Why Did the Pope Really Resign?
Is there a Conspiracy?
Pope Benedict XVI made history this week by becoming the first Holy Father to voluntarily resign because of old age and deteriorating health. The last pontiff to resign in office before death was Gregory XII, who in 1415 quit to end a civil war within the church in which more than one man claimed to be pope.
According to church law, as long as a pope is able to conduct Mass, he can continue to do so – even if he is suffering the pain of failing kidneys and is otherwise bedridden, like Pope Alexander VII was in 1667.
Pope Alexander VII’s surgeon and confessor tried to persuade him not to go before the crowd on Easter Sunday of 1667, but he did it anyway. The pope died three days later, according to “The Deaths of the Popes,” by Wendy J. Reardon.
More than a century later, Pope Clement XIV complained of pain and wasting away before he became known as the pope who drooled and had eyes that “darted in their bulging sockets” as he fearfully clung to walls for fear of a Jesuit assassination attempt, according to Reardon. He died after correctly predicting his own death in 1774.
Then, in 1958, Pope Pius XII died after enduring hiccoughs and strokes for five years. The hiccoughs became so intense, that they tore the lining of his stomach, Reardon wrote. He died of complications from pneumonia at 82 years old.
For the first time in history, the Catholic Church has witnessed the resignation of a pontiff while still in office. The Pope is 85 years old. He has no major illnesses but he has stated that he is weak and unwilling to continue his work in office. He has had some trouble with his prostate, and he recently had a pacemaker implanted. However, as noted above, his condition is very similar to many men of his age who have held office until death. He could have reduced his duties, slowed his pace a bit. He could take some time off and lighten his work load. He could eliminate some of the travel that he has elected to do as part of his job. He did not do that. He chose to quit. This is historic, and spiritually, the move must be examined.
The works of Saint Malachy have received a great deal of attention in light of the Pope’s resignation. Saint Malachy was born in Amagh Ireland in 1094, he lived a religious life as a monk, then he was ordained priest and finally Bishop. He was canonized in 1199 by Pope Clement III. His biography was compiled by Saint Bernard, a contemporaneous saint.
He made a pilgrimage to Rome and during the end of the year 1139 and the beginning of 1140 had a series of visions about 112 Popes from Celestine III, elected Pontiff in 1130 until the last Pope who is described in his list as Peter Romanus.
After the last Roman Pontiff, Saint Malachy predicts the end of the world.
The Benedictine historian Arnold Wion was the first person to mention these prophecies in his book Lignum Vitae, published in 1559.
These prophecies are short, but they have demonstrated to be very accurate, even though in the time of their publication they caused much controversy as some claimed that they were falsified.
The book of prophecies of Saint Malachy was published originally in 1969 by Colin Smythe Ltd. in England, with the title “Prophecies of St. Malachy and St. Columbkille.”
Saint Malachy’s short prophetical announcements, in number 112, indicate some noticeable trait of all future popes from Celestine II, who was elected in the year 1130, until the end of the world. Pope Benedict XVI is number 111 in that lineage.
The prophecies of Saint Malachy end like this:
In the persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock among many tribulations after which the seven hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people.
Pope Benedict XVI departure from the office leaves one pontiff destined to take the throne. Why does he leave now? We are all aware of the scandals that have plagued this Pope’s tenure. Money laundering, child abuse claims against the church, declining membership rosters all over the world, difficulties with same sex marriage, and a host of other controversies have plagued the Pope for years. Is it possible that there is yet another larger scandal looming of the Church that we have not yet seen?
Some authors write that the end of the world is near. Ironically, an asteroid is bearing down on our planet as we speak. A near-Earth asteroid – called 2012 DA14 by astronomers – will pass very close to Earth on February 15, 2013.
Astronomers estimate that, when it’s closest to us, it’ll be within the orbit of the moon (which averages about a quarter million miles away), and closer than some high-orbiting communications satellites. 2012 DA14 will be about 17,200 miles (27,680 kilometers) away. It will be one of the closest passes of an asteroid in history. Even if 2012 DA14 were to hit the Earth, civilization as we know it would continue.
Some authors write that we are nearing a time when aliens will intervene in the course of human history, and reveal themselves to the masses. If this were to happen, the ramifications on the religions of the world would be catastrophic. How would the masses accept such an intervention? Could the Church survive?
Some authors write that the Church is on the verge of revealing a series of far ranging secrets that will rock the foundation of the institution. Did Jesus really exist? What role did the Council of Nicea really play in the construction of the Bible as we know it? If the Church were to reveal secrets of this nature, how would this affect the Papacy?
Whatever the case may be, I believe that there are hidden reasons for the Pope’s resignation that we will soon discover. He has chosen to resign under a cloud of questions during a time when the Church is under siege on a number of fronts. The Pope is an honorable man and a strong leader, and I respect the fact that he has made a choice and is willing to stand by it. The fact that he chose to resign during Lent is interesting. I predict that we will see major changes in the Church associated with his resignation.
St. Malachy predicts that the days of the Church are numbered. He predicts that Rome will fall shortly after the tenure of this Pope. One thing is certain, the Church is in for some tumultuous times ahead.
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