Like all of us, the Vatican Cardinals are also human, sinners or saints or both. The unnamed rogue Cardinals who secretly suppressed the Mediatrix devotion in the Philippines, dead or alive, maliciously or inadvertently, and got away with it, also suppressed the Philippine Church in the process, but only for a moment. It was a momentary victory for Satan. In the end, the Woman prevailed over the Serpent. This the story of how the suppression led to a blossoming of Marian devotion like never before, like an eagle uncaged to take wings.
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The goal of this article is not to point fingers or name names, but to make the Faithful, especially Filipinos, aware of 1) the triumph in the end of the Woman (Blessed Virgin) over the Serpent (Satan); and 2) the critical role of the Philippine Church in Asian evangelization.
The suppression of Mediatrix devotion and, consequently, the Philippine Church by Vatican Cardinals happened in a span of decades. Many of them have passed away. Their names are not important. But history has to be told, even without naming names.
In the first investigation in the 1950s, eight Filipino bishops, led by then Bishop Rufino Santos, were appointed by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF) to investigate reported Mediatrix miracles in Lipa. The CDF is the powerful Vatican office that investigates and authenticates reports of apparitions and miracles.
There were two Vatican letters as incriminating evidence of suppression, authored by Vatican officials. The first, dated April 11, 1951, stated that the Mediatrix miracles were NOT AUTHENTIC, which the eight Bishops were forced to sign under fear of reprisals. The second, dated April 12, 1951, the next day, gave THE ORDERS TO DESTROY MEDIATRIX STATUES, signed only by Bishop Rufino Santos. The two letters had mysterious handwritten annotations, whose author was unknown.
One of the bishops, feeling remorse on his deathbed, admitted he was forced to reverse his decision that the miracles were indeed authentic in fear of reprisals. Eventually, the other bishops also recanted, throwing a monkey wrench on the first Vatican-led investigation. Embarassed and caught red-handed, the anti-Mediatrix Cardinals remained anonymous and silent.
There were consequent orders to destroy other vital evidences and materials, especially the miraculous rose petals with etchings of religious images. The diary of visionary Sr. Teresing Castillo, a Carmelite nun, was burned. Mediatrix statues, materials, and vital documents were destroyed. Vatican Cardinals became the dreaded iconoclasts (destroyers of religious icons), like in the Middle Ages. Sr. Teresing wrote a second diary decades after before she died (available at eastwindjournals.com/diary-of-visionary-sr-teresing/).
Through the decades, four pro-Mediatrix archbishops of Lipa were either exiled to remote dioceses or forced to resign. This shook the entire Filipino Church into silence on their stand on the Mediatrix in fear of Vatican reprisals– from cardinals and bishops to priests and nuns.
The Carmelite Sisters were told to stop recruiting novices for a while. The Mother Superiors were rotated frequently. The Sisters dared not speak out. Like in Fatima, the Marians had to endure the pains of Calvary.
There were also Filipino anti-Mediatrix prelates who corroborated actively with the Vatican Cardinals. A Filipino priest, an exorcist, claimed the Mediatrix statue was possessed by the devil. He ‘exorcised’ the statue secretly, without the knowledge of the Carmelite Sisters. Satan was winning the battle.
With bishops and priests suppressed into silence, the laity took over, resurrecting from the rubble of controversy like Phoenix reborn. A wealthy devotee distributed about 80 Mediatrix statues to parishes nationwide, mostly in Mindanao, where many of the Mediatrix miracles occurred (see related links at end of article).
Wherever she went, she asked bishops and priests about their stand on the Mediatrix. She said that almost all, say 95%, said, off the record of course, that they believed in the Mediatrix but were silent in fear of reprisals from Vatican elements. This was the overwhelming evidence of suppression of the Philippine Church.
A second wave of 40 statues were again distributed, this time not static altar statues but house-to-house statues akin to the Fatima block rosary movement. The second wave was stopped by the Pandemic. Thus, the Mediatrix devotion spread like wildfire nationwide under the banner of lay ministers. That is how Our Lady won the battle against Satan. Suppression resulted ironically into rapid growth. God works in mysterious ways.
The Vatican and the CBCP later declared that devotion to the Mediatrix was allowed even while investigations were still inconclusive and being questioned. This fueled further the spread of Mediatrix devotion. The many silent Bishops and priests came out in the open. The Blessed Virgin was unstoppable. It is not important to focus on investigations and controversies, which are distractions planned by Satan. It is more important to focus on Our Lady Mediatrix of All Grace, on Marian devotion, to practice it and spread it.
EPILOGUE. ROLE OF THE MEDIATRIX IN ASIA.
If you read the second diary of Sr. Teresing, she talks about how the devil tortured her to prevent her from spreading the Mediatrix story. In truth, Satan is scared of the Mediatrix because it is the continuation of the legacy of Fatima, the key to peace through the evangelization of Asia and the ‘conversion’ of China, conversion not to Christianity but to become benevolent to its weaker neighbors.
Pope Paul VI decreed in his Ecclesia in Asia (November 1999) that the First Millennium (birth of Christ to 1000 AD) focused on the evangelization of the Old World, the Second Millennium (to 2000 AD) evangelization of the New World, the era of Our Lady of Fatima, and the Third Millennium (to 3000 AD), evangelization of Asia, the era of Our Lady Mediatrix of All Grace.
Filipinos do not realize their tremendous strength in evangelizing. They are the third largest Catholic nation worldwide. Across the globe, Filipinos stand out in Sunday Masses. They have to utilize this strength. The Church in Europe is crumbling. The Church in Asia is rising. Filipinos need to be part of that ascendency. They have a strategic role in the Third Millennium Evangelization.
Quite by ‘accident’, Our Lady Mediatrix achieved a foothold in China. Metrobank was commissioned by China to develop two villages in Nanjing. Quite by ‘accident’, the project architect was a Mediatrix devotee who built altars for the Carmelite Sisters in Lipa. He built a church in Nanjing with a life-size Mediatrix statue.
The Chinese government succeeded in splitting the Church in China, one subservient to it, the Patriotic Church, with its perceived links to the Vatican, the other defying it, the Underground Church, subject to massacres and persecution.
The hope of the Mediatrix movement is to achieve peace in Asia through Marian interventions rather than missiles and warships. The Lord said, “My ways are not your ways.”