The question is: why this historic double canonisation, and why now?
Francis I, the Jesuit pope, is no fool. He knows that he came to power at a time of unprecedented global outrage and disgust against the Roman Catholic institution because of its vast priestly sex abuse scandals. He knew, therefore, that he needed to do something to re-ignite an aura of sanctity and “holiness” around the Papacy. And what better way to do it than to create two new “saints”? He knew that as accusations and revelations build up against John Paul II for his failure to act on the sexual abuse of children by his priests, by making the man a “saint” it immediately swings hundreds of millions of devout Roman Catholics in a completely new direction. “If,” they will reason, “our beloved pope, Francis I, has accepted that John Paul II has performed miracles of healing from beyond the grave, how can he possibly be guilty of the cover-up he is being accused of? Francis has solemnly proclaimed that John Paul II is in heaven, having been of such a saintly character that he avoided purgatory and entered immediately into the presence of Christ, where he has already answered the prayers of very sick people and healed them. These people, then, who are accusing him of being complicit in the cover-ups of thousands of cases of sexual abuse of children by priests must be evil people to even try to tarnish the name of such a holy man! It just can’t be true.”
Furthermore, the fact that Francis I has canonised two popes who were fervently pro-Marxist, fervently in favour of the wedding of Roman Catholicism to radical Communist politics and “social justice” causes, – just as Francis himself is – is because he knows that this canonisation will give a massive boost to his own agenda for the religio-political institution he now heads up.
Yes, any way one looks at it, this double canonisation is good for the Papacy. And that is the bottom line. Always.
Many will see this as just a bizarre coincidence. But to those given eyes to see and ears to hear, it surely speaks of something more. God is not mocked. Just days before the two popes of Rome were canonised, an Italian man was crushed to death when a giant crucifix fell on him. It was 100 feet high, with a 20 foot-high image of Christ attached to it. The massive structure bowed and bent downwards, and was held in place by steel cables. Yet those cables were not enough to prevent the tragedy. The man was posing for a photograph with a group of friends in front of the crucifix when it suddenly collapsed.
It is astounding enough that such a structure should collapse at all, and just at that moment. But there’s more: the crucifix was dedicated to John Paul II, and also – the street where the man lived was named Via Papa Giovanni XXIII, which means: Pope John XXIII Street!
This fact caused even secular journalists and others to feel uneasy… and to wonder. As one writer put it: “With all the talk of miracles, relics and saints, one might also look at omens, too, ahead of [the] grand event.” The true Christian, of course, would see in this the hand of God. That crucifix could have fallen on any one of the thousands of people who must have stood under it. But it didn’t. That crucifix, dedicated to John Paul II, fell on that man. A man who lived in Pope John XXIII Street. There are no coincidences with God. What a clear sign of divine displeasure!
An image, an idol, of the Philistine god Dagon fell on its face before the ark of the Lord (1 Sam. 5:2-4), for “the hand of the Lord was heavy upon them” (v.6). And this image, this idol, of Roman Catholic worship, dedicated to one of the god-men of Romanism, a man of whom it could truthfully be said, when he was alive (as it can of every pope of Rome), that he “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. 2:4), fell over just days before this same man, deified in life, was about to be further deified in death. This image of the Roman Catholic “christ”, dedicated to a man who claimed to be Christ on earth, fell down because the true Christ of God, the antitypical Ark, is infinitely above all such idolatry, and He it is who governs the world and displays His power before men! And the day is not too far off when all the idols of Romanism will fall before the almighty Christ of God! Truly, truly, the hand of the Lord is heavy upon the entire Papal system!
But another portion of God’s Word is very relevant here also: Jesus said, “those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Lk. 13:4,5). That young man on whom the giant crucifix fell, killing him: was he a sinner above other men? No; in the providence of God his death occurred beneath that giant symbol of idolatry, and truly the sovereign Lord displayed His displeasure at the idolatry of the Papal system thereby; but this does not mean that young man was a greater sinner than anyone else; for all men must die, and there are many ways in which death occurs. But unless men and women repent, they shall perish as well. They shall die in their sins and sink into hell for eternity.
God has sent strong delusion to the followers of Antichrist, and they have believed a lie instead of the truth of God; and those who believe not His truth will be damned (2 Thess. 2:11,12). Truly, of the Roman Antichrist it is written that his “coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders [yes, even the lying wonder of creating prayer-answering god-men in heaven!], and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thess. 2:9,10). O then, make sure that you have received the love of the truth! Make sure that you have believed the truth, the truth of Christ as revealed in His Gospel, and not the lie of Antichrist!
Shaun Willcock is a minister of the Gospel. He runs Bible Based Ministries. For other articles (which may be downloaded and printed), as well as details about his books, audio messages, pamphlets, etc., please visit the Bible Based Ministries website; or write to the address below. If you would like to be on Bible Based Ministries’ email list, to receive all future articles, please send your details.