15 February 2013

Petrus Romanus: the Last Pope?

There-- I knew that would get your attention.  I just wanted to pass along a link to a very thoughtful post at Tea at Trianon, with lots of interesting links within it.

The matter for discussion is Pope Benedict's abdication, the Prophecy of St. Malachy, and the best lens for viewing these events.  From the full post:

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It has taken me a few days to absorb the news of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. As I continue to process it, I have noticed that the traffic on my blog had risen dramatically from people searching for information on St. Malachy, Fr. René Thibaut, S.J. and the Prophecy of the Popes. My posts on these topics are HERE. This surge in curiosity is due to the last phrase of St. Malachy's Prophecy which says: "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people.” Fr. Thibaut, the Belgian Jesuit believed the Prophecy to be authentic and wrote a work of scholarship about it called La Mystérieuse prophétie des papes. Fr. Thibaut surmised that the prophecy about "Peter the Roman" does not signify a future pope calling himself “Pope Peter II” but rather Petrus Romanus symbolizes all the Roman pontiffs since St. Peter, for the Church has continually undergone persecution of some kind.
For Fr. Thibaut and other scholars, the final pope mentioned on the list is given the mysterious title Gloriae olivae, “The Glory of the Olive.” Fr. Thibaut says that the olive represents the people of God whom His judgment will glorify. It is then, as Fr. Thibaut interprets, that the kingdom of God will be manifested in an extraordinary manner. Benedict XVI is De gloria olivae, the last pope on the list. Fr. Thibaut makes it clear that this does not indicate the end of the world but the end of an era. He also believes there will be other popes to follow. He claims that many factors point to 2012 as being the pivotal year for the start of the unfolding of a new era for the Church. It is cause for hope rather than trepidation, hope which inspires reverence, prayer and vigilance.


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4 comments:

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you very much for the links!

Cbalducc said...

The primary reason "prophecies" keep going is that they can be interpreted any number of ways and thus never proven wrong. Witness the "prophecies" of Nostradamus.

QV said...

Please, no. Please. Can't this all be over sooner rather than later?

Jim B. II said...

I'm hoping and praying for a Leo XIV or Pius XIII. However, I wouldn't be saddened at all, if in an act of sublime goodwill to the JP II-ers, the next holy father took the name Leo Pius I or, for that matter, Pius Leo I. :)