Do the Prophecies of Saint Francis Explain It All?

via Do the Prophecies of Saint Francis Explain It All?

171004_FrancisofAssisiIn the article below after the quotes from the prophecy of St Francis himself, the writer discusses how some of these have been fulfilled – in particular the one about being “uncanonically elected” The author gives many examples of the evidence. This is the main aim.

But we can also see how the other parts of the prophecies have been fulfilled-“by his cunning, will endeavor to draw many into error and death“; “great trials and afflictions”; “malice of the wicked”; “our order will be divided”; “There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy”; “Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it” ; “scandals will be multiplied”; “Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it.”

“The Prophecy of St. Francis about a Future Pope

Guest post by David Martin:

Shortly before his death, St. Francis of Assisi called together the friars of his Order and detailed a prophecy of what was to come upon the Church in the latter days. That this prophecy references the last times is evident by the prediction of events that would not be fulfilled until after Vatican II, and by its placing these events in the time frame of the Gospel prophecy concerning the great tribulations just before Christ’s Second Coming. (Matthew 24) St. Francis relates the following concerning the future Church under siege.

 

TAKEN FROM Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi, R. Washbourne, 1882, pp. 248-250, with imprimatur by His Excellency William Bernard, Bishop of Birmingham.  

“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 will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff [cf, Benedict XVI] and the Roman Church with loyal hearts 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 endeavor 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.

Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. [cf, Franciscans of the Immaculate] Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving of the elect.

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. But the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted, and will save all who trust in Him. And in order to be like their Head [Christ], these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will prefer to perish rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy.

“Some preachers will keep silence 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 Jesus Christ will send them not a true pastor, but a destroyer.”

In this prophecy, St. Francis relates how very few Christians “will obey the true sovereign pontiff” [presumably Benedict XVI] and how many would be misled by “a man, not canonically elected” who “will be raised to the Pontificate.” The mention of a “true” sovereign pontiff implies that the opposite would coexist with him. To infer that this refers to Pope Francis is in no way unreasonable, when we consider his ongoing contempt for rules, discipline, and tradition, and the fact that he has praised enemies like abortionist Emma Bonino and heretic Martin Luther, while persecuting holy men like Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Sarah, and the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in Rome (FFI).

St. Francis no doubt was referring to the FFI, when he said, “our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us.” We all know of the cruel punishment that came upon the Franciscan Friars in 2013, whose founder Fr. Stefano Manelli was dismissed and whose members were forbidden from saying the Latin Mass and forced into saying the modern Mass against their conscience and against the rules of the order.

In speaking of the Church, St. Francis said, “scandals will be multiplied,” which have certainly come to pass. What else could describe a pope dubbing Catholic procreation as “rabbit breeding” while warmly inviting transgenders to the Vatican to meet with him and receive his blessing? And of course there is the hot-button issue of allowing divorced and civilly remarried adulterers to receive Communion, as sanctioned in Amoris Laetita. Jesus spoke of this very thing, saying, “Woe to the world because of scandals.” (Matthew 18:7)

From the onset we have seen something very “contrary” with Francis. While scolding any attempts to convert outsiders to the Catholic Faith, he blesses apostates and permits them to poison his flock with their rebellious thinking. While dubbing “idolaters” those Christians who hold tenaciously to Catholic tradition, he blesses the lost and misled who bow to the planetary idol of “Mother Earth.”

Worse yet is his formal denial of the Church’s dogmatic teaching on eternal hell, as inscribed in Article 297 of Amoris Laetita. “No one can be condemned forever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel! Here I am not speaking only of the divorced and remarried, but of everyone, in whatever situation they find themselves.” Formal heresy anyone?

However, the real crime of his pontificate was nailed by St. Francis, when he said, “Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it.” Francis, who has often fashioned nice words of praise for the pro-life movement, recently dismissed all the members of the Pontifical Academy for Life and has rewritten its statutes in such a way that, beginning January 1, 2017, the new members will not be required to hold to the oath to defend the dignity of a person “from conception until (natural) death.” (Source)

And now Pope Francis has praised the 1960s German moral theologian Bernard Häring, one of the most prominent dissenters from Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, for his new morality which the pope said helped “moral theology to flourish.” “I think Bernard Häring was the first to start looking for a new way to help moral theology to flourish again,” he said in comments, published Sunday by La Civiltà Cattolica, that were given during a dialogue with the Jesuit order which was gathered for its 36th general Congregation on October 24, 2016, in Rome. (Source)

Apparently Francis thinks that Humanae Vitae was serving to drive morality back to the jungle. Humanae Vitae, as we know, is Pope Paul’s crowning masterpiece on the sanctity of human life which absolutely forbids abortion or any type of artificial birth control. The entire Church is bound by it.

