St. Malachy's Prophecy & Pope Pius XIII
January 10, 2000
The prophetic material for this treatise is taken from the booklet entitled: “Prophecy For Today” by Edward Connor, with the imprimatur from the Bishop of Monterey-Fresno, copyright 1956. It was published by ACADEMY LIBRARY GUILD, Fresno, California in 1956. It makes up the entire second chapter entitled The Prophecy of St. Malachy:
“Few private prophecies have captured the popular imagination like that prophecy on the Popes ascribed to St. Malachy O’Morgair, Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland, who died in 1148. Tradition has it that when Malachy visited Pope Innocent II in Rome in 1139 he was granted a vision of all the Holy Fathers of the future. He wrote down a description of each in two to four Latin words and gave the list to Innocent who was deeply troubled at the time and who is said to have derived great comfort from the prophecy. Nothing more is heard of the list until 1590 when a Benedictine monk, Arnold de Wyon, discovered it in the Vatican archives. It was published, promoting a controversy that has continued to our day.
How The Prophecy of St. Malachy Relates to Pope Pius XIII
What is of interest in this treatise are the words that follow the life of Pope Pius XII. They are: Successor to the present Holy Father (here it means Pius XII) is listed as “Pastor et Nauta” (the Shepherd and the Sailor). There are several ways this could be interpreted. Does this mean that the next Pope:
(a) shall have been a sailor in his youth?
First of all, the term “Pastor”…”Shepherd” should be studied. As a boy (until 20 years of age) the future Pius XIII was raised on a farm. His father’s farm had multiple operations: cows, horses, chickens, pigs and last but not least a herd of sheep. Fencing for sheep is woven wire, while fencing for cattle is strings of wire. When, as happens in a drought, the grass is consumed in the sheep pasture the only option is to buy feed or pasture the sheep in open (non-fenced areas). During the great drought of 1930 when he was just twelve years old the future Pius XIII had to shepherd the sheep all alone, helped only by the family dog. It is quite possible that St. Malachy in vision saw that facet of his life.
The second term is that of “Nauta” … “Sailor.” There is no question about the future Pius XIII fitting all the possible interpretations:
a) Shall have been a sailor in his youth? From the fall of 1948 until the spring of 1955 Pius XIII labored as missionary on the Ryukyu Island, the continuous string of small islands between Kagoshima, Japan, all the way to Taiwan. His life was intensely that of a sailor from 1948 until 1955, for during that time he was stationed on the small island (thirty miles total length) called Amami Oshima. There was no airport there at that time, so he served islands north and south of Amami Oshima all those years. He suffered shipwrecks, and near shipwrecks over and over. That history alone would easily fill a medium sized book. While on Okinawa (1955 to 1976) only a small amount of missionary work was done by sea voyage. Hence, his life almost continuously spent at sea covered his life from 1948 until 1970, twenty-one years plus.
b) Shall be non-European and thus come from over seas? Pius XIII was born in Bakerville (Marshfield), Wisconsin, USA. He lived in the United States of America until he went to the Ryukyu Island as a missionary at the age of twenty-eight.
c) Shall have to flee Rome during his Pontificate. The words “send” and “flee” need not necessitate a journey. Pius XIII did not flee from Rome, but his absence from it by force of the present circumstances can be called “to flee from Rome.” If per chance Pius XIII went to Rome today to take possession his rightful position, he would be forced to leave it while the enemies of God and man reign supreme.
While there are possibilities that the private revelations of St. Malachy could be faulty, there is an abundance of evidence that he recorded his vision of the future Popes correctly. Why? It is because so many of the prophecies hit exactly as he prophesized. Before the papal election of October 24, 1998, all the above points from St. Malachy’s revelations applied to the future Pope Pius XIII as being the successor of Pope Pius XII.
For those with the gift of divine and Catholic faith no further explanation
of the above is necessary. And for those without the divine and Catholic
faith no explanation is possible.