With the previous pope now stepping down (sort of) and the cardinals meeting to pick his replacement, the usual suspects have emerged to claim that all of this silliness is part of vague and strange prophecies dating back to the middle ages. Of course there is the go to prophet of Dumbassery, NostraDumbass himself, who can always be counted on to furnish something vague and undated. But there is also the alleged writings of Saint Malachy, which many believe are a late forgery. The text attributed to him names 112 popes from his day in the 1100's up to judgment day. Benedict XVI is supposedly the 111th. But most of the one line descriptions of the popes are very vague after the late 1500's, when the forgery was written. But what's one more failed prophecy and one more holy forgery in a religion chock full of them? After the Mayan prophecy, I noted that this would have no effect on the superstitious, who will keep churning out new nonsense as though the previous nonsense didn't even exist.
Besides, if this next pope (allegedly named peter) is the last pope, we don't know how long he will be pope before doomsday. He could live a very long time, or he could have a heart attack five minutes after being elected.