Papal Election Conclave Inspires Conspiracy, Doomsday Theories

The papal election conclave has begun with the Sistine Chapel being closed with the cardinals inside. Until we see the Vatican chapel spewing black or white smoke we will not know their decision. But the papal election has triggered a new wave of doomsday and conspiracy theories.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, before the new papal election Joseph Ratzinger said that “God told me to quit,” but others believe there is a conspiracy involving allegations of a “secret dossier” which was revealed to Joseph Ratzinger. Pope Benedict XVI supposedly resigned not due to health, but to avoid the upcoming papal scandal.

Gregory XII, the last pope to resign, quit to end the Western Schism among competitors for the Vatican’s papal election. Therefore, Joseph Ratziner just retired recently, then there must be a huge divide in the church right now. This brings up a papal prophecy from Saint Malachy, a monk born in 1094, that says the next elected pope might be the last before the doomsday predicted in Revelations in the Bible.

The Saint Malachy prophecies about papal elections were allegedly penned in the 1100s, but not published until 1595. This makes many believe these supposed prophecies are forgeries, since description of subsequent popes tended to get vague. For example, recently retired Benedict XVI, or pope number 111, is the “glory of the olive.” The Benedictine Order has a branch called the Olivetans, but Joseph Ratzinger was not a member.

The Saint Malachy prophesy ends in this manner with the papal election of pope number 112:

“In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people.”

If the papal election happens to result in a pope that picks the name Peter II then I’m sure that will make many sit up and take notice of the Saint Malachy prophecy. Do you think such doomsday prophecies should be lended any credence?