Monday, February 11, 2013

Irishmen Start Betting on Next (and Last?) Pope

Pope Betting from Paddy Power already has picked a front-runner with three-to-one odds, His Eminence Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson, whom this blogger predicted would be the next (and last?) pope two-and-a-half years ago — Next Pope, Black Pope, Last Pope? I wrote:
    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."
Both Pope Betting from Paddy Power and the Prophecy of St Malachy come from the country whose story is told in How the Irish Saved Civilization. Pray for us, St. Malachy. Back in 2010, I also wrote, "Of course, none of the above have any official recognition by the Church."

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