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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 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.

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  • Dan

    A man can often be known by his enemies, and Ratzinger is such a man.

    Sullivan is melting down.

    Matthews was looking like there was a death in his family.

    You realize right now across the Western world, in theological faculty lounges, there is a wailing, a moaning and a gnashing of the teeth going on, the likes of which we could barely imagine.

    Just imagine how much grief this election is causing the Jesuits.

    First Cardinal Wojtyla, and now the Iron clad Kardinal, the PANZERKardinal.

    This is beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

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  • Iris

    Nop, no go, prophesy is never what people expect.

    I remember seeing a headline I meant to read in the NEW SCIENTIST, but never got around to it about a new physics cosmology model which seemed to suggest that the present influenced the past and if the past is being changed was that proof of the existence of God? Anyway it is an axiom of science that when you make a measurement or an observation on a system you change the system…

    God is acting in history, but I think people are going to be surprised in the final outcome. Though I expect it will “fit” prophecy, I expect it to be in a totally unexpected way! People can always fit prophesy after the fact, after what was to happen is known.

    Just a thought

    P.S. I like the new Pope.

  • Tom Johnson

    Do not be too hasty about St Malachy.
    The prophecy was “lost” for 400 years.
    Better think very carefully about this claim, as Innocent II needed some backing at the time.
    Whatever your response, BE CAREFUL ABOUT THIS!!!

  • miguel

    Well, I’m glad they told me to come here… i love information… and i like how you put it… i’ll be reading more in the near future…


  • Sigmund, Carl and Alfred

    Freaky. Very Freaky.

  • Bob Koeth

    Ahem. I posted on the Ratzinger homily thread at 11:45 AM this today that I believed that this man would be the next pope. I just found out at 6:00 PST that he was elected. I saw Drudge Report this AM that said no selection today and didn’t check back.

    I am a HAPPY, HAPPY Catholic man today! :)

  • Lola

    I’m not too sure about this Malachy prophecy. It seems awfully sure that the Roman Catholic faith will trimph over Holy Orthodoxy, when it is a fact it is the Roman Catholic church who caused the schism.

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  • TheAnchoress

    I didn’t think I had to be THIS specific, but let me spell it out:

    I don’t BUY the Malachy prophecies.

    I just think it’s all fun to read.

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  • B16

    Also see my B-16 website.

  • Sigmund, Carl and Alfred

    We predict greater interest in Rome.

    We are SC&A. We know these things.

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  • http://ohhowilovejesus Jeanette

    I’m not comfortable with someone placing a date on Christ’s return. Christ Himself warned against that. Matthew 24:36 No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Even Jesus doesn’t know so how can this man know? Verse 42 Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. NIV

    I’m just saying be very skeptical of this man’s writings. He seems too sure of himself in his posting of dates. We are to judge a prophet by his accuracy. Not 99.9% accuracy, but 100% accuracy. It’s interesting to see what he has to say, but I put no more credence in it than that. Just interesting to read but I don’t believe him.

  • Charlie Eklund


    I’d say Mr. Conte was 100% accurate in predicting…prophesying…whatever…that the new pope would be named Benedict XVI. Not too shabby, you’ve gotta admit.

    As for the rest of Conte’s prognostications, time will tell, won’t it?

    I, for one, hope he turns out to be wrong in his most dire predictions, but his hitting the mark with Benedict XVI has me a little…troubled.

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  • Brian Pendell

    >>The “prophecy” is here and it is…pre-tty compelling!
    >During the war of the Arabs against Europe (World War III), the Arab forces will attack Italy and Rome. At that time, in the year 2012, the Pope will be forced to flee the Vatican.>In the late 2010′s, the Protestant Churches will move towards unification with the Catholic Church. This process of repentance and conversion and unification will take years. In the early 2020′s, the Catholic Church will be restructured into seven parts, five parts for the formerly Protestant Churches, one part for the Eastern Churches, one part for the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. >An Ecumenical Council in the early 2030′s will reaffirm the validity of the unification of the Churches in one Catholic Church. >The Arabs forces will win World War III and will occupy a vast territory for many years. They will oppress and persecute Christians. In the 2030′s, this persecution will become very severe. The Arab forces will massacre many Christians. They will hunt down priests and religious and devout Catholics to imprison, torture, and kill them. Millions of Catholic Christians will be killed. This massacre will take place over several years.

  • Brian Pendell


    I wrote an intelligent comment, and somehow it got smeared into the monstrosity above. I will send it by e-mail instead.

  • Anne

    Rather than looking into Mr.Conte’s crystal ball, perhaps we would do better to reflect on the dream of St. John Bosco … remember the one where the ship of St. Peter, under severe attack on all sides, makes it into the heavenly port between the towers of the Blessed Virgin and the Holy Eucharist? As I recall, the dream showed a pontiff at the helm who was struck down but got back up. He later died, but was replaced so quickly that the enemy did not have time to mount an effective attack … hmmmm ….

  • Ronald L Conte Jr

    I’m not a prophet. I am merely interpreting the Bible (and in this case the words of St. Malachy). My predictions of future events and their dates are fallible, but based on infallible Scripture.

    Next preditions are for 2009/2010.
    See my free eBook for my understanding of the future of the Church and the world.

    In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI will suggest building three places of worship in Jerusalem: a Temple, a Church, and a Mosque, so that these three religions can worship in peace in the city of peace. This prediction is based on the passage from Mark 9:4-8. See the book for more details.