Proof of the heresy and exclusiveness of

Fr. Edgardo Arellano (Fr. Bing),

spiritual director of the Alliance of the Two Hearts

and victim souls distortion.

Dr. Kelly Bowring supporter of the

teaching of victim souls and condemned apparitions

such as Medjugorge, Garabandal, etc

 

 

 

Here you will find some concerns regarding the teachings of Fr. Bing AHFI (Fr. Edgardo Arellano), Spiritual Director of the Alliance of the Two Hearts, and the direction his promoters and/or third order are taking. I have included several examples and proof of the heresy and exclusiveness found in his book, Victimhood, Hope of the Present Crisis- Book Two, in which he makes several conjectures which go against the established religious beliefs of the Catholic Church. His premises and conclusions lack logic and are twisted into false reasoning. Please note that in only nine pages of the mentioned book, I documented no less than four major distortions. What is more surprising to me, is that the mentioned book has an imprimatur of his Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal Archbishop of Cebu.

The problem is that a good program based on a solid devotion and teaching of the Church is tied to subjective and manipulative methods that mislead the object of the devotion and teaching of the Church. The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is not tied to bad news, prophesies, exorcism, exclusive disciplines, twisted teaching of the beautiful sense of suffering in the Catholic Church and/or victim souls/ victimhood, etc., but to his love in the Blessed Sacrament and our response to his love.

The love of God is what moves us to not fear. An ecclesial group should not use fear to move the faithful and their members to promote their programs. All kind of bad news, prophesies, exorcisms, theories of conspiracy from the government, lack of orthodoxy in priest’s preaching, etc. are presented to support the need of their program and the urgency for it. That approach appeals to the inner human desire for protection and be save. It is a scare tactic used by many different organizations who wish to manipulate their members. None of these are matters of faith, or morals to follow for salvation. There is also a suggestion that their program (and only their program) is the solution to all the problems in the world and their priests are the “holy ones”. Their members are prompted to spread their work as a race to save the world from evil, natural disasters, or protection. Phrases such as “The world is going wrong, do you know what’s going to happen? Have you read the prophesy of _____? 

Due to the frequent bewildering questions addressed to me from the faithful and priests regarding the "orthodoxy" of Dr. Kelly Bowring's book, The Secret, Chastisement, and Triumph of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary and What Heaven is Calling Us to Do, I felt the need to carefully read his book which has been promoted and sold in some churches of the Archdioceses of Atlanta " ...as the book of the year, well-researched, solid sources that are trustworthy, with theological bases and sealed with an imprimatur."

I have several concerns on statements made on his book that I believe create confusion and actively attempt to deceive the faithful.  The method he used imparts a subliminal threefold message: first, to ignore the ordinary as the true source of authority, second to blend the true apparitions and devotions of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the false and/ or condemned apparitions and introduce practices that are not according with the Catholic Teaching.

There is no evidence of any investigative research and established catholic teaching to reinforce his statements so that the reader may track the facts.  He cannot expect a few web pages (that already support his position and that come and go with incredible frequency), or Father Gobbi to corroborate his "story" as an "authority" with "Our Lady's seal".  There is no objective criteria or theological axiom which is a necessary foundation to base his findings.  A persuasive genre is supposed to clarify fact from fiction, and form conclusions based on valid data supported by several references across a broad spectrumThis is not what I see in his book.  I see an opinion on a hot topic to attract an emotional reader. He is biased against the Church’s position and has an inflated view of his own power and importance when he disregarded their authority and misled the true devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.   

 
  • Victim Souls
  • Dr. Kelly Bowring
  • Fr. Bing

Victim Souls / Victimshood

When I presented my concerns regarding the wrongful teaching on victim souls to Dr. Kelly and the leaders of the Alliance of the Two Hearts, it was dismissed as either gossiping, a misinterpretation of the words of Fr. Bing, or that they were taken out of context.  Regardless of the reason, I provided the specific pages in question and videos. 


Fr. Bing and Kelly Bowring promote the practice to ask to suffer or "ask for the grace of suffering", and ask to become part of a list or group of victim souls of their own volition to their readers and audience.  It is clear in both Fr. Bing’s book, Victimhood, Hope of the Present Crisis- Book Two and Kelly’s books, "The Secret, Chastisement, and Triumph of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary and What Heaven is Calling Us to Do". 


