I know there are a lot of people out there that don’t believe this prophecy to be true. I have read about the popes through out history that supposedly go with the “clues” given by Malachy. What I have learned leads me to believe it, no matter who actually wrote it. I will say one thing about it though that has always had me baffled about this prophecy. Well, there are a couple things.
Here is the clue about the final pope. The one that will be in the papal office when Jesus returns.
In p[er]ſecutione. extrema S.R.E. ſedebit.
Petrus Romanus, qui paſcet oues in multis tribulationibus: quibus tranſactis ciuitas ſepticollis diruetur, & Iudex tremẽdus iudicabit populum ſuum. Finis.
Roughly translated it says:
In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit.
Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.
First off, why do some say that the phrase is separated into two phrases? To me it is clearly one phrase. But there seems to be a pause as if to give two clues to identify the same/final pope. That’s the way I see it anyway.
Second thing, and this is a big one for me personally. The catholic church is full of idols and anti-bible/Jesus teaching. They go against the scriptures in almost everything they teach. However, this prophecy makes Peter the Roman sound like a great guy. Again, that is how I see it.
So, some believe that it is broken into two phrases to allow for another pope between Glory of the Olive and Peter. Sorry, I don’t buy it. And when pope Francis took office many, including myself, watched and waited to see if Peter would take his seat. Most were discouraged when he didn’t. Still those that clung to the belief in this prophecy struggled to find a connection. Every single one I read was so far fetched and some even made me laugh. Are people really that desperate to find validity in their faith? I sat and waited.
Some of the connections they came up with where in his coat of arms. I don’t see it. Most believe that since St. Francis of Asisi’s father was named Peter that must be it. That connection is too removed from the pope to be plausible. A true vision from God is going to be consistent. All of the other phrases are directly tied to that pope. Now if St. Francis’s birth name was Peter, sure it would work. And not this “back in those days he would have been called Francis of Peter whatever”. Peter is only tied to St. Francis in this connection.
Ok, back to the thing that really baffles me. What if Peter is not the pope at all? What if he is just a person directly tied to the pope that was given in the clue to identify the pope. Interesting. Who says that Peter is in fact the last and final pope?? Just because he is mentioned in the clue doesn’t mean he is the one.
I would like to add here that I wouldn’t go relying on Wikipedia’s explanations of these phrases connected to the popes. Some are just as bad, if not worse than, the Francis of Asisi’s father explanation. For example:
#93 Animal rurale translated as Country Animal for Pope Benedict XIV. Wikipedia has the connection as:
“This may have been intended as a reference to armorial bearings, but it does not match Benedict XIV’s arms. Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to this pope as a description of his “plodding ox” diligence.”
After reading about Pope Benedict XIV, I discovered that he is quoted as saying to the cardinals:
“If you wish to elect a saint, choose Gotti; a statesman, Aldrovandi; a donkey, elect me.”
He flat out calls himself a donkey, or “country animal”. How do people over look this? Because they are looking for the easy find. Figuring it all out without proper knowledge. Studying wouldn’t hurt you.
Note: Wikipedia has him quoted as saying “honest man”. Interesting. I am almost certain that in 2008 it said “donkey”. Why would someone change it now? Very interesting. Anyhoo…..
Back to Peter not being the last pope. Some of the popes didn’t live up to their phrase until later in their papacy. None of them were given names. Why would the last one be named? It only made sense to me to just sit and watch what he does over time. Well, I believe he has just lived up to the last pope phrase.
On August 31, 2013, Pope Francis elected a new Cardinal Secretary of State. This position is most important after the pope. It is the head of the Vatican government. He is referred to as the “Pope in Waiting”. The position is held until the pope either dies, leaves office, or he reaches retirement age/gives a resignation for this position just as the one about to leave office now.
The Cardinal Secretary is appointed by the Pope, and serves as one of his principal advisors. As one of the senior offices in the Roman Catholic Church, the Secretary is required to be a cardinal. If the office is vacant, a non-cardinal may serve as Pro-Secretary of State, exercising the powers of the Secretary of State until a suitable replacement is found or the Pro-Secretary is made a cardinal in a subsequent consistory.
The Cardinal Secretary’s term ends when the Pope who appointed him dies or leaves office. During the sede vacante period, the former Secretary acts as a member of a commission with the Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church and the former President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State, which exercises some of the functions of the head of state of the Vatican City until a new Pope is elected. Once the new Pope is chosen, the former Secretary’s role in the commission likewise expires, though he can be re-appointed as Secretary of State.
The man Pope Francis elected will take his seat on October 15, 2013. He was born in Italy. His name is Pietro Parolin.
I don’t believe in coincidences.