The following interview is the ninth part of the on-going series of discussions on Remote Viewing and related psychical research, with A. Edward Moch:
Patriotlad: In our very first installment of this series of interviews, we discussed the possibility that Edgar Allan Poe did not die when our histories say that he died, but that he sought and perhaps found sanctuary with some part of the Roman Catholic Church. Now, you indicated that this information came from one Robert Moran ….
A.Edward Moch: That’s right, the man in question being Doctor Robert Moran, author of In Defense Of Poe ( published in the 1870s ). Based on Doctor Moran’s statements, and the seeing of what appeared to be two men dressed as priests at the dedication of the Poe Memorial, and the comment made by Dr. Moran in reference to these two priests, that the older priest was none other than Edgar Allan Poe, in disguise. Whether Poe sought some form of political asylum with the Church or needed ‘sanctuary,’ it seems very likely that he assumed a new identity after his supposed death.
Patriotlad: You also mentioned that you have seen old real estate maps of the area of the Bronx, New York, where Fordham University is now located … and that these maps have information which bears on the Poe phenomena and sighting. The sighting of Dr. Moran.
A.Edward Moch: The maps indicated the names of the various people who lived in the village of Fordham, as it was known at that time, the area in and around what is now the Fordham section of the Bronx. This is the area where Poe lived when he was resident in New York, before returning to Baltimore. The maps showed the area after that time.
Patriotlad: What can we make of this seemingly obscure information on real estate ownership ?
A.Edward Moch: From what I read, regarding the ownership of these properties, besides the original “Poe cottage,” within a block or two of that cottage, three properties stood up in my notice. One property was owned by a family named Clemm, one property was owned by a family named Morse, and one by someone named Perry.
I was later told that the Clemm property may have been the residence of Maria Clemm – Edgar Allan Poe’s mother-in-law. The Morse property, perhaps having connections to Samuel F.B. Morse, the artist and inventor from Yale College, who was the man who created the electrical telegraph and Morse Code. Later, the Perry property might indicate the possibility of ownership by the children of Poe, who we know had an alias as Sergeant Edgar Perry of the U.S. Army. It is also a fact that when Edgar Allan Poe was alive and living in the Fordham village, after the death of Virginia Clemm, that he visited the College known as Saint John’s rather frequently. This, of course, became Fordham University in later times. It is at Fordham that we find a very distinguished leader of men, and a professor of Metaphysics, named Father Duffy ( made famous from his involvement as a chaplain with the Fighting 69th in World War One ). It was in this capacity that he became connected to William “Wild Bill” Donovan, an officer of the 69th and later associated with both the OSS and the founding of Central Intelligence.
Patriotlad: As an aside, we know for sure that J. Edgar Hoover as the head of the FBI before and during World War II, had numerous conflicts with Bill Donovan and developed an intense hatred for the man, despite his obvious abilities in the area of espionage and foreign counter-intelligence operations. Donovan had his critics and he had his allies, in Washington, D.C., and his allies were very powerful.
It seems clear, however, that the position of Professor of Metaphysics, held by Father Duffy at one of the leading Catholic universities in the United States was something extraordinary. It smacks of being a visible element in an underground movement in the Church itself, doesn’t it ??
A.Edward Moch: It seems very unusual that a man of such intellect and religious knowledge, and a leader, would be engaged in such academic pursuits. That opens the door to some level of metaphysics within the framework of the Roman Catholic church, at least in the United States in the early part of the 20th Century. And let us not forget that the Fatima Visions in Portugal, came during the time of World War One, as well !!
Patriotlad: Now, with the recent death of His Holiness John Paul II, we have been brought to a greater awareness of a different movement within the Catholic Church, one that is native to John Paul’s Poland. We’re speaking of the movement called “Divine Mercy” which has its roots in the life of an otherwise obscure Polish nun named Sister Faustina Kowalska, born Helena Kowalska in Glocoice on August 25th of 1905. What do we know about her ?
A.Edward Moch: According to the Vatican’s official web pages, Sister Faustina was almost twenty when she opted for a life of devotion in the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Their members were devoted to the care and education of troubled young women, among other works. Her life in the convent was rather quiet until the advent of the 1930s.
