Friday, April 08, 2005

Two more popes?

OK, this is weird. According to NewsMax, a 10th Century Irish bishop made predictions on all future popes, and two remain.

Historians say Malachy's prediction – wherein he listed just 112 popes – has been amazingly accurate.

According to his list, there are just two more popes after the late John Paul II.

...The 111th prophecy is "Gloria Olivae" (The Glory of the Olive). The meaning of the olive is unclear. The Order of Saint Benedict – not St. Malachy – has claimed that this pope will come from its ranks and Saint Benedict himself prophesied that before the end of the world his Order, known also as the Olivetans, will triumphantly lead the Catholic Church in its final fight against evil.

Now the prophecies don't seem to be so uncanny as to be inexplicable; they appear to have a sort of Nostradamus-like ability to find fulfillment in a number of ordinary ways, but it does beat the odds that JP2 was both born and buried during lunar eclipses.

The next pope, so the prediction goes, will be "the glory of the olive". NewsMax speculates about a Dominican, aka Olivetan. Is it coincidence that the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24 and 25 has to do with end-time propecies?