In another thread (the one about 2012), someone mentioned St Malachy’s prophesy about the Popes. It sort of worried me so I went and looked it up …and this is what I found. Can anyone confirm if this is a good explanation?
here’s the website:
The last of these prophecies concerns the end of the world and is as follows: “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.” It has been noticed concerning Petrus Romanus, who according to St. Malachy’s list is to be the last pope, that the prophecy does not say that no popes will intervene between him and his predecessor designated Gloria olivæ. It merely says that he is to be the last, so that we may suppose as many popes as we please before “Peter the Roman”.
On Wikipedia, it says:
(In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep through many tribulations; when they are over, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible or fearsome Judge will judge his people. The End.) Most scholars believe that this prophecy was added at a later date. It can be noted that this pope had explicitly not been numbered (as he would have been #112)
my question is, is it true that the last Pope was not numbered? cause that is great, that means that we don’t know how many more Popes there are.
The reason this worried me in the beginning is because it says in the Bible we can’t know when the end of the world is. So if there will be no more Popes, it might mean that the Church will fail and this means that it was never the true Church I started wondering, what if the Orthodox church is true after all…
but, if the last Pope wasn’t numbered, then the interpretation is completely different.
Also, these prophesies might be a forgery as well, we can’t rule that out.