A Tale of Two Popes …

A tale of two Popes

Author: Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina.(Emphasis added)
Published time: December 23, 2014 16:47 

Pope Francis (R) greets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI before a mass in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican September 28, 2014. (Reuters/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis (R) greets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI before a mass in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican September 28, 2014. (Reuters/Tony Gentile)

The Roman Catholic Church celebrates its second Two-Pope Christmas this week. Is there greater significance behind this than meets the eye?

Is the Vatican actually giving us a sign “in plain sight,” to be understood by “those who have eyes to see and ears to hear”?

The Catholic Church – the main worldly Christian Institution – has undergone deep change, in line with the signs of the times. The key to understanding the Church’s 2,000-year success story lies in three factors embedded in its name: it is “Apostolic,” (in that its foundations lie in the works and lives of Jesus Christ’s key disciples); it is “Catholic” (in Greek – καθολικός – which means universal, or “global” by today’s standards); and last but not least, it is “Roman” (geographically, culturally and geopolitically).

In spite of the hundreds of thousands of early Christians martyred by the Roman Emperors, the Church owes much to Rome. Not only did it fix its HQ smack in the middle of the Eternal City, it also adopted Rome’s secular language, Latin, turning it into its own Sacred tongue; blended much of Rome’s legal and administrative structure, and adopted many of its symbols, concepts and style.

Thus, the “Pontiff” (bridge) – holds the key to Eternal Salvation and even Jesus’s birthday is celebrated December 25th, the same as Mithras’s: an Iranian god Roman legionnaires brought back with them from the Eastern confines of the Empire. Not to mention that the Cross – the supreme symbol of Martyrdom – was a Roman contraption.

Whatever your opinion, whichever your Faith, the truth is that the Church has weathered time well. Sure today it looks rather weary, tired and gray, but it is nevertheless the West’s oldest institution with 2,000 years of uninterrupted continuity, most of it spent in Rome and that’s an awfully long time.

Is there a subtle collective “time-bar” for institutions, measured in such long periods that we do not see it, mainly because our own short lives drive us to think short-term?

Time, time and time

The rules governing Millennia are probably different from our modern, materialistic, short-term concept of time. In fact, the Ancients used three different words when coping with time: “Chronos” described “physical” lineal time“Kairos” referred to significant points in time when the will of God or the gods was manifested: cosmic destiny milestones, so to speak; and “Aion”: Rome’s god of very long periods of cyclical time, from which we derive the modern word “eon.”

For the Church, Chronos seems to be embedded into Kairos which are its significant milestones, which in turn help to “explain” prophecy (“My time is not yet come”); all in turn rolled up into Aion, the cyclical “times of the ages” during which subtle, slow, long-term changes surge and wane in the collective psyche.

In today’s dark crises, have illuminated elements inside the Church understood these mechanisms and are playing them out in the world? Last year, the papacy underwent an almost unprecedented “Kairos”milestone when Pope Benedict XVI (aka Joseph Ratzinger) abdicated to be replaced one moon later by Pope Francis (aka Jorge Mario Bergoglio).

Was this incredible overturning of centuries of orderly papal continuity where new popes were enthroned only after the old pope died, done merely because Benedict felt too old, too tired and too weak to perform his collective worldly and spiritual duties?

Peter and Paul, Church founders

St Peter (Simon Peter, in Latin, Petrus the Rock) died around 64 AD, crucified under Emperor Nero Augustus Caesar. He was one of the original 12 Apostles whom the Church considers as its very first pope, directly ordained by Jesus himself as the “Rock of My Church” (Matthew 16:18). Tradition holds Peter was crucified at the site of the Clementine Chapel and that his bones lie under St Peter’s Basilica.

 El Greco. "Sts. Peter and Paul". State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (RIA Novosti)

El Greco. “Sts. Peter and Paul”. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (RIA Novosti)

St Paul was a different story. His original Jewish name was Saul; he was younger than Peter and not one of the original 12 followers of Jesus. As a matter of fact, he began by persecuting Jesus’ disciples in Jerusalem. Then, as he was on the road to Damascus, the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a great light striking him blind. But his sight returned three days later and, having “seen the light,” Saul changed his name to Paul and began preaching that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah and the Son of God.

Paul was a brilliant, prolific intellectual: 14 of the 27 books in the New Testament are traditionally attributed to him. His epistles form the roots of Christian theology, worship and ritual, not just Roman Catholic but Orthodox and Protestant as well.

Paul preached mainly to the heathen and is often referred to as “The Apostle of the Gentiles,” whilst Peter kept the flock of converted Jews aligned to the new Creed.

