“…that Man of Sin… the Son of Perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thess.2:3,4)
Yesterday, 19 April 2005, German cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger, was elected to the office of the biblical Antichrist.
After an extremely short conclave, Ratzinger was elected by his fellow-cardinals to become pope of Rome. The Vatican claims that he is the 265th pope, which is a lie: for they count Peter the apostle as the first pope, something he never was, nor was there such a thing as a pope for centuries. When he accepted the position, Ratzinger at that point assumed the most blasphemous office a mortal man can hold on this earth: claiming to be the “Holy Father”, “Christ on earth”, the “Vicar of Christ”, the head of the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics, and the single most powerful religious and political figure in the world. At that point, he assumed the mantle of Antichrist: the one who dares to think that he can take the place of the Son of God on earth.
He announced that he would take the name of Benedict XVI.
Ratzinger was possibly the third most powerful person in the Vatican during the pontificate of John Paul II, after the Jesuit General and John Paul himself. In fact, he was probably more powerful than John Paul. And what very few in the world today realise, is that he headed up the “Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”, which is the modern name for the Inquisition!
The diabolical Inquisition, or “Holy Office” as it was once called, which for centuries persecuted “heretics”, even unto death, by the millions, using fire, the sword, the torture rack, and many other hideous techniques, was not defunct, as so many have been led to believe. It simply changed its name, in 1965, to the far more innocuous-sounding “Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”. Ratzinger, as the head of this office, was nothing less than the modern Inquisitor-General! An extremely powerful man, it was his duty to maintain Roman Catholic orthodoxy, to persuade wayward priests and wayward people to tow the Vatican line, and to punish those who did not. And he was very, very good at his job. Ruthless, severe, known in Roman Catholic circles as “God’s Rottweiler.”
The Inquisition today does not (normally) use the same hideous tactics it used centuries ago, to force “heretics” to recant; Rome’s tactics have changed towards Protestants, whom it now terms “separated brethren” and attempts to win by smiles rather than swords (although it still hates them and persecutes them where it can); but it is in its own way just as feared today as it was back then, by Roman Catholics who dare to buck the system.