An article by Italian journalist Maurizio Blondet is making the rounds alleging that Pope Benedict XVI was blackmailed into abdication by forces allied with SWIFT (the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), which had a hand in the shutdown of ATM and bank card services at the Vatican in January of 2012.
According to Blondet:
There was a blackmail of Benedict XVI, coming from who knows where, through SWIFT. The underlying reasons for this have not been clarified, but it is clear that SWIFT has intervened directly in the management of affairs of the Church.
This particular theory is not entirely new. It has long been running concurrent with another theory; namely, that Pope Benedict XVI abdicated in sheer horror at the contents of the infamous 300 page report, given to him in December of 2012, detailing the activities of a Vatican “gay mafia.”
Which one, if either, is correct?
No one knows for certain, but my money is on both, though not to the exclusion of other unknown factors.
In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI launched an aggressive reform of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR), often referred to as the Vatican Bank, appointing Ettore Gotti Tedeschi as President of its Board of Superintendence in order to spearhead the project.
Throughout his tenure, Gotti Tedeschi’s efforts to bring the IOR up to international banking standards based upon financial transparency (aimed at eliminating money laundering and other criminal activities) met with much resistance from within.
In May of 2012, he was ousted following a “no confidence” vote on the part of the Board of Directors, after which he faced a number of criminal charges on which he has since been exonerated in the Italian courts.
At this point, it seems rather clear that Gotti Tedeschi was railroaded by men in powerful positions who, for reasons unknown, wanted him out of the way.
Following Gotti Tedeschi’s ouster, Ronaldo Hermann Schmitz, the Board’s second in command, became acting head of the IOR until a process of finding Tedeschi’s replacement could be completed.
News reports issued after the Board’s unanimous no-confidence vote have drawn my attention squarely to the person of Tedeschi’s interim replacement, Schmitz, the former Deutsche Bank Executive Director who allegedly drove the process that led to his removal.
Following the Board’s no-confidence vote, it was then left up to the IOR’s Supervisory Commission of Cardinals to either act, or not, upon the Board’s recommendation to formally remove Gotti Tedeschi.
As the cardinals deliberated, Schmitz reportedly delivered an ultimatum to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (Secretary of State and head of the Cardinal’s Commission) that either Gotti Tedeschi be relieved of his position, or he himself would resign.
Though it was widely reported that the Commission of Cardinals was split as to how to respond, ultimately, they removed Gotti Tedeschi in May of 2012.
With Gotti Tedeschi gone and Schmitz acting as caretaker until a new President could be found, the reform of the IOR, if not effectively put on hold, was brought to a veritable crawl.
It was during this period of time that the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (Moneyval) determined that the IOR lacked appropriate oversight, and was, according to a report in the Financial Times, “compliant or largely compliant on only nine out of 16 core standards.”
This set the stage for Italian banking regulators to pressure Deutsche Bank, which managed the Vatican’s ATM machines and credit card payment services, to cease their services to the Holy See.
According to the Times:
Deutsche did what regulators had hoped it would. On January 1 2013, a peak holiday time, there were no ATMs functioning anywhere inside Vatican City. Lines of visitors to the Sistine Chapel were unable to enter unless they paid in cash. “The message sent was simple: if you want to participate in the modern world, you have to adopt modern rules,” says a senior banker at another correspondent bank.
It was reported that the move took the Vatican by surprise.
It strikes me as interesting that more attention isn’t being paid to the role played by Ronaldo Hermann Schmitz, the acting President of the IOR Board at the time, given his ties to Deutsche Bank.
I mean, one would think that the former Deutsche Bank Executive Director, even if unable to leverage his contacts within the German banking giant to forestall such a drastic move, would have at the very least been well aware of what was coming and could have perhaps taken steps to secure the services of another financial institution, as happened in short order soon afterwards.
This leads me to wonder where Ronaldo Hermann Schmitz’s own interests may have lied as this was taking place.
Let me be clear; I have no information implicating Schmitz in any nefarious activity; I am simply making common sense observations and asking questions that, curiously enough, have apparently never been addresses by those in the media; in spite of the extensive coverage these events received.
In any case, one is still left to wonder what motivated Gotti Tedeschi’s removal.
Given that the reform of the IOR, for all intents and purposes, was all but halted while interim President Schmitz acted as caretaker until a new President could be found, one might assume that this interruption alone was the primary motive.
It seems rather clear for reasons addressed below, however, that the motive went well beyond simply protecting the interests of those whose financial improprieties Gotti Tedeschi was laboring to uncover, making it seem far more likely Gotti Tedeshi’s demise was undertaken in order to set in motion the events that would secure the abdication of the man who appointed him.
Circumstantial evidence strongly attesting to this being the case can be found in the fact that the Vatican reached an agreement with a Swiss firm to resume ATM and other bank card transactions effective February 12, 2013, just one day after Benedict XVI announced his intention to abdicate.
Indeed, as far as I can tell, nothing of note had changed between the cessation of bank card operations on January 1st and their resumption on February 12th relative to the Vatican Bank’s compliance with international banking standards. Rather, the only noteworthy thing to change was the status of Benedict’s pontificate.
