I’m going to say something from the very outset: my title is somewhat disingenuous. I don’t have any evidence that the new pope is evil; after all, I don’t even know who he IS yet.
But I DO know that many Catholics and religion reporters are saying that right after the first pope to resign in over 600 years – which for the record is a very long time – we now need a younger, more aggressive pope who can take control of the Vatican administration and be part politician, part CEO. The need for great theology is now largely deemed secondary to this Catholic Church facing so many crises.
VATICAN CITY — When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger took the name Benedict XVI upon becoming pope, it was a nod to sixth-century St. Benedict of Nursia, who had lived for several years in a cave in Italy.
As Pope Benedict prepares to end his papacy this week, his critics say the challenges he’ll leave to his successor are the result of him living in a cave of his own.
Benedict’s intellect and successful role as a spiritual leader for the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics is not in doubt, say Vatican experts and observers. But recent blunders and the poor handling of festering scandals indicate Benedict may have been far too immersed in scholarship and theology over his nearly eight-year tenure when what the church needed was a CEO.
“There was a time when the pope was a kind of king, and then, more recently, a spiritual leader,” said Alistair Sear, a church historian in Rome. “Perhaps now we will see an age of the pope first and foremost as an administrator.”
And I can’t help but think of that incredibly fascinating prophecy about the papal succession. Because it held that the very next pope after Benedict would be evil – literally “the Black Pope.” And once the Catholic college of cardinals votes for such a young, energetic administrator who isn’t all that interested in Catholic theology, it’s not like they can change their minds and vote him out.
Many have wondered if the final pope who would come (i.e., this pope right after Pope Benedict) would be the False Prophet of Revelation if not the Antichrist himself.
And it could just be that he will be. It’s certainly starting to look a whole lot more likely given Benedict’s bizarre resignation in the wake of such massive scandal of homosexuality at the very highest levels of the Church.
The resignation of Pope Benedict stunned the world. And it is equally stunning that two of the cardinals who were to choose his successor are caught up in terribly depraved sexual scandals and the coverup of those depraved scandals.
And there is even very real speculation that Pope Benedict may well have resigned because of a report he had received detailing a cabal of homosexual cardinals right inside the Vatican itself.
And that report mentions that the still secret Vatican report on the damage caused by these homosexual cardinals – some of whom were apparently being blackmailed by people outside the Church itself – was preceded by another damning report about a profound and profoundly disturbing takeover of the Catholic Church in Poland by homosexual priests.
The fact of the matter is that a vast homosexual underground has been undermining the Church and undermining the Pope’s papal authority as well as his claims to both any kind of good leadership or even any kind of personal integrity.
I wrote about this issue – which has been a blatant plague on the Catholic Church for decades and possibly even centuries. I said back in April of 2008:
I mentioned that the overwhelming majority of Catholic priests’ sexual abuse cases were homosexual in nature rather than cases of pedophilia. Let me take a moment to document the homosexual subculture within the Catholic Church before I relate this to Bill Maher. I quote one paragraph from the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (source: http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_rcc1.htm). I am including the footnotes in order to better document the following statements, and maintain the numbering of the footnotes as they are found in the article:
* Father Donald Cozzens wrote that several studies have concluded that about 50% of priests and seminarians are gay. 5 * David France of Newsweek, referring to St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA, wrote: “Depending on whom you ask, gay and bisexual men make up anywhere from 30 percent to 70 percent of the student body at the college and graduate levels.” 3 * Rt. Rev. Helmut Hefner, rector of St. Johns Seminary “accepts that his gay enrollment may be as high as 50 percent.” 3 * Gay journalist Rex Wockner commented: “When I was in the Catholic seminary in my early 20s (St. Meinrad College, St. Meinrad, Ind., 1982-1983; University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Ill., 1983-1984), at least 50 percent of the students were gay….At St. Mary of the Lake, the straight students felt like a minority and felt excluded from some aspects of campus life to such an extent that the administration staged a seminar at which we discussed the problem of the straight students feeling left out of things…” 6 * Author and sociologist James G. Wolfe estimated that 55.1% of seminarians were gay. 7
3 David France, “Gays and the Seminary,” MSNBC, 2002-MAY-20, at: http://www.msnbc.com/ 5 “Vatican threatens gay purge of priesthood,” The Data Lounge, 2002-MAR-6, at: http://www.datalounge.com/ 6 Rex Wockner, “The end of Catholicism in America,” PlanetOut, at: http://www.planetout.com/ 7 James G. Wolf, “Gay Priests,” Harper and Row, 1989, Pages 59-60. Cited in Father Donald Cozzens, “The Changing Face of the Priesthood: A reflection on the priest’s crisis of soul,” Liturgical Press, (2000), Page 99.
