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Most Traditionalists assume the Great Monarch prophecies are strictly of Catholic origin, since many of these prophecies are presented as proof of the Church’s belief in a future deliverer who will save Catholics from complete annihilation. And certainly these prophecies are more appealing today than ever, given the dearth of leadership in this country and the world. But doctrine, not prophecy is the bedrock of belief; prophecy and private revelations are proposed for belief on human, not Catholic faith. In fact Catholics need not even profess belief in revelations of this nature, even when they come from the mouths of saints, and in doing so they commit no sin. Even though a number of saints foresaw the advent of a Great Monarch, many alternate explanations can be offered for their various predictions. Some can be categorized as affected by political interpolations of the various time periods in which these saints lived. Others may easily apply to some other personage not accounted for by the one commenting on the prophecy. A seer or “prophet” can incorrectly interpret a revelation from God or unintentionally misapply it. Mistakes can be made relaying the message and existing prejudices can affect the transmission of the message, interfering with its accuracy. Mistranslation and misquotation is not uncommon. And errors of the time may be reflected in the prophecy. Perhaps Catholics can expect a Great Monarch sometime in the future, but this is by no means certain.
The errors possible among seers are taken from Pope Benedict XIV’s teaching on how prophecy may be misunderstood, misapplied or wrongly recounted. One of the mistakes seers and prophets may make concerning their messages or visions is that a figure in what is revealed to them may appear to be something it is not. For example, St. Malachy (if all the prophecies attributed to him are actually his own) applied several mottoes to “popes” who actually were antipopes. St. Vincent Ferrar and others believed that Antichrist lived in their lifetimes. It is speculated that the man who transcribed Anna Catherine Emmerich’s visions was a Freemason at one time, although the Church has approved Emmerich’s visions. Nevertheless, some of the Traditionalist interpretations of those visions today certainly are suspect, especially when used to support the Siri thesis. Anytime the specific interpretation of a prophecy of any kind interferes with the Church’s ordinary teaching, that prophecy is not to be trusted, Pope Benedict XIV says. To properly evaluate the Great Monarch prophecies we must keep these exceptions foremost in our minds.
The Protestant historian Clinton Locke, in his work “The Great Western Schism,” (1900), relates that the legend concerning the great monarch-holy pope alliance first began to circulate during the 14th century, in both France and Germany, independent of any then existing “private prophecies.” (Later the visionary Michel Nostradamus popularized the Great Pope/Great King prophecies, and although some believe he maintained clandestine relations with Satanic members of the royal de Medici family, Nostradamus was given Catholic burial.) Bonnie Prince Charlie’s efforts to regain the English throne and the periodic appearance of pretenders to the throne of France explain the popularity of the Great Monarch predictions. But especially in Germany, the people awaited an emperor who would bring them happiness and prosperity. The Teutonic knights, a German order modeled on the Templars is said to have secretly continued that order in conjunction with their English and French counterparts, the Knights Hospitaller. The Teutonic Knights admitted only racially pure Germans of noble ancestry and cultivated the Great Monarch legend to promote the belief that a long-awaited emperor from imperial Germany was destined to rule Europe, psychologically preparing Germans to accept Adolph Hitler. In a similar manner, a French secret society known as the Priory of Sion was said to be carefully guarding the ancient bloodlines of England and France with the help and approval of certain French prelates. The Priory used the romantic legends of King Arthur’s Court and the Holy Grail to conceal their work in wrappings appealing to the common man. It was these pseudo-Catholic prelates embroiled in the work of the Priory that Our Lady came to La Salette to warn us against.
The Priory connection
Paul Winkler, writing during World War II explains the origin of the Great Monarch legend in his “The Thousand Year Conspiracy,” (1943). Winkler quotes from Henry Heine’s work “On Germany,” where Heine, in a diatribe condemning the mindset of the Middle Ages, had this to say to the German people in the 1800s: “‘Once the blood again begins coursing through the veins of the German people…their ear will hear only the great voice of one man…He is the man whom the German people awaits…who they have so longed for in their dreams — you whom our old people have prophesied with burning desire…you who carry the divine sceptre of liberty and the imperial crown without the Cross…It is certainly more than popular legend that Emperor Frederick — the old Barbarossa — is not dead…He has taken refuge in the Kyffhaeuser mountains, hiding with his entire court until sometime in the future…'” Winkler comments: “‘The man’ expected by Heine was the subject of common tales in Germany for hundreds of years. They corresponded to a specific Germanic conception of the Messianic idea [minus the trappings of Catholic monarchy]. We can see how the popularity of Hitler in his country can be explained by his endeavor to achieve what the legends forecast…Heine failed to understand thoroughly the dangers inherent in the survival of those purely Germanic superstitions and the legends surrounding the Kyffhaeuser mountains…He did not see that some day all this would turn into a terrific diabolical avalanche running away with itself, and would end in a nightmarish conflagration spread to all parts of the world. Nor could he imagine that against this orgy of the ‘elementary spirits’ the Traditions of the Church…offered a certain resistance and protection.”
As Winkler goes on to explain, although Heine inveighed against a return to the thinking of the Middle Ages he advocated a return to such thinking in the same breath. “Today the same Middle Ages practices of which Heine spoke have placed themselves very much in the foreground,” he continues. “When the average observer speaks about ‘Middle ages practices’ in Hitler’s Germany, he does not realize that the expression he uses is much more than a simple allegorical figure — that it describes the actual comeback of a period long gone…English feudal concepts have played some part in shaping the conduct of British external and internal affairs…The survival in France of isolated feudal-minded groups was responsible for…the tragic subjection of a now feudally governed France to the sad rule of Berlin…These feudal survivals in many places, including America, constitute a certain danger. We have seen such feudal circles becoming the temporary allies of the Prussian-Teutonics…” And certainly the Priory of Sion and the Teutonic Knights guaranteed the survival of chivalry and medievalism.
Dusty Sklar traces this thinking through to Hitler’s own time in his work “The Nazis and the Occult,” (1977). Guido von List, a sometime associate of Hitler’s spiritual advisor updated Heine’s sentiments in the early part of the 20th century: “List’s study of Jewish mysticism had taught him the importance of imbuing the people with a Messianic hope. When the world is changing and the old knowledge becomes suspect, it is necessary to herald the coming of a Messiah so that the traditional verities may be adapted to new conditions. List gave the Germans, in effect, the opportunity to become competitors of the Jews for the honor of ‘chosen people.’ The German people…were the chosen people, and soon a Fuhrer would arise among them who, in turn, would lead the Messianic nation.” List’s philosophy evolved into the creation of a secret society — the Armanen — in 1908, Sklar relates; eight years after the occultist and defrocked Cistercian monk, Jorge Lanz von Liebenfels, founded the New Templars. “Membership was often interlocking, and there was continuous feedback between the cults,” Sklar writes. “Around 1912 a number of members of both cults finally came together under one roof in the Germanen Orden, which prefigured the Nazi Party…Hitler was a reader of [Lanz’ publication] ‘Ostara,’ and met Lanz several times in that period, [a period] he later alluded to as providing him with ‘the foundations of a knowledge’ which was to become so important to him.” That knowledge was practically identical to the theosophy of Blavatsky and later the Messiah-driven British Israelism of Disraeli and others.
Ancient history is filled with examples of the anticipation of savior kings allied with holy priests, both in pagan and pre-Christian literature. But it was the Jews who in Christ’s time looked for a glorious earthly king and therefore rejected Christ as heir to the promise, even though he was of the Davidic line as Scripture foretold. This is because they preferred the “second Messiah” of their own understanding to the true Messiah sent by God. “For the Jews believed that Zacharias 1:20 foretold two Messiahs, one a suffering Messiah, descended from the tribe of Joseph, Elias and the priest Zadok, and the other a glorious messiah, son of David,” (“How Christ said the First Mass,” by Rev. James Meagher, 1906). Church historians portray the Jews of Christ’s time as a carnal people who had little use for suffering; they believed they already had suffered enough. The Jewish people longed for a return to the time of the kings of earlier Israelitic centuries — not unlike the medievalism of the German people — and their leaders obliged them by creating a projection of a second Messiah to satisfy this longing. Therefore they denied Christ as Eternal High Priest in favor of this earthly king yet to come.
