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The Last Pope: The Decline and Fall of the Church of Rome - The Prophecies of St.Malachy for the New Millennium Paperback – 6 Apr 2000

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Element; New edition edition (6 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862047324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862047327
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,545,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1139 St. Malachy set out from Ireland on a harrowing pilgrimage to Rome. On sighting the eternal city he fell to the ground and began murmuring Latin verses. Each signifying the future destiny of the popes. His words were suppressed for over three hundred years by the Vatican. To this day 90 percent of the saint's prophecies have come true, unfolding in chronological sequence. And there remain predictions which have yet to unfold; for Malachy foresaw an end to the Roman Catholic Church and predicted the fates of the popes until Judgement Day.

After John Paul II dies only two popes remain on the Doomsday list… will this forbidding prophetic coda of a Catholic apocalypse be fulfilled?

In this complete study of the prophecies in almost a hundred years, rogue scholar John Hogue presents an account of the fates of the popes and eight hundred years of Catholic prophecy, including those of contemporaries such as Nostradamus. His masterly work uncovers the truth about St. Malachy's prophecies and reveals their significance as an account of the papal progression which Vatican policy-makers have found too threatening to acknowledge.

About the Author

John Hogue is a widely recognized authority on the predictions of Nostradamus. He is in constant demand by major media as an expert on prophecy. He lives in Seattle and is author of 9 books including Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies, Nostradamus: The New Revelations and The Millennium Book of Prophecy, 1000 for 2000: Startling Predictions for the New Millennium.