  Their teachings coincide with the messages of Veronica Lueken (Bayside Messages), wherein Our Lady calls to form groups of victim souls and that the victim souls "are the ones who have kept the just punishment from coming upon you and mankind." Her Messages have been forbidden by the Church. (click here)


Ask to suffer is not a teaching of the Catholic Church.  It is contrary to what Jesus asked when he prayed to his father on Holy Thursday - to be released from the suffering he was about to endure, but he humbly accepted the will of the Father.  It is the Christian way of suffering. Jesus never asked the Father for suffering, but accepts His will.

"he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee; remove this cup from me; yet not what I will, but what thou wilt."  Mark (14,35-36) 

Victim Soul is not an official term in the Roman Catholic Church according with Most Rev. Daniel P. Reilly:


 The term victim soul is not an official term in the Church. It was used in some circles in the 18th and 19th century when there was a fascination with suffering and death, in an attempt to offer the possibility that one person could suffer for another. Christians believe that Jesus is the sacrificial lamb, the victim for our sins. His suffering and death redeemed humanity from sin and eternal death. Through baptism we share in Christ's death with the hope that we will share in his resurrection, his glory. More systematic study must be done before the Church can even begin to evaluate the concept of "victim soul,"… this term is not commonly used by the Church except for Christ himself who became the victim for our sins and transgressions on the cross." (Diocese Issues Interim Findings on Miraculous Claims Statement by Most Rev. Daniel P. Reilly, Bishop of Worcester)
 http://web.archive.org/web/20050313215400/http:/www.worcesterdiocese.org/audrey.html

 Fr. Bing wrote in his book Victimhood, Hope of the Present Crisis

"If the soul's intention is pure, that is, to console Jesus and Mary and appease the Father' wrath, then she is ready to ask for suffering and become a victim soul". (click here to see page 1)

"Jesus offers a special gift to anyone who is willing to ask for suffering- the grace to suffer "with an unsatiable thirst for suffering to quench the thirst of Christ for souls" (click here to see page 2)

"It is also through victimhood that the secrets of Go's wisdom is revealed" (click here to see page 10)


        “Only the reparation of souls who have pledged themselves to be victims of love can ever repair for these sins done against Jesus. (Back cover of the book Victimhood, Hope of the Present Crisis- Book II).

Fr. Bing’s meditation posted on YouTube “ Victimhood Prevents Crisis” (click here)

“the spirit of victimhood (victim souls) will really make sure that no one of the flock will be lost.” (click here)
              

Kelly Bowring wrote on page 239 “It is not easy to sacrifice, and people typically try to avoid pain when they can, but to ask for the grace to suffer with a higher purpose, for love of other is of a great value to Christ in his mission to save souls” (click here to see page 239).


On page 238 Kelly states, “Mary is calling together an army of victim souls”, and the statement that this group of victims souls will, “cause the upheaval to cease and the Faith to be restored”.  

 “We must wonder what will finally cause the upheaval to cease and the Faith to be restored.  Our lady provides the answer: a group of victim souls will offer their lives and bring about a turning of the tide.  Mary is calling together an army of victim souls, all of whom are Her handmaids with spiritual littleness- ready to serve Her in any way possible.  Our Lady is asking us to offer our lives in reparation not only for our own sins, but also for the sins of others, to suffer without complaint as victims of love.  As victim souls, we die to our own free will and give to the Lord everything- great and small, joy and suffering a like – for the conversion of sinners.  In this, we become martyrs of love.” (click here to see page 238)


Kelly on page 263 of the second (hidden edition) it is not on the first edition, he wrote:  “Become Victim Souls of Love: This is the Mission of Missions – the Apostolate of Apostolate!” (page 263)

On page 274, I read about the level 3 of Dr. Kelly’s group of Hospitaller of Peace, Apostle of the Latter Times where he requests to put their names on a list to commit to offer their lives as a victim souls together with other devotions.