It is this second Messiah the Jews now await, but British Israel/Identity teaches that European and American Gentiles, not the Jews, are heirs to the biblical promises as the Chosen People, and this would include all rights to the “second messiah.” It offers its adherents unique status as Anglo-Saxon Aryans who, along with the Nazis, they hold superior to all the other races. Anti-Catholic as well as anti-Jew, BI believers hold to the ancient liberties/continuity theory professed by the Gallicanists and their British co-religionists, neatly sidestepping the necessity of the papacy. Group apologists contend that certain European royalty are directly descended from the biblical King David, and are able to rule by Divine right. Move up a few Masonic levels and you have the rest of the story — these kings are descended from King David because they share the “bloodline of Christ,” a “bloodline” carefully preserved over the centuries by the Priory of Sion. The Priory’s King of Sion, they believe, is designated to rule from Europe, and probably from Britain, as the Merovingian heir. None of this differs much from the Masonically inspired teachings of Mormonism, which may well be a uniquely American manifestation of Priory beliefs.
Authors Lincoln, Leigh and Baigent, who chronicle the history and operation of the Priory insist that, “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion was not the work of some Jewish high council, but the blueprint for Priory operations,” (“Holy Blood, Holy Grail,” 1982). Members of the Rose-Croix Masons wrote the Protocols, they believe, as early as 1864. To begin with, Victor Marsden, compiler of “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” for republication in 1934, stated that they originated in Paris, and were allegedly found in the home of a Jewish gentleman by one Mlle. Glinka, a Russian citizen. From there they fell into the hands, he said, of Sergei Nilus upon Glinka’s later return to her homeland. For this reason some believe the Protocols were a Tsarist police forgery. The 1934 edition of the Protocols claimed they originated at an International Judaic Congress that convened in Basle in 1897. But Lincoln, Leigh and Baigent refute this, attributing them to one Maurice Cretineau-Joly, who they say was a well-known Rosicrucian and enemy of the Catholic Church, (although he is described in the Catholic Encyclopedia as a polemical religious-political writer who, in his writings professed “unwavering fidelity” to the Church. It was Cretineau-Joly who provided copies of the Masonic blueprint for the destruction of the Church, the Alta Vendita, to Pope Gregory XVI in 1846.)
The conspiracy author Nesta Webster relates that the Protocols later were found to be an updated and much improved version of Cretineau-Joly’s work, giving indication that it came from a source other than the Jews. “The Protocols are a vast improvement on the ‘Dialogues’ of Joly…An international circle of world revolutionaries working along the lines of the Illuminati…offers a perfectly plausible alternative solution to the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Sion,'” (Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, 1924). There are passages in the Protocols to demonstrate they are the work of the Priory, the authors point out. References to the advent of a “king of the blood of Sion,” a “Masonic kingdom,” a king reigning from “the dynastic roots of David,” all culminate in the startling statement that this king of the Jews will be “the real Pope of the Universe.” Author Tim Cohen frequently refers to the connection between early American aristocrats and the bloodlines of the present British royal family, tying these connections to the Illuminati, (“The Antichrist and a Cup of Tea”). Author Frederic Haberman wrote that this great king of the Davidic line would receive his kingdom from the hands of British royalty, (Tracing Our Ancestors). His book, written in the 1940s, is dedicated to proving that all the kings of England were directly descended from the biblical King David. Will the false “Great Monarch” anticipated by a certain faction of Traditionalists be the one to accept the throne?
It is safe to say that more than any other politico-religious group in America, Traditionalists as a whole possess a medieval-ages mentality. This is demonstrated by their strong attraction to the Great Monarch legends and prophecies, also a longing to return to times when the Church was presumably free from present-day evils. They are joined by a host of like-minded Protestants of British Israel persuasion, who therefore are not opposed to the monarchic ideal. The Priory of Sion with its bloodlines and medieval trappings is the most obvious example of modern-day medievalism. But what Traditionalists forget is that the idea here, as Heine noted is to “carry the sceptre of liberty and the imperial crown…without the Cross.” There will be no re-creation of the Holy Roman Empire. And the reason there will be no re-creation of this Empire is that those promoting the false Great Monarch are determined to enjoy his reign without the guidance of the Roman See, despite their protestations to the contrary. This time travel back to the Middle Ages is intended to relocate Trads somewhere in the late 14th century, where they can rewrite the ending of the Great Schism in favor of their Gallicanist inclinations. With this in mind from a religious standpoint, a careful reading of the above paragraph will reveal an eerie similarity to the trends in Western thought pre-World War II and those of today, only those of today are more deeply entrenched than those same trends 70-75 years ago. This is especially true seeing that many Traditionalists share a common political agenda, with Sufi overtones. As explained elsewhere, Lutheranism was the necessary preparation for Nazism, and it also has served as the chosen soil for the growth of a “Catholic” version of this same evil.
It was Thomas Case, in the 1990s who assayed the Traditionalist sects and found that several clergymen were markedly anti-Semitic, with definite neo-Nazi or British Israel leanings, (Fidelity Magazine, October 1992). He noted that militia groups flourish in the St. Mary’s, Kansas area, home to the SSPX, (this is reportedly known to the local sheriff there). Case flagged the Society’s Fr. Ramon Angles, “Bp.” Richard Williamson, and Fr. Gregory Post, providing specific documentation in each case. He also fingered British Israel promoter Dan Jones of Colorado and Jones’ longtime friend, “Bp.” Oliver Oravec, last known to be living somewhere in Czechoslovakia. Jones’ “Sangre de Cristo Newsnotes” publication unabashedly promoted the Aryan Nations position for years, alongside other articles written by prominent Traditional clergymen. The late Fr. Lawrence Brey, at one time, at least, also professed admiration for the 1930s radio-priest Fr. Coughlin in an article featured in “The Remnant”, and has mixed with many anti-Semitic Traditionalists over the years. Fr. George Musey of Texas expressed neo-Nazi sentiments to several colleagues and followers during the course of his lifetime, a fact witnessed by this author. The openly anti-Semitic publication “Veritas,” now defunct, pumped out anti-Jewish sentiments for decades, although it also furnished the faithful with much good information on the teachings of the Church. If any doubt exists concerning Traditionalists’ anti-Semitic orientation, a quick survey of anti-Semitic literature for sale on various Traditionalist web sites should prove that what is said here is no exaggeration. And some identification of Traditionalists with anti-Semitism has been more public than others, i.e., that of Mel Gibson and his father.
“There is a virulent sickness of hatred and Hitlerism running through the Traditional Catholic movement,” Case wrote. “Society of St. Pius X [priests] in France see Marshall Petain as a hero, and his pro-Nazi Vichy government of World War II as a paragon of virtue. Catholic Traditionalism as a whole in France is imbued with extreme right-wing politics…the historical dream of a restored Catholic Monarchy, allied with pro-Hitler, anti-Semitic fascism.” Case points out that like the Action-Francais movement in the 1930s, condemned by Pope Pius XI, (atheistic) right-wing political interests are absorbing Traditionalists and using them to promote their own hidden agenda. It is no coincidence that there have been recent civil disturbances throughout Europe, especially in France, that revolve around anti-Semitic organizations. And at least one ex-FBI agent, Mike German believes that the biggest terrorist threat in this country is not Islamo-fascism but Aryan Nations fascism. German has spoken internationally on this problem objecting that the FBI will not confront these groups unless they can produce actual evidence of terrorist activity after the fact. He believes that neo-Nazi groups are multiplying in the U.S., and with good reason. One purportedly “Catholic” web site even claimed at one time that the French Monarch has amassed a large army and is only waiting until the time is right to commence the fulfillment of his mission.
Seasoned journalist and WorldNetDaily founder Joseph Farah reported in his 2005 G2 Bulletins that “The danger posed by the skinhead-Islamist alliance is being compared with the fast-growing menace of Central American street gangs, such as the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, who are now the largest and most dangerous criminal group in several Latin American countries and in the U.S. MS-13, too, has been known to meet with al-Qaida operatives and is believed to be involved in smuggling some into the U.S. across the Mexican border… Law enforcement officials fear skinheads and neo-Nazis could provide not just additional numbers to the Islamic terrorist cause but also some operatives who would defy profiling efforts…What brings the groups together is a common enemy – Jews – and business interests, say law enforcement officials. Neo-Nazi skinheads are deeply involved in drug-running and human smuggling gangs – two areas of common interest with Islamists… Al-Qaida, Jamaah Islamiah and Wahabbi groups see nothing wrong in using non-Muslims to further their cause. As the origin of most anti-terror activities focuses mainly on the Middle East and Asia, it is clear a western terrorist could be more successful in penetrating a number of security and defense circles. In cases of a precision attack against individuals or institutions, European or American Caucasian terrorists will be more successful in disappearing from the radar screen…Avi Beker, the secretary-general of the World Jewish Congress, says in the past two years Jews around the world have experienced the worst anti-Semitism since World War II, primarily because of the effects of the Middle East conflict.” In Canada, the U.S. and Europe, Jews have increasingly been targeted for attacks, according to news reports. And true Catholics may well be next.
