as well as the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, is the only one
who can adequately atone for the human sins committed against the God of
infinite justice and dignity. At the same time, however, Christ,
representing the whole human race, calls every member of the human family
to help him by participating in his work of human redemption. For our
salvation and for the perfection of the Church, the graces from Christ are
essential and so is our cooperation. As we have the free will, we are
always free to accept or refuse this call of Christ to help him. St.
Augustine said, "He who has created thee without thyself, does not
justify thee without thyself." (Sermo 169, II, 13). We can
understand the merits of Our Lord's sufferings as the primary cause of
human redemption and the efforts that we can add as the secondary cause.
God does not need the secondary cause to accomplish human salvation, but
wills that our cooperation in Christ's redemptive work be added to the
primary cause so that our work is made "necessary" in the practical
sense. Our free participation in Christ's work will further magnify God's
glory and increase our joy and gratitude as well. □
GOD'S GRACES AND OUR WORK ARE NECESSARY FOR OUR SANCTIFICATION
Martin Luther of the 16th Century despaired of real
sanctification of the human nature, as he thought that the human nature
was completely corrupt and its free will was ineffective for doing
good. He insisted that, through our faith in the merits of Christ's
suffering only, we can be saved. In Protestantism, all the believers
are called "the saints", while the concept of the canonized
Saints who reached an exceptional level of supernatural sanctity through
God's graces and their compliance with the graces is absent. In this
sense, Protestantism is a pessimism regarding the real sanctification of
human beings, but is an over-optimism in believing that the faith (and
trust) in Jesus Christ as our Savior is all it takes for our salvation.
In Buddhism, in contrast, as God the Son's Incarnation as the Savior of
the world was not known to its founder and his followers still remain
closed to this Good News about the Savior, they only teach natural means
such as self-denial, meditation, and acts of mercy for arriving at "total
liberation". The concepts of the supernatural and the atonement for
sins are absent in Buddhism.
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