Welcome to Peregrine’s Panel !
We are pleased that The Story of Satan & A Visit to Hell has stirred up discussion
and here are Peregrine’s answers to frequently asked questions.
This will be updated as new questions arise.
Q. #1 - What kind of name is “Peregrine” ?
A. The word peregrinus is Latin for pilgrim, foreigner, stranger and aptly fits for us pilgrims on earth. There was a Saint Peregrine (1260-1345) who was actively defiant of the papacy in his youth but then became a priest and fervent preacher, dedicating himself to the sick, the poor, and those on the fringes of society. He developed cancer and just before his foot was to be amputated, God miraculously cured him, and now he is the patron saint of those suffering from cancer. Today there is a spiritual cancer throughout the world, so we can pray to Saint Peregrine for relief.
Q. #2 - Why do you say your story is true when you have produced dialogue, even with God Himself, that is not in the Bible?
A. While some of the dialogue is actually quoted from the Bible, most of it is the author’s attempt to help the reader experience the highly emotional nature of all the encounters in the events of both the Bible and later history. Nonetheless, the events are all true.
Q. #3 - But you describe Hell and many of the damned souls as you have simply imagined, so how can you claim all that to be true? Did you have visions?
A. There was no need for personal visions, since Hell and the torment of its victims have been seen in visions and vividly described by many saints. Descriptions of the damned and their dialogue with Satan are allegorical and represent situations that are quite probable, since we know that the damned will be punished in accordance with their sins.
Q. #4 - This book continuously spews out terrible blasphemy and contempt of God, which is scandalous and can harm souls.
A. All the blasphemy and contempt come from the mouths of Satan and the damned and show clearly that only those who hate God speak in such a way. This should help readers understand that any disrespect of God places their souls in dire jeopardy. Regarding the possibility of scandal, remember that the Bible itself includes the words of blasphemy and contempt of God.
Q. #5 - This book is filled with indecent pictures of naked people, which are scandalous and harmful to souls.
A. Pictures of the naked body are only indecent when they arouse lust in normal persons and become thereby an occasion of sin. Persons with unhealthy minds can be aroused to lust by looking at others who are fully clothed. Remember also that many works of religious art, even in churches, have representations of the naked body. And remember also that crucifixes have traditionally been depicted by the Roman Catholic Church with a virtually naked body of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The illustrations in this book are realistic and not indecent. As the motto of the chivalric Order of the Garter aptly says: Honi soit qui mal y pense! Translated: Shame on him who thinks evil of it!
Q. #6 - Was it really necessary or even useful to include such gruesome descriptions of scenes from Hell and the grisly sins and tortures of the damned? Isn’t that just gratuitous shock tactics?
A. If you read the Holy Bible from cover to cover you will see that The Story of Satan & A Visit to Hell is quite tame by comparison. God Himself authored the books of Sacred Scripture, and He surely had good reason to describe such horrors.
Q. #7 - Why is the guilt of Eve referred to so much more than that of Adam? Wasn’t he just as guilty of the original sin?
A. Yes, he was even more guilty because God gave him dominion over the earth and the ultimate responsibility for it, and it was because of Adam’s sin, not Eve’s, that the stain and consequences of original sin have passed down to every human being except the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Eve was tricked and deceived by the serpent, but Adam was not—he knew he would be disobeying God but did it to please his wife! Throughout the book Satan gloats over his victory over Eve to boast how easy it is for him to deceive us human beings.
Q. #8 - By what authority do you declare that those elected pope since Vatican II are false popes?
A. By the authority of Pope Paul IV’s Apostolic Constitution of 1559: Cum Ex Apostolatus; by the authority of the Code of Canon Law n. 188; and from the teachings of theologians. As stated on page 76 of The Story of Satan & A Visit to Hell: “Those who seek the Truth will readily comprehend that God cannot permit a pope to teach error, and therefore anyone teaching error cannot be a true pope. Pope Paul IV clearly defined the matter of invalid popes and hierarchy in his 1559 Apostolic Constitution Cum Ex Apostolatus.”
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