While some government agencies seem unwilling as yet to make the connection between Islamo-fascism and neo-Nazism, history shows a definite connection already exists. The History Channel has several times re-aired a series showing the interconnections of Islam and Hitler’s Germany from the 1930s on, with Muslims openly supporting Hitler, propagandizing for him and even sending troops to help win Hitler’s war. Rabbi David Dalin devotes a chapter to this involvement in his defense of Pope Pius XII,” (“Pope Pius XII: The Myth of Hitler’s Pope,” 2005). Dalin quotes Kenneth Timmerman who related that no less than the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini began meeting with Hitler in November 1941, the first of several meetings. “He had gone to convince Adolf Hitler of his total dedication to the Nazi goal of exterminating the Jews, and offered to raise an Arab legion to carry out that task in the Middle East,” Timmerman wrote. “The mufti’s close ties to Hitler, and his total embrace of Hitler’s Final Solution, provides the common thread linking past to present… Today’s Muslim anti-Semitism…feed[s] directly off of Hitler’s Third Reich.” Dalin quotes Adolf Eichmann’s deputy, Dieter Wisliceny, later condemned to death as a war criminal at Nuremburg, who said he was convinced that the mufti played a role “in the decision to exterminate the European Jews.” He insisted that the mufti had repeatedly suggested this “solution” to “Hitler, Ribbentrop and Himmler.” The mufti groomed Yasser Arafat, a distant relative of al-Husseini, for his own terrorist role, and Arafat later often referred to “our hero al-Husseini.” Egyptian leaders Nasser and Anwar Sadat also came under al-Husseini’s influence. Hebrew University’s Robert Winstrich states in Dalin’s work that there is now an anti-Jewish “culture of hatred” in the Arab Middle East permeating “books, magazines, newspapers, sermons, videocassettes, the Internet, television and radio…that has not been seen since the heyday of Nazi Germany.” Yet at La Salette, Our Lady warned that Hitler would be only a forerunner of Antichrist.
La Salette and the Great Monarch
Catholics know that Our Lady appeared at La Salette, France in 1846 to deliver monumental secrets concerning the end times to two shepherds, Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud. These secrets have been the result of furious controversy ever since, and more than one version of Melanie’s secret has been circulated. A work available only in French (Découverte du Secret de La Salette, published by Librairie Arthème Fayard in 2002, recently has been circulated and quoted on this subject. This book has the Nihil Obstat from Abbaye Notre-Dame de Tournay, 13 February 2002, Dom Bernard Billet. The Imprimatur is from Èvry, le jour Pâques 2002, Mgr. Michel Dubost.) It is purporting to present the currently available version of the La Salette Secret (Lecce version) as the true version. Another work, “The Woman and the Dragon,” by Maurice Canioni, 2004, published by Delacroix on La Salette also gives the Lecce version of the secret as the authentic version. But why is both a Novus Ordo source and an apparently Traditional source pointing Catholics in this direction? What is important to remember is that:
a) The first work is the product of the Novus Ordo clergy and therefore cannot be trusted. For all its claims to scholarship and the author’s access to “Vatican Archives,” it can be nothing but fatally flawed. Its authors openly admit that the Archives did not contain the handwritten secrets of Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud to Pope Pius IX; these have been “lost.” Obviously more than is known to us today went on in the Vatican concerning this Secret.
b) The second work is the product of Traditionalists, possible Monarchists, and for these reasons alone it must remain suspect. It may contain some worthwhile information but is no more reliable than the first work.
What has been said elsewhere concerning Maximin’s secret must be summarized here. Maximin is said to have predicted that a Great Monarch will rule in the end times, yet his secret was never published; he released it only to Pope Pius IX, and now it seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth. Easily influenced by others but always a fierce supporter of the apparition, Maximin obviously confided some details to an acquaintance with Monarchist convictions, who then published an unofficial version of the boy’s secret. Although Maximin strongly renounced this publication and forced its retraction, the secret was published as his own by many different commentators. Rev. R. Gerald Culleton’s version of Maximin’s secret, however, mentions nothing about the Great Monarch. While Maximin obviously believed that such a Monarch would arrive, he said it would happen only in God’s good time. Melanie said many things would come about only if morals improved and the people did penance. The Fatima message also made certain assurances contingent on the people’s reform. Any deliberate staging of this king’s arrival is hardly in agreement with the spirit of Our Lady’s messages.
It is interesting that there appear to be connections between those who wrongfully published Maxmin’s secret and one of the key figures of the Priory of Sion, Abbe Berengar Sauniere of Rennes le-Chateau in the Pyrenees. Author Philip Coppens says that Sauniere and the founder of the Mariavite schism, Abbe Boullan, both Monarchists, were in contact with each other. Like Sauniere, Boullan had accumulated wealth that no one could quite account for, (“Satan in the Modern World,” Mgr. L. Cristiani, 1961). He was a follower of the Theosophist Madame Blavatsky and also frequented Rosicrucian circles according to Mgr. Cristiani. Boullan lived with a woman, Adele Chevalier, who was a former friend of Melanie Calvat’s. Sauniere, Coppens relates, was very interested in the Secret of La Salette, as was Boullan. It is even rumored that Sauniere had an affair with a distant actor relative of Melanie Calvat’s. During this same time period another Monarchist, the alleged convert Leon Bloy also was a patron of these same circles. He was obsessed with La Salette throughout his lifetime. Sauniere, Boullan and Bloy all frequented the Chapel of San Sulpice; it is impossible to believe that they never connected with each other. Bloy’s curious fascination with La Salette is confirmed by the 1908 publication of his book, “She Who Weeps,” an anthology of his writings on the apparition. Despite the defense of his friends who swore to his orthodoxy, Mgr. Cristiani calls Bloy nothing less than a Satanist: for his writings reveal that he believed the Holy Ghost and Lucifer were one and the same, (Ibid).
The association of all these figures points to one thing: the Devil was definitely determined to destroy the Secrets of La Salette, a fact that practically guarantees their authenticity. He sent his constituents Sauniere, Boullan, Bloy and others to accomplish this task. All were Monarchists and occultists. All were in a position to falsify the Secret, misrepresent it, discredit it; they did so by their very association with it. It is not too far a reach, we feel, to speculate that all were connected to the Priory. Certainly those following Madame Blavatsky were exposed to British Israel doctrines, including the idea of a pure, Aryan race, (which the Priory also promotes by the careful cultivation of its “bloodline.”) Two of these men were clerics, although Abbe Boullan was excommunicated. Bloy had applied for acceptance into a religious house but was refused. In our own day it would be Abbe Ducaud-Borget and Marcel Lefebvre, also frequenters of San Sulpice (Marcel Lefebvre sent Econe seminarians to San Sulpice on pilgrimage) who would be linked to the Priory. In Lincoln, Leigh and Baigent’s Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the authors refer to these clerics as “agents provacateur.” Lefebvre, during his lifetime, never denied his membership in the Priory. Melanie had conveyed Our Lady’s warning that priests and religious would become faithless and unworthy in the site of God, and these men are prime examples. She also warned that a forerunner of Antichrist with his armies would decimate Europe, and nearly every commentator on the Secret believes this prediction was fulfilled in Hitler. Antichrist, then, or at least one of his more ardent followers could be said to resemble Hitler in some way.
The (true) spiritual Antichrist, antipope Paul 6, is said to have conspired with Genoa’s Cardinal Siri to smuggle Nazi war criminals out of Italy in the last days of the war. “Some of the most wanted Nazi war criminals passed from Rauff in Milan, to Bishop Hudal at the Anima in Rome and then on to Archbishop Siri in Genoa. Here they boarded ships and left for new lives in South America…” (“Unholy Trinity,” John Loftus and Mark Aarons, 1992). The underground channeling of these Nazis is referred to by authors Loftus and Aarons as “the Ratlines.” Rabbi Dalin denies the accusations these authors made in their work against Pope Pius XII because they brand him as a Nazi sympathizer and hold him responsible for helping the criminals escape. Those who know Montini’s treachery and Pius’ trust in him prior to 1953 when that treachery was revealed will understand that Montini’s dealings most likely extended to the smuggling operation as well. Rauff and Bp. Hudal may have handled matters for Montini but it would not be the first time that the future Paul 6 approved an operation by insinuating he acted for the Pope. The fact that Cardinal Siri is named in this operation may provide us with a clue as to why he is so revered by Monarchist Traditionalists, who falsely hold he was secretly elected Pope in 1958 (or 1963, depending on which version of this story is consulted). Many of these same Traditionalists despise Pope Pius XII for assisting the Jews, which explains why they would idolize someone who helped high-placed Nazis escape.
