The Grand Inquisitor
Nobody tried to say a word as they carried him out in jest,
Except, of course, the little neighbor boy who carried him to rest,
And he just walked along alone with his guilt so well concealed,
And muttered underneath his breath: “Nothing is revealed.”
— Bob Dylan, “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest”
At on Tuesday, April 19, 2005, wisps of white smoke rose from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel announcing the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as the 265th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. An hour later, as the great bell at St. Peter’s Basilica tolled, the new Pope introduced himself to his flock as Benedict XVI.
events confirmed some aspects of my interpretation of the prophecies of St. Malachy and Nostradamus, but
contradicted others. On the positive
side, there was the confusion caused by what appeared to be white smoke from
the Sistine Chapel chimney during the first day of the Conclave, consistent
with my reading of Nostradamus (Century VI, Quatrain 25). Even more strikingly, there was Cardinal Ratzinger’s choice of the name Benedict, after the founder
On the negative side of the ledger, I was off base in identifying Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger as “The Glory of the Olive Tree”. My scenario of a deadlocked Conclave during which the election of an Italian Cardinal would be nullified also did not pan out. Interestingly, it appears that there was a deadlock between the conservative and progressive factions until the Conclave’s Tuesday afternoon session, when the progressive candidate Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini apparently “threw in the towel” and endorsed Cardinal Ratzinger. What induced him to do this is something about which we can only speculate at this juncture, but there are some inferences we can draw from the circumstances. We’ll examine those as we proceed in this essay.
But the most important question facing us now is this: Is Benedict XVI a Pope or an Antipope? My earlier analysis was based on the assumption that there would be some procedural irregularity which would taint the election of the “Olive Tree” candidate and stigmatize him as an Antipope. This clearly would have been the case if Cardinal Martini had been elected and his election had been nullified. I have intentionally waited several days after the announcement of Cardinal Ratzinger’s election to pick up on any rumors that such a thing might have occurred, especially in light of the puzzling white smoke on the first day of the Conclave. Based on the available information, however, there’s no indication that Martini ever polled anything close to the two-thirds needed for election. It does appear likely, however, that he controlled enough votes to deny Ratzinger a two-thirds majority.
to the Italian press, the prospect of a drawn-out Conclave “scared off” the
progressives and led Martini to send his votes to Ratzinger
on Tuesday afternoon. Although Martini
had shown considerable courage in rallying the progressive opposition to Ratzinger, he appears to have lost is nerve on the eve of
the Conclave. In an interview just
before the Conclave opened, a priest who had spent time with Martini described
him as visibly distressed. A fair inference
is that the
that as it may, the fact that the
In fact, the traditional two-thirds rule is essential to the notion that the choice of a Pontiff is to be guided by the Holy Spirit. It creates an opening in which politically powerful contenders can neutralize one another and a “dark horse” candidate can emerge, as Albino Cardinal Luciani did in 1978 when he was elected as Pope John Paul I. Cardinal Luciani’s election left the Cardinals – and, indeed, the whole world – sensing the hand of the Holy Spirit in the selection of the “smiling Pope”. The modification of the traditional rule enacted in 1996 effectively removes this element, effectively extracts the Holy Spirit from the process. As demonstrated by the recently concluded Conclave, the papal election has now degenerated into a contest of raw political power, indistinguishable from an election of a secular leader.
desperation of the
True to the messages conveyed to the visionaries of La Salette and Fatima, the reign of the Pope characterized by Malachy’s motto “The Eclipse of the Sun” has been followed by the election of an Antipope by whom the true Church is eclipsed. I had anticipated the election of an essentially good man – Cardinal Lustiger – who would be forced into the role of Antipope by forces greater than himself. I proved wrong, because I was too optimistic, too hopeful. The actual reality that has played out is far more malevolent than what I had anticipated. Cardinal Ratzinger has willfully chosen to make himself “The Glory of the Olive Tree”. He has signaled this by his choice of the name Benedict. His evident desire to play out the apocalyptic scenario of St. Malachy’s prophecy was also revealed in his decision to hold the funeral of John Paul II on April 8th, the date of solar eclipse.
One must assume that Antipope Benedict XVI fully understands the consequences of his choices, which makes them all the more frightening. If Malachy’s prophecy is fulfilled, then Benedict’s self-ordained short reign will be followed by that of the final Pope, “Peter the Roman”, who will usher in the Messianic Kingdom. But before we get to that point, Revelation Chapter 13 tells us that Peter’s predecessor will align himself with a secular Antichrist. It follows that, by consciously taking on the role of the “Olive Tree” Antipope, Ratzinger is also consciously choosing to make himself the clerical accomplice of the Beast.
is a role for which Antipope Benedict has been well prepared by his life
history. As a youth, he put himself at
the service of Adolph Hitler and became part of the Nazi genocide apparatus. Others in his position remained true to their
faith and went to
list goes on and on: the “infallible”
ban on female ordination, the cover-up of rampant pedophilia in the priesthood,
the rationalization of persecution against homosexuals. While Ratzinger
plays lip service to the social justice teachings of the Second Vatican
Council, he has consistently supported the most regressive and reactionary
forces in secular society. This became
painfully apparent during the 2004
one can understand the sycophants of the corporate State and media downplaying
this litany of shame, what is truly incomprehensible is the attitude of some
who claim to be devotees of Our Lady of Fatima.
Have they forgotten so quickly that this is same Cardinal Ratzinger who penned the commentary on the Third Secret
which reduced it to a minor “personal revelation” with no consequences at all
for the future of the Church and mankind as a whole? The same Ratzinger
who hid and continues to hide the actual text of Our Lady’s explanation of the
Third Secret and pretends that the vision disclosed in 2000 comprises the
The fact is that Ratzinger had to suppress the Third Secret of Fatima because it is about him, about an Anitpope who will hand over his Church to a False Christ.
For my part, I apologize to my readers for lacking the imagination to comprehend the magnitude of the crisis of which the prophecies speak. Perhaps my Catholic upbringing made it difficult for me to anticipate that a Pontiff – even an Antipope – could be so vile as to willingly join forces with mankind’s Enemy. And so I fashioned a scenario in which a flawed but well-intentioned Antipope would become the reluctant tool of the Beast. I particularly owe Cardinal Lustiger and his friends an apology for casting him in the role of the “Olive Tree” Antipope. Fortunately for him, his potential fate in that direction has been now been preempted by a man who actually aspires to play that role. Several of my readers who disagreed with my identification of Cardinal Lustiger as “The Glory of the Olive Tree” have pointed out that he might also fit the description “Peter the Roman”, since he would be the first Jewish Pontiff since the Apostle Peter. While history has now proven my interpretation to be mistaken, it may yet prove that of my readers to be correct.
At any rate, I would like you all to know that I am unabashed by my failings. As those of you who have read my work know, I believe that error is the road to Truth. The important thing is that we not be afraid to put our ideas “out there” because they may prove less than 100% right. Let the Ratzinger fans adhere to the position that Truth is arrived at by stifling the free expression of ideas. We, on the other hand, hold that genuine, sincerely formulated ideas (not to be confused with expressions of venom and hate) are always worth airing, no matter how flawed those ideas may prove to be.
also important that we not “throw out the baby with the bathwater”. The prophetic scenario outlined in my
writings still holds, despite the fact that Ratzinger
rather than Lustiger plays the part of Antipope. Ratzinger, the proponent
of a crude moral absolutism, will embrace the role of false prophet for a