Is Pope Benedict the Katechon? Was he the last one holding back the reign of Antichrist and his False Prophet as foretold in the second chapter of 2 Thessalonians? Did he himself suspect this? St. Paul speaks of the Katechon as both a “what” (2 Thess 2:6), and also a “he” (2 Thess 2:7)…
Pope’s Retreat Preacher Speaks on Antichrist as a “pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist”
VATICAN CITY, March 1, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Papal watchers are wondering what message Pope Benedict XVI was giving when he selected retired Bologna archbishop Cardinal Giacomo Biffi to preach the annual Lenten retreat to the Pope and the top members of the Vatican…
This year’s selection…created a stir since Cardinal Biffi, while he is known for orthodox faith and frank words, is most well known, at least in the secular media, for his preaching on the Antichrist. In fact, the Times of London reported in 2004 that the Cardinal described the Antichrist as “walking among us”.
The Lenten retreat did not disappoint. Cardinal Biffi picked up on his oft repeated theme of the Antichrist, basing his remarks on the works of Vladimir Soloviev, a Russian religious philosopher who has received praise from Pope Benedict prior to his elevation to the pontificate.
Quoting Soloviev, the Cardinal said “the Antichrist presents himself as pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist.”
“He will convoke an ecumenical council and will seek the consensus of all the Christian confessions, granting something to each one. The masses will follow him, with the exception of small groups of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants,” he said according to a Zenit translation of a Vatican Radio summary here: http://www.radiovaticana.org/it1/Articolo.asp?c=120479 . (Feb. 20, 2017 – Translation is not longer available on Zenit and the only Zenit report on the 2007 retreat mentions only the first day’s talk and not the later one on the Antichrist)
In his “Tale of the Antichrist” Solovyov foresees that a small group of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants will resist and will say to the Antichrist: “You give us everything, except what interests us, Jesus Christ”. For Cardinal Biffi, this narrative is a warning: “Today, in fact, we run the risk of having a Christianity which puts aside Jesus with his cross and resurrection.”
The 78-year-old cardinal added that if Christians “limited themselves to speaking of shared values they would be more accepted on television programs and in social groups. But in this way, they will have renounced Jesus, the overwhelming reality of the resurrection.”
The cardinal said he believes that this is “the danger that Christians face in our days … the Son of God cannot be reduced to a series of good projects sanctioned by the prevailing worldly mentality.”
The preacher of the Spiritual Exercises added that “there are relative values, such as solidarity, love of peace and respect for nature. If these become absolute, uprooting or even opposing the proclamation of the event of salvation, then these values become an instigation to idolatry and obstacles on the way of salvation.”
Cardinal Biffi affirmed that “if Christianity—on opening itself to the world and dialoguing with all—dilutes the salvific event, it closes itself to a personal relationship with Jesus and places itself on the side of the Antichrist.”
Cardinal Biffi’s reflections, in fact, are very similar to remarks Pope Benedict made last Fall in a meeting with Swiss Bishops. While Pope Benedict did not speak of the Antichrist, he spoke of a new false or “substitute” religion, calling it also a “successor” of religion.
“Modern society is not simply without morality, but it has, so to speak, ‘discovered’ and professes a part of morality”, the Pope told the Swiss bishops. “These are the great themes of peace, non-violence, justice for all, concern for the poor, and respect for creation.”
However, the Pope warned that these “great moral themes” have “become an ethical complex that, precisely as a political force, has great power and constitutes for many the substitute for religion, or its successor.”
“It is only if human life is respected from conception to death that the ethics of peace is also possible and credible,” concluded the Pope. “It is only then that non-violence can express itself in every direction; only then that we truly welcome creation, and only then that we can arrive at true justice.”
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“…pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist…” That rings a bell somewhere.
Yeoman’s work Mark….yeoman’s work. Thank you!!!…and Merry Christmas.
I wonder when Pope Benedict XVI will realize the harm that has been done and finally order the Bishops and consecrate Russia to Mary’s Immaculate heart. Every Pope since 1929 has not done their job to stop this, starting with Pope Pius XI .
In other words, the religion imitating the works of Christianity without Jesus and His salvation is….freemasonry (humanism).
Sister Lucy wrote down the 3rd secret * on April 1, 1944. It was the Saturday before Palm Sunday. This Secret ends with the sentence: “If 69 weeks after this order is announced, Rome continues its abomination, the city will be destroyed.” The Mother of the Church counts down the time with Holy Weeks. The first Holy Week was in 1944. In 2012, Benedict XVI celebrated Holy Week for the last time as Pontifex Maximus. It was the 69th Holy Week. The Pope-Catechon was removed on February 28, 2013, because Rome did not renounce from committing abominations. After the Catechon is removed, Rome may be punished. His place was taken on March 13, 2013 by the usurper who immediately, that is, from the 70th Holy Week, began to destroy the Catholic Church.
Also, this sequence of events in Rome confirms the truthfulness of the 3rd Secret posted on the Internet in April 2010.
* https: //www.traditioninaction.org/Questions/B352_Secret.html
Ann Barnhardt, with her feminine gut, suggests that Rome will be physically destroyed.
I checked the third secret website.
I am confused by this part: “in the Kingdom of John Paul II…”. How was this written in 1944?
Does this seem credible in terms of prophecy?
Why JPII? And why did Our Lady mention the name of Pope Pius XI in the Second Secret of Fatima? After all, Pope Benedict XV reigned in 1917!
“You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pope Pius XI.”
More intriguing is the statement you quote, Hannah: “in the Kingdom of John Paul II …” After all, the Pope is not the ruler of some kingdom, but the visible head of the Church. So why does the Holy Virgin speak of a kingdom here? I have a longer answer ready with an explanation of this issue, but I don’t know if Mark will let it on his reputable website.
If it had been published on the date supposedly written I’d marvel at it, but when the authenticity is in doubt I find that really fishy. In other words if a prophecy is given where the name of a future pope is casually mentioned that ought to be a big deal in itself let alone the rest of the prophecy. I’m not sure if I’m getting my point across. That phrase seems phony other than that it sounds truthy.
Which phrase are you referring to?
“In the Kingdom of John Paul II…” is the phrase that I am referring to. Traditioninaction.org link