A lawyer's open letter to His Holiness
A MOST URGENT CHURCH PROBLEM BIGGER
THAN THE GALILEO CASE
Holiness. This most serious and important correspondence
has been precipitated by some very urgent spiritual matters
which concern all Catholics and others - and which need
most urgent attention.
The primary concern is that the
Catholic theological explanation of what happens to us when
we die is fundamentally inconsistent with empirically produced
Your Holiness has the power, the discretion,
the authority, the heavy duty and the great responsibility
to ameliorate any fundamentally erroneous theological beliefs.
It is now universally accepted that for
over one hundred years empiricism has taken over afterlife
research and the Church no longer has exclusive jurisdiction
to deal with the afterlife.
With the greatest respect it is submitted
accordingly that whenever there is an inconsistency between
theology (subjective personal authority) and science
(objective authority based on empirically elicited
results), inevitably science will always prevail. The classic
example which is now not disputed by the Catholic Church
is the Galileo incident where the Church took over 330 years
to admit it was theologically fundamentally wrong; science
prevailed over entrenched theology.
It is accordingly submitted for reasons
hereinafter explained, that the Catholic theological explanation
about what happens to us when we cross over is irretrievably
erroneous, is not relevant anymore and just like the Galileo
incident, has been invalidated by empirical results.
The issue of what happens to us when we
die is most urgent, is of immediate importance, is vital
to our understanding of the meaning of life - and it is
certainly far more serious than the said Galileo case.
One most fundamental theological
error is the teaching that on dying, all people go to 'purgatory'
- a place of pain and suffering for 'purification
by fire' - before we go to 'heaven.' This is even if a person
dies in the 'state of grace'. This is fundamentally inconsistent
with what science tells us happens to us when we die.
There is also the entrenched fourth century
Christian theology taught by the Church to-day which states
that Jesus, "
will come to judge the
living and the dead."
I submit these two critical theological
teachings are fundamentally wrong and are doing a great
deal of immense harm to the millions of Catholics and other
I also submit that the erroneous
teachings elicit unnecessary fear, inculcate our unconscious
mind with false expectations, mislead and misdirect us.
These create huge negative consequences
for many individuals as the more sensitive ones and some
others could have serious problems progressing to the 'Realm
of the Light' on crossing over.
Empirically elicited and validated
results tell us that many of those who cross over have a
'conscious transition' and are met by a loved one with whom
there has been a heart to heart connection.
Millions of Catholics and millions of others
have personally experienced near death experiences and direct
after death contact with their loved ones. Information transmitted
from the other side has by way of empirically validated
mediumship consistently informed us that most people find
themselves fully conscious and functioning with all their
senses immediately after they pass on from physical earth
into the spirit world.
We are consistently told by those who experienced
it that crossing over to the other side potentially is one
of the most spiritually beautiful, ecstatic experiences
we will ever have on this planet earth. And then we continue
to live, usually in the third realm where conditions are
so indescribably beautiful we call it 'heaven.'
But this empirically validated afterlife
description is fundamentally inconsistent with Christian
theology. Fact is being separated from fiction.
Science is replacing superstition. Empiricism is removing
the fear, the terror and the threat of eternal punishment
- objective truth is giving us absolute confidence, giving
us hope and showing us the way.
Experience shows that most Catholics
are terrified of death and know absolutely nothing about
after crossing over - or have completely wrong
information about what to expect and sadly, many plunge
into serious problems in the afterlife as a direct result
of the Church's wrong teachings.
Accordingly it is submitted that it is cruel
in the extreme for Christians to be instructed in beliefs
unsupported by objective authority and to be misled that
they will stay unconscious for an indefinite period of time
and that their loved ones who have gone before are separated
from them and unaware of them.
There have been and there are millions of
Catholics in the world to-day who could tell the world that
they do get afterlife messages from their loved ones directly
and through gifted mediums. I myself was contacted directly
by three members of my family - my grandmother who was a
most devoted Catholic and both my parents.
Many others witness apparitions of their
crossed over loved ones informing them they are very happy
where they are. My own mother had an apparition of her mother
who told her she was happy where she was and not to worry
Empirical afterlife evidence is contributing
to continuous spiritual refinement. All the amens, hallellulias,
ritual, hymns, confessions, masses, benedictions and religious
dogmas are meaningless unless they contribute to continuous
spirituality and clear understanding what is definitively
going to happen to us when we die.
