Among one of the highest honors conferred upon the Pope is the power to select cardinals. Cardinals serve as the Pope’s closest advisors and in the Roman Catholic hierarchy are just below the Pope. A chief responsibility of a cardinal is the selection of a new pope when the current pope dies or abdicates his papacy. Pope Francis made a shocking announcement that he would select 14 new cardinals. The New York Post reports, “Pope Francis said on Sunday he would elevate 14 Roman Catholic prelates to the high rank of cardinal, the elite group of churchmen who are his closest advisers and can enter a conclave to choose his successor if they are under 80. The pope made the surprise announcement during his weekly Sunday address. He said the ceremony to elevate the nominees, known as a consistory, would take place on June 29.”
Aside from the selection of popes, cardinals perform other functions as well and are noted for their doctrine, “piety” and “virtue.” “The responsibilities of the College of Cardinals have steadily evolved over the centuries. Cardinals are personally selected by the Pope. They give counsel to the Pope, contribute to the governance of the Church and act as papal envoys. Some are officers of the Roman Curia while many serve as bishops of major diocese around the world...The cardinals are also available to the Roman pontiff, either acting collegially, when they are summoned together to deal with questions of major importance, or acting individually, that is, in the offices which they hold in assisting the Roman pontiff especially in the daily care of the universal Church…Those to be promoted cardinals are men freely selected by the pontiff, who are at least in the order of the priesthood and are truly outstanding for doctrine, virtue, piety and prudence in practical matters.”
By selecting cardinals, popes have the ability to determine the direction of the church which inevitably affects the direction of the world given the influence and power of the Roman Catholic Church and the input that she has in the affairs of nations and their respective sectors. “Appointing new cardinals is one of the most significant powers of a Pope, allowing him to steer the future of the 1.2 billion member Catholic Church.
After the June ceremony, Pope Francis will have nominated 74 cardinals since being elected Pope in 2013, according to statistics on the Vatican’s website.”
There is a specific reason why these 14 men were selected at this particular time, because Pope Francis sees in them a loyalty to Roman Catholicism, a solidarity with himself on the issues that are important to him as a Jesuit, and a willingness to carry out the Jesuit agenda even after Francis’ papacy (if the end doesn’t come before that time). Among those named by the Pope is a fellow Jesuit, “Bishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, head of the Vatican’s doctrinal department, known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Archbishop Angelo Becciu, deputy secretary of state.”
For those who may be unaware, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the successor body of the Inquistion Board. The reality that the Inquisition Board is still in existence is clear evidence that the Inquisition, though seemingly dormant, is not inactive, and given the right circumstances will rekindle their former operations and persecutions. By the way, Catholic officials claim that the inquisition was legally justified, a claim that can just as easily be made when it returns. Consider the following: “The Vatican is preparing for fresh controversy over the Inquisition after allowing an official to appear in a television documentary to offer a defence of the ‘Holy Terror… The Congregation is the successor body to the Inquisition… It highlights periods of the persecution that began in the 13th century and ended only in the late 1800s. The Inquisition was established by Pope Gregory in 1233 as a special court to help curb the influence of beliefs deemed to deviate from official Church doctrine. Interviewed in the documentary, The Secret Files of the Inquisition, Fr Di Noia says: ‘It was a mistake to torture people. However, torture was regarded as a perfectly justified, legitimate way of producing evidence and it was therefore legally justified.’”
“In the thirteenth century was established that most terrible of all the engines of the papacy--the Inquisition. The prince of darkness wrought with the leaders of the papal hierarchy. In their secret councils Satan and his angels controlled the minds of evil men, while unseen in the midst stood an angel of God, taking the fearful record of their iniquitous decrees and writing the history of deeds too horrible to appear to human eyes. Babylon the great was ‘drunken with the blood of the saints.’ The mangled forms of millions of martyrs cried to God for vengeance upon that apostate power.” However, the Inquisition did not end in the thirteenth century, it continued under different names; however, when the Jesuit order was established in the 1500’s to counter the work of reformation it was reestablished. “The Jesuits rapidly spread themselves over Europe, and wherever they went, there followed a revival of popery. To give them greater power, a bull was issued re-establishing the inquisition. Notwithstanding the general abhorrence with which it was regarded, even in Catholic countries, this terrible tribunal was again set up by popish rulers, and atrocities too terrible to bear the light of day were repeated in its secret dungeons. In many countries, thousands upon thousands of the very flower of the nation, the purest and noblest, the most intellectual and highly educated, pious and devoted pastors, industrious and patriotic citizens, brilliant scholars, talented artists, skillful artisans, were slain or forced to flee to other lands. Such were the means which Rome had invoked to quench the light of the Reformation, to withdraw from men the Bible, and to restore the ignorance and superstition of the Dark Ages.