Further evidence suggesting that the motives for Gotti Tedeschi’s removal extended beyond mere financial concerns can be found in the fact that Pope Francis has since resumed the process of reforming the IOR, arguably, even more aggressively than his predecessor.
In truth, the process resumed in earnest even before Francis was elected.
On February 15, 2013, just four days after Pope Benedict XVI announced his abdication, a new IOR Board President was appointed, one Ernst von Freyberg, thus setting the reform process back in motion.
Once again, we see evidence that securing the abdication of the reigning pontiff was the real goal all along; i.e., hampering the IOR’s reform was simply a means to an end, with Gotti Tedeschi being little more than a casualty of a much bigger war.
The question remains, if not exclusively to protect the interests of those who profited from the Vatican Bank’s lack of transparency, what exactly was the primary motivation for those who wished to see Pope Benedict XVI removed?
The general answer, it seems, was to promote doctrinal and liturgical liberalism, but the more specific and far more relevant answer can be summed up in a word: homosexuality.
In the contents of a newly published authorized biography, Cardinal Godfried Danneels admitted to membership in a so-called “mafia club” that was organized to oppose the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI .
As reported by Edward Pentin of National Catholic Register:
At the launch of the book in Brussels this week, the cardinal said he was part of a secret club of cardinals opposed to Pope Benedict XVI. The group wanted a drastic reform of the Church, to make it “much more modern”, and for Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to head it. The group, which also comprised Cardinal Walter Kasper and the late Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, has been documented in Austen Ivereigh’s biography of Pope Francis, The Great Reformer.
Cardinal Danneels, Kasper, and Martini never made any bones about their desire to see the Church modernized, in particular as it concerns the matter of homosexuality.
On June 5, 2013, with his dream of a Bergoglian pontificate realized, Cardinal Danneels, for his part, apparently felt empowered to speak with stunning candor to the Dutch language newspaper De Tijd saying:
I think it’s a positive development that states are free to open up civil marriage for gays if they want.
One wonders if he would have been quite so bold just a year earlier when Benedict XVI was still on the throne of St. Peter. I, for one, tend to doubt it.
In any case, with two and half years having passed since his elevation to the papacy, one can easily understand why Jorge Bergoglio was the “mafia club’s” leader of choice, and furthermore, why Cardinal Danneels felt empowered to speak as candidly he did.
Pope Francis has clearly demonstrated his worthiness of Danneels’ confidence since taking office, most notably in the publication of the interim relatio of Extraordinary Synod 2014; a document that hails the “gifts and qualities that homosexuals have to offer to the Christian community,” and even goes so far as to challenge the faithful to “accept and value their sexual orientation.”
Even so, I am not convinced that promoting the homosexual agenda is truly one of Francis’ pet causes, though his sympathies toward it are obvious enough.
In a conversation with a fellow speaker at this past weekend’s Catholic Identity Conference, a man with considerable international contacts, he informed me that he had spoken with a priest in Argentina shortly after the last papal election, asking him how the new pope is likely to treat the rumored Vatican “gay network.”
To paraphrase the answer he was given: If it furthers his own interests to clamp down on it, he will; if not, he’ll largely leave them alone.
With this in mind, I think it’s reasonable to believe that Pope Francis is not so much a warrior in the cause of homo-militantism, but rather a modernist who is willing to make whatever concessions may be necessary in order to promote his own (aka the Council’s) vision for a church-of-man; one in which temporal concerns, like poverty, reign supreme, and matters of doctrine and religious affiliation are of little importance.
As for the homosexual agenda itself, Pope Francis seems to knows very well, thanks in part to the example of his predecessor, that placating its powerful Vatican allies is imperative lest his own pontificate come to an untimely end.
Whether or not he agreed to such a pact prior to his election is not clear, but apparently he received some on-the-job instruction as to its tenets.
For instance, On June 11, 2013, Pope Francis reportedly said:
The ‘gay lobby’ is spoken of, and it’s true … we need to see what we can do.
And yet, just over a month later, during an in-flight press conference, he said:
So much is written about the gay lobby. I have yet to find on a Vatican identity card the word ‘gay.’ They say there are some gay people here. I think that when we encounter a gay person, we must make the distinction between the fact of a person being gay and the fact of a lobby, because lobbies are not good.
Apparently, the lesson had been learned; when it comes to the “gay” agenda, essentially nothing of note is to be done.
In any case, this brings me to the smoking gun in this nasty affair; that long since forgotten 300 page report detailing the Vatican’s “gay mafia” as delivered to Pope Benedict in December of 2012.
At this, let’s recap events while attempting to connect some of the dots such as we are able…
The Commission of Cardinals that generated the storied 300 page report was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in March of 2012.
Having witnessed the degree to which Pope Benedict was willing to act motu proprio in matters about which he feels strongly (lifting the excommunications from the SSPX bishops, Summorum Pontificum), there can be no doubt that the caporegime of the so-called “gay mafia” quickly identified an urgent need to formulate a response.
Two months later, in May of 2012, the IOR Board of Directors issued the “no-confidence” vote that led to the ouster of Ettore Gotti Tedeschi as its President; a move that not only halted his efforts to bring the Vatican Bank into compliance with international banking standards, but cleared the way for former Deutsche Bank executive Ronaldo Hermann Schmitz to take over in the interim.
