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Friday, September 24, 2021

Is Hannah Merz a credible witness for Church Militant?

by Mary Ann Kreitzer and Susan Matthiesen

Ever since Church Militant (CM) began their hotfoot pursuit to discredit the SSPX, they've used a witches brew of innuendo, supposition, assumptions, and loaded language to poison the public's perception of Archbishop Lefebvre and the Society of St Pius X. Their strategy includes putting witnesses front and center whose trustworthiness and credibility are seriously questionable. Jassy Jacas is one of those witnesses, but another whom cracker jack investigator Christine Niles said a year-and-a-half ago that she planned to interview is "Hannah," Jassy's BFF (Best Friend Forever).

Picture of Hannah with BFF Jassy telling her how beautiful she is (lower right side)

Hannah, of course, is Hannah Merz, the "star pupil" of career counselor Rebecca Carroll. Hannah recently took down her blog, Desert Rose Life, which leads us to wonder whether an interview with Niles is in the works.

We've covered a lot of information in our series on Church Militant which you can review HERE. You can also read there about some of the "witnesses" Church Militant depends on, like Jassy Jacas and the self-identified witch whose brother either committed suicide or was murdered in a gang killing. The truth is pretty murky and lost in the fog of two decades of time, but CM, of course, presumes the worst, embracing whatever story is most damaging to the SSPX.

Picture of Christine 30 years ago.
Is she suffering from mid-life crisis?
While Christine Niles was vacationing in Florida recently "with the people she loves" at a secret location (Christine loves mystery), she posted photos making it clear she was in Deerfield Beach, or at least shopping there. Irrelevant? Maybe, but what kind of investigator posts photos that make it clear exactly where she is after making a big deal about it being a "secret" location? 

Niles apparently wanted a break from her adoring fans who love the old teen photos she posts on Facebook. They tell her how gorgeous she is and pummel her with ego-boosting adjectives - beautiful, gorgeous, so pretty, wow, what a beauty you are (um...that would be "were" since the photo was taken 30 years ago) and GIFs of beating hearts flowing out of bouquets of red roses.

Niles' behavior is very similar to that of Jacas and Merz who also love to post glamour shots of themselves and admire each other's beauty. Is it mean to point this out? Or is it prudent to consider whether this affects their trustworthiness and credibility? Needy people often desire admiration and attention and may well value it more than the truth. Vanity, exhibitionism, exaggeration, and making yourself a victim can all be means to acquire desperately desired attention. Additionally, posting old glamor shots of yourself with a come-hither look is kind of creepy (and not very professional, Christine). 

Meanwhile, back to Hannah Merz. Why did she delete her blog? 

One possible reason: some of her weird posts cast serious doubt on her trustworthiness and credibility. If, in fact, Niles is getting ready for that year-and-a-half long promised interview, having Hannah delete the blog was prudent - a smart move from CM's standpoint. Did they suggest it? Seeing how tight Hannah and Jassy are could also damage Jassy's credibility. That wouldn't do at all since Christine has made her a centerpiece of the attack on Fr Duverger and the SSPX in general.

Despite Hannah removing her blog, we have all the content saved which affords plenty of evidence that she is (to say the least) not a trustworthy, credible, or reliable witness. There are no doubt more Spotlight attacks on the SSPX in the works and Hannah is a yet-to-be-used accuser with soulful eyes and many sad stories that even her sister says can't be trusted. Hannah's sister tweeted to Jassy:

You will get to know her better one day or another. She has burned many bridges with people who once fell prey to her manipulation. I'm sorry she has duped you too. I said that Hannah said she had allegations against Fr Duverger and she mentioned some weird things about what happened with one of her friends and him, but I'm not saying it's true. I shouldn't have mentioned her at all if I knew you were going to use her word, because of how she twists things and has so frequently. She is very conniving, and that's what is scary. Like I said, she might be telling the truth about Fr D but how are we to know for certain if she lies so much? She is not a reliable source for your case.

Interestingly, both Jassy and Hannah have stopped commenting on Facebook. Were they advised to give it a rest? Are they revealing too much? Are they too likely to damage their credibility? Or are they in Detroit getting coached for the interview?

So let's talk about Hannah's trustworthiness and credibility.  

First, there's the (removed) blog post titled "Where It All Began". It's about Hannah's remembrance of being in her mother's womb:

"At one point in my life, I do not know when exactly… whether within time or without… all was warm, dark, as a void without colour, and I lay floating within a thick, slippery kind of fluid. I knew no words nor feelings. My life, as I knew it, was neither negative nor positive. I just… WAS. 

From the womb she could hear her parents fighting. There was a "Little Brightness" in the womb with her that gave her hope, and a "Great Brightness" who opened her chest in the womb and touched her "tiny heart with the tip of one of Its great Fingers." The Great Brightness was very sad when looking at her, no doubt because of the terrible pain-filled future life she would lead. My! What a storyteller Hannah is!

