By: Keith Johnson
Our “say no to Scola” campaign may have been more effective than we first imagined. Our short video post exposing former Pope Benedict’s plan to ensure the election of his hand-picked successor, Angelo Scola, as the next pope reached tens of thousands of people! In fact the Italian bishops were so convinced that Scola would be Pope they sent a congratulations press release to the media “expressing joy and thanks to God for the election of Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan”. It was our hope that something would cause the College of Cardinals to change the script that had been in place for the last eight years by saying no to Benedict’s choice for the next pope.
While the cardinals were locked away in the Sistine Chapel, supposedly with no contact with the outside world, an anti-mafia sting operation was taking place in the diocese of none other than the former pope’s disciple and would-be successor, Angelo Scola!
The next day the cardinals broke up the European power base, it would seem, by electing the first pope from Latin America. And they did it in record time! Introducing Pope Francis, a.k.a. Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Maybe it’s only a coincidence that he is Italian and the original name of Saint Francis was Peter. The question still remains whether the selection of this new pope is a true change in Vatican politics or if it is simply plan “B” of Benedict’s strategy. Only time will tell!
In the meantime, join me this Sunday evening by watching Episode 3 of my Time Will Tell documentary as I travel to Rome to provide some important historical and biblical background about the Roman Catholic “eternal city” and Christian sacred time versus God’s time. I guess I should mention that the selection of Pope Francis took place on the first day of the new biblical year according to God’s calendar. Check out the preview of this week’s episode with a little something extra for you to think about.
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