In his article of 13th Nov. 2017, C. Ferrara speaks of prophecies, which are often dismissed by neo- Catholic commentators as being “apocryphal”. They just can’t believe that they are true. I myself cannot understand this mindset. An example is the prophecy of St Francis. It is the first one that I recognized to speak to us of these times. It says everything, we are still all arguing about – an uncanonically elected pope, who would be a “destroyer”, who would “draw many into error and death” etc. C. Ferrara points out the authenticity of this prophecy. He calls this prophecy “astonishing”
“A short time before the holy Father’s [St. Francis’] death, he called together his children and warned them of the coming troubles:
“Act bravely, my brethren; take courage and trust in the Lord. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound; the charity of many will grow cold, and the malice of the wicked will increase. The devils will have unusual power; the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who obey the true Supreme Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal ears and perfect charity.
“At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death. Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it.
“There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God….
“Those who persevere in their fervor and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth…
“Some preachers will keep silent about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them, not a true Pastor, but a destroyer.” [paragraph breaks added]”
The authenticity of this prophecy:
First of all, it was published way back in 1882!
Secondly the (Catholic) author of the published “Works of the Seraphic Father, St. Francis of Assisi” separated the “doubtful prophecies” from the authentic ones. C. Ferara continues ”Moreover, in 1882 there could hardly have been any “radical traditionalist” motive to circulate phony quotations of the saint”..
Thirdly, “Saint Francis’ prophecy is clearly not a prediction of the Great Western Schism (1378-1417), which did not involve a “destroyer” on the Chair of Peter who leads the faithful into error, widespread apostasy, and the persecution of faithful Catholics as “schismatics.” But it does contain elements very familiar to us today.
Fourthly. could it be just “coincidence that Saint Francis’ prophecy of a future “destroyer” in the papal office seems to correspond rather well with the pontificate of the only Pope who has taken Francis’ name as his own?”
“Something else to consider: Saint Francis, one of the greatest saints in Church history, one of the few who is known and revered by the whole world, freely revealed his vision of an ecclesial destroyer who usurps the papal office. That is, Saint Francis did not suffer from the currently reigning papolatry, which holds that the indefectibility of the Church depends upon defending every word and deed of a given Pope as somehow consistent with Tradition and declares absolutely inadmissible the idea that the holder of the Petrine office could be a threat to the integrity of the Faith. Rather, Saint Francis, illuminated by heaven itself, recognized the coming reality …”
Ordinary, faith-filled Catholics believe the approved prophecies of saints, but many sadly don’t know about them. It is all those modernists who trounce them and deride them and scoff – it is not what they want to hear. It is not what priests, clergy and bishops want to hear. Perhaps they have not read them? Or perhaps it is something they don’t want to hear? This is despite the fact that other saints and even Our Lady has announced these prophecies over and over again.
In this supreme moment of need for the Church, the one who should speak will fall silent.” – (Our Lady of Good Success)
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