By Cris Putnam
Pope Benedict announced today that he will step down at the end of the month. This is almost unprecedented as last to resign was Pope Gregory XII in 1415. He stepped down to end the “Western Schism,” a decades-long disagreement that resulted in two men claiming to be the head of the Catholic Church.
Back in April of 2012, Tom Horn and I revealed the obscure work of a Belgian Jesuit who predicted the final pope in April of 2012 based on a 900 year old prophecy by St. Malachy. I put all of his work on a spread sheet and calculated it all down to the days. See original post. Consequently, we were a little disappointed when it seemed like Rene Thibaut was mistaken.
As it turns out, he was far more correct than anyone ever knew! According to the NY Times:
That the resignation was long in the planning was confirmed by Giovanni Maria Vian, the editor of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, who wrote on Monday that the pope’s decision “was taken many months ago,” after his trip to Mexico and Cuba in March 2012, “and kept with a reserve that no one could violate.”
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