Thus, loyal Peter was the “heart” of the Church, the very rock on which it was built and still stands in Rome; whilst brilliant Paul was the “brains” of the Church, the dogma which still holds to this day (in spite of the Second Vatican Council!).

In very general terms, one could say that Peter and Paul single-handedly founded the worldly and temporal structure of Roman Catholicism, out of which centuries later Protestantism would also spring. It’s no wonder that the Church honors their joint solemnities on the same day: June 29 – The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

Let’s fast forward to the present-day Church. As in a mirror, are we seeing a modern reflection of those two Roman Church Founders who worked together, lived together and almost died together, in the two Pontiffs who today also live and work together and who will in all likelihood also die together in Rome: Pope Francis (the “true” pope) and the retired pope “emeritus” Benedict XVI?

A Christmas pine tree stands in front of St Peter's basilica after it was illuminated during a ceremony on December 19, 2014 at the Vatican. (AFP Photo/Filippo Monteforte)

A Christmas pine tree stands in front of St Peter’s basilica after it was illuminated during a ceremony on December 19, 2014 at the Vatican. (AFP Photo/Filippo Monteforte)

Saint Malachi’s List

Malachi was an 11th Century Irish saint, the Archbishop of Armagh, and the first native-born Irishman to be canonized. Today, he’s best known for an apocalyptic vision he had when journeying to Rome which he hurriedly wrote down, in which he “saw” the 112 popes that would reign after his time until the Last Judgment and Second Coming of Christ.

Malachi’s List was forgotten for 400 years until it was discovered by Benedictine monk Arnold de Wyon. He published it in 1590 as the “Doomsday Prophecy.” Many scholars believe this to be an elaborate 16th-century hoax.

Maybe… And yet there is something uncanny about the way the 112 short, cryptic Latin phrases Malachi gave to each of the coming 112 Roman Catholic popes beginning with Pope Celestine II, seem to tally with some aspect – great or small – of the actual bishops who would ascend to the throne of St. Peter in centuries to come.

If it was a hoax, it was definitely a most inspired one.

Add to this another key factor: Timing. Since Malachi drafted his visionary List, we’ve seen some popes reigning for many long years like Pius IX and John Paul II (31 and 26 years, respectively) and others having sadly short reigns like John Paul I’s brief, 33-day tenure.

With such wild variations in the length of popes’ reigns, Malachi’s List could have very well swerved off by literally entire centuries, either ending too soon (centuries ago) or too late (still having centuries to go), and yet…

Here we are in 2014 with the very last pope on Malachi’s List sitting in Rome: a man who just turned 78 and who we should not expect will live many decades more.

So, maybe we shouldn’t shrug off old St Malachi too lightly, even if his mysterious list has been abused by New Agers and Zeitgeisters. After all, Malachi was the Archbishop of Armagh, which rings of Armageddon.

Where do we go from here?

Are there deeper collective psychological factors at work even now? Apocalyptic End-Times may very well reflect the awakening of dormant collective Archetypes: the ones Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung so aptly studied and spoke about in the last century. But there may also be some self-fulfilling prophecy factors in play.

In 1935, English poet T. S. Eliot wrote a drama called “Murder in the Cathedral,” a story about the assassination in his own Canterbury Cathedral of Archbishop Thomas Becket by two knights loyal to English King Henry II Plantagenet, over a political struggle as to who should have the final word on worldly matters: the King sitting in London, or the Pope sitting in Rome.

In one magnificent scene, Becket’s loyal monks seek to protect their archbishop by blocking the Cathedral doors as Henry’s armed knights draw nigh. Becket, however, orders they remain open, thus seeking – even willing – his own Martyrdom: a veritable “imitation of Christ” in the sense that Prophecy must “be accomplished.”

When prophesies hoary with age become embedded into the collective psyche, there may very well be a strong unconscious compulsion to live them out, so to speak, just like in a play or opera. The fascination is in no way diminished by the fact that we know exactly how the play will end, whether it is Murder in the Cathedral, Hamlet, Macbeth, Faust, Wagner’s Ring Cycle… or Malachi’s Doomsday List.

The icon "Apostles Peter and Paul," mid 11th century. The album "Icon Painting." Egg tempera on wood. Reproduction. (RIA Novosti/M. Filimonov)

The icon “Apostles Peter and Paul,” mid 11th century. The album “Icon Painting.” Egg tempera on wood. Reproduction. (RIA Novosti/M. Filimonov)

Secret of Secrets

Are the deepest recesses of the Vatican, which hide so many secrets, mysteries and intricacies, unwittingly (or not) playing out a Game of Prophecy?