Then there's the blog post, "Currently In 3 Relationships... and my fiancé knows" where she begins by denigrating her Catholic upbringing, telling various sins of her parents, then basically confessing her own sins while telling her audience how she loved being admired by a man she sinned with.

In "The Letter of a Lifetime", Hannah tells off her parents. She goes over the massive hurt and pain caused by their apparent abuse and severs all contact with them: "It will be the last time I reach out to you". She continues on to talk about victims of abuse, survivors of abuse and how her parents beat her "bare bottom with a splintering stick". 

In "The Ending of a Book" Hannah offers a trigger warning at the beginning: 

"Trigger warning: this content may contain references to physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse as well as miscarriage." 

She then discloses the trauma and memories of the apparently evil things her apparently evil parents and others did to her and ends with the revelation of a miscarriage (Hannah has never been married):

"They were reaching out because THEY wanted an apology to make themselves feel better about what they did and said to me, and about what they neglected to do for and say to me. Well now, they will not have that satisfaction.

"I have nothing more to say to them. I am still working on forgiving them. But I have nothing to say to them. I am turning the page. This is the end of not only a chapter, but rather an entire book.

"I banish you from my mind, from my life, from my energy. I beg God for justice on those of you who hurt me. Especially you, who caused my miscarriage through your abuse.

"To my unborn baby angel, mama loves you. So very much. You are better off where you are now, than any life I could have given you here. I carry you with me in my heart, but I have to make room now too for the babies I will carry with the man who truly loves me."

In her "Why I Left Catholicism: Baptism", Hannah explains every old protestant heresy of infant baptism then posts a video of herself being re-baptized by a non-denominational preacher who explains to his audience that Hannah had been wrongly baptized by priests as an infant.

With full disdain and misunderstanding of the Catholic Church she writes:

"Anyone who has read even part of the history of that era knows that many, especially Muslims, were killed for their beliefs, if they did not renounce their own beliefs and 'convert' to Catholicism. They were not taught about Jesus. They were told to convert, or else.

or centuries, the Catholic Church has been a source for men to gain power and exert that power in the most unGodly ways, taking His most holy Name in vain by stating their actions and teachings are from and of Him. The crusaders, for example, massacred thousands, raped, pillaged, and plundered, all in the Name of God. They taught their children the ten commandments given to Moses by God Himself, and in the same breath, broke the third commandment in what can be considered – by human standards – the most horrific ways."

Her other recently removed blog posts contain more of the same: evil Catholicism, evil parents, evil men, other evil people perpetrating evil crimes of evil abuse against her making her a perpetual and sorrowful abuse victim while she is a beautiful, misunderstood, gallant survivor.

Hannah's FB videos show her dancing, exercising, singing - many singing videos - talking, reading from her women's Bible, cooking, putting on makeup, washing her face, showing off various hairstyles, more hair videos, modeling clothes and shoes, working, posing for selfies and other self-promoting pictures and videos. Are these what one needs in order to be taken as a trustworthy, credible and reliable witness? If CM is preparing Hannah as their next Spotlight witness against the SSPX, it's no wonder her most damaging social media content has been removed!

This one last video, "Brief Response to LifeSite News Article" shows Hannah telling the world how she will basically get even with the SSPX because of an article that was on LifeSite news. My thinking is that Christine Niles gave Hannah a year-and-a-half to make up a doozy of a false story against Fr Duverger and the SSPX. Hannah says: 

"This is 23 minutes long. It is brief compared to the account I have yet to give. There is a brief mention of 'sex', so if you have children underage or not mature enough to hear even the mention, I do not recommend listening to it around them. 

Well, Hannah, the reason children probably should not watch it is because you're practically naked in it. 

Should CM present Hannah Merz as a credible witness against the SSPX, we will publish in full ALL of Hannah's removed blog posts which speak for themselves. Hannah herself demonstrates that she's a great story teller, a perpetual victim of whatever she thinks is abuse, an ex-Catholic who despises the Catholic Church, a very confused young woman and, well...a liar. 

She needs prayers and sacrifices, not a stage for another performance to get the attention she longs for. We ask our readers to give her what she needs - prayers and penance; not what Christine Niles has to give her - Church Militant’s audience with their useless applause.


  1. This Hannah reminds me of the stories of the ritual abuse scares back in the '80's and 90's. The players in those stories were exposed as seriously disturbed individuals like Lauren Stratford or cunning manipulators like Mike Warnke. Look up those names and you'll see Hannah's story is just like their stories.

