From the Cutting Edge weekly Newsletter
I. The Vatican is shuddering today under the weight of multiple scandals.
St. Malachy's prophecy of the final Pope following the 111th Pope (Benedict) may be close to occurring!
The False Prophet is waiting in the wings.
NEWS BRIEF: "Mystery deepens around Vatican scandals", The Daily Globe and Mail, May 28, 2012
"The rapid-fire ouster of the chief of the Vatican bank and the arrest of the Pope’s butler have plunged the Vatican into yet another crisis. Were the two events connected? Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, president of the Vatican bank, formally known as the Institute for Works of Religion, was fired last Thursday for a variety of alleged sins, including “progressively erratic behaviour,” by the bank’s board of superintendence. Two days later, Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict’s butler since 2006, was arrested for the unauthorized possession of sensitive Vatican documents."
One of worst kept secrets since the end of World War II is that the Vatican Bank is corrupt and acts more like a bank of the Mafioso than the bank of the world's largest and most influential branch of Christianity. So many people have known this fact that this scandal could have broken at any time since the end of World War II. Why hasn't it?
The fact that the new Pope is waiting for Benedict to resign so he can step on to the world scene begs the question, "has the timing of this scandal been planned to bring the current pope down so the new Pope, Number 112 of the St. Malachy prophecy, can step on to the world scene?
We can only follow this story day by day to see how it plays out.
The Pope's butler would normally be a small story, except that his close physical proximity to Pope Benedict XVI might had made him privy to documents which the Pope might have carelessly left laying around his personal residence.
"The firing and the arrest have, at least on the surface, plunged the Vatican into one of its worst crises since Benedict became pontiff in 2005, only to find himself scrambling to clean up the church’s sexual-abuse mess."
Catholic observers fear that this latest scandal may truly damage the historic Roman Catholic faith. This next news story speaks to this possibility. Remember, Catholic faithful have endured much heartache and personal pain for the past century because of all the sex abuse scandals from the priests. This latest scandal just adds fuel to the fire.
NEWS BRIEF: "Vatican says leaks scandal is brutal attack on pope", Reuters News, May 29, 2012
"The Vatican on Tuesday denounced the theft of secret papal documents as a 'brutal' personal attack on Pope Benedict as a powerful group of cardinals hunted more culprits behind the biggest crisis of his pontificate."
This statement makes it sound as though this scandal is being deliberately engineered by high ranking Vatican insiders. If this were the case, we could certainly understand how highly classified documents are now being publicized.
"Vatican deputy secretary of state, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, said in an interview that the publication of stolen documents in a recent book by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi was a 'criminal' act. It was the first time the paper has reported on the arrest of Benedict's butler nearly a week ago and it reflected the anger in the Holy See over what is seen as a betrayal of Benedict."
How important is this scandal? Can it affect Roman Catholic faithful? Apparently, the answer is an unqualified "yes".
"While denying reports that the butler was merely a pawn in a larger power struggle among clerics in the Holy See, the Vatican has acknowledged that the affair would test the faith of Catholics in their Church. Documents leaked to journalists over several months allege corruption in the Church's vast financial dealings with Italian business including infrastructure contracts awarded at inflated prices."
Great! After learning that extraordinary numbers of Catholic priests have committed heinous sex crimes against both boys and girls and women over the past 100 years, Catholics are now learning that highly placed Vatican officials are just plain financial crooks!
This scandal has prompted some to question the leadership of Pope Benedict himself.
"Italian newspapers, quoting other whistle blowers in the Vatican, said the arrested butler was merely a scapegoat doing the bidding of more powerful figures, punished because the Church did not dare implicate cardinals behind the leaks ... Critics of the pope say a lack of strong leadership has opened the door to infighting among his powerful aides - and potentially to the corruption alleged in the leaked documents."
Therefore, the blame for this current mess might quickly fly up the Vatican chain of command, touching Pope Benedict XVI himself. Pope Benedict XVI has mentioned that he may resign in 2012, claiming that his advanced age was making it impossible to fulfill his responsibilitie correctly. Benedict has said at times that he is "feeling old". Should this scandal show the Pope in a bad light, he might resign, thus opening the door to Pope Number 112 in St. Malachy's prophecy.
This prophecy is reported on in depth in both the book, "Petrus Romanus" and in Doc Marquis' DVD, "2012 & Beyond: Volume 1", both of which are shown above.This incredible Catholic "prophecy" is being followed to the letter. In 1595, St. Malachy wrote of a vision where he was shown that 111 Popes would arise and serve before the final Pope, 'Peter The Roman', or 'Petrus Romanus', Pope 112.
Doc reports that the description Malachy presents for each 111 Popes is eerily accurate; the characteristics of the "Petrus Romanus" label him the False Prophet (Rev 13:11-18), the Pope who will be in office when Antichrist destroys the Papacy and the Vatican by fire (Rev 17:16)
The current Pope, Benedict XVI, is Pope 111. The world trembles as this very elderly Pope falters in the performance of his office.
The Biblical False Prophet is awaiting in the wings, ready to step out onto the world stage. The new Pope may be younger than is typical and he may pledge to clean up the scandals which perpetually plague the Holy See.
Beleaguered Roman Catholic adherents would welcome such a Pope with open arms.