Patriotlad: Yes, according to those Vatican-approved pages –
“Although her life was apparently insignificant, monotonous and dull, she hid within herself an extraordinary union with God.
The years she … spent at the convent were filled with extraordinary gifts, such as: revelations, visions, hidden stigmata, participation in the Passion of the Lord, the gift of bilocation, the reading of human souls, the gift of prophecy, or the rare gift of mystical engagement and marriage. The living relationship with God, the Blessed Mother, the Angels, the Saints, the souls in Purgatory — with the entire supernatural world — was as equally real for her as was the world she perceived with her senses.”
A.Edward Moch: That word, “bilocation,” is a side-effect that has been recorded numerous times during Remote Viewing sessions.
Patriotlad: Does this mean that Sister Faustina had Remote Viewing as a capability ?? Clearly she was endowed with the gift of revelation.
A.Edward Moch: It would seem to be very likely that Sister Faustina had some form of Remote Viewing capabilities, as a part of this set of parapsychological abilities and metaphysical awareness. Under the Catholic doctrine, these would be considered ‘divine phenomena.’
The apparition in the 1930s, of Christ appearing to her and speaking to her, as well as apparitions of the Blessed Mother, clearly establishes her as a Sensitive of the first order.
Patriotlad: Sister Faustina lived thirty-three years, and died in 1938. After her death, her journals and written notes established the foundation of what is now called the movement of Divine Mercy. By the way, on Divine Mercy Sunday, which was April 3rd, some seventy thousand Polish Catholics gathered at a site dedicated to the Divine Mercy mission, to show reverence for the day and for John Paul II.
A.Edward Moch: It is a fact, that as a young priest, Father Karol, later known as John Paul II, embraced the Divine Mercy movement in Poland. During World War II, he and some other Catholic priests chose the path of non-violent resistance in occupied Poland. This movement continued to grow despite being out of favor with Church leaders during the ministry of John the XXIII as Pope. The mission of Divine Mercy is, more than anything else, to remind people of the reality of God’s love and forgiveness. It would seem, however, that this movement, which was growing underground during the time of Communism in Poland, had other elements of value as well.
It is important to know that “Divine Mercy” was not encouraged during the time of John XXIII and there were questions raised about its validity.
Patriotlad: Yes, that’s true. Now, something that’s important to the people of the United States happened during the long, slow growth of Divine Mercy as a movement. And not surprisingly, it had something to do with the Bronx, didn’t it ??
A.Edward Moch: That’s correct !! It was in or around September of 1962, that two young boys who lived in the Bronx encountered an apparition. This apparition was not a visitation of The Blessed Mother but rather something entirely different. It occurred on holy ground, on the grounds of a church named Our Lady Of Mercy, which is on Marion Avenue in the Fordham section of the Bronx.
Both of these boys were questioned by the Church authorities, separately, regarding what they saw in the apparition and other elements of this occurrence. These boys did not know each other yet both of them attended the same school in the Bronx, although in different classrooms. It was reported that what they saw came very close, if not exactly, to being what was described by Sister Faustina in her journals. Even though both boys knew nothing about Sister Faustin Kowalska and the Divine Mercy movement, it was reported that the older of the two boys also received a divine message !! The younger one seemed to possess the abilities of ‘divine vision,’ of lesser or greater degree, similar to what Sister Faustina experienced.
Though both boys were separated after seeing the apparitions, the younger of the two boys was sent for approximately three years to a Catholic boarding school that served as a convent for a particular French order of nuns. It was known as the Mennonite Order of the Sisters of Charity. It is not clear if one or both of these boys were sent away for their protection or for observation. The two boys who witnessed this apparition in 1962 never met again.
What’s important to know, is that there seems to be a pattern operating in the Bronx and in that area, where apparitions or visitations occur approximately every nine years. Certainly this can be dated from around 1936, with a very well-documented experience that happened in the Bronx in 1945. Whether or not there were other apparitions in earlier decades, is still under investigation.
Now, I visited a website called Haunted Places In New York recently, and I learned something I didn’t know about Fordham University. Besides the original Rosehill Manor, that was built in colonial times, there was also an old hospital that was later taken down, in the late 1830s, for the construction of the campus. There are still tunnels underground which connect a lot of the buildings on the Fordham University campus. Some of these tunnels from the days of the hospital. This site indicates that Fordham’s buildings seem to be quite haunted !!