Individual integrity, intellectual independence,
self responsibility, the fundamental right to question religious
dogmas and doctrines have replaced collective domination
and religious sycophancy and subservience. Empirical spirituality
is replacing traditional religiosity.
Ultimately, there is nothing more important,
nothing more vital and more critical than continuous spiritual
refinement and truth about the human and spiritual condition
now and on crossing over.
THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ACCEPTS THE EMPIRICAL
EVIDENCE FOR AFTERLIFE COMMUNICATION.
The text of the Majority Report of the Church of England
committee (included Dr F Underhill, Dr W R Matthews, senior
lawyer P Sandlands Q.C., Professor (Canon) L W Garmented
) by Archbishop Lang and Archbishop Temple to investigate
the afterlife concluded there is evidence that those who
passed on are in a position to communicate with us. The
result of the investigation was kept secret for some forty
years because the results completely embarrassed Christendom.
The evidence for afterlife communication
is unrebuttable and irrefutable. I submitted over twentyone
areas of objective afterlife evidence www.victorzammit.com
(see below for *index)
The other related issue for urgent
consideration by His Holiness and the cardinals is the Catholic
teaching about 'eternal damnation'. Again, empirically
elicited information through psychic mediumship shows this
not to be correct. Whilst, empiricism supports the Church's
teaching that there is a dark sphere - perhaps theologians'
closest description is 'hell' - empiricists state that those
who go to the low dark realms are NOT condemned to stay
in those horrible conditions for eternity.
Further, there is no Biblical authority
for the doctrine of eternal damnation. The problem
exists because of intentional or accidental mistranslation
of the word 'eon.' Historically, the word 'eon' never
ever meant 'eternal.' The legitimate definition of the
word 'eon' as used at the time of Jesus was a period of
time. In Roman/Jesus times it meant the equivalent of one
hundred years. A number of times in the Bible, 'eon' is
properly translated as a period of time: blasphemy against
the Spirit, "... shall not be forgiven either in
this 'eon' or in that which is to come
Further, in the parable of the sower, it is said that some
seeds were choked with the cares of this 'eon'
still, in the parable of the tares among the wheat Christ
explains that "
the harvest would be at the
end of this eon
" Even in the passage from
Saint Paul's Epistle to the Corinthians "We speak
a wisdom not of this 'eon' nor of the rulers of this eon."
In all of these 'eon' was translated correctly
to mean a period of time. But whenever 'eon' preceded some
punishment, the ecclesiastic translators from the Greek
version willfully misinterpreted 'eon' and incorrectly translated
it to mean 'eternal.' For example, in Matthew 18:8 where
it says, "If your hand or your foot causes you to
stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better
for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two
hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire"
the word that precedes 'fire' is 'Aionios' the adjective
from "eon" as it is in Matthew 25:41, "Depart
from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire".
Strangely enough, we are informed from the
writings of a book by former Catholic priest, Johannes Greber
- from which this has been taken, the original text of Matthew
18:8 did not even contain the word 'eon' but read "into
the hell of fire" and Matthew 25:41 originally
stated, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into the outer
darkness." (1970; 379).
These are most spurious alterations which
must be dealt with forthwith by His Holiness and the Vatican
cardinals because they constitute wilful misrepresentation
and fraud on a global level against mankind.
We must never accept that 'God' - where
we are informed is all loving, all forgiving, omniscient,
infallible, prescient and omnipotent, has 'inferior' morality
than an informed human being.
There will be universal acceptance that
no informed human being will ever condemn another human
being to 'eternal damnation' for what the Church calls a
'mortal sin' - even, technically, a one off 'mortal' sin
- a transgression such as a one-off not attending Church
on a Sunday or even one-off sex before marriage or even
a one-off five minute what the Church calls 'adultery' with
I submit that the average intelligent Catholic
is not accepting 'eternal damnation' and unless theology
has substance and unquestioned credibility it will not survive
and the Church will inevitably get deeper into crisis.
