The following video and transcript offer points of clarification in response to numerous websites whereby, through no one’s fault, Fr. Michel Rodrigue’s words have been embellished or misquoted. We hope that the following clears up some of the confusion regarding this holy priest.
Did Fr. Michel Rodrigue say that the Warning, or the Illumination of Conscience, will happen in October of 2020?
No. Father Michel actually has said in his own words that he, himself, does not know when the Warning will occur.
Is Fr. Michel Rodrigue condemned by the Church?
No. Fr. Michel Rodrigue was and is a priest in good standing with the Catholic Church, and he is the Superior General and founder of the Fraternity of St. Benedict Joseph Labre, which is recognized by the Church.
Is Fr. Michel an exorcist in the Catholic Church?
Bishop Gilles Lemay wrote in September, 2020, “I would like to make it clear that he [Fr. Michel Rodrigue] was never appointed official exorcist of the Diocese of Amos.”
People have misinterpreted this statement. The truth is that Fr. Michel has always performed exorcisms with the blessing of the Church. Fr. Michel clears up this misconception in a letter dated September 23, 2020, on the Feast of St. Padre Pio.
His letter begins:
“After having read the public letter of September 3, 2020 published by Bishop Gilles Lemay from the Diocese of Amos, I would like to reiterate my fidelity to the teaching of the Catholic Church to all the faithful who read this letter.”
Fr. Michel explains:
“I never claimed that I was the exorcist of the Diocese of Amos. However, whenever I had to do a ministry in this area, I always asked for the approval of the Bishop. I know my pastoral and ecclesial responsibilities well.”
To explain this further:
The Code of Canon Law does not presently require each diocese to have an official exorcist (and many dioceses do not have one). The need to perform an exorcism must be fulfilled, in such cases, by a priest given the mandate to do so, while nevertheless not being an officially diocesan-appointed exorcist on a steady basis. (The new Rite of Exorcism, promulgated by the Church in 1999, expressly allows for this.)
Are Fr. Michel’s messages condemned by the Church?
No. Two bishops have stated their personal “disavowal” of Fr. Michel’s messages from heaven. As with all things concerning the Church, we must be respectful of their office. They have stated their opinions. They have viewed his messages in a negative light. This does not, however, mean that Fr. Michel’s messages have been officially condemned by the Church. They have not been declared: “Constat de non supernaturalitate” (which means, “It is established that there is nothing supernatural here”). Such a final statement presupposes an investigation that follows a canonical procedure, which has not happened.
Are the faithful required to believe in private revelation?
No. Fr. Michel Rodrigue’s messages from heaven fall under the Church category of “private revelation.” None of the Catholic faithful are required to believe in private revelation, not even well-known private revelations incorporated into Church practice, such as Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Divine Mercy Sunday, etc. Belief in private revelation is not necessary for salvation (see the Catechism of the Catholic Church #67). But private revelation is an important means by which the Holy Spirit continues to guide and animate the Church.
Did Fr. Michel say that specific events would happen in October or the Fall of 2020?
There have been many erroneous statements on websites, including in a letter from his bishop, that Fr. Michel said the Warning, or World War III, or famine, economic collapse, etc. would happen in the month of the Rosary or in the fall. While, in fact, simply stated, the following:
In a letter to his supporters dated March 26, 2020 Fr. Michel wrote the following:
“My dear people of God, we are now passing a test. The great events of purification will begin this fall. Be ready with the Rosary to disarm Satan and to protect our people. Make sure that you are in the state of grace by having made your general confession to a Catholic priest. The spiritual battle will begin. Remember these words: The month of the rosary will see great things.” – Dom Michel Rodrigue, fabl
What does the Church say about the Warning, the Chastisements, the Three Days of Darkness, and the Era of Peace?
Bishop Lemay stated in his first of two public letters:
“I want to make it clear that I absolutely disagree with the prophecies of you on the aforementioned site (Ex. Warning, days of darkness, Era of peace, punishment, World War III (nuclear war in 2020), construction of shelters, etc.).”
Please note that Fr. Michel never said nuclear war would occur in 2020, and he referred to God (not himself) asking people around the world to construct refuges (not shelters.)
Bishop Lemay clearly indicates in his letter that his personal disavowal of Fr. Michel’s messages is inspired by his absolute disbelief in events repeatedly mentioned in many Church-approved revelations. For instance:
The Warning was prophesied by the Servant of God, Maria Esperanza, of the Church-approved apparitions in Betania Venuzuela; by Elizabeth Kindelmann of the bishop-approved Flame of Love Movement in the Catholic Church; by Blessed Pope Pius IX; and by many other Catholic mystics.
The Chastisements have been mentioned by the Mother of God in the apparitions of Our Lady in LaSalette, France; in Akita, Japan; in Fatima, Portugal; in Kibeho, Rwanda, all of which were Church-approved.
The Three Days of Darkness were mentioned by mystic and stigmatist Marie-Julie Jahenny, Blessed-Anna Maria Taigi, and there is incontrovertible evidence from a first-hand source of the Three Days of Darkness in the writings of mystic and stigmatic, Blessed Elena Aiello.
The Era of Peace has been prophesied in the Church-approved apparitions of Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, Equador; of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal to St. Catherine Laboure and Our Lady of La Salette, and the apparitions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, in France, as well we various in various prophecies throughout Church history.
Point #8 :
Should the bishops’ opinions therefore be disregarded?
No. The faithful must respect the office of bishop. Bishop Lemay asked that mention of his “full approval” be taken off of the www.countdowntothekingdom.com website. The website had posted that information based on a misunderstanding. Fr. Michel immediately complied with this request as did www.countdowntothekingdom.com. Christine Watkins, author of The Warning: Testimonies and Prophecies of the Illumination of Conscience also made sure that a new printing of the book was done in order to comply with Bishop Lemay’s wishes.
Point #9 :
Are Church authorities always accurate in their personal assessment of supernatural matters, such as private revelation?
Not always. Scripture and Church history reveal a common fate for those who prophesy words from God in any given age. Nearly all of the prophets of the Old Testament were persecuted and disbelieved by the religious authorities of their day. Nearly every authentic seer and prophet is persecuted at first by Church authorities—some even to the point of being wrongly condemned or silenced, such as in the case of St. Padre Pio or St. Faustina’s Dairy and messages of Divine Mercy. Of course, most notably and unforgettably, Jesus Our Lord, was brutally persecuted, misunderstood, and condemned by the religious authorities of his day.
Prophecy should not simply be believed, nor should it be spurned. As St. Paul says in 1st Thessalonians, 19-21: “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good.”
Fr. Michel Rodrigue wishes to remain obedient to his bishop and to the Church, as he continues his ministry with the Fraternity of St. Benedict Joseph Labre. In the last paragraph of his letter, he writes:
“I reiterate my desire to collaborate with the Bishop, the Magisterium of the Church and to maintain a fraternal bond with all people of different circles here, in the United States and with people around the world who support us.” Read Fr. Michel Rodrigue’s entire letter here: https://www.countdowntothekingdom.com/fr-michel-rodrigue-breaks-his-silence-and-responds-to-bishops-and-the-faithful/