The surprising prophecy of Saint Malachi

The surprising prophecy of Saint Malachi

The prophecy of Saint Malachi, said "Prophecy of the popes", announces that at the end of a succession of 112 popes since Celestine II would arise Peter the Roman, who will guide the Christians in a apocalyptic background of persecution and destruction of the city of the seven hills, prelude to the arrival of the "terrible judge"! Except that if we do the math this Peter the Roman would be… The new Pope Francis! Jean-Marie Beuzelin is therefore trying to clarify this prophecy so that we know what to expect in the years to come.

A surprising introduction

The author does not begin directly with a study of prophecy, but devotes a first chapter to the Papacy itself, and more specifically to "The Papacy and its secrets". Despite the sensational term "secrets" one might have hoped for a synthetic presentation of the papacy and its history: it is not. Indeed, very strangely, the author does not take the trouble to treat here not the history of the Papacy but three independent themes: the link between Saint Peter and the Holy See, the financial scandals of the Vatican, and pagan influences. in Catholic symbolism. Three themes with no real link between them and treated in a confused way, thus the author recalls that Peter had no legitimacy to be the first of the apostles, because he questioned the words of Jesus and that the latter ended up under the stroke of anger by treating him as "Satan" ... Poor demonstration in truth, which reproaches the Catholic Church for not saying everything about Saint-Pierre even though it does the same since it is never mentioned of the continuation of the saint's story: of his denial during the Passion, of his reunion with the Risen Christ and of the famous dialogue between Jesus and Peter on the love that unites them. A partial and therefore partial demonstration on the part of Jean-Marie Beuzelin, plus a dubious trial of intent given that the Church has by definition never hidden the story of what she considers her first Pope. This partisan and poorly argued approach is found around the questioning of the authenticity of the apostle's relics in Rome, a subject which is nevertheless very interesting, but which the author does not elaborate on, content to deny.

The part on the financial scandals is in itself interesting, but it is hard to see the connection with the rest of the work, and we simply wonder if the author in a hurry to attack the Vatican on the management of his finances and the scandals of the last century did not simply try to fit in its sub-part as quickly as possible without worrying about the off topic ... As for the part on the papal symbolism it can catalyze the same criticisms: an interesting theme, but outside subject and poorly treated. The author endeavors to show that the Catholic Church drew much inspiration from previous religious traditions, he underlines perfectly true elements such as the direct link between the title of Supreme Pontiff and that of Pontifex Maximus of pagan Rome, but its interpretations are sometimes more partial, such as around the Christmas feast presented as a simple recovery of the feast of Mithras (while the solstice is simply a date with strong symbolism, used in fact by many religions including Christianity which does not count not to leave the monopoly of astronomical symbols to the pagans), or quite simply hazardous as when a direct link is made between the shape of the episcopal miter and the open mouth of a fish like the headdress of the priests of Annès "the Chaldean fish god who introduced men to architecture, science and agriculture ”… Not referring to the changes in the shape of the bolsters over time, nor to the interpretations Catholics ...

Because it must be recognized that the work is steeped in a certain contempt for Catholicism, or at least for the Papacy towards which the author who has so much trouble with the context does not hesitate to make value judgments. Without ever placing things in their context (for example, the evolution of the role of the Sovereign Pontiff, who was for a long time a spiritual leader, but also a very temporal monarch at the head of the Papal States and of its wealth, is never explained. explains for a long time the tumult of the history of the papal seat coveted by the large families in search of power and wealth), Jean-Marie Beuzelin is complete to repeat that the papal history is stormy and that consequently " it is legitimate to wonder where is the breath of God in the house of Peter ... ».

Saint Malachi and his prophecy

When Jean-Marie Beuzelin comes to approach the theme of his book, he quickly introduces us to the Irishman Saint Malachi as the heir of a Celtic Church protected from that of Rome and from its doctrine. A Celtic Church founded by Saint Patrick (in the 5th century and not the 8th century as the author says, Saint Patrick having already died for two centuries ...) which would have kept medicinal knowledge, but also a whole knowledge in the field of divination inherited directly from the druids. Saint Malachi would therefore have developed gifts of divination thanks to Druidism, as his friend from the continent: Bernard de Clairvaux pointed out. It is true that his friend Bernard underlined the gift of prophecy in Malachi, from there to making a direct link with Druidism, however, there is a step that the author takes on his own. Moreover, Bernard de Clairvaux being at the origin of the Cistercian order and that of the Temple, this allows Jean-Marie Beuzelin to make the prophecy of Malachi a mystic inherited from Druidism kept in the greatest secrecy by obscure Cistercian and Templar networks ... We find strangely many themes very popular with para-history (but how is it that the Rosicrucians are not part of it? ...).