On December 17th of that same year, the Commission of Cardinals handed the 300 page report detailing the Vatican gay lobby’s influence to Pope Benedict XVI.
Just two weeks later, on January 1, 2013, Schmitz’s former employer, Deutsche Bank, suspended ATM and bank card operations at the Vatican, effectively creating a situation described by Maurizio Blondet as rendering the pope “unable to buy or sell,” a Biblical reference to those faithful ones who refuse the mark of the beast in the end times.
The shutting down of ATM and bank card services was serious enough, but surely Pope Benedict understood that if the Holy See was to find itself further isolated from the international banking community, the mission of the Catholic Church throughout the world would be crippled in an unprecedented way.
Having gotten the message loud and clear, on February 11, 2013, the Holy Father made the announcement that his adversaries – homosexualists Danneels, Kasper and Martini among them – dreamed about; he was abdicating the throne of Peter.
Within 24 hours the Vatican was back in business; its ability to conduct ATM and bank card transactions restored.
A mere three days later, a new President was named to the IOR Board of Directors, thus setting its reform in motion in earnest once more.
Pope Francis, for his part, in his first major act in the reform of the IOR on his watch named a notorious homosexual cleric, Monsignor Battista Ricca, as the prelate-liaison between the Vatican Bank Board of Directors and its Commission of Cardinals.
It was in answer to a question that clearly referred to Monsignor Ricca that Francis famously replied, “Who am I to judge?”
Since then, Pope Francis has shaken up the IOR’s Commission of Cardinals (six in total), including among its appointees Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, and man with a homo-friendly track record of his own and who recently said of so-called “stable” gay relationships:
It’s an improvement. [The partners] share a life, they share their joys and sufferings, they help one another. It must be recognized that this person took an important step for his own good and the good of others, even though it certainly is not a situation the Church can consider ‘regular’ … Instead of talking about everything that is missing, we can draw close to this reality, noting what is positive in this love that is establishing itself.
As for the 300 page dossier detailing the activities of a gay lobby in the Vatican, it was reportedly turned over directly from the hands of Benedict to his successor, Pope Francis, never to be mentioned again.
As Maurizio Blondet wrote, “the underlying reasons” for the events that led to the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI are not clear, but what does seem clear enough is that money, sex and modernism are somewhere in the mix.
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“What is behind the Vatileaks plot? Mainly, it seems, it’s a conspiracy against the Pope’s most trusted collaborator: so we should pray that it fails Cardinal Bertone was appointed for the right reasons; his enemies now are those of the Pope himself”
“The document reminds readers that the IOR was headed by Paolo Cipriani and Massimo Tulli from 1 January to 1 July 2013.” IOR manager salaries revealed, Vatican Insider, LaStampa 7.15.2014
February 22, 2013. “A countryman of pope Ratzinger at the head of the Vatican bank (von Freyberg). But from the cardinalate commission of oversight out goes Nicora and in comes a protégé of the secretary of state (Bertone). The appointment of the prelate postponed until the next pontificate [Fairy Ricca] Among the last acts of governance of Benedict XVI, a substantial impact in the media has been created by the appointments concerning the Institute for Works of Religion The day after the announcement of the appointment of von Freyberg, news also came of the renewal of the commission of cardinals that presides over the IOR. On February 16, in fact, a statement was released by the press office, this one also published in “L’Osservatore Romano” and bearing the date of the following day, giving the news that Benedict XVI “has renewed for a five-year term” the commission of cardinals of the IOR. In practice, the pontiff confirmed Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of state, who remains president of the commission, and the cardinals Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the pontifical council for interreligious dialogue…” Vatican Diary / A German at the IOR, under Bertone’s shadow, 2/22/2013
On 15 June 2013, with the approval of Pope Francis, the Cardinals’ Commission appointed Monsignor Battista Mario Salvatore Ricca as the Institute’s Prelate ad interim. (Wikipedia)
On 28 June 2013, three persons were arrested by the Italian police on suspicion of corruption and fraud. Allegedly, they had planned to smuggle €20 million in cash from Switzerland into Italy. One of the arrested was Monsignore Nunzio Scarano, previously senior accountant at APSA, (Wikipedia)
On July 1, 2013: “The director of the embattled Vatican bank and his deputy have resigned over a financial scandal which has already landed one monsignor (Scarano) in prison. Paolo Cipriani and his deputy, Massimo Tulli, stepped down ‘in the best interest of the institute and the Holy See’, The Vatican has said. The speed with which they resigned, however, indicated that the decision was not entirely theirs. Cipriani, along with the bank’s then-president [Tedeschi], was placed under investigation in 2010 for alleged violations of Italy’s anti-money-laundering rules after financial police seized €23million (£19.7m) from a Vatican account at a Rome bank. Neither has been charged and the money was eventually ordered released. But the bank, known as the Institute for Religious Works, or IOR, has remained under the watchful eye of prosecutors amid fresh concerns it has been used as an offshore tax haven. “ Daily Mail UK 7/2/2013
