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Father Georg Ratzinger, Great uncle of Pope Benedict XVI

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Pope Benedict XVI comes from a family of priests. You may already know that his older brother, Georg, was ordained a priest on the same day as he was. But he also had a great uncle, on his father’s side, who was a priest: Father Georg Ratzinger. This is his story.

According to My Heritage, Father Georg Ratzinger was born on April 3, 1844, the 1811th anniversary of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ: an providential blessing which his great nephew Joseph Ratzinger would share, who was born and baptized on Holy Saturday, in the 1894th year of the Passion and Death of Our Blessed Lord.

The Ratzinger family originates in centuries past in the Southern Tyrol.

His parents were Johann Georg Ratzinger and Barbara Perlinger. He had one brother, Joseph, who is the great grandfather of Pope Benedict.

From 1855 to 1863 he studied at High School in Passau, on the Danube, in Bavaria. This was presumably a minor seminary. From 1863 to 1867 he studied theology at Munich, in what was apparently a major seminary. He was ordained a priest in 1867.  And awarded a Doctorate in Theology in 1868.

In 1869 he was appointed pastor of Berchtesgaden, a tiny village in the Southern Corner of Bavaria, on the Austrian border, which would 70 years later become the haunt of the infamous dictator, Adolf Hitler.

From 1870 to 1871 he was the editor of a journal, known as, “Fränkisches Volksblatt”, or the Frank Popular Newspaper, I believe.

In 1872 to 1874 he was chaplain at Landshut, in central Bavaria, and in 1874 to 1876 he returned to his work in journalism, as editor of the Volksfreund, or People’s Friend, at Munich.

In 1875 he ran for the Parliament of Bavaria, won and served until 1878. In 1877 he ran for a seat in the newly formed German Reichstag, and won, serving one term until 1888.

He served as pastor of Günzelhafen during these years, 1885–1888, while he held political office. In this he continued the ancient Catholic tradition of not excluding the clergy from temporal offices and imbuing in this manner the temporal order with Christian morality.

In 1893, he ran again for the Paliament or Landtag of Bavaria and won, and served until his death. In 1898 he ran again for a seat in the national legislature, the Reichstag and won, serving also until his death.

Wikipedia has a notable mention of Father Ratzinger’s literary achievements:

As a literary man Ratzinger deserves much credit for his scholarly work in political economy and in historical subjects. His chief works, distinguished by erudition, richness of thought, and animated exposition, are: “Geschichte der Armenpflege” (prize essay, Freiburg, 1868, 2nd revised ed., 1884); “Die Volkswirtschaft in ihren sittlichen Grundlagen. Ethnischsociale Studien über Cultur und Civilisation (Freiburg, 1881; 2nd. completely revised ed., 1895).

The later work maintains the ethical principles of Christianity as the only sure basis of political economy and opposes the materialistic system of what is called the “classical political economy” of Adam Smith.

“Forschungen zur bayerischen Geschichte” (Kempten, 1898) contains a large number of studies on early Bavarian history and on the history of civilization, based on a series of unconnected treatises, which had first appeared in the “Historisch-politische Blätter”. Of his smaller works the following should be mentioned: “Das Concil und die deustche Wissenschaft” (anonymously issued at Mainz, 1872) appeared first in the “Katholik”, 1872, I; “Die Erhaltung des Bauernstandes” (Freiburg, 1883).

These writings demonstrate that politically, he was much more a traditional Catholic than his great nephew.

He passed from this life on December 3, 1899, the last day of the liturgical calendar for that year, since the next day was the First Sunday of Advent.

Father Georg Ratzinger’s life thus was marked out as one lived under the shadow of Christ’s Redemption, awaiting His coming in glory.

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From Operation Gladio to Trad Inc., and how the CIA may have a leading role

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

In my article, Who may have been behind the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI?, I explained what Operation Gladio was and the role played by Gladio organizations in Italy in the political events at the Vatican in recent decades, particularly how they may have opened the Vatican up to infiltration by the St. Gallen Mafia.

This present article is a follow-up. Here I want to lay out the trail of evidence which leads from Gladio to Trad Inc..

CEDI

One of the prominent stay-behind organizations in Europe after the Second World War, was the European Centre for Documentation and Information (CEDI). While the name sounds like an academic organization, it was nothing of the kind.

According to David Bryden, in his book, Franco’s Internationalists: Social Experts and Spain’s Search for Legitimacy, p. 148, the CEDI is politically an organization of socialists:

Screenshot_2020-04-02 Franco's Internationalists

Munich, for those who know their history, is also the birth-place of the Nazi party. In fact, Munich today is the home of an organization with a similar name as CEDI, the NS-Dokumentationszentrum, or in English, The Documentation Centre for National Socialism, which is a museum dedicated to the documents of the NAZI party, and begun in 2005.

It is important to note that CEDI was funded initially by the government of Franco, who was a close collaborator with Nazi Germany during the war and gave refuge to innumerable war criminals after the war, as well as helping many of them escape to South America. The National Geographic Society, in the USA, produced an impressive multi part documentary alleging that Adolf Hitler survived the war and was spirited out of Europe through Spain.

Of CEDI itself, Wikipedia says:

Francoist Spain made use of the CEDI to get in contact with high-ranking persons of the political, military, economic and cultural life from Western Europe and thus end its post-war international isolation. By preaching the necessity of cultural exchange and the religious unity of the occident, the CEDI aimed at a political, military and economic inclusion of Spain into the beginning process of European Integration.

So the co-incidence that CEDI was founded in Munich may be more significant that merely suggestive. But the fact that CEDI was funded by the Spanish government in the very years that the USA and the UK were collaborating with western governments in Europe for the establishment of stay-behind organizations, cannot be considered a mere coincidence. Especially since, as I have shown in my previous article, how this network might have been intimately involved in manipulating Pope John Paul II into allowing the St. Gallen Mafia, a Masonic organization of the highest levels, to take control of the Vatican before and during February 2013.

Archduke Otto von Hapsburg

CEDI was headed by Otto von Hapsburg. Archduke Otto grew up in Spain, after the fall of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and resisted the annexation of Austria by Hitler. He fled to the USA during the war, however, when he could easily have returned to Spain. During this time he was a stateless person, but he subsequently obtained a passport from the Principality of Monaco and the Knights of Malta. It is during his time in the USA that he would have been likely approached by the CIA to play a leading role in post war Europe. In fact, after the war he returned to Europe to begin a political career. As his Wikipedia article relates:

Otto von Habsburg was Vice President (1957–1973) and President (1973–2004) of the International Paneuropean Union, and served as a Member of the European Parliament for the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU) from 1979 to 1999. As a newly elected Member of the European Parliament in 1979, Otto had an empty chair set up for the countries on the other side of the Iron Curtain in the European Parliament, and took a strong interest in the countries behind the Iron Curtain. Otto von Habsburg played a notable role in the revolutions of 1989, as a co-initiator of the Pan-European Picnic. Later he was a strong supporter of the EU membership of central and eastern European countries.[11] A noted intellectual, he published several books on historical and political affairs. Otto has been described as one of the “architects of the European idea and of European integration” together with Robert Schuman, Konrad Adenauer, and Alcide De Gasperi.[12]

What is import to  note, first of all, is his role in the revolutions of 1989 and his interest in the countries of Eastern Europe. It would be sensible, therefore, to conceive that he had a role in helping Poland oust its Communist government. As I reported in my previous article, the financing for the Solidarity Movement in Poland, came through the Vatican Bank which was laundering money for the CIA.  As head of the CEDI, which was a stay-behind organization overseen by the CIA, Archduke Otto is a prime suspect for suggesting to Pope John Paul II to collaborate with the CIA.

