I read someone commenting (in an internet forum) that the words of Fr. Oliveira recently presented in this blog are questionable because the angel says: “Evil grows and walks in darkness” (see under The 27 stanzas). That is the beginning of a poem, comparable to “O say, can you see” etc. Often poets prepare the reader by describing the situation before entering the matter of the poem itself. The author of the American National Anthem is not questioning anyone’s eyesight or promoting the use of eyeglasses, he is simply beginning his poem by pointing at something and so does the Angel in Fr. Oliveira’s prophetic poem.

Evil grows and walks in darkness.
Few are those who know it,
Few are the ones who will find out.
The shadow that walks among you
It’s called schism, division!

In Portuguese in the original for those who know Portuguese:

O mal cresce e caminha na escuridão.
Poucos são os que o conhecem,
Poucos são os que o encontrarão.
A sombra que caminha entre vós
Se chama cisma, divisão!

In the third line, “encontrarão” —in my opinion— the verb “encontrar” (to find) should be understood as “understand” which by the way is the most common usage of that verb in colloquial Brazilian parlance: i. e. “Eu acho …” (lit. “I find”) really means “In my opinion” or “as I understand it”. That is extremely common. Notice that Brazilian Portuguese is very rich in idiomatic usages of common words.

So, the angel is not praising or promoting evil. The angel is warning the readers that evil uses darkness as a cloak to grow in strength when no one is aware of its presence. Again, eu acho (in my opinion) that the angel is warning us obliquely against the infiltration of evil just as Our Lord did when He taught us: “The enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat” —Jesus was not extoling sabotage but simply warning us about hidden evil activities— if one reads past the first verse it is obvious that the poem praises good and condemns evil.

There is no obligation to believe the validity or authenticity of Fr. Olivera’s visions and dreams. Catholics are not obliged to believe in anything beyond Holy Tradition and Scripture as they and they only contain all that is necessary for salvation. Private revelation is a bonus in addition to Divine Revelation. It is up to us to discern the value of private revelations if we are so inclined since there is no doctrinal obligation to do so.

“Evil grows in darkness” is an obvious truth. Evil belongs in darkness, evil can fester there and grow strong until its next futile attempt to attack light. One can see that light dispels darkness but darkness cannot dispel light.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5)

That is de fide. Catholics are under obligation to believe that.

“Few are those who know it” is another certainty: a growing number of Catholics believe the Church has been infiltrated by evil men but that number was never a majority. I was told in 1966 that Archbishop Hélder Pessoa Câmara was a Communist and I did not believe it. My thinking has evolved. Being better informed today I am as sure as anyone can be that he was a Communist cloaked as a minister of God. Yet, no one is under obligation to share my opinion.

“Few are the ones who will find out.”  is also true. Most Catholics today are completely unaware of the destructive infiltration of the Church. If Masses were celebrated tomorrow with a communion of pizza and soda pop, most people would approach the altar and receive such ‘communion’ —the reader may laugh at the idea but the species have been replaced a few times and only a few people questioned the change!

The shadow that walks among you
It’s called schism, division!

I read here a sort of indirect allusion to Communism. Karl Marx had a famous dictum “A ghost haunts Europe!” and the “shadow that walks among you” projects a similar image. As Marxism continues to sow division amongst humanity, so does this last extreme version: the ecclesiastical Marxism presently in control of the levers of power in the Catholic hierarchy.

I translated and published the visions of Fr. Oliveira because they seem to coincide with many other prophecies ancient and recent. Mere human beings cannot fake a prophecy without falling into contradictions and other errors. In the case of Fr. Oliveira one can see his words have a simplicity that is evidence of his humble sincerity. That is my opinion for what is worth. Remember most prudently the words of St. Paul of Tarsus, Apostle of Christ:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecy, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22)