July 10 2013: “The Vatican judiciary has ordered that no documents relating to the Vatican bank are to be destoyed or tampered with Readers will recall that the director general of the IOR, Paolo Cipriani and his deputy, Massimo Tulli, both handed in their resignations on Monday 1 July. The decision came after the embarrassing revelation of an inquiry into APSA prelare Mgr Nunzio Scarano’s illicit use of his Vatican bank accounts to carry out risky financial operations, all of which were approved by the IOR’s directors. But in the days following the resignation, the two former managers under investigation were still to be found wandering through the bank’s corridors. Then a third person was added to the list of people under investigation: the lawyer Michele Briamonte. The presence of the two managers and the lawyer made the situation even more problematic. Briamonte, who is both the IOR and Cipriani’s lawyer, is being investigated for inside trading in the case involving Italian bank Monte dei Paschi. He was also involved in an accident which took place in recent months at Rome’s Ciampino airport, when the Guardia di Finanza, one of Italy’s law enforcement agencies, decided to search Briamonte’s luggage, just as he was getting out of his private jet, alongside one of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s secretaries. The check was not carried out in the end as Briamonte produced a Vatican diplomatic passport, claiming immunity from inspection. “IOR: Francis activates his “alertometer”” Vatican Insider, LaStampa, 07/10/2013
IOR, leave Tulli and Cipriani. Rumors: Showdown Bertone- Tauran https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.affaritaliani.it/economia/ior-tulli-cipriani020713.html&prev=search
On Jan 14, 2014 “Pope removes cardinals in shake-up of Vatican bank* Overhaul comes only 11 months into five-year term * Four of five members replaced new team includes Collins and Schoenborn, Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s new secretary of state, who will be elevated to the rank of cardinal next month, and Santos Abril y Castillo, a Spaniard who is based in Rome and is a close friend of the pope’s. The one holdover was French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. The four who were not re-confirmed included the former secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.” “Pope removes cardinals in shake-up of Vatican bank” Reuters, Paula Pullella, January 15, 2014
On 21 January 2014, he [Scarano] was further charged with money laundering through IOR accounts in yet another investigation (Wikipedia)
The Schmitz family has a very interesting history. Search on “Schmitz” in this document:
Are we seeing the re-emergence of a very dark legacy?
Louie, that’s a lot to digest. I’m not much interested in the banking aspect other than to say that big money breeds corruption everywhere, and the Vatican is no exception.
Of deeper interest to me is the prevalence of homosexuals throughout the Church. You’ve demonstrated the perverted web as you led us through this money business. This is stunning. When in history have we ever seen evil spread so far, so fast? This must be the devil’s final battle, using the family as the battle-ground, that St. Lucy talked about. As the devil is sometimes depicted as a man up-side-down so he is turning the natural family up-side-down – using homosexuals to do it.
Pope Francis appears more and more like a tool of the evil one rather than a leader here. Satan urged certain Cardinals to force Benedict to abdicate (by whatever means) then they were used by this evil angel to elect Francis…Francis now continues this useful idiot role as he destroys the family and the Church.
More and more evidence that Our Loving Father is punishing the world for sin by withdrawing His graces and allowing priests, bishops and cardinals to fall.
I just listened to a sermon given by Father Rodriguez wherein he quotes Anne Catherine Emmerich (sp?). She saw Our Lord in His agony in the garden. Part of his suffering was the realization, the intimate reality, of His priests abusing the Blessed Sacrament, and the apostasy we witness here ourselves. Meditation on this agony to make reparation is important just now.
Literally breathtaking… Shocking.
One wonders if the Destruction of The Franciscan Friars of The Immaculate, was part of The Gay Plot?
Who cares if the counterfeit church and it’s profane prelates drown in filth? Folks who commune with the whore are completely blind to the Bride.
Time to shake the dust off the feet, take back the peace, and leave the Church of Whoredom and it’s faithful to their preferences.
As usual you speak like a heretical Donatist, Salvemur, setting against the corruption of the visible Church consisting of all too human and corrupt members an invisible Church made up of holy, pure and undefiled persons, of which I assume you presume to be one.
Pope John XXII in his letter Gloriosam Ecclesiam of Jan. 23, 1318, writes of the second error of the Fraticelli that it “..cries out that venerable priests of the Church and other ministers of jurisdiction and orders are so devoid of authority that they cannot pass sentences or perform the sacraments or instruct or teach the subject people, imagining that these have been deprived of all ecclesiastical power, whom they see are free of their own heresy; because only in themselves (as they themselves vainly think) do the sanctity of a spiritual life and, likewise, authority remain; and in this matter they are following the error of the Donatists…” (Denzinger, 2012 Ignatius Press, 912)
It oftentimes takes a heroic wisdom and heroic exercise of patience and fortitude to deal with and attempt to set straight what is made crooked from the multitude of mundane, complex facts that surface from the twisted, corrupt minds of corrupt men. To condemn the whole lot of them as you have done, Salvemur, is in the least uncharitable.
salvemur has contributed to these pages enough times to be understood on her own terms. She recognizes neither Bergoglio nor Ratzinger as pope by virtue, not of sin, but of the heresy of Modernism.
