Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The Malachy Prophecies - whaaa?

This totally creeps me out.

I found this yesterday, after Pope Benedict XVI was selected by the College of Cardinals. On a lark, and only minutes after his selection, I Googled Pope Benedict XVI to see how many hits Google would come up with. I never knew about this writing. What creeped me out is that the following excerpt was written shortly after the death of Pope John Paul II and before the selection process began. Could the END be near? This particular excerpt piqued my interest in finding out more about …

The Malachy Prophecies

It is interesting to note that 1978 was the year of the three Popes: the death of Paul VI, the election and death of John Paul I, and then the election of John Paul II. Now with the death of John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church and the world are anticipating what will come next.

The most famous and best-known prophecies about the popes are those attributed to Malachy. In 1139 he went to Rome to give an account of the affairs of his diocese to Pope Innocent II, who promised him two palliums for the metropolitan Sees of Armagh and Cashel. While at Rome, he supposedly received a strange vision of the future wherein was unfolded before him the long list of illustrious pontiffs who were to rule the Roman Catholic Church until the end of time. History tells us that Malachy gave his manuscript to Innocent II to console him in the midst of his tribulations, and that the document remained unnoticed in the Roman Archives until its discovery in 1590. The manuscript was first published by Arnold de Wyon. Since their publication, there has been much discussion as to whether they are genuine predictions of Malachy or later culminations by the Jesuits.

These short prophetical announcements (112 of them) indicate some noticeable trait of all future popes from Celestine II, who was elected in the year 1130, until the end of the world. They are enunciated under mystical titles. Those who have undertaken to interpret and explain these symbolical prophecies have succeeded in discovering some trait, allusion, point, or similitude in their application to the individual popes, such as to their country, their name, their coat of arms or insignia, their birthplace, their talent or learning, the title of their cardinalate, or the dignities which they held.

John Paul II was the 266th pope and the 110th pope mentioned by Malachy since his list commenced. Malachy called John Paul II "De labore Solis," or "of the eclipse of the sun," or "from the labour of the sun." Karol Wojtyla, his baptismal name, was born on May 18, 1920, during the solar eclipse. Being born in Poland, he came from behind the former Iron Curtain. Because of his obsessive devotion to the Virgin Mary, this Pope was viewed by certain Catholic historians to be the fruit of the intercession of the Woman clothed with the sun and in labor (Revelation 12).

It is the hope of Romanist leaders that the next pope will not reign as long, perhaps being an older pope. According to Malachy, the 267th pope is called "Gloria Olivae," or "glory of the olive." Traditionally, the olive branch has been associated with peace, but in both the Old and New Testaments, it also serves as an emblem for the Jews. Putting the two together, some commentators believe that the reign of this pope will be dedicated to peace. However, some believe that Malachy's description may instead refer to St. Benedict's sixth-century prophecy that a member of his order will lead the Church in its fight against evil just before the Apocalypse. The Benedictine Order is known by another name, Olivetans. Those mystic observers in Rome believe if this is true, the next pope will go by the name of Pope Benedict XVI, in imitation of Saint Benedict and Pope Benedict XV. Benedict XV was a pope obsessed with peace: he sought peace and spoke of peace and wrote documents seeking peace.

Yet there is much division today within the Romanist Church between traditionalists, modernists, and Marxists. There is also another "Saint" Benedict, a well-known one called Benedict the Black (il moro santo, the holy Moor). Some believe he may be a black man like Benedict the Moor. As to the term olive there has been speculation that the next pope will come from an olive-growing country: Spain, Italy, South America, or even France.

A little more information is given concerning the last pope that Malachy mentions:

In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful judge will judge the people. The End.

Malachy places this pope as the last one and the end of the church. According to Roman speculations within the Vatican, either the 267th or 268th pope has been viewed as the defecting pope: defecting from the church and its doctrines, an antichrist pope. These are merely the speculations by Malachy and those in the Romanist church who follow his predictions.

Now you would think that something written back in 1139, and rediscovered in 1590 would be a little better known. It's getting curiouser and curiouser.