Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude
The M+G+R Foundation
U.S.A. - European Union
His Holiness John Paul II
Successor of Peter and Bishop of Rome
Subject: The conclusion of your PontificatePax vobis, my dear brother in Christ!
Acknowledging our respective responsibilities before the Throne of God and our abysmal limitations as fallen men, it is my desire to candidly share with you our profound concern regarding the current state of your Pontificate.
We take such liberty justified by circumstances similar to those St. Paul was faced with ca. 1,950 years ago and which are recorded in his Letter to the Galatians (1).
The contribution of your Pontificate to the Catholic Faith and the World at large through the years 1994/95 has been unparalleled in history. Unfortunately, just as our Lord Jesus Christ warned your predecessor (2), you have been lead to where you do not want to go.
Allowing to be lead to where you do not want to go is seriously undermining the past achievements of your Pontificate.
The scandal caused by allowing the falsehood of the alleged third part of the Secret of Fátima to be read in your presence, has caused worldwide consternation and the loss of your credibility amongst many of the Portuguese faithful.
The scandal caused by the indecision regarding the Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops involved in the cover up of the sexual abuse of children - a crime which Our Lord Jesus Christ clearly identified and for which He issued a most severe warning (3) - has cast a crippling doubt upon the quality of the current leadership of the Church.
The scandal caused by the Beatification and Canonization of José María Escrivá (4), has been the proverbial last straw which broke the camel's back.
Raising to the altars a man who, under the cover of a hollow piety, cleverly taught that man may serve God and Mammon simultaneously; a teaching which is in total contradiction with the most basic tenets of Christian Doctrine (5), has now cast doubts on the holiness of the many Saints venerated by the Catholic Church as well as in your ability to act for the pleasure of God and not of man. (6)
Thus, dearest brother, in order to protect from further erosion what is left of the great legacy of your Pontificate we entreat you, in the Name of God, to withdraw from the Chair of Peter and remain, for what is left of your temporal life, in seclusion until such time when you will be called by events to act in fulfillment of the remaining prophecies relative to your person.
Let us keep each other in mutual prayer seeking that the Mercy of God, which we do not deserve but humbly accept, come to the rescue of the admirable fruits of your Pontificate.
At His service, thus at yours, I remain simply....
miguel de Portugal
+ by the Grace of God
(1) Galatians 2: 11-14
"And when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he clearly was wrong. For, until some people came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to draw back and separated himself, because he was afraid of the circumcised. And the rest of the Jews (also) acted hypocritically along with him, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not on the right road in line with the truth of the Gospel, I said to Cephas in front of all, 'If you, though a Jew, are living like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?'"
"Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hand, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go"
"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of things that cause sin! Such things must come, but woe to the one through whom they come!"
(5) Matthew 6: 24
"No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
"But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the Gospel, that is how we speak, not as trying to please human beings, but rather God, Who judges our hearts."