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Overdue Papal Blogging

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

So due to my previous status as interim pope, a number of readers and friends have contacted me to ask if I intended to become pope again, and if I had any thoughts on the resignation of Pope Benedict. Well, I finally have a few minutes to myself uninterrupted, so I thought I would address these concerns.

First of all, I am now married with children, which I believe precludes me from becoming pope of any sort, interim or otherwise. But even if I were able to become pope, there is no need for an interim pope because the current Pope will apparently reign until the new pope is selected. So the question itself is moot, unless I suppose Benedict dies suddenly.

The larger question is what to make of the resignation of the Pope. Many people have conspiracy theories, mostly revolving around blackmail about what Benedict knew about the child rape scandals that have plagued the church in recent decades. I doubt that these theories have much merit. I suspect that Benedict is old and tired as he says. But his resignation goes deeper than that. His resignation directly involves the Prophecy of St. Malachy.

I have written previously about the prophecy. Let us review:

It’s gotta be tough predicting the future, via psychic means, that is. I mean surely, the further out into the future you try predicting, the more hazy the future must become. No wonder so many prophets use coded language like quatrains to try and describe what they’re seeing. It’s because they’re not really sure what they’re seeing in the first place. It’s no different than trying to gaze over long distances, where two objects standing next to each other may appear to be one.

And so undoubtedly it was with St. Malachy, who famously prophecized about every pope from his own time until the last pope ever. The funny thing is that his list has basically run out. Going sequentially from his time forward, Pope Benedict XVI is the penultimate pope, the so-called Olive Pope.

The previous pope was “De labore Solis”, or “Of the Labour of The Sun”. This correlates to Pope John-Paul II because he was born and died on a solar eclipse. The penultimate pope is described as “De Gloria Olivae” or “glory of the olive”. This has been interpreted in a number of different ways, including that the pope would hail from an olive growing region of the world, or that he would be olive skinned or even black. None of these adequately describe the current pope, though he did place an image of a Moore on his papal crest, a piece of iconography that comes form his home town in Germany.

I went on to posit that Malachy got his final pope confused with that of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who would, according to the prophecy, be overthrown by “Petrus Romanus”, or General David Petraeus. With Petraeus out of government entirely, it seems unlikely that he could conduct such a coup, though I suppose he could raise an army Aaron Burr style, theoretically. No, what I suspect is that Benedict, knowing the prophecy well, knew damned well that he wasn’t the Glory of the Olive, and decided to step aside to let the correct pope take his place.

Benedict’s only real connection to the prophecy is the Moor he placed on his papal crest, a weak connection at best. And his selection as pope was generally a surprise. In a Catholic Church that is now predominantly southern hemispheric, choosing an elderly German because he gave a nice funeral oratory for the previous pope hardly seems like a wise move. In fact, Benedict himself must have been surprised by it, and felt it impulsive. And after 5 years of it, at his advanced age, he could pretend no further. He was never meant to be pope, and so he called it quits.

In short, Rob Sama was never the interim pope, Benedict was.

And so I suspect that the Church will now obtain its true Glory of the Olive, a dark skinned pope from the Southern Hemisphere who will be able to address the issues most important to the majority of its congregants, whether it be Mormon and Evangelical encroachments into Latin America, or Islamic incursions into Africa. The new pope will be younger, more energetic, and attuned to the issues facing the Church in the Southern Hemisphere.

The bigger question, to my mind, is does Benedict get to participate in the new conclave, or does he sit it out?

 
 

Souter

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I don’t have much to say about Souter’s retirement except “good for him”. I’m serious. He’s retiring while he’s still in his 60’s, healthy, and can enjoy his remaining years in his cabin in New Hampshire. It’s a dignified way to exit.

If only other public officials were so dignified.

Previously: Specter, Benedict, Kennedy et. al.

 
 

Senility

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

So I’ve noted that a number of Catholics and non-Catholics alike have taken umbrage at Pope Benedict’s re-communicating (if that’s the opposite of ex-communicating) a number of Catholic Bishops, including one who is an apparent Holocaust denier and 9-11 truther. I have a few things to say about the matter.

The first thing is that if one is a believing Catholic, then they are truly in a bind. To them, what the Pope says is the infallible word of God, and if these Bishops are to be forgiven for their sins, then that’s just the way it is. The best they can say is that they don’t understand the Pope’s decision, but pray it was the right one.

The second thing is that an awful lot of Catholics never got over Vatican II. And I don’t mean in the sense that they are upset that the call to convert all the Jews was removed from the Latin, Tridentine Mass. Rather, a lot of people miss the old Latin Mass. I was born after the switch to local language masses, but from what I’ve been told, the old, Latin Mass was more of a meditative experience, where one could pray and reflect on one’s relationship with one’s maker, even if one didn’t understand what was being said in ancient Latin. The switch to a local language mass killed for many people what was distinctive about their services from those of the Protestants. As an old Catholic once put it to me, “If I wanted to see a song and dance show, I could always go to a Proddy Mass…” Benedict is attempting to be sensitive to the concerns of people who appreciated the old Tridentine Mass, and get them to come back to church again.

