“Francis I, Malachy and Malachi” — also, why “Francis”?

whitesmoke (crop)Tomorrow’s World is out with a commentary, hot on the heels of the white smoke:

With the election of Francis I of Argentina as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, questions abound. Will he liberalize his church, perhaps relaxing the celibacy requirement for priests and seeking a greater Vatican role in the political life of Europe and beyond? Will he be the final pontiff before Christ’s return? Was his election in fact predicted by a medieval monk?

Click here to read the rest: “Francis I, Malachy and Malachi”

It is worth noting that Francis of Assisi claimed to see a vision while praying at the San Damiano cross in which (as it is supposed) Jesus told him, “Go, Francis, and repair my house, which as you can see, is falling into ruin.” Or, as others have stated it more concisely, “Francis, rebuild my church,” or even, “Francis, clean my church.”

Supposedly Francis of Assisi took that to mean he was to repair their church building there at San Damiano but then came to believe that he was, instead, to reform the church on the whole, as an institution.

[BTW: Hat tip to Mr. Rand Millich on that observation!]

Did Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio choose the name “Francis I”–a completely new papal name–because he sees his purpose as rebuilding (or cleaning) the Catholic Church in the face of its recent scandals of sexual misbehavior and back-stabbing politics? It all bears watching, to be sure. At 76 years of age, it is hard to know if this will be the last pope and, thus, the False Prophet of Scripture. I’ve heard that as a cardinal, Begoglio was a very humble man. It bears watching what he will do in the weeks and months ahead. (And, of note, he is not an antipope, having being chosen canonically. Those who say the last pope must be an antipope have no sure statement of Scripture to firmly back them up whatsoever.)

Meanwhile, I am sure heathen Malachy-addicts are busy heathenly scouring the heathen so-called “Prophecy of St Malachy”–likely a late 16th century forgery–to see if they can shoehorn poor Francis I in like they have so many others, desperate to make it work, or, else, making academic-sounding excuses why he doesn’t have to fit. Let them do so all they like. Heathen is as heathen does.

Again, check out the commentary: “Francis I, Malachy and Malachi”. I will take Malachi over Malachy, any day! And kudos to the Tomorrow’s World team for so fast on the draw!

9 thoughts on ““Francis I, Malachy and Malachi” — also, why “Francis”?

  1. John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav)

    “Heathen is as heathen does.” I like that. 😀

    I read this morning Jay Leno’s quip on the ongoing situation, here paraphrased: White smoke means they’ve decided, black smoke means they haven’t made up their minds yet, and gray smoke means they’re burning documents… 😛

    I was wondering about the tip of the hat by the RCC to Francis of Assisi, but not caring overmuch about what the heathen doeth, I didn’t nose around any to find out. But what you say makes sense. How about this quote from the latest movie version of The Alamo:: “St. Francis had two gifts: prophecy, and the ability to inspire passionate devotion.” Hmmm…

  2. despinne

    Do you realize the BIBLE quotes a false prophet, and accepts his word as truth? That’s right, the Peter of Mesopotamia, Balaam, the Pethor (Peter) whose donkey spoke to him. He prophesied that God would bless the nation of Israel and that a Star would arise out of Jacob–what we today understand as Jesus Christ. We will do well to wait and see if the prophecy of Malachy comes true, and if it comports with how Revelation and all the prophets say things will happen. There is no reason to panic–these things happen slowly, and GOD is riding the brake.

  3. Howdy, despinne, and thanks for writing! Without commenting on the Peter/Pethor stuff you mentioned, let me address the heart of what you’re saying. In doing so, there are at least two main points to be made. First, the Bible does not “quote a false prophet and accept his word as truth.” The Bible is a book and not a person. But as a book, it is the record of what God has inspired and revealed to be accepted as truth. Balaam’s words are recorded because they were inspired by God and He desired them to be recorded in His Word. You put the cart before the horse. God does not accept Balaam’s word as truth. Rather, God inspired him (one could argue forced him) to say the truth, and that is why it is in the Bible. Ditto for other examples, such as the high priest who, in spite of himself and without understanding, prophesied of Christ’s death for all people (John 11:49-52). We don’t then scour Balaam’s or the High Priest’s words for additional “prophecy”–God has recorded what He, Himself, has inspired. To do more in an attempt to “divine” additional details of the future in heathen “prophecy” beyond what God has given is forbidden. (Though to note such a “prophecy” as a curiosity, speculate on its potential demonic origin, or even expose the works of darkness for what they truly are (cf. Ephesians 5:11) rather than sinfully use them to define prophetic details or “enhance” scriptural understanding is another matter, as long as one does not pretend to be doing the former things while actually doing the latter.)

