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LAWYER'S OPEN LETTER TO HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL
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 results.
Your Holiness has the power,
the discretion, the authority, the heavy duty and the great responsibility to
ameliorate any fundamentally erroneous theological beliefs.
now universally accpeted that for over one hundred years empiricism has taken
over afterlife resesarch 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
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.
fourth century Christian theology taught by the Church to-day states that we humans
stay in a state of unconsciousness for an indefinite period of time - at the extreme
end for up to millions of years by earth's time until Jesus, "
to judge the living and the dead." This, I submit, is doing a great deal
of immense harm to the millions of Catholics and other Christians who were taught
to believe it.
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.
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
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.
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 about her.
Empirical afterlife evidence
is contributing to continous 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.
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.
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 Grenstedappointed) 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
" Further, in the parable of the sower, it is said that
some seeds were choked with the cares of this 'eon'
Further 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."
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".
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).
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 a
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
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 the time.
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 them.
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.
inertia has to give way to ecclesiastical and spiritual duty to avoid pain and
suffering by those crossing over.
I do acknowledge that the Catholic
Church has beliefs which are consistent with empirically produced results:
that the afterlife exists,
b) that conduct on earth will determine the afterlife
c) that there is a lower realm the Church calls *hell,
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 changes forthwith.
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 Pope).
There is an inevitably, 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. Their
failure to rectify the Church's serious mistaken fundamental
beliefs could bring about a negative and powerful punishment
for them. They would be personally responsible for misleading
many millions of Catholics to end down in the lower realms
- something which comes within the law of Cause and Effect:
the negativity on to others will have to be experienced
by those Cardinals - and the Pope - who had a duty to save
the multitude from all pain, suffering and negativity.
*CHAPTERS: (2000 edition) Go to www.victorzammit.com
click on BOOK
A LAWYER PRESENTS THE EVIDENCE FOR THE
1. Opening statement
2. Respected scientists
3. Electronic voice phenomena (EVP)
4, Instrumental transcommunication
5, Scole experiments prove the afterlife
6. Einstein's E=mc2(squared)
7.Other psychic laboratory experiments
observation of mediums
9. Leonore Piper, a most powerful American medium
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
statement: summing up the objective evidence
27. What happens when we die?
Victor Zammit, Lawyer of the High Court and
Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia (retired). May 2004 email address:
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