Once again, thanks to Patty, the recent podcast spoken of above contained this remark by Msgr Esseff: At one point he says, “You are in the world when you hear such things as, ‘There is going to be an economic collapse of the world. The world’s economy is going to collapse and it is going to happen when the Holy Father is here.’ What do you think? What is in your mind? Are you fearful? Our Lord says we should not worry. He is going to care for us.” http://www.msgrjohnesseff.net/?p=3482 So he actually used that particular message as a teaching moment about ourselves in the world which is being too concerned about such predictions, rather than dismissing it or disowning it. It doesn't matter in the end he says, Our Lord will care for us.