A friend of ours recently forwarded an interesting notice about Benedict XVI and a (possibly very) significant change he has made in the political governance of Vatican City that signals a return to earlier times; or maybe future times.
Anyway, it goes like this---" In a move that has taken the Italian government by surprise, the Pope has divorced the Vatican from Italian national law effective January 1, 2009. With this move, the Vatican immediately reverts to its pre-1929 status, which means that the Pope now becomes the supreme authority on judging which of the laws enacted by the Italian government the Vatican will choose to abide by or reject.
This ploy has tremendous consequences for the future. According to the January 5, 2009 issue of Newsweek, the Pope firmly believes that "his church [the Catholic Church] is the only one true church". To underline this, the Pope declared last year that the only way for man to gain salvation is through conversion to the Catholic faith. Twice during the last quarter of 2008,Pope Benedict referred to the need for the masses to prepare for the return of Christ, and his influence was behind a failed effort during 2008 to write into EU law as a compulsory day of rest the celebration of Sunday, the renowned sign of global Catholicism. Furthermore, observing the current worldwide economic chaos, he indicated that the only way to establish a sound foundation for global economy is through attachment to a religion meaning the Catholic Church which is "the only one true church".
In addition to undertaking these initiatives, from the earliest days of his pontificate, the current Pope has strengthened Pope John Paul II's cry for Europe to return to its religious and cultural roots inferring that it is the only way that Europe will regain the unity that it once knew---under the old Holy Roman Empire.
Students of biblical prophecy ought to really make a strong connection between all of these recent papal pronouncements, particularly his most recent decision to become judge and jury over Italian law. These acts are all part of a masterful plan—one that European elites have been committed to since the close of World War II, i.e., to resurrect that ancient institution of the Holy Roman Empire.
With a goodly number of committed Roman Catholics embedded within the legal and policy formulation echelons of the European Union, it is guaranteed that the EU20 legislative body [the European Parliament] will now increasingly take note of papal judgments not only on Italian law, but more significantly the laws of the EU.
This latest move by Pope Benedict sets a highly dangerous precedent for Europe. It is one step toward the Vatican encouraging the imposition of a legal system that is destined to not only control the practice of religion throughout Europe, but also to control the lives of the masses [all over the world] to the point of life-and-death issues."
Barbara E. Taylor, Between U.N.Me Designs ,451 E. 58th Ave. Suite 3872 Denver, Colorado 80216-8372O. 303-297-9300H. 970-968-2130
So there it is for what it's worth in your mind and your faith. I am unable to vouch for the authenticity of this report (that is why I included the name and numbers of the reporting source.)
I'll tell you one thing I do know, that I heard with my ears and saw with my one good eye on Fox News; Glen Beck and former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, were talking about the baleful state of things in the U.S. and in the world, and were doing so from a religious point of view...a very religious point of view...a very Catholic religious point of view. Perhaps you do not know this but Fox news is largely Catholic from the standpoint of the religious persuasion of television reporters. Previously (you may recall) their man in Rome (perhaps to be fair and accurate, I should say, one of their men in Rome) was a priest who regularly reported from Vatican City. I haven't seen him in some time.
This may come across as Catholic prejudice and trying to whip up excitement amongst fundamentalist Protestants, or, maybe I'm just reporting a few facts. You decide!
This one thing I know---Jesus is coming soon! Not to Jerusalem (sorry futurists), not to Rome nor any other city in the world. He's coming in the clouds of heaven to gather the saints to the New Jerusalem.
Check it out! [I Thessalonians 4:16-18]
God Bless. e.c.