for the 'Dead' Priest, Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson.

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Anthony Borgia

Anthony Borgia was a medium who transcribed the thoughts of a deceased priest and author whom he had known in life; the Catholic priest's name was Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914), and he was a son of a former Archbishop of Canterbury, Edward White Benson.

The spirit priest dictated a wealth of scripts to his friend, Anthony Borgia, and many of these were converted into books. He has a great deal to say, which he hopes will correct the teachings contained in his previous influential Christian books, written when he was living on earth. He speaks about Life in the Spirit World, the Orthodox Church, religious belief, faith, spirit communication, mediumship, and what existence is really like for those who have crossed over into the next stages of life.

His teachings are frank and forthright, and they pull no punches.

So what does a 'dead' priest have to say about such important issues as our psychic contact with people in the world of spirit; and what are his opinions of today's Orthodox Christian Church? The following extracts are taken from one of his books.

Some of the Monsignor's thoughts on Psychic Gifts:

These spirit realms are full of people who once, when they were on earth, denied that such things as psychic faculties existed. They know better now. They know that such faculties are part of the natural make-up of man.

All people possess the powers of mediumship inherently. In the majority of folk they need developing and bringing out, and regulating along adequate lines so that the best may be made of them, just as the artist and musician, shall we say, must develop his abilities by working upon the right lines.

There is nothing unhealthy or morbid in such things because they are natural to man. It was intended that they should be so from the beginning.

Man upon earth was never meant to be cut off from the spirit world, neither was the spirit world meant to be cut off from intercourse with the people still upon earth.

Now if the whole earth world were to become psychically developed in every branch of its exposition, the earthplane would soon become a very different place.

Some of the Monsignor's thoughts on the Orthodox Churches and Religions of today:

The Church says that 'the dead' cannot come back, or would not come back if they could. They say, 'It is only devils that come back, who impersonate our own kindred, deceive us, and thus try to ruin us spiritually, so that we jeopardise our immortal souls.'

What arrant nonsense! The Church professes to have the spiritual care of man in its hands - and knows next to nothing about the matter at all.

The Church has become stupefied by its own fantastic doctrines and beliefs. It has become inflated by its own self-importance. It has become hypnotised by its own apparent security.

It has become absorbed in the details of dogma and doctrine and the outward displays of showy ritual. It has poured money into bricks and mortar because it really believes that the House of God warrants a lavish expenditure in art and architecture.

This may be justified only when all else is fully provided for - the poor people, for instance, for with the Father the needy come always first.

Because we see things in a clear light in the spirit world, we regard the Church on earth - and by Church I mean all those religious bodies who nominate themselves Christian - we regard the Church upon earth not as a help to man in his spiritual progression, but as a downright and deliberate hindrance. The Church is blocking the way to the diffusion of spiritual truth and knowledge throughout the earth world.

Here are some of the priest's thoughts on Jesus:

Orthodoxy - of another sort, but equally bad - was responsible for the great tragedy of Calvary; and Jesus, who dealt only in spiritual truth, was the victim.

It was not the Father of the universe who demanded the sacrifice of His only son to redeem the world. That is a monumental untruth - it was Orthodoxy, which would not listen to the truth, that caused the transition of Jesus.

Christian Orthodoxy has done no better. It has opposed the very truth that Jesus himself came to give to humanity. It opposes the truth at this exact moment of time.

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That great and illustrious soul, whom the earth knows as Jesus, sees from his exalted state the havoc that has been wrought in his simple, direct, and forthright teachings, the proclamation of which ultimately cost him his earthly life.

In the minds of the people of earth, Jesus sees himself being elevated into a deific position which never, for a single fraction of a second, did he imagine would be his. He knows that he tried so hard to show people how they could make the earth into a gloriously happy place, to show people how the power of the Greatest Mind could be brought to earth through His benign representatives of the spirit world.

He tried so diligently to show that if man would but listen to the voices from the spirit world all would be right with the earth, and that there would ensue a regime of happiness and repose for all men upon earth, the regime of the Father of the universe Himself, spreading right from its great source to the uttermost bounds of the earth.

Here are some of the priest's thoughts on Church Teachings and on Faith:

Can the Church give man freedom?

The Church is incapable of it. All that the Church can do is to call for 'faith' upon the part of men, to put their trust in the mercy of God, to beg that Jesus may plead for them on that 'last dread day'.

The last dread day, indeed! What wicked teachings are these, when the truth is to be had for the asking?

Is it to be wondered at that man is fearful for himself and his family and friends when he comes to think of the life beyond the grave? Fear is dominating the earth world, and fear is not a good companion to harbour in one's house. It is in the power of the spirit world to banish fear from the mind of every soul upon earth, if the earth will but take the trouble to seek enlightenment.

And here are some of the Monsignor's thoughts on the Kingdom of God, and on Prayer:

How can the Kingdom of God be established upon earth when man is himself, through the power of Orthodoxy, trying to close and tighten the existing barriers between the two worlds?

The relative few upon earth who are aware of our existence in the spirit world and who call upon our help, the help which we are so happy to give, the comparative few who communicate with us regularly, such people know from joyous experience the enormous difference which the truth of spiritual things can and does make in their daily lives on earth.

But man himself can be his own House of God, for he can send thoughts, his petitions, and the expression of needs from the privacy of his mind in his own home with equal - and probably better - effect.

And finally, here are some of the priest's thoughts on the Afterlife and on Belief:

The Church has assumed responsibility for the spiritual care of man upon earth, and the Church has failed dismally. It is in most respects an impostor, for in professing to know much, it knows very little which can be of spiritual service to man.

It can provide no answers to vital questions, questions that are in the minds of so many people. Can the Church answer these questions, for instance, as applied to yourself:

What becomes of me when I die?

What has become of all my relatives and friends?

Why is there this seemingly profound silence between them and me?

To the last question I would answer that there is no need, no need whatever, for that profound silence, for it can be and is broken, just as I have broken it, even as I am now breaking it to you, my good friend, and even as I shall continue to break it for just so long as I can serve a good and wholesome purpose.


Books by Anthony Borgia:

Life in the World Unseen
More About Life in the World Unseen
Heaven and Earth
Here and Hereafter
ABC of Life
More Light

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