Duane Mandible on Pope’s Resignation

Guest blogger, Duane Mandible is a contributing editor to The Truth Hurts, a bi-monthly journal of politics, economics and opinion. He also contributes regularly to Freedom Monthly; Illuminations and The Sojourner. Duane is the author of Guns and Knives will Save Your Children’s Lives. He is Vice President of the Sacred Society of St Philibustre, and enjoys hunting rattlesnakes, square dancing and watching re runs of comedy classics. He is unmarried.

In hearing the news of Pope Ratzinger’s resignation I cannot help but be reminded of the scene in the famous Catholic story the Lord of the Rings where Bilbo Baggins attends his “elevnty first” birthday party and gives a speech and then puts on the ring of power and promptly vanishes from sight.

This “Pope” has done exactly the same thing. He has put on the ring of power which is the Fisherman’s Ring. This ring has been handed down from one pope to the next from the day of St Peter himself and this is why it is called “The Fisherman’s Ring.” Clearly the so-called successor of Peter in Rome is an anti-Pope or he would not have abandoned his flock. What true captain of the bark of Peter would abandon ship? While we wish the elderly German theologian a pleasant retirement, we also hope that at last the true pope will be recognized. Our beloved Pope Linus of the Society of St Philibustre has been waiting patiently for the moment when true Catholics the world over will recognize his election. This is the time when the cardinals who remain faithful must, for the sake of the true Catholic Church, call on Pope Linus to steer forward the bark of Peter.

Several other details have been drawn to my attention by the recent resignation of Joseph Ratzinger. The connections with The Lord of the Rings are disconcerting and point to a hidden conspiracy that includes not only the Vatican, but the hallowed halls of Oxford University where Professor Tolkien was a friend of the Protestant writer C.S.Lewis and where he had many Protestant students. This is the same England where the good Catholic Queen Catherine of Aragorn was put away by Henry VII so he could found the Protestant Church of England. In tribute to her J.R.R.R.Tolkien named his famous character Aragorn. No doubt Tolkien seems on one level to be a fine “Catholic” writer, but the connections between his work and the recent resignation are too strong to be ignored.

I have already mentioned the “Ring of Power” which the Pope wears which is also the same ring which was worn by Saint Peter when he first built the church under the rain of the Emperor Constantine. However, I have also noticed that Bilbo said good by on his “eleventy first” birthday. The Prophecy of Saint Malachy (which prove that this pope is the pope just before the end of time) has 111 popes to the end of time. 111! That’s the same as “eleventy-first”! Tolkien must have known and read Malachy’s prophecies and known that the “eleventy-first” pope would disappear like Bilbo. There is more.

Has anyone else noticed that the Pope–when he vanishes later this month will be going to Castel Gandolfo? This is the the Italian term for Castle Gandalf.  Once again, the similarity is too remarkable to be a co-incidence. The chief “magician” or wise man of the Catholic Church heads off like Gandalf to his own castle where he will retire. I have also read that the chief butler at Castel Gandolfo is named “Ian” which is the name of the actor who plays Gandolfo in the famous film by director Elijah Wood.

It is also true that the bishop’s miter with it’s pointed end was once worn sideways which gave the impression that the bishop had pointed ears. This was a reference back to a secret truth that the first bishops were actually hobbits. The fur lined slipper the pope wears are a vestige and symbolic reminder of the hobbit’s furry feet.

Furthermore, the eye of Sauron is clearly a reference to the all seeing eye of horus which gazes out from the American one dollar bill. On this ‘great seal’ are inscribed the words “Novus Ordo Seculorum” which means “New World Order.” It is no mistake that the eye of Sauron in Tolkien’s work is connected with the Novus Ordo Seculorum and the fact is that Pope Ratzinger with his “Ring of Power” has been a key proponent of the “Novus Ordo” Mass which is clearly the secret Freemason, Illuminati Mass because it is actually named “Novus Ordo” for the New World Order.

