However, now that we are up to the point where the pontificate of Peter the Roman could begin as soon as a few days from now, the attitude has changed to one of outright hostility and ridicule by people who are horrified any time any Catholic starts thinking seriously about eschatological fulfillments, as if the worst possible thing a Catholic could do would be to think we could be on the verge of a divine chastisement. But like it or hate it, the Malachy prophecies have a very long pedigree in the western Church, and we should not be so quick to mock them or speak derisively about them...Thank you for your article, Brian. It clears up an issue or three. And any Catholic/Christian who doesn't believe we are ripe for divine chastisement, must be living with some pretty intense blinders on... regardless of Malachy's prophecies.
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