The Stigmata of Padre Pio
Question: What do you think about the stigmata of Padre Pio?
Answer: In the Catholic religion, there seems to be an endless sequence of paranormal occurrences: apparitions, weeping statutes, bleeding hosts, devout people with stigmata and so on. Being preoccupied with these things, Catholics often neglect the simple and pure devotion to Jesus Christ that comes from the understanding and obedience of His holy Word. Though we expect a greater degree of deception just before the coming of Christ, the Bible warns us that the "secret power of lawlessness is already at work" and people were and continue to be deceived by counterfeit miracles and signs (see 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11).
The worst thing about Padre Pio is the conviction that by his sufferings he was collaborating with Christ in the redemption of the world. Can you imagine that? Saved by the blood of Christ and the stigmata of Padre Pio! Maybe we should praise his name too for our salvation! Here are three quotations from the Vatican website making such blasphemous claims (see references below):
The Bible states that Christ died for us. He stood alone between heaven and earth, crucified, to reconcile us to God. No other man could "participate" or "collaborate" in the great work of redemption!
Curiosity may entice us to look at strange religious phenomena. But faith would not be tricked by the old liar. Our eyes remain fixed on Jesus, who alone died for our sins. He is the joy, the delight, the fulfillment of our heartsí desire Ė and we donít need anyone else.
© Dr Joseph Mizzi