The non-ordained self-appointed conspiracy laden splinter group leader Bob Thiel is busy today with his latest tirade against the Catholic Church. His latest entry is based upon the "prophecies" of St Malachy, a 9th century Irish priest and that the Vatican supposedly contains the chair that Satan will eventually sit upon. That chair is reportedly in the Vatican in a shrine that covers the remnants of the chair St. Peter supposedly sat on.
St. Malachy supposedly had a vision where he saw that there would only be 112 popes before the end of the world came.
Bob Thiel needs and uses these visions by Malachay and Fatima in order to legitimize his lunatic rantings. Thiel is so enthralled by these conspiracy theories that he is in Rome right now gathering information for his new book and podcasts.
When you Google "Is Satan's Throne In The Vatican" you will get literally thousands of conspiracy laden blogs and web sites filled with some of the craziest idiocy imaginable. Bat shit crazy isn't even word that can accurately describe some of these sites. The best part when you do this is that right there in the middle of it all is Bob Thiel. He is just as crazy as they all are.
Bob includes a picture his wife took (similar to the one above) and this:
Yesterday, my wife Joyce and I were able to once again see and visit what could be ‘Satan’s throne’ if the devil does in fact have a physical throne on the earth.It's funny how he has to quote Tkach Sr. as an authority on this "chair of Satan." Tkach Sr. got his same stupid reasoning about this chair from the same stupid conspiracy theorists and anti-Catholic's that have been apart of the COG for decades. The COG has always had to have some bogey-man who was evil and out to get therm. The WCG thrived on that and most of the splinter cults still do to this day.
Back in 1987 on a tour of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, those of on that tour (all WCG members) were told by a Worldwide Church of God minister who was conducting the tour that Joseph Tkach, Sr. (who was then the Pastor General of WCG–he died in 1995) stated that he felt that this was “Satan’s throne.” The WCG tour guide minister also said that that there was a tradition/legend (which possibly can be tied to one interpretation of the 12th century Malachy prophecy) that the final pope would sit on this throne.
When false prophet and "teacher" Thiel publishes this asinine stuff he makes himself look like a fool and looses credibility.
With Bob being in Italy right now we are guaranteed a plethora of conspiracy theories when he gets back. It will be Fatima 24/7 for several weeks.
A "Prophecy of the Popes" is attributed to St. Malachy, which is claimed to predict that there would be only 112 more popes before the Last Judgment. It was discovered and published by Benedictine Arnold de Wyon in 1590. Most scholars consider the document a 16th-century elaborate hoax. Like any good conspiracy theory, there are many holes in the lore of St. Malachy, according to Father James Weiss, a professor of church history at Boston College. "It is widely thought ... given who the author was and his relationship, [that the prophecies] were published to establish the case for election of one particular cardinal," said Weiss. Dr. Thomas Groome, chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College, has a similar notion, "For myself -- and even as a native Irishman -- the 'Prophecies of St. Malachy' are a grand old fun tale that have about as much reliability as the morning horoscope". Thomas J. Reese, SJ, of Georgetown University, had only this to say: "St. Malachy's prophecy is nonsense."