The genuine version (or interpretation) of the La Salette Secret places Antichrist’s coming (in all its many phases) prior to the chastisement and the coming of the true Great Monarch during the promised Fatima peace following the chastisement. (This is assuming we have not forfeited that peace and his reign by our wickedness; it seems both the Fatima and La Salette promises hinged on whether Catholics amended their lives and did penance, at least as far as any mitigation of the coming chastisements were concerned.) It is not a coincidence that many of those who promote the Great Monarch at the same time condemn the La Salette secret. It is true that a few private prophecies say the Great Monarch will surrender his crown in Jerusalem when Antichrist comes. But either these prophecies are not accurate, or they refer to a line of holy monarchs and the final assault of Antichrist’s revived system at the end of the world against “the camp of the saints,” as Ezekiel foretells. At one time, the “Traditional Catholic” web site that zealously promoted the arrival of a great monarch quoted Yves Dupont’s monograph on this topic to support its presentation, yet failed to include Dupont’s qualifying preliminary remarks. The introduction to Dupont’s piece told readers that “a few introductory lines” were omitted from his work. Dupont’s omitted preface to his Great Monarch monograph — running to three pages, not just a “few lines” — is presented below.
Yves Dupont on the Great Monarch and age of peace
“There has been a great number of reported apparitions since 1945. I know many of these and possess a fairly comprehensive documentation on most, but I do not intend quoting any here because these recent reports have either been condemned, or the Church is still examining them. It may be argued that a condemnation from an apostate bishop is worthless but, granted that apostasy has made devastating inroads in the Church, it does not follow that every bishop is an apostate. Further a condemnation issued by an apostate cannot be taken as worthless on this ground alone, for an apostate may still speak truth on occasion. Finally, it must be borne in mind that apostasy can take many forms: there are shades of grey between black and white; a bishop who ignores the decrees of the Council of Trent on the Mass, or other matters, is not necessarily a faithless renegade in all matters; there is such a thing as human weakness bowing to pressure and, if this does not exonerate the fainthearted, it does provide a measure of extenuation. It would be foolish to regard a bishop’s condemnation of a reported apparition as an additional reason to believe in it!
“It is beyond question that some of these recent reports are true, if only for the fact that Our Lady, since 1830, has never allowed a period of 28 years to go by before again visiting the world. As the climax approaches, it is only reasonable to assume that Our Lady will make her appeals more pressing and more frequent. But because the climax approaches, it is also reasonable to assume that the devil will increase his own efforts or the downfall of souls by fabricating false apparitions and working lying wonders. The devil, as we know, is cunning and clever; he may speak truth in order to draw people away from the Church or, on the contrary, he may urge obedience to a bishop or priest he already controls. His intelligence far surpasses our human understanding, and what he does and says may sometimes appear excellent on the surface. In view of this, there is a very real danger in accepting uncritically a reported apparition merely because the eyewitnesses saw extraordinary things. Our suspicion should even be stronger as the messages are the more verbose.
“Admittedly, I have formed my own opinion on some of these post-war reports, as some of my readers well know, but the purpose of this article is mainly to present a collection of prophecies that have either been approved by the Church as worthy of credence (e.g. Anne Catherine Emmerich), or given ample proof of their authenticity (e.g. Zacharias). This is not to say that I have no intention of ever writing a critical study of recent reports, (I have done so concerning Garabandal and Stich), but only that they are not within the scope of this article because they require a different treatment and approach.” (Note: The Emperor Henry who Emmerich is believed to have seen in her visions, however, is said to refer to a European monarch “lame afoot,” who reigned before her visions even began, not to some future personage.),
“Some of the prophecies given here have already been cited in my book CATHOLIC PROPHECY in which I gave a general picture of the coming upheaval. The present article bears more specifically on the glorious Age of Peace to come, under the reign of the Great Monarch. For this reason, I do not propose to quote at length the prophecies of my previous book but only the passages relating to the Age of Peace and the Great Monarch.
“Many of these prophecies are French, and they make it quite clear that Monarchy will be restored in France. But the restoration of Monarchy will not be a local affair; it will be a worldwide phenomenon. This will mark a near historical epoch and, because of this, many people are finding it hard to believe. The age of republics and Democracies will be over, Communism and Socialism a thing of the past. This age of peace will also be an age of belief and an age of plenty. It will mark the victory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and of Christ the King, the revaluation of authority and discipline, and the conversion of the entire world to the Catholic Faith (except for a few pockets of unbelief).
“These conclusions have been drawn from my study of private prophecies, which I began about 30 years ago. These prophecies were made from the very beginning of the Christian Era up to our own time. They originate from virtually every country in the world) non-Christian lands included. The concordance existing between hundreds of different prophecies is truly remarkable. It would be unreasonable to claim that the bulk of these private seers were merely repeating earlier prophecies, which they had themselves read. Such a claim is untenable for a number of reasons: firstly, because communication between various countries was very limited prior to the 19th Century. Secondly, because all writings were in manuscript form before Gutenberg evolved the printing press in the 15th Century. Thirdly, because some of these prophecies were discovered many centuries after they had been written. In a few cases, however, it is known that some prophecies were not made by those who handed them down; and in other cases it is not inconceivable that an old manuscript may have repeated the substance of an earlier one. Thus, the wording of St. Remy’s prophecy, so strikingly similar to that of St. Augustine, may be just relating what St. Remy had heard or read from the writings of St. Augustine which, even in his lifetime, were reproduced in manuscript form in the monasteries of Western Europe. St. Augustine died in 430, and St. Remy was born in 437. In his youth, St. Remy would have been conversant with the writings of St. Augustine. Such cases are few in number. But the final argument lies in the fact that many of the early prophecies have already come to pass in part. Here are some events that were predicted long ago:
1. Ireland occupied by the English for seven centuries.
2. England leaving the Catholic Church in the 16th century.
3. The discovery of the Continent of America.
4. The French Revolution and the decapitation of the French King.
5. Modern inventions: the steam engine, the motor car, the aeroplane, submarines, nuclear power, television.
6. The rise of the lower classes and the advent of Democracy.
8. The development of literacy, the proliferation of pornography.
9. Low moral standards, permissiveness, deviations.
10. Crisis in the Church, new liturgy, apostasy of many bishops.
“This, I might say, is not a comprehensive listing, merely a few examples. But if the first part of these prophecies has come to pass, should we disregard the second? I do not disregard the second part. Here are the events we now can expect:
1. Civil wars, revolutions, breakdown of authority everywhere.
2. Military coups even in Western Countries.
3. An anti-pope in Rome; the developing apostasy becomes universal.
4. Persecution of the Church by Communist governments, abetted at first by many of the hierarchy and Clergy.
5. Complete destruction of the Church’s structures at the hands of the Communists and even those who collaborated with them.
6. Natural disasters, earthquakes, floods, drought, famines, epidemics.
7. Cosmic phenomenon, three days of darkness, collapse of Communism.
8. More military coups [followed by the] rise of the Great Monarch.
9. Rebirth of the Catholic Church. New Ecumenic Council, restoration of former disciplines in the Church. A Holy Pope occupies the Chair of Peter.
10. Period of peace, faith, plenty.
What comes after this is not the subject matter of this article.”
(The Great Monarch piece then begins.)
In the course of the presentation that follows, Dupont comments on these prophecies:
“The Empire of the Mohammedans will be broken up (by him).”
(Ven. Holzhauser, 17th Century)
“Greece he will invade and be made King thereof. He will conquer England.”
(Cataldus, 5th Century)
“This Prince shall extend his dominion over the whole world.”
(St. Caesar, 6th Century)
“Invade Greece” and “conquer England” must not be understood with the modern and unpleasant connotation that these terms now have. This Emperor will be anything but “imperialist”. It means, in effect, that he will go to England to help the English people out of their Communist enslavement, and he will land in Greece to expel the Mohammedans. All this will be made clear later in this article… At this stage, may I caution against dismissing the idea of a Mohammedan invasion in Europe as extravagant. I discussed this point in my first book: the Mohammedan invasion is mentioned in an exceedingly large number of prophecies, and the prophecies are true. The invasion will be made possible because,
“(a) Soviet Russia, the Beast of the Earth, will give Mohammed, the Beast of the Sea, all the military support she can, hoping thereby to avoid a direct involvement of herself in Western Europe;
“(b) because Western Europe will be in a state of utter chaos at the close of murderous civil wars.
