It is common, nowadays, that false information is spread on the Internet by well-meaning people. Not surprisingly, a few “statements” and alleged “facts” attributed to Fr. Michel Rodrigue on other websites are not correct. Fr. Michel Rodrigue met in person with Christine Watkins, a Contributor to Countdown to the Kingdom, and together they notified by email certain websites, asking them to take down false information regarding him. Unfortunately, Fr. Michel’s request was not heeded and disinformation has spread. Thus, we wish to clarify what is true and what isn’t for our readers.
The following clarifications come from taped recordings of Fr. Michel’s talks…
Claim: He asserts that when the Antichrist comes, we will “only have 20 minutes to get our things” and run off to his refuge and other safe havens.
Response: Fr. Michel did not say this. More important than any physical refuge, he says, is the refuge of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He stated:
“The refuge, first of all, is you. Before it is a place, it is a person, a person living with the Holy Spirit, in a state of grace. A refuge begins with the person who has committed her soul, her body, her being, her morality, according to the Word of the Lord, the teachings of the Church, and the law of the Ten Commandments. I call the Ten Commandments the passport for heaven. When you come to the border, you have to show your passport. I assure you, before entering heaven, you will have to show how obedient you were to the Ten Commandments of the Lord because the Old Testament has not been destroyed by Jesus. The Old Testament has been fulfilled by Jesus, and this means that the Old Testament must also be fulfilled by us. We are not masters. We are only disciples.
Your first refuge is also the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Why Mary, as well? Mary is the only one who gave flesh to Jesus. This means that the heart of Jesus is the flesh of Mary, and you cannot separate the Heart of the Jesus from the Heart of Mary. . .”
His complete statements on this can be found here.
Claim: He claims that at age sixteen God told him to start performing exorcisms.
Response: Fr. Michel does not claim that God told him such. He says that at a young age, he was invited to pray with others who were on a team to assist an exorcist, so he was introduced then to the reality of the devil. God revealed to him how, in particular, the devil worked within a woman whose heart had grown cold.
Claim: Of the Warning, he claims, “Some people will not believe it actually took place,” whereas at Garabandal the alleged seers reveal clearly that everyone on the planet will have no doubt that this is from God and that God exists.
Response: Fr. Michel said: “After the Warning, no one left on Earth will be able to say that God does not exist.” He also said, “The devil will disseminate a message to the world through the media, cell phones, TV’s, et cetera. The message is this: A collective illusion happened on this date. Our scientists have analyzed this and found that it occurred at the same time a solar flare from the sun was released into the universe. It was so powerful that it affected the minds of the people on Earth, giving everyone a collective illusion.” Click here for the entire post.
Fr. Michel’s account of this is not inconsistent with other visionaries and locutionists who have also said that many people will believe, at first, and then deny what they experienced. Matthew Kelly says that God the Father told him in reference to the Warning, or the “Mini-judgment”: “I know that you think this sounds like a very good thing, but unfortunately even this won’t bring the whole world into My love. Some people will turn even further away from Me; they will be proud and stubborn. Satan is working hard against me.” Of the Warning, Jesus told Janie Garza, who has the approval of her bishop to share her messages: “Many will convert, but many will not.” The Blessed Virgin Mary said on March 3, 2013, to Luz de Maria de Bonilla, whose messages have the Imprimatur: “The Warning is not a fantasy. Humanity must be purified so that it does not fall into the flames of hell. People will see themselves, and in that moment, they will ache for not having believed, but they will have already misled many of My children who will not be able to recuperate so easily, for the godless will deny the Warning and attribute it to new technologies.”
Claim: He presents the Vatican as opposing the Spirit’s work of his monastery that is a safe haven.
Response: He did not say that the Vatican is opposing the Spirit’s work of his monastery. He did say, to paraphrase, that the monastery is a refuge in times to come when Christian’s will be highly persecuted and there will be great turmoil in the world.
Claim: Nowhere in ALL the Church’s approved prophetic literature are refuges promoted by God or Mary.
Response: The first safe haven is mentioned in Scripture. It was Noah’s Ark. Regarding other mentions of places of safety, there are . . .