Ask for the grace of suffering is not the teaching of the Catholic Church, but a twisted teaching of the beautiful sense of suffering in the Catholic Church. It is a poetic way to promote the “novelty” to pray for suffering or encourage the faithful to not ask to God for healing and relieve from pain for a special intention.  That kind of writing is highly manipulative and it appeals to the noble cause of salvation of souls. Unfortunately many good and well intentioned souls will be seduced and follow these manipulative statements with the hope to save souls and be close to God, especially if a priest makes them think that it is the infallible and only efficacious way.  That practice is closing the will of God since now is the person’s prerogative to keep suffering and not God’s prerogative to relieve the person according with his Divine Providence.


"But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies,… "(2 Peter 2-1)


 The Modern Catholic Dictionary by John A. Hardon defines victim soul: “a person specially chosen by God to suffer more than most people during life, and who generously accepts the suffering in union with the Savior and after the example of Christ's own Passion and Death" .


Victim Souls are not gathered or 'called together', nor are they called by men into an 'army'.  God chooses victim souls, and the person either accepts or rejects.  It only becomes our choice when asked, not because we want it to be.  There are, throughout history, victim souls called by God, who accepted and suffered. An example of it is Blessed Alexandrina da Costa. It is something between the person and God, not motivated by a formation or a personal invitation. There were no army of victim souls gathered or called together as a physical group or list of people, in fact very few in proportion to the population.  Make no mistake - this does not mean that they did little.  In fact, God accomplishes great things with the fewest. 


"But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who sees in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you" (Matthew 6:17-18).

The quoted statements above presumes and assures that these new elite or army of victim souls is the solution, that they are the optimum group of the faith and the infallible ones that have the way to save the souls, and this will cause the upheaval to cease and the Faith to be restored, etc. It is actually exclusivist, prideful and superstitious. It excludes the other faithful efficacies in the collaboration of salvation.  He pits a committed catholic against a victim soul that believes their efforts are greater and more beneficial.  They are even greater than those called to serve in the religious life as servants of God. A person who has chosen a religious vocation has a special call but it will not make them victims souls.  They are in joy to fulfill their call.  What about the priestly ministry?

Such statements that, “a group of victim souls will cause the upheaval to cease and the Faith to be restored”, Mission of Missions – the Apostolate of Apostolate!” are false indeed. Fr. Bing and Dr. Kelly studied theology and should know how to discern when statements are false with the teaching of the Catholic Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls it superstition:

“The Roman Catholic Church considers superstition to be sinful in the sense that it denotes a lack of trust in the divine providence of God and, as such, is a violation of the first of the Ten Commandments. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states superstition "in some sense represents a perverse excess of religion" (#2110).


The Catechism even appears to turn a bit of a critical eye on Catholic doctrine whenever certain practices become frivolous or scrupulous:


Superstition is a deviation of religious feeling and of the practices this feeling imposes. It can even affect the worship we offer the true God, e.g., when one attributes an importance in some way magical to certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary. To attribute the efficacy of prayers or of sacramental signs to their mere external performance, apart from the interior dispositions that they demand is to fall into superstition. Cf. Matthew 23:16-22 ww.wordiq.com/definition/Superstition)

“superstition is not based on reason, but instead springs from religiousfeelings that are misdirected or unenlightened, which leads in some cases to rigor in religious opinions or practice, and in other cases to belief in extraordinary events or in charms, omens, and prognostications. Many superstitions can be prompted by misunderstandings of causality or statistics. (www.wordiq.com/definition/Superstition)
Any of the above can lead to unfounded fears, or excessive scrupulosity in outward observances.”     (ww.newadvent.org/cathen/14339a.htm)

Also, Fr. Bing’s and Kelly’s statements placed the private prayers over the Liturgical Prayers.  Our sacrifices such as fasting, abstinence etc. is considered by the Catholic Church as private prayer that do not have the same status of the liturgical Prayers that are the prayer of Jesus, the prayers of the Church as a whole. The work of Jesus is the Salvation of Souls he does it throughout the Liturgical Prayers.  There is nothing greater than the sacrifice of Mass for obtaining graces and salvation for others and ourselves, more than asking for suffering.  We cannot confuse the power of our sacrifice with The Sacrifice of the Mass.  The efficacies of the liturgical prayers are the optimum prayers.