Opus Dei

CEDI officially ceased to operate in 1990. The fall of the Iron Curtain was seen as the end of the Cold War and the USA and the UK were no longer interesting in funding the stay-behind networks. However, according to other sources, the CEDI networks were counter-infiltrated by Opus Dei and the organization still exists as a branch of Opus Dei operating through the conservative nobility of Europe.

Today, Opus Dei is one of the strongest supporters of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, head of the St. Gallen Mafia and the closest political ally of Barrack Obama and Hilatry Clinton during their terms of office in the United States as President and Secretary of State respectively. Opus Dei shares the political philosophy of Archduke Otto, officially supporting neither Fascism (in the American sense of this word, as including Franco, Mussolini and Hitler) nor Marxism. In fact, during the Spanish Civil War, Father Josemaría Escrivá prohibited his members from supporting Franco, and even allowed one member to run a newspaper criticizing his regime.  For Opus Dei, the Church should not have assisted defending Spain from Marxist take over. It is not surprising then, that Opus Dei, faithful to its founder, sees no problem with the Marxist takeover of the Catholic Church by Bergoglio.

In fact, one of the leading experts in Canon Law at Rome, who admits all the principles which conclude to Bergoglio not being the pope, but who instead says he is certainly the pope, is Mons. Arrieta, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, an Opus Dei member. I spoke with him on December 11, 2019, about the Renunciation of Pope Benedict, and published my notes, here. Personally, I am convinced that Mons. Arrieta knows the Renunciation is invalid, but he has some sort of strong personal motives to say otherwise, which are unknown to me.

All these paths lead to Trad Inc., which also takes the same political stance of not opposing, but only lamenting, the reign of Bergoglio. It is well know that the traditional catholic movement, whatever they stand for, works closely with European nobility, and are supporters of the House of Hapsburg. They recently held a meeting, moreover, in Munich, at which select leaders of the movement were invited to attend, including Archbishop Viganò, who according to many sources moves in Opus Dei circles.

Dr. Taylor Marshall

Dr. Taylor Marshall, of EWTN fame, is an Opus Dei numerary, as it appears, from his FB page:

Screenshot_2020-04-02 Dr Taylor Marshall

EWTN has an intern program for Opus Dei members who work in the Vatican or Rome, so this might explain why EWTN features Dr. Marshall so frequently on its network.

Dr. Taylor Marshall also recent revealed that he was the financier and backer and video editor of Alexander Tschugguel’s Pachamama dunking in the Tiber River in October, 2019. Louie Verrecchio takes him to task for that media stunt in his article from yesterday at AkaCatholic.com. Here is a screen shot, of Louie’s article, which shows Dr. Taylor on the right. Louie tells the whole story of the event, so I will not recite it here.

Screenshot_2020-04-02 REVELATION Dr Taylor Marshall, ABM, is short

As an aside, I am told that Dr. Marshall claims to be 5 foot 11. And that Alexander is 6 foot 9, but its hard to believe.

Baron von Tschuggül

What most do not know, is that the correct and full name and title of Alexander is  Alexander Freiherr von Tschuggül zu Tramin.  Freiherre, means Baron. Yes, Alexander is Baron Alexander von Tschuggül of Tramin. The Von Tschuggül’s are a noble family of Southern Tyrol.

(Remember, when writing his name to use the umlat over the final letter, u, like this: ü. This is pronounced, ue, and not in the same way that the final û (u with circumflex) is pronounced in J.R.R. Tolkein’s word Nazgül, which is pronounced as the oo in the English word, boom. However, since u with the umlat, is merely the abbreviation of ue, the Baron’s surname can also be spelled, Tschugguel.)

It is difficult, to understand, therefore, why Dr. Marshall is paying the air-flights of a Baron. Especially since air-flights from Vienna to Rome are not particularly expensive and should be within a Baron’s budget. However, I do know that Opus Dei groups were funding a number of activities at Rome during the Amazon Synod. It appears that while Opus Dei supports Bergoglio’s claim to be pope, that they are positioning themselves to put an Opus Dei member on the Throne of Peter after Bergoglio, and present him to the world as the savior of the Church. Thus it is not impossible, that Dr. Marshall was using Opus Dei money to fund the Pachamama Stunt.

St. Gallen Mafia

The principle city of the Tyrol, Baron Tschuggül’s homeland, is Innsbruck. The Apostolic Administrator or Bishop of Innsbruck from 1938 to 1980 was a Rampolla Bishop, Mons. Paulus Rusch. I previously reported how the Rampolla faction of Bishops includes the St. Gallen Mafia and the networks used to help Nazi war criminals escape Europe. Since the USA hired all the former Nazi spies and incorporated them into the CIA, after the war, it is not surprising, then, that the CIA in Europe during the cold war era would be collaborating with the Rampolla faction and promoting them in the Church. The mere fact that the Baron’s family comes from a region ruled for 42 years by a Rampolla Bishop, and possible Nazi collaborator, does not mean that he or his family were anyway involved. But one cannot deny the deep levels of ecclesial perversion and disorder which can possibly arise from such a long reign of a Rampolla Faction bishop.

There may be ties between all these groups at the St. Gallen Mafia, for the simple reason that they all insist Bergoglio is the pope, and they all have connections with the CIA.

Baron von Tschuggül, veteran political activist

Baron Tschuggül has been a political activist since his youth, according to his Wikipedia article:

Tschugguel began working for the conservative political organization Tradition, Family and Property when he was sixteen years old. He has worked with conservative politicians Ewald Stadler and Beatrix von Storch, as well as political activist Hedwig von Beverfoerde, to protest and campaign against abortion rights, same-sex marriage, and the inclusion of gender studies and sex education in schools in Germany and Austria.[6]

Thus, his foundation of the Boniface Institute immediately after the Pachamama stunt, was not the act of a simple layman in need of funds to run an apostolate, as if a layman had any duty or right to teach the faith, but the calculated move a political expert.

