Wikipedia link en.wikipedia.org...
Another good link www.catholictradition.org...
One More www.remnantofgod.org...
Let's start and focus on only the two last "prophecies".
266: The Glory Of the Olive
Which is attributed to the still current Pope, Ratzinger.
The Order of St. Benedict has claimed by tradition that this Pope will come from within the Order; St. Benedict himself prophesied that before the end
of world comes about, his Order will triumphantly lead the Catholic Church in its fight against evil; The Order of St. Benedict is also known as the
Too bad that Ratzinger is NOT from the Order of St Benedict, therefore he certainly also does not "come from within the order". The Pope choose his
name for other reasons, to which comes from the Latin word meaning "the blessed", in honour of both Pope Benedict XV and Saint Benedict of Nursia.
Since the still-pope does NOT come from the order of St. Benedict, the entire explanation of that "prophecy" and the interpretation of what "The Glory
of the Olive" is supposed to mean is entirely unclear.
Saying that the prophecy is "correct" based on the Pope's chosen name and the link to the order and the name for the order "Olivetans" to me seems
VERY FAR FETCHED.
268: In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oues in multis tribulationibus: quibus transactis ciuitas septicollis
diruetur, & Iudex tremêdus iudicabit populum suum. Finis.
It's almost funny how there is discrepancies about this last prophecy. Wikipedia splits it up into two:
In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit
Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oues in multis tribulationibus: quibus transactis ciuitas septicollis diruetur, & Iudex tremêdus iudicabit populum
while other sources citing the entire text as one. My rather limited knowledge of Latin makes me believe that this is one text and I don't know why
Wikipedia splits it up in two. Looking for an "original" source of the text is difficult seeing that St. Malachy lived in the 11th century.
"In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit Petrus Romanus"
"S.R.E" stands for Holy Roman Church. This line can be read as "in final/extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church reigns Petrus Romanus"
others read it like
"In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman"
which is a difference, although a subtle one.
In that last prophecy, "Iudex tremêdus" is sometimes translated as the "dreadful judge"....and sometimes as "formidable judge".
Who is that supposed to be? God? So what, is he a dreadful judge or a formidable judge?
If a "dreadful judge" is judging his people it sounds like some apocalyptic scenario where God then judges all the sinners (when all the tribulations
are done with)....and when I read it as "formidable judge" it sounds more like something positive where at the end justice is being served.
HOWEVER - the biggest problem is that the last prophecy was not even prophesied by St. Malachy, but according to some, added later (in the 19th
century) to the "prophecy" by the Order of St. Benedict because they did not want one of theirs being the last pope, so they added this last
If I read those two "prophecies" I have problems attributing that one to the current pope, and the last one gets even more suspicious knowing that it
wasn't even prophesied in the first place, rather added in later.
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