Even so, Francis is complicit with United Nations anti-life agenda. We recount the infamous event of April 28, 2015, when the Vatican hosted a Soros-backed climate change conference in which several key pro-abortion advocates from the U.N., including U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Jeffrey Sachs, proposed that the Church adopt their Sustainable Development Goals of making the planet a safer place through worldwide depopulation. (abortion) The proposals of April 28 were fully endorsed by the Vatican the very next day.

On September 25, 2015, Pope Francis addressed the United Nations General Assembly, urging the approval of the Sustainable Development Goals, which passed that day in the U.N. His encyclical on climate change would serve to get the fire going on this, and he himself had expressed hope that his environmental encyclical, Laudato Siwould be used to promote the passage of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015.

The foregoing warrants still a closer look at the prophecy about an uncanonically elected pope. St. Francis said, “a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate,” indicating that his ascent to the papacy will be done before the entire Church, but somehow his election will not be canonical. It suggests that a private interest group will place this man into power under the guise of an election, so that he could advance their agenda.

Credible reports from 2015 indicate that Benedict XVI was coerced into resigning, which was providentially foreshadowed in Pope Benedict’s inaugural speech of April 24, 2005, when he said: “Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.” We know from Cardinal Danneels of Brussels that he was part of a radical “mafia” reformist group opposed to Benedict XVI. Danneels, known for his support of abortion, LGBT rights, gay-marriage, and pornography said in a taped interview in September 2015 that he and several cardinals were part of this “mafia” club which bore the name of St. Gallen. He said the group was calling for drastic changes in the Church, to make it “much more modern,” and that the plan all along was to have Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio [Francis] head it. (Source)

This infamous clique which is documented in Austen Ivereigh’s biography of Pope Francis, The Great Reformer, comprised the key members of the Vatican “gay-lobby” which held the reigns and created much chaos at the October 2014-2015 Synods on the Family. According to some reports, lobby members threatened Pope Benedict with extortion prior to his resignation.

This is credible when we consider that on February 11, 2012, one year before Pope Benedict announced his resignation, it was reported that Benedict XVI was given only one year to live if he didn’t resign. Cardinal Paolo Romeo, Archbishop of Palermo, reportedly said these things to a group of people in Beijing toward the end of 2011. According to the report, Cardinal Romeo “harshly criticized Pope Benedict XVI,” and “with self-assurance, as if he knew with precision, Cardinal Romeo announced that the Holy Father would have only twelve months to live. During his conversations in China he prophesied the death of Pope Benedict XVI within the next 12 months.” (Source)

Still another point that lends credence to the idea of an “uncanonically elected pope” is the testimony of Pope Benedict himself, who stated that he never renounced his Petrine Office. On the eve of his resignation, he said: “Here, allow me to go back once again to 19 April 2005. The real gravity of the decision was also due to the fact that from that moment on I was engaged always and forever by the Lord. Always – anyone who accepts the Petrine ministry no longer has any privacy. He belongs always and completely to everyone, to the whole Church. In a manner of speaking, the private dimension of his life is completely eliminated.” … “The ‘always’ is also a “forever” – there can no longer be a return to the private sphere. My decision to resign the active exercise of the ministry does not revoke this.” (Pope Benedict XVI at the General Audience of February 27, 2013)

Hence Benedict XVI is still pope, wholly and entirely, so that nothing of his Petrine character has been diminished. Yet, there can only be one pope, not two, so what does that make Francis? If Francis is a true, canonically elected pope, then Benedict XVI can no longer be pope, since the Grace of State of his Office no longer rests with him, but has been given to Pope Francis. Yet Benedict insists he is pope “forever” and that his “decision to resign the active exercise of the ministry does not revoke this.”

