The following has been taken from Chapter 25 of my original complete (unpublished) book of ‘A Journey Into The Mysteries of Life’. It was written circa July/August 2012. The messages from my Sister occurred during December 2010, January-March and November 2011. At the time of writing, Vatican sources insisted that the Pope would remain in his position. Yesterday’s events, however, changed everything.’
“As I write this book, I had noted rumours detailed in certain sections of the Italian media that were speculating the possibility of Benedict XVI considering retirement from his position in April 2012. 78 years of age upon his election to the Papacy in 2005, the Pope is now fast approaching 85 years of age. However, such rumours have been vehemently denied by the Vatican, who announced that Benedict XVI was expected to be undertaking tours of Mexico and Cuba before Easter 2012 (which did, indeed, take place). Proposed tours of the Lebanon and the Ukraine are also close to organisational finalisation (note: a three day tour of the Lebanon occurred in September 2012). In their 19th December 2011 article, ‘The Irish Times‘(*1) explained that, although the Pope’s travelling commitments have been ‘scaled back’ for next year (note: 2012), those commitments already confirmed are/were strenuous for a man of his advanced years.
Whilst one feels slightly uneasy about speculating the identity of the future Petrus Romanus (uneasy because the current Pope is alive), one cannot help but feel curious about the topic. Bearing fully in mind that curiosity can occasionally fell a feline, I have decided to follow the scant leads provided by my Sister and undertake some detective work.
An afternoon’s research has drawn me to two particular names, one of whom is very much considered papabile (suitable for service as Pope). The first notable name to leap out of the screen is that of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (*2). Born in Romano Caravese, Piedmont, Italy in December 1934, the Cardinal’s full birth name is Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone. He is a Prelate, Diplomat and Cardinal Secretary of State and Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church. He is also the current Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati. He has strong links to the current and previous Popes and is considered conservative in theological outlook, reflecting the views of the Incumbent Pope. Cardinal Bertone certainly seems an intriguing candidate to me. One of his middle names – Pietro – is Italian for Peter. Cardinal Bertone holds the next highest position in the Vatican after the Pope. Intriguingly, one of the roles of the Camerlengo (Chamberlain) of the Holy Roman Church is to oversee the affairs of the Church in the absence of either an elected or incapacitated Pope. As mentioned earlier in the chapter, it has been strongly rumoured that Malachy’s prediction may imply that the final Pope may not be elected but merely act as caretaker. The Camerlengo could justifiably fulfil the prophecy. Add my Sister’s assertion that the next Pope was likely to be an Italian – and we potentially have a perfect candidate. However, I feel there must be another candidate who may potentially fill the potentially tarnished seat in St. Peter’s… and there is another likely candidate for the position of the Last Pope – Petrus Romanus….
A well-known search engine led me to a fascinating article on the website of ‘The Independent‘. Dated August 2010, the article, ‘The Young Tearaway Who’s in the Running to be next Pope?‘(*3) tells the reader about the Incumbent Cardinal of Ghana, Peter Turkson. Cardinal Turkson, born in the former British Colony of the Gold Coast in October 1948, could easily be considered the young tearaway of the Vatican – 63 years of age (note, now 64 years of age) in comparison to his septuagenarian colleagues sitting around the table of the Roman Curia (the administrative core and central governing body of the Church). In fact, the tearaway reference relates to the young Turkson’s exasperating adolescent behaviour prior to his calling to his vocation within the Roman Catholic Church.
The article states that the Cardinal was not particularly ambitious in nature. However, he has achieved a rapid ascent into the higher echelons of the Vatican’s organisation. Cardinal Turkson does not only hold the position of the Cardinal of Ghana; Benedict XVI appointed him as the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 2009. The main responsibility Cardinal Turkson has been tasked with is – as I see it – to mould Catholic social teachings into an attractive, more palatable offering for the modern-day Global Community. His secretary, or second-in-command at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, is Bishop Mario Tosa, who was handpicked for the position by the aforementioned Camerlengo, Cardinal Bertone.
The rapid ascent into the Vatican’s inner sanctum that is the Roman Curia is not the main factor leading me to believe that Cardinal Turkson may have already been potentially lined up as Peter the Roman: the already-intended successor to Benedict XVI. The main clue (for me at least) was Turkson’s involvement in a report entitled ‘Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of a Global Public Authority‘ (*4). The 41-page report, co-authored with Bishop Tosa, was released by the Department for Justice and Peace in October 2011 – calling for the ‘establishment of a Global Public Authority‘ and the ‘formation of a Central World Bank‘. Whilst the work has been considered a novel approach, my Sister has assured me that the Vatican has never abandoned its expansionist ambitions – and that centralisation of such functions was, indeed, desirable to them. “Of course,” says my Sister, “guess what the centralised religion would be?”
I really cannot state with absolute certainty that Cardinal Turkson is destined to become Peter the Roman. It is mere conjecture on my part and one felt the need to offer an alternative suggestion. However, with St. Malachy’s ominous prophecy echoing from centuries past – and bearing in mind the recent self-inflicted travails of the Church – it would appear that the next Pope will have many challenges on his hands. The ultimate crowning glory of ecumenical success would seem to converge neatly with many End Times prophecies – Peter the Roman may be forced to drink from his own poisoned chalice. I am also leaning towards the belief that the Last Pope’s own influence may be restricted by the backroom staff – a mere figurehead, so to speak. Perhaps Peter the Roman’s only role will be that of the proverbial sacrificial lamb… only realising at the last moment that he, too, has been deceived by the true powers behind his throne. The Roman Catholic Church’s public Jesus to the Curia’s Judas Iscariot…
… or it may be that Peter the Roman could be considered the Church’s saviour – charming, erudite, superficially holy in approach – but could then horrify the faithful flock with far-reaching changes either controversial or draconian in measure. Perhaps he will either be ultra-conservative in his approach – or liberal to the point of total lassitude. Or worse…”
(*1) ‘Pope Unlikely to Visit Ireland for Eurcharistic Congress in June’, Paddy Agrew, The Irish Times (Monday December 19, 2011);
(*2) Tarcisio Bertone, Wikipedia;
(*3) ‘The Young Tearaway Who’s In the Running to be Next Pope‘, Hugh O’Shaughnessy, The Independent (Sunday 29 August 2010);
(*4) ‘Vatican Council Proposes A Global Financial Authority‘, David Kerr, Vatican City, Catholic News Agency (October 24, 2011).