PJ Media: Embattled Cardinal Wuerl is finally out after Pope Francis accepted his resignation. Wuerl was named in the Pennsylvania grand jury report accusing him of being responsible for shuffling known predator priests around. In one egregious case, he allegedly paid off a priest who was involved in a child porn ring.
It is disturbing to many Catholics that Wuerl is being allowed to retire with all his benefits after so terrible a cover-up, but at one point it was debatable whether he would even resign. USA Today reported: “A Vatican statement Friday said Francis had accepted Wuerl’s resignation, but named no replacement; Wuerl’s office said he had been asked to stay on in a temporary capacity until a new archbishop is found.”
So even after all the scandal, Wuerl isn’t going anywhere. He’s staying right where he is, doing the same job he’s always done while the pope “searches for a replacement.” One would think the pontiff has a list as long as his arm of replacements already queued up. He has known about this situation for months.
Opinion: Most websites are not covering the scandal any more. Somehow the Vatican knew that would happen. Catholics I know are mum, and for the most part are attending Mass each Sunday, borrowing a line from a TV commercial like it never even happened.
Francis is one tough cookie; “I will not say a single word about this,” and wham-o the scandal is buried deep inside the Vatican, as it has been since the first abuse scandals became known in the 1980’s.
The pope you see cannot be fired. And a pope will be needed to fulfill Bible prophecy.
“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.” Revelation 13:11-13
The first beast, Antichrist, will need a powerful religious leader in the same way that Roman emperors had a Pontifex Maximus (Latin, “greatest priest”) who was the chief high priest of the College of Pontiffs (Collegium Pontificum) in ancient Rome.
According to other interpretations of the Latin, the term Pontifex literally means Bridge-Builder (Pons + Facere) while Maximus means Greatest. Who then could be more valuable to a global dictator than a bridge building religious leader with his finger on the pulse of 1.2 billion people?
Daniel 9:26 records that Antichrist, the final dictator, will come from somewhere inside the boundaries of ancient Rome, while modern Rome is the home of the Vatican where one man has power over the largest Christian group on the planet.
What the Catholic church scandal has shown is that the Pope will do as he pleases until both he and Antichrist are thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20) immediately after the return of Jesus Christ.