    The second point, related to the details of the first, is that it is irrelevant if the (very likely fraudulent and over-hyped) “Malachy prophecy” is true or not. Saul was condemned for seeking out the witch of Endor, even though the vision provided was true. Paul told the demon possessed “prophetess” who loudly praised him and his companions as servants of God to, essentially, shut up. No good case can be made for fellowshipping with demons and their works, true or not. The idea that by suggesting the benefits of seeking to be all things to all people or understanding the devil’s devices Paul somehow meant to say that we should sin by heeding diviners, soothsayers, mediums, and other such heathen prognosticators is ridiculous on its face and demonic in its spirit. (Note: Paul may quote two heathen’s writings, but he never–never–sought to divine extra details of prophecy from them. he would have known that such efforts are condemned in God’s Word, and we see zero examples of any inspired person in the Bible doing so.) Expose the works of darkness? You bet! Try to add details to prophecy that were not given in Scripture by fellowshipping with demons? Nope.

    And finally, I would agree that there is no reason to panic, as you mentioned, but I would also say that if you think God is riding the brake, hold on tight! True, things move at His pace and not ours, yet when He wants things to move, boy do they ever! It is not at all always true that “these things happen slowly.” (E.g., The rapid fall of the Berlin Wall, which took everyone off guard when it happened, even though those in God’s Church were expecting it eventually.) Best to say, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy” (Luke 21:36), whether they happen slowly or quickly. And, of course, as Mr. Meredith always says, feed on your Bible! (And add no “artificial ingredients” to that meal, if you catch my drift. And in case you don’t catch my drift: I mean adding additional “insights” about the future from heathen “prophecies.”)

    Thanks, again, for your thoughts, and I hope this has been helpful!

  4. John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav)

    Good morning, Mr. Smith! One of the undoubtedly many passages that could weigh in on what you just said, and one of my favorites, is in boldface below. (I grew up with the RSV and know it best, so pardon me if I use it instead of our official preference, the NKJV.)

    (Isaiah 44:24 RSV) Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the LORD, who made all things, who stretched out the heavens alone, who spread out the earth–Who was with me?–
    (Isaiah 44:25 RSV) who frustrates the omens of liars, and makes fools of diviners; who turns wise men back, and makes their knowledge foolish;
    (Isaiah 44:26 RSV) who confirms the word of his servant, and performs the counsel of his messengers; who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited,’ and of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built, and I will raise up their ruins’;
    (Isaiah 44:27 RSV) who says to the deep, ‘Be dry, I will dry up your rivers’;
    (Isaiah 44:28 RSV) who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd, and he shall fulfil all my purpose’; saying of Jerusalem. ‘She shall be built,’ and of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.'”


  6. John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav)

    Incidentally, there is an inscription in ancient Aramaic of a prophecy said to have come from the prophet Balaam. (I don’t know how fast I could track that down, but it was interesting reading.) It’s certainly a weird distortion of some of what the Bible says about the end times. When Balaam spoke God’s Word, it was indeed because he had no choice, and that’s recorded for us in Scripture. Otherwise, his was a mixture of truth and error at best just like the words of any other false prophet.

  7. Steve

    I don’t know how anybody could break God’s law on this subject, and somehow think it’s okay. Because they
    have a special pass from the hall monitor? I honestly don’t understand that kind of thinking.

  8. D. Crockett

    The non-Catholic world is giving the new Pope and Catholic traditions in general an incredible amount of publicity with headlines in major newspapers and other media outlets. In the western world, where interest in religion is generally in decline, this is remarkable and may mean that there is more interest than is usually acknowledged.
    If this new pope does attempt meaningful reforms, I think his reign will be short as was the reign of Pope Paul I in 1978.

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