The early Church Father Lactantius, who foresaw refuges at a future time of lawlessness:
That will be the time in which righteousness shall be cast out, and innocence be hated; in which the wicked shall prey upon the good as enemies; neither law, nor order, nor military discipline shall be preserved… all things shall be confounded and mixed together against right, and against the laws of nature. Thus the earth shall be laid waste, as though by one common robbery. When these things shall so happen, then the righteous and the followers of truth shall separate themselves from the wicked, and flee into solitudes. —Lactantius, The Divine Institutes, Book VII, Ch. 17
St. Francis de Sales affirms that there will be providential places of protection during the persecutions of Antichrist:
The revolt and separation must come…the Sacrifice shall cease and…the Son of Man shall hardly find faith on earth… All these passages are understood of the affliction which Antichrist shall cause in the Church… But the Church… shall not fail, and shall be fed and preserved amidst the deserts and solitudes to which She shall retire, as the Scripture says (Apoc. Ch. 12). —St. Francis de Sales, The Mission of the Church, ch. X, n.5
The woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where, far from the serpent, she was taken care of for a year, two years, and a half-year. (Revelation 12:14; this certainly suggests physical refuge)
And in the revelations to Fr. Stefano Gobbi, which bear the Imprimatur, Our Lady clearly states that her Immaculate Heart will provide not only spiritual but physical refuge:
In these times, you all need to hasten to take shelter in the refuge of my Immaculate Heart, because grave threats of evil are hanging over you. These are first of all evils of a spiritual order, which can harm the supernatural life of your souls… There are evils of a physical order, such as infirmity, disasters, accidents, droughts, earthquakes, and incurable diseases which are spreading about… There are evils of a social order… To be protected from all these evils, I invite you to place yourselves under shelter in the safe refuge of my Immaculate Heart. —June 7th, 1986, To the Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, n. 326
Claim: He claims that when the Eucharist is stopped and the Church offers a false liturgy, “it will be the Desolation and Abomination and it will begin the Great Tribulation.”
Response: Once again, this is a misquote. Fr. Michel did say:
When you see the desolating abomination spoken of through Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place (let the reader understand). . . (Matthew 24:15)
“What does Jesus mean? St. Pope Paul VI said that ‘through some crack, the smoke of Satan has entered the Church.’ People quickly skip over the words ‘through some crack.’ They mean the hierarchy of the Church.
“The anti-Christ is in the hierarchy of the Church now. Since the Church began, His great desire has been to sit on the Chair of Peter. The devil will rejoice for a time. The Antichrist will be the one who appears and rules as the savior of the world. He will have three heads: a religious head—a false pope, a political head, and a financial head. The Antichrist, in the image of a savior, will be the head of the other two. It’s all there now. It’s just a matter of time. . .
“After the Antichrist emerges will come the sacrilege. They will profane the Holy Eucharist and say it is just a symbol. They will try to make another kind of Mass to please every denomination, and they will abolish the “day of the Lord”, Sunday. Priests will be like Shamans. Married priests and women deacons will not be the same as those of old. They will be “green” and focus on Mother Earth. The three denials of Peter will happen again. This time they are the denial of the True Presence in the Eucharist, denial of the priesthood, the denial of marriage. To read the source post, click here.
Claim: He claims that “the Antichrist is Lord Maitreya in England. Do not look him up or look into his eyes.”
Response: He does not claim or believe that the Antichrist is Lord Maitreya. He did not say, “Do not look him up or look into his eyes.”
Here is something he did say, though, about the devil (not the Antichrist):
“So, yes, he tries to imitate Jesus by performing every kind of sign. You will know that these things are not from the Lord because the result will not be for long. It will always be short.
“And this is important: you will see many things on the television. The primary thing that the devil likes a lot is to be on shows. He’s proud, so he will give signs so make people say, ‘Have you seen this! Have you seen that!’ Don’t look and feed his pride. He was one of the most beautiful angels in heaven. He received the greatest gifts ever given to an angel by the Father. He used these gifts to manipulate and destroy other angels with him. One-third followed him into hell.'” Click here for the full post.
Claim: He asserts that “God chose Trump to fulfill His will not because he is a good Christian, but because he is unpredictable.”
