posted on Apr, 25 2010 @ 12:29 AM
As someone else noted, the term "Black Pope" is often ascribed to the head of the Jesuit Order. It's not official, but pretty commonly used.
Before the current pope was elected, there was a lot of speculation that this pope would be black. There were two top candidates who were from Africa
and the speculation was that the Malachy prophesy referring to "The Glorious Olive" might suggest he'd have black skin, like a black olive.
Instead, they went with a pope who was close to the Benedictine Order (and who named himself Benedict).
Originally posted by Shrukin89
So why up to 112 popes? Why does the list run out?
It just does, that's what Malachy wrote...
...there are some who think the final Peter the Roman prophesy was not part of the original set put down by Malachy. It seems to be written by a
different hand, based on its style. It's longer and doesn't have the same sort of pithy descriptiveness. It wouldn't be the first time the
Vatican altered or redacted some important document, at least in its public form. The question then is, if it was redacted, did they do this to hide
some other pope or popes at the end of the list? If so, why? Hard to know.
Originally posted by Senz20
just because a black guy is gonna be the pope does not mean rome will fall to destruction.
Thats like saying just because a black guy enters a bank, it will be held up, and robbed.
The way the final prophesy reads, it sounds like Peter the Roman will be a good Pope who does all he can for the flock in hard times. It sounds like
the destruction of Rome might be something out of his hands, that he can't stop. Also, there's nothing in that prophesy to say he'll be black,
that comes from the dream of the guy who wrote the blog post.
The Malachy prophesy can be seen to be largely self-fulfilling. Many papal candidates in the past have done things specifically to try and make
themselves fit upcoming prophesies. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if in their selection process, the prophesy isn't taken as a "sign" of who to
go to, who fits the next line in the list best. The prophesy is held to be true by the Church, so I understand it.
[edit on 4/25/2010 by LifeInDeath]