Who is Maria Divine Mercy?

Prior to her claimed reception of private revelation, this claimed visionary was a lapsed Catholic who had not received the Sacraments in years, including Confession. She was a business woman, who was leaning toward being an agnostic and had not prayed in years. She is an Irish woman, who is said to be married with children. She is said to suffer from a serious illness and to be bedridden much of the time. She is certainly Irish, based on her accent, but she only claims to be European.

The ‘About’ page of the website for these messages says this:

This site has been set up to publish a series of divine messages which a Roman Catholic married mother of a young family living in Europe says she has been receiving from Jesus Christ, the Holy Trinity as well as by the Virgin Mary who she says wishes to be known by a new title “Mother of Salvation”.

This claim, that the title “Mother of Salvation” is new, is a false claim. Saint Paulinus, Bishop of Nola, gave the Blessed Virgin Mary that title in his writings (Poem 27, n. 256). Saint Paulnus died on June 22 of 431. Yes, that’s right: the year 431 A.D. in the 5th century. So the title is far from being new. But this type of false claim, that of giving the Blessed Virgin Mary a new title, is often associated with false private revelation.

This woman has remained anonymous, as is common among the false visionaries. The vast majority (perhaps all) of the recipients of true private revelation are not anonymous. But anonymity is very common among false private revelations.

Why does she remain anonymous? My view is that her anonymity helps to protect her from a judgment against her by her local Bishop. Her claimed private revelation contains many grave heresies and doctrinal errors. If her name were known, she could be condemned by the Bishop, as many other false prophets have been condemned by their local Bishops. But while she is anonymous, we do not even know which Bishop to speak to about her false teachings.

This visionary has chosen for herself an exalted nickname, also a common feature of false private revelation: “Maria Divine Mercy”. Maria is the Latin name for the Blessed Virgin Mary, as in: “Ave Maria”. And “Divine Mercy” refers to the greatest work of God. This visionary is not sinless, like the Virgin Mary. This visionary is not Divine, nor is she the source of all Mercy. This name, which she chose for herself, shows arrogance and self-exaltation. But many of the other false visionaries also call themselves by such special names. It is a common feature of false private revelation.

As if this self-exaltation were not enough, “Maria Divine Mercy” also claims to be “the end time prophet”. She claims that all other true private revelations will cease, and she will be the only visionary with true visions from God.

But the visionaries of Medjugorje have said that they will continue to receive visions from God for the rest of their lives. So in order to believe that the messages to “Maria Divine Mercy” are true, you would have to reject the private revelation at Medjugorje.

The ‘About’ page to the site also claims:

Maria was told by Jesus that she is the 7th Messenger, the 7th Angel sent to reveal to the world the contents of the Seals in the Book of Revelation which can only be opened by the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. He will open the Seals and reveal, in advance, the contents. Maria has to publish them as each Seal is opened. He has told her she is the end time prophet.

The utter rejection of truth from Sacred Scripture in the claims of this alleged visionary are astounding. She is obviously not an Angel. The Bible clearly states that the seventh Angel is an Angel from God, from Heaven. Each of the Angels blows a trumpet to announce seven sets of events that comprise the Seventh Seal.

{8:2} And I saw seven Angels standing in the sight of God. And seven trumpets were given to them.

{10:7} but in the days of the voice of the seventh Angel, when he shall begin to sound the trumpet, the mystery of God will be completed, just as he has proclaimed in the Gospel, through his servants the Prophets.

Then there is another set of seven Angels, who pour out the wrath of God from seven bowls:

{16:1} And I heard a great voice from the temple, saying to the seven Angels: “Go forth and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God upon the earth.”

{16:17} And the seventh Angel poured out his bowl upon the air. And a great voice went out of the temple from the throne, saying: “It is done.”

When I compare the contents of the messages of “Maria Divine Mercy” to the contents of Sacred Scripture, I find many contradictions between her claims and those of the holy Bible. She calls her book of claimed private revelation “The Book of Truth”. As a translator and editor of Sacred Scripture, I would never use such a term for any claimed private revelation.