Also, it is not widely known, that in 2019, Baron Tschuggül was married. The Most Rev. Athanasius Schneider performed the ceremony.  Bishop Schneider is considered a principle cleric of Trad Inc., and holds the same opinion as that Media Cartel, namely, that Bergoglio is without any doubt the pope.

According to his own statements in an interview with Dr. Marshall, we can expect to see more of Baron Tschuggül in the future:

Though there is at least one blogger who is convinced that the Baron is the Antichrist in waiting, I think that the Baron’s statement is merely more self-promotion. Perhaps he intends to run for office. It is, however, disturbing that he says that he will pray for everyone if he succeeds attending Easter Mass, as if he were a priest or monk, and not a married laymen.

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CREDITS: The Featured Image is a photograph of the Archduke Otto von Hapsburg, to the far right, at a ceremony for the awarding of the infamous European Prize Coudenhove-Kalergi. The German Chancellor Helmut Khol is second from the left. It is used here in accord with a Creative Commons Share-Alike 3.0 Germany license, as described here.

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Who may have been behind the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI?

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Most things which are hidden will never be known until the end of time, when on the Last Day, all will be revealed. So in the mean time we have only crumbs of evidence to suggest lines of investigation. Here are some crumbs which may explain how Bergoglio came to power, Benedict was forced out, and why no one will admit it.

Operation Gladio

After the Second World War, the United States of America and the United Kingdom, fearing a Soviet invasion of Europe, which could not be immediately thwarted, created a para-military organization, popularly called Gladio, so that in the case of Soviet conquest, diverse groups could immediately spring into action across Europe as an armed guerilla like resistance.

The chief organizers were the NATO High Command, the US Defense Department and the Central Intelligence Agency. But the story begins with Allen W. Dulles.

Allen W. Dulles was Presbyterian. He served in the diplomatic corps of the U.S. government from 1916 to 1951, when he became the first civilian director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He was arguably appointed because of his support of Eisenhower’s pro-Soviet Union geopolitical stance, which was not aimed at stopping Marxist infiltration of the United States. He showed this in March of 1950, prior to his appointment, by arguing that the catholic Senator John McCarthy stop investigating the CIA for possible Marxist infiltrators. After his appointment as Director, Dulles had CIA operatives break into Senator McCarthy’s offices to plant false information with the purpose of discrediting him, according to Tim Weiner’s, Legacy of Ashses: A History of the Central Intelligence Agency, published in 2007. Whether this was done because Dulles was an anti-Catholic bigot or a Marxist fellow traveler is not certain.

Allen Dulles significantly was the Director of the Council for Foreign Relations (CFR) — a pro one world government organization — from 1927 to 1933, and then its secretary until 1944. The CFR is generally considered to be a Masonic organization. This is probably how he rose to such high office in the U.S. Government.

Operation Gladio was founded in 1948 and overseen by the CIA until the 1990’s. It was a network of stay-behind groups of paramilitaries and at all their annual meetings CIA officials from the CIA offices in each country would be in attendance.  Gladio is considered one of the most secret operations organized by the United States in Europe in the post World War II era.  For this reason, Dulles, who served as CIA director until Nov. 29, 1961 could not not have known about Gladio and been instrumental in its development and support. According to Wikipedia’s article on Gladio, we know this:

Operating in all of NATO and even in some neutral countries such as Spain before its 1982 admission to NATO, Gladio was first coordinated by the Clandestine Committee of the Western Union (CCWU), founded in 1948. After the creation of NATO in 1949, the CCWU was integrated into the “Clandestine Planning Committee” (CPC), founded in 1951 and overseen by the SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe)

Allen Dulles, therefore, from the first days of his tenure as CIA director in 1951 had to know about Gladio.  In addition to all the dirty tricks that Dulles was the director of in his tenure as CIA director (e.g. Bay of Pigs), Dulles was instrumental in the transformation of Gladio into a military organization directed at political involvement in Europe, to thwart the spread of Communist parties. According to the historian Daniele Ganse, the Clandestine Planning Committee (CPC) which directed Gladio was assisted from 1957 onward by the Allied Clandestine Committee:

Next to the CPC, a second secret army command center, labeled Allied Clandestine Committee (ACC), was set up in 1957 on the orders of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe (SACEUR). This military structure provided for significant US leverage over the secret stay-behind networks in Western Europe as the SACEUR, throughout NATO’s history, has traditionally been a US General who reports to the Pentagon in Washington and is based in NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium. The ACC’s duties included elaborating on the directives of the network, developing its clandestine capability, and organizing bases in Britain and the United States. In wartime, it was to plan stay-behind operations in conjunction with SHAPE. According to former CIA director William Colby, it was ‘a major program’.

Coordinated by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), {the secret armies} were run by the European military secret services in close cooperation with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the British foreign secret service Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, also MI6). Trained together with US Green Berets and British Special Air Service (SAS), these clandestine NATO soldiers, with access to underground arms caches, prepared to fight against a potential Soviet invasion and occupation of Western Europe, as well as the coming to power of communist parties. The clandestine international network covered the European NATO membership, including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey, as well as the neutral European countries of Austria, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland.

Ganser, himself, in his 2005 book, NATO’s Secret Armies alleges that these stay-behind groups were used by the USA in false flag events and acts of terrorism. While his allegations were severely criticized by several experts, the substance of the criticism was not that what he alleged did not happen, but only that he had failed to prove it by documentation — which is quite a revealing commendation of his book, actually.

Evidence that Ganser was correct, however, about Gladio’s use in state sponsored terrorism comes from the events surrounding the assassination of Carmine Peccorelli, an Italian Fascist turned journalist who was murdered on March 20, 1979, apparently by a criminal organization, know as the Banda della Magliana, to prevent his publication of information about Giulio Andreotti, the Italian Prime Minister in that year, who headed the Christian Democratic Party, a close ally of the United States of America. Was Peccorelli’s assasination willed because of his investigation into Gladio? And Andreoitti’s involvement or knowledge of it? The authors of Peccorelli’s Biography at Wikipedia shed some light on this:

After Aldo Moro’s 1978 assassination, Mino Pecorelli published some confidential documents, mainly Moro’s letters to his family. In a cryptic article published in May 1978, Pecorelli drew a connection between Operation Gladio, NATO’s stay-behind anti-communist organization (whose existence was publicly acknowledged by Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti in October 1990) and Moro’s death. During his interrogations by terrorists, Aldo Moro had made reference to “NATO’s anti-guerrilla activities”.[1]

Banda della Magliana

Peccorelli was assassinated by the Banda della Magliana, a criminal organization here in Rome, which had ties to all the main Italian Mafia organizations and the infamous Masonic Lodge Propagana Due (P2), which plotted the overthrow of the Italian government to establish a pro-Western regime in Italy. The previous assassination of Aldo Moro during his kidnapping was never satisfactorily explained. Because the public story was that he was kidnapped by radical Marxists. But he himself was proposing an alliance of the Catholic Christian Democrats with the Marxists in Parliament. However, his potential willingness to admit the existence of Gladio would have made him the target for assassination by CIA interests. The Banda della Magliana was tied by Italian prosecutors to Propaganda Due and to the murder of Roberto Calvi following the revelations of scandals in the Banco Ambrosiano and the Vatican Bank. Calvi’s lifeless corpse was found on the morning of Friday, June 18, 1982, hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London: a name which indicated that P2, whose members dressed as Black Friars, was behind he hit. In fact, both Andreotti and the Banda della Magliana were P2 members and collaborators.

