Category Archives: RC Pope Benedict XVI

Rome in the News, August 2017

Some recent-ish Rome and eschatology-related headlines:

The Catholic Side:

 A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics

Catholic Church ‘fiercely resisted’ paying compensation to victims of a child sex offender teacher who threatened to kill a 10-year-old boy’s mother if he told her about the abuse

Catholics To Rally In Prayer Against First Satanic Monument On Public Land In U.S. History

Hundreds of Catholic choirboys abused in Germany

In Shock Warning, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says Catholic Church is ‘on the verge of capsizing’

Islamic Plot to Kill the POPE in Fatima, Portugal Foiled

Pope Francis adds a new pathway to sainthood: Live a good Catholic life and freely accept a certain and premature death for the good of others

Pope Francis names Jesuit as Vatican doctrine chief

Pope Francis ‘paving way for Antichrist’

Pope shakes up Vatican by replacing conservative doctrinal chief

‘Pope’s Hospital’ officials used $481k charity cash to renovate cardinal’s home – Vatican

Shattered faith: Nearly 100 sex abuse suits against Catholic priests rock island of Guam

Vatican police ‘break up drug-fuelled gay orgy at home of secretary of one of Pope Francis’s key advisers’

The Protestant Side:

Charles’s friend the paedophile priest and a cover-up that shames the Church: Justin Welby calls for former archbishop Carey to sever ties with CofE after damning report reveals he colluded with senior clergy to protect serial child sex offender

Reformed churches endorse Catholic-Lutheran accord on key Reformation dispute

Senior Church of England cleric tells bishops to ditch ‘unhelpful’ mitre hats which ‘put them in a another world’

Politics:

Eurozone faces doom no matter how hard France and Germany try to save it, warns top investment bank

Pope Francis Aides Attack Steve Bannon as Promoter of ‘Apocalyptic Geopolitics’

Pope Francis calls for a new system of global government to tackle climate change

Pope Francis Decries ‘Very Dangerous Alliance’ Between U.S. and Russia

Pope Francis Says America Has ‘a Distorted Vision of the World’

President Trump Surrounds Himself With Roman Catholics

Rome risks water rationing as drought-hit lake set to go offline

Trump Gives Jewish Kabbalah Satanic Masonic Symbol Again

Vatican-reviewed magazine accuses Catholics of ‘hate’ for supporting Trump

Rome in the News, February 2017

Some recent-ish Rome and eschatology-related headlines:

Catholic Church is ‘full of s**t’ declares Philippines president Duterte in fresh tirade claiming priests are ‘corrupt’ and that one abused him while he was at university 

Catholic Church: New Priests Will be Expected to Preach Global Warming

Climate of fear in Vatican is very real.  Just one quote:

In his editorial in the upcoming December issue of LifeSite’s Faithful Insight magazine, John-Henry Westen relates more of what we discovered.

“… Catholic universities in Rome are watched and professors’ lectures screened to ensure they fall in line with a liberal interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. Clerics are reported to superiors if they are overheard expressing concerns about Pope Francis. Many are afraid to speak openly, even though in the past they were always very willing. Vatican reporters told us they were warned numerous times not to report on the dubia.”

Knights of Malta head has ‘agreed’ to resigns after dispute with Vatican

Pope Benedict reveals he ‘was unsure’ about Francis succeeding him until seeing ‘how he spoke with God’ 

Pope Francis expresses concern over ‘haemorrhage’ of priests and nuns from the Catholic church amid fears the loss of clergy is weakening the religion

Pope warns against populism and ‘saviours’ like Hitler

The Papal Wrecking Ball

TRUMP’S JESUIT/CATHOLIC TRANSITION TEAM …

Rome in the News, July 2016

Some recent Rome and eschatology-related headlines:

Italian Magazine: 98 per cent of priests are gays

Pope Benedict reveals he was put under pressure by Vatican ‘gay lobby’ trying to wield power

The Cunning Genius of the Vatican Papal System

HT to Pilgrim’s Progress revisited for first posting this:

The Jesuit Roman Pope Francis I

Via Shaun Willcock at Bible Based Ministries:

On 13 March 2013 a Roman Catholic cardinal from Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was elected by his fellow-cardinals as the new pope of Rome, the official head of the most powerful religio-political institution on earth.  He took the name of Francis I.

