The next Pope will be the last Pope ever because the world is ending? Again?

Poor Benny, he’s leaving under dark clouds and now the new guy has to live up to being the FINAL Pope? Tough stuff.

‘Final pope’ authors predicted Benedict would resign.

Although a Roman Catholic pope had not stepped down in nearly 600 years, the startling resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was predicted by the co-authors of a book published last spring about a medieval prophecy that the next pontiff will be the last.

In “Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here,” co-authors Tom Horn and Cris Putnam examine St. Malachy’s “Prophecy of the Popes,” said to be based on his prophetic vision of the next 112 popes, beginning with Pope Celestine II, who died in 1144. Malachy presented a description of each pope, culminating with the “final pope,” “Peter the Roman,” whose reign would end with the destruction of Rome and judgment.

“We took ‘The Prophecy of the Popes,’ we took what was happening in Italian media, and we determined, based on a great deal of information, that Pope Benedict would likely step down, citing health reasons, in 2012 or 2013,” he said.

Interestingly, a leading candidate is Cardinal Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone, the Cardinal secretary of state, who was born in Romano, Italy. His name could, therefore, be rendered Peter the Roman.

Another Peter on the list is a black African, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, the current president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Pope John Paul II was stubborn and probably should have retired from the post as Pope before he died as his health was deteriorating in his old age. That Pope Benedict may just be more reasonable and understand that he should step down if he’s not up for the job health-wise doesn’t prove anything. Or, he is up to his eyeballs in legal trouble. Whatever the real reason(s), this piece trawls for bits of info that can feed into the prophecy by Malachy. Does it have any merit? Doubtful. It’s vague and retrofitted just like other prophecies. Will the next Pope be the last? Who knows? Maybe. Things aren’t looking so rosy there regardless of any prophecy. Authors are looking to cash in on the fear.

Who’s up for some ex-Benedict for Sunday Brunch?

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  6 comments for “The next Pope will be the last Pope ever because the world is ending? Again?

  1. Stuart Robbins
    March 2, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I just thought of this when I saw you mention his legal issues. There are people in the US who were (are?) trying to sue him due to the whole sex abuse stuff. But, most legal people said he would have immunity as a head of state. Now that he isn’t, any idea if those lawsuits could proceed?

  2. March 2, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Forecasting the wave of speculations:

    http://copycateffect.blogspot.com/2013/02/LastPope.html

  3. March 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I wish people would read history instead of made up stuff. The so-called St. Malachy prophecies are a well-known hoax. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia (& Wikipedia), “Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a contemporary biographer of Malachy who recorded the saint’s alleged miracles, makes no mention of the prophecies, nor are they mentioned in any record prior to their 1595 publication.” St. Malachy lived in the 12th century.

  4. March 5, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    We seem to need count downs to the end. Bye bye 2012. Hello Prophecy of the Popes.

  5. March 5, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    The wiki page on this seems to indicate the Prophecy was written to strengthen a certain pope’s claim to the popehood. The retrodictions before the one pope are strong. The predictions after require a lot of sylvia browne type hammering to make fit.

  6. Diogenes
    March 23, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Are there any Mayan hyrogyphs that will enlighten us on the last pope? They hit the end of the world dead on.

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