Vatican Bank Scandal

With the collapse of the Banco Ambrosiano the Vatican Bank became insolvent. It was the declared intention of Pope John Paul I to clean up the Vatican Bank, but he did not live to implement that intention, being found dead in bed on the 33rd day of his pontificate: a number which indicates a Masonic ritualized hit. Calvi was a member of Propaganda 2, strangely enough, and so were his assassins. It seems to have been a hit to prevent him from testifying against them in Italian court.

John Paul II’s response to the Vatican Bank scandal was itself dubious, as the Wikipedia article on P2 explains:

During July 1982, funds to the off-shore interests were cut off, leading to their collapse, and in August the bank was replaced by the Nuovo Banco Ambrosiano under Giovanni Bazoli. Pope John Paul II pledged full transparency regarding the bank’s links to the Vatican and brought in lay bankers including German financial expert Hermann Abs, a move that was publicly criticized by Simon Wiesenthal, due to Abs’ role as top banker to the Third Reich from 1938 to 1945.[4][5] There was much argument over who should take responsibility for losses incurred by the Old Ambrosiano’s off-shore companies, and the Holy See (Vatican) eventually agreed to pay out a substantial sum without accepting liability.

In response to the financial instability of the Vatican, John Paul II conceived the idea of traveling the world to raise funds. But his trips were packaged as Apostolic Visits. They were Apostolic also in the sense of Saint Matthew the Apostle, because they were granted in response to sizeable offers of cash infusion into the Vatican Bank by the national Bishop’s Conferences of the host nations. The first nation he visited was the USA. I remember vividly the excitement of seeing a Pope on US soil, as I was at his first Mass on Boston Commons on October 1, 1979. What most do not know, outside of the US however, is, that the American Bishops receive substantial funding from the US Government by operating welfare programs for the poor. So whether they where laundering money for the US Government to the Vatican Bank during or after this trip, is highly possible.

In addition, it is know that Pope John Paul II collaborated with the CIA to bring down the Communist government in Poland. This was done by the CIA laundering money through Panamanian Banks, and through the Vatican Embassy in Panama through the Vatican Bank. The monies were they distributed in Poland to the Solidarity movement by agents of the Vatican. One can assume that the Vatican Bank also got its share in the process.

The St. Gallen Mafia gets its foothold

But it was John Paul II’s turn to Hermann Abs which might have been more significant than we know. Because by bringing in this man who had such strong banking ties to the Nazi Regime that he may have unwittingly opened the doors to infiltration by the St. Gallen Mafia Group, before it even called itself by that name.

This seems to be indicated by the appointment of Godfreid Danneels as a Cardinal just 7 months after the appointment of Hermann Abs. Danneels is the founding member of the St. Gallen Mafia, and he took as his Titular Church at Rome, the very resting place of the Cardinal Bishop from Portugal who is suspected of introducing the Masonic Lodge to the Vatican. That Church is a center of satanic activity today still. Indeed, one woman who used to sell rosaries there, afterwards manifested clear evidence of profound diabolic possession, in addition to bearing a tattoo of the number 666 under her tongue.

Following Danneels appointment as Cardinal, we see that John Paul II began to appoint all the future members of the St. Gallen Mafia as bishops or Cardinals.

The CIA is rewarded with a Cardinal

Finally, the history I have recounted comes to full circle. Allen Dulles brother was John Foster Dulles. John Foster was the U.S. Secretary of State from 1953-1959, during the tenure of his brother as Director of the CIA, and thus also undeniably cogniscent of operation Gladio. John Foster’s son, Avery Dulles, S. J. was made a Cardinal of the Roman Church by John Paul II in 2001, in an apparent payback to the Dulles family for their support of the Vatican through operation Gladio and CIA slush funds. I remember the news of this appointment at the time. It was a scandal, since everyone knew that Dulles’ family was highly connected to the US intelligence agency. You can see a photograph of the Cardinal in the featured image of this article.

That Avery was a Jesuit and Hermann Abs a Nazi ties up with Propaganda Due, which like the Jesuits and the Nazis had strong ties in Argentina. I have shown that the St. Gallen Mafia are an entity of the Rampolla faction in the Church, which has similar connections with all these groups. And their collaboration in operating and or running the Rat lines in Europe after World War II gave them strong connects to the CIA (who co-opted the entire NAZI intelligence workforce into itself). Archbishop Bergoglio of Buenas Aires, during his tenure in that office, is known to have sold the Archdiocesan investments in 4 major banks and transferred 70 million euroes to the Vatican Bank. After that he was the de facto leader of the St. Gallen Mafia. And to this day, there are rumors that the CIA has numerous slush funds in the Vatican Bank and that it is being used to launder money from other foreign governments, such as China.

Conclusion

It is widely speculated among Catholics, that Pope Benedict XVI was forced out of power by the U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton who publicly endorsed an Arab Spring in the Catholic Church. That Deutsche Bank was harassing the Vatican by shutting down its ATM machines prior to Benedict’s abdication, adds to the suspicion, since Hermman Abs was a Director of that Bank from 1938-1945 and from 1957-1967. And it was no secret that Barrack Obama considered Pope Benedict’s opposition to sexual immorality one of the chief thorns in his side, when campaigning for the Catholic vote in 2008 and 2012.

I think from the evidence presented, that the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI might well have been engineered psychologically or financially by the very collaborations which Pope John Paul II developed with the CIA and operation Gladio entities: a collaboration which allowed the St. Gallen Mafia to infiltrate the College of Cardinals and ultimately take over the Vatican through a bloodless coup, in CIA style.

This might well explain, also, why no one will talk rationally about arguments regarding the canonical problems, which are as obvious as day, as they are studiously attacked by organizations dedicated to narrative control, financed by as of yet unknown organizations.

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The Martyrdom of St. Thomas More – Part I

PART I — EARLY LIFE TO LORD CHANCELLOR

By Frank Magill

The story of St. Thomas More and his ultimately fatal disagreement with King Henry VIII of England leapt from the history books into the popular imagination, at least into that of the anglophone world, in the 1960 stage play by Robert Bolt, “A Man For All Seasons.” Bolt himself later wrote the screenplay for the critically acclaimed motion picture of the same name, released in 1966, for which he won one of the six “Oscars” awarded to the film.

