Mar 142013

by Anura Guruge

Yes, Bergoglio WAS on my published ‘top 10’ list in ‘The Next Pope 2011’, page 4. That is indisputable.

So, lets go through what I did get right:

1/ I did list Jorge Mario Bergoglio as one of my ‘top 10’, though he was my last. But, better than those that did not have him at all in their lists. Proof: pages 4 & 29 of  ‘The Book‘.

2/ I said on December 6, 2010, I said: “The Next Pope Is Also Likely To Be Over 75”. Proof: this post & page 7 of ‘The Book‘.

3/ On April 20, 2010, I said: “The Next Pope: Non-European, Non-Curial With ‘Clean Hands’”. Proof: this post & page 11 of ‘The Book‘.

4/ I adamantly maintained that the next pope will not be from Africa, Asia or the U.S.A. Proof: this ‘pigs will fly’ post at a minimum & page 12 of ‘The Book‘.

5/ I was beyond categorical that the next pope will not be ‘Peter anything‘. Proof: this post as a start & page 221 of ‘The Book‘.

6/ I did foresee that the new pope might assume a brand new name. Proof: page 226 of ‘The Book‘.

Find me anybody else who got as much right … in published, verifiable form.


Page 226.

Page 226.

Mar 142013

by Anura Guruge

Related post from earlier today:
>> Is This A Re-Run Of 1978 I — With John Paul I (Last Pope With A New Name).
>> Have This Weird Feeling — Mar. 14, 2013.


redflaggifLast night I was already beginning to have some weird feelings.

Then this morning I heard, on CNN, albeit retold by a U.S. cardinal known to be unreliable (at best), that the new pope, Francis, at dinner last night, at the Domus, with the cardinals, retold the FATEFUL John Paul I remark:

May God forgive you for what you have done in my regard“.

That send a shiver down my spine. I worry for this kindly, new pope — reminds me of may favorite Celestine V (#193).

The U.S. cardinal who was boastfully retelling this on CNN probably had never heard of John Paul I — let alone appreciate the significance of that fateful remark.

John Paul I immediately apologized for it.

Pope Francis was not at that conclave.

But, that he retold that statement, albeit only per an unreliable cardinal, worries.

Just adds to a growing list of coincidences:

1/ Another pope with a previously unused papal name. You know that John Paul I was the ONLY pope to have taken an assumed name that had not previously been a pope name? Another way to think of it. It was the first time an assumed name was ‘I’. In all other instances of a papal ‘I’, explicit or implicit, the name had been their original name, ‘John I’ was ‘John’ before becoming pope.

2/ Another pastoral pope elected because he was pastoral.

3/ Despite obvious commitment to social justice and the well being of all, is steadfastly conservative on all matters affecting people.

4/ Eschews the gold, the tiara, the trappings, the pomp and the ceremony.

5/ Is not a Vatican insider.

6/ Is supposed to reform the curia!

7/ Is supposed to fix the Vatican’s financial dealings!

8/ Health issue, blood pressure in one case, one lung in the other, gets publicized immediately after the election.

9/ Indicates that he is going to be a simple pope.

10/ Utters the fateful words!

Mar 142013

by Anura Guruge

Related post from yesterday:
>> That New Pope Francis IMMEDIATELY Called The Pope Emeritus Ratzinger Was Not Good —
>> March 13, 2013.

I just don’t get it. The craziness and weirdness continues, post conclave, unabetted.

I am on the whole delighted with the new pope. Seems like a very decent, caring, humble man.

Not like the previous dandy who was all fancy dress and little substance.

That he did not wear a Mozzetta or stole when he made his first appearance endeared him, for life, with me. If you recall, and you can check it up, I continually and constantly railed against a vain pope who looked like a bad caricature of a newly-rich, white Rapper dripping gold!

I noticed today that he wore his OLD iron cross. Thank God.
This is a real, genuine, caring, modest man. A good pope.

No million dollar gold cross. Thank God.

If a pope think he needs a gold cross to make his mark, it shows that he is quite shallow. That is how I think. I never met him, but from what I have heard (and no, I have never read the Bible), Jesus never dripped gold. So why does a pope have to drip gold?

This pope is good. That he only has one lung was NEWS to me. Gets me worried.

But, this popes apparent OBSESSION with living predecessor is just plain WRONG.

It is dangerous.

Already he is giving the IMPRESSION that he is seeking APPROVAL from the ex-pope.

That is crazy. This has to stop.

The ex-pope is history – and history will not be kind to him.

Francis is the present and future.

This constant, ‘let me check with Benedict XVI’, makes him look like he is but Sostituto Pope!

