We recently watched a T.V. show of a minister who talks a lot on Catholic prophesy and the teachings of pope John Paul in a very positive way. Also very positive view of our new Pope. I was upset this week to hear him speak of a future pope to possibly be a “false prophet” and associate of the antichrist. He spoke of this pope being an “Apostate cardinal”. Could this be possible according to the churches teachings? He also mentioned Malachi Martin’s writings as the basic for some of this theory I believe.
Unfortunately, such highly sensationalized “end times” prophesies too often become great fodder for many televangelists. Predictions such as, “Christ’s return is imminent”, or that there will be “an apostate Cardinal as Pope” should never be viewed as authoritative. These are strictly private revelations.
On private revelation, the Church says the following:
“Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.” (*Catechism of the Catholic Church * no. 67)
1048 "We know neither the moment of the consummation of the earth and of man, nor the way in which the universe will be transformed.
*Trial, Tribulation & Triumph – Before, During and After Antichrist *
by Desmond A. Birch