|In one of the most sacrilegious
spectacles in recent history an alleged visionary in
Keane, New Hampshire, Ron O'Brien, is prepared to sell
Catholics a "Miraculous Bleeding Host" for three
thousand dollars, allegedly at the command of God the
Father, and mail it to you if you are overseas.
"You must also renounce the material world and sacrifice $3,333.33 to the apostolate as a condition set by Yahweh, as many abuses have occurred to Hosts given for free in the past."
Every day alleged hosts simply appear in O'Brien's
home, often bleeding. The numbers to date run into the
hundreds of such hosts. In messages filled with invective,
and often vile language put into the mouth of God the
Father, O'Brien condemns bishops, priests, Vatican II, the
Latin Rite used today, specific exercises of authority by
the Holy See, other visionaries and, in general, anyone
who disagrees with him. The titles of messages include Apostate
Priest Father (name) Pig, as well as Pimps,
Perverts, Faggots, Whores and Scum (pardon the
language). The content of the messages is as bad or
Certain features, however, show the true nature of this
sordid apostolate. In a letter called A Bishop Speaks
Out on Ron O'Brien, a "Most Reverend" Thomas Rohde
attacks O'Brien's critics and defends the alleged
apparitions and "miraculous" hosts. The
suggestion is, of course, that this a Catholic bishop,
when in fact he is not recognized by the Holy See as a
bishop of the Catholic Church. In another message, the
preamble refers to "St. Malachi Martin,"
canonizing the recently deceased former Jesuit. While Fr.
Martin was widely respected as a commentator on
Church matters, a visit to his website, now closed, showed
that he supported the Creed of Campos, the beliefs
of the former bishop of Campos, Brazil, who together with
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and the Society of St. Pius X
went into schism in 1989. This "Creed" included
rejection of the Second Vatican Council.
Thus, the whole tenor of the messages, as well as the
heroes and associates of the visionary, are schismatic,
with respect to the Vatican Council, with respect to the
Holy Father, with respect to the local bishop and with
respect to those in the Church who do not share their
views or criticize them in any respect.
- For me personally, there is a particular egregious
reference in these writings and supporting documents,
the suggestion that Blessed Padre Pio rejected the current rites and
would have approved of O'Brien's scandalous apostolate.
Padre Pio did not celebrate the Mass as revised by
Pope Paul VI. The Missal was only published in 1969,
the year after his death. However, various revisions
had already gone into effect, beginning in 1965, from
which he was excused by the law of the Church, which
granted to elderly priests the permission to continue
to offer the Mass from the Missal of 1962. The
suggestion of O'Brien's apostolate, and other
schismatic groups, that Blessed Pio was a dissenter
over Vatican II and the Mass is sufficiently refuted
by the below letter. The arrogance of their materials
can be contrasted with its humility, written to Pope Paul VI
a month before Padre Pio died (September 23,
1968). Thanking the Pope for Humanae Vitae and offering
his own filial obedience, Blessed Pio makes
explicit positive reference to the reforms of Vatican
II, showing himself to be the the soul of charity and
respect towards apostolic authority in the
I unite myself with my brothers and present at your feet
my affectionate respect, all my devotion to your august person in an act of faith, love and obedience to the dignity of him whom you are representing on this earth. The Capuchin Order has always been in the first line in love, fidelity, obedience and devotion to the Holy See; I pray to God that it may remain thus and continue in its tradition of religious seriousness and austerity, evangelical poverty and faithful observance of the Rule and Constitution, certainly renewing itself in the vitality and in the inner spirit,
according to the guides of the Second Vatican
Council, in order to be always ready to
attend to the necessities of Mother Church under the rule of your Holiness.
I know that your heart is suffering much these days in the interest of the Church, for the peace of the world, for the innumerable necessities of
the people of the world, but above all, for the lack of obedience of some, even Catholics, to the high teaching that you, assisted by the Holy
Spirit and in the name of God, are giving us. I offer you my prayers and daily sufferings as a small but sincere contribution on the part of the least of your sons in order that God may give you comfort with his Grace to follow the straight and painful way in the defence of eternal truth, which never changes with the passing of the years. Also, in the name of my spiritual children and the Prayer Groups, I thank you for your clear and decisive words that you especially pronounced in the last encyclical "Humanae
Vitae"; and I reaffirm my faith, my unconditional obedience to your illuminated directions.
