Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Catholic Defender: Peter The Roman

PETER THE ROMAN - The 112th prophesy states: "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Petrus Romanus, 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. The End. This story is the climax coming from the Malachi Prophecy that begins in the 12th Century which covers 112 popes in the future. Benedict XVI would be number 111.

Already the talk out on the internet is coming from all sides. The Anti-Catholics are claiming this next Pope to be the Anti-Christ, some believe he would be the "False Prophet" of Revelation 13:11. "Then I saw another beast come up out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb's but it spoke like a dragon". This verse identifies a high ranking cleric, the "two horns like a lamb" would identify him with Christianity. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. However, this "Prophet" speaks like a dragon which identifies him with the weeds of Satan. He will have great authority and many will follow him in worshiping the Anti-Christ. To the Anti-Catholic, it is easy for them to place this next Pope with a lot of hype to be either the Anti-Christ or the False Prophet.

The Malachi Prophecy is clear that "Peter the Roman" would "feed his flock" amid many tribulations. Remember Jesus instructs St. Peter to "Feed my Sheep", this is what "Peter the Roman" does. We also see St. Peter echo the words of Jesus instructing all the presbyters to "Tend to the Flock" within their care. Peter the Roman, then, would not be either the Anti-Christ nor the False Prophet.

Are we seeing the foundation being laid for the tribulation that St. Malachi speaks of? Will the world accept gay marriage? Will the world accept abortion on demand? Will the world accept women priestess? This is very basic, but as I look at the facts, Christians are supporting these things at high numbers. Many voted for Obama which solidifies these sins. It is a return of Paganism and hedonism. God sees this rebellion as adultery against him. This is the background behind the "Whore of Babylon", which Anti-Catholics erroneously have pointed at the Catholic Faith. It would not be because they are Catholic that they fall, it would be because of their rebellion from the Church that brings them down.

St. Francis paints another interesting picture (d. 1226): “There will be an uncanonically elected Pope who will cause a great schism, there will be diverse thoughts preached which will cause many, even those in the different orders to doubt, yea, even agree with those heretics which will cause my Order to divide, then will there be such universal dissensions and persecutions that if those days were not shortened even the elect would be lost.” (Rev. Culleton, The Reign of Antichrist, Tan Books, 1974, p. 130.). 

It would appear that St. Francis is tying this prophecy with Matthew 24:22, "And if those days had not been shortened, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect they will be shortened.
In the history of the Catholic Faith, there have been times when men have attempted to take over the papacy.

Emperors and rulers tried to control or influence the Papacy to further their own ambitions. In some cases, they appointed 'anti-popes' to support them deposing the true Pope according to Canon Law. 

An anti-pope is a man who has been improperly elected appointed as Pope. The first anti-pope was Hippolytus (217 A.D.) and the last anti-pope was Felix V (1440-1449).

In all there have been 27 anti-popes none of which are listed in the line of the Popes.

It seems that St. Francis is pointing to this idea of an "Anti-Pope" as certainly a possibility. It will be interesting to watch and follow the happenings of this Conclave.

Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi (19th century, Italy)

Though an ordinary housewife and mother, Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi led an exemplary spiritual and Christian life that gained her the reputation as one of the greatest saints of all time. She experienced frequent ecstasies, performed miraculous cures, read hearts, foretold deaths, and predicted the coming of future events. She foretold the first two world wars that wreaked havoc in the twentieth century. Eighteen years after her death, her body remained supple and incorrupt. Amid praises, Pope Benedict XV beatified her on May 20, 1920.

Her maiden name was Giannetti. She was born at Siena, Italy, 29 May, 1769; died at Rome, 9 June, 1837. From the time she was 20 years old, until she died at the age of 63, she was accompanied by a mysterious light in which she saw past, present and future events...some relating to struggles among nations; some relating to individual souls.

Popes and cardinals have referred to this holy married woman as one of the greatest saints of all time.

She was praised by Pope Benedict XV in her beatification on May 20, 1920 as being an exemplary wife and mother amid poor and trying circumstances.

She was frequently in ecstasy, worked miracles of healing, read hearts, foretold deaths, and saw visions on the coming of future events.

She foretold the first two world wars of this century. Eighteen years after her death, her body remained fresh and in a state of perfect preservation as if it had been just buried the day before. The following is her prophecy on the three days of darkness.

