So anyone can go to
Bayside in good conscience?
Absolutely. An utter travesty of
justice has been committed against Our Lady’s message. Unjust laws, as St.
Thomas Aquinas (and St. Augustine) teaches, "do not bind in conscience"
(Summa I, II, Q96, A4). There’s a difference between true and false
obedience. The wise words of St. Peter and the Apostles, the first
bishops, apply here: "We ought to obey God rather than men"
Has the Church loosened its restrictions
against unapproved apparitions?
Yes. Since 1399 and 2318 of
canon law (1917 code) were abrogated by Pope Paul VI in 1966, no
ecclesiastical permission is required, neither can anyone incur censure
for the publication or dissemination of information dealing with
revelations, visions, or miracles. Although the force of the law has been
revoked, there is still one essential condition: it can not endanger faith
and morals. If it does, then it would be the duty of the bishop to
prohibit its publication.
However, in the bishop’s letter,
he warns four times that Our Lady’s message is contrary to or endangers
faith and morals and yet, strangely, not one example is given. And this
from a bishop whose primary duty is to teach? We have the assurance of
many clergy that the message is in total accord with Catholic teaching.
The late Fr. Malachi Martin, theologian, Vatican insider and advisor to
three Popes, stated in 1998: "I believe that Bayside is a true
apparition.... Certain circumstances now have led me to believe that in
fact it is a true apparition." Fr. Robert Skurla, the former international
Blue Army chaplain, declared: "I will stake my reputation on the doctrine
contained in the messages." Even the then chancellor of the Brooklyn
Diocese, Msgr. Anthony Bevilacqua, stated for the Boston Herald American
in 1980 (only six years before the bishop’s statement): "She’s not saying
anything contrary to the Faith."
But some say that Bayside is in schism
Bayside devotees are dedicated members of their local
parishes, many being daily communicants.
Indeed, one of the major points of Our Lady's message is to remain in our parish church (being a good example of holy
tradition) under the governing body of the Church in union with the Holy
Father. Bayside is especially
distinguished for its high esteem for the priesthood. Every Sunday since 1970 we have held a Rosary Holy Hour
outdoors for the intentions of the Pope and all clergy. Moreover, Veronica died a loyal
daughter of the Church. She
was a parishioner at Infant Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Port Jefferson, Long Island, where
her funeral Mass was celebrated.
She now rests in the Brooklyn diocesan cemetery of Mount St. Mary's in
Why was Veronica chosen? What was so special about her?
Nothing, if you asked Veronica. Our Lady said, "When we chose you for this mission, We did
this knowing that We had your love and confidence" (July 15, 1973), and "your
perseverance, your endurance, and your faith" (April 10, 1976). Veronica sacrificed everything for this
Mission: her health (her doctor called her a walking hospital), her son (shot to
death at age 16), and her reputation (constant public slander) are just a few
examples. A psychologist testified
in a signed statement that Veronica was mentally sound. Every Lent for 25 years, she was an
eyewitness to the Passion of Our Lord and physically experienced the
crucifixion. When asked, Veronica
agreed to suffer as a victim soul for the Church and the priesthood, the very
ones from whom she endured her greatest attacks. Untold suffering, both physical and mental, was her daily
companion during her twenty-five years as a voice-box for Our Lady and Jesus,
for which Heaven gave her the name, Veronica of the Cross.
The Bible states: By their fruits you will know them. (St.
Matt. 7:16) What are the fruits of
For almost 40 years, cures and conversions by the thousands
have been reported to the Shrine, cures of cancer, disease and other ills (some
with doctor statements) as well as spiritual cures. People have returned to the sacraments after 30, 40, 50
years or more. Lukewarm Catholics
have become daily communicants, performing regularly the corporal and spiritual
works of mercy. Heaven has been
bombarded with prayers for peace and atonement for the sins of mankind. Yet, the extraordinary fruit of Our
Lady's visitations have never been examined by the Brooklyn Diocese.
With Veronica deceased how relevant, really, is this
message? And who's leading the
Just read the messages and it will be quickly known how critical and urgent
they are for the welfare of the Church and the world, but also the great
historic events that will be transpiring in the near future. For example, curative waters will come
forth and a basilica will be built on the sacred grounds. In any event, Our Lord said, "We have
made Our home upon these grounds" (June 18, 1991).
The Lay Order of St. Michael (est. 1977), a vibrant
community of celibate men headed by Michael Mangan and committed full-time to
the cause, lead this Mission.
So why the coverup?
What's the big deal?
In this feel-good era, this is a tough, soul-provoking
message that challenges people to face the unvarnished truth: change your
sinful or misguided ways or face the consequences. For some this is liberating, but for others it is disturbing
or it requires a lot of humility they don't have.
Our Lady says it best: "Understand, My child, were you
speaking and giving to them, Our sons the clergy, a message that would feed
their pride and build their arrogance, you would be accepted. But I do not come to earth to go about
in praise. I come to warn of an
urgency upon earth" (Aug. 14, 1981).
So if you don't like the message, you attack it. Or try to bury it.