Papal fantasy


[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Pope, papacy, Papists" (search under Outer Life/People, Places, History)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.4": detail "Section 5833"
I spoke with the recently deceased pope (Pope Benedict XIV). He was in the west toward the north where there is generally a council. He was informed in detail about Babylon, what they are like and how terribly wicked they are. He was utterly amazed that so many of even the lowest monks make themselves Christ, and with such conviction—since he supposed that he himself alone was Christ. He spoke about Sextus V, what he had done in the world in five years. He wanted to see him. Therefore he was summoned from the hell where he was, which was not far from there, a little to the rear toward the north. Dressed, he came in to him. He the recent pope recognized him from his picture in the world. But Sextus V scarcely spoke. He wanted to get away from there and was let down to his hell where he is sometimes put on display in order to hold the wicked crowd from the Babylonian people in bonds; and it is said that if he does not observe the prescribed laws he is punished.

[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Benedict XIV (Pope)" (search under Outer Life/People, Places, History)": source "Apocalypse Explained, vol.1": detail "Section 114"
That the Lord is repudiated by them [Papists], every one may conclude from this circumstance, that they worship the Pope as the Lord, and that they no longer ascribe any power to the Lord. I will here relate a great scandal uttered by the Pope who was called Benedict XIV. He declared openly that he believed, when he lived in the world, that the Lord had no power, because He had transferred it all to Peter, and thence to his successors; adding that he believed that the Romish saints have more power than the Lord, because they retain it from God the Father, but that the Lord abdicated it entirely, and conferred it on the Popes; but that still He must be worshipped, because without such worship the Pope would not be worshipped with sanctity. But this Pope, because he arrogated to himself what was Divine, even after death, was, after some days, cast into hell.