If Benedict XVI had renounced the entirety of the Petrine Office, i.e. the contemplative andactive ministry together, it could perhaps be argued that he is merely Pope Emeritus and is no longer a valid pope, but he argues emphatically against this, stating that he is pope “forever” and that he has resigned only the active ministry thereof. Yet there cannot exist two popes simultaneously. The idea of a “two-headed” pope or a “communal papacy” is heretical and foreign to anything Christ taught. It’s either Francis or Benedict XVI. Which is it?”

Pray for Pope Benedict

There are other prophecies, but this one is so obvious and came 100’s of years before the others. The false pope even took his name. You can’t read this and not get it. i don’t know why priests and bishops are so stubborn about prophecies – especially when they come from Our Lady and the Saints?

If they had listened, we would not be in this predicament.

Thankfully, Heaven doesn’t give up on us and God sends prophets, over and over, and even His own Mother to warn us.

Acknowledging the true pope is the first step towards not being deceived

AM+DG

 


Pope Benedict XVI

Gradually we have come to know some of the details of Pope Benedict’s supposed ‘resignation’. But Jesus warned us (in the Book of Truth) many times through many messages between 2010 and 2012, well before it came to pass, that an imposter would soon take over the throne of St. Peter. He told us that the False Prophet would stand in his place. We were expecting it. But not even we were expecting that the prophecy given on February 11th, 2012 would become apparent on the exact same date a year later, almost to the hour.

Read it here:

https://missionofsalvation.com/message-0336/

We were also told (in several messages) exactly what his supposed successor -who is not just a false pope and deceptive usurper, but the False Prophet of Revelations- would be like. An extract of the message from March 11th, 2011, is below:

All Christians Repent Now, Catholics Pray for Pope Benedict…

…My beloved daughter, I want you to continue to move quickly to spread the Word regarding these Messages. I have explained to you before that they must be given to as many people as possible in the shortest possible time. As this event looms, so too will an event regarding the Holy Vatican.Ask everyone to pray for My beloved Holy Vicar Pope Benedict, for he is surrounded by the enemies of My Eternal Father. Pray for the priests who have never wavered in their faith to Me or My Eternal Father.

Rise of the false prophet
They need to pray hard now, as the outcome of this attack on My Holy Vicar will be witnessed by you all. Pray, pray, pray that the false prophet will be identified for what he is. Watch out for his demeanour. His attention seeking agenda, the way in which My misguided sacred servants will drop in awe at his feet. Then listen to what he has to say, carefully. His humility will be false, his intentions mischievous and the love he exudes will be all about him. He will be seen as being innovative, dynamic – a breath of fresh air. While he is driven and energetic, his powers will not come from God the Eternal Father. They come from Satan, the evil one.

Pray, pray, pray. For you, My children, need to be on your guard. You need Me to guide you now as these prophecies are revealed to mankind. Be strong, loyal to My Teachings. Pray in groups. Pray the Holy Rosary to seek protection from the evil one.

Remember one lesson. My Teachings never change. They are the same as they have always been. As I said before, it is when you find that they are tampered with, toned down, or as will be the case, distorted in a way that seems strange, or at odds with My Teachings, turn away and pray to Me for guidance.

Your Divine Saviour
Jesus Christ”

Is it any wonder that the messenger was hated and castigated? Is it any wonder these messages were rejected with great force?

Gradually, after the ‘supposed resignation’ of Pope Benedict and the election of a supposedly new ‘pope’ (Jorge Bergoglio; who refers to himself as Pope Francis),  various theories began to be raised about the invalidity of the conclave.

From memory they included: the illegal meetings of the St. Gallen group, the grammar mistake in the resignation itself, the fact that there were too many elections on the day of the election (but I have read that this doesn’t matter) etc.

Since then, so much more has been discovered : that there was actually vote harvesting beforehand so that they had already arranged a guaranteed 25 votes before the election; the deliberate, definitive wording of the resignation regarding the munos and ministerium; the fact that Card Sodano was meant to do an enquiry into the resignation first etc.

 St. Francis of Assisi warned us of “an uncanonically elected pope”, who was not a “true pastor but a destroyer”. The arguments continue but few want to take up the battle. None can understand. The fact is that it is all in the Book of Revelation, and this all has to come to pass. People just don’t want to face the fact: that this is it!