Bolt’s work brought to the wider world the traditional perception of the case, at least among faithful Catholics and other adherents to the Biblical notion of marriage, as an unjust persecution of More and Bishop St. John Fisher by a tyrannical monarch bent on placing his own desires and ego above the law of God. In the play and film, both More and Fisher were convicted of treason and executed on the testimony of one man: Sir Richard Rich, a political weather-vane who, at the time, was a minion of Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell served Henry, among other ways, as the “brains” behind (and possibly the instigator of) Henry’s scheme to break the English church away from communion with Rome, and after the rupture Cromwell and Rich undertook the dissolution and distribution of the English monasteries, allotting them in exchange for political favors, thus destroying the spiritual fruit of centuries of faith. Ironically, at about the same time as Bolt was writing his screenplay for the film, an English historian, J. Duncan M. Derrett, published a work contending that the trial of More was actually a fair one, conducted in accord with then-existing English law.1

The view of Derrett (an Anglican-educated legal positivist whose primary claim to fame was as a scholar of Hinduism and Indian law, and who also wrote several books on interpretation of the New Testamemt) was accepted by a general consensus of historians in the 1960’s and thereafter. Recently, however, in 2011, a comprehensive review of the available documentation of More’s trial was published,2 in which Derrett’s view of the trial was challenged. Derrett, the legal positivist, argued that More clearly broke the law (meaning the statutes, passed at the behest of Henry VIII, upon which More was indicted and tried), and yet the judges at his trial were amenable to reasonable arguments, having dismissed much of the original indictment against him. From this, Derrett concluded More was treated justly by the day’s standards.

On the contrary, the American and Catholic historian Henry Ansgar Kelly argued that Derrett’s view is unreasonable. In light of all the available records, and considering then-existing legal and procedural standards, Kelly concludes that More was actually the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice, convicted largely upon the perjured testimony of an agent of the King who desired More’s conviction out of personal animosity, before a court made up largely of men with vested personal interests in getting More out of the way permanently, and a jury comprised of employees of the king.

More’s Life Before Royal Service

More was the eldest son of Sir John More, himself a lawyer who became a judge of the King’s Bench. More received a top tier education, including in a highly regarded London school, personal tutelage from the Archbishop of Canterbury, John Morton (later a Cardinal), and two years at Oxford. After beginning study of the law back home in London, More was admitted in 1496 to Lincoln’s Inn, one of the four prestigious Inns of Court, where he completed his legal education, becoming a full member of the Bar in 1501. At about the same time, More took up residence at the Carthusian monastery that was next door to Lincoln’s Inn, where he risked the ire of his father by seriously discerning whether he was called to the priesthood. Although More eventually concluded that he did not have a vocation to Holy Orders, his time in the monastery left its mark, as he continued for life to observe the holy habits which the monks had instilled in him, of prayer, fasting and the wearing of a hair shirt.

Having discerned his vocation to be that of husband and father, More married a farmer’s daughter, Joan Colt, in 1504 or 1505, with whom he had four children before her untimely death in 1511. Left with the care of four youngsters under six years of age, More shortly thereafter married a wealthy widow, Alice Middleton, who had one daughter. In addition to practicing law, More wrote a great deal, including works of poetry, history, and fiction, many of which are available free online, though some may be difficult for today’s readers to decipher as they are in old English spelling and typeface, if not in Latin. Perhaps his best-known work from this period is Utopia, a word invented by More which has become a common usage in modern English. The book combined satire, romance and political philosophy in a unique manner, describing a fictional society governed entirely by reason.

More first entered public service in 1510 as one of two “undersheriffs” of London, a quasi-judicial post he resigned in order to enter into the King’s service, full-time, in 1518. Rising through the ranks in various titles, including under-treasurer and Speaker of the House of Commons, More became known as Henry VIII’s “intellectual courtier” as well as being “a very active citizen of London. He developed one of the largest and most lucrative law practices in the city. He took on greater responsibilities in governing Lincoln’s Inn, and he was elected to the prestigious Doctors’ Commons. He also represented the city’s business interests in foreign embassies, and still found time to write and to correspond with Europe’s leading intellectuals.”3 More further burnished his reputation as a defender of the Faith by assisting and supporting Henry in a vigorous exchange of polemics between the king and Martin Luther, capped by More’s Responsio ad Lutherum (in Latin) in 1523.

The “Great Matter” 4

Henry first informed More of his theory of invalidity of his marriage to Queen Catherine of Aragon in September of 1527 at Hampton Court, which issue More thereafter referred to as the King’s “great matter.”5 Citing Leviticus, the King stated his belief that Catherine’s brief marriage to his deceased older brother Arthur meant that, by marrying Catherine, Henry had “uncover[ed] the nakedness” of his brother’s wife (cf. Lev. 18:16). Thus, claimed the king, her marriage to Henry was rendered barren, pursuant to Lev 20:21. More’s doubted that the referenced passages invalidated Henry and Catherine’s marriage, and opined as much, noting this would be true especially if, as Catherine maintained, she and Arthur had never consummated their union. Henry maintained that Leviticus ruled the issue, and suggested that More study it further.6

While, at this point, the primacy of the Holy See was not yet the central issue, as Henry did undertake to convince Rome to annul his marriage to Catherine, More did as Henry asked and made a serious study of the question of the royal marriage via Scripture, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church (such as Saints Jerome , Cyprian  and Gregory) and the records of the general Councils. In this, More’s opinion of the validity of the marriage of Henry and Catherine did not change. Moreover, the review led him to conclude that Papal primacy had been instituted or established “by the corps of Christendom”, manifested through “the general counsell of the whole body of Christendome” or the “whole catholike church lawfully gathered together in a generall counsell” governed by the spirit of God, corroborated by continual succession of popes over at least a thousand years; thus it did not matter whether the primacy had been instituted immediately by God or ordained by the Church; “it had become a matter of consensus and authoritative tradition.”7 Thus, More concluded that no secular authority had the power to overrule any papal decree. This, of course, would ultimately prove to be the cause of the fissure between More and Henry, and between England and the Catholic Church.