For example … Collins Auditorium has cold spots and people hear whispers in that area. Finlay Hall has had evidence of poltergeist activity including moving furniture and slamming doors. Voices of children laughing. Students have reported seeing a young boy who appears, sometimes, in Hughes Hall. And there’s more. In Martyr’s Court, a dormitory on the Fordham Campus, students have reported seeing a young blonde-haired girl, standing in the shower, looking straight ahead. These are recent occurrences in the area of Fordham.
Hazel Towers … which has student apartments … is said to have some “mean ghosts” inhabiting it.
Patriotlad: However you cut it, there’s a lot of psychic turbulence in that area !!
A.Edward Moch: It is alleged that one of the two boys who witnessed the apparitions of 1962, in the Bronx, years later put out a warning of an event that would occur on May 13th …. On May 13th of 1981, not long after this warning, Pope John Paul II was walking amidst the crowds at the Basilica, while amongst the crowd it was reported that he saw a small girl in a communion dress. Pinned to her dress was a Holy Card of Our Lady Of Fatima. Bending over, to bless this child, Pope John Paul II was shot once, ostensibly by Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish gun-for-hire associated with the Silver Wolves. Pope John Paul attributes his escape from death at this moment to the appearance of the girl with the Fatima card. Had he been standing straight, he might have been killed on the spot !!
It was from that time on that John Paul II embraced Our Lady of Fatima, and later visited with Sister Lucia in Portugal.
Patriotlad: We should recall that Sister Lucia of Fatima died on February 13th, of this year.
A.Edward Moch: Ironically, it has been reported in the Catholic New York obituaries that on February 8th, just days before the death of Sister Lucia, that a Sister Paulita Wood died. This nun was a teacher at Our Lady Of Mercy School in the Bronx and was one of the teachers for one of the two boys who saw the 1962 visions.
Much has been made of the travels of this Pope, John Paul II, but it is certain that he opened up the Third Letter or secret of Sister Lucia, from Our Lady of Fatima, which originally supposed to have been opened in the 1960s. John Paul II … from his earliest days in Poland, and to the ending of his days … was somehow involved in the development and spread of this movement called Divine Mercy.
Of course, Sister Faustina Kowalska was both beatified by the Church under John Paul II in 1993, and canonized a saint of the Church by him in April of 2000. Clearly, this young woman and her experiences of the transcendental, must be understood in the context of the life and works of John Paul II. The naming of the first Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday, was another accomplishment wrought by the Polish Pope. After the death of Sister Lucia, on February 13th of 2005, the Pope’s fragile health began to wane rather more quickly. The pontiff died on Saturday evening of April 2nd, in Rome. Although millions and millions of people learned of his passing by the mass media and television, millions more did not hear of his death until the actual day of Divine Mercy Sunday.
The comparison of Pope John Paul II and his eventual death to the eventful passing of Theresa Schindler Schiavo on March 31st, cannot be ignored either. Was the Pope aware of her condition ? Was he in touch with her spiritually ? These are important questions, even if they cannot be answered immediately … or ever.
Rumor has it, one of the two boys who witnessed the apparition of 1962 in the Bronx, was the biological fraternal twin of Karen Ann Quinlan. They were born within hours of each other, supposedly in the same area, and both were later adopted by non-biological parents. The one boy grew up in the Bronx, the one girl grew up across the river in New Jersey, in the area of the parish of Our Lady Of The Lake. It has been reported that Karen Ann, like her ostensible brother, also exhibited extraordinary intuitive abilities. Like Schiavo, spiritual connections were also felt by other people not known to her individually, while she lingered in her long coma. Technically, Terri Schiavo was not in the same kind of condition that befell Karen Ann Quinlan in 1975, but as with her recent death, the case of Karen Quinlan set a standard in law that is now being challenged by the facts and developments of the Terri Schiavo case.
Both of these young women were raised Roman Catholic, both of them were very well liked by their peers and beloved of their families, and both of these young women had issues with food and fasting in the days just prior to their near-fatal injuries. These connections are not immediately apparent, but they seem to be there, and they indicate the need for more study, more research and more reflection.
It is too much to call the similarities between Karen Ann Quinlan and Theresa Schindler Schiavo, ‘simple coincidence.’