I understand salvemur to mean, therefore, that the subject of this (interesting) blog post is a red herring, as Ratzinger is just as bad for the Church as Bergoglio. She can of course correct me if and where I am wrong, but I believe the following quote from the <a href="http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04423f.htm"Catholic Encyclopedia describes the critical distinction to which she implicitly refers:
“[A] heretical pope has ceased to be a member of the Church, and cannot, therefore, be its head. A sinful pope, on the other hand, remains a member of the (visible) Church and is to be treated as a sinful, unjust ruler for whom we must pray, but from whom we may not withdraw our obedience”.
Great article. It really connects the dots in a way that makes sense.
The Schmitz family is not your ordinary banking family. I’ve put together a file on the Schmitz’s here:
How deep does this rathole go?
Well, it seems Mr Schmitz has a pretty interesting resume to say the least:
Most interestingly of all, he is a member of the super exclusive “Trilateral Commission”!!!!!!
Get that – the former interim president of the board of directors of the IOR – a member of a GLOBALIST CARTEL with objectives and directives utterly foreign to the divine mission of the Catholic Church!
You couldn’t make it up…
“How deep does this rathole go?”
That’s a good question, and it would certainly be interesting to find out more about this man which seems to have been a central player around these events…
So Benedict was told that unless he quit the Vatican, including all the charities around the world wouldn’t be able to function? If that’s the case then I can stop giving to Peter’s Pence with a happy heart.
It seems to me that the shedding of light on the Vatican Bank’s practices through transparency was probably going to jeopardize the gravy train for the homo mafia in the Vatican. So, the conservative-minded Pope had to go, and the internationalists and big finance were happy to oblige. It still utterly shocks me to think that our current Pope somehow is in league with this cabal, not to mention he is aiding and abetting the subjugation of Holy Mother the Church to the globalist super-cartels of government, finance and secularism in the forms of the UN, EU, big banks, etc.
Interesting that if you go to the “create a map” in your link the site states that are unkonow his pollitical affiliation, his religion and his sexual orientation!
First of all, your rude accusation against another comenter here is an unjust attack unwarranted even if you vehemently disagree.
Second, the Donatism issue/refutation is a frequent one which has been discussed among sedevacantists and non-sv’s over & over. The accusation is deeply flawed.
In the link here provided, that very issue is raised by a priest ordained in the new rite. The question is posed to Bp. Donald Sanborn.
In the interraction between the young priest & His Excellency-you will see an interesting convo emerge which concludes in a friendly clarification of a long held erroneous position. This occurs in the last third Q & A portion of this debate. I hope you’ll take it in, gain some knowledge & hope others do as well.
Thank you, DO and de Maria, I will certainly consider your references, and highly esteem and bow to your chivalrous defence of Salvemur, who has often shown such generosity towards me. (Please bear in mind, however, that the reference to Donatism are not frequent and old in my neck of the woods.)
For your convenience-in order to save you time, the issue of Donatism is raised by the young priest at about 1:37:23 into the video debate link which I provided.
You can bet your last nickel that a large number of the homosexual infiltrators are heavily involved in pedophilia….and for that matter, I’d go one step further and say not a few of these animals are also satanists. We’ve all heard the stories Malachy Martin. Maybe he wasn’t just spinning a good yarn.
The worse this all gets, the closer we get to the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That’s what keeps me going.
Thanks Dumb Ox and de Maria.
It’s funny, Alacro, that you should site ‘donatism’. First of all it has nothing to do with the current situation. Especially since hardly any one in communion with the heresiarchs are renouncing in thing in order that they should be scrutinized by the human elements of the true Church. In fact the des Lauriers theses on such issue is magnanimous in the extreme.
I left this comment on another site in response to someone presenting a bit like your comment do:
“it’s folks like you who make me think that a commenter on this site was absolutely right a few months ago when he said that the common Novus Ordite is completely immune to the truth. I argued that anyone can receive the grace to be healed of the miasma of the counterfeit church and it’s heresiarchs and start living in truth. I was wrong.
Paul IV had the correct words for your profane prelate = ‘warlock, heathen, publican’.”
PS. Alacro. The ‘traitors’ during the times you refer to by citing Donatism, had a pope, had true a Catholic hierarchy and, although forced underground, a true Catholic Mass (if they could access it). That they were horrendously tortured and forced into comprimise by Diocletian et al. has nothing to do with the Novus Ordo. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it is your ‘heresiarchs’ who are encouraging treachery in those who call themselves Catholics, and those who call themselves Catholic have rolled over and complied with their heresiarchs by ‘recognising’ in belail, Christ – blindess. You belong to what you believe in. You believe in the Novus Ordo Whore and her whoremaster heresairchs. You don’t have to. No one is forcing you, in fact Holy Mother Church teaches continually that you must abstain. But we have free will. To assent to Holy Mother on every point, or dissent on some which is to reject her outright, as there is no concord between Christ and belial. When Berogolio first came on the scene I was as horrified as anyone, but then saw what a great blessing it was. No one with a wit of the faith could now believe in the validity of the Vatican II heresiarchs…but almost everyone has ‘acclimatized’ to yet another degree of perveristy and falsehood in the counterfeit.
When Christ returns, will He find faith? Amongst those in obstinate commmunion with belial, how could he?