“It was just as “extravagant” to speak of the “Revolt of the Algerians in 1938 when Algeria was regarded as being an extension of metropolitan France, but the revolt did come to pass in the sixties, and Algeria is now independent.)
“Is this the One World government which is currently advocated by Leftist elements? Most definitely not. The One World government will not come about until the revelation of the Man of Sin who, with the Jewish nation fawning at his feet, will impose his tyranny upon the whole world. The “dominion” in question here will not take the form of a centralized autocratic government. Centralization is the very opposite of the principle of subsidiarity which the Church and every genuine Catholic monarch has always supported. Subsidiarity, to be sure, does not exclude supreme authority, or arbitration, but it is undoubtedly the antithesis of autocratism. The word itself is comparatively new but the principle has always been upheld by the Church,” [but this word definitely was not understood by the Church of the past as in the same sense that it is used today by the Novus Ordo Church, nor even necessarily as it was understood by Dupont.]
In assaying what is written above, (if we return to the two 10-point lists of disasters that Dupont says are to come both remotely and proximately), it appears that while Dupont has not come out and said it in so many words, he places the coming of Antichrist prior to the arrival of the Great King and Holy Pope; he has said it without realizing it. While Dupont may have studied and been an expert in the area of prophecy, he evidently did not realize what the Church Herself actually taught concerning the Scriptural prophecies of Daniel — primarily the cessation of the continual sacrifice and the identification of the abomination of desolation. Clearly Pope Paul IV interprets the abomination of desolation as Antichrist; also heretics, apostates and schismatics parading as true Catholics. In 1559, he wrote in his infallible bull, “Cum ex Apostolatus Officio:”
“We must see attentively to driving away from Christ’s fold those who, in Our time more consciously and balefully than usual, driven by malice and trusting in their own wisdom, rebel against the rule of right Faith and strive to rend the Lord’s seamless robe by corrupting the sense of the Holy Scriptures with cunning inventions. We must not allow those to continue as teachers of error who disdain to be taught…It behooves us to give fuller and more diligent thought where the peril is greatest, lest false prophets (or even others possessing secular jurisdiction) wretchedly ensnare simple souls and drag down with themselves to perdition and the ruin of damnation the countless peoples entrusted to their care and government in matters spiritual or temporal; and lest it befall Us to see in the
holy place the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet..
“If ever at any time it becomes clear that any Bishop, even one conducting himself as an Archbishop, Patriarch, or primate; or any Cardinal of the aforesaid Roman Church, even as mentioned, a Legate; or likewise any Roman Pontiff before his promotion or elevation as a Cardinal or Roman Pontiff, [has strayed from the Catholic Faith or] fallen into some heresy, [or has incurred schism], then his promotion or elevation shall be null, invalid and void. It cannot be declared valid or become valid through his acceptance of the office, his consecration, subsequent possession or seeming possession of government and administration, or by the enthronement of or homage paid to the same Roman Pontiff, or by universal obedience accorded him, or by the passage of any time in said circumstances, [nor shall it be held as quasi-legitimate.]”
This also was the opinion of St. Bernard, the last Father of the Church, who lived several centuries before Pope Paul IV’s bull was written. He teaches that it is an anti-pope reigning as a true pope who alone can merit the terrible title Antichrist. In supporting Pope Innocent II, St. Bernard wrote to Hildebert, archbishop of Tours: “Behold, Innocent the Christ, the anointed of the Lord, is ‘set for the fall and the resurrection of many.’ For they that are of God willingly adhere to him, whilst opposed to him stand Antichrist and his followers. We have seen ‘the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place,’ (Matt. 34:15)…He has seated himself in the Chair of Peter. The holy place he covets, not for its holiness, but for its height. He has, I say, got possession of the holy place [but] not through the merit of his life. The election whereof he boasts is but a cloak for his malice. To call it an election at all is an impudent lie.” (Rev. Albert J. Luddy, “The Life and Teachings of St. Bernard”).
Commenting on the meaning of the abomination of desolation, St. Jerome writes: “It is possible to apply this text easily to either the Antichrist, to the statue of Caesar which Pilate placed in the Temple or even to the equestrian statue of Hadrian, which down to this present day stands on the very site of the holy of holies. In the Old Testament, however, the term abomination is applied deliberately to idols. To identify it further, ‘of desolation,’ is added to indicate that the idol was placed in a desolate or ruined temple. The abomination of desolation can be taken to mean as well every perverted doctrine. When we see such a thing stand in the holy place, that is in the Church and pretend it is God, we must flee…,” (Breviary Lesson for the 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost).
“The apostasy of the city of Rome from the vicar of Christ, and its destruction by Antichrist, may be thoughts so new to many Catholics that I think it well to cite the text of theologians in the greatest repute,” (pg. 88). If the Church’s true teaching on this subject was not generally known, it is only because her enemies (who have stated for centuries that the popes of Rome were collective Antichrist) would have used it against Her; also, the Church did not wish to prematurely confuse and alarm the faithful. Manning not only shows that the Church expected such an event; he tells us that there was a definite tradition in the Church for many centuries among scriptural commentators and theologians of great repute favoring this interpretation of end times prophecy. As he stated in his work, “The True Story of the Vatican Council,” the march towards these times already had begun even before the Council convened. Therefore, Manning simply decided that what was becoming increasingly clear no longer needed to be suppressed.
Henry Cardinal Manning as follows: “The holy Fathers, who have written on the subject of Antichrist and of the prophecies of Daniel, without a single exception, as far as I know, — and they are the Fathers both of the East and the West. Of both the Greek and the Latin Church — all of them unanimously, — say that in the latter end of the world, during the reign of Antichrist, the holy sacrifice of the altar will cease. Manning undoubtedly was aware of St. Francis de Sales and St. Alphonsus’ teaching that the Sacrifice would cease in the latter days. St. Francis writes: “The revolt and separation must come…the Sacrifice shall cease and…the Son of Man shall hardly find faith on earth…All these passages are understood of the affliction which Antichrist shall cause in the Church…But the Church… shall not fail, and shall be fed and preserved amidst the deserts and solitudes to which She shall retire, as the Scripture says, (Apoc. Ch. 12),” (“The Catholic Controversy”). In his “The Holy Eucharist,” St. Alphonsus stated that: “It is true [the Mass] will cease on earth at the time of Antichrist: the Sacrifice of the Mass is to be suspended…according to the prophecy of Daniel, (Dan. 12:11).” St. Alphonsus goes on to explain, however, that in reality the Sacrifice and priesthood never will cease since “the Son of God, Eternal Priest, will always continue to offer Himself to God, the Father, in Heaven as an Eternal Sacrifice.”
And the arrival of the abomination and the cessation of the sacrifice are almost simultaneous, so that one cannot happen without the other. St. Paul tells us that first the revolt must occur, which began in the 1500s and ended following the false Vatican II council. This must happen before the Man of Sin can be revealed for what he is, and it happened just this way. For when the new Novus Ordo liturgy was officially introduced, the Man of Sin was then unquestionably revealed, and those remaining with him in his schismatic Church were the ones who revolted, not those who refused to accept the changes. Just as Daniel predicted, Paul 6 changed times and laws. He sat in God’s temple pretending he was His vicar, when he was not. St. Paul speaks of he who witholdeth. Who else could this be but a true pope, who did hold in St. Paul’s time, and would later successfully be taken out of the way to allow the Man of Sin to reign?
As explained in the article Fifty Years After V2: Why Catholics Never Fought for Their Church, Catholics were in shock for many years after the destruction of the Church began and many could not bring themselves to believe that what was unfolding before them was actually the arrival of the Man of Sin. Even when irrefutable proofs of this horror were presented, they refused to re-evaluate their position that the pope was simply an antipope, or a bad pope. Choosing to ignore an infallible papal decree that identified Antichrist’s actions and their consequences, these Catholics were successfully propagandized by Traditionalist publicists and those they recognized as their clergy to place the coming of the Antichrist after the era of peace and the coming of the Great Monarch, holy pope. They also ignored the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas in this regard — that, “The wicked will think themselves to be in peace and security after the death of Antichrist and before the coming of Christ, seeing that the world was not at once destroyed as they thought hitherto,” (Summa Theol., Suppl. 73:1). Those publishing the Secret of La Salette without permission also published a version that places Antichrist’s coming after the Great Monarch’s death, and yet the version of this same secret printed by Rev. R. Gerald Culleton places Antichrist’s destruction before the peace and the reign of what appears to be a series of kings, (Reign of Antichrist).
