posted on Mar, 13 2013 @ 04:00 PM
If you insist on finding connections between St. Malachis prophecy of the Popes and the newly elected Pope Francis, the common denominator seems to be
the concept of firstness.
Peter is traditionally believed to be the first Pontiff of the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is the first non-European pope
He is also the first Pope to take on the controversial name Francis.
These are many interesting firsts, and thus, "Peter" may be nothing other than a reference to firstness.
St Francis of Assisi, also, is considered to be a trailblazer in the catholic church, a 12th century "liberal" who thought of the Churches role in a
more universalistic and, if this term may be appropriate, a "non-dual" way. He was famous for stripping himself naked because he felt clothing
arrested his spiritual awareness. Symbolically speaking, Francis represents an absolute departure from the traditional beliefs of the Roman Catholic
Francis stripped himself. His clothing represented to him unnecessary physical appendages, aspects which beclouded the simple unity of the spirit. If
my intuition of this name selection is correct, I think we may see some pretty spectacular (to liberals, horrific to traditionalists) reforms in the
Catholic church. For example: men and women. Can women become priests? According to Francis of Assisi's mertonesque understanding, there should be no
distinction between males and females. Could this happen??? It awaits to be seen.
In any case, if you want to make connections between the prophecy of the popes and Peter the Roman, this seems like a pretty solid foundation to start