One of many supporting articles would be http://www.actupny.org/YELL/catholicpriests.html which begins, “Roman Catholic priests in the United States are dying from AIDS-related illnesses at a rate four times higher than the general population and the cause is often concealed on their death certificates, The Kansas City Star reported in a series of stories that started Sunday.” The article goes on to describe the homosexual subculture within the Catholic Church.
I pointed out that Bill Maher was an abject moral hypocrite of the worst kind for on the one hand being a liberal and a champion of homosexuality while on the other hand damning an organization that is only guilty of doing what liberals like Bill Maher wanted in the first place and allowing homosexuals more power and influence.
But the major point why I recite that article is because it is a fact that over 80% of the “pedophile” cases of Catholic priests in fact involved postpubescant, teenagers, not little children. The scandals destroying the Catholic Church so completely were blatantly homosexual in nature.
Now I state for the record that this scholarly priest named Fr. Dariusz Oko, Ph.D. said what I was saying a few years ago even more directly, if possible:
We should first expose the common lie presented by the media. They keep talking about paedophilia among clergymen, while it is most often the case that the problem is ephebophilia, which is a perversion consisting in adult homosexual men being attracted not to children, but to pubescent and adolescent boys. It is a typical deviation related to homosexuality. Basic knowledge about that reality includes the fact that more than 80 percent of cases involving sexual abuse by clergymen reported in the U.S.A. were cases of ephebophilia, not paedophilia! That fact has been carefully hidden and ignored, as it reveals particularly well the hypocrisy of the homolobby in both the world and the Church. It is all the more important that it be exposed.
In other countries, the situation is similar, it is therefore important to note that scandals involving sexual abuse which have shaken the global Church were mostly the work of homosexual clergymen. The Church has paid a very painful price for the tremendous offences which have been exposed, losing much of its credibility. This has caused dramatic difficulties both in spiritual and material terms in many dioceses, monasteries and seminars, with churches becoming empty in entire provinces of the Church. It is estimated that the Church in the U.S.A. has had to pay more than one and a half billion dollars in damages so far. None of that would have been possible without the existence of a significant underground, of which prosecutors usually reveal only a small part, the tip of the iceberg. The scandals have also involved those holding the highest offices. In Poland, for instance, Archbishop Juliusz Paetz was dismissed from his office as Bishop of Poznan in 2002. In Ireland, so similar to Poland in spiritual and historical terms, so Catholic, several bishops have been removed from office in the recent years, including John Magee, Bishop of the Diocese of Cloyne, dismissed in 2010 on the grounds of covering up the offences of paedophilia and ephebophilia committed by 19 priests in his diocese. Before that, Fathers Paetz and Magee had worked together in Vatican for many years as part of the closest, most influential associates of the last three Popes.
The lengths to which militant homosexuals in cassocks can go can be observed in the behaviour of the particularly “liberal” and “open-minded” Archbishop Rembert Weakland, who ruled the diocese of Milwaukee, U.S.A., in the years 1977-2002. He openly admitted to being gay and to having had many partners in life. Throughout the term of his office – for 25 years – he continuously opposed the Pope and the Holy See on many issues, particularly criticizing and rejecting the teaching of the Magisterium on homosexuality. He supported and protected active gays in his diocese, helping them avoid liability for sexual offences they repeatedly committed. At leaving his office, he defrauded about a half million dollars to support his ex-partner. One of the most influential people in the Church of his time, Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legion of Christ, turned out to be bisexual and to have perpetrated serious sexual offences against many members and underage students in his own congregation, including even his own son… All four went entirely unpunished for a long time, despite many complaints and charges against them sent to Rome for years. Only direct contact with the Pope or publications in the media finally helped. Otherwise, everything was blocked at lower levels of local or by the Vatican hierarchy. It was similar in many other cases. For instance, several years passed before Bishops Patrick Ziemann of Santa Rosa in California (1999), Juan Carlos Maccarone of Santiago del Estero in Argentina (2005), Georg Müller of Trondheim and Oslo in Norway (2009), Raymond John Lahey of Antigonish in Canada (2009), Roger Vangheluw of Bruges, in Belgium (2010), John C. Favalora of Miami (2010) and Anthony J. O’Connell of Palm Beach in Florida (2010) were removed from office for active engagement in[, or cover-up of,] homosexual paedophilia or ephebophilia. Similar steps had to be taken with respect to many other bishops who concealed or covered up such offences. The same applied to many, sometimes very influential priests. Not only the number of serious sexual offences proves the power of that underground, but also – to an ever greater extent – the degree to which the process of selecting candidate bishops has been disturbed, who were allowed to make a great “career” in the Church despite their having perpetrated such offences, despite leading a double life. This is further confirmed by the efficiency with which such cases were covered up and concealed, the often insurmountable blockade of all attempts made within the Church to protect the wronged, to strive for elementary truth and justice. It has been so difficult at times to take appropriate, self-evident measures against homosexuals, so many strange difficulties have arisen, and even any success in that area is limited, partial and temporary. We witness a terrible phenomenon – it turns out the comfort of homosexual offenders is more important than the fate of children and youth, the fate of the whole Church. If that was done deliberately, that would be high treason, the Church would be guilty of betraying the youth!