Look at the last four entries of Malachi’s List:

– John Paul I (109 on the List) Malachi called “Of the half moon.” Poor Albino Luciani was enthroned during a half moon in 1978, and found dead in the next half moon, 33 days later.

– John Paul II (110th) he described as “the labours of the sun” (which some construed as the eclipse of the sun): When Karol Wojtyła was born there was a solar eclipse, which happened again during his funeral.

– Joseph Ratzinger (111th) is described as “Glory of the olive”: Ratzinger’s papal name honors St Benedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictine Order, of which the Olivetans are one branch.

But suddenly last year Benedict abdicated, generating expectations as to who would be the next and apparently last pope. For No. 112 carries no short and enigmatic description. Rather, Malachi wrote the following ominous words, “Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [Rome? Jerusalem?] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.”

Pope 112 is Francis, the Argentinean Jorge Bergoglio who thankfully did not choose Peter as his papal name. No pope after the original Peter ever has, a taboo not applied to Paul (six popes carried that name).

If St Paul was the “brains” of the Church, can we see in Benedict XVI his modern counterpart? A brilliant, cold, intellectual, Church doctor, for decades the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, aloof from worldly matters?

If St Peter was the simpler, more emotional sturdy “rock” on which Jesus built his Church, is Francis – so beloved by Catholics for his warmth, simplicity, directness and unsophistication, his modern counterpart?

The Church has not had two living popes in Rome for six centuries and although St Paul was never himself pope, gathering “Peter & Paul” together again to join forces in the face of today’s so very challenging times for the Church, its Flock and all toiling folk roaming our bleak planet, might not be a bad idea, albeit filled with dark foreboding.

For these are times of growing “wars and rumors of wars”: Ukraine, Syria, Korea, Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Mali, Somalia, India, Pakistan, Libya, Hong Kong, Sudan, Iran

Is the Church taking St Malachi more seriously than they care to admit? Has it considered it prudent to “prepare for the worst and hope for the best”?

If based on all the wisdom, information, prophecy, secret truths, damning evidence, and unspeakable proofs hidden away in the deepest recesses and vaults of the Vatican, the Church is preparing for the worst, then maybe we would do well to follow its example.

Political tragedy often arises because vital stories go untold; key information is kept locked away, and the obvious goes unnoticed.

Billions of people would no doubt undergo a collective change of heart if such vital Truths were revealed, if the real culprits were unmasked, if warmongers were righteously punished, and loyal truth seekers were rewarded.

The world needs such a Vital Message.

Maybe it’s time for Rome to come out and really tell it like it is. For if not from Rome, inspired by the spirit of Peter and Paul and the legions of Angels, then from where can we expect even a morsel of Truth to flourish? The world listens with baited breath…

Merry Christmas and Peace to all!

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The Revelation from Jesus Christ (the final book of the Bible) is filled with apocalyptic symbolism that has been speculated about since it was written down by the apostle John, while he lived in exile on the island of Patmos during the reign of Roman emperor Domitian.

Specific prophecies referred to in this article can be found in Revelation 13 (the revealing of “beast #1” — a.k.a. THE end times Antichrist or global ruler — and of “beast #2” — a.k.a. “the false prophet”) and in Revelation 17:9, which mentions “seven hills.” Rome has been traditionally called “the city on seven hills.” Many end times students of prophecy believe that a Roman Catholic “Pope” will step into the role of the false prophet. Apparently Archbishop Malachi believed this to be true as well.

Keep watching …

Inconvenient truths about Christianity (Part 1)

Here is the link to a news article for your consideration, entitled “The Final Battles of Pope Benedict XVI”: http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/pope-benedict-focuses-on-legacy-while-ignoring-vatican-power-struggle-a-838830.html.

The article pulls back the curtain of secrecy that historically protects the sitting pope and shows that there is “unrest” (to put it in the most respectful way possible) in the Vatican as the Cardinals await their opportunity to elect the next “infallible leader” of the Roman Catholic / Christian denomination. My source for the following “sound bites from history” is the newly released book by Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam, Petrus Romanus, the Final Pope Is Here.

