Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Church Scandals from 1850s Uncovered

One of the sins the princess charged the convent with was that the nuns were venerating Firrao, a false saint. She was right, Sallua discovered to his horror, but there was also a rival for the nuns’ adoration.

Maria Luisa, at just 27 years of age, was the convent’s alluring novice mistress and vicaress. It turns out that Maria Luisa, who Katharina accused of the poisoning, was seen as an upstart fraud by the founder Firrao. She claimed to have visions from Mary and Jesus, and the nuns at the convent—including the abbess—believed she had miraculous powers. However, as Sallua discovered, she was a monster who used her supposed visions to entice novices into her bed, embezzle convent funds, and poison opponents.

[PADA:  Lecherous nuns? Murder plots? Embezzled funds? Worship of false saints? Divine visions encouraging illicit sex? Threesomes? Aborted babies? Poisoning opponents who exposed problems? Priests and Church covered it up to save the name of the church? Umm, yep, this program seems to have been going on for a VERY long time. 

Its amazing that false saints appear to have the same patterns almost every time! None of these problems are new -- apparently! And -- a poor guy who was exposing a fraud guru in India was shot dead recently. This is what happens when bogus people want to exploit the post of being God's servant for themselves, which Srila Prabhupada calls "the guru business." ys pd] 

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