The question is: why would Kelly and Fr. Bing want to make a list of victim souls? Would a real victim soul put their name in a list and gather in a group to let people known of their “Charism of Victim souls” their sufferings or commitment to God?  Did Jesus put his name on a list and ask people to sign in?  All the souls who came before never put their names on anything.  Most suffering was hidden to promote God’s plan.


On March 5, 2010 I attended the Alliance of the Two Hearts Mass at St. Andrew Catholic Church where Father Bing was the celebrant.  He said that God had not dropped His hand of justice because of all the 1st Friday reparations which were done around the world.  Despite the fact that they are few, God has not yet punished us.  What about all the daily Masses celebrated, the Eucharistic Adoration done around the world?  What about our daily sacrifices and crosses? Are they not considered worthwhile?  Bing also suggests that their program, (and only their program), is the solution to all the problems in the family and the world.  Again, Fr. Bing spoke about the food and water conspiracy.  I do not remember any talk of Fr. Bing directing to preach the Gospel.


Our prayers and/or sacrifices, small or big, are part of the work of salvation of Our Lord and his Church as a whole and cannot be attributed to a group of people.  The salvation is the work of Jesus entrusted to his Church and any statement that stresses exclusivity on a group or a person’s work for the salvation of souls is not correct but prideful and false. Offering our daily crosses and/or sufferings assured by Jesus are in accordance with our mission or path disposed by the will of God. The efforts and/or sacrifices of a person for the salvation of the souls are in accordance with their state of life and mission for what has been created by God, which is different for everybody. We do our duty according to our possibilities as Catholics with the hope to obtain our own salvation and to bring others close to God.  None of our efforts are lost on the economy of salvation but it will not assure our salvation or the salvation of others.

 And he said to all, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9,23)


        And finally, what about Grace? 


 “Now therefore why do you make trial of God by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will."  (Hechos 15,7-11)


               Regarding Father Bing on the YouTube video, (click here):  You can see the way he looks down on our “sacrifices and prayers”, in his words and gestures, but embraces the spirit of Victimhood (victim souls). He states that it is based on his own experience. Herein lies the problem.  When a priest speaks to his audience, he should speak in a verbiage that is based on the teaching of the Catholic Church and include relevant experiences that do not detract from that teaching.  He should never use his own experiences to introduce some idealistic theory that is not of the Catholic Church because it confuses the faithful. This applies to any faithful, especially those dedicated to instructing others within the faith.   

  On page 200 Kelly  wrote, “The prophecy of victim souls echoed by the Third Secret of Fatima mentions the Pope and other victim souls who do penance and offer their lives, united to the two Hearts,…”

Here, Kelly is validating that the approved apparition of Fatima  brings the concept of victim souls. The third secret describes pain, sorrow and martyrdom of religious, etc.  It is not called victim soul. This confuses people.  Martyrdom does not have the same meaning as victim souls.    

I listened to the “Victimhood” audio material of Fr. Bing where he speaks about a woman within his movement who had surgery without anesthesia for the sake of her daughter.  He does not formally suggest the audience to do it, but instead points out the various graces that accompanied her extreme pain as an act of love.


Looking for or desire to stay in, physical pain in order to obtain graces or ask for suffering is not a teaching of the Catholic Church. God said “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offering´(Hoseas 6,6).  What is wrong with accepting in humility our crosses and doing our duties with love as St. Therese of Lisieux saw her little way? 

No wonder one member of the Alliance of the Two Hearts asked me to deliver my baby without anesthesia.  After her request, I replied that I do not feel the need to embrace the pain of childbirth as it is proven that women who are in pain struggle more with the birth and stress the baby.  She then started a whole dissertation of the problems in the world due to the rejecting the suffering that God send us, etc.  I assured her that it is not matter of salvation or matter of faith whether or not I use anesthesia and it would not make me a better catholic over others.  Relief from pain is not a sin.