Dupont elaborates further on his ideas about when the great king will reign in his work, “Catholic Prophecy.” There he writes: “There are two different stages within the latter days period: the first, heralding the final stage being of lesser intensity; the final stage bringing about the consummation of the world. To each of these two stages, the proximate signs of the End apply. Thus, we are now about to enter the first stage, the Great Disaster, which is imminent and which will be followed by a period of peace. He sees Communism as a forerunner of Antichrist, yet misses and the two men delivering Catholics from this, the Great Monarch and holy Pope, as a prefigure of Enoch and Elias. He bases this observation on Christ’s words in St. Matthew, Ch. 24:6: “But the end is not yet,” and in 24: 8: “But these things are but the beginnings of sorrows.” This falls into place with what St. Thomas says above. And yet the one thing that Dupont does not take into consideration here is that the Beast of the Sea, bearing the number 666 — that same beast who all commentators identify with the Abomination of Desolation foretold by Daniel, the Jewish precursor of Antichrist, Antiochus Epiphanes — precedes the symbolic 1,000 years of peace in Apocalypse and the re-chaining of Satan by St. Michael. His appearance conspicuously follows that of the Woman clothed with the sun, signifying, we believe, the beginning of the great apostasy in the 1500s with Our Lady’s Guadalupe apparition and the end of the apostasy foretold at Fatima, commencing with the year 1960.
This defined figure that is Antichrist is not even mentioned in the final assault on the Church prior to the consummation; instead Apoc. 20:7 speaks of the loosing of Satan proper and the reappearance of the false prophet, prelude to and messenger for Antichrist. Perhaps Antichrist proper is missing from this final act of the end times, and only appears prior to the brief and symbolic peace, because the appearance of the false prophet this time is enough to alert the faithful and avert Antichrist’s reappearance. At any rate, he does not figure predominantly after the peace, as he would if his appearance was postponed until then. In his work, Rev. Culleton distinguishes between the “day of the Lord” and the final judgment, pointing to II Thess. 2:8. He states that there appears to be a distinction between the two events mentioned here, where Christ slays the beast with the breath of His mouth and destroys the last vestiges of him with the brightness of His coming. He believes with the ancient Fathers and the majority of theologians that a brief peace and restoration of the Church will follow Antichrist’s death and the subsequent chastisement prior to the End proper.
The Great Monarch prophecies
According to Rev. R. Gerald Culleton’s scenario:
“Three powerful but evil rulers [will] cause a ‘flesh-hewing course of warfare’ and persecute Jews and Christians. They are to overcome their enemies. Two of them, however, seem destined to be overcome by the third, and he is to fall before a good ruler visibly aided by God. This visible aid is to be in some way a type of the three days darkness…The persecutions of that time will exceed in cruelty anything the world has ever seen and in no other time shall evil have so triumphed. Very few will remain faithful to God and live. It will seem as though the Church has ceased to exist. [But then the exterminating angels will bring the three days] during the last terrible battle, when all seems lost…When the darkness lifts, there will not remain alive on earth a single unconvertible evil man. [At that time] it would seem that Christ would appear in the skies or at least that there would be some happening typical of His Second Coming, and that it would be apparent that there was a preview of the last judgment…[and of] the millennium. Would the just-martyred by Antichrist then rise from the dead, this being the first resurrection spoken of in the Apocalypse? Would an earthly reward symbolical of heavenly rewards be bestowed upon the confessors who had escaped the beast? This seems not too clear, but we are led to expect at least this: that there follows the fall of Antichrist an interval during which there will be a universal peace and union in one faith under one shepherd with Christian life marvelously exemplified in the individual and in society. How long this symbol of a millennium will last is not clear but the common opinion of the Fathers was that it would not be long,” (“The Prophets and Our Times”).
While there are definitely Traditionalists at work trying to create their own idea of a great monarch and the fulfillment of these prophecies, this doesn’t mean these prophecies are any the less true or at least potentially so. If we accept such prophecies as authentic and properly recorded/reported, there seems to be some event of this nature ahead of us for the simple reason that there simply are too many ancient and newer (pre-1959) prophecies concerning the Holy Pope and the Great Monarch to summarily dismiss them all. It seems highly unlikely that so many of these saints and holy people would all have predicted the same thing if this man was to be a false king. The counterfeit king will probably appear to deceive at least some of the faithful but he will not succeed. Instead the true king will arrive in the name of St. Michael and with his aid to stand for the people, and will put the false king to flight. The following prophecies concerning the Great Monarch are listed in Culleton’s book:
• St. Caesar of Arles: After great miseries and trial, a prince exiled in his youth shall recover the crown of lilies, He will assist a Holy Pope in reforming the entire world.
• St. Bearcan: A great king renowned for his feats of arms will sail across the sea to Rome.
• Merlin: Predicted a German antipope and that a certain Royal Monarch would be the last King of England and would root out all heresies.
• St. Odile: A great warrior assisted by God will defeat an unjust conqueror.
• Leo the Philosopher: An imperial deliverer will save the kingdom and the people.
• Monk Adso: A king of the Franks (Germany) will possess the Roman empire.
• Monk Hilarion: The Great Eagle (monarch) will travel to Rome and help bring peace between the Pope and clergy.
• St. Thomas a Becket: A knight from the West will conquer Rome towards the end of the world.
• St. Hildegarde: Peace will return to Europe when the Great King takes the throne of France.
• Old English: An Eagle (king) assisted by God shall come from the East. Universal peace shall reign in the world.
• Old Saxon: A king will be crowned, universal peace shall reign, then the end of the world will approach.
• Chronicles of Madgeburg: An emperor name Charles will rule Europe and restore the decayed state of the Church.
• Aystinger the German: A prince descended from the emperor Charles shall rule Europe and reform the Church.
• Old Italian: There shall come a general conversion to the faith of Chris• t under the Great Lion.
• Old Latin: A great French king will reign who will restore laws and religion.
• Abbot Joachim: The King of France will lend assistance to a remarkably holy pastor who will unite the East and West and crush all heresy and schism.
• Werdin Otrante: The Great Monarch will come to restore peace and the Pope will share in the victory.
• Prophecy of Orval: Predicts a holy pope and a Capetian king of France who will assist him.
• Abbot Herman of Lehnin: The people recover their king and the pope recovers his flock.
• John of the Cleft Rock: The Great Monarch will defeat the Mohammedans and God will raise up a holy pope.
• St. Bridget of Sweden: The Great Eagle will subdue the Mohammedans and people will return to the Church.
• St. Catherine of Siena: Predicts the restoration of the Church.
• St. Vincent Ferrar: When the Eagle (Great Monarch) shall capture the counterfeit king there will be a new reformation in the world.
• Fr. Jerome Votin: Heavenly dew shall fall upon the desolated earth and the Church afflicted. A son of royal blood shall govern France and the spirit of God shall be with him.
• St. John Capistran: Says a German emperor shall restore the Apostolic discipline. A great pope shall restore the Church following the death of Antichrist.
• St. Francis de Paul: A great leader of the holy militia wearing crosses on their breasts will kill all of God’s enemies and extirpate all heresies. There shall be one flock and one shepherd.
• Bd. Johannes Amadeus: Germany and Spain will unite under a great prince designated by God. Mass conversions will take place and peace and prosperity will follow.
• Nostradamus: Says the Great Monarch will reign who will return the Church to her old supremacy at about the same time a new pope is elected.
• David Porseus: A great Monarch will crush the enemies of the pope and conquer the East.
• Ven. Holzhauser: There will arise a valiant monarch anointed by God who will rule supreme in temporal matters while the pope rules supreme in spiritual matters. After a time of great upheaval and irreligion, all nations will adore God according to Catholic teaching.
• Rudolph Gekner: A great prince of the North will valiantly defend the Church of Christ and subdue the Muslims. A holy pope will reign at this time.
• Dionysius of Luxembourg: From the midst of His Church, God will raise up a great ruler who will lead erring souls back to the true faith.
• Monk of Werl: A strong European monarch will restore divine order to the Church, state and family.
• Fr. Laurence Ricci, S.J.: A great German duke (Great Monarch) will intervene by the aid of God at a time the world seems doomed. He will help the pope restore religion and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
• Capuchin Friar: A great monarch and a holy pope will reform abuses and destroy all heresies.
• Sister Marianne: The prince will reign whom people did not esteem before and there will be an unprecedented triumph of religion.
