Pope Benedict gives his farwell address, but may not like much of what will happen with the next pope
Pope Benedict XVI gave what has been billed as his final public speech prior to his official resignation:
27 February 2013
Addressing the crowd, Pope Benedict, 85 years old, said he had “suffered” over his decision to relinquish control of Roman Catholicism’s one billion followers as of Thursday evening, adding that his resignation was in the best interest of the Church…
“There is no return to the private. My decision to renounce the active exercise of ministry doesn’t revoke this. I’m not returning to a private life,” Pope Benedict said, addressing the square, which thronged with banners from around the world. “I’m not abandoning the cross, but remaining in a new way beside the crucified Lord,” he said. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324662404578329730238461240.html
It should be noted that while he believes what he has done will be in the best interest of his church, the Bible and Catholic prophecy suggest that one of his successors, and possibly the next one to be declared pontiff, will betray that church. Thus, Pope Benedict XVI might not like much of what will happen later.
The fact that he realizes that he is likely to continue to have a public role is consistent with certain beliefs and posts that I have made about him (cf. Pope Benedict announces resignation! Might he fulfill Catholic prophecies and COGwriter speculation?). If Benedict lives long enough after his resignation, he will have to face many very difficult situations. If he maintains his mental faculties, and will truly decide to listen to the Bible, he will even more not like what is going to happen to his church.
As far as Pope Benedict XVI goes, notice also the following about titles he will be called after his resignation:
27 February 2013
In retirement, Benedict will continue to wear white and will be called “Pope Emeritus,” or the “Supreme Roman Pontiff Emeritus” or “Your Holiness,” the Vatican announced Tuesday. http://abcnews.go.com/International/pope-benedict-xvi-delivers-farewell-address/story?id=18604583
Some Catholics are not pleased with much of this:
Although they have been quiet about it, conservative Roman Catholics have reservations about Pope Benedict XVI’s impending departure completely unrelated to their sadness at losing a pastor they admire. Those misgivings are likely to be exacerbated by the news that Benedict will be known officially as “pope emeritus” or “Roman pontiff emeritus.” Although a papal resignation is provided for in church law, Benedict’s decision undermines the mystique of papal uniqueness…
He will continue to wear a white cassock, be known as Benedict…the existence of two men who are addressed as “your holiness” changes the ecclesiastical atmospherics. For a lot of traditionalist Catholics, two “popes” (even if one is emeritus) is one pope too many. McGough M. For conservative Catholics, one pope too many. Los Angeles Times, February 26, 2013. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-pope-benedict-resignation-20130226,0,6964036.story
Traditionally in Catholicism, the wearing of the white cassock has been reserved for the pope. So, this seems to align with the view that there could be two “popes,” with one perhaps being an antipope.
Consistent with biblical prophecies about a religious leader associated with the “seven-hilled” city being involved in betraying that church (cf. Revelation 13 & 17), Catholic prophecies also tell of the rise of an antipope who will badly damage their church.
Both the Bible and private Catholic prophecies point to this happening in the last days of this age.
The 6,000 years that God gave humanity to live as it has are about over (see also Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End?). If certain Catholic private prophecies are correct the next pope is the last pope and will be an antipope (for various details on biblical and other prophecies, please watch the YouTube video Will Pope Benedict’s resignation lead to the prophesied Antichrist?).
As we are living in the last days, the next pope could be an antipope and the final Antichrist of biblical prophecy.
Articles of related interest may include:
Will Pope Benedict’s resignation lead to the prophesied Antichrist? YouTube video. Will the pope that succeeds Pope Benedict XVI fulfill biblical and non-biblical prophecies? What about Pope Benedict himself? Pope Benedict XVI resigned his pontificate effective February 28, 2013. Might his resignation lead to the fulfillment of prophecy? Might his resignation lead to the prophesied Antichrist according to biblical and Catholic prophecies? Do Catholic prophecies foretell of an antipope as the next pope? Is the Peter the Roman of the Malachy prophecies the next pope? Is there a 6,000 year plan? Is the 6,000 year almost up?
Some Doctrines of Antichrist Are there any doctrines taught outside the Churches of God which can be considered as doctrines of antichrist? This article suggests at least three. It also provides information on 666 and the identity of “the false prophet”. Plus it shows that several Catholic writers seem to warn about an ecumenical antipope that will support heresy.
Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End? Was a 6000 year time allowed for humans to rule followed by a literal thousand year reign of Christ on Earth taught by the early Christians? Does God have 7,000 year plan? What year may the six thousand years of human rule end? When will Jesus return? 2019 or 202x?
Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Continuing Church of God? Do you know that both groups shared a lot of the earliest teachings? Do you know which church changed? Do you know which group is most faithful to the teachings of the apostolic church? Which group best represents true Christianity? This documented article answers those questions.