Penultimate Pope will sit
1) «Prophecy of the Popes» of Saint Malachy (Archbishop of Armagh, Irland) predicts that the Penultimate Pope (next after Benedict XVI) will sit (лат. sedebit) (on its throne, will be enthroned) «In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church». 2) On May 11, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI, speaking about sexual abuse by clergy, connected them to the beginning of the greatest persecution of the Church, which come precisely from the sin existing within the Church. 3) Another prophecy, The Second Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians, speaks about the «man of sin… the son of perdition», who «as God sitteth (lat. sedeat) in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God» (2Thess.2:4). 4) St. John Chrysostom predicts that the man of sin, the son of perdition will be seated in every church. Conclusion: The next Pope after Benedict XVI, could be the man of sin, the son of perdition, who will lead the greatest persecution of the Church through the sin existing within the Church.
Figure on the right shows the final portion of the «Prophecy of the Popes» in «Lignum Vitae», 1595, p.311
The «Prophecy of the Popes» was first published in 1595 by Arnold de Wyon, as part of his book «Lignum Vitae». This prophecy is attributed to St. Malachy (1094—1148), the Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland.
The Prophecy consists of 111 short single-line paragraphs and two multiple-line paragraphs. These 113 paragraphs describe the Roman Popes, beginning from Pope Celestine II (whose papacy has begun on September 25, 1143).
In the table below, the Latin text of the Prophecy (as published in «Lignum Vitae») is shown in the highlighted cells.
Two more Popes after Benedict XVI
Practically all commentators agree that the current Pope Benedict XVI corresponds to the 111th motto lat. «Gloria Oliuae».
Let us carefully consider the last two paragraphs of the Latin text of the prophecy:
psecutione extrema S.R.E. ſedebit.
Petrus Romanus, qui paſcet oues in multis tribulationibus: quibus tranſactis ciuitas ſepticollis diruetur, & Iudex tremẽdus iudicabit populum ſuum. Finis.
Often these two paragraphs are combined together as the prophecy of the last Pope Petrus Romanus:
«In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations: and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible judge will judge his people. The End.»
However it is more appropriate to think of these two paragraphs as representing two separate mottos corresponding to two last popes. The reasons for this are as follows:
The Penultimate Pope in the extreme persecution
As discussed, the current Pope, Benedict XVI, corresponds to the 111th motto лат. «Gloria Oliuae».
The next Pope is described in the prophecy as:
The literal translation from original Latin is:
The greatest persecution of the Church
On May 13, 2010, there was an anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition at the Cova da Iria. Pope Benedict XVI came to the Fatima shrine to greet the pilgrims. On May 11, 2010, on the papal plane en route to Portugal, the Pope was interviewed by journalists.
All the questions for this interview were submitted to the Vatican several days in advance. This means that in his answers the Pope gave us his carefully prepared analysis of the current crisis within the Catholic Church.
[The Pope] was hardly caught off-guard. The Vatican asks reporters traveling with the pope to submit questions for the plane several days in advance, so Benedict has plenty of time to ponder what he wants to say. If he takes a question on the plane, it’s because he wants to talk about it, and he’s chosen his words carefully.
The following question was asked by Father Federico Lombardi, whom, on 11 July 2006, Pope Benedict XVI appointed as director of the Vatican Press Office.
INTERVIEW OF THE HOLY FATHER BENEDICT XVI
WITH THE JOURNALISTS DURING THE FLIGHT TO PORTUGAL
Papal Flight Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Benedict XVI tells us the following:
Note that published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on June 26, 2000, the vision of a Bishop dressed in White describes the killing of bishops, clergy, religious and lay peaple by bullets and arrows. The arrows are the deadly sins — «the flaming arrows of the evil one» (Еф.6:16). «The flaming arrows of the evil one» together with bullets kill the Church Hierarchy and the believers because they are lacking the faith as a shield to quench such «flaming arrows» (Еф.6:16).
As God sitteth in the temple of God
The words of Benedict XVI are consistent with the prophecy of St. Malachy. «Prophecy of the Popes» tells us that the next Pope will reign during the extreme prosecution of the Roman Church: «In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit.», i.e. «In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit.»
Thus the next Pope after Benedict XVI, the Penultimate Pope of the Catholic Church will reign during the greatest persecution of the Church, which comes from sin within the Church — the sin of sexual abuse.