And now please consider these historically verifiable facts about the evolution of Christianity:

  • “The papacy is the oldest continuously functioning institute in the world. Before the United States elected its first President in 1789, they had already elected the two-hundred-fifty-first pope. Today, Benedict XVI stands as the two-hundred-sixty-fifth official pontiff. As the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, the pope is considered THE SUCCESSOR OF THE APOSTLE PETER AND THE VICAR OF CHRIST. That means that he is [considered] Christ’s exclusive representative on earth.” (Petrus Romanus, page 171)
  • “A critical figure was Pope Stephen I (r. 254-257), who was the first, as far as we know, to assert forcefully the Petrine doctrine of Roman authority. HE INSISTED THAT HE HELD THE ‘CHAIR OF PETER’ (chathedra Petri) IN DIRECT SUCCESSION FROM THE APOSTLE PETER. This assertion inaugurates the idea that each pope is Peter’s successor, albeit nearly 200 years after Peter’s martyrdom. THE PAPACY, AS IT IS TODAY, SIMPLY DID NOT EXIST IN THE FEW CENTURIES OF CHRISTIANITY.” (P.R. pgs. 171-172)
  • “It was only in the eleventh century that Gregory VII made ‘Pope’ or ‘Pontiff’ the official title. Accordingly, the term ‘papacy’ originated in the later eleventh century to differentiate the Roman bishop from the bishops of all other diocese. DURING THIS TIME POLITICAL MANEUVERS ALLOWED THE CHURCH TO ASSERT MORE AND MORE WORLDLY POWER.” (P.R.  pg. 172)
  • “In the thirteenth century, largely due to Pope Innocent III, the Potifex Maximus asserted the priority of the spiritual over the material world  and adopted a supercilious new title, ‘Vicar of Christ.’ This renders into English literally as ‘INSTEAD OF CHRIST.’ Of course, to one with a coherent biblical worldview, this is outrageously blasphemous.” (P.R. pg. 172)
  • “THE AUTHORITY OF THE PAPACY COMES FROM WHAT IS CALLED THE PETRINE DOCTRINE. This idea takes its name from PETER the apostle of Jesus, who is ALLEGED TO BE THE FIRST POPE. In ecclesiology, the theory of church government, this has been termed the Petrine Office. Today that office is audaciously  ALLEGED TO HAVE INFALLIBLE AUTHORITY. For this we jump forward to the nineteenth century when Pius IX (1846-18780)  called the Council, Vatican I, which DECLARED THAT ALL CHRISTIANS MUST CONFIRM … that the Apostolic See and the Roman Pontiff hold a world-wide primacy, and the Roman Pontiff is the successor of blessed Peter, the prince of the apostles, true vicar of Christ, head of the whole Church and father and teacher OF ALL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE.” (P.R. pgs. 172-173)

IN OTHER WORDS …

Several centuries after the death, resurrection and ascension of the Son of God, a body of government was created to rule over ALL the followers of Jesus Christ. As we will see in coming posts, this act translated into death for many sincere Christians who refused to go along with the new laws being forced upon them.

Jesus said this about “teachers of the law”:  “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.  Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.  They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues,  greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.  And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:2-12, NKJV)

More to come …

Inconvenient truth about Christianity (Part 2)

In my last post, I shared excerpts from Petrus Romanus by Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam. We saw from history that the Christianity spread by the original apostles and faithful disciples who risked — and often forfeited — their lives to share the Gospel message was hijacked by powerful men and turned into a religious establishment to govern people who claimed the title of Christian. That governing body became known as the Roman Catholic Church, ruled by the “papacy” or elected popes who were rendered “infallible” in the nineteenth century.  Here are some facts that every Christian should know about a few specific “vicars of Christ”  …

  • Constantine was instrumental in ending all persecution against Christians by issuing the Edict of Milan (“Edict of Toleration”) in the early fourth century. He did not remain faithful to Christ, however, and also worshipped pagan deities.
  • Stephen I (r. 254-257) was the first (known) to forcefully assert the Petrine doctrine of Roman authority over ALL Christians.
  • Leo the Great (440-461) assumed the pagan title of Pontifex Maximus and was favored by the Emperor Constantine.
  • Gregory VII made “Pope” or “Pontiff” the official title in the eleventh century, and political maneuvers allowed the Church to assert more and more worldly power.
  • Pope Innocent III (13th century) adopted a new title, “Vicar of Christ.” (Vicar literally means “instead of Christ.)
  • Pope Pius IX declared that all Christians must believe and affirm that “the Roman Pontiff is the successor of blessed Peter, the prince of the apostles, true vicar of Christ, head of the whole Church and father and teacher of all Christian people. To him, in blessed Peter, full power has been given by our lord Jesus to tend, rule and govern the universal Church.” (Vatican Council, as quoted by Global Catholic Network, last accessed 12/18/2011)
  • Pope Boniface VIII is regarded by many as one of the most evil persons who have ever lived. He was extremely corrupt and managed to purchase the papal office in the early 1300’s. His papal “bull” entitled Unam Sanctam was a major impetus for the Protestant reformation. It declared, “… we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff.” (Medieval Sourcebook)
  • Pope Gregory XIII ordered a celebration after 70,000 Bible believing Christians were brutally murdered in France in August, 1572.
  • Pope Pius XII legitimized Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime in Germany, and the Vatican put the fascist dictator Mussolini into office.

