Greetings at the end of Shrove Tuesday, after the beautiful Solemn Mass marking the end of the Forty Hours at the Oratory.
One more post before I reform.
Recall the other day, on the second anniversary of the abdication of Pope Benedict, I quoted from a take of mine from that time, concerning Cardinal Burke? Well, with today's ISIS news-- the martyrdom of so many Christians and Italian fears of invasion following the infidels' declared intent to destroy Rome-- I want to quote from that same post of two years ago. Admittedly it constitutes naked speculation, but hey, read it and think of it what you will:
3. Is Pope Benedict XVI-- or should I say His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pontiff Emeritus-- the famous Bishop in White? It would explain an apparent awkwardness in the words of the visionary Sr. Lucia, who describes a Bishop dressed in white, who the children had the impression was the Holy Father. When I first read these words long ago, I thought them a needless nicety-- an unnecessary qualification. Now, of course, they take on an intriguing aspect, since we are informed that the Pontiff Emeritus will continue to wear white.
Why, if he will be retired from the view of the world, was it thought necessary to make an announcement of his attire?
Of course, it may be coincidental. And I do not prophesy. Yet I could consider a plausible future situation where another country, or the International Criminal Court, or the UN, seeks to prosecute Pope Benedict for some charge, real or imagined. Perhaps the new Pope, asserting the sovereignty of the Vatican City State, refuses to yield him up to the Church's enemies. Perhaps the "international community" reacts by attacking the Vatican, and you just might see:
...a Bishop dressed in White 'we had the impression it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.
4. What follows is a prophecy, I guess, but it is not mine. I pass it along in light of Fatima and the speculation of number 3, above. The Fatima Crusader interviewed some time back Fr. Paul Kramer, who has published his own take on Fatima on a number of occasions. I do not write this to endorse any view of Fr. Kramer-- anyone can do their own vetting of him and how he or Fr. Gruner are viewed by officials in the hierarchy. I include an excerpt of this interview only for what he claims a 20th Century stigmatist predicted about the consecration of Russia:
FC: So, whoever this hunted Pope is, Benedict or some other Pope, it will not be he who consecrates Russia, in your view?
Father Kramer: On this point I would refer to the testimony of the Roman stigmatist, Antonio Ruffini. Pope Pius XII authorized the blessing of a chapel on the spot where Ruffini received the stigmata on the Via Appia, and Father Tomaselli, the miracle worker, wrote a booklet about him ---- a short account of the life of Ruffini. I myself knew Ruffini for many years. In the early 1990s Ruffini was asked point blank in his home: "Is John Paul II the Pope who is going to do the Consecration of Russia?" He answered: "No, it's not John Paul. It will not be his immediate successor either, but the one after that. He is the one who will consecrate Russia." That is, Benedict's successor, during this time of world war and persecution of the Church, will be the one to do the Consecration at long last and then the restoration and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart will begin.
This is the kind of stuff that could keep you up at night, if you let it. So, if it bothers you, don't read too much into it and don't spend time unwinding the thread you could pull. We do know what Mary asked of us lay Catholics: pray the Rosary, make the reparation of the Five First Saturdays.