•Josefa von Bourg: Under a great monarch descended from St. Louis, the faith will spread as never before.
• Abbe Souffrand: The Great Ruler will perform great and noble deeds and these will convert unbelievers.
• Anne Catherine Emmerich: Her vision “of the holy emperor Henry” may refer to a past holy monarch, or may indicate that the Great Monarch descends from a previous German monarch.
• Bd. Anna Maria Taigi: A new pope chosen through the intercession of Sts. Peter and Paul will convert the world to Catholicism and this pope shall nominate a Christian King for the country of France.
• Bro. Louis Rocco: A great Catholic monarch shall arise after many wars and persecutions in Europe.
• Sr. Rose Adsenti of Taggia: A King will be restored to the throne of France.
• Joseph Goires: The people will be united under a powerful monarch who will make new laws and banish corruption.
Cure of Ars: The good shall triumph when the return of the king is announced. Religion shall flourish as never before.
• Brother Anthony Aix-la-Chapelle: A new German emperor is elected after many wars and travails and travels to meet the pope.
• Ven. Madeline Porzat: Our Lady will perform a great miracle and men will convert. A powerful ruler will destroy the wicked and a holy pope will reign.
• St. John Bosco: A great warrior will come from the north and meet the pope. Our Lady will appear. A true pope returns to Rome and the Church triumphs.
• Ossolinski Library Prophecy: Seems to suggest that America will assist in bringing the Great Monarch to power.
This appears to be the end of the mention of the Great Monarch in these prophecies, although many more foretell the triumph of the Church and predict the coming of a holy pope. That a king would figure in at all in modern-day affairs comes as a surprise to many people, so resigned to the rule of democratic despots and liberal prime ministers. But there is a reason that the world would turn to a monarch, and even those blind to religious truths can agree that today’s world leaders would scarcely be able to fight the Muslim forces with any success, if indeed they did not decide to embrace them. Success does not depend on numbers, but on favor with and devotion to God. Where would we possibly find this today? It would have to come from somewhere unexpected; out of the blue, just as the prophecies suggest. If a European king did reign and decided to take on an advancing army of Muslims, he would have no difficulty in finding those who would rally to his cause, even now. But especially following the expected chastisement, should the Muslims still prove to be a threat, the intent would be, as it was during the Crusades, to either convert them or utterly defeat them. It is amazing that the prophecies predict they will again pose a threat after all these years, but this only lends them more credence. If they got the Muslim part right, the Great Monarch shouldn’t be too far behind.
Many Catholics today are aware that we are in deep trouble because the Church as She once existed has disappeared from sight. While not all agree that the church in Rome is run by a usurper, many are keenly disappointed in and some are outright disgusted with the last four “popes,” even if they accept them as valid but fatally flawed successors of St. Peter. And Benedict 16 certainly isn’t getting any younger. For those who realize that the reign of these apparent successors is what stands in the way of resolving the crises in the Church, since as long as there are perceived successors a true pope cannot be elected, the advent of a Great Monarch could prove to be a crucial turning point in history. The last situation even anywhere remotely similar to our own was the Western Schism. During that tempestuous time, when three men reigned as pope, the schism was finally ended with the convocation of the Council of Constance. It was the German Emperor Sigismond and the antipope John XXIII who called the council, and when John XXIII later was deposed, it was Sigismond who rose to the occasion and kept the council moving forward. The only hope true Catholics have to resolve this crisis of authority in the Church is to find someone to champion their cause. If this could be done, with the insistence and cooperation of the people, an influential leader willing to fight for the papacy could force the deposition of the usurper, or on his death, see that a true pope was elected. But this situation would require much more.
Even in advance of such events, the valid and licit bishops and clergy either imprisoned or hiding in Communist countries or elsewhere would need to be located and freed. Some believe that a true pope (NOT the one, however, who some believe to be the “successor” of Siri) may even exist in hiding, and this is not impossible; but only a military leader who was a devout Catholic could possibly accomplish his release. Then these bishops and clergy would need to be sequestered and guarded until a true pope could be elected and installed. And if such installation in Rome or elsewhere was not possible owing to war or other catastrophes, then the new pope would need to temporarily rule in exile, under heavy guard. This is undoubtedly how the current interregnum will end. All the above prophecies inextricably link this monarch with a newly elected pope, a man described as very holy. Some attribute prodigies to his election and this may be the case; Bd. Anna Maria Taigi says Sts. Peter and Paul will come to designate the true pope. While it may dumbfound the faithful to think that such things really could occur in their lifetime, when the miraculous is so routinely scorned and discredited, it is the only real hope for an end to the imposture in Rome and the restoration of the Church.
The king appointed by God who reigns during the Age of Peace will undoubtedly subdue the Mohammedans, where the position held by Traditionalists would align them with the Muslims. Based on what is stated above, the king expected by Traditionalists today would be the antithesis of that king who reigns during the Age of Peace. He would not be a “genuine” Catholic monarch. The very fact that some Traditionalists holding racial and societal prejudices condemned by the Church are promoting this false king is proof enough that he cannot be the one intended by the saints and holy people who prophesied concerning his reign. This is only logical since many Traditionalists are in fact not truly Catholic, although they believe themselves to be, and therefore could be easily misled. In this present crisis, only God can restore the Church and occasion the return of the true hierarchy, necessary according to de fide Church teaching to restore the papacy and rebuild the Church. A true monarch would know where to find them, and he certainly would not be in league with Fascists. If a king sympathetic to their goals is pursued, he will not be the true but the false king, foretold by St. Vincent Ferrar. Some of those already aligned with who they believe this king to be are of the opinion that a true pope does exist in exile and are plotting his advancement once their king emerges. Unfortunately the “pope” they support is only one of many antipopes, and this alone will prove to be their downfall. As Christ said concerning Himself as the Good Shepherd, “I know mine and mine know me.” The ragged and malnourished flock in these times will be given the graces to recognize the voice of true shepherds and leaders and will know when to follow them.
More importantly, the order of all these things can be used as a sure guide to determine who the true and the false king will be. These two adversaries will likely meet each other on the battlefield prior to the chastisement or “great event,” but the actual defeat or death of the false king will come either during the chastisement or shortly thereafter. Antichrist has already reigned; the apostasy has occurred and the Sacrifice has ceased. These Scriptural prophecies already have seen fulfillment, and only those who follow the beast will deny this.
In 2004, press releases indicated that the Hinduism ecumenically tolerated by John Paul 2 during his reign had created a definite backlash against the Vatican. This toleration inspired one Muslim leader to call for a jihad against the church in Rome and a crusade by Muslim fundamentalists to seize Rome for its own political center of operations. It is not a far stretch to envision terrorists supported by neo-Fascist Traditionalists bombing Vatican City, inundating Rome and making good on their threats to establish headquarters there. As a “reward” for their support, Traditionalists would take over what was left, fulfilling Nostradamus prophecy concerning those rallying behind the Rosy Cross. So where would the new anti-Church relocate then? Incredibly, the answer to that question may have issued from the mouth of no less than the late Yasser Arafat during secret negotiations with the Vatican in 1993. According to a 1997 report issued by Barry Chamish, Arafat guaranteed JP2 perpetual control of several sites in the Holy City, including “political power over the old City of Jerusalem by the end of the millennium.” This “unwritten understanding” was first agreed upon in 1993, Chamish reported, and all further negotiations were to be kept secret. Chamish has no illusions about the Vatican’s true agenda.
“On the 10th of September, just three days before the signing of the Oslo Accords in Washington, the Italian newspaper “La Stampa” reported that then Foreign Minister Shimon Peres concluded a secret deal with the Vatican to hand over sovereignty of Jerusalem’s Old City to the Vatican and it was included in the secret clauses of the Declaration of Principles signed on September 13, 1993 in Washington, DC. In the same week that Israeli Foreign Minister and chief Oslo architect Shimon Peres signed the agreement, the Declaration of Principles with Yasser Arafat in Washington, the Israel-Vatican commission held a special meeting in Israel. Under the Vatican agreement the Israelis would give over control of the Old City to the Vatican before the year 2000. The plan also calls for Jerusalem to become the second Vatican of the world with all three major religions represented but under the authority of the Vatican. Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel but the Old City will be administered by the Vatican…The Vatican is going to have everyone believe this ‘mysterious individual’ who will ‘unite the faiths’ and appear in Jerusalem, which will be under the control of an authority headed by The Vatican.” Since the publication of Chamish’s article and Arafat’s death, no additional information on the agreement between the Vatican and Arafat has become available. Have B16’s dealings with the Muslims changed this arrangement? Or, since his apology to them, can it merely be chalked up to a public display intended to make the impression that Ratzinger is other than friendly with Islam? It is no secret that as a young man B16 was a member of the Hitler Youth group. Is it possible that he would readily surrender the Vatican into the right hands, especially given recent rumors he may resign?