Something that I have always wondered about was explained in Petrus Romanus. The Catholic Church’s persecution of the Jews led to the disassociation of Passover, which was replaced by Easter:

“In 325, after Constantine had allegedly become a Christian, HE ORDERED ALL JEWS TO LEAVE ROME. The Nicaean Council also ruled that Christians could have nothing in common with Jews. In fact THIS WAS THE RATIONALE BEHIND DISASSOCIATING THE DATE FOR EASTER FROM PASSOVER AS IT IS IN SCRIPTURE…. This sort of thinking caught on and the Council of Antioch passed AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING CHRISTIANS FROM CELEBRATING PASSOVER with their Jewish neighbors in AD 341. Later, the Council of Laodecia (434-481) OFFICIALLY BANNED CHRISTIANS FROM KEEPING THE JEWISH SABBATH….

“Jews were tolerated userers when their lending was to the advantage of the Church or secular authorities. While many popes and councils condemned the practice, Nicholas V (1452), Sixtus IV (1478), and Innocent VIII (1489) all granted absolutions [payment in exchange for forgiveness of sins] to promote it in the Jewish community. Thus, it is demonstrable that the ubiquitous conspiracy theory that ‘Jews control all the money’ is simply a derivative of the Catholic Church’s past decrees.” (P.R. pg. 352)

Enough for now. Next we will look at the persecution not only of Jews but also of Bible believing Christians imposed by various popes.

Inconvenient truth about Christianity (Part 3)

Here I sit again, wondering where to go with all of this. The historically verifiable facts are so staggering against the Roman Catholic Church as an institution that I can’t possibly give my readers a complete summary of all the damage that has been done to humanity in general due to the corrupt natures of many unbelievably powerful men, beginning with the Church’s inception, some 200 years after Peter’s martyrdom. The papacy very simply did not exist in the first few centuries of Christianity. And it most definitely did not have the blessings of Jesus or Peter, whom they claim as their first pope!

We know that:

  • CONSTANTINE ruled as the Roman emperor from AD 306 to 337. As a political maneuver, he gave freedom to Christians — who up to that point had suffered deadly persecution — but he also gave official status to paganism alongside Christianity. Constantine called himself Vicarius Christi, Vicar of Christ, which when translated into Greek literally means “Antichrist” or “another Christ.”
  • “In the Middle Ages, the bishops of Rome began to claim that they were the sole representatives of Christ upon earth.” (Source: A Woman Rides the Beast, by Dave Hunt) They demanded that the entire church worldwide must be subject to their rule and took the name ‘papa’ or pope for themselves. They claimed absolute power over kingdoms, people and property, and at that point, extreme corruption entered the Roman Catholic Church.
  • The R.C. Church was guilty of torturing and killing Christians who refused to honor them above Jesus Christ. “… even Catholic historians admit that among the popes were some of the most degenerate and unconscionable ogres in all of history. Their numerous outrageous crimes, many of which are almost beyond belief, have been recited by many historians from preserved documents that reveal the depths of papal depravity … To call any of these men ‘His Holiness, Vicar of Christ’ makes a mockery of holiness and of Christ. Yet the name of each one of these unbelievably wicked popes — mass murderers, fornicators, robbers, warmongers, some guilty of the massacre of thousands — is emblazoned in honor on the Church’s official list of popes.” (Dave Hunt)
  • From the archives of all of the Catholic tribunals, it has been reported that during the Roman, Medieval and Spanish Inquisitions — the institution of the Catholic Church for combating” heresy” — hundreds of thousands of people were tortured and killed. One Catholic historian wrote: “When Napoleon conquered Spain in 1808, a Polish officer in his army, Colonel Lemanouski, reported that the Dominicans [in charge of the Inquisition] blockaded themselves in the monastery in Madrid. When Lamanouski’s troops forced entry, the inquisitors denied the existence of any torture chambers. The soldiers searched the monastery and discovered them [the torture chambers] under the floors. The chambers were full of prisoners, all naked, many insane. The French troops, used to cruelty and blood, could not stomach the sight. They emptied the torture-chambers, laid gunpowder to the monastery and blew the place up.” (History of the Inquisition by Canon Llorente) The remnants of some of the chambers of horror can still be visited today.
  • “Beside those victims of the Inquisition, there were Huguenots, Albigenses, Waldenses, and other Christians who were massacred, tortured, and burned at the stake by the hundreds of thousands SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO ALIGN THEMSELVES WITH THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND ITS CORRUPTION AND HERETICAL DOGMAS AND PRACTICES. Out of conscience they tried to follow the teachings of Christ and the apostles independent of Rome, and for that crime they were maligned, hunted, imprisoned, tortured and slain.” (Dave Hunt)
  •  The current Pope Benedict cannot apologize for historical atrocities because it will undermine the Church’s claim that the Pope is infallible and must be obeyed.