His election was full of deep significance, and almost immediately began to have far-reaching, indeed global, ramifications.  There was so much behind the choice of this man.  But first and foremost is this fact: Jorge Bergoglio, Francis I, is a member of the Roman Catholic Jesuit Order!  He is in fact the first openly acknowledged Jesuit to ever become pope of Rome!  And nothing, nothing whatsoever, about the choice of this man is more significant than this.

After his election I wrote an article entitled A Jesuit Becomes the Pope of Rome.[1]  Now, more than a year later, it is time to further analyse the man and the phenomenal success he is having on the global stage as pope of Rome.

I have used that previous article as the basis for writing the present one; but I have added a large amount of new material as well.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Francis I: a Brief Background

Let us take a look at this man, the first openly Jesuit pope of Rome, the first pontiff from the Americas, the first from the southern hemisphere, and the first from outside Europe in over 1200 years:

He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1936.  In 1958 he joined the Jesuit Order, the most powerful, sinister, hated and feared of all Roman Catholic religious orders, and was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 1969.  This means that he passed through the rigorous, arduous discipline which trainee Jesuits undergo.  This training is founded on the Jesuits’ manual, the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits in the sixteenth century and its first general.  These Exercises were created by Loyola with the aim of producing a unique kind of priest, utterly devoted to the Jesuit general.  They are carried out over many days, and involve much use of the imagination, meditations, mysticism, etc.  The Jesuit is broken down and then re-moulded in the image his superiors desire, a mere instrument in their hands.

Bergoglio spent much time in his early years as a priest studying literature, psychology and philosophy – studies in which the Jesuits have always been prominent.  He became a professor of theology and earned a reputation as a Jesuit intellectual.  He rose to become in time the leader of Argentina’s Jesuits, and the Romish archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998.  He was made a cardinal in 2001, by the Roman pope John Paul II.

According to his official biographer, Sergio Rubin, whose book about Bergoglio is entitled, simply, The Jesuit, he is compassionate, simple and humble.  Of course, an official biographer does not expose the warts too readily, if at all, but this is the impression his fellow-cardinals want to give the world about him, particularly now that he is pope of Rome.  Rubin said in an interview after the election: “It’s a very curious thing: when bishops meet, he always wants to sit in the back rows.   This sense of humility is very well seen in Rome.”[2]  No matter what he was before, no man who accepts the exalted position of Roman pontiff is truly humble; and to say that the cardinals appreciate humility is preposterous, for in truth they revel in their power and their positions as “princes of the Church”; and what the Lord Jesus Christ said of the Pharisees is fulfilled just as much in them: “But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they… love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi” (Matt. 23:5-7).

As an archbishop, Bergoglio chose not to live in an ornate palace in Buenos Aires, but rather in a simple room heated by a small stove, where he apparently cooked his own meals and travelled by bus in the city instead of using a chauffeured limousine.  All this of course is held up to the world as evidence of his humility, that he is a man of the people, but again: he was willing to accept the position of pope of Rome, which includes such arrogant papal titles as “Prince of the Apostles”, “Vicar of Christ”, “Supreme Pontiff”, “Holy Father”, etc.  In accepting the position, he claimed to be the one who takes the place of the Son of God on earth!  This is the meaning of the title, “Vicar of Christ”.  Hardly an act of humility, but rather one of supreme blasphemy and arrogance; the very arrogance of Antichrist (2 Thess. 2:4).