We all struggle, first of all, with convincing our uninformed friends and those “with blinkers on” of what is happening. We don’t want them to be deceived but it is difficult to get the whole message across, or to get them to accept the truth.

The easiest first step is often to inform them of all the Catholic prophecies through the ages from Our Lady and the Saints: St Francis, Our Lady of Good success, La Salette, St Leo XIII, Pius X, Fatima, St Faustina, Garabandal, Akita. This is the easy part – most Catholics will accept these. ( See our menu – “Tools for Evangelisation”  to download a booklet to hand out.)

What is important for people to see is that Pope Benedict XVI is still the pope, regardless of whether Bergoglio is still there as the “great pretender“. Getting rid of him won’t happen in the way we think- prophecies foretold will be fulfilled. This does not reduce our obligations however, – it increases them due to the nature of the battle. In the Book of Revelations, both the False prophet and the Antichrist are thrown into the lake of fire.

As for Pope Benedict XVI and his resignation, a very thorough article has been posted on Bishop Gracida’s blog by David Martin, which is very helpful in explaining all the  facts and where Canon Law stands.

The parts we are concerned with – that Pope Benedict is the pope- are reproduced below:


A Closer Look at Benedict’s Resignation                       and the Ensuing Papal Crisis

 By David Martin

“With the controversial buzz that surrounded the election of Pope Francis upon the resignation of  Pope Benedict XVI, it seems that we may have lost sight of a key element in this episode,  namely, that Benedict never fully resigned the papal ministry but only the active exercise thereof.

On the eve of his resignation, he said:

“Anyone who accepts the Petrine ministry no longer has any privacy. He belongs always and completely to everyone, to the whole Church… The‘always’ is also a ‘forever’ – there can no longer be a return to the private sphere. My decision to resign the active exercise of the ministry does not revoke this.” (General Audience, February 27, 2013)

From these words it appears that there has been no revocation of Benedict XVI’s office. According to Church law, a pope must give up his office for his resignation to be valid. (Canon 332) The text indicates that Benedict XVI chose to retain his office “forever,” which is why he continues to wear the papal garb and to go by the name Benedict XVI.

No Shared Papacy 

Naturally, there is no such thing as a “shared papacy.” Christ said to Simon, “Thou art Peter.” He didn’t say to Simon and John, “Thou art Peters.” And while the papacy indeed has various facets, i.e. contemplative, theological, active, etc., it is all one ministry. 1 The idea that two dimensions of the Petrine office can be cubbyholed into separate departments (active and prayerful), each with its own capacity and each occupied by a separate Petrine representative, is heresy. Gänswein no doubt realizes this, but his explanation to the press was apparently the best he could do to cover for a very embarrassing situation that caused his mentor to be dethroned.    

Rules and Regulations Violated

Clearly, there was intense politics and vote canvassing at work around the time of the conclave, which directly violated Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, governing papal elections. Therein he makes it clear that vote canvassing among cardinal electors is strictly forbidden, and that it incurs automatic excommunication. Consider the following from his Constitution:

“The Cardinal electors shall further abstain from any form of pact, agreement, promise or other commitment of any kind which could oblige them to give or deny their vote to a person or persons. If this were in fact done, even under oath, I decree that such a commitment shall be null and void and that no one shall be bound to observe it; and I hereby impose the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae upon those who violate this prohibition.” (81)

This prohibition applies not only to the election itself but to that time just before the election when preparations are underway, since it is during this time that illicit political activity would exert its greatest influence on the vote. “Any form of pact” obliging electors “to give or deny their vote to a person” would be secured before the election.

The pope also says in his Constitution:

“Confirming the prescriptions of my Predecessors, I likewise forbid anyone, even if he is a Cardinal, during the Pope’s lifetime and without having consulted him, to make plans concerning the election of his successor, or to promise votes, or to make decisions in this regard in private gatherings.” (79)

A clique of cardinals did “make plans” to force Benedict XVI’s resignationand to campaign for “the election of his successor, with up to 25 cardinals “promising votes” the day before the election, this having come about through “private gatherings,” thus revealing the illicit conduct of those cardinal electors to be.

