Ranking among the most irreligious or secular countries in the world is France. Although a product of Jesuit education in his early years, current president of France, Emmanuel Macron is known as a “Zombie Catholic.” “Newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron, according to one of his biographers, embodies a new phenomenon in France known as ‘zombie Catholicism…’ Although born into a secular family, Macron asked to be baptized at age 12. While not a regular churchgoer, Macron symbolizes ‘those territories of Christian tradition that benefit from social structures and economic systems capable of counterbalancing globalization, in contrast to the more Jacobin territories that have lost the protection of the state…” This was said of Macron in May of last year when he was first elected. However, since that time, it seems as though the Catholic Zombie is reviving, through the bewitching influence of the Pope and Roman Catholicism.
Prior to Macron’s meeting with Pope Francis, The Catholic Herald asked this question of the French President, “Why is Macron Courting the Church?” The revelations in the April 19 article are even more shocking. “The spark for these charged remarks was Macron’s decision to deliver a speech to French Catholic bishops and more than 400 Catholic leaders at the Collège des Bernardins, the centre of Catholic intellectual life in Paris.Macron isn’t the first president of the Fifth Republic to engage with Catholic bishops in a public setting…What made Macron’s address different was that he actively encouraged French Catholics to participate in French life as Catholics. He even identified three ‘gifts’ which Catholics could offer France…”
Less than two months from President Macron welcoming Roman Catholic contributions in the political process is his lengthy, private meeting with Pope Francis this month at the Vatican. “Pope Francis and French President Emmanuel Macron held private talks Tuesday in a meeting that went overtime at the Vatican…The two men spoke for nearly an hour in the pope’s library in the Apostolic Palace. After they emerged from their closed-door talks, Macron put a hand on Francis’ shoulder, and then kissed him on both cheeks in affectionately taking his leave. Francis reciprocated the warmth, gripping the French leader’s arm and then shaking his hands vigorously and smiling broadly as he said goodbye. He shook hands with Macron’s wife, Brigitte. As is his custom with guests, Francis gave Macron a medal depicting St. Martin of Tours, who gave his cloak to a poor man.”
It is interesting that when Roman Catholicism was arising to the ascendency, it was France in the year 508 under King Clovis that firstly embraced “christianity,” which set the stage for the remainder of the European nations to do likewise leading up to 538 when Roman Catholicism became the world-ruling power. Additionally, exactly1290 years later, just as the BIble prophesied (see Daniel 12:11), when Roman Catholicism received its deadly wound in 1798, signifying that it could no longer exercise political power over the world, it was at the hands (or sword) of France. So in these last days, we can except France to play a significant role in restoring the Papacy back to power, and Macron is doing just that. “Following that meeting [with the Pope], Macron met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States. Later today Macron will travel to Rome’s Lateran Basilica, a church with long-standing ties to the French monarchy, where he will take up his title as an honorary proto-canon.”
The last sentence cannot be overlooked, that Macron was to take up his title as an honorary canon, the first and only we might add, of Saint John Lateran. This is highly significant in regard to the relationship between church and state. “But this 57 minute tête-à-tête, the longest between Francis and a head of state, was also the occasion for the French president to take up his title as an honorary proto-canon of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, historically tied to the French monarchs.This may come as a surprise for most people as France is known as a secular country with a strict separation between church and state, but this tradition actually dates back to 1604 when King Henry IV, having renounced Protestantism… donated the Benedictine Abbey in Clairac along with its income, to the pope’s basilica. At the time, and as a token of its gratitude, the Lateran cathedral, the pontiff’s church as the Bishop of Rome, decided to create the canonical title to be bestowed upon the leader of France… Several of Macron’s predecessors have declined the title…Upon his election, President Macron did not hesitate one second and immediately accepted the honour.”
In case you missed it, we must here reiterate that this honor bestowed upon Macron is in commemoration of a king fully and publicly renouncing protestantism and devoting his throne to Roman Catholicism. It must also be considered that France is the birthplace of Jesuitism, which was established to overthrow the Protestant Reformation. Seventh-day Adventist historian, Alonzo Jones highlights what this title really means. “As to the relationship of the emperor and the pope ‘no better illustrations can be desired than those to be found in the office for the imperial coronation at Rome, too long to be transcribed here, but well worthy of an attentive study. The rights prescribed in it are rights of consecration to a religious office: the emperor, besides the sword, globe, and scepter of temporal power, receives a ring as the symbol of his faith, is ordained a subdeacon, assists the pope in celebrating mass, partakes as a clerical person of the communion in both kinds, is admitted a canon of St. Peter and St. John Lateran…The emperor swears to cherish and defend the holy Roman Church and her bishop… Among the emperor's official titles there occur these: 'Head of Christendom,’ 'Defender and Advocate of the Christian Church,' 'Temporal Head of the Faithful,' 'Protector of Palestine and of the Catholic Faith.'"
It is evident that the “Zombie-Catholic” Macron has come to life. Even Roman Catholics are viewing Macron’s visit with Pope Francis as Rome’s eldest daughter (a woman representing a church, a religious power, church and state) returning to mother. Crux News asks the following question in its headline: “Is French leader’s pope visit a homecoming for Church’s eldest daughter?” “For centuries the Catholic Church has held a special place for France, latching on to its rising stars from Charlemagne to Napoleon III. Even as religious heads rolled from the guillotine in Paris, pontiffs never really abandoned the dream that the prodigal daughter of the Church might return. As French President Emmanuel Macron makes his way to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis on Tuesday, a first for the newly elected leader, the question hanging in the air is: Has the eldest daughter of the Church returned?…All considered, Macron fits the profile to make a perfect match with Francis, given his understanding of laicité, his Jesuit upbringing and his focus on dialogue.”
According to the Bible, history always repeats (Ecclesiastes 1:9 and Ecclesiastes 3:15); and just as France has returned to the hands of Popery, we can expect the other nations to follow suit, and that speedily, which will cause Roman Catholicism to regain her lost supremacy, which will be used to legislate Catholic principles, trample liberty of conscience and persecute dissenters. Are we ready for such a time? “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.”