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Does “the Black Pope” wield the true power in the Vatican?

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I heard that the Vatican is run by an individual called “the black pope,” who holds all the real power. What do you say to that?


There is a person sometimes called “the black pope,” but his existence is not a secret and he does not have anywhere near as much power as the real pope. “The black pope” is a nickname given to the Father General of the Society of Jesus. When the Jesuits were the most prestigious, influential missionary order in the world, the people of Rome began to speak jokingly of their head as a second pope. They called him “the black pope” because he wore the Jesuits’ black clerical garb, in contrast to the real pope, who wore white and became known as “the white pope.”

“The black pope” does not have authority over anyone but Jesuits. Sometimes people point to him as evidence of a conspiracy in the Vatican, but what they really have is a garbled understanding of a Catholic in-joke.

Catholic Answers Staff


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  1. Rosslyn Doppelganger Reply

    The Preterit Interpretation of the Book Of Revelation was pioneered by the Society Of Jesus, Jesuit Priests, as a defense of the Pope/s against the Protestants.

    From what I am to understand, their Interpretation concludes that the said book Of Revelation is mostly symbolic, with some events like the GREAT TRIBULATION having already occurred in ROMAN TIMES !!!

    As per my Interpretation of Rev. Chapter 12, I posit & postulate that the events prophesied therein, are soon to come, indeed, on or about Friday the 13th of May 2016 C.E. or Saturday the 14th of May 2016 C.E. {68 years from the Birth Of Israel as a modern State, & as per Daniel’s Prophecy that 70 years would elapse between this day & the SECOND COMING of Our Beloved and Blessed Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST, in 2018 C.E. with 3.5 years of Apocalypse of which 1.5 years is “Time Rewound” at the FIRST RESURRECTION}.

    I interpret that the Apocalypse would begin with Rev. 12.1: “And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars”, and the GREAT TRIBULATION OF THE CHRISTIANS AT THE HANDS OF THE FALLEN ANGELS & MUSLIMS etc., as per the said Chapter 12 of the said Book Of Revelation of the Holy Bible.

    Furthermore, I deduced that Rev. 13.11: “And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns, like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon”, refers to the present two Popes: Francis I & Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, as being the TWO HORNS of the said PAPAL LAMB, the Vicar/s Of Christ, the LAMB, on Earth.

    Now, I am an Asian Indian man, born & brought up as a ROMAN CATHOLIC & still follow the same Judaeo-Christian Beliefs except for my own singular Interpretation of the Book Of Revelation {which began on or about the 19th of August 2014 C.E. with Rev. 12.15: “And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman, water as it were a river; that he might cause her to be carried away by the river” which I have interpreted as the BURSTING OF THE MOSUL DAM on the River Tigris in Northern Iraq by the BIBLICAL DRAGON which ACTUALLY EXISTS !!! It is the 7-Nation U.S.-led Coalition / Federation ARMY supported by 10 Arab Nations}, which I Post regularly on my “YAHOO History Of Comments” as Capt. Rosslyn V. Crasto, & on my FACEBOOK {Public} Timelines which one can access simply by using my name: “CaptRosslyn Crasto” or “Rosslyn Doppelganger” as your FACEBOOK Search Engine/s.

    Am I a Heretic or an Apostate, and if so am I automatically ex-communicated ???

    I request an URGENT REPLY so that I can attend Holy Mass, Confession & Holy Communion on the forthcoming ASH WEDNESDAY on 10th Feb.’16, & thereafter, during Lent.

    Thank You for taking the time to read this Post & my Posts on YAHOO & FACEBOOK, & awaiting your Reply,

    I remain,

    yours faithfully,

    {Capt. Rosslyn Valentine Crasto}.
    Valid Indian Passport No.: G 2623652.

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