We will be looking further into the remarkable links between the papacy of the Catholic Church and the writings of J.R.R.Tolkien, but in the meantime, let us hope that true Catholics everywhere will realize the seriousness of these times and watch and pray for deliverance from the anti Christ who is bound to arise from the city of the Seven Hills.

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  • N.

    Oh, I don’t think the Ring of Power from TLOTR is a good analogy for the Pope’s ring of office. Remember what the Ring was — it was evil, it twisted everything, even good things, to evil.

    Gandolfo is originally from the German (Tolkien relied heavily on Nordic myth when he created Middle Earth0 and means “spell wolf”. So…not sure we want to go there, lol!

    I suspect Benedict’s already apparent frailty may be compounded by a new diagnosis we don’t know about. His brother was interviewed, however, and said this decision had been in the works for some time.

    I liked Pope Benedict very much, and love his books. My relationship with the Catholic Church will probably always be tenuous, but that it’s remained alive at all these past several years is, in very large part, due to Pope Benedict. I will be sorry to see him go, and I’m sort of bracing myself for the speculation and guessing games from both secular and Catholic media in the days ahead. So tiresome, and it begins to sound like a political party choosing possible candidates. Yuck.

  • Paul Viola

    Who is the “Society of St. Philibustre”? I have been Catholic all my life, and I have never heard of either them, or the choice of candidate they want to be pope. Consequently, why should I take them seriously? Since an anti-pope is by definition elected in opposition to a true pope, this “Pope Linus” fits the definition clearly. Long live our departing Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, and grant many fruitful years to his successor.

  • Manny

    Thanks for the laugh.

  • http://remnantofremnant.blogspot.com priest’s wife (@byzcathwife)

    N.- Duane is a joke

    …this post is painful even though maybe I should be laughing (?)

    many years to Pope Benedict (soon to be ‘only’ Cardinal) and prayers for his successor

  • http://catholiccravings.wordpress.com Laura

    Bahaha! :) This is marvellous! The convoluted sentences (to match the logic) and misspellings are spot on. Duane, you are an idoit. Thank you. :)

  • http://backoftheworld.com Ryan M.

    Nice! Thanks for the chuckle, Father!

  • Paul Viola

    Why bless, Father, but I didn’t recognize this was humor until I looked up this “Duane Mandible” and his previous posts and the tags of “humor” and “satire” under them. :)

    “[T]he first bishops were actually hobbits.” :)

  • Victor

    (((What true captain of the bark of Peter would abandon ship?)))

    Will all due respect, there’s a lot of people who only listen to The Gospel and know that Peter literally abandon ship and because he didn’t have enough faith at the time, he would have sunk without the help of “Jesus” and then there are those who would consider GOD their equal and because “LOVE” believes everything, they are right when “IT” comes to FATHER GOD (Good Old Dad) cause HE’s ALL LOVE.

    Right again sinner vic! Go figure!

    By the way, I heard Friendly Dwight Longenecker voice on the radio with The Anchoress and must agree that GOD does have a sense of humor and that’s probably cause all of U>S (usual sinners) have been a Catholic all our live. :)

  • http://desertmountaintimes.com Dan Bodine

    You folks have slightly confused me with your ‘caustic’ humor, but am delighted to have come across this blog and hope to be able to throw out a few morsels on religious thought of my own later. Certainly not humor though. I can’t keep a straight face when writing humor! Excellent talent here.

  • bilbo baggins

    duane! i thought you agreed not to tell anyone…

  • Andy

    Hahaha. I can hardly wait for Todd Unctious to pick up the story!!

  • vox borealis

    Yes, I too await his profound and unafraid commentary on “the pope in Rome.” Well, I guess it will be the “popes in Rome”…

  • Lucas

    “City of Seven Hills” – could be Cincinnati, OH…Since I live here, I guess I’ll put my name in the hat…

  • bill petro

    Duane’s bio ending with “He is unmarried” is too funny.

  • Fr.Kurianmathew

    Will you please explain the Society of St. Philibustre

  • Nicholas

    Shouldn’t it be “Pope Linus II” Or does he not recognize the second pope as a pope?