Yes. the final Pope, according to St. Malachy, reigns during a time of persecution of the church. The text from Malachy does not say anything about the final pope being a bad man.
I have posted this before. I would look up the exact text but I'm in a rush today.
However, I am certain that the final pope, according to Malachy reigns during a time of trouble for the church, and he is not pinpointed as causing it. Obvious to us, the church is
already in a super mess. The final pope does not have to bring it to fruition.
But this raises another point. You say Catholics and Evangelicals are being tortured and killed together, and yet you emphasize that they have differing beliefs. Yes, Catholics and Evangelicals have some varied beliefs, but their core gospel is the same. This is something which should be emphasized to those who assume that all Catholics are spawns of the devil and unsaved. I have met some born again Catholics, more than a few.
Do they have a few differing beliefs from Evangelicals? Yes, they ask Mary to pray to God for forgiveness for them. Jack Hayford, the noted evangelical pastor, stated that he thought
prayers asking Mary for prayers just got rerouted to God, without harm. This may be a bit flippant, for it IS a serious issue with us. We prefer not to go through the Mary switchboard, but to go directly to God with our prayers. But to say that something like this condemns Catholics to hell is going too far, in my opinion.
Yes, Catholics sin, and big time! The priest scandal, the abuse of children, the money-laundering in the Vatican, all rotten! Sin indeed. Let me tell you a little secret. We sin too.
I don't have to describe it to you. You already know it.
Catholics and Evangelicals, as well as the primary Protestant liturgical churches have, in general, the same basic gospel beliefs. In the Episcopal and a few other churches this is summarized by the Nicene Creed, which is recited every Sunday by the faithful in the congregations. It's the "fundamentals."
Have some Episcopals and others departed from the fundamentals? Yes. Pastors have denied the resurrection of Jesus, for instance. A grave scandal. Might I point out that this grave scandal is not typically found in the Catholic church. It may be found in the apostate priests we have heard about, for sure. It could happen in any denomination. It happened in a church I attended in Seattle--I left the congregation and let them know why. It hurt to leave. I was leaving--again--my basic network of friends.
My point must be clear...I don't have to hammer it in.
To get back to St. Malachy, he did not say the Pope at the end times would be evil. He said there would be grave trouble among the faithful, that the pope would be their shepherd in a time of misery.
As for the name "Peter the Roman"--"Peter" is often used simply to refer to any pope, as he follows in the steps of St. Peter, in their tradition. The more important part of this
name is "the Roman". What does that refer to? Too diffuse to know for sure but it could refer to a person primarily having lived and worked in Rome, or born in the Roman province.
It could refer to a pope, as Gino says, who takes the name Peter as his papal name, regardless of his baptismal name. We may find out soon if it means anything to us, when the new Pope is chosen in a few days.