Pope is warned of a pacifist, green Antichrist

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I had to post this because of the headline - and because it makes so much sense!

Pope is warned of a green Antichrist

An arch-conservative cardinal chosen by the Pope to deliver this year’s Lenten meditations to the Vatican hierarchy has caused consternation by giving warning of an Antichrist who is “a pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist”.

Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, 78, who retired as Archbishop of Bologna three years ago, quoted Vladimir Solovyov (1853-1900), the Russian philosopher and mystic, as predicting that the Antichrist “will convoke an ecumenical council and seek the consensus of all the Christian confessions”.

The “masses” would follow the Antichrist, “with the exception of small groups of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants” who would fight to prevent the watering down and ultimate destruction of the faith, he said.

The Pope traditionally withdraws from public view during the first week of Lent, conducting “spiritual exercises” in retreat with close advisers.

The choice of Cardinal Biffi raised eyebrows in the Vatican, given his sometimes eccentric views. The cardinal gave a warning of the coming of the Antichrist during his two decades as the Archbishop of Bologna, and said that an “invasion” of Muslim immigrants was undermining Europe’s Christian values.

Cardinal Biffi said that the Antichrist was not necessarily a person but “the reduction of Christianity to an ideology . . . The teaching that the great Russian philosopher left us is that Christianity cannot be reduced to a set of values. At the heart of being a Christian is the personal encounter with Jesus Christ.” But he quoted with approval from Solovyov’s Three Dialogues on War, Progress and the End of History, which suggests that the Antichrist is a real figure.

Cardinal Biffi said that Christianity stood for “absolute values, such as goodness, truth, beauty”. If “relative values” such as “solidarity, love of peace and respect for nature” became absolute, they would encourage “idolatry” and “put obstacles in the way of salvation”.

When he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict sternly defended core Roman Catholic doctrines and opposed calls for an ecumenical Third Vatican Council advanced by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the liberal former Archbishop of Milan.

The choice of Lenten speaker has in the past given a clue to Vatican policy, although one source said that Cardinal Biffi had perhaps been chosen because his “verbal fireworks” would keep listeners awake.

Oh fcuk. This can only end in disaster


Forgot too mention he will also have the best tunes guess that rules out bob and bono bet they were sweating for a bit :rofl:
So we're condemned to spend eternity in lakes of boiling lentil casserole?

At the heart of being a Christian is the personal encounter with Jesus Christ
I though I had a religious experience once. Then she took her finger out my arrse.


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Brilliant, I love the Catholic Church. For decades they go along and apart from the odd Oirish priest kiddy fiddling, most of us are lulled into thinking they're pretty rational do-gooder types, like Cof E but with added guilt and an aversion to contraception.

Then the scales fall from our eyes when this comes roaring out of the loony closet and you can see they're actually in the same league as David Icke and his scary lizard beliefs.

I think I'll convert just for a giggle, any chance to burn tree huggers for idolatry should be grasped with both hands...

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