When I heard that he planned to motor down to Gandolfo first thing this morning to seek blessing from Ratzinger (and the shadow pope) I was aghast.

It appears that some sanity prevailed. But, they are still talking about him going down this weekend.

The mountain does not go to Gandolfo.
Gandolfo comes, on HIS KNEES, to the mountain.

This pope better not pay obsequience to the ex. Not that is matters to me. I am not Catholic. But that would be just wrong.

The ex has to pay obsequience to Francis, but I doubt that that will happen.

So, here we go.

Joint rule by 2 popes.

Mar 142013

by Anura Guruge

From my 'Pope Names' books -- where else.

From my ‘Pope Names’ books — where else.

John Paul I (#264) did have the distinction being the ONLY assumed pope name that had not been the name of a prior pope.

But both ‘John’ and ‘Paul’ were prior pope names. It was the amalgamation that made it different.

But ‘Francis’ was never the name of any prior pope.

It differs from ‘existing’ names such as Lando (#122), Agatho (#79), Zosimus (#41) etc. in that it was assumed.

Mar 132013

by Anura Guruge

This is why I was always against a pope retiring.

You can’t have this constant tie-in with the last pope.

This is not good. I bet it will continue. Would NOT be surprised IF Ratzinger decides to come to the new pope’s inauguration Mass.

The Vatican should not have publicized the phone call. Not kosher.

Not good. I am still not ruling out a schism.

Lets face it. I got more right than most.
Said, all in print, that it would be a pope over 75. Got that right.
Bergoglio was on my published printed list.
Said the new pope would not be called ‘Peter II’.
Said it would be non-European.
So I am pretty pleased.




Mar 132013

by Anura Guruge


Ha, Ha, Ha.

So what Kool Aid now?



I told you till I was brown in the face. You wouldn’t believe me.
You clung to your crazy ideas. Ignored all the facts and logic. So now what?

I posted this JUST yesterday.
It is funny if not for the fact that it is so sad. I even had a clown send me an e-mail last night. I, uncharacteristically, was a bit rude to him.

Malarkey. Malarkey. Malarkey.

That was what all this ‘Peter the Roman’ sham was about from the start: Malarkey.

I obliterated his name to save blushes since he is a friend of mine. He and I did have ‘heated’ arguments about this. He stuck to his guns.
I am sorry to say his total prophecy came to naught. Not the pope he saw. Not the name he heard.

Mar 132013

by Anura Guruge

He will not be Francis I until there is a Francis II.

John Paul I (#264) was an amusing anomaly. The new pope, in his understandable excitement, intoned ‘Ioannem Paulum primum‘. Nobody corrected him or second guessed him. Hence the ‘I’. Only time the first of a name was know as ‘I’ during his lifetime — albeit a tragically short one.

Pope Francis is Pope Francis.

Forget the ‘I’. That can wait.

Such a shame about Jean-Louis Tauran. It is known that he suffers from Parkinson’s (as did my mother). That can make your speech difficult to understand.

I watched the announcement live on CNN. I couldn’t understand what he said NOR could anybody at CNN! We had no idea who had been elected pope. I had to jump on my computer to find out.

It was a good 7 minutes before CNN worked out that it was Pope Francis.

Yes, Tauran did what he knew was his duty. Felt bad for him.

Pope Francis. The Facts.

 Posted by at 5:12 pm
Mar 132013

by Anura Guruge

1. Contrary to CNN, by no means the first non-European pope. If I recall right, St. Peter (#1) was not born in Europe. But there were others too. Anicetus (#11) – Syria. Victor I (#14) – North Africa. Theodore I (#73) – Palestine. So this fallacy that he is the first non-European has to end.

2. First Jesuit. That is huge. Punctures the myth that Jesuits will always refuse to become pope because they prefer to serve a pope than be pope.

3. First Francis. Great name. Since we have had ‘John Paul’ in 1978 — this is not a big deal. But, it is the first, NEW non-twofold name since Lando (#122, 914).

4. Wonder when he decided on the name.

5. Absolutely ecstatic that he is noted for his modesty and humility. That will make such a huge difference. That he appeared without a Mozzetta was big. A non-vain pope. What a relief.

6. He is 76. Same age as was John XXIII (#262). That can’t be bad. But, an over 75 pope. I was RIGHT!


Mar 132013

by Anura Guruge

So, he wasn’t in my top 5.

But he did make the list, albeit as the last one.

Interestingly he was NOT on my 2009-2010 list (i.e., 1st edition of book).

He made the 2011 because he was over 75. So another over 75 pope.

But this one will be a GOOD one. Modest, humble and NOT vain. Thank God. I am happy.

At least he made my list!

At least he made my list!


My write up from the 2011 book.

My write up from the 2011 book.

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