“Another phenomenon in the history of heresy is its power of organising and perpetuationg itself, at least until it resolves itself into some more subtle and aggressive form: for instance, Arianism, which rivalled the Catholic Church in Constantinople, Lombardy, and Spain; Donatism, which equalled the Church in Africa; Nestorianism, which out-numbererd the Church in Asia; Mahometansim, which punished and abosorbed most of its forefunners, and established, in the East and South, the most terrible antichristian military power the world has ever seen; and Protestantism [Henry VIII/Cranmer, Luther, Calvin, Rationalism, Panthiesm, Positivism (human deification)], which has organised itself into a vast political antagonist to the Holy See, not only in the North, but by its policy and diplomacy even in Catholic countries…heresy in the individual dissolves the unity of the Incarnation, heresy in the nation dissolves the unity of the Church, which is built upon the Incarnation…the apostasy of nations from the Kingdom of God, which was set up upon [the ruins of the Roman Empire] is runing its course, even in nations still nominally Catholic; and the Church is putting off its medieval character as the mother of nations, returning again into its primitive condition as a society of members scattered among the peoples and cities of the world…” Cardinal Manning (1808-1892), lecture one, ‘Christ versus Antichrist.’ “The Present Crisis of the Holy See”.
The ‘aggressive form’ of heresy of Vatican II and Novus Ordoism outnumbers, or some countries completely disappears, the Church in every place on the planet where she has been established.
“The scission, the separation, the divorce of societies from God, which is given by St. Paul as a sign of the approaching end (“…nisi venerit discessio primum…”) will become each day more absolute. The Church, though of course still a visible society, will be increasingly reduced to individual and domestic proportions. She who in Her young days cried out: “the place is strait: give me room wherein to dwell,” will see every inch of Her territory under attack. Surrounded on all sides, as the other centuries have made Her great, so the last will strive to crush Her.” Cardinal Pie (1815-1880)
The Novus Ordo Heresiarchs are in communion with the Lutherans, the Calvinsts, the Waldensians, the Anglicans, the Rabbis and the ‘Mahometans’, not to mention a litany of pagan devil worshippers. They worship WITH them in their temples and invite them to worship in the Novus Ordo places of the New Way; places stolen from the Bride of Christ – Churches and Cathedrals built by Holy Mother Church as she established the Truth of the Kingdom of God on earth. A truth and a Kingdom reversed/perverted/dissolved by the Novus Ordo and its heresiarchs. “…and every spirit that dissolveth Jesus is not of God, and this is antichrist, of whom you have heard that he cometh and is now already in the world…” 1 John 4:3 In 2017, your Novus Ordo Instituion will celebrate on a larger scale than it ever has before, the birth of the Protestantism, which Cardinal Manning points out is the apotheosis of antichristianism.
In spite of the fact that my head is spinning, we must be grateful to Louie for his outstanding investigative reporting on these very crucial matters concerning the Catholic Church presently and for the past 50 or more years under siege by Her enemies. It has been said that there is more intrigue, mystery and evil within the Vatican walls than any where on earth. This article gives evidence that this is not an exaggerated statement. Throughout Our Lord’s life on earth, He was surrounded by enemies who ultimately brought Him to His horrible passion and crucifixion. Now it is The Church, the Bride of Christ, Who is suffering another passion at the hands of Her enemies. While Louie’s article gives us some understanding of these events, we must take consolation that Our Lord is still the Head of His Church and we must be like His Mother, St. John, and the holy men and women who stood by Christ as He redeemed the world. The Vatican, which is the Throne of Peter, should be the holiest place on the planet. It is so sad to realize it is a Den of Thieves who are under the control of Satan “Hell-bent” on stealing the faith from us. Let us be strong through the power of the True Mass and the Holy Rosary. Our Lord had His Resurrection. The Church, the Bride of Christ, will have Her Resurrection!
Spot on as the Brits would say.
The whole bi-synod (no pun intended) process is to change Catholic doctrine and ecclesiastical law with respect to “intrinsically disordered” behavior.
I would also add that this was the reason why Francis cowed to the UN in the priest abuse allegations, since they are the visible head of the GLOBAL GENDER MAFIA.
We are in for an interesting ride this next three weeks. With the third week being when the shit will hit the fan.
PS If you haven’t hear, Pat Archbald and Hilary White are behind a website that will live blog the Stealth Sex Synod. The link is whatisupwiththesynod.com
A man’s worth is judged by what he seeks
Blessed Columba Marmion
Thanks for this link. Their blog is dynamite! “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride” – stolen from Bette Davis in All About Eve (good title, no?).
Some holy people say that the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning shows where your heart/priorities are.
Dear Blessed Columba, Please intercede for the repentance and conversion of the people of your native land, and for the overthrow of satan within the Church.
I pray that all not seek, but pray that they themselves and all the living be given the grace of final perseverance:
“We gain final perseverance through prayer, through asking and begging this special grace from our heavenly Father. This is the particular hallmark of the spirituality of St. Alphonsus Liguori. St. Alphonsus bids that at the end of every prayer period (and many more times throughout the day) we ask the good Jesus for the grace of final perseverance.
