Ratzinger is the new Pope

At the age of 78,and in somewhat frail health,the odds are good that the world will see another new Pope within a year or two. Big frigging deal!
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Hard-Luck Henry
Pope Benedict = end of the world. Apparently

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Benedict's ascent to the papacy took a conclave of 115 cardinals, four rounds of voting and followed a lifetime of service to the Vatican.

But ask Internet doomsayers eyeing a 12th century Catholic prophecy and they'll tell you it was all stitched up more than eight centuries ago and that judgment day is nigh.

The prophecy -- widely dismissed by scholars as a hoax -- is attributed to St. Malachy, an Irish archbishop recognised by members of the Church for his ability to read the future.

Benedict, believers say, fits the description of the second-to-last pope listed under the prophecy before the Last Judgement, when the bible says God separates the wicked from the righteous at the end of time.

"The Old Testament states: 'believe his prophets and you will prosper' -- so believe it. We are close to the return of the Judge of the nations. Christ is coming," wrote one Internet post by the Reverend Pat Reynolds.

"Thank God for the witness of St. Malachy."

St. Malachy was said to have had a vision during a trip to Rome around 1139 of the remaining 112 Popes. The new pope would be number 111 on that list, and is described in a text attributed to St. Malachy as the "Glory of the Olive".

To connect Benedict, a pale, bookish German, to anything olive takes some imagination. But Malachy-watchers point to the choice of the name Benedict -- an allusion to the Order of Saint Benedict, a branch of which is known as the Olivetans.

"When (he) chose the name Benedict XVI, this was seen as fulfilling the prophecy for this pope," wrote one entry on www.wikipedia.org (external - login to view).

Benedict said that he chose the name partly in honour of Pope Benedict XV (1914-1922), calling him a "courageous prophet of peace". On Wednesday, Benedict dedicated his papacy to "the service of reconciliation and harmony between peoples".

"Perhaps Benedict XVI will be a peacemaker in the Church or in the world, and thus carry the olive branch," speculated www.catholic-pages.com (external - login to view).

Another site, www.bibleprobe.com (external - login to view), went even further, showing a picture of Benedict holding olive branches in March during Palm Sunday celebrations.

"Is this the Pope of Peace (olive)?" it asked in the caption.

Critics widely dismiss the Malachy prophecy as a forgery and possible propaganda meant to influence a 16th century conclave. Doses of scepticism even appear on the most energetic Malachy web pages.

But believers point out similarities between the prophecy's descriptions and past pontificates. Pope John Paul II, number 110, was described in the prophecy as "de labore solis" -- or "of the labour of the sun".

He was born on May 18, 1920, the same day as a solar eclipse. The pontiff was buried on April 8, 2005 -- the same day as a partial eclipse, visible in the Americas.

More pressing for doomsayers are the prophecy's references to the last Pope on the list, Peter the Roman, who will lead the Church before "the formidable judge will judge his people".

Since Benedict is already 78 years old, they say Peter the Roman must be coming soon, and with him, the end of the world.

"His reign will only last a few years at most. This signals that we are living in what may be the end of days as we know it," said one website entry by someone calling himself SmartBob.

SmartBob sounds like a smart guy.
Reverend Blair
Oh good, it the end days again. I knew we needed something to fill in between the last time the world ended (2000) and the next time (2011, I think that is...something to do with the Incan calendar).

I just had a prophesy that the coffee is done though, so I'd best cut this post short.
Hard-Luck Henry
hehehe. A watched kettle never boils, my old mum used to say.
All you have to do is read what this one's stance is on the thousands of sexual abuse cases againist the pedophile priests Which is more of the same, cover up and protect the pedophile. Oh yes, but don't forget its wrong to be gay, but okay to be a pedophile as long as you are a priest
Reverend Blair
That reminds me of the 11th commandment according to my new favourite song, Pea. "Thou shalt not cover up the acts of pervert priests."

I'm thinking I need to Eric Schwartz some money...
Organized Religeon is bad. Very very bad. If we could all be religeon free the the world would be a better place...
Hard-Luck Henry
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Jo Canadian
Here's something that will be as effective as the Texas Abstinance Program. Pope rejects condoms for Africa (external - login to view), I don't think this guy gets it!
Maybe that paper hat is on to tight..for him to do any real thinking
Quote: Originally Posted by Jo Canadian

Here's something that will be as effective as the Texas Abstinance Program. Pope rejects condoms for Africa (external - login to view), I don't think this guy gets it!

Its amazing how religion is so narrow minded on this.

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