posted on Mar, 12 2013 @ 10:20 AM
First off, there really was a Catholic Saint named St Malachy. He was an Irish bishop who had hoped to reform the Irish Church to restore more
discipline into the ranks and he was a buddy of St Bernard (The Catholic saint, not to be confused with the Swiss rescue dog)
During three years at Armagh, as St. Bernard writes, St. Malachy restored the discipline of the Church, grown lax during the intruded rule of a
series of lay-abbots, and had the Roman Liturgy adopted.
St. Bernard continues: Having extirpated barbarism and re-established Christian morals, seeing all things tranquil he began to think of his own peace.
He therefore resigned Armagh, in 1138, and returned to Connor, dividing the see into Down and Connor, retaining the former. He founded a priory of
Austin Canons at Downpatrick, and was unceasing in his episcopal labours.
Early in 1139 he journeyed to Rome, via Scotland, England, and France, visiting St. Bernard at Clairvaux. He petitioned Pope Innocent for palliums for
the Sees of Armagh and Cashel, and was appointed legate for Ireland. On his return visit to Clairvaux he obtained five monks for a foundation in
Ireland, under Christian, an Irishman, as superior: thus arose the great Abbey of Mellifont in 1142. St. Malachy set out on a second journey to Rome
in 1148, but on arriving at Clairvaux he fell sick, and died in the arms of St. Bernard, on 2 November.
Funny thing is, in most biographies of St Malachy, no mention is made of his prophecies
other than a footnote. St Bernard, his good buddy, never mentioned them and it wasn't until 400 years after his death that they turned up.
Catholic Encyclopedia: Prophecies
The most famous and best known prophecies about the popes are those attributed
to St. Malachy. In 1139 he went to Rome to give an account of the affairs of his diocese to the pope, Innocent II, who promised him two palliums for
the metropolitan Sees of Armagh and Cashel. While at Rome, he received (according to the Abbé Cucherat) the strange vision of the future wherein was
unfolded before his mind the long list of illustrious pontiffs who were to rule the Church until the end of time. The same author tells us that St.
Malachy gave his manuscript to Innocent II to console him in the midst of his tribulations, and that the document remained unknown in the Roman
Archives until its discovery in 1590 (Cucherat, "Proph. de la succession des papes", ch. xv). They were first published by Arnold de Wyon, and ever
since there has been much discussion as to whether they are genuine predictions of St. Malachy or forgeries. The silence of 400 years on the part of
so many learned authors who had written about the popes, and the silence of St. Bernard especially, who wrote the "Life of St. Malachy", is a strong
argument against their authenticity, but it is not conclusive if we adopt Cucherat's theory that they were hidden in the Archives during those 400
The prophecies, conveniently turned up at a time when there was great interest in Nostradamus and astrology and divination captured the minds of the
people of that time. They were amazingly accurate right up to the date in which they were discovered but, after that, were increasingly vague, almost
as if written for some astrology column, just cryptic and vague enough so anyone could stretch them to fit their own circumstances.
Human Life International
Be Not Afraid: Catholic Families and the Prophecies of St. Malachy
That the prophecies are attributed to St. Malachy are an example of Pseudonymity. The author adopted the name of a real saint — but one who was not
too well known — to publicize his texts more widely. The “Prophecies of Joe the Curial Bureaucrat” did not have quite the same ring to it.
Pseudonymity was a common tactic in the pre-modern world, but was quickly falling out of favor. One needs only recall the Gnostic gospels as an
example (“A gospel by Thomas the Apostle? I’d better read that!”) Further, this was an age that was hungry for prognostications, the most
famous of which were those of Nostradamus. Astrology and divination of all sorts fascinated even some of the greatest minds of the period. In that
sense the “prophecies” are perfectly suited to their time.
When one begins to consider the contents though, the problems multiply. A person who picks up the “prophecies” will be astounded at how spot-on
accurate they are until one arrives at 1590. After that they turn into short, vague utterances that a local horoscope page would be embarrassed to
print: “Undulating man,” “Religious Man,” “from a good religion.” These are a selection of the absurd post 1590s entries, which many have
correctly called unworthy of the name “prophecy.” To take one egregious example, the phrase “Farm Animal” was supposed to apply to the
brilliant light of learning, Benedict XIV. I am surprised the author did not include “Tall Dark Stranger” in his list.
Our forger eventually got bored around entry 112. Safely out of range of his lifetime, he brought the work to a quick end with an obligatory
apocalyptic reference to Peter II (Peter the Roman). Unfortunately for us, we are currently on entry 112, leading to an efflorescence of worry and
warnings to get ready for the end times. The only positive thing I can say about this is that finally — after our next pope has ended his reign —
we will hear no more about this issue. When the new pope is announced however, many will try feverishly to shoehorn that person into the mold of
“Peter the Roman.” (Is his Baptismal name Peter? Does he like “Rock” music? Is he “Roman” Catholic?)
So, sorry to break it to you but, this end of the world prophecy is about as valid as Y2K and the Mayan calendar and anyone hoping for the end of our
suffering in this world after this pope is bound to be disappointed.