Years ago, when Pope John Paul II still reigned, Michael Brown over at Spirit Daily contacted Father Albert Roux of the Marian Movement of Priests because of a story he was writing on Father Stefano Gobbi.
Fr. Roux emphasized
that: "The Blessed Mother keeps saying that when the Pope [John Paul II] dies
the Church will be projected into a dense darkness and it's going to be a great
confusion, where people will be dropping out of the Church...There is a man of
iniquity who is supposed to be entering the Church. To me that is the
anti-christ and his false prophet, and my understanding is that the false
prophet will be a false pope who will empty the Church of her spirituality and
her doctrine, and will create the abomination of desolation by declaring that
the Gospels are not historical and that the divinity of Christ is questionable
and the Eucharist is just a symbol. Then he's going to raise the anti-christ,
which is going to happen before Jesus's return...
anti-christ can not come on the public scene until John Paul dies. Something is
holding the anti-christ from coming out and I believe this is the papacy of John
Paul II. John Paul is not afraid of anyone and he would face up to the
anti-christ and unmask him publicly and [the anti-christ] would lose his clout.
He would be humiliated, and Satan is not about to let this happen, so he's got
to wait till John Paul dies for the anti-christ to appear on the public
I think the United Nations is preparing for the anti-christ's
coming to the public scene. He's going to govern the world through the United
Nations. Now is the time that Jesus is separating the goats from the sheep. What
He's going to do is send Mary to advise and to send events for us to make
decisions when we face them. Either we stand on the right hand of Jesus or the
left hand side. When Jesus comes in glory He's going to destroy His enemies and
then He's going to recreate the earthly paradise that Adam and Eve had. Those
on the right hand side will go into this new promised land."
Is there not a real sense that the two camps of the Mystical Body
of Christ and the Mystical Body of Antichrist are now entering a time of final battle?
It was Archbishop Fulton John Sheen who warned that,"We are
living in the days of the Apocalypse - the last days of our era...The two great
forces of the Mystical Body of Christ and the Mystical Body of Antichrist are
beginning to draw up the battle lines for the catastrophic contest."
that was more than forty years ago.
Over at 1 Peter 5, it is being asserted that we cannot yet state with certainty that Francis is an Antipope. This is really a moot point. One does not have to be an antipope to be a false prophet. How quickly this is forgotten. Our first Pope, Saint Peter, spoke to Our Lord at a moment when the Devil had [temporarily] entered him:
"From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, 'God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.' He turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.' (Matthew 16: 21-23).
Peter, our first Pope, was chosen by the Lord Jesus Himself. And here we see that the Devil was speaking through him! If only for a brief moment. And Peter was the true Pope.
Cardinal Manning explained why the spiritual revolt* [The Great
Apostasy] prophesied by Saint Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-11 will originate from
within the Catholic Church:
"...The authority, then, from which the
revolt is to take place is that of the kingdom of God on earth, prophesied by
Daniel [cf. Daniel 2] as the kingdom which the God of heaven should set up … in
other words, the one and universal Church, founded by our Divine Lord, and
spread by His Apostles throughout the world. In this one only kingdom was
deposited the true and supernatural pure theism, or knowledge of God, and the
true and only faith of God incarnate, with the doctrines and laws of grace.
This, then, is the authority from which the revolt is to be made, be that revolt
what it may.
*"St. Jerome, with some others, interprets this revolt to be
the rebellion of the nations or provinces against the Roman Empire. … They have
revolted, and no manifestation has appeared." Thus, the revolt is spiritual, not
"The apostasy of the city of Rome from the vicar of Christ and
its destruction by Antichrist may be thoughts very new to many Catholics, that I
think it well to recite the text of theologians of greatest repute. First
Malvenda, who writes expressly on the subject, states as the opinion of Ribera,
Gaspar Melus, Biegas, Suarrez, Bellarmine and Bosius that Rome shall
apostatize from the Faith, drive away the Vicar of Christ and return to
its ancient paganism. ...Then the Church shall be scattered, driven into the
wilderness, and shall be for a time, as it was in the beginning, invisible;
hidden in catacombs, in dens, in mountains, in lurking places; for a time it
shall be swept, as it were from the face of the earth. Such is the universal
testimony of the Fathers of the early Church.”- Henry Edward Cardinal Manning,
The Present Crisis of the Holy See, 1861, London: Burns and Lambert, pp.
Cardinal Manning delivered a series of lectures in 1861 under the
title “The Present Crises of the Holy See Tested by Prophecy” in which Manning
he foresaw a future crises in the Roman Catholic Church initiated by a false
ecumenism and progressivist theology that many orthodox Catholics have loathed
following the Second Vatican Council. Manning believed that this progressivist
current would undermine the authority of the Church and ultimately result in a
departure from the true faith by the nations together
with the displacement of the true pope by a false prophet, thus ushering in
the Antichrist and global apostasy. Manning also believed secret societies like
the Freemasons were part of this conspiracy.
“The secret societies have long ago
undermined and honeycombed the Christian society of Europe, and are at this
moment struggling onward towards Rome, the center of all Christian order in the
world,”he wrote. But when he looked at the prophecy in Revelation 18 concerning
the end-time destruction of Mystery Babylon, Manning saw it was the hand of God
in judgment of worldwide apostasy emanating from Rome:
"We read in the Book
Apocalypse, of the city of Rome, that she said in the pride of her heart, “I sit
as a queen, and am no widow, and sorrow I shall not see. Therefore shall her
plagues come in one day: death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be
burned with fire, because God is strong who shall judge her.” Some of the
greatest writers of the Church tell us that…the great City of Seven Hills…the
city of Rome will probably become apostate…and that Rome will again be punished,
for he will depart from it; and the judgment of God will fall…"
Pray and watch.