Saturday, May 29, 2010

So I Was Watching Jack Van Impe

It's come up a few times here that I watch Jack Van Impe. So sue me.

About a week ago, my wife and I were tuned in to see him and Rexella go off on a completely unexpected tangent. Like he's been doing for the last couple of decades, Jack was letting us know that we are in the End Times and that Jesus is coming back soon. Pretty typical stuff, complete with Bible verses interspersed every 3 words or so.

Then he shifted gears.

All of a sudden, he brings up the Prophecies of St. Malachy. He starts talking about how we're down to one more pope. Jack goes nuts talking about the rise of Peter the Roman.

Aside- Peter the Roman is often referred to as the last pope in the above-mentioned prophecies. It says:

During the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, the seat will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed his sheep in many tribulations: and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge His people.

Back to the regular program.

Anyways, Jack is blasting away that Peter the Roman is going to be an apostate and how all us Catholics best gear up for the long haul down the road to oblivion. He was even quoting Malachi Martin by the end of his shpiel.

Once I got over the initial shock of seeing Malachi Martin featured as a legit source by Jack Van Impe, I was left to wonder why the hell Jack is putting any stock in anything St. Malachy said (or allegedly said). More than that, why should give the remotest crap about anything that should refer to popes in the first place? Does he think that Venerable Pius XII was an "Angelic Pastor" or that Pius XI was of "Intrepid Faith."? How can Jack think that any pope is other than an apostate?

Yeah, I know. He was quite complimentary of JPII and has said good things about Catholicism throughout the life of his program, but geez. At some point, we have to look at each other honestly.

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