Destruction Of The Beast And The False Prophet Painting by Benjamin West
And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns, like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he executed all the power of the former beast in his sight; and he caused the earth, and them that dwell therein, to adore the first beast, whose wound to death was healed.. (Apocalypse of St. John 16:13)
For reasons that I cannot adequately explain to you, dear reader, when going about my business this morning I began thinking about this article from 5 months ago. I'm not necessarily sure why it would come to mind. I read dozens of articles and book excerpts a week.
The jist of the article, written by active homosexual and ultra-modernist Robert Mickens, a man plugged into Vatican power politics, is that the current régime plans on making the odd resignation of Benedict XVI a routine event. Mickens writes that Francis approves of Benedict's resignation and plans on doing the same. And that whoever succeeds Francis will also retire before death making the papacy an office that is relinquished like every secular office in the world today, which would be an utterly alien concept to its history and purpose.
When a pope succeeds a pope that retired validly he inherits the power of the pope that preceded him. He executes all of the power that the previous pope had. Benedict for example succeeded John Paul II and did his best to build up the adoration for him in the Church and in secular places around the world. You might even say Benedict sought that the world adore his predecessor.
You can see where I am going with this.
It makes me uneasy that this decision - to have popes retire routinely before death - makes what appears to be the papacy a suspect in the fulfillment of the above scripture. It is easy imagine this scenario over time fulfilling the scripture quoted above. It is interesting that the second beast has horns like a lamb - the traditional animal symbol in the Church for Christ - but is actually a beast. Actually, he speaks like a beast to lead people astray.
Have a blessed week.