Read more: The-Jesuit-Pope-Francis-I (pdf)

Worshipping the Dead

Rome in the News, March 2014

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Here are some headlines about Rome that caught my eye this month:

An 800-year-old cliffhanger! Remains of a medieval monk discovered after his legs are found poking out of a sea ridge

Concept of the family is old-fashioned, says leading theologian

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Welcome home daddy, I’m a porn star!’ ‘Heartbroken’ devout Catholic Army doctor returns from Afghanistan to find beloved daughter is the Duke student Belle Knox starring in X-rated films

Great Mosque under threat from Church

Hundreds flock to sleepy Belgian town to see ‘glowing’ statue of the Virgin Mary

I’m not a superman, Pope Francis says

Jesse Ventura is an Internationalist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ6f96GhKWA

Non-Denominational Megapastor Stuns Congregation With Personal Revelation

‘No-one has done more than Church’ against sex abuse: Pope

Not again! Pope snubs Russell Crowe for a SECOND time in one week as Noah actor’s hopes of getting the papal thumbs up for controversial film are dashed at the Vatican

Pin-up Pope: Popular Francis scores his own weekly magazine entirely devoted to him complete with free pull-out poster as he throws open private palace to public for the first time

Pope: better to retire than die on the job

Pope cancels meeting with Noah star Russell Crowe

Pope drops the F-bomb: Pontiff gets his Italian mixed up during Sunday blessing

Pope May Be False Prophet Says Catholic Theologian

Pope names financial supervisor

Pope to stop condemning same-sex civil partnerships hints leading cardinal in move which could be step towards Catholic gay marriage

Pope Francis reveals he went to confession when he was training to be a priest after falling in love with a young woman

Repent or end up in Hell, Pope tells Mafia chiefs

Russell Crowe, ‘Noah’ Team Briefly Meet Pope Francis

Sculpture of Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a bench (that the Pope loved) sparks outrage in North Carolina

The Jesuits Elect a New General (an oldie)

Tired-looking Pope Emeritus Benedict appears frail as he is helped into specially-adapted wheelchair after it emerges he critiqued successor’s controversial interview on Church

Vatican insiders thwart Pope’s divorce reforms

Vatican scientists co-host conference on alien life forms

‘We Are Brothers,’ Pope Declares in Heartfelt Message to Pentecostals

Women Could Have Greater Role in Church, Says Pope

Rome in the News, January 2014

Model Vatican 2

God sends seagull and crow to attack Pope’s peace doves from Faith’s Corner

Birds of pray: Doves released in the Vatican as a gesture of peace are immediately ATTACKED by vicious seagull and crow from MailOnline

Vatican Doves Attacked by Seagull Happened Same Time Last Year from Canada Free Press

Italian animal rights group calls on Pope stop to releasing doves after attack from The Telegraph

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Pope John Paul II’s blood stolen from church in Italy from The Guardian

Blood of Pope John Paul II stolen in possible ‘satanic’ theft from The Telegraph

Relic of late pope’s blood stolen in Italy from Yahoo! News

Thieves steal Pope John Paul’s blood from Italy church from Reuters

Men arrested over theft of relic containing the blood of Pope John Paul II may have thrown it away, police fear from MailOnline

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Care children ‘forced to eat their own vomit’ from News Letter

Child abuse inquiry: Church-run ‘hell hole’ homes were ‘like Nazi concentration camps’ from Belfast Telegraph

Historical Abuse Inquiry hears Sisters of Nazareth nuns ‘were almost psychotic’ from BBC News

NI abuse inquiry: Two Catholic orders apologise from BBC News

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A Lover’s Spat from PCC Monroe

‘Ah, Mr President, maybe we need to have a chat about sin’: Francois Hollande meets the Pope as Valerie Trierweiler prepares to make her ‘last stand’ as French First Lady with charity trip to India from MailOnline

Ex-Vatican accountant hit with new money laundering charge from Yahoo! News

Interesting Magazine Cover from Galatians 4

Let us spray: Graffiti depicting the Pope as a superhero gets official approval from the Vatican, who tweet it to their 84,000 followers from MailOnline

One of Pope’s newest cardinals provokes fury at claim that homosexuality is a ‘physical defect’ that can be ‘cured’ from MailOnline

Pope Francis declares the internet a ‘gift from God’ – but warns that an obsession with the web can leave people isolated from MailOnline

Pope Francis’ historic mission to the Middle East:  The new Pope is popular because of his concern for the marginalised, but he is not neglecting Christian unity from MercatorNet

