Tom Horn and Cris Putnam, as we have shown here, are monumental failures when it comes to fact checking and careful data analysis; both also have failed in epic proportions (especially Horn) when it came to predicting what would happen in 2012. Worst of all, Pope Benedict resigned two months too late to suit their purposes; but like many eschatology error-addicts, their record of epic failure does not dissuade them from setting up the top and spinning it again.
It was inevitable that they'd eagerly look forward to the newest Pope, given that they'd assume that it was their "Petrus Romanus" -- the false prophet they think will aid the Antichrist figure. I rightly predicted (24 hours in advance) that they'd make much of Pope Francis being a Jesuit; those are the bad boys for every conspiracy loon in Christendom. But how else do they try to force fit Francis into the model of "Peter the Roman"?
Well, of course, the big problem is that his name isn't Peter -- not his original name ("Jorge" isn't even close) nor his adopted papal name (not even if we say, "Frank"). So as might be expected, Horn, Putnam, and Co. have a host of rationalizations to offer to pound Francis' round peg into the Petrus Romanus square hole.
Horn, who calls Francis a "fantastic fulfillment of prophecy," is described as saying in one report just out:
He also sees significance in Bergoglio naming himself after Francis of Assisi, an Italian, or Roman, priest whose original name was Francesco di Pietro (Peter) di Bernardone, “literally, Peter the Roman.”
Um, no, not exactly. The "di" in Italian means essentially "of," and it means Francis was "of" Peter -- because "Peter" was his father's name. He was later baptized with the name Giovanni; but until then, he carried the name of his father. So "Peter" was not exactly Francis' "original name" -- it was a descriptor of his parentage. In the same way, "Bernardone" would also be either a grandfather's name, or an ancestral description of some sort; but how one gets "Roman" out of that is hard to say.
Putnam on his blog offered and even more laughable rationalization:
While those of shallow vision will be quick to point out “his name is not Peter,” prophecy is often fulfilled enigmatically in a manner not entirely clear until it is resolved. For example, who could have known that “labor of the sun” John Paul II would be buried during eclipse until his papacy had ended? We have stated from the beginning that the title “Peter the Roman” was likely symbolic. All popes claim apostolic succession from Peter and for this reason it is called the Petrine office.
So in essence, Putnam spins the matter so that their clear failure to find an accurate fulfillment is actually a roaring success, because the fulfillment is "enigmatic" -- and as proof, he appeals to one of their prior twisted fulfillment claims (see our prior entry), and at that, perhaps the most persuasive (which isn't saying much!) out of a roster of evident failures and spun-out descriptions. Then he closes it out by declaring that it didn't matter because any Pope would have worked anyway, even if the conclave had elected Benedict's dog to the office. There's nothing like guaranteeing your success by lowering the bar of evidence to the point that you can just step on it rather than over it.
And if you think not, check how low the bar can go as Horn confirms the same lack of stringent criteria:
Regardless, Horn said he’s always maintained that it doesn’t take someone whose Christian name is Peter to fulfill the prophecy. “In fact, if any Italian is elected, that would be a fairly transparent fulfillment,” he said. Moreover, he argued, “in a very general sense, every pope could be regarded as ‘Peter the Roman,’ and in that sense, this could be the last one.”
Rome was an empire and a city so his Italian ancestry arguably meets the Roman aspect albeit in an oblique way.
Um, sure. It wouldn't matter, mind you, if Francis' family came from (say) Genoa or Naples; that's all "Rome" too. That's because if his ancestors came from anywhere within the territory of the Roman Empire, that would also work. It would also work if they came from Rome, Georgia; or if they ate a lot of Roma tomatoes; or even if one of his third cousins ever happened to eat at Tony Roma's rib restaurant. When it comes to end times madness by conspiracy loons like Horn and Putnam, there's no end to the exegetical taffy-pull.
Another big problem, of course, is that Francis isn't exactly the sort of guy who looks like he'd advocate tattooing 666s on anyone's forehead. Not to worry, one of the Putnam do-boys has a ready explanation:
It may well be that Bergoglio will become Petrus Romanus in the sense of growing (or “evolving”) into the role. As I was reading his bio, the words from Revelation concerning how the False Prophet will appear as a lamb but speak as a dragon immediately came to mind. Bergoglio is presented as being cut from the same sort of humble cloth as John Paul II, but all signs are that he is poised to reassert the “authority” of the church in a big way.
"All signs" meaning, apparently, "our predisposition to force-fit Francis into the round hole we've dug for Petrus Romanus." Righto.
To close this posting, I would remind readers that we offered several posts on Horn and Putnam and their failures as exegetes and historians. I might also note that their newest book, titled Exo-Vaticana, appears to be yet another ready tour de farce, as this description indicates:
Unveiled! The Vatican's secret plan for the arrival of an alien god
Disclosed! Secret files in the Vatican library on the reality of the alien presence
Found! The private document detailing the Vatican's position on the extraterrestrials
Revealed! Project LUCIFER and the hidden quest for "Fallen Star"
2013! The year top astronomers say the alien world and its inhabitants will be divulged
(Oh, really? In Horn's prior books, it was 2012 when all that was supposed to happen. Oh well.)
The Collins Elite, Occultism, and the covert breeding and hybridization program
The incredible family secret that Tom Horn has kept concealed for decades!
What top Government and Vatican Officials told the authors about the reality of UFOs, ETIs
Back to Cydonia! The truth behind the face on Mars and artificial structures on other worlds
In Exo-Vaticana: Petrus Romanus, PROJECT LUCIFER, and the Vatican's astonishing exo-theological plan for the arrival of an alien savior, internationally acclaimed investigative authors Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam break the greatest story of our time and expose the elitists and intellectuals who are planning to assimilate mankind under a coming 'savior,' one whom the prophet Daniel foresaw as "an alien god."
Remember folks -- this Laurel and Hardy of the end times is representing Christianity to YOUR friends and neighbors. Make your denunciations in advance, and be as loud as you can in making them.