Monday, August 30, 2010

Next Pope, Black Pope, Last Pope?


While it's in bad form to be talking about papabile now, His Eminence Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson, pictured above, is the subject of this secular report — The young tearaway who's in the running to be next Pope. "It's indispensable that we see Christianity come back to Europe," said this Prince of the Church. "If Europe should become less Christian, it gives us a sense of being orphans, of having an experience of faith without parents."

When I was an exchange student in Chile, I remember first hearing that the world would end after the election of a black pope. A Lutheran at the time, I dismissed such talk as just another silly Catholic superstition. An American, I thought such talk was racist. Now, I know it to be neither.

Could His Eminence be Petrus Romanus, mentioned in St Malachy's Prophecy of the Popes, "who will feed the sheep through many tribulations, at the term of which the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge his people"? This fellow seems to think so — The Coming Black Pope. See also Soloviev's Apocalypse, in which "resistance comes from Pope Peter II, John the Elder, leader of the Orthodox, and Professor Ernst Pauli, representing Protestantism" and under the "pressure of persecution the three churches in this eschatological situation at last unite."

Of course, none of the above have any official recognition by the Church.

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Blogger elena maria vidal said...

The Belgian Jesuit Fr. Thibaut had some interesting thoughts on the St. Malachy Prophecy and "Petrus Romanus:
http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/2009/04/st-malachy-and-fr-rene-thibaut.html

Fr. Thibaut explains how “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.

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Fr. Thibaut explains how “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.

I have to thank you, Elena, for writing that article on this obscure but most edifying work. If I recall that part of it properly, it is also the promise that, throughout the persecutions and tribulations to come, perhaps even the destruction of Rome, the Pope (Petrus Romanus) will continue to shepherd the Church just as Christ our Lord promised.[Matthew 16:18-19]

7:27 AM  
Blogger Mark P. Shea said...

A Lutheran at the time, I dismissed such talk as just another silly Catholic superstition. An American, I thought such talk was racist. Now, I know it to be neither.

You *know* it to be neither? Really? I can saying, "I'm not so certain of those propositions now." But to state with utter certitude that these opinions owe nothing to superstition or racism seems rather cocksure. I, for one, look forward to the falsification of the Malachy prophecies with the election of the Pope after the next one so we can get past the current spate of date-setting and Hal Lindseyism that is afflicting some of the more apocalyptic sectors of the Church.

1:46 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

By *knowing* such talk to be neither superstitious nor racist, I do not mean that what they said was necessairily true, but that believing in prophecy even from private revelation is not supersitious and that merely mentioning someone's race is not racist.

3:15 AM  
Blogger elena maria vidal said...

Thank you, Steven. Yes, that is my impression, too. According to Fr. Thibaut, the "Prophecy" does not mean the end of the world, or the Church or the last pope, but it signals the end of an age, as there have been others ages in the history of the Church which have come and gone.

5:53 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks for the information, Elena.

6:41 AM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Re: Mark,

I think, as mentioned, we can happily dismiss any interpretation of them that conflicts with Scripture and the teaching of the Magisterium. As for the speculation of any Cardinal being a shoe-in, we all know the old saying about a Cardinal enters the Conclave and exits a pope, and a "pope" enters the conclave and exits a cardinal.

For my part, I look forward to there always being a Pope to lead us, come what may. And I also hope to be able to speculate on how aptly, and in what ways, the title "Gloria Olivae" applies to Benedict XVI, and I think I can think of a couple right now.

10:04 AM  
Blogger elena maria vidal said...

You are welcome, Joshua, thank you for always having such fascinating posts which generate great discussions!

Steven, thank you for the links which are quite interesting!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Edward Palamar said...

Petrus Romanus is the resurrected Prophet of the Most High, St. John the Baptist, whom Jesus Christ called "the Elias who was to come", not Cardinal Turkson.

2:47 AM  

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