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Pope Francis = Peter The Roman = Antichrist ?

WARNING: The above video is sensationalist hype!!!
It is an advertisement for a non-catholic book written about the alleged Catholic prophecy of Saint Malachy. A few Evangelical Protestants have put their own apocalyptic spin on this prophecy that equates the Pope with the Antichrist.  The authors of the book advertised here are sensational conspiracy theorists.  They have since released another book, wherein they claim the Vatican is preparing for the arrival of extraterrestrial aliens.----------------------------------
As I'm writing this it is May 20th, 2013, and it has been over three months since I published the article: The Pope, The Antichrist and Peter the Roman.  At that time, Pope Benedict XVI had just announced his retirement and the identity of the next pope was still unknown.  Also, at that time, various Evangelical Fundamentalists were going insane with speculation about an alleged prophecy from a medieval Catholic bishop, which they had reinterpreted to mean the ele…

Is Pope Francis A Socialist?

Last Thursday Pope Francis condemned the "cult of money" as a form of idolatry in the Western world which is increasing poverty in the third world, while simultaneously creating spiritual poverty in the industrialised world.  "We have created new idols," the Holy Father said. He continued: "The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal."  He concluded by calling for more state control of economies and reminded world leaders that: "Money has to serve, not to rule!"

Of course this led the political Left to laud the pope's words.  Self described socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent - Vermont) immediately praised the pope (read here), while the capitalist publication "Investor's Business Daily" had quite a lot to say in criticism of the pope's words (see article here), even going so …

Traditional Trends

The Economist...
The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, started in 1965, now has over 5,000 members. The weekly number of Latin masses is up from 26 in 2007 to 157 now. In America it is up from 60 in 1991 to 420. At Brompton Oratory, a hotspot of London traditionalism, 440 flock to the main Sunday Latin mass. That is twice the figure for the main English one.... read more The above article is highlighting general trends in specific places, which are duplicated pretty much everywhere, and it's turning out to be more than the "passing fad" many initially thought it would be.  You can spin the data any way you want, but the facts are the facts, and cannot be denied....
Attendance at contemporary vernacular masses is declining in the Roman Rite.Attendance at traditional Latin or Anglican Use masses is increasing in the Roman Rite.Attendance is more stable at vernacular masses celebrated according to to older traditional customs. The last point isn't mentioned in the…