|LARPING is an acronym for Live Action Role Playing. |
LARPers are those people who dress up in homemade costumes
and pretend to play Dungeons and Dragons in real life.
So, I read on Rorate Cæli yesterday how Pope Francis appears to be coyly playing with phrasing that comes out of the Fatima prophecies:
Hail Mother of Mercy, Lady of the white robe! At this place where one hundred years ago you showed all the designs of our God's mercy, I look upon your robe of light and, as bishop dressed in white [como bispo vestido de branco], I remember all those who, robed in baptismal white, want to live in God and pray the mysteries of Christ to attain peace.
My first response was to roll my eyes. As any Catholic familiar with Fatima knows, this sort of summons thoughts about a prophecy as yet unfulfilled:
at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!'. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'.
I like how the Fatima seer says she had an impression it was the pope, and not that it was the pope.
Pope Francis Wants To Be The Pope That Was Prophesied
Pope Francis has already hinted in March 2015 that he does not expect to live for more than a few years before he's "off to the Father's house." That month, he also said that "the Lord has put me here for something short, not more and ... But it is a feeling." So it appears that Pope Francis may expect to have a brief papacy before he dies.
Next, throw in the fact that Pope Francis doesn't even like to be called "pope." Many of us in various Catholic circles have said to one another that jibes with the idea that he is not a pope, but someone referred to as Peter the Roman, the last pope figure in a long line of popes in the St. Malachy prophecy.
So, is Pope Francis setting himself up to be the martyred pope of the Fatima prophecy? Is he ridiculing the notion and belittling the prophecy? Is this all a coincidence? Is he even the pope?
When we consider the Fatima prophecy that involves the "bishop dressed in White," we read about how this man is afflicted with pain and sorrow as he walks, trembling, through a field of corpses--people killed by some sort of enemy. This man reaches a big Cross on a mountain, and he is killed by a group of soldiers who fire weapons at him, killing him and various other clergy and religious.
But is Pope Francis really this man the Fatima seer speaks of? Is this even a vision of an actual pope? Or, perhaps, did the Fatima seers envision a man who gives an "impression that it is the Holy Father"?
Consider Blessed Catherine Anne Emmerich's vision, and recall how Pope Benedict XVI no longer lives in Rome:
"I see the Holy Father in great anguish. He lives in a palace other than before and he admits only a limited number of friends near him. I fear that the Holy Father will suffer many more trials before he dies. I see that the false Church of darkness is making progress and I see the dreadful influence it has on the people. The Holy Father and the Church are verily in so great a distress that one must implore God night and day…"I will not say that Pope Francis is not the pope and Benedict XVI is the true pope. However, I will not rule this out in my mind. Nor would I be surprised to have my suspicion confirmed one day.
As an aside, consider a vision by John of Vitiguerro from the 13th Century:
"The pope will change his residence and the Church will not be defended for twenty-five months or more because, during all that time there will be no Pope in Rome... After many tribulations, a Pope shall be elected out of those who survived the persecutions."
Is this a prophecy speaking about the current time? Pope Benedict XVI has definitely been outside of Rome, living at Castel Gandolfo, a small town in the hills southeast of Rome. And, one could argue, the Church has definitely NOT been defended in the least during this current papacy. And, there have certainly been a lot of tribulations popping up here and there for practicing faithful Catholics.
Let's Be Honest With Ourselves
Have we been struggling with a beast who acts like a lamb? Has the faith of many believers been shaken? Have we been experiencing a religious deception in recent years? Does it appear that Rome has lost the faith? Are people becoming misled? Is the Church in a sort of eclipse?
Is it difficult to know which is the true Pope? Are people talking about how the holy Sacrifice has ceased to be offered validly in churches? Does it seem as if, in Pope Francis, we are dealing with a man not canonically elected? Is there a diversity of opinion and schisms among the people? Are we dealing with destroyers, rather than pastors? Does it seem as though there is a triumph of Satan?
Are authorities in Rome demanding clergy concede to concessions that cannot be granted? Is some sort of new Church being constructed that appears extravagant, embracing all creeds equally? Are we watching the Devil try to attack the family? Are we witnessing cardinals opposing cardinals and bishops against bishops? Is the Church filled with those who accept compromises?
Every single one of these questions stems directly from approved Catholic prophecy.