The Catholic Church’s treatment of the Jews has been somewhat more humane. But the popes went to great lengths to separate Catholic Christians from the chosen people of God, claiming that the Church replaced Israel when Christ was crucified.

We’ll look at that next …

Inconvenient truth about Christianity (Part 4)

In my last post, I made the comment that the Jews were treated more humanely that Chrsitans who refused to align with Catholic dogmas. That was absolutely incorrect. I apologize for that error. In that instance I was so tired at the end of the post that I finished up quickly with what I apparently wished was the case, without thoroughly vetting the comment … not acceptable. I will try not to repeat that error.

Again, my source is Petrus Romanus, The Final Pope Is Here by Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam …

Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum wrote, “Theologically, Satan is the cause for all anti-Semitism.” Dr. Fruchtenbaum has deeply explored the relationship between Israel and the CAthlic Church. Here are some “bullet points” concerning his findings and those of Thomas Horn:

  • Most Church history books either neglect or tone down the extent of Rome’s record of disgraceful treatment against Jews.
  • “Within a brief period following the Jewish Messiah’s death, resurrection, and ascension, many of the Early Church fathers seem to have completely forgotten that their Savior, His family, Paul, the twelve apostles, and the majority of the Early Church were Jews. VERY EARLY, MANY OF THE FATHERS BEGAN TEACHING THAT GOD HAD ETERNALLY CURSED THE JEWS FOR REJECTING THE MESSIAH. THEY TAUGHT THAT THE CHURCH WAS THE NEW ISRAEL. As time went on, Rome capitalized on this eisegesis declaring it authoritative. Because there seems to be some ambiguity surrounding the term ‘Israel,’ it is important to look at its use …”
  1. “First, [ISRAEL] was used as THE NEW NAME FOR JACOB, Son of Isaac [the son promised to Abraham and Sarah in their old age]….”
  2. “The second use of the term [ISRAEL] derives from when the united Davidic monarchy was divided into THE NORTHERN KINGDOM CALLED ISRAEL AND THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM CALLED JUDAH. In 721 BC, that northern kingdom, Israel, was sacked by the Assyrians; the ten tribes residing there were dispersed and ITS EXISTENCE AS A NATION ENDED. However, because there were representatives from all of the twelve tribes still residing in Judah, the southern kingdom, there really are no lost tribes [as portrayed by historians]. Only a short time later, the Babylonians did much the same to the Kingdom of Judah, although they preserved their identity as a people-group [collectively called Jews].
  3. “The third use of the word ensued when those Babylonian exiles [the southern kingdom was exiled for 70 years in Babylon] returned to the Promised Land and referred to it as ISRAEL (Ezra 2:2, 70; 4:3; 6:16; Neh. 1:6; 2:10; Zech. 12:1; Mal. 1:1).  THIS IS UNMISTAKABLY THE WAY IT IS USED BY JESUS AND THE VARIOUS NEW TESTAMENT WRITERS. It is often used to refer to the physical descendants of Abraham, especially in light of God’s covenant promises …
  4. “Whereas the third sense is ethnic and political, the fourth REFERS TO THE ELECT REMNANT as argued by Paul in Romans chapter 9. In that chapter, PAUL DEFINES [ISRAEL] AS THOSE WHO ARE SPECIFICALLY CHOSEN BY GOD …
  5. “The fifth and final way is THE ONE POSSIBILITY WHERE ‘ISRAEL’ COULD OBLIQUELY REFER TO BELIEVING GENTILES. In Galatians 6:16, Paul prays for ‘the Israel of God.’ It seems in this letter, Paul is making a distinction between the ‘Jerusalem which is now’ (Gal. 4:25) and ‘Jerusalem which is above’ (Gal. 4:26). He also argues that, ‘THEY WHICH ARE OF FAITH, THE SAME ARE THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM’ (3:7). Even so, it is still possible to take this in the same sense as Romans 9: ethnic Jews who have come to faith in Jesus…. Arnold Fruchtenbaum argues, ‘Paul did not view the Church as a continuation of Old Testament Israel, but rather a new entity all together. Galatians 6:16 does not refer to all New Testament believers as the Israel of God, but only to the Jewish believers who are the believing remnant.’  While this one reference is debatable, GENTILES ARE ELSEWHERE CLEARLY DESCRIBED AS UNATURAL BRANCHES GRAFTED INTO ISRAEL (Romans 11:24).
  6. “…there is no sound exegetical reason to believe the term ‘Israel’ should apply broadly to the Church. Nonetheless, this was the dominant dogma imposed by the Roman magisterium for millennia.” (Petrus Romanus, pgs. 348 -350)
  • “The Church fathers largely portrayed the Pharisees and priests as exclusively evil and hostile to the Gospel.” [I remember this from Sunday school curriculum that I was taught and have taught.– PY] “They cherry-picked statements from the Gospels and from Paul’s writings to justify their racist attacks while ignoring Paul’s own testimony to his heritage including his being a Pharisee (Phil 3:5). If anything, the Early Church served to drive Jews further from the truth. COULD THIS BE STATAN’S PRIMARY MEANS OF BLINDING THEM, THROUGH THE VERY ONES WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO BE MINISTERS OF RECONCILIATION (2 Cor. 5:20)? It seems to be so.”
  • [The Early Church] accused Jews of murdering Jesus. This charge has been repeated over and over again by racist groups throughout history and is still promoted today. Of course Jesus left no room for such heresy, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I LAY DOWN MY LIFE, that I may take it again. NO MAN TAKETH IT FROM ME, but I lay it down myself. I HAVE POWER TO LAY IT DOWN, AND I HAVE POWER TO TAKE IT AGAIN. This commandment I have received from my Father” (John 10:17-18).
  • According to John Chrysostom, Roman Catholic Saint and Doctor of the Church, Jews have committed the worst crimes imaginable. He advocated teachings  that God eternally hates Jews, they have no chance for atonement, they would never again be a sovereign nation, and they will not rebuild the Temple. Since God chose to reinstate Israel’s position as a nation (against all odds), perhaps we can be confident that prophecy concerning a rebuilt temple in still future days indicates a Third Temple is NOT out of the question as Mr. Chrysostrom declared in his Eight Homilies Against the Jews.

