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Next Pope will not be the last, 'Peter II,' 'Peter the Roman' or American

Next Pope will not be the last, 'Peter II,' 'Peter the Roman' or American

The St. Malachy prophecy, the last motto of which is supposed to apply to the 'next pope' (supposedly the one after Benedict XVI), who will call himself 'Peter the Roman,' does not hold water. This motto, in its original Latin, is as follows:

In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit.

Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus:

quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur,

et Iudex tremendus iudicabit populum suum.


So here is why I can be ADAMANT that the we will never hear the protodeacon make an Habemus Papam announcement from the balcony of St. Peter's where the name of the pope even starts as 'Pet ...'

It will be worse that shouting FIRE in a crowded cinema.

There will be a stampede out of St. Peter's Square.

The Italian Government, at once, will have to call a state of emergency and mobilize troops. NATO troops will be sent to surround the Vatican.

The cardinal electors are by necessity rather world politic. They would never allow a new pope to assume the name 'Peter the Roman' or 'Peter II.' As far as I know, and I did write THE BOOK about papal names, a new pope has never been dissuaded from using an assumed name of his choice.

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But, we have also never had a pope who has picked a controversial name (and 'Formosus II was never picked).

The next pope is also extremely unlikely to be American; i.e., from the U.S.

Having an American pope will significantly torque the International balance of power. Most would feel that the Apostolic Palace would become the 'East Wing' of the White House -- U.S. President in the Oval Office in the West Wing and the American pope in the Vatican in the 'East Wing.'

So that is my take on who will NOT be the next pope.

I have picked my top ten papabili to be the next pope, after Pope Benedict XVI (#266) at Popes and Papacy. Please check that list.

I also have done a huge amount of work on all of the dynamics of who will be the next pope. Please check: Next Pope

Hope this helps. Thanks.

You can always bust my chops.

Yours faithfully,

Anura Guruge

Papal historian and author


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