Lord Chancellor

In 1529, while working full time on judicial and administrative duties at Westminster and at court, and even as he began involvement as a representative of England in the lengthy peace negotiation which eventually produced the historic Treaty of Cambrai , More expanded his long-standing efforts to defend the Faith from the growing Lutheran heresy by writing A Dialogue Concerning Heresies,8 This was More’s first work published in the vernacular instead of in Latin, the purpose of which was, according to Ackroyd, “to
celebrate that common culture [ i.e., that of Catholicism] which was under threat; by employing the stories and proverbs that were in the air around him and by drawing upon the resources of the medieval tradition of caricature and speech he was implicitly appealing to his audience to consider what would be lost if Christendom fell into schism. A religion and a way of life might disappear.” 9

Also in 1529, a more ominous development occurred as Henry’s long effort to convince the pope to annul his marriage to Catherine ended in failure. The pope had dispatched an aging Cardinal Campeggio from Rome to England to preside over a legatine court that would hear Henry’s case. The court opened on the last day of May, and on June 21, Henry and Catherine both appeared and made their arguments. 10 Catherine’s emotional speech protesting the annulment, delivered kneeling at her husband’s feet, probably was responsible at least in part for the court adjourning without reaching a decision, as was her written direct appeal to Rome to deny Henry’s case. Also of no small moment was the fact that troops in the service of Catherine’s nephew, Charles V, King of Spain, had invaded and sacked Rome two years earlier, and the occupation was effectively holding the Pope, Clement VII, prisoner at Castel Sant’Angelo.

Thus, the pope was unlikely to grant Henry an annulment even had he been so inclined, at the risk of further jeopardizing his personal situation. 11

The failure of Henry’s case was decidedly bad news for Cardinal Wolsey , whom Henry had charged with the responsibility of obtaining the annulment. In October 1529, after the legatine court was adjourned without a decision, Wolsey was indicted under the Statute of Praemunire , a fourteenth-century law that prohibited appeals of English court cases to the pope, and charged with overstepping his legatine authority. Having thus been effectively deposed as Lord Chancellor, Wolsey surrendered the Great Seal of his office to Henry on October 18 or 19.12 Wolsey retired to York, and later was arrested for treason, on November 4, 1530, but died before he could return to London.

Henry met with various councillors, including More, for several days to choose a successor, and on October 25 More was notified that he was to be the next Lord Chancellor. Henry gave him the Great Seal that same day, and he was ceremoniously installed on the marble Seat of Judgment in the Chancery.

What Were They Thinking?

Henry knew More did not support his “great matter”, and More obviously knew he was opposed to the king’s fondest wish at the time, i.e., to be rid of his marriage to Catherine so that he could make his mistress, Anne Boleyn, queen in her stead. Both men must have known that a confrontation was inevitable between the monarch’s desires and the position of the Church. Why, then, would Henry appoint More to the highest office in the land short of his own, and why would More accept the appointment? Unfortunately, neither man left a clear record of his thinking on these questions, although much can be inferred from the records that do exist. For Henry’s part, his selection of More made sense from a purely practical perspective. More was, after all, well known and highly regarded throughout England. He had built a reputation as a first-rank lawyer, and had demonstrated the ability to deal with Parliament as Speaker of the Commons. The clergy had selected him as their polemicist in the fight against the Protestant heresy.13 Ackroyd then adds: “Perhaps most importantly, he had worked closely with the king for more than ten years; Henry believed that he could rely upon his loyalty and good judgment as the proceedings against his marriage continued their serpentine course. But by appointing a layman as chancellor for the first time in almost a hundred years, Henry was also reasserting his own power over that of the Church. Wolsey’s fall and More’s appointment, therefore, were directly associated with the king’s desire to separate himself from Catherine of Aragon.” 14

What, then, of More’s acceptance of the position? Did Henry discuss with him the “great matter” before offering him the Great Seal? The timing is unclear, though More later wrote that Henry asked him at some early point to ponder the question of the annulment, but declared that More should follow his conscience. Henry “…assigned the Archbishops of Canterbury and York as well as other dignitaries to persuade him of the merits of his case. But More proved obstinate, or merely impassive, and listened with great care to the various arguments without once changing his mind. He believed the original papal dispensation15 to have been valid and the marriage sound. Henry was disappointed but in More’s words, was “neuer the lesse graciouse lord.’ “16 Henry, ever the astute politician, also had personal reasons to elevate More despite their differences over the “great matter,” because Catherine was very popular with the people, especially in London, and More’s support of her was well known. Having More as Lord Chancellor thus may have struck Henry as personal protection against charges of animus against his queen.17

As for More’s own reasons, in light of his history of personal piety and vigorous defense of the Catholic faith, and although there is no evidence that he was compelled or coerced to take the job, the future Saint probably viewed the appointment as not only the culminating honor in the career of any English man of laws, but as a tremendous opportunity to serve the Church. By possibly avoiding the schism between London and Rome that he already feared from the Lutherans, if only he could turn Henry’s mind back to obedience, More also would greatly serve the interests of Catherine, whom he held to be the rightful queen. In ascending to the post of Lord Chancellor, then, More not only served his king and his queen, but he also greatly pleased his father, his wife, and likely of most importance in his mind, his God. 18

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FOOTNOTES:

1 J. Duncan M. Derrett, The Trial of Sir Thomas More, in Sylvester, R.S. and Marc’hadour, G.P., eds., Essential Articles for the Study of Thomas More, Hamden, CT, 1977, pp. 55-78, 591-6, revised from original form in the English Historical Review 79 (1964), 449-77, cited in Kelly, et al., note ii., below.

2 Kelly, Henry Ansgar, Karlan, Louis W. & Wegemer, Gerard B., eds., 2011. Thomas More’s Trial by Jury: A Procedural and Legal Review with a Collection of Documents. Woodbridge, Suffolk, U.K.: The Boydell Press.

3 Center for Thomas More Studies, University of Dallas: https://thomasmorestudies.org/docs/More_as_Statesman.pdf

4 Ackroyd, Peter. 1998. The Life of Thomas More. New York: Doubleday.

5 Ibid., p.268

6 Ibid., 270-1.

7 The Correspondence of Sir Thomas More, 524, 498, cited in Ackroyd 1998, 271.

8 See also Center for Thomas More Studies, https://thomasmorestudies.org/library.html, The Dialogue Concerning Heresies, © CTMS, for free online version with study guides.

9 Ackroyd, 1998, 281.

10 Ibid., 272-3; See also https://famous-trials.com/thomasmore/990-chronology, for June 21, 1529)

11 Ultimately, no decision was ever rendered on the legatine trial, and in 1530, Clement VII made peace with Charles V and crowned him Holy Roman Emperor.
12 Ackroyd, 1998, 287.

13 Ibid., 288-9.

14 Ibid., 289.

15 The pope had granted dispensation for Henry’s marriage to Catherine to deal with the very issue Henry now raised in attempting to attack the validity of the union, that of the Biblical injunction against marrying one’s brother’s widow. See https://www.britannica.com/biography/Henry-VIII-king-of-England/Loss-of-popularity

16 Ackroyd, 1998, 289.

17 Ibid., 290.

18 Ibid.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Frank Magill is a retired attorney and a 2005 convert to the Catholic faith.  He and his wife of 40 years reside near Dallas, Texas, USA.

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CREDITS:  The Featured Image is a detail of Rowland Lockley’s copy of Hans Holbein’s, Saint Thomas More and Family.