Response: Here are Fr. Michel’s exact words, which can be found in here:
“What I can say about President Trump is only what the Father has told me. He said, ‘This one, I have chosen him. They cannot control him.’ He didn’t say that he’s a saint. He never said that. ‘They cannot control him. They don’t know on which leg he is dancing.’ This is what He said. ‘Because of this, they have not been able to achieve their task.’ The Father said that Trump was elected because of his angel who modified the vote. He was chosen because the Lord knows his temperament, his skill, his actions, and his will. He was chosen to block the One World Government. This is important because if he was not there, I can assure you that the One World Government, which is the work Satan, would have taken place by now. And I know that I can be at rest with what I have said. I have told all this to the bishop. He knows everything I see. I tell him everything. I have nothing to hide.
“I told the people in the United States, ‘Sometimes Trump acts in ways nobody can understand. But I assure you, you’re blessed to have him, so you must pray for him.'”
Claim: He says he was shown the 10 secrets of Medjugorje.
Response: This is not true. They are secrets! Here is what he said regarding his visit to Medjugorje:
One morning when Fr. Michel was standing near the side of the road, a car pulled up alongside him. “Come with me,” the man said to him in French. We have a lot to do today. We’ll have breakfast.”
“Who is this priest?” Fr. Michel wondered, “and how does he know I speak French? And why am I suddenly spending the day with him?”
The man was Fr. Slavko Barbaric, a Franciscan priest originally sent to Medjugorje in 1983 to investigate the apparitions. He became a fervent believer and later, the spiritual director for many years for the six Medjugorje visionaries. Until his sudden death on Mount Krizevac in November 2000, when he was praying the Stations of the Cross, he was the mainstay of the Medjugorje pilgrims. A trained psychotherapist, who spoke many languages, he tireless organized the daily liturgies, talks in many languages, led Eucharistic Adoration hours, Rosaries, and authored books on prayer, fasting, Adoration, the Stations of the Cross and Confession. In a unique Medjugorje message just a few days after his death, Our Lady told the visionary Marija that Fr. Slavko was with her in Heaven.
Fr. Michel had never met Fr. Slavko before, and knew neither why Fr. Slavko knew who he was nor where he was taking him. Fr. Slavko drove Fr. Michel around Medjugorje, explaining to him the significance of the various sites and the history of the apparitions. He then took him into a room near the Church of St. James Church where, file upon file, all documentation pertaining to Medjugorje, including the records of miracles and messages, were kept.
“Follow me,” said Fr. Slavko. Fr. Michel followed him to a place near the rectory. They descended a flight of stairs leading to a room underground, a secret room. A priest was there who introduced himself as Fr. Petar Ljubicic. Fr. Michel noticed that on one side of the room, a Bible was displayed, and on the other side, a book. “Touch the book,” Fr. Slavko said to Fr. Michel, so he picked up the book and turned the pages. Its pages were like parchment and felt like nothing he had ever touched on earth. “What do you see on the pages?”
“Nothing,” said Fr. Michel.
Fr. Slavko then explained how the ten Medjugorje secrets are written on that book’s parchment and how the visionary Mirjana was asked by Mary to choose a priest who would reveal each secret to the world. She chose Fr. Petar. Ten days before the first one happens, Mirjana will give the book to Fr. Petar, who will then be able to see and read the first secret. Each of them will pray and fast for seven days. Three days before the secret takes place, Fr. Petar will reveal it to the pope and to the world. Then he will hand the book back to Mirjana, who will bring it back to him ten days before the next secret is to occur. “In one way or another, God will guarantee that the message reaches the world.”
“The book comes from heaven,” said Fr. Slavko. It had been studied and analyzed by scientists who said that the material does not exist on Earth.
Fr. Slavko then said to Fr. Michel, “You have a message for us?” Heaven had given Fr. Michel a message specifically for the parish at Medjugorje, and at that moment, he remembered this message: “Yes, I do.” Fr. Slavko knew of this because Mary of Medjugorje had told the visionary, Ivan, that Fr. Michel would come with a message. Fr. Michel imparted the message, and Fr. Slavko filed it away.
The full story can be read here.