Rev. E. S. Berry, in his work “The Apocalypse.” wrote in 1921: “Antichrist will establish himself in Jerusalem where a great number of Jews will have gathered under some such movement as Zionism…While Rome, the seat of the false prophet is smoldering in ashes, Christ and His faithful followers go forth to give battle against Antichrist and his allied kings…A careful reading of the Apocalypse shows clearly that Antichrist will appear long centuries before the last judgment and the end of the world.” So Berry alluded to a relocation of Antichrist’s “see” to the Holy City, but only following the subsequent destruction of Rome. Haydock and others commenting on Apoc. 18:2. say this is the destruction of “idolatrous” Rome, both in the early ages of the Church and at the time of Antichrist. That some major damage to the Vatican and the city itself may accompany the fall of the antipopes is not an illogical assumption, and cannot be excluded as a possibility. Pope Pius XII said: “If ever one day (We say this as a mere hypothesis) material Rome were to crumble, if ever this very Vatican Basilica, the symbol of the one invincible Catholic Church were to bury beneath its ruins…the historical treasures, the sacred tombs…the Church would not crumble or crack…The papacy would always endure,” (Address to the Students of Rome, Jan. 30, 1949). The false prophet Berry mentions rules in Rome, which could easily be taken as a reference to one who has set himself up as “Pope” under Traditionalist auspices, further muddying the waters.
Henry Cardinal Manning agrees with Berry’s scenario, bluntly stating that Rome’s physical destruction is inevitable. “Let the Church of Christ depart from Rome and Rome will be no more in the eyes of God than Jerusalem of old. Jerusalem …was cast down and destroyed by fire because it crucified the Lord of Glory; and the city of Rome…if it become apostate, like Jerusalem of old, will suffer a like condemnation,” (“The Present Crisis of the Holy See Tested by Prophecy”) Manning cites as his sources for this statement “…the text of theologians in the greatest repute,” including Malvenda, Lessius, Erberman, St. Bellarmine, Viegas, and Cornelius a Lapide. It is possible that the true Great Monarch will relocate to Jerusalem once Rome is destroyed, perhaps by the Mohammedans; or it could be that some will try to falsify this prophecy by moving the NO church to Jerusalem and allowing Trads to occupy and “rebuild” Rome. Any number of scenarios could be run but God alone knows what lies ahead. At some point all will be interrupted by the chastisement. We cannot allow ourselves to indulge in the very thing that has sidelined Traditionalists all these years.
What Traditionalists have fallen prey to is the “political conspiracy theory” that links Freemasonry, Vatican II, the Kennedy assassinations, the Vietnam War, the Sindona affair, various elections of antipopes, moral decline, terrorist plots/attacks and other aberrations directly and exclusively to Zionist Jews. Many of these Traditionalists are imbued with a welter of various takes on the political conspiracy, depending on their own group’s beliefs and this involves religion to some extent, but is not the main focus of their concerns. Second guessing each other has become a favorite pastime as new “pieces” of the political conspiracy puzzle come to light, and this much to the neglect of the Church they claim has been the most unfortunate victim of the conspiracy. It is not for Catholics to waste time trying to unravel the inner workings of such things while ignoring the plight of the Church. Pope Leo XIII told Catholics in “Humanum Genus” that all secret societies spring from one source and all return to it. He did not identify that source specifically as Zionism, although prelates such as Msgr. Jouin were quick to point out that he intended to include them. Pope Leo identified the enemy as “a power almost equivalent to sovereignty…a state within a state.” He warned that from this power would evolve the very Godless system of politics we observe today. He did not advise anyone to participate in this political system, even in a peripheral way. His solution was simple and easily anticipated. He advised priests and bishops that “The multitude must be drawn to learn diligently the precepts of religion…the elements of those sacred truths in which Christian philosophy is contained.” Yet study of the faith is the one thing those calling themselves Catholic today seem incapable of mastering.
Pope Leo also defined the political goals of the secret societies in Humanum Genus as follows: “Power is held by the command or the permission of the people, so that, when the popular will changes, rulers may lawfully be deposed…The course of all rights and civil duties is either in the multitude or the governing authority…according to the latest doctrines.” This principle is reiterated in America’s own Bill of Rights, itself framed by Freemasons. It is the professed goal of nearly all right-wing paramilitary groups including Aryan nations and other neo-Nazi organizations, as stated in “The Turner Diaries.” A virtual bible for right-wing extremists, this novel calls for the violent overthrow of the present U.S. government, and the murder of Jews and nonwhites. This explains the militia mentality among Traditionalists. It also tells us that the groups they belong to are considered to be secret societies by the Catholic Church. And those who belong to such societies — even those who defend or support these societies in any way — are automatically excommunicated under Can. 2335, (1917 Code). All this is aside from the fact that racialism, naturalism and theosophy, three of the heresies constituting Nazism, are condemned separately by the Holy See.
If the popular will changes by gathering followers to the cause of a counterfeit Great Monarch, the U.S. government could theoretically become a despotic monarchy. He is to come from European stock, and yet here we speak of a United Europe that would be as ill disposed to accept him as the United States. He will arrive with an army. So it seems only logical given these facts that the governments of Europe and/or America first would need to topple of their own weight or by military coup. It seems most unlikely that Islam would fail to take advantage of a willing army of anti-Semites who want only to follow a fairy tale leader (who will help them elect or install yet another fairy tale “pope.”) A holy war that would annihilate Jews as well as destroy modern Rome is the ultimate dream of predominantly Protestant Identity believers. Likewise, both of these goals have topped the Islamic list for centuries. And many Traditionalists are as passionate and single-minded about this war as the Muslims themselves, believing that such a conflict is truly God’s will and the only solution to their own powerlessness and subjection to the Roman antiChurch. Such a volatile combination of kindred issues could only result in fueling a fire already white-hot in the Middle East and rapidly spreading to Western shores. As Farah reported years ago, indicators show that such a spread already had begun even then.
When journalist William Shirer first began noticing the advent of Nazism in France in 1934, it was attended by riots inspired by L’ Action Francais Monarchists, among other right-wing groups also agitating for stable government and employment opportunities. It seems the son of the current pretender to the French throne, the duc De Guise, inspired these riots at least in part. The son, then 26, felt the time was ripe to reclaim the Orleans monarchy, (“The Nightmare Years,”1930-1940, William L. Shirer, 1984). Shirer explained that France’s unstable government and political scandals, but most especially the Depression, precipitated the riots and created a favorable climate for Fascist rule, bringing in Hitler as another sort of messiah. His account of why the actual Fascist mentality triumphed and its devastating effects on France should put us on guard against similar precipitating circumstances in this country. If we fail to learn history’s lessons, we can only repeat them. Shirer’s words may one day be our own.
“In the bleak January of 1934…I was astounded by the strength of incipient fascism in [the French] democratic republic…Rowdy, antiparliamentary Fascist leagues had sprung up like mushrooms in France. Most of them appeared…to have the new and uglier quality I had seen in the Blackshirts of Italy and the Brownshirts of Germany…I could scarcely believe it — they were prowling the streets…beating up decent citizens and harmless politicians.” As for the French, “Their eyes [were] blinded to the mounting threat of Fascism, from within and from abroad…” (Ibid).
If we have not already forfeited the grace of a Great Monarch, and if such a Monarch is truly a Catholic reality, it is essential that we be on our guard against what St. Vincent Ferrar calls the “counterfeit king” (Culleton), and just as essential that we guard ourselves from being seduced by any counterfeit pope such a king would inevitably bring in his train. All in our world today is reduced to stark contrasts; good and evil, back and white, truth or lies and Christ or Antichrist. It is not surprising, then, that a possible future monarch and his accompanying pontiff would also have their mirror opposites.
About the Author
Since 1979, T. (Teresa) Stanfill Benns has written numerous articles on religious topics, focusing on exposing the conspiracy to overthrow the Catholic Church and world government, first exposed by the popes in the 18th century. She also is the author of several self-published works on this subject, in addition to working as an award-winning community newspaper reporter in Texas and Colorado for the past 17 years. For a detailed explanation of the subversion of the Catholic Church, why it happened and how it has divided even its own members, visit her website at http:// betrayedcatholics.com/wpcms and click on the articles section.