"God will send two punishments: one will be in the form of wars, revolutions and other evils; it shall originate on earth. The other will be sent from Heaven. There shall come over the whole earth an intense darkness lasting three days and three nights. Nothing can be seen, and the air will be laden with pestilence which will claim mainly, but not only, the enemies of religion. It will be impossible to use any man-made lighting during this darkness, except blessed candles. He, who out of curiosity, opens his window to look out, or leaves his home, will fall dead on the spot. During these three days, people should remain in their homes, pray the Rosary and beg God for mercy."

"All the enemies of the Church, whether known or unknown, will perish over the whole earth during that universal darkness, with the exception of a few whom God will soon convert. The air shall be infected by demons who will appear under all sorts of hideous forms."

"Religion shall be persecuted, and priests massacred Churches shall be closed, but only for a short time. The Holy Father shall be obliged to leave Rome." (Yves Dupont, Catholic Prophecy, Tan Books and Publishers, 1973)

Venerable Elizabeth Canori-Mora (19th century, Italy)

Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora3 was born in 1774 and lived in Italy until her saintly death in 1825. Thanks to her confessor, her revelations were preserved in hundreds of pages of her own writings. Today, the Trinitarian Fathers at San Carlino, Rome hold her manuscripts for safekeeping in their archives.

These writings were meticulously examined at length as a safeguard against doctrinal errors when Pope Blessed Pius IX authorized Elizabeth Canori Mora’s cause for canonization to proceed. The ecclesiastical censor commissioned by the Holy See released his official judgment on November 5, 1900. It stated “there is nothing against faith and good customs, and no doctrinal innovation or deviation was found.”

Elizabeth Canori Mora was beatified in 1994.

One of her prophecies states:
“When this bloody fight will arrive, the vengeful hand of God will weigh upon these fated ones and with His omnipotence He will chastise the proud for their rashness and shameless insolence. God will use the powers of darkness to exterminate these sectarian, iniquitous and criminal men, who plot to eradicate the Catholic Church, our Holy Mother, by tearing Her up by Her deepest roots, and casting Her on the ground.

There is a lot of talk about three days of darkness during this time of tribulation. It is hard to know if we are indeed in those times, but looking at the confusion we are seeing today, all we can do is pray and watch. From the Scripture we see the precedence: The three days of darkness

In Scriptures, we find many references to days of darkness, the most familiar perhaps being the ninth plague that fell upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians during the time of Moses:

"But the Lord said to Moses: Extend your hand toward heaven. And may there be darkness upon the land of Egypt, so dense that it may be felt. And Moses extended his hand toward heaven. And a horrible darkness occurred in all the land of Egypt for three days. No one saw his brother, nor moved himself from the place where he was. But wherever the sons of Israel lived, there was light. (Exodus 10:21-23)

The prophet Isaiah also spoke of a day of darkness:

"Behold, the day of the Lord shall come, a cruel day, and full of indignation, and of wrath, and fury, to lay the land desolate, and to destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven, and their brightness shall not display their light: the sun shall be darkened in his rising, and the moon shall not shine with her light. And I will visit the evils of the world, and against the wicked for their iniquity: and I will make the pride of infidels to cease, and will bring down the arrogancy of the mighty. (Isaiah 13: 9-11)

From the New Testament, we also learn that a cloak of darkness enveloped the world when Our Lord died on Calvary as was recorded by the gospels:

Then from the sixth hour, there was darkness over the entire earth, until the ninth hour. (Mt 27:45).

And when the sixth hour came, there was darkness throughout all the earth, until the ninth hour. (Mk 15:33).

But it was almost the sixth hour, and there was darkness in the entire earth, until the ninth hour. (Lk 23:44).

Peter the Roman or not, the near future should prove to be very interesting to say the least. One thing is for sure, faithfulness to the Church will be cornered and looked down upon, it will be persecuted. Pope Pius XII warned that to be a true Christian in the latter 20th century you would have to be a 'living martyr' as the attack on the family and faith will be great.

We will have to take each day one day at a time, and offer the Lord the best of ourselves.  
2 Thessalonians 2:3 St. Paul refers to this apostasy before the man of lawlessness and calls for the Church to remain vigilant. Jesus instructs us to persevere to the end in order to be saved. St. John warns, "They will fight the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings" (Rev 17:14).

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