Being at the very top of the Catholic Church Hierarchy during the time of persecution of the Church by the
sin within the Church, the Pope must be either:
In the second case the prophecy of Apostle Paul is applicable to this Pope as to the man who «as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God» (2Thess.2:4).
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
(μή τις ὑμᾶς ἐξαπατήσῃ κατὰ μηδένα τρόπον ὅτι ἐὰν μὴ ἔλθῃ ἡ ἀποστασία πρῶτον καὶ ἀποκαλυφθῇ ὁ ἄνθρωπος τῆς ἀνομίας ὁ υἱὸς τῆς ἀπωλείας)
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
(ὁ ἀντικείμενος καὶ ὑπεραιρόμενος ἐπὶ πάντα λεγόμενον θεὸν ἢ σέβασμα ὥστε αὐτὸν εἰς τὸν ναὸν τοῦ θεοῦ καθίσαι ἀποδεικνύντα ἑαυτὸν ὅτι ἔστιν θεός)
St. Malachy was a Catholic Bishop in Irland and he used the Latin translation of Bible — Vulgate. Vulgate gives the following sentence:
One can see that in his prophecy Malachy uses the familiar word from The Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians, namely: sedeo — to sit.
In every Church
St. John Chrysostom notes, that the man of sin, the son of perdition will not utilize idolatry, because "he exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship" (2Thess.2:4). He will confront God by introducing himself instead of God in every church.
But who is he? Is it then Satan? By no means; but some man, that admits his fully working in him. For he is a man. “And exalteth himself against all that is called God or is worshiped.” For he will not introduce idolatry, but will be a kind of opponent to God (άντίθεоς); he will abolish all the gods, and will order men to worship him instead of God, and he will be seated in the temple of God, not that in Jerusalem only, but also in every church. “Setting himself forth,” he says; he does not say, saying it, but endeavoring to show it. For he will perform great works, and will show wonderful signs.
Chrysostom has in mind the great apostasy in the Christian Church. The apostasy will involve every church (he will be seated … in every church), where the clergy will be misled to worship the lawless men and such clergy will lead the flock to do the same.
What is “the falling away?” He calls him Apostasy, as being about to destroy many, and make them fall away. So that if it were possible, He says, the very Elect should be offended. (Mf.24:24).
Apostasy of the upper hierarchy
During year 1917 Our Lady appeared several times to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. She confided to the children a secret, known as the Secret of Fatima. The last part of the Secret, the Third Secret of Fatima, containing Our Lady words about the dogma of the Faith, has still not been published yet. But there are some people in the Vatican who read the Third Secret.
Cardinal Ciappi served as personal theologian to five popes from 1955 to 1989.
Cardinal Oddi was the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.
Father Paul Kramer, et al The Devil's Final Battle, Ch.XIII
…how are we to understand Lucy’s great difficulty in writing the final part of the Secret…? …if it were a matter of internal strife within the Church and of serious pastoral negligence on the part of high-ranking members of the hierarchy, we can understand how Lucy experienced a repugnance that was almost impossible to overcome by natural means.
Nearest future: Persecution of the Church from within
«Prophecy of the popes» of St. Malachy predicts two more Popes after Benedict XVI. 111th motto «Glory of the olive» (lat. «Gloria Oliuae») describes the papacy of Benedict XVI. 112th motto «In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit.» ties the papacy of the Penultimate Pope (and one that follows Benedict XVI) with the extreme persecution of the church.
On May 11th, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI, while discussing the sexual abuse by the clergy, connected it to the beginning of the greatest persecution of the Church, which comes from the sin existing within the Church. He pointed out the need for the passion of the Church. This passion, this suffering, is to come in the future of the Church, but it already is gradually taking shape and becoming evident.
The Second Epistle of Paul to Thessalonians tells of a «man of sin… the son of perdition», who «as God sitteth (lat. sedeat) in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God» (2Thess 2:4). According to St. Paul the appearance of this «man of sin» follows the apostasy.
The greatest persecution of the Church, which appears within the Church because of the sin of sexual abuse, is clearly connected with the apostasy. This is the result of the apostasy of certain clergy of the Church, which would expel from the Church other clergy and the faithful.
The above is also in accordance with St. John Chrysostom’s commentary on this Epistle, which states that the man of sin, son of perdition will be seated in every church. The horrifying sexual abuse as discussed by Benedict XVI has appeared across the churches.
Published: March 13, 2012