Pope Francis tells François Hollande: ‘We share a patron saint’ from The Telegraph

Pope Francis to the Davos wealthy: Stop thinking only of yourselves from Los Angeles Times

Pope Francis tweets his support for March for Life rally in Washington protesting legalized abortion on anniversary of Supreme Court’s historic Roe V Wade decision from MailOnline

Pope Francis wants to visit U.S. in 2015, sources say from CNN

Pope to USA’s Notre Dame U: Essential to uphold ‘Church’s moral teaching’ from LifeSite News

The belittling and bashing of the pontificate of Pope Benedict is accelerating from LifeSite News

The first rock ‘n’ roll pontiff? Pope Francis makes the cover of Rolling Stone from The Raw Story

Vatican accused of lack of transparency over 384 priests defrocked for assaulting children from The Independent

Daily Mail: “Revealed: Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 400 priests for sexually molesting children in just two years”

Papa Benedetto

Pope Benedict XVI removed nearly 400 priests in two years for molesting children, it has been revealed.

The maximum penalty for a priest convicted by a church tribunal is essentially losing his job: being defrocked, or removed from the clerical state. There are no jail terms and nothing to prevent an offender from raping again.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2541548/Revealed-Pope-Benedict-XVI-defrocked-400-priests-sexually-molesting-children-just-two-years.html

Revelation 18:1-4:  And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

B16 Resigns; Will “Peter the Roman” Replace Him?

Pope Benedict XVI by Peter Nguyen
Pope Benedict XVI by Peter Nguyen

Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.[11].  

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophecy_of_the_Popes

With the recent dramatic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, speculation has run rampant as to who will replace him and why he even resigned in the first place.  Here are some of the claims I’ve come across:

  • The Pope has resigned to make room for “Peter the Roman,” the prophesied last Pope of the Roman Catholic Church (see quote above).

Not all Catholics interpret the prophecy this way.  The Wikipedia article cited above also states,

Many analyses of the prophecy note that it is open to the interpretation that additional popes would come between the “glory of the olive” and Peter the Roman.[4][12] Popular speculation by proponents of the prophecy attach this prediction to Benedict XVI’s anticipated successor.[1]

Only time will tell if “Peter the Roman” is the next Pope (Here is one person people think may fulfill this prophecy).  However, if this claim is true, that would seem to indicate that the Roman Catholic Church views its days as numbered and drawing to a close since the prophecy says the city will be destroyed and “the dreadful judge will judge his people.”  This is interesting in light of those in the historicist camp who have fingered 2015 as the year the Lord will pour out the seventh vial of judgement.  We shall see, shan’t we?

An interesting development considering the prophesied claims of persecution:  Celebrating a Pope-Free World

And what really happened at the Friday meeting? Though held in secret, reports in the Italian press claim there was a heated argument between the men over the fraught question of how the Church should deal with clergy accused of sexual abuse.

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A more plausible explanation is perhaps that constant exposure to Vatican politics had left the monkish and cerebral Benedict tired and desperate to find an escape.

I suspect that Benedict knows the restoration and cleaning up of the filth and rebellion within the Church has to continue with haste because of an ominous, rapidly growing cloud of persecution on the horizon at a time when the wisdom and inspiration of the Church will be greatly needed. Perhaps he sees clearer than most what is coming and that there is no time to have an incapacitated pope leading the Church. His resignation was a proactive action.

The Italian newspaper said that the report shocked Pope Benedict and contributed to his decision to resign.

Another source, PressTV’s article, ‘Decadent West naked in coffin of shame’, claims:

Yesterday we learned the real reason for the Pope’s resignation: The Church has been penetrated, at its highest levels, by a homosexual embezzlement ring…

This report, Dr. Moynihan tells us, “overwhelmed his spirit within him” and “made his heart desolate.”

Ratzinger’s meeting follows upon the apparent receipt by the Vatican of a diplomatic note from an undisclosed European government on February 4, stating its intention to issue an arrest warrant for Ratzinger, who resigned from his pontificate less than a week later.

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These are just some of the speculations I’ve seen.  If you know of any others, feel free to comment!