This can also be seen in the fear and confusion of the clergy, particularly in certain dioceses and congregations, when faced with that topic – they escape into silence, unable to articulate even elementary statements on the teaching of the Church on the subject. What are they afraid of? Where does that fear in entire groups of mature, adult men come from? And where do the neuroses, heart diseases and other complaints come from in priests who nevertheless try to oppose such phenomena, especially to protect children and youth? They must be afraid of some influential lobby which wields its power and which they may fall into disfavour with. In order for such evil to be concealed and tolerated, it is necessary that the right people hold key positions, and that not only a homolobby, but a homoclique or a homomafia is created. Indeed, that is what the present Polish Minister of Justice, Jaroslaw Gowin, called that group when referring to the scandal of homosexual abuses perpetrated by priests in the Diocese of Plock, the offences of molestation against young people and seminarians, and the covering up of such facts. He said that when he intervened in the Church in the case of Archbishop Paetz, he had the impression he was dealing with a mafia, brutally negating even the most obvious principles and facts.
That message of moral clarity sadly never reached the Vatican. Homosexuals and the radical perversion of homosexuality OWNS the Catholic Church today.
One of the questions is, will the next young, aggressive pope immediately confront this massive homosexual underground that now owns the Catholic Church, or will he be the tool through which they seize total power? Will the rule of the next pope confront, or accommodate, the homosexual lobby.
And I do not have very high hopes that we will see him confront and fight and destroy this massive homosexual cabal.
I have written elsewhere that the Catholic Church’s view of homosexuality is deeply theologically flawed. On their view, homosexuality is a temptation – and the temptation to engage in homosexual sex acts is not a “sin” but only the actual act itself. That is wrong. Homosexuality is perversion; it is brokenness. And if a man is having serious thoughts about having sex with other men, there is something very wrong inside the soul of that man.
Which is why St. Paul in Romans describes acceptance of open homosexuality being that final, warped act of degenerate perversion that brings the wrath of God. You can’t go any further down the moral sewer of human depravity.
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
We now have a Vatican and a Catholic Church and a White House and an America that is openly tolerating and even celebrating the radical homosexual lifestyle. Which is moral rock bottom and which is the characteristic sin of a society just before God gets truly mad.
I look around and I see a Western Civilization – once the civilization called “Christendom” – has radically departed from God in an embrace of secular humanist liberalism and Marxism. I see America, once “One Nation Under God” now having openly defied Him. I see the Catholic Church – far and away the largest Christian denomination on earth – having become so perverted and so sick. I see America and Europe so deeply in so much unsustainable debt that a complete financial collapse is a given to any with eyes to see. I know that all of the last days prophecies have either already been fulfilled or are already present and merely await the Antichrist to fulfill them. And on top of all of that I have a sense in my gut that something is deeply wrong with the world and there is a reckoning coming.
I know that we are in the last days just before the Antichrist, who is called the beast, comes. I know that America will welcome the beast and worship him. And I know that American liberals, American Democrats and yes, American Catholics will rush to take his mark as a sign of that worship.
When the beast comes, he will be the ultimate big government messiah figure, which the left’s worship of Obama has already proven that the coming Antichrist will be the fulfillment of leftist hopes and dreams.
And they will march behind him as he leads the world right into a hell on earth.
I sadly believe that it is very likely that this coming pope will be yet another false messiah of darkness on a world that has been given over to the coming beast by decree of divine judgment.