Tuesday, December 19, 2017

"neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets" - Malachy's False Prophecy

Asakusa, Tokyo

Malachy's False Prophecy

 Malachy's prophecy on popes is believed to be forgery:
The Prophecy of the Popes (Latin: Prophetia Sancti Malachiae Archiepiscopi, de Summis Pontificibus) is a series of 112 short, cryptic phrases in Latin which purport to predict the Roman Catholic popes (along with a few antipopes), beginning with Pope Celestine II. The alleged prophecies were first published by Benedictine monk Arnold Wion in 1595. Wion attributes the prophecies to Saint Malachy, a 12th-century Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland. 
Given the very accurate description of popes up to around 1590 and lack of accuracy for the popes that follow, historians generally conclude that the alleged prophecies are a fabrication written shortly before they were published. Certain theologians in the Roman Catholic Church have dismissed them as forgery.[1][2] The Catholic Church has no official stance on the prophecies, however. 
The prophecies conclude with a pope identified as "Peter the Roman", whose pontificate will allegedly precede the destruction of the city of Rome.

But its list of popes ends at one who is regraded as the incumbent pope.  Especially descriptions about the popes immediately prior to the incumbent one are somewhat truthful.  Even if it is forgery in the late 16th century, some spirit might have used the person who faked it as a kind of a prophet.

Anyway the Vatican should be now facing a challenge that has never been seen.  

Even in the U.S., Christianity is facing a challenge:
Surveys have for many years shown that the United States has a Christian majority (see GSS data below). A 2010 Report on the global Christian population gave the total number of US Christians as 246,780,000, representing 79.5% of the total US population and 11.3% of all Christians worldwide. (Source: Pew Forum). 
A 2012 Pew Forum survey indicated that from 2007 to 2012:
The number of US adults who identify as 'Atheist' increased by 50% to 2.4% of the total US population. 
The number of persons who identify as 'Protestant' decreased by 5% to 48% and 'Catholic' by 1% to 22%. 
A later survey published in 2015 indicated that from 2007 to 2014:
The number of US adults who identify as 'Atheist' increased to 3.1%, a near doubling in 7 years. 
The number of persons who identify as 'Protestant' decreased by 4.8% to 46.5% and 'Catholic' by 3.1% to 20.8%.

Results from the 2012 GSS survey indicate:
3.1% of Americans say that they do not believe in God, in relative terms, this represents an increase of over 100% since 1988.
59.1% of Americans believe in God, with no doubts, a fall of 4.8% over the period 1991-2012.

In this trend, in 100 years or so, Christians might become a minority in the US and the world.  However, the civilization of today has relied on Christianity.  But science and technology the civilization has produced has boosted economy and commercialism that have made people leave the religion, ironically.

Indeed, Malachy's false prophecy might be right in that people are coming to loose interest in the Pope.  If even so but God exists, He might surely interfere with the human world.  

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Mat 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
Mat 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.