Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The Eclipse of History

This morning, on my way to work, I caught a few minutes of the War Room with Quinn and Rose, who were talking to Christopher Ruddy of Newsmax magazine about the papal succession in the wake of John Paul II's death. Ruddy referred to an interesting article on his publication's web site that deals with the prophecies of Saint Malachy. I have been fascinated by such things since I was a child, and I had been wondering when I would start hearing about Malachy again. For those unfamiliar with Malachy, he was

an Irish bishop who at his death in 1148 A.D. was discovered to have left behind a prophetic list of all future popes beginning with Pope Celestine II, whose papacy began in 1143 A.D.
Each prophecy was a very brief, and rather cryptic, Latin description of each pope. They are not nearly as difficult to comprehend as, say, the prophecies of Nostradamus; Malachy was succinct enough to leave little room for misinterpretation.
Historians say Malachy's prediction – wherein he listed just 112 popes – has been amazingly accurate.
Not just amazing, but frightening. The list is getting short...very short.
According to his list, there are just two more popes after the late John Paul II.
Before questioning just how accurate the prophecies are, take a look at JPII's description.
John Paul II. The 110th is "De Labore Solis" (Of the Solar Eclipse, or From the Toil of the Sun). The corresponding pope was John Paul II (1978-2005). John Paul II was born on May 8, 1920 during an eclipse of the sun. Like the sun, he came out of the East (Poland). Like the sun, he visited countries all around the globe.
The pope's funeral is scheduled for Friday. His mortal body will be seen for the last time before being covered -- or, if you will, eclipsed -- forever. There is also a solar eclipse taking place on Friday. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not. Something more important to consider at this point is the identity of his successors.
The 111th prophecy is "Gloria Olivae" (The Glory of the Olive). The meaning of the olive is unclear. The Order of Saint Benedict – not St. Malachy – has claimed that this pope will come from its ranks and Saint Benedict himself prophesied that before the end of the world his Order, known also as the Olivetans, will triumphantly lead the Catholic Church in its final fight against evil.
Now I am not a Catholic -- in fact, I probably disagree with the Catholic church on as many things as I agree with it -- but I am not going to discount these predictions out of hand due to religious differences. On the contrary, these predictions are as convincing as anything I have ever seen, and certainly more so than the aforementioned Nostradamus. One must wonder -- what is the "evil" against which the church is to be fighting? Radical Islam? Leftist politics? The Abortion/Euthanasia death culture? Smoking in restaurants? This is both fascinating and terrifying. After this, one pope remains:
The 112th prophecy says, "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Petrus Romanus (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."
As grouchy, bad-tempered and irrational as smokers can get, I doubt that smoking bans will lead to something like this. This sounds like the work of radical Islam. So long as Osama bin Laden and his ilk remain alive, nothing is safe. They are already angry about the Arab media's respectful treatment of the news of the pope's death. They are also quite insane. What would stop them from specifically targeting the seat of a rival world religion? If the final prophecies of Malachy are fulfilled, it will probably happen during the next generation. There are only three words that I can think of to deal with the possibility of such a situation: Be Not Afraid.

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