For those who do not know it, the prophecy of Malachi suddenly appears in History in 1590 from the pen of a Venetian monk, Arnold de Wyon, who claims to publish a text of Saint Malachy which therefore dates from the first half of the 12th century. century. What does this prophecy contain? 111 short currencies in Latin which applies to all Popes from Celestine II (1143 - 1144) "Ex Castro Tiberis" (From a castle on the Tiber) to his 111th successor who would be the current Pope Francis called in the prophecy Peter the Roman " who will feed the sheep in the midst of many troubles; after which the city of the seven hills will be destroyed and the terrible judge will judge his people ". In other words, if Pope Francis is Peter the Roman, his pontificate heralds dark hours for Catholics with an apocalyptic ending including the destruction of Rome. This prophecy was refuted in 1689 by the Jesuit Claude-François Ménestrier who rightly pointed out that it did not take into account all the antipopes and that we can note two types of currency: precise mottos directly referring to the heraldry, in the name or at the origin of the Popes, and much more vague mottos.

However, the hyphen between the two types of currency is found after the pontificate of Clement VIII (motto 77): the Pope contemporary with the publication of the prophecy in the 16th century. In other words, when the prophecy appears, it is very precise about what happened before, much more cryptic about what will happen after ... It is easily understood that it is easier to prophesy a posteriori and everything suggests that this text dates from the 16th century and has nothing to do with Saint Malachy and the 12th century. The author of this apocryphal would therefore have written based on what he knew of the previous Popes, working on the authors of his time. For example, he could have the writings of Onofrio Panvinio who reported that Pope Eugene IV (1431 - 1447) belonged to the Celestine order, which is found in the motto attributed to him in the prophecy: "Lupa Caelestina" ( Louve Célestine). The only "problem" being that Onofrio was wrong and that Eugene IV was not Celestin, but Augustine ... Which shows that even a posteriori it is difficult to prophesy when you do not have the right books ...

Jean-Marie Beuzelin does not refer to this error and points out that even the less precise post-16th century mottos have been confirmed. But given their banality, we wonder how it could be otherwise: by appealing to the heraldry of the Popes, to those of their towns of origin, to their places of birth or of Pontificates, to the date of their election, to the patron saint of this day or at the events of their pontificate one always ends up finding what one seeks and it does not seem unthinkable to mix currencies and sovereigns and to prove by A + B that they always agree. However, the author persists in the authenticity of the prophecy, clumsily trying to refute the detractors, the "many historians" never cited, but who give the idea of ​​an official leaden cover that wants to prevent the truth from happening. hatch. Magic squares of the Sun in numerology Jean-Marie Beuzelin tries to convince us of the authenticity of a prophecy full of symbols and mysteries ... Too bad he does not put so much ardor in explaining the symbolism of the 111 currencies (3 x The One = the Universe, One = the letter alif in Arabopersan = 111 in numerical value, 1 + 1 + 1 = the Trinity, but also the Celtic diviner / poet / druid triad or the three worlds ...) than to make a methodical historical critique of the prophecy itself ...