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To vindicate the dead: The Spanish Influenza at Philadephia in 1918

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

I am horrified.

I am horrified at Rorate Caeli that they would stoop so low as to encourage the faithful to go without the Sacraments! And to justify the decision of superiors in Church and State who want to shut down the Catholic Church!

I am especially horrified at the shell game perpetrated by Father Carl Gismondi, FSSP, in his Op-Ed, entitled, Suspending Public Mass is not new, where he cites the example of Philadephia during the Spanish Flu of 1918 as a precedent for closing churches today round the world.

I am personally very incensed. I am such, because my family comes from Philadelphia and lived their during the Spanish Flu Epidemic which struck the city in October of 1918. My great uncle Antonio Cafeo died in that Epidemic.

My grandfather Giovanni Cafeo told me about it, when I was discussing with him one day, nearly 40 years ago, how he survived the Spanish Flu Epidemic. He nearly died himself. He caught it while working as a barber in the U.S. Army in France, as an enlisted soldier. They had to move him to a hospital on the French Coast near Nantes, where he convalesced for 3 months.

I asked him then, about his brothers. It was then he told me that I had a great uncle, who died in the epidemic: Antonio, my grandfather’s older brother. He died at the age of around 28 years. He was a violinist, and very close to my grand dad. I could see in the face of my grandfather the profound love and attachment he had for his brother, even 70 years later, when he spoke of Antonio, briefly though, because it was such a great sorrow to him, that he did not want to remember it for long. I asked him what happened to Antonio. “He got very sick and they took him away. I visited him, but they later told me he had died.”

So I am astounded at Father Gismondi, that he should cite the example of Philadelphia in the Influenza of 1918 to justify the monstrosity of mania which has gripped the Bishops of the world over a virus which is not even as lethal as the common winter flu!

In his article, he cites a book for reference: a book which condemns him and the bishops of today. That book is entitled, The Work of the Sisters during the epidemic of influenza, October 1981, by  Francis Edward Tourscher. It recounts the heroism of the Catholic religious who ministered to the sick during the epidemic which gripped the city of Philadephia in 1918. I do not know, where my great uncle was cared for or died, but I like to think it was in a bed under the care of these truly saintly women.

Well the point of my objection to Father Gismondi is this. From reading the book you can see that the sick were brought the sacraments of Eucharist, Penance, Baptism and Extremunction (cf. p. 29). And that public funerals were celebrated. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was still celebrated (p. 23). Seminarian dug graves for the poor (p. 19). Masses were still said with the people.

And if priests were doing all these things for the sick and dying, is Father Gismondi trying to convince us that they were NOT doing these also for the living?

There is absolutely no comparison to be made. The death rates from coronavirus are minuscule. There are not as many confirmed dead in the entire world from coronavirus as there were in Philadelphia from the Spanish Flu of 1918!

As can be seen from the book cited by Fr. Gismondi, p. 53, the death rates were 75% in 1918, as compared to the latest statistics in Italy and the USA of 1-2%.

But as regards the closing of the Churches, the author of the Book cited, Mr.Tourcher discusses this on p. 111 in the appendix. The Churches were NOT locked, attendance at private masses on Sundays or weekdays were NOT forbidden (p. 112), visits to the Blessed Sacrament continued normally. For two Sundays, Masses were celebrated in the open air (p. 112). The order of “closing” lasted only 3 weeks (p. 112).

Is what this book recounts sufficient support for Fr. Gismondi’s argument. Hardly. Rather, it is deeply offensive to the heroic example of the Catholic priests and religious sisters who served so heroically and who had more Catholic faith in their little finger than most of the clergy today combined, who are cowards and lackeys running like little girls as from a bear, which is nothing more than a mouse!

For more information about Philadelphia during the Spanish Flu of 1918, see, 100 years ago, “Spanish flu” shut down Philadelphia — and wiped out thousands, which was published by the Voice on Sept. 27, 2018, from which I have taken the screen shot which is used as the Featured Image here in my editorial.

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The Apostles who went on the First Crusade

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

The First Crusade was the most glorious military undertaking in the history of Christianity. It was such because it was the first to internationally testify to the faith of the Church in using military forces for a work of mercy: to restore the order of justice, the rights of the Christian Faith, the mercy to persecuted Christians.

It is also a topic which is nearly universally reviled and hated by those who rule the modern world. It is hated by Muslims, because they see it as a defeat and a work which opposed their theological objectives of world conquest. It is hated by unbelieving Jews, who see it as a transgression of their rights to Palestine. It is hated by seculariest, who conquered Catholic nations since the time of the French Revolution, because they fear that Catholics admire any example of Catholics in an age when the Faith ruled the world.

A good number of ignorant or errant clerics also boo-hoo the Crusades. This is one of the reasons for which I personally have no confidence that John Paul II is a Saint, because he “apologized” for the Crusades, which was a complete act of historical revisionism, by a pope who was promoting to the dignity of Cardinal and Bishop numerous pedophiles and pedophile promoters, as we know today.

But the First Crusade was called by Bl. Pope Urban II by an official act of his magisterial authority, which declared it a work of penitence and charity required by our Catholic Faith.

A large number of Archbishops and Bishops, therefore, attended the First Crusade: that is, to say, they went on the First Crusade to offer spiritual, material, political and military assistance. Back in those days, Bishops own their own domains, had their own military forces, even if they personally did not wield sword.

Here is a list of the names of the Bishops who attended, and their titles:

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Most of these Bishops are from the Kingdom of France or subjects of the Holy Roman Empire.  At the time of the First Crusade, there was a schism in the Church, and the Kingdom of France remained in loyalty to the true Pope, Urban II, while the anti-pope ruled in Rome.

This is why, for us today, the Archbishops and Bishops of the First Crusade are wonderful examples of what it means to be a true man of God and successor to the Apostles of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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A Commentary on the prophecies of Bl. Emmerich – Part III

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

This series will have four installments, one for each paragraph of the prophecies given to Bl. Emmerich in 1820 regarding the crisis of the two popes

Though I have previously commented on Bl. Emmerich’s prophecies here in 2014 and here in 2015, this series regards the prophecies she received in 1820 in regard to the two popes, as cited here.