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I read part of it . I never expected it to be so bulky. I was more curious what he had to say about
the last pope, Pope Francis.
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Not a very convincing book
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interesting the last reviewer wrote dismissively in Sept. 2000; a year later the world changed, and if the 1999 prophesy(p.341)is moved into 2001, Mabus scrabbled into Usama, it's not a bad guess for hundreds of years ago. 'China will negotiate a Sino/Pan-Islamic alliance...control the weapon of oil', etc. Well done Hogue, a thought-provoking read, and all up for grabs a decade later, with just one pope to go (if you believe Malachi).
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This is book is now out of date, written in 1998 before the passing of the millenium, many of the events predicated have not come to pass, and in any case were very generalised. But interesting nevertheless. Of course so much depends on when you believe the millenium occurs...
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a3f6fa8) out of 5 stars 29 reviews
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HASH(0x9ab24654) out of 5 stars The Future Is Still a Mystery 20 Sept. 2001
By Timothy Haugh - Published on Amazon.com
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I became interested in this book because of the reference to the prophecies of St. Malachy. I had never heard of this saint or his prophecies and I wanted to see if there is anything in them. Supposedly given to a twelfth century Irish saint in a vision, this sequence of one-line prophecies is said to describe each successive pope from the Middle Ages through today. Interest has been generated in these prophecies recently because there are only two left--meaning we are two popes away from Armageddon.
I am not a big believer in prophecy, neither its accuracy or its usefulness except in the general sense of reminding people to repent for their sins. I am particularly wary of prophecies of the end of the world. Not only have all predictions of the end of the world been thus far wrong (and there have been many) but also Jesus himself said, "but of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (Mark 13:32). If the Father did not reveal the time of the Day of Judgement to his Son, I find it hard to believe that He has or plans on revealing it to anyone else until it is upon us.
This book did not do anything to change my feelings about the usefulness of accuracy of prophecy. As always, these prophecies (usually consisting of no more than three or four words) are twisted into shape to fit the popes that have so far come along--sometimes referring to heraldry, the pope's name, his birthplace, the deeds of his life, etc. If the prophecies had all referred to the same thing (such as heraldry), they would be much more convincing. But so much happens in a person's life that it is easy to make a few words fit anyone's life and certainly these few phrases have no useful predictive power.
Here is where the book really falls flat. In analyzing the two prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled, Hogue offers us numerous interpretations--almost none of which come even close to hitting the mark. Writing in early 1998, Hogue was convinced John Paul II would be dead by 1999. Well, it is late 2001 and the old man is still going strong. None of what Hogue expected to be by this year has even remotely come to pass other than some general talk of floods, famines, wars, earthquakes, etc., which can fit almost any year in human history.
What this book seem mostly to be is an opportunity to criticize the past 1000 years of the papacy. I have many criticisms of the papacy myself but this book is almost universally negative and, believe it or not, the papacy has generated some positive things in the world as well. In analyzing the popes of the twentieth century Hogue is a little fairer but, in the end, the papacy suffers. It's fun to wonder about the future but, all in all, I find this book to be useless beyond stirring the imagination a bit. Not a bad thing, but not enough.
46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ae11db0) out of 5 stars Where was the editor? 26 Nov. 2001
By Kelley Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
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This book would have been a lot better if the author had stuck to discussing the prophesies of St. Malachy (preferably in a scholarly rather than sarcastic tone). Instead he went off on a bizarre rant against the Catholic Church. It didn't seem to belong in this book. If he wanted to do a critique of the Catholic Church that should have gone in another book entitled "My Critique of the Catholic Church"...I'm not even Catholic and I found his critique offensive.
56 of 66 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e8c558) out of 5 stars Sad, To Be Used Only As a Low-Water Mark of Our Culture 26 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Pretty poor. If you think this might be a valid look at the prophesies of St. Malachy, think again. One presumes the author has an axe to grind against Catholicism. I'm not a Catholic, but I gave serious consideration to becoming one after giving this tripe the once-over. Some of the things he says are merely laughable. His depictions of Bernard of Clairvaux and Pius XII go beyond libel (fortunately for the author, you can't libel the dead) and his pitiful portrayal of John Paul II hardly fits the courageous individual who fought in the resistance against the Nazis, and who as Cardinal and Pope stood eye-to-eye against the Soviets until they blinked. He also attributes the Catholic Church's dwindling membership in recent years to its alleged "medieval" mindset, rather than attributing the loss to post-Vatican II problems, as most serious observers do. St. Malachy, whether he actually had the visions or whether they themselves are a forgery (most scholarship leans toward the latter), made a list of the popes up to just beyond the number of our present pope, and then, he said, would come the anti-Christ. In his letters, John the Elder warns us against "the spirit of anti-christ", and this is certainly in that spirit. Don't waste your money unless you despise the Catholic church or Christianity in general, which is the group Hogue panders to. This book is comparable to a Herr Goebbels commentary on Maimonides.
32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ad408e8) out of 5 stars Wishful Thinking 10 Mar. 2002
By John Ambrose - Published on Amazon.com
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I have no doubt that John Hogue (as well as some of the reviewers of his book) would love to interpret the prophecies attributed to St. Malachy as presaging the end of the universal or Catholic Church while having no implications for the rest of physical existence. However, a more careful analysis would seem to indicate that he is predicting, ultimately, the end of not only the Church Temporal but temporality itself, i.e., the end of time. For example, in the last prediction concerning Petrus Romanus, Malachy points out (translating from the Latin into English) that at the end of Peter's pontificate, the dreadful judge will judge his people. Although dreadful has come to mean something bad, unpleasant or even awful in contemporary English (particularly American English), its more traditional definition is closer to inspiring dread or fear (indeed the term awful originally meant something more like awe-inspiring).
A reasonable inference is that the judge who inspires dread is God. Traditional, classical, pre-Protestant, pre-American, pre-Hogueian Christianity (i.e the faith of the fathers) teaches that ALL shall be judged by God (specifically in His Second Person)at the end of the world, not just the membership of the Catholic Church. There is no basis in scripture or Tradition for a belief in an antecedent, limited judgement applicable to Catholics exclusively.
To summarize, if John Hogue and his fellow anti-Catholics look forward to the day when St. Malachy's prophecy is fulfilled and those pesky Catholics are finally out of the way, on that day they shall find themselves out of the way as well. But even then, they shall be confronted with the Church Triumphant.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3f6c6c) out of 5 stars A terrible book 22 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is extremely offensive to Christians in general and Catholics in particular. His basic thesis is that the Christian faith is based on forgery and lies. He also singles out a few Popes who were flawed and makes claims about church documents which he claims were forged uses that to convince us that the Catholic Church is about to sink into oblivion. Curiously he claims that the prophecies of St Malachy were forged in the 16th century then admits that the forger was a great prophet because the prophecies are very accurate even after the date of the supposed forgery. At the end of the book he states that he thinks the Holy Roman Catholic Church is demonically possessed and he is happy to face the lake of fire for saying so. I feel sorry for the man because he has called eternal damnation on himself. If you are curious about the Prophecies of St Malachy please look elsewhere because this man is trying to lead people astray.
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