May God grant victory to the truth, peace to his Church,
tranquility to the world, health and prosperity to your Holiness so that, once these fleeting doubts
are dissipated, the Kingdom of God may triumph in all hearts, guided by your apostolic work as Supreme Pastor of all Christianity.
Prostrate at your feet, I beg you to bless me in the company of my brothers in religion, my spiritual children, the Prayer Groups, my sick ones and also to bless all our good endeavours which we are trying to
fulfill under your protection in the name of Jesus.
P. Pio, Capuchin
Since this analysis was first published on
EWTN's website the worst material (condemnations of
critics and others, vile messages from "Yahweh"
etc.) has been purged from O'Brien's website. Such
revisionism is typical of false seers.
For example, in the case of demonic mysticism and
apparitions, God's providence always provides that error
and other factors permit the discerning faithful to see
the devil's claws. Once the negative elements finally dawn
on the "seer" (who if he or she is proud will be
the last to doubt their own experience), an attempt may be
made to salvage the apparition, which the person may have
been sincerely convinced was authentic up to that time, or
at least in the beginning. Humble submission to a
spiritual director and to the Church is the only remedy in
In the case of the human spirit and fraud, the
messages all along would have manifested the level of
theological knowledge and virtue of the alleged seer.
As these defects are exposed they point to the true
source of the messages. If the "apparition"
is to be continued this material must be rectified or
even hidden and future messages must be more carefully
crafted. Ultimately, however, the effort must fail,
because it is always exposing the human limitations
(in theology and virtue) of the alleged seer.
One final note, according to press reports, since late 1999 Ron
O'Brien and his apostolate have been under police investigation for
alleged fraud in the collection and use of donations. It turns out
that under another name he had a previous federal conviction and imprisonment
for financial crimes.
- The Hosts
Speculation about the origin of these hosts is not
necessary. It is enough that in accordance with the constant
practice and canons of the Church no one may keep the
Eucharist on their person or in their home. If a bishop
were to grant permission for the Lord to be reserved in a
private home, it would have to be in a suitable chapel,
with a secure Tabernacle, just as in a parish Church.
Further, Mass must be celebrated there and the Eucharist
periodically renewed. The concept of preserving a host
perpetually, except in those cases where the Church has
certified a Eucharistic miracle (as at Lanciano or
Orvieto) is foreign to Catholic practice, law and
theology. To suggest that God the Father wants this and
therefore it can be done is to overturn the whole basis of
apostolic authority and to undo the promise of Jesus
Christ to Peter, "whatever you bind on earth will be
bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth will be
loosed in heaven." While mystics might be asked by
God to encourage a Pope to do something specific, God
Himself respects the authority He has given the Church and
no authentic mystic, much less a holy man or woman, has
ever urged disobedience to Church law, much less Councils
What to do with the Hosts if you have them
- When an ordained priest celebrates Mass and a Consecrated Host
begins to bleed, as at Orvieto, then there is certainty that it
is The Lord. If the Church verifies
the miracle and preserves It indefinitely, then we
know that it is from God and worship of the Host is in
order, since it was consecrated by a priest.
When a host appears out of nowhere we have no idea what
it is. To intentionally worship an equivocal host, one not
known to be consecrated (except on the word of an
unproven seer), is in all likelihood to
worship a piece of bread. This would be materially
idolatry, though formally the person thinking it to
be Jesus would be excused from sin, at least until they failed to
take correction from the Church on the matter. However, if there is
such willful ignorance - ignoring the Church and her laws,
ignoring a situation whose facts cry out "false"
- such willful ignorance would not excuse one before
- So, if you have such an alleged "host," I
urge you to take it, dissolve it in water until it
disintegrates and pour the water down the sacrarium or special sink
in the parish. This is in fact what the diocese of
Rome is requiring in another alleged case of suddenly
appearing hosts. If you are too embarrassed to do
that, dig a hole in the ground and pour the water
there. If it is bread no harm is done. If it
is a stolen consecrated Host - stolen by the devil -
then you will have shown It the respect the Church
accords Hosts when they are dropped on the ground
accidentally or spit up by the sick and must be
disposed of. Dissolving it in water causes the
Presence to cease, if It was ever there. By no means
keep it in your home, contrary to Church law, theology
and common sense. In fact, however, all the evidence suggests
that O'Brien bought thousands of hosts from a Catholic supply
company and that therefore there was nothing miraculous, or
demonic, in the phenomenon of their appearing.