The Jesuits of all people, who operate by stealth and secrecy, have revealed in their publication a key role of their order which explains why there are Jesuits in key positions within the Roman Catholic Church and also in world governments. In an article under the title, “Jesuits in Hierarchy” is revealed the past and present of Jesuits serving as bishops and cardinals and why they are fit for this position. “Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope. But he is not the first Jesuit cardinal, archbishop or bishop. How many Jesuit cardinals, archbishops and bishops have there been in Jesuit history, and how many are there now. Today we learned that Michael Charles Barber, S.J., was appointed bishop of Oakland, California. Will there be more? In addition to Pope Francis (created a cardinal in 2001), there are currently five cardinals, 18 archbishops and 51 bishops… Not counting those living today, in Jesuit history there have been 36 cardinals, 63 archbishops and 195 bishops.” An important question was posed by the author, to which students of prophecy know the answer. “Under this Jesuit pope, will more Jesuits be appointed bishops or cardinals?” Now let’s discover, by their own admission, the reason why Jesuits are a prime choice for these positions in the Roman hierarchy, even though they are not to seek the positions out.
“We recall that Jesuit priests at the time of their solemn and final profession in the Society of Jesus promise: ‘I also promise that I will never strive for or ambition any prelacy or dignity outside the Society; and I will to the best of my ability never consent to my election unless I am forced to do so by obedience to him who can order me under penalty of sin. And moreover, if I shall find out that anyone [another Jesuit] is seeking to secure anything of the two aforementioned things or is ambitioning them, I promise that I will communicate his name and the entire matter to the Society or its Superior.’” As a part of their vow, Jesuits pledged to serve as spies within their order, seeking out and reporting their brother Jesuit, not only on the issue of those seeking ambition outside of the order, but on other matters as well. Since the Jesuits acted as spies (i.e. conducted an inquisition) within their own order, how much more will they be when placed in political offices; besides they would have perfected their craft for many years prior. “Under various disguises the Jesuits worked their way into offices of state, climbing up to be the counselors of kings, and shaping the policy of nations. They became servants to act as spies upon their masters.” With this is mind, consider the fact that the Chaplain of the U.S. Congress, Patrick Conroy, who was recently reinstated to his position is a Jesuit.
The respective Inquisition Board and the Jesuit Order are not the only spying agencies within Roman Catholicism; the Nuns are also a part of the church’s elaborate and complex espionage organization, as confirmed in a 2007 article from The Economist, “God’s Ambassadors:” “A former papal envoy to a war-torn nation tells with pride how the American embassy would send a diplomat each morning to ask him about the war zones, knowing the pope's man would have been fully briefed by local nuns.”
We have come to a time in history that the first (at least open, admitted) Jesuit Pope was (s)elected, therefore we can expect to see the modern Inquisition Board, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spring into action and do what it does best. It is certain that Pope Francis, under the leadership of his master, is setting persons in strategic positions to carry out specific functions, he is just waiting for a favorable time to strike to call upon his men to seek to undo Protestantism along with those who adhere to the Protestant faith and to revive Papal supremacy. “God's word has given warning of the impending danger; let this be unheeded, and the Protestant world will learn what the purposes of Rome really are, only when it is too late to escape the snare. She is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men. She is piling up her lofty and massive structures in the secret recesses of which her former persecutions will be repeated. Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come for her to strike. All that she desires is vantage ground, and this is already being given her. We shall soon see and shall feel what the purpose of the Roman element is. Whoever shall believe and obey the word of God will thereby incur reproach and persecution.”
 White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 560
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