Finally, Jean-Marie Beuzelin sets out to explain in more detail the last two mottos (linked to John Paul II and Benedict XVI) and to the announcement of the arrival of Peter the Roman (who would be Pope Francis ). The motto of John Paul II, "De labore solis" (the work of the sun) is an opportunity to show all the links of this Pope with the sun and light in general: his birth in a country of the East ( where the sun rises…), the 26 (solar number linked to the magic square of the sun) candles on her birthday cake for the 25 years of pontificate and her strong devotion to the Virgin Mary (Mary with a universal "M" as the word “Mut” which means “Mother” in Egyptian, like Maya the mother of Buddha or Maïa the mother Hermes…)… Marian worship which allows the author to return to the Virgin of Czetochowa from the youth of Jean-Paul II, a black Madonna which moreover allows the author to evoke the links which he considers clear between the black Virgins and the goddess Isis and more generally with ancient mother goddesses with this child on their knees " the one who will reveal himself, the one who, emerging from death, will enlighten a new life: then finding the balance between animality and spirituality »…

Finally, even in this course chapter the author cannot help but do numerology and show the links with Opus Dei, and with the alchemists by drawing a parallel between the milk of the Virgin collected by Bernard de Clairvaux and "Mercurial water" of the alchemists in connection with the philosopher's stone ... He can not help either in a last sub-part attached in extremis to the subject by the title "shadow and lights on the reign" to attack once more to the Holy See through a personal moral judgment in relation to the positioning of John Paul II on the non-ordination of women or on the condom ...

The explanation of the motto attributed to Benedict XVI, “De gloria olivae” (“Of the glory of the olive tree) is not more convincing, the author tries a sleight of hand by recalling that the olive tree is a symbol of peace and that Benedict XVI chose his name of pontificate in relation to Pope Benedict XV whose behavior during the First World War could have qualified him as “Pope of peace”. To confirm the link between Benedict XVI and the olive, the author even attempts an even more far-fetched concordance: his name also refers to Saint Benedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictines, one of whose Italian communities is called the Olivetans ... Then the author gets lost between history and literary fiction by epilogue on “The Fisherman's Ring” by Jean Raspail, a novel about a secret line of anti-popes who would have lasted from the Great Schism to the present day… A line of Benoit… What about the announcement of the arrival of Peter the Roman and his identification with Pope Francis?

After a little numerology for the occasion, Jean-Marie Beuzelin recalls that the new Pope chose Saint Peter as a symbol on his Fisherman's Ring while Benedict XVI had chosen the scene of the miraculous fishing ... The author just forgets to say that the fisherman is precisely Saint Peter… Hence the name of the Ring and its link with the functions of Pope… Then, after having expressed doubts about the Pope's past under the dictatorship of Videla, the author develops the final sentence, the persecutions of Christians, the destruction of the city of the seven hills, and he makes the link with the Apocalypse of Saint John, the writings of the prophet Zacharias and the prophecies of Jean de Mareuil, but he thinks that ultimately the prophecy of Saint Malachi would not announce the end of the world, but simply the end of the papacy as we know it… With the deadline, after speculative calculations that we will not describe here, the year 2031! The author finally ends his study by wondering about those who seek to take advantage of this prophecy by working in the shadows for a renewal of the Church: Opus Dei or the Jesuits?

The prophecy of the popes, inexhaustible fictional subject

"The Surprising Prophecy of Saint Malachy" by Jean-Marie Beuzelin is by no means a historical work. He has neither the method nor the neutrality. The only interesting element from a historical point of view is ultimately the prophecy itself, transcribed at the end of the book. The analysis itself is partial and therefore one-sided, with any questioning of the authenticity of the prophecy being swept aside far too quickly. The links made between characters, and between these characters and the mottos of the prophecy most often form a house of cards of speculation appealing to all the great themes of esoteric para-history: druidism, alchemy, Templars, Nostradamus, lineage of 'anti-popes, Isis, Opus Dei, numerology ...

The comments on the prophecy of the Popes are also systematically a pretext for irrelevant extensions on the scandals and the "affairs" which may have splashed the Vatican, all accompanied of course by personal judgments of the author on subjects where he considers that the Church must evolve (condoms, ordination of women, marriage of priests…). Ultimately, we see that the one who had already published in 2007 “Benedict XVI, last Pope? »Continues to exploit the prophecy to surf the apocalyptic wave which has continued to sell since the year 2000 and the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012… Finally, the history lover will have to look elsewhere for a coherent analysis of the pseudo prophecy attributed to Saint Malachy, and the lover of para-historical novel has every interest in putting a few euros more to buy for example the new Dan Brown ...

BEUZELIN Jean-Marie, “The surprising prophecy of Saint Malachy”, Grancher Editions, 2013.


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