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St. Alphonsus believed so strongly in the certainty of this daily prayer for final perseverance that he would often say: ‘All those who are in heaven are there for this one reason: They prayed, they asked for perseverance. All those who are in hell are there for this one reason: They did not pray and they did not ask the Lord for the grace of final perseverance.’ Everything depends on this one prayer – our whole life (not only this life, but also the next) rests upon the daily petition (with confidence and love) for the grace of final perseverance.”
Now I am troubled, Lord, and my heart is not at rest, for I am greatly afflicted by this present suffering.
Thomas a Kempis
The Voice of Christ
MY CHILD, I am the Lord Who gives strength in the day of trouble. Come to Me when all is not well with you. Your tardiness in turning to prayer is the greatest obstacle to heavenly consolation, for before you pray earnestly to Me you first seek many comforts and take pleasure in outward things. Thus, all things are of little profit to you until you realize that I am the one Who saves those who trust in Me, and that outside of Me there is no worth-while help, or any useful counsel or lasting remedy.
Thomas a Kempis
Perhaps this is the source of your unrest, EM. Its satan’s handyman and satan’s little helpers who are running the synod from apostate Rome. The Protestant propaganda that a Pope can pervert the faith, be a heretic, be in schism from Catholic Trent, in denial of the Incarnation by word or deed is IMPOSSILBE. The heresiarchs of the Novus Ordo have done all this and continue to.
What have you lost or gained by the extrusion of the Chair of Peter and Christ’s Priesthood? Is a heresiarch preferable to a pope? Is a protestant service preferable to a sacerdotal Catholic Rite? Is the Novus Ordo (which lacks the marks of Holy Mother Church but has all three marks of antichristianism) better than Catholicism for having removed the priest and the pope? as did Luther and Calvin, and Cranmer? The Novus Ordo is a post-Catholic, post-Papal, post-preistly collective of communities = ‘communions’. Even the SSPX ‘collective’,which as yet, retains a sacerdotal nature, loses its Catholicity because it is in communion with non-Catholicism. Christ and belial have no concord. So the SSPX is in communion with the Novus Ordo liberals, the Novus Ordo traditionalists, the Novus Ordo neo-cons, the Novus Ordo indulterers, the Novus Ordo R&R, and all the stripes in-between. All these are a Novus Ordo collective in communion with the Novus Ordo heresiarchs because they declare before God in their worship service that a heresiarch is their head, their father, their papa, their ‘pope’. In doing so, like any good Protestant, they reject the Papacy and Her True Peters, rejecting the Catholic Faith and Worship given by the Holy Ghost.
The Collectives, from the SSPX to the unmitigated Novus Ordite, the neo-con, the trad-fashionista, the bleeding-heart crypto-sedevevacantist who does not abstain from the profanity of non-Catholic worship…all and one are active or passive New World Order ecumenists, working ecumenically towards the one world religion which they belong to by ‘virtue’ of being under the hersiarchs of the New Ecumensim.
The ‘restainer’, the ‘one who holds back’ the antichrist spoken about in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 (For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way) has long been considered the successor of Peter. The Popes have been removed and the Church exiled, meanwhile heresiarchs and their counterfeit have absorbed millions of careless, indifferent, or obstinate ex-Catholics, or would-be Catholics. We have been living the ‘end times’ since the conversion of Rome. We are now living in ‘those’ last days, since the usurpation of Rome by the ‘mystery of iniquity’ at presided over by Roncalli and Montini and promulgated by their antichrist sons. All folks communing with the heresiarchs are a part of the ‘operation’, the ‘working’ of the mystery of iniquity.
I admire your persistence and consistency…and I do look more carefully now at teachings and statements that contradict orthodox Catholic teachings…today being alert to the homily that called for a ” merciful pastoral application of unchanged doctrine”
I listen attentively to Sacred Scripture, and try to prepare to worthily receive Our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion
I try to learn and reflect on all the postings and comments…” First the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear…”
EM, the intentions you describe are good intentions. But a doubtful sacrament is no place to aim the arrow of good intentions.
When one understand’s where is the Church and what she is, the whammy pulled by the collective of Houdinis via VII and Novus Ordo is a ‘hard saying…who can stand it?’; but at the same time, we cannot say that the Catholic Church, her true Popes and the true Faith didn’t warn us, pointing out every last sign and mark of belial and what his evil intentions were and what evil fruits would be.
He is wonderful isn’t he? St. Alphonsus, and St. Francis de Sales, are so warm, so gentle, so accessible but they both speak the truth.
We need to get back to first principles instead of arguing about the minutiae of all that is happening.
The first principle tells us that a thing cannot ‘be’ and ‘not be’ at the same time, in the same way. An action is either a sin, or it is not a sin. Adultery is either a mortal sin or it is not. There is really nothing left to say.
Same with homosexual acts. Actually, it IS all about the plumbing! Genitals of male and female were ordered to fit certain actions. Any attempt to use them for different actions is dis-ordered. Pretty simple.
The Devil tempts us to use our intellects in a dis-ordered way and that’s why we sometimes get into foolish arguments here. The Holy Roman Catholic Church is a physical reality with a hierarchy and members. But she is also the ‘Mystical’ Body of Christ. But she IS both. Salvemur above seems to want a split – to make of the Church two when she is ONE. That is how I read what is written in some comments.
