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A critical website on Vassula Rydén's True Life in God messages
Legal problems faced by Infovassula.ch (2011-2012)
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Lawsuit against Infovassula.ch
By Maria Laura Pio - November 2011
On November 9, 2011, I received an international document summoning me before a judge in Belgium, accused of having damaged Mrs Ryden's and her Foundation's honour and reputation, and requesting the reparation of the damage as well as the removal of some articles from the website.
Last July, I had already received a prior letter from Mrs Ryden's lawyers, then accusing me of offences of a criminal nature punishable by imprisonment. The letter strongly suggested in the letter that all this could be avoided if I accepted a list of Mrs Ryden's demands.
Briefly, the present civil cause summons charges me of having written in March 2011 that the Patriarchate of Constantinople's document was a "decree of excommunication"  and of having intended to damage Mrs. Ryden "by belittling her status of mystic among her faithful". The importance given to this action in court is evidenced by the fact that the Foundation asked Mrs Ryden's followers for donations in this sense .
Are my articles denigrating or are they the expression of my freedom of opinion? Mrs Ryden is a public and controversial personality. She openly says that the messages she writes come from directly from God and that a public challenge to their divine origin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit . Such declarations unavoidably arouse critical questioning.
though Mrs Ryden focuses her message on the unity of the Churches ,
she takes public actions which, from my point of view, contradict the search for unity.
Indeed, I am being charged for qualifying as "schismatic" the nature of Mrs
Ryden's decision to proceed with her tour of conferences in
if the Patriarchate has indeed asked Mrs Ryden to cease her activities among the orthodox
community, one has to admit that Mrs Ryden has submitted to the Patriarchate's will.
Indeed, since the Patriarchate's communication, Mrs Ryden has only participated in
conferences that took place exclusively in northern
When Mrs Ryden expresses herself in public, even in front of a non-Orthodox audience, she is presented as an Orthodox faithful. Now, it is the orthodoxy of her teachings that is denied by the Patriarchate. It doesn't matter to whom Vassula addresses her teachings: a person who declares herself Orthodox according to the Patriarchate's document - must not spread those teachings. Those who nevertheless do so "are not admitted to ecclesiastical communion" (http://www.pseudomystica.info/tliggreekorthodox.htm ).
There is also the question of knowing who should discern charismas: we or the Church? Can someone proclaim himself "mystic"? Does such a proclamation confer a "status" that cannot be questioned?
it is inaccurate that Mrs Ryden "has
only participated in conferences that took place exclusively in northern
Belgian meeting "Unis par Christ" (United by Christ) to which Mrs Ryden
participated on April 2 and 3, 2011, after the publication of the Patriarchate's document,
was an ecumenical event, open to the participation of the Orthodox faithful. There are
between 70.000 and 80.000 Orthodox people in
October 23 Mrs Ryden held a conference in
It seems to me that I am mostly charged for not accepting the interpretation given by Mrs Ryden on the documents issued against her by the Churches, as well as questioning the actions she takes. Although Infovassula is "home-made" and cannot compete with the many websites, blogs, Facebook page, etc. supervised by Mrs Ryden's organization, my website's articles are a nuisance because they provide difficult to find information and raise the real questions that any believer needs to ask when confronted with the discernment of a private revelation such as this.
Maria Laura Pio
November 25, 2011
 The Patriarchate's document is not a "decree of excommunication", but rather a condemnation (the Foundation for TLIG considers it an "accusation of heresy"). The document states that "the proponents of these unacceptable innovations [= TLIG teachings] and the supporters who maintain them ( ) henceforth are not admitted to ecclesiastical communion". See: http://www.infovassula.ch/tliggreekorthodox.htm
 In September 2011, the Foundation for True Life in God made a "Call for donations for the defence of Vassula". The author of the letter, Albert Muller, the Foundation's Executive Secretary, wrote: "The persecution recently suffered by Vassula and the True Life in God messages has increased to the point of spreading the rumour of her excommunication by her Church. ( ) We are examining the measures that can and must be taken for the public defence of Vassula with all the means available. ( ) We therefore call upon the True Life in God family, so that it unites and rises to defend Vassula and our faith in the True Life in God messages. ( ) In order to choose the best way of sending us your donations, we invite you to consult the section "Donations and Support" on the website www.tlig.org ".
 See http://www.pseudomystica.info/tligmortalsin.htm A long-time follower of Vassula described her as one of Gods great Prophets, comparable with the Prophets of the Old Testament. The prophecy of the True Life in God messages is not an optional extra. This treasure from God is one of God's great gifts to mankind. If rejected, it really does seem to me to amount to the unforgivable rejection of the Holy Spirit (http://www.tlig.net/newphpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1576&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=16 ).
 The letter sent to me by Mrs Ryden's lawyers begins as follows: "Mrs Vassula Ryden is the author of a work titled True Life in God: a divine dialogue which contains many messages designed to promote the reunification of the Christian Churches under the authority of the Pope and the Foundation's founder [= Vassula]".
 Numbers taken from "Histoire de l'Eglise orthodoxe en Europe occidentale au 20ème siècle" http://orthodoxie.ch/p/2004-2005/news_12.shtml.
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Text of the Retraction published in February 2012. Please note that the retraction was not ordered by the Judge (the case was dismissed) but done by Mrs Pio in an attempt to put an end to the matter. See: Lawsuit against Infovassula.ch: the whole story
FORMAL RETRACTION: The Patriarchate's document is not a decree of
excommunication of Mrs. Ryden