|Pope Benedict abdicates the Chair of Saint Peter|
Effective Februrary 28, 2013 at 8pm Roman Time
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's abdication of the papal throne came as a shock to the whole world. The Catholic Knight will remain on a blogging hiatus for personal reasons, but will return briefly to comment on this unexpected turn of events. I have been told the Catholic Squire has some fascinating comments on this subject too, so check back later for that.
First and foremost, while it is shocking that the pope, for the first time in 600 years, would abdicate the throne, the reasons for this must be put into perspective. It does everyone a disservice to indulge in conspiracy theories. The pope is ill. Anyone who has been watching him over the last few years can see that. You don't have to be a doctor to figure out that the man is suffering and winding down. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger watched his close friend, Pope John Paul II, deteriorate on the Chair of Peter to the point of helplessness. Simultaneously, he watched the scandals and corruption develop beneath his nose, while the holy pontiff became too ill to deal with them effectively. Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) does not want the same thing to happen all over again. He knows he's not getting any younger, that his days of sharp governance are coming to a close, and he simply will not sit idly on the Chair of Peter and watch the Church deteriorate beneath him because he is too weak to do anything about it! That is his thinking. It makes perfect logical sense, and it shows a deep sense of humility and love for the Church. Pope Benedict has done what John Paul II should have done. I am not criticising John Paul II here. Rather, what I am saying is that considering what happened to John Paul II, nobody has the right to criticise this decision of Pope Benedict XVI. He resigned freely, with forethought, and out of love for US !!!! He didn't want us to endure again what we endured during the last decade.
I suspect that the Holy Father feels he has made all of the necessary institutional reforms he can make at this time. The highlights of these being Summorum Pontificum and Anglicanorum Coetibus. What is needed now is somebody who can keep this ship on its present course for a nice long period of time. In other words, Benedict XVI has plotted the course out of the storm, turned the rudder of the ship accordingly, steered her in the right direction, raised the sails and got it moving again. What is needed now is a strong hand that can hold the wheel steady for a decade or two. That's something he physically can't do and he knows it. Becoming the "Pope Emeritus," Monsignor Joseph Ratzinger, will gain certain advantages to achieve this end, and the Catholic Squire may soon post to further elaborate on that.
"In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The end."This is the prophecy we have all been waiting for. We knew this day would come, and had Pope Benedict XVI simply died yesterday instead, the results would be exactly the same today. We've known for the past eight years that we are but one heartbeat away from the fulfilment of this prophecy from Saint Malachy. The time of "extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church" has come, and Pope Benedict XVI (the Glory of the Olives) knows the Church needs a strong leader in such a time. For decades, centuries even, many have speculated that the "Glory of the Olives" and "Peter the Roman" are one in the same man. We know with certainty now this is not the case, or is it? Perhaps there is a connection between these two men that we could not see before.
The name "Peter the Roman" essentially means nothing. All popes are "Peter" and all popes live in Rome. I believe this phrase was used by Saint Malachy to deliberately obscure the identity of this man. For if his identity could be discerned in advance, all the forces of Hell would be unleashed to stop him from ever taking the Keys of Saint Peter. For now, "Peter the Roman" remains safely anonymous.
That he will "nourish the sheep in many tribulations" should be self explanatory, and this is why Pope Benedict has resigned. Now that the direction of the flock has been corrected, the sheep must be nourished, and he knows that he neither has the strength nor time to do it himself. The "Glory of the Olives" hands the Keys over to his successor freely to assure that there will be no delay in the flock's nourishment and little chance of the flock getting off course as a result of his complete absence (death).
It has been prophesied by many that the "city on seven hills will be destroyed" eventually. There are only two Biblical cities that meet this description -- Rome and Jerusalem. Catholic prophecies from multiple saints and mystics tell us that Rome will one day be sacked and decimated just as Jerusalem once was. The Vatican will be overrun by rioting hoards, and the pope will flee for his life to suffer martyrdom elsewhere. (Some prophecies indicate it might be in Germany.) This event may be a long time off yet, much longer than many of us have suspected. The question of course is when did the 100 years prophecy of Pope Leo XIII begin? I have posted previously that I suspect that Fatima was not the starting point, but merely a final warning before the starting point. For at Fatima, Our Lady prophesied that a greater war would come if the people did not repent. That greater war did come in 1938 with the dawn of World War II and the red aurora borealis that was seen all over Europe that year, which Adolph Hitler himself said he took as a "sign" to begin his conquest. The year 2038 will correspond with some other prophecies concerning feast dates, and if our interpretations are accurate, it means this next pope might perhaps have as long as a 25 year reign before the 100 year prophecy comes to a close. It is interesting to note that Pope Leo's prophecy says 75 to 100 years. If 1938 was the starting point, then this year (2013) marks the 75th year and the beginning of the 25 year home stretch before completion.
While many of those unfamiliar with Catholic prophecy might be inclined to think the "dreadful judge" is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, we know better. The "dreadful judge" is none other than the Great Monarch. The people he will "judge" will be the Europeans, and he will judge them by smashing what is left of their pitiful Secular democracies that will soon persecute the Church and lead their continent to ruin. (I suspect the United States has a different fate in store and may already have come to fruition before the close of this 100 year prophecy.) We know that after he has judged his people, a period of relative peace and evangelism will follow. It is likely that more popes and monarchs will follow as well, in a line of further succession, until we eventually reach the final age of the Church in which the Antichrist will arise in Jerusalem to destroy everything the Great Monarch and his successors have created. That however, is another story for another time, and I suspect this blogger will be long dead and buried by then.
Today we await the fulfilment of the last pope of Saint Malachy's prophecy -- Peter the Roman -- whoever that may be. I assure you he remains safely anonymous for now, and the name "Peter the Roman" probably means nothing in particular. The following is a list of cardinals who are potential candidates based upon their age. I suspect that quite probably, our next pope (Peter the Roman) may be found in the names below....
Alencherry, George, India, age 67
Barbarin, Philippe, France, age 62
Betori, Giuseppe, Italy, age 65
Braz de Aviz, João, Brazil, age 65
Burke, Raymond Leo, United States, age 64
Cañizares Llovera, Antonio, Spain, age 67
Collins, Thomas Christopher, Canada, age 66
DiNardo, Daniel, United States, age 63
Dolan, Timothy Michael, United States, age 63
Eijk, Willem Jacobus, Netherlands, age 59
Erdő, Péter, Hungary, age 60
Filoni, Fernando, Italy, age 66
Harvey, James Michael, United States, age 63
Koch, Kurt, Switzerland, age 62
Marx, Reinhard, Germany, age 59
Nycz, Kazimierz, Poland, age 63
Puljić, Vinko, Bosnia-Herzegovina, age 67
Ranjith Patabendige Don, Albert Malcolm, Sri Lanka, age 66
Robles Ortega, Francisco, Mexico, age 63
Ryłko, Stanisław, Poland, age 67
Sarah, Robert, Guinea, age 67
Scherer, Odilo Pedro, Brazil, age 63
Tagle, Luis Antonio, Philippines, age 55
Woelki, Rainer, Germany, age 56