Continuing the historical account …

  • AD 306: Spanish church leaders issued a decree absolutely forbidding Christians and Jews to marry. (Note: God forbade the descendants of Jacob — aka Israel — to marry people who did not worship Him, because He knew that their pagan spouses would turn them against the one true Lord, God.)
  • Constantine ordered all Jews to leave Rome.
  • AD 341: The Nicaean Council ruled that CHRISTIANS COULD HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON WITH JEWS (Including commemorating Passover, which then became Easter, celebrated only by “Christians.”)
  • AD 434-481: The Council of Laodecia  officially banned Christians from keeping the Jewish Sabbath on Friday through Saturday, sundown to sundown, as ordained by the Lord God.
  • The Seventh Century: Gaul, Burgundy, and Lombardy in northern Italy ordered all Jews to leave their territories. They were given the choice between forced conversion or death. Children were taken from their parents to be reared as Roman Catholics. In Spain, Judaism was officially outlawed. And later Jews were expelled from the Kingdom of Granada.
  • The Ninth Century: Muslims invaded Spain and there were widespread Jewish casualties.
  • The rationale for THE CRUSADES was to enforce apostate Roman Catholic theological traditions rather than biblical theology.
  • AD 1095: Pope Urban II’s rationale for the first Crusade was to defend pilgrims who were traveling to the Holy Land. Rome made pilgrimage to Jerusalem a tradition that they claimed would “gain special favor with God, obtain absolution [forgiveness] from particularly bad sins, or even spring deceased relatives from purgatory [where Catholicism claims souls reside after death if a person wasn’t really bad enough to go directly to hell]” (P.R. page 353)
  • “Even though the crusaders seemingly believed they were doing the will of God [similar to Muslims believing that they do the will of Allah], they viciously slaughtered Jews in the most horrid ways imaginable…. In 1099, when Jerusalem was conquered ostensibly ‘in the name of Christ,’ the crusaders rounded up what was left of Jesus’ ethnic brethren into a synagogue and set it ablaze.” (P.R. page 354)
  • Ludicrous charges leveled against Jews, like using children’s blood  in Passover celebrations, and forced laws like forcing Jews to wear distinctive yellow patches (adopted by Adolf Hitler, the 20th century Fuhrer of Germany).
  • AD 1189: The Jewish quarter of London was intentionally set ablaze at the coronation of King Richard I.
  • AD 1290: Jews were systematically purged from England and Wales, then Paris and surrounding areas of France. 1306: Expelled from the Rhineland, then Hungary; 1394: Expelled from south of France.
  • AD 1492: Christopher Columbus set sail just as 500,000 Jews were being expelled from Spain and their wealth confiscated.  Within 70 years the population of Spain was reduced from 10 million to 6 million by the banishment of Jews, Moors and Morescoes (‘Christianized Moors’). The Black Death wiped out nearly a third of Europe’s population, including Jews. (Jews were blamed for poisoning the water supply with human hearts and body parts, resulting in hundreds of Jewish communities being completely wiped out.)
  • POPE SIXTUS IV INSTITUTED THE INQUISITION, SPECIFICALLY TARGETING JEWS AS HERETICS. Because of Rome’s penchant for revising history, the death toll is difficult to determine. The Inquisitions truly merited the term “holocaust” long before Hitler’s atrocities were made known to the American public.