Under the pain of excommunication latae sententiae, Pope John Paul forbids “each and every Cardinal elector, present and future, as also the Secretary of the College of Cardinals and all other persons taking part in the preparation and carrying out of everything necessary for the election” to allow “all possible forms of interference, opposition and suggestion whereby secular authorities of whatever order and degree, or any individual or group, might attempt to exercise influence on the election of the Pope.” (80)

Unfortunately, secular and political interference played a key part in the election of Pope Francis.  According to John Paul II, such interference renders the papal election null and void.

Should the election take place in a way other than that prescribed in the present Constitution, or should the conditions laid down here not be observed,the election is for this very reason 2 null and void, without any need for a declaration on the matter; consequently, it confers no right on the one elected. (76)  

Universi Dominici Gregis (February 22, 1996) | John Paul II

A Pope “Not Canonically Elected”

Bearing this in mind, we turn now to the prophecy of St. Francis of Assisi concerning a future pope. This is found in the Opuscula or Works of St. Francis, which was published by the preeminent Franciscan historian Fr. Luke Wadding in 1621. 

Shortly before his death in 1226, St. Francis of Assisi called together the friars of his Order and detailed this prophecy of what was to come upon the Church in the latter days. The following is an excerpt taken from Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi, R. Washbourne, 1882, pp. 248-250, with imprimatur by His Excellency William Bernard, Bishop of Birmingham.

“At the time of this tribulation, a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavor to draw many into error…. Some preachers will keep silence 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 Jesus Christ will send them not a true pastor, but a destroyer. “

Evidence of a pope “not canonically elected” would be his success in drawing “many into error,” something that has been ongoing since Francis’ election.For instance, on February 4, 2019, he signed a joint statement with the head of Egypt’s al-Azhar Mosque, which states that “diversity of religions” is “willed by God.”This blatantly contravenes the Church’s dogma that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church, yet this “religious diversity” heresy is now preached everywhere from the pulpit, courtesy of Francis.

There is also the issue of Francis’ ongoing collusion with U.N. globalists. On October 28, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences partnered with U.N. pro-abortion advocates to pledge fidelity to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) championed by socialist rebels like George Soros and Jeffrey Sachs. The pope has also honored abortionists Emma Bonino and Lilliane Ploumen for their work.

And let us not forget that Francis engaged in idol worship in St. Peter’s Basilica during the recent Amazonian Synod. The pope and several cardinals were filmed chanting, dancing, and praying before the Pachamama idol as part of the synodal effort to make “reparation” to “Mother Earth” for the “sins” committed against her. Vatican rep denies claims that alleged ‘pagan’ statue is the Virgin Mary

Sr. Lucy’s Vision

Hence Pope Benedict XVI, in an emotional farewell speech at St. Peter’s on February 25, 2013, told a crowd of 100,000 that God had called him to  step down and devote himself to prayer, and to scale the mountain.’https://ynaija.com/god-told-me-to-climb-the-mountain-pope-gives-farewell-speech/

This would suggest that Benedict XVI is “the Holy Father” who scales the mountain in Sr. Lucy’s vision. If you’ll recall, it was in conjunction with the Third Secret of Fatima that Sr. Lucy of Fatima received this symbolic vision,which she penned on January 3, 1944. The following is an excerpt that was published by the Vatican on June 26, 2000.

“We saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.” 

In her vision, Lucy sees two popes as it were. The first is a mirrored image of what appears to be the pope, but is actually “a bishop dressed in white” who gives the “impression” he is the popeThe true pope [BXVI] and his followers scale the mountain amidst peril and danger, praying for the spiritually dead along the way, before which they pass through a city half in ruins, which represents the Church in shambles. At the end of their journey they are martyred for their allegiance to Jesus Crucified.It is a symbolic picture of the Church being put to death. 

We should note that a reflection in the mirror is not a reality, but only an appearance – an impression. Lucy makes the point that this impression is “a bishop dressed in white.” It doesn’t appear that the bishop dressed in white is Benedict XVI or any previous pope, but Pope Francis.

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The interpretation of the vision of Sr. Lucia is subjective. The interpretation  presented (above) by David Martin view is very convincing, but we won’t really know the complete Truth until it happens.. What is important is that Pope Benedict XVI is the one in the prophecy scaling the mountain, as he says in his farewell speech, that God had called him to ‘devote himself to prayer’ and to ‘climb the mountain.’ (see link to this speech in David Martin’s article above.)
Remnant child of Mary contributed to this post.