In this third and fourth installment, I will comment on the prophecies Bl. Emmerich received on the Feast of Saint Louis IX, King of France, Leader of the 7th and 8th Crusades, member of the Third Order of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Third Installment

August 25, 1820: “I do not know in what manner I was taken to Rome last night, but I found myself near the Church of St. Mary Major, and I saw many poor people who were greatly distressed and worried because the Pope was to be seen nowhere, and also on account of the restlessness and the alarming rumors in the city. These people did not seem to expect the church doors to open; they only wanted to pray outside. An inner urging had led them there individually. But I was in the Church and I opened the doors. They came in, surprised and frightened because the doors had opened. It seems to me that I was behind the door, and they could not see me. There was no office on in the Church, but the Sanctuary lamps were lit. The people prayed quite peacefully.“ „Then I saw an apparition of the Mother of God, and she said that the tribulation would be very great. She added that these people must pray fervently with outstretched arms, be it only long enough to say three Our Fathers. This was the way her Son prayed for them on the Cross. They must rise at twelve at night and pray in this manner; and they must keep coming to the Church. They must pray above all for the Church of Darkness to leave Rome.“

Commentary

“I do not know in what manner I was taken to Rome last night, but I found myself near the Church of St. Mary Major, –  Bl. Emmerich in her mystical experiences was transported in spirit to distant places. But what is significant here, is that she was transported at night and not into the Church, but nearby it.  In fact, after 8 PM, the Basilica is closed until 8 AM the next morning. So even the Catholics who pray every night there, must stand near the Basilica, like Bl. Emmerich

… and I saw many poor people who were greatly distressed and worried because the Pope was to be seen nowhere, and also on account of the restlessness and the alarming rumors in the city. — Pope Benedict XVI has been hidden away for 7 years. Through the writings of Antonio Socci and others, Italians already recognize by large percentages (60%) that Benedict is the true pope. But this is becoming more evident recently with the admissions by Edward Pentin and Marco Tosatti that a great number of scholars also recognize these things.  There are NOW alarming rumors in the city of Rome: CORONA VIRUS.  In fact, Catholics can no longer attend any masses or receive the Sacraments — though perhaps in private Confession and Baptism are still being offered.

These people did not seem to expect the church doors to open; they only wanted to pray outside. An inner urging had led them there individually. — This is presently the objective of all the Catholic who are coming to the Basilica. We are praying outside without any expectation of the Church opening. And none of us know one another, the others came on the 18th and 19th day of the 40 Day Novena which recently concluded. One, because he was inspired to do a search on YouTube about Saint Maria Maggiore, the Church, and found my video casts for the 40 day novena.

But I was in the Church and I opened the doors. They came in, surprised and frightened because the doors had opened. —  Here Bl. Emmerich’s position has changed. She is now in the Church, in her vision. But her words here are very comforting. In fact, every night we end our prayers, by saying:  Bl. Ann Catherine Emmerich, pray for us and pray WITH us!  The doors of the Basilica have not opened, but grace is stirring inside, because on many nights there is seen in the windows or on the Loggia some individual walking about or taking our photos. If the doors open, it will be a big surprise, as she adds: They came in, surprised and frightened because the doors had opened.

It seems to me that I was behind the door, and they could not see me. There was no office on in the Church, but the Sanctuary lamps were lit. The people prayed quite peacefully. — By office, she means that the Divine Office of the Liturgy of the Hours was not being recited by the Canons of the Basilica, as was done in ancient times: which would be the only reason to open Church doors at midnight, in 1820, as it had been for more than a thousand years.  Finally, her vision that we will be allowed to pray peacefully in the Church is a great consolation.

Fourth Installment

“She (the Holy Mother) said a great many other things that it pains me to relate: she said that if only one priest could offer the bloodless sacrifice as worthily and with the same dispositions as the Apostles, he could avert all the disasters (that are to come). To my knowledge the people in the church did not see the apparition, but they must have been stirred by something supernatural, because as soon as the Holy Virgin had said that they must pray to God with outstretched arms, they all raised their arms. These were all good and devout people, and they did not know where help and guidance should be sought. There were no traitors and no enemies among them, yet they were afraid of one another. One can judge thereby what the situation was like.“

She (the Holy Mother) said a great many other things that it pains me to relate: she said that if only one priest could offer the bloodless sacrifice as worthily and with the same dispositions as the Apostles, he could avert all the disasters (that are to come). — Here Bl. Emmerich utters very sobering words. The shock which has descended upon all Catholics in Italy, from the decision of the Bishops to suspend all public services yesterday afternoon, until April 3 (and it is feared that it will not end then) has made everyone realize that we are indeed in apocalyptic times. That worse things might happen would be no surprise. Without the Mass, the forces of darkness will prevail for their hour of darkness.  What she says about the one honest priest, I totally believe. But from my contacts among the clergy, I can affirm that they do not believe that one such priest exists among the Roman Clergy. However, the Blessed did not say he would be a diocesan priest. So let us pray that this priest comes forward.

To my knowledge the people in the church did not see the apparition, but they must have been stirred by something supernatural, because as soon as the Holy Virgin had said that they must pray to God with outstretched arms, they all raised their arms. — Every midnight, I ask those present to raise their arms and hold them raised for the space of the 77 our fathers, or about 32 minutes. It is a great consolation knowing that Our Lady has asked us here to do that.

These were all good and devout people, and they did not know where help and guidance should be sought. There were no traitors and no enemies among them, yet they were afraid of one another. One can judge thereby what the situation was like.“ — I pray to God that we are as good as the Blessed saw, but I get the impression she is referring to a crowd, here, and not just 3 to 5, as is the case every night.

Where are the crowds? That part of the prophecy is yet to  be fulfilled. See below here.

The situation in which we are living would be considered fantastic and surreal fiction only 8 years ago. No wonder the prophecies of Bl. Emmerich were ignored for 200 years. But what we can gather from this brief passage, is that the Blessed has a special role of mediation in our times, and that we should pay attention to that, pray to her and ask God for special graces to help resolve this crisis. Let us be humble as Bl. Anna Caterina was, so that we might receive them, because God resists the proud, but to the humble He gives graces!

Emmerich Appeal: Let the crowds know!

Finally, for the sake of Bl. Emmerich, I would like to invite all of Rome to the Midnight Prayers at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. But I cannot do it without running an add in a local paper, which will cost $2750 USD. If there are any of you who are true disciples of and devoted to Bl. Ann Catherine Emmerich, please consider that this is the hour in which you need to act.

One reader from the UK has just offered $280 USD, and asks me to publicly challenge 9 others to donate the other 9 tenths of this cost.

Many thanks to one Donor in Florida, another in New York, another in Northern California, another in Alabama, another in Pennsylvania, another in Nevada, another in Florida and another in Pennsylvania, and another in Germany, who have followed through with pledging each 1/10th of the expenses.

We have met the goal in just 48 hours. Thank you!

These prayers were begun on the initiative of Veri Catholici, the international association pledged to fight the St. Gallen Mafia (twitter account is @VeriCatholici), 40 days ago. In the meantime, though this Novena ends tonight, the Roman Catholics who join me every night have decided to keep thes prayers going as a Perpetual Prayer Crusade against the Church of Darkness. There are only 3 of us who presently come. I was alone for 18 days and our Lady granted 2 others to join me constantly and a third on occasion. I need your help to increase their numbers, because as Our Lady will say in the next section of the prophecy, which I will comment on, on Monday, She wants all the Catholics of Rome to come and pray.

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