Thus spake Cardinal Medina Estévez, on April 19, 2005.
And that pope has taken to himself the name Benedicti Decimi Sexti.
Or, in plain English, Benedict XVI.
According to one website, this day is the 12th anniversary of the Waco Slaughter and the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.
There is, of course, absolutely no significance to these coincidences. The question is this: Is there any significance to the fact that on that recent morning, a person conversant with the Internet who wanted to know more about “Benedict XVI” would google that name, only to find a PDF file containing the first several chapters of a novel, Benedict XVI, published in 2002 A.D. by a novelist by the name of Paul Wiebe (aka Paul Enns Wiebe)?
That sentence is as long as it is significant. Immediately after downloading that PDF file, I asked myself if this novel was a prophecy. I answered by finding Mr. Wiebe’s e-mail address and sending him a note.
He promptly and indignantly answered that no, he was not a prophet, that he had never been a prophet, and that as far as he knew, he was not born with the gift of prophecy.
I have always been skeptical of people who claim to be prophets and conduits of Divine Revelation. And, to be perfectly skeptical, I must say that I am not convinced by Wiebe’s answer. My skepticism grows when I consider that the book in question was written by a novelist, who, by definition, is one who has license to lie.
But after further reflection, I chose to investigate this strange matter. The logical way to begin, I decided, was to read the entire book, together with the article on “Pope Benedict XVI” in Wikipedia. I wanted to see if there was any correspondence between the lives of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and Benny Good, the hero of Benedict XVI.
I found many such matches, intermixed with a few disturbing mismatches.
Benedict XVI is a German pope; Benny Good was an Amish foundling—and the Amish are German-speaking.
Benedict XVI was a theologian who worked himself up to the office of cardinal; Benny Good put in a stint as an apprentice to a storefront evangelist and eventually became Benedict Cardinal Gottlieb (i.e., “lover of God”).
Benedict XVI started his career as a member of the Hitler Youth. Benny Good taught his young Amish friends to translate Christian hymns into dirty lyrics.
Benedict XVI was not really a Nazi at heart, according to his friends, his relatives, and his Church; neither is there any solid evidence that Benny Good was.
Benedict XVI joined the German army and attacked the Allied bombers; Benny Good was a trucker, and thus equally dangerous.
Benedict XVI deserted the German army at the end of World War II; Benny Good was excommunicated from the Amish Church at roughly the same time.
Benedict XVI later said, concerning his desertion and subsequent avoidance of being executed, that “a special angel seemed to be guarding us.” Benny Good, it is reported by the author, “felt God’s presence in his life.”
As a theology student, Benedict XVI was influenced by the great German philosopher and enthusiastic fan of Hitler, Martin Heidegger; Benny Good stole high-quality books from the many bookstores he was wont to frequent.
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger helped fire liberal Catholic theologians from their jobs; when he became pope, Benny Good fired the old Vatican hands and replaced them with “the kind of people who would appreciate the special genius of their new master.”
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger ignored the problem of pedophilia purportedly being practiced by American priests; Benny Good invited the occasional waif “to use his cab as a temporary home away from home.”
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger prayed that he wouldn’t be elected pope; Benny Good, however, was honestly enthusiastic about the prospect.
The real Benedict presided over Pope John Paul II’s funeral; the fictional Benedict had an audience with an unnamed pope, the description of whom matches John Paul II to a T.
The real Benedict suffered a brain hemorrhage; the fictional Benedict suffered from obesity and lung cancer.
The real Benedict is anti-gay, having fired the Seattle cardinal for his views; the fictional Benedict is an avid, practicing heterosexual.
The real Benedict has called other religions “gravely deficient” and Buddhism “autoerotic”; the fictional Benedict, as a cardinal, visited an American-born Buddhist monk in a Sri Lankan cave, where both enjoyed a cigar.
The real Benedict has purportedly said, “Only in the Catholic Church is there eternal salvation”; the fictional Benedict agrees that there is one true religion, namely, Christian Tantrism, in which salvation is achieved through sex.
These correspondences have led me to believe that the novel Benedict XVI is probably or undoubtedly a prophetic work. If not, it is a fraud.