Are we going to call writing about this pope, “Bennyblogging?”
MORE: A PROPHECY ABOUT THIS POPE? It seems this gent has been “Benedict Blogging” since November of 2000. He just liked the name! But today he posts this sort of eerie prediction from last year, based on St. Malachy’s stuff, that the next pope would be, in fact, Benedict. Cue the Twilight Zone music and let’s go have a Guinness, says I!
The “prophecy” is here and it is…pre-tty compelling!
Ronald L. Conte, Jr., is a poet, an author of a number of books on Catholic theology, and the the proprietor of the website CatholicPlanet.com. Most importantly, given today’s events, he is the author of an article titled “The Future and the Popes”, published on November 14, 2004 (keep that date in mind), the full text of which is available here. In that article, Conte analyzes St. Malachy’s prophecy about the popes and concludes as follows:
The next Pope after John Paul II will take the name Pope Benedict XVI, in imitation of Saint Benedict and also of Pope Benedict XV.
That is simply remarkable. Conte goes on to explain the reasons behind the choice of the name Benedict, the efforts Benedict XVI will make for world peace, and the frustration Benedict will experience as his efforts go for naught as the world is engulfed in a war between the “Arab nations” and the West.
Both Conte and St. Malachy were completely unknown to me before today, and I was led to them by commenter “Sally” on this post at Amy Welborn’s wonderful blog Open Book. Given Conte’s spooky accuracy about the new pope’s name, I believe his work bears further investigation.