  2. Thanks for the info, Phinnpoy. I looked them up. There are a lot of gullible people out there. Hopefully by exposing Hannah before Church Militant gives her a platform, Niles will think better of it since her own credibility is at stake. Poor Hannah needs help not adulation for claiming to be a poor, abused victim.

    1. Susan, I looked up references to Stratford and Warnke again, and I saw something I missed. The first publicized case of supposed satanic ritual abuse involved a Catholic woman.It was written up in a book called Michelle Remembers. You may want to procure a copy of this book, because this might give you clues to how Voris snd Niles will handle poor Hannah.

  3. Honestly? I wish there was a way to provide a balanced interview that would canvass Hannah's claims in context. To include her mental and spiritual issues. Family issues and the subsequent pathology of a one-sided victim parade. (That's not to downplay real victims. Not at all. But this excess attention can push an already traumatized and/or unstable person to do more damage to themselves because of the pressure to perform. Or keep up appearances.)

    Niles will use the girl, however. Use her and toss her aside. There's no doubt in my mind about that. Niles will use Hannah and steamroll onto the next victim all for the sake of CM's virtue signal.

    This endless one-upmanship against an imagined enemy is a dangerous place to be. Much like Niles welcoming personal accolades that can too often skew a person's agenda.

    The need for vigilance is never ending.

  4. Thank you Phinnpoy.

    As an addendum I'd like to say that on one of her FB pages Hannah, made up like a geisha girl, says that she "was born in Japan but raised in England." On another page she says that she was baptized at 6 months of age on June 5, 1994, in Cottleville Missouri at St Joseph's Catholic Church.

    I suppose that means that Hannah's parents, on their way from Japan to England, made a stopover in Missouri to have her baptized. ...or something.

  5. My motto is if people are going to lie, they need to be ready to get caught.

  6. @Susan to your addendum: I am Hannah’s paternal aunt. I have only had contact with Hannah when her parents have been present. That is to say, I have not seen or spoken with her in years.

    On May 21, 1994, I was married in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri. Hannah and the rest of her family (that were born by 1994) were in attendance. Although my brother Steve and his family, including Hannah, lived abroad, they attended my wedding via air travel. Hannah’s sister Lauren was the cutest flower girl in my wedding and Steve and Beth were also in the wedding. The family stayed stateside for a while, and I vaguely recall Hannah’s baptism at her mother’s childhood church in the place you mention. Hannah was indeed born in Japan. She also spent most of her childhood in England.

    In other words, I testify here that Hannah Merz is telling the truth. Please know you all have caused much grief and sorrow in the hearts of members of my family as your tear into Hannah over and over again.

    Jesus is clear in his teachings that we are to love … he also instructs to not judge lest we be judged.

    I challenge all of you: why have you taken up the project of destroying someone’s credibility when you are called to be the hands and feet of Christ?

  7. Thank you for your comment, Jeannie Merz-Edwards. It's clear that you love your niece and she is blessed to have you in her life. I have my own painful experiences with extended family members so I understand your comment about grief. I will pray for your family and hope you will pray for mine.

    I have no interest in hurting Hannah. As you say, there is something wrong with being part of a project of "destroying someone's credibility when you are called to be the hands and feet of Christ." But that is exactly what Hannah, Jassy, Christine Niles, and Michael Voris have done with the entire SSPX order. All the priests, the brothers, and the laity who attend their services are labeled perverts, pedophiles, pedo enablers, cult members, etc. Niles' vicious video, SSPX: 'Sympathetic to perverts' mixes truth with lies complete with loaded language, creepy music and sad photos in an attempt to destroy the SSPX and everyone associated with them. Perhaps you could send your comment about not judging to Christine.

    Hannah has damaged her own credibility with her bizarre blog posts which reveal her as a more than questionable witness. That she has allowed herself to be used by those who hate the SSPX order is unfortunate.

    In her interview with Jassy Jacas, Christine showed herself to be, not an investigative reporter, but a manipulator of witnesses to slant and exaggerate their testimony toward a particular desired outcome. There has been zero objectivity in Church Militant's coverage of the SSPX. I'm sorry to say that both Hannah and Jassy appear to enjoy the attention of being in the role of victims, but whether either was actually a victim of anything is less clear.

    As for judging, we are forbidden to judge the state of another's soul. I have no way of knowing whether Jassy and Hannah are mistaken, lying, exaggerating for effect, or mixing truth with imagination, etc. I leave their soul's judgment to God. But discovering the truth is vital. And, we are called to search for the truth using our "seat of judgment" to draw conclusions about truth vs. lies, reality vs. fiction, etc.

    Hannah is not a reliable witness. I'm sorry our pointing that out has caused grief for your family. But in a court of law, a witness's credibility is an important part of getting to the truth. Church Militant is trying the SSPX in the court of public opinion so the credibility of their witnesses is totally relevant.

  8. Stupid Americans. Always talk too much.