Dottie Zimmerman is a 63-year-old
of three, an award-winning religion teacher at a Toledo Catholic
school, a former Ursuline nun, and a director of the Children’s Theatre
For the last five years, Mrs. Zimmerman also says she has been
“channeling” Padre Pio, letting the dead Italian Catholic saint
mystically speak through her.
Last month, Mrs. Zimmerman channeled the saint during a meeting of the
Toledo Lightworkers Co-op, a group of people who explore alternative
It was the fifth or sixth time she has publicly channeled Padre Pio, a
Capuchin friar from Pietrelcina, Italy, who was known for bearing
stigmata, or the wounds of Christ, on his hands and feet. He died in
1968 at age 81 and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
Why am I not surprised that an award
winning religion teacher at a Catholic school could even speak of using channeling in relation to Saint? Or that she would do so for some new age group.
An eighth-grade religion teacher at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns School
for nearly 30 years, Mrs. Zimmerman said she felt as though spiritual
conversations had been percolating within her for years before she
began to explore her gift.
She had dismissed the voices as figments of her overactive imagination.
“I’m a very creative, right-brained person so this must be just me
imposing my imagination on situations,” she said. “That sounded logical
I say go with your original instincts.
Now exactly what are these messages?
…”One of the things that he
insists is that we breathe deeply and we
laugh – love, laugh,”
…”All presidential elections are a reflection of
the way the world is at the moment. They all speak of change,” Mrs.
Zimmerman said while channeling. “So if you’re looking for change, you
have a wide path. They are all having their plans, their paths. Which
one do you feel comfortable with? That, my brother, is your choice and
I cannot tell you that.”
I think she channeled Obama by mistake.
…”But do know that there was no
accident that there was a female within
this, because her purpose was to open the awareness of the line of the
females, of the path of the females, not her particularly, but the path
of a female, that nurturing, that love aspect that is part of what goes
along with the term female.”
Yeah that really sounds like something
St. Padre Pio would say.
…Regarding the Sept. 11, 2001,
tragedy, Mrs. Zimmerman said while
channeling that everyone who “transitioned” that day went immediately
“home,” or into heaven, “including those who perpetrated this
particular incident. They didn’t have their 21 virgins in their party
but they were celebrated for three days in partying and love and
acceptance because they did what they thought they were supposed to do.”
Gee and I would have thought that the terrorists might spend at least 4
seconds in purgatory first.
This paragraph I have to admit is one
of the funniest I have ever read. Put down your drink cups – you have
“In this dream I kept seeing a Merlin
character,” she said. “… So he
[Mr. Uhl] said if he’s reoccurring that much, there’s some energy there
that we need to look into, and he gave me a couple exercises where in
fact I would start asking Merlin what he meant or why this happened in
the dream. … And I would write answers, and it’s like the answers would
just come automatically. … Well, pretty soon I couldn’t write fast
enough, they were just going in the computer, and then one day he just
says to me, ‘You know, I am not Merlin. I am Padre Pio.'”
Natural mistake many people make. They both had these robes
Mrs. Zimmerman said she channels other
spirits besides Padre Pio.
Every Saturday, for example, she channels her mother, who died two
years ago, by typing out a letter to her surviving father, which she
has collected in a looseleaf binder. “He really looks forward to it
because he misses her so dreadfully,” she said.
She also channels her late husband, John, who “crossed over” 16 years
I guess she has a party line.
Now I don’t intend to mock this deluded
women who needs our prayers, but what I find so interesting is the
straight reporting on this. I wonder if somebody was actually
getting locutions form St. Padre Pio and the messages included
references to abortion and the culture of death how the story would be
dealt with? Somehow I think the story would be reported quite
differently with quite a different tone.