Here are some of the statements of Veronica Lueken:


“These victim souls, that have become victims of their own accord and their own placement, they are the ones who have kept the just punishment from coming upon you and mankind.” – Our Lady, June 18, 1986

 “Your obedient trial has borne fruit, for there these Rosaries and acts of sacrifice by victim souls who came to Us as victims of love for the salvation of souls in the knowledge of what was to be, Our Father gathered in appeasement. Therefore, the Chastisement most justly deserved is now delayed.” – Our Lady, April 10, 1971
 “Approach these days with great hope and live your life in the spirit of light a life of penance, atonement, and great sacrifice, not only for yourselves, but for your loved ones and others who do not have the grace to save their own souls.”
 "My Mother and all Heaven watch the reaction of mankind to the Message from Heaven. Many hearts have hardened. Many refuse to accept this warning, and unless there are others who are willing to offer themselves as victim souls for their fallen brothers and sisters, these souls shall be lost forever to Heaven.” – Jesus, September 14, 1979 

 "I ask all who have received the grace to hear the Message from Heaven to go forward as disciples of My Son in these latter days. Many graces shall be given to others in order to receive the light from Heaven for the world. We place a heavy burden upon the few, but carry this as My Son did His cross, and your reward shall be great in Heaven. Many victim souls shall be chosen from among the little ones, those who have pure hearts and belief.” – Our Lady, October 6, 1978

The state of the world at the present time has called down upon it a punishment that has been abated for a short time by the acts and sufferings of those who have given themselves as victim souls to the merciful heart of the Father.”

"Veronica, My child, We have been forced to bring you back, though the plan was to have you join the legion of victim souls. However, it is time now to shout from the rooftops: your end is near at hand.

"I have often told you, My child, that only a few will be saved, and this has brought you great despair of heart. Do not despair, My child, the Eternal Father has a plan for all lives. You may continue to pray, for the enemy is at the door.” – Our Lady, March 18, 1983

“My child, you know full well that even many shall fall into hell unless there is a victim soul or victim souls willing to do penance and make atonement.  Prayer, penance, and atonement by all for them.” (www.tldm.org/directives/d202.htm)


    The Bishop of Brooklyn had this to say on Veronica Lueken:


               I, the undersigned Diocesan Bishop of Brooklyn, in my role as the legitimate shepherd of this particular Church, wish to confirm the constant position of the Diocese of Brooklyn that a thorough investigation revealed that the alleged "visions of Bayside" completely lacked authenticity.  ...Therefore, in consultation with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, I hereby declare that:

  1. No credibility can be given to the so-called "apparitions" reported by Veronica Lueken and her followers.
  2. The "messages" and other related propaganda contain statements which, among other things, are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church, undermine the legitimate authority of bishops and councils and instill doubts in the minds of the faithful, for example, by claiming that, for years, an "imposter (sic) Pope" governed the Catholic Church in place of Paul VI.

 “Private Revelation. God continues to reveal Himself to individuals "not indeed for the declaration of any new doctrine of faith, but for the direction of human acts" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II-II q174 a6 reply 3). Since it occurs after the close of Public Revelation the Church distinguishes the content of such particular revelations to individuals from the deposit of the Faith by calling it private revelation. The test of its authenticity is always its consistency with Public Revelation as guarded faithfully by the Catholic Church. For example, alleged revelations which propose to improve upon, correct or entirely supplant Public Revelation are rejected by the Church as inauthentic, regardless of the claims made for them”.


Some practice of pity and /or mystic’s events has been introduced per religious orders or groups in the past that should not be taken as an established teaching of the Church or a sure  pass for a lay person, like the rosary, scapular, first Friday devotions, novenas, etc.  Have a desire to give your life to Jesus, save souls, praying the rosary, teaching the catholic church, daily Mass,  etc.  will not make them victim souls.  It is an illusion.  This is the life of a practicing Catholic. 

Some catholic writers who tried to interpret mystic’s revelations got into contradiction and made those critical mistakes that John of the Cross warned us about.  Those writers mislead the readers.  Would have us believe that some mystics and saints are free from errors which is wrong. They are also subject of human errors in their way of holiness.


Sometimes the soul is in a stage of purgation, test, trial, suffering, etc. where they feel the love of God in such special way that they feel so close to him that they want to keep suffering to receive that strong love and consolation that is their only comfort and never has been experienced before but in suffering.  It would not make us special.  The soul benefits from such an experience.  That facet can move the soul to desire to keep suffering to feel the love of God in that very special way.  The soul feels so close to God that it desires to remain in that state.  Generally, that stage does not last long although God alone chooses the duration.