I have a theory about why The Pope is resigning, something that has not happened since the 1400s. And it may be just as simple as he wants, you know, he wants to do the right thing because he's, you know, he's incapacitated or, you know, he's, you know, too old or whatever. However, I mean, how many peeps have we seen ‑‑ and I don't mean this to be offensive at all, but how many popes have we seen in our lifetime that are, at the end they're just, you ‑‑ I mean, they're gone. I mean, a lifetime appointment is a, you know ‑‑ we've seen it over and over again. So maybe he's just different. Maybe he just understands the times that we're living in and he feels like somebody who really is energetic, needs to be there. So it may be that.
However, when I was over in Rome last January, a year ago January I think it was, I was there and what I witnessed was a stacking of the court. When they were appointing new cardinals, what they were do ‑‑ what The Pope was doing was stacking the cardinals, and he was appointing really conservative, old‑line Catholics as cardinals. And so we were ‑‑ I mean, we were witnessing history. I don't know of any pope that has done this. And the reason why he was doing it was because that way it would help him select his successor and it would give a good chance that he was going to be the guy ‑‑ I mean that he ‑‑ the guy who replaced him would carry on his work. That's what the speculation was, you know, when I was at the Vatican, that's what they were all talking about, that that's what was going on and you're witnessing history. And I've not heard anybody really talk about that. I think there's a chance now that this Pope now knows, because all these cardinals are old too. "I might, I might linger on here for another ten years and right now I have the court packed. And if I release myself from this now, I know that I'll be able to get in, even though he doesn't have anything to influence it, he's already done it. He's selected all the people who voted. And I think he's trying to get the next successor to be somebody who is conservative and he thinks the best chance to do that is now. Because I think the speculation that this black pope from Africa, they keep holding him up and everybody's like, "Hey, he's going to be the next pope," I think that that is a ruse. I think that's being done by those Catholics who are also in the Vatican who he's at war with, holding him ‑‑ holding this guy up and trying to create momentum for him. Because he's a socialist. He's a real diehard socialist kind of Marxist guy.
He's a Marxist through and through, which is not what this Pope is. And that's who he's been at war with the whole time. I think that's a ruse to try to get public sentiment to accept that this Marxist is going to be the next pope. And I think this Pope is out because he stacked the deck.