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Roof Collapses on  St. Joseph
of the Carpenters in Rome

Marian T. Horvat
church roof collapses in rome


At three o'clock in the afternoon on August 30, 2018, Romans and tourists in the Forum heard a loud 'boom!' and saw dust clouds rising from the roof of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami (St. Joseph of the Carpenters). The church, on Capitoline Hill in central Rome, stands above the much older Mamertine Prison where St. Peter and St. Paul were held before their executions.

What happened? About three quarters of the roof of the San Giuseppe suddenly and unexpectedly caved in. No one was in the church although there were five tourists in the Mamertine Prison below it, who were escorted out unharmed.

The story received little press coverage, especially in the United States, where attention has been turned primarily to sex scandals that have been rocking the Church. I mention below a few more notable instances:
  • In July, Card. Theodore McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals in wake of charges of sexual abuse, raising accountability issues for high ecclesiastics who enabled his predatory career.

  • In mid August 2017, a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report was released revealing decades of child abuse allegations against more than 300 accused predator priests. The report was hard to stomach, abominable stories of the rape of about 1,000 children and a culture of secrecy and cover-up in the clergy – high and low – that enabled abuse.
  • philadelphia sex abuse protest

    Demonstrations by Catholics in Philadelphia against the massive cover-up of sexual abuse by clergy

  • Then, in late August retired Archbishop Vigano published a strong testimony accusing Francis of having knowledge of allegations regarding McCarrick's many homosexual crimes and implicating high Prelates, including Cards. Tarcisio Bertone, Angelo Sodano, Donald Wuerl, of participating in the cover-up. The report also raised questions about the transparency of Cards. Kevin Farrell and Sean O'Malley. Viganó affirmed that the appointments of Blase Cupich to Chicago, Joseph Tobin to Newark and Robert McElroy to San Diego, all part of this ugly secret network, were orchestrated by McCarrick and Wuerl.

    In short, the document reveals a whole homosexual network of corruption in dioceses, seminaries and religious orders. In that document Arch. Vigano called for Francis to resign, a demand that has been taken up by many shocked conservative organs.

  • These stories of clergy sex abuse show no promise to abate. Already; headlines are proclaiming that the attorneys general of at least seven States are now launching their own investigations similar to the one in Pennsylvania.
Since we at TIA have not been fooled by the "zero tolerance" policy set in place in 2002 and have been reporting the continuing sexual abuses and cover-ups that have continued to emerge (here and here), we are saddened by these daily reports, but not surprised or shocked.

Since publishing his book Vatican II, Homosexuality & Pedophilia showing the New Morals the Council introduced in the Church, Atila Guimarães has been calling on the Church to administer due punishment to both those guilty of these heinous crimes and those who cover for them, rather than the “hand slaps” or scoldings some few receive. By the way, this list should include not just Francis, but Benedict XVI, John Paul II and Paul VI, as we have demonstrated more than once on our website.

Coincidence? I think not

What caught my attention was the short story about the sudden collapse of the roof of the Church that stands over the Mamertine Prison, where, according to Catholic tradition, both St Peter and St. Paul were incarcerated prior to their executions. In the Mamertine, a small damp room, there is a small altar bearing the inverted cross, a symbol of St. Peter's crucifixion, and a spring that rose up miraculously to allow the Saint to baptize his fellow prisoners.

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The small altar and well in the Mamertine Prison, below St. Joseph the Carpenter Church

Thus, this Church on Capitoline Hill has a special significance to the See of Peter and has long been an important pilgrimage site.

Also, I believe it is not without significance that the titular cardinal of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami is Card. Francesco Coccopalmerio, who, according to the Vigano document, "belongs to the homosexual current in favor of subverting Catholic doctrine on homosexuality."

There have been other signs of Heaven's displeasure with what is happening in the post-Conciliar Church: We saw for example, the lightning that struck on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica on the day Benedict resigned from the Papacy, and the second strike on the Feast of the Holy Rosary, bolts warning the Catholic faithful that the Vatican was leading them astray.

In 2016, the year the Prime Minister signed a law recognizing homosexual marriages, a series of earthquakes hit in central Italy. Churches were particularly hard-hit by the quakes, which where felt all the way to Rome, where the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, a center of ecumenism, was shaken and cracked. Let us not forget that the quakes continue all over Italy to this day.

The collapse of the roof of St. Joseph – protector of the Universal Church – has a symbolic meaning for those with eyes to see. It appears as a forewarning from Heaven of a coming chastisement of unfaithful Rome.

For those who have read the deciphered Third Secret of Fatima published on this site, proved scientifically to the be the handwriting of Sister Lucy, such a punishment is more than a fanciful reverie.

That message reads:"Next, we raised our eyes to Our Lady who said to us: You saw the apostasy in the Church. Because the dogma of the faith is not conserved in Rome, its authority will be removed and delivered to Fatima. The cathedra [or chair] of Rome will be destroyed and a new one built in Fatima."

Further, Our Lady repeats that if "Rome continues its abomination, the city will be destroyed."

Could the collapse of St. Joseph of the Carpenters, a highly symbolic Church standing above the last place on earth St. Peter stayed before his death, be a sign that the predicted punishment of a rotten Rome is on its way?

Should we be surprised, then, that God made the roof collapse in the Church of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami? Should we not perhaps be expecting that soon His Hand will strike against the Basilica of St. Peter itself?

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Posted September 10, 2018