  • AD 1523: Martin Luther (father of the Protestant Reformation) wrote that the Jews should be dealt with gently, not by Papal Law, but by the Law of Christian love. Unfortunately he later became frustrated that this did not result in the mass conversion of Jews, so he advocated the burning of synagogues and books, expelling Jews from their homes and seizing assests. (NOTE: Luther never claimed infallibility.)
  • AD 1751: Pope Benedict XIV issued an Encyclical called, “On Jews and Christians Living in the Same Place.” He was deeply  troubled that Polish Jews were becoming more successful at business that Roman Catholics, and Jews were hiring Catholics as servants. He declared that Catholics should do no business with Jews and be “free from and unaffected by all dealings with them.” (A Quo Primum, 6/14/1751)
  • Adolf Hitler was a baptized Roman Catholic and received the blessing of two popes when he became Fuhrer of the Third Reich and enforcer of the Final Solution that sent over 6 million Jews to their deaths. One of Hitler’s favorite propaganda items was a sham called THE PROTOCOLS OF THE LEARNED ELDERS OF ZION. “Conspiracy theorists” have written much about the connection of this manuscript with the firm establishment of The Illuminati. There is ample evidence  in the historical record of the damage this pamphlet has done.
  • July 8, 1940: Time Magazine revealed that the Vatican, in allegiance with the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, had its sights on gaining Jerusalem post-World War II. The Catholic Church urged the planting of the Italian flag over Jerusalem. The Manchester Guardian reported that Axis powers planned to “turn Palestine over to the jurisdiction of the Vatican and transport Palestine’s Jewish population to Ethiopia. Under the plan … the Pope will care for the holy places in Palestine, [and] let Italy run the country.” Ultimately this did not come to pass.

One more fact that I’ve wondered about for years: “Perhaps the only positive thing the Second World War did for the Jews was provide the impetus for the establishment of their homeland in Canaan. We use the biblical term Canaan because that was what it was called before the Israelites first moved there [named after the descendants of  Noah’s cursed grandson, Canaan]. THE TERM ‘PALESTINE’ IS ACTUALLY AN ANTI-SEMITIC SLUR CREATED BY THE ROMANS TO BELITTLE THE JEWS AFTER THEY SACKED JERUSALEM IN AD 70 [destroyed the Second Temple] AND PUT DOWN THE [JEWISH] REVOLT OF AD 135. As they auctioned Jews off as slaves, the Emperor Hadrian DETERMINED TO RENAME THE PROMISED LAND AFTER KING DAVID’S CLASSIC FOES, THE PHILISTINES. The Latin name … was later shortened to Palaestina and THIS IS WHERE THE ANGLICIZED ‘PALESTINE’ COMES FROM. Thus, the name ‘Palestine’ was Rome’s original way of rubbing in the seizure of the Jewish homeland.” (P.R. pages 360-361)

When I think about all the misinformation that I have been required and duty bound to learn  over my lifetime, I am sickened — I absolutely do not fault my teachers. But I am determined to do everything I can to get this corrected history out to as many people as possible.

NEXT: St. Malachy’s prophecy of The Final Pope.

The Inconvenient Truth About Christianity (Part 5)

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)

Still watching . . .