This will be my final post in this series. I recommend these books for your consideration: Petrus Romanus, The Final Pope Is Here by Thomas Horn and Cris Putnum (2012, IBSN 13: 9780984825615) and A Woman Rides The Beast by Dave Hunt (1994, ISBN 1-56507-199-9).
I want to address one more thing: Malachy’s “Prophecy of the Popes.”
Malachy was born in Northern Ireland in 1094. His life is summarized in Petrus Romanus if you are interested in all the details. For this post I will just tell you that Malachy searched for opportunities to express his passion for the Catholic Church. A series of miracles and a gift of prophecy were attributed to him. People flocked to him and supported his cause — reestablishing devotion to rituals. He was most passionate about convincing Rome to officially recognize archbishops with a pallium, a woolen cloak of authority. He accomplished his goal, but in exchange, he was required to become Papal Legate of Ireland and deal with all of its political intricacies, rather than retire and live his remaining years in seclusion, which was his heart’s desire.
As he was leaving Rome, frustrated by what had taken place there, he had a vision — because of the impiety of the popes, Rome would burn. The prophecy is a list of Latin verses predicting each of the Roman Catholic popes from Pope Celestine II to the final pope, “Peter the Roman,” whose reign would end in the destruction of Rome. According to this prophecy, the current pope, Benedict XVI, is the last to reign before Peter the Roman is enthroned in the Vatican.
The final segment of the prophecy reads: “In extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the City of Seven Hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.”
There is a high level of ongoing crisis within the walls of the Vatican. It has been well documented that before he was crowned the current pope, Cardinal Ratzinger was deeply entrenched in the coverup of the sexual abuse of young boys. At this moment, there is question concerning Rome’s involvement with the International Monetary Fund. And the rituals of the Catholic Church are also in question, papal infallibility for one.
Pope Benedict has been quoted as wondering why he was elected pope and that he does not consider himself “infallible” as Catholic doctrine insists.
In conclusion to this series, I would just like to remind my readers that Jesus invoked simplicity, not regal costumes and complex rituals based on the whims of men who consider themselves on the same level as — if not the replacement of — Christ, the Son of God.
The prophet Isaiah wrote: “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations. YOU SAID IN YOUR HEART, ‘I will ascend to heaven … I WILL MAKE MYSELF LIKE THE MOST HIGH.’ But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate.” (Isaiah 1412-16)
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