In fact, Saint Augustine has used the term “the book of truth” to refer to Sacred Scripture. And the Book of the Prophet Daniel, quoting a true holy Angel, uses the term “book of truth” or “scripture of truth” to refer to Sacred Scripture (Dan 10:21). Pope John Paul II mentions this in one of his homilies:

“In the light of the Easter mystery the Church prepares and carries out every step of Her pilgrimage on earth. And today She celebrates the solemn beginning of a unique time of reflecting on and facing up to the mission She is called upon to carry out in the American Continent. The Word of God offers Her the proper look of faith needed to read, as the angel said to Daniel, ‘what is written in the Book of Truth’ (Dn 10:21).”

The holy Pontiff uses the term “Book of Truth” to refer only to the Bible. It is arrogant to an extreme degree for any claimed recipient of private revelation to call a collection of such alleged messages “The Book of Truth”, when the Church uses that term only for the Bible.

The ‘About’ page of her site claims that the visionary “accepts fully that the messages must be examined by qualified theologians.” As a Roman Catholic theologian with much experience studying Sacred Scripture and writing about eschatology and claimed private revelation, I can tell you that these messages of “Maria Divine Mercy” contradict many of the teachings of Sacred Scripture and of the Roman Catholic Magisterium. Her website claims: “According to independent theologians the messages reinforce the Catholic teachings of faith and morals.” But who are these alleged “independent theologians”? None are named. I doubt that any qualified theologian would read these messages and approve of their content. There are many blatant theological errors in these messages, including numerous heretical errors.

Like many other false visionaries and false locutionists, “Maria Divine Mercy” admits that she was not well-educated in the Catholic Faith, that she did not study Sacred Scripture, that she was living a very sinful, apart from God — and then, supposedly, she was given message of Divine Revelation and appointed the one and only “end time prophet” ???!!!. Her messages even refer to her own “lack of knowledge of Holy matters”. The fallen angels who inspire these messages of false private revelation in so many places seek out souls that are steeped in sin, who have a poor understanding of the true Catholic Faith, because it is easier to mislead and manipulate such sinful and ignorant souls. And that is why so many false visionaries have this same background in common.

Does anyone reading this know the identity of “Maria Divine Mercy”? If you wish to help protect the Church and the faithful against this false prophet, and you know or think you know who she is, please contact me. I will then publish her identity, and the name of her Bishop, so that the faithful can more effectively oppose her many doctrinal errors.

UPDATE: See my latest post. I have received a credible assertion as to her identity.

Here is what her voice sounds like from a radio interview.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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2 Responses to Who is Maria Divine Mercy?

  1. Boo says:

    Firstly, of course being unlearned in the Faith certainly does not mean one cannot be a visionary (take St Bernadette) as God often chooses the unlikely! However, I do wish everyone wondering about this ‘visionary’ would read your comments. There is so much in these messages that are good, ie, call to repentance and prayer, however, there is so much that is simply theologically wrong but aimed at manipulating people’s faith and emotions, particularly those who do so want to be faithful to Jesus. This mixture of truth and lies is what makes it so dangerous. Over time, the messages include more and more error, even more dangerous to people’s souls. Bottom line is (and with respect) we simply do not need these messages! We have the scriptures, we have the sacraments, that is all we need together with prayer and following the commandments. And scripture warns us that there will be many false prophets.
    But I ramble.
    Ronald, may I respectfully suggest that you elaborate more on actual points of the messages to explain these errors? There are plenty of examples, take the one where Maria tells us that if we say a particular prayer 7 times consecutively we are given full absolution of our sins. . . (I mean, seriously?!!). From a theological point of view it would be good to see an in depth analysis in terms of objective criteria of whether it is consistent with scripture and Church teaching or not. Particularly by someone qualified!

    Thank you, B

  2. Anne says:

    I wish someone would speak out more loudly about this person ( Maria Devine mercy). My husband is obsessed with this lady’s preachungs, to the detriment of our marriage, as I cannot agree with any of it! It’s utter rubbish!

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