The Council of Nicea
Much of to-day's theology about the afterlife
comes from decisions made by the early Church councils starting
from the Council of Nicea in 325AD. It was at this Council
that theological beliefs emerged. As a matter of fact, as
His Holiness fully is aware, to-day whenever mass service
is held, The Creed is recited to affirm the beliefs originally
drafted at the Council of Nicea in 325AD. The Creed tells
us that Jesus will come again 'to judge the living and
the dead' after the dead have been buried for an indeterminate
period of time - theoretically thousands - even millions
of years. That theology is technically NOT correct and has
been invalidated by empirically elicited objective authority.
The decisions made at this Council nearly
seventeen hundred years ago were made by highly uninformed
participants who did not have the benefit of the vast empirical
wisdom accumulated over the last couple of centuries. There
is absolutely no doubt that these early decisions were made
to satisfy the needs of those early times. I accordingly
submit to His Holiness to allow for the 'human error' at
this said Council in the same way that theological error
was made in the initial uninspired rejection of Galileo's
scientific heliocentric view of our solar system.
We are not unaware that for centuries the
Church stated it was a 'mortal sin' to eat meat on Fridays
which theoretically meant that anyone who intentionally
ate a ham sandwich on a Friday and died thereafter was sent
to hell for eternity. Rational, logical and appropriate
changes were made to make teachings reflect the different
epistemology and ontology and changing circumstances of
My expertise as an empiricist and a lawyer
tell me that with absolute certainty the afterlife consequences
are enormous. The duty for His Holiness to educate Catholics
and others is huge and traditional ecclesiastical rigidity
has to give way to empirically validated spiritual data
which will give peace and spiritual confidence to people
knowing what is going to happen to them when they physically
die. It will also give them an understanding, an inspired
inner knowing, about what is happening to them on this planet
earth when their passed-on loved ones make contact with
My empirical research will not allow me
to accept Catholic doctrine I know with absolute certainty
to be fundamentally wrong. A large number of other Catholics
who had an afterlife experience feel the same way. There
is an enormous, most urgent and insatiable demand for immediate
theological changes to accommodate the afterlife empirical
findings in order to avoid horrific afterlife experiences.
Theological inertia has to give way to ecclesiastical
and spiritual duty to avoid pain and suffering by those
I do acknowledge that the Catholic Church
has beliefs which are consistent with empirically produced
a) that the afterlife exists,
b) that conduct on earth will determine the afterlife experience,
c) that there is a lower realm the Church calls *hell,
d) that there is an intermediate realm which is comparable
to the empirically elicited information that there is a
realm between the lower realm (*temporary hell) and the
upper beautiful realms, theologians call heaven,
e) it is also acknowledged that the Church puts emphasis
on 'good works' - spiritual service and does not put much
emphasis on the text of the Bible itself.
My research shows that the Vatican does
have this afterlife evidence and I submit it is critically
urgent in the extreme for His Holiness to effect these stated
Inevitably, any fundamental omission to
remove the false, the egregious errors, the stated misrepresentations
will mean severe and heavy negative consequences for the
Pope (and the Cardinals and anybody else who advises the
There is an inexorably very heavy
burden on His Holiness - and the Cardinals to remove the
darkness from this planet earth and to disseminate the light
on a global level.
*CHAPTERS: (2000 edition) Go to
www.victorzammit.com click on BOOK
A LAWYER PRESENTS THE EVIDENCE FOR
1. Opening statement
2. Respected scientists who investigated
3. Electronic voice phenomena (EVP)
4, Instrumental transcommunication (ITC)
5, Scole experiments prove the afterlife
6. Einstein's E=mc2(squared) and materialization
7.Other psychic laboratory experiments
8. Scientific observation of mediums
9. Leonore Piper, a most powerful American medium
10. Materialization mediumship
11. Helen Duncan
12. Direct voice mediumship
13. Modern mediums who confound the skeptics
14. The Cross Correspondences
15. Proxy sittings
16. Out of Body Experiences
17. Remote Viewing
18. Science and the Near Death Experience
19. Science and apparitions
20. Deathbed Visions
21. The Ouija Board
25. Answering the closed minded skeptics
26. Closing statement: summing up the objective evidence
27. What happens when we die?
Victor Zammit, Attorney of the High
Court and Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia (retired).
May 2004 (Updated August 12th 07)
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