The "Satanic Invention"
The Catholic hierarchy of today is well aware that the story of the Miraculous Tilma is fraudulent. Two of their own drew attention to that fact as far back as 1556.
FRANCISCANS EXPOSE FRAUD
In 1556, Francisco de Bustamante, head of the Colony's Franciscans, delivered a sermon in which he ridiculed the supposed "holy" origin of the tilma image. He stated in part:
"The devotion that has been growing in a chapel dedicated to Our Lady, called of Guadalupe, in this city is greatly harmful for the natives, because it makes them believe that the image painted by Marcos the Indian is in any way miraculous."*
Fray Bernadino de Sahagún, a Spanish Franciscan missionary was the first great ethnographer of the New World. Sahagún chronicled every aspect of central Mexico - its birds, animals, natural resources, people, languages, history, and religion.
According to Sahagún:
“In this place called Tepeyac they had a temple dedicated to the mother of the gods, that they called Tonantzin, which means “Our Mother”. There they gave many sacrifices in honor of this goddess. And they came from more than 20 languages and from all parts of Mexico, bringing many offerings... Men and women, as well as young men and young women came to these celebrations. There were great multitudes of people and everyone said, ‘Let’s go to the celebration of Tonantzin’. And now, there is in that same place a church built to Our Lady of Guadalupe, also called Tonantzin.”
Sahagún warned that it was not the Virgin Mary who was venerated on Teyepac Hill but the indians' own mother-goddess. He stated that this identification of Mary with Tonantzin "appears to be a Satanic invention."**
The "Satanic Invention"
As I said previously, dreams of a wholly Catholic New World were thrown into disarray when groups of non-Catholic Christians began to colonise the eastern seaboard of what is now the continental United States of America.
But their forces have reassembled and are now rallying around the flag of the Miraculous Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe even though the Catholic heirarchy and its lay organisations such as the Knights of Columbus, know that the Miraculous Tilma is yet another hoax.
The "catholicisation" of the USA is now at the door.
* Hispanic News
** Anderson, Arthur J. O., and Charles E. Dibble, 1982, Florentine Codex. Introductory Volume: Introductions, Sahagún's Prologues and Interpolations, General Bibliography, General Indices. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press and School of American Research.