Which brings me to my last point, namely that Benedict would appear to be senile or incompetent. The fact that in pursuing an attempt at reconciling those who miss the old Latin mass with the current Catholic Church he would wind up embracing a Holocaust and 9-11 denier would seem to indicate that Benedict is not in complete control of his faculties or perhaps too weak to be in control of his advisers who should be screening these types of things for him. Benedict is 81. He was too old to be elected Pope, or head of anything for that matter.

I am reminded of this bit from Peggy Noonan the other day:

Teddy Kennedy is gallant. He attended the swearing-in of the new president on Tuesday in the midst of serious illness, white-haired and frail—in his jaunty fedora he looked like his father, old Joe Kennedy, in 1939, when he first burst on the scene as the new American ambassador to the Court of St. James. The senator smiled as he walked toward his seat, sweetly blowing a kiss to a friend in the stands. Later, at the congressional lunch, he collapsed.

Four years ago it was Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who rose from his sickbed to swear in George W. Bush for a second term, and who died 7½ months later of the cancer from which he’d long suffered. Such personal gallantry has long graced our national life, and in its way makes that life possible. And so it should always be noted, with gratitude, and a tip of the hat.

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

There comes a time in one’s life when it really is better to fade away like an old soldier. These septuagenarians and octogenarians (and let’s not forget Robert Byrd in all this) would do themselves and the people whom they are supposed to serve a favor by stepping aside, spending time with the grandkids (or whatever the equivalent for a Roman Catholic Cardinal is) and letting the next generation step in and handle things, even if that generation is the baby boomer generation. Because when leadership is required, crazed senile old fart “leadership” just doesn’t cut it.

 
 

Obama: The Glory Of The Olive

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

It’s gotta be tough predicting the future, via psychic means, that is. I mean surely, the further out into the future you try predicting, the more hazy the future must become. No wonder so many prophets use coded language like quatrains to try and describe what they’re seeing. It’s because they’re not really sure what they’re seeing in the first place. It’s no different than trying to gaze over long distances, where two objects standing next to each other may appear to be one.

And so undoubtedly it was with St. Malachy, who famously prophecized about every pope from his own time until the last pope ever. The funny thing is that his list has basically run out. Going sequentially from his time forward, Pope Benedict XVI is the penultimate pope, the so-called Olive Pope.

The previous pope was “De labore Solis”, or “Of the Labour of The Sun”. This correlates to Pope John-Paul II because he was born and died on a solar eclipse. The penultimate pope is described as “De Gloria Olivae” or “glory of the olive”. This has been interpreted in a number of different ways, including that the pope would hail from an olive growing region of the world, or that he would be olive skinned or even black. None of these adequately describe the current pope, though he did place an image of a Moore on his papal crest, a piece of iconography that comes form his home town in Germany.

I think that a better explanation is that somewhere in his prophecizing, the future looked somewhat hazy, and he started confusing one significant world leader with another, namely the pope with the President of the United States. This makes a certain amount of sense, in that the original name for Washington, DC was Rome, Maryland. At some point, Malachy started confusing one world renowned leader serving in Rome with another.

This probably started happening with Pope Jon Paul II was fighting communism alongside with Ronald Reagan. Reagan, of course, was re-elected president under the slogan, “Morning in America“, with ads featuring a sun drenched flag, and many morning scenes. Then, looking off on the distant horizon as Malachy was doing, seeing Reagan and John Paul II as one in the same, he only reported thereafter on the next significant “pope” to come down the pike. I posit that that next “pope”, the Glory Of The Olive, is none other than Barack Obama.

Of course, this pope is described as the penultimate pope, to be followed by “Peter of Rome” who will destroy the city. Given that we are currently undergoing an historic financial meltdown, one that has the potential to destroy the United States financial system as we know it, this is not an idle worry. The prophecy reads:

“During the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, the seat will be occupied by Peter the Roman,
who will feed his sheep in many tribulations;
and when these things are finished, the seven-hilled city will be destroyed,
and the formidable Judge will judge his people.
The End.”

While nobody can say for sure who Petrus Romanus is, I posit that it is none other than General David Petraeus. While his name is Dutch, Petraeus certainly has the name that sounds like Roman version of the name Peter, but that is not all. Today, both the President and congress have approval ratings that are at historic lows, while the military has approval ratings at relative highs. The Federal Government finds itself in an intractable financial position with respect to entitlement spending. And there is no reason to believe that the current congress will do anything about it, Barack Obama or not. It makes sense, then, to imagine that the military may feel a need to step in, and take over. I posit that the general who will lead that effort will be none other than General David Petraeus.

When this happens, of course, it will mean the destruction of the US government, whose seat is on Capitoline Hill in a city once called Rome.

Mark my words. Should you have any further questions about the events of today or how they relate to prophecy, don’t hesitate to ask.