But the Church cannot be split. If one splits from the physical hierarchy but remains faithful to the Mystical Body of Christ, waiting for a new, more pure hierarchy to come along one is attempting to say the Church ‘is’ and ‘is not.’
salvemur, I’m glad you are writing so many long comments. It is helpful to understanding you to see your arguments laid out in more detail.
I’m sorry to say that the more you write the denser the fog become. For example this from your long comment above:
“The Collectives, from the SSPX to the unmitigated Novus Ordite, the neo-con, the trad-fashionista, the bleeding-heart crypto-sedevevacantist who does not abstain from the profanity of non-Catholic worship…all and one are active or passive New World Order ecumenists, working ecumenically towards the one world religion which they belong to by ‘virtue’ of being under the hersiarchs of the New Ecumensim.”
Can I ask a simple question: why are you here in this blog com-box? In your understanding ALL who disagree with you are members of “an active or passive New World Order … of ecumenists…”
So what’s your point in telling us poor creatures this ‘truth’ over and over? I’m starting to feel insulted by these attacks on my intelligence, and beliefs.
The worst part of all this is that for you there is NO other opinion allowed. Your truth is the truth. This is frustrating and getting boring.
EM, thank you for your perseverance is trying to bring a little Catholicism into the fray.
I don’t think Thomas a Kempis would have ever seen the need to say this but here goes: Our Lord Jesus Christ founded a Church. It IS the Catholic Church. Anyone outside this Church will not be saved (unless by God’s intervention person to person). Even from the beginning there were many INSIDE the Church who did not understand her, willfully, or through some sort of sinful blindness.
Nothing has changed. We see this all around. But the Church is still the Church. Outside her there is no salvation. Does this include those who are in a ‘holding pattern’ and therefore in my opinion outside the Church? Only God knows.
To leave, even for a time, is to tell Jesus that we don’t think he is going to wake up and save us – that we have to take action – take the wheel, or stay in the life boa,t because the main vessel is sinking.
Anyway, EM, your contributions are refreshing and so Catholic!!
Thank you for your kind words…
Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
A Prayer for the Grace of Devotion
O Lord my God, You are all my good. And who am I that I should dare to speak to You? I am Your poorest and meanest servant, a vile worm, much more poor and contemptible than I know or dare to say.
Yet remember me, Lord, because I am nothing, I have nothing, and I can do nothing. You alone are good, just, and holy. You can do all things, You give all things, You fill all things: only the sinner do You leave empty-handed.
Remember Your tender mercies and fill my heart with Your grace, You Who will not allow Your works to be in vain. How can I bear this life of misery unless You comfort me with Your mercy and grace?
Do not turn Your face from me. Do not delay Your visitation. Do not withdraw Your consolation, lest in Your sight my soul become as desert land. Teach me, Lord, to do Your will.
Teach me to live worthily and humbly in Your sight, for You are my wisdom Who know me truly, and Who knew me even before the world was made and before I was born into it.
Thomas a Kempis
Imitation of Christ
Book 3; Chapter 3
On listening to God
Fascinating conspiracy theory, Louie.
Except the European Central Bank and the EU required all banks throughout the Eurozone to implement transparency and to correct that their capital reserves.
The Vatican Bank – IOR – were deemed years ago to not be financially transparent.
In order to retain it’s Eurozone banking licence, the Vatican Bank, was required to become compliant, transparent and accountable publicly.
It is wholly unacceptable that the Vatican Bank never produced publicly an Income Statement or a Balance Sheet. That situation should not and cannot be tolerated.
The Vatican Bank stank. Criminals such as Paul Marcinkus operated with impunity.
The Vatican and it’s bank will be brought to account. Every single one of us should be grateful to the Eurozone for giving the Vatican Bank no other option.
More transparency and more accountability is good.
Sounds nearly as bad as the European Commission, which has never passed an independent audit and yet takes money from its subjects year after year, to better control us, and destroy objective moral human rights and freedoms and duties. And the Central Banking system has ruined peoples’ economies and effectively enslaved us.
Yes, and until the Church returns to teaching against usury as she did for centuries we will continue to be enslaved, not only to the banks but to our own impatience and greed.
I hear your cry of boredom–I guarantee you, you will NOT be bored by the following:
what you say here in 2 sentences, honestly expressed, is the main (but by no means not sole) reason why Catholics remain in the Modernist Sect borne of VII. (Ask me how I know this.)
“——-So what’s your point in telling us poor creatures this ‘truth’ over and over? I’m starting to feel insulted by these attacks on my intelligence, and beliefs.—-”
Seriously, if you ever want to talk about this further, we can if you wish- in the Forum.
Barbara-just consider a point, if you will, just steppng aside for a moment–
that salvemur’s postings are actually a credit to the intelligence of each & every one of salvemur’s fellow Catholics-that being -that fellow commenters can handle long comments, direct speech and the pointing out (what have become) inconvenient Truths of Catholicism.
in case anyone would like to listen to the link with which I provided Barbara above-it deals with the fundamental theological error of VII;
Enjoy-again- no one will be bored by this talk & it probably will surprise many—-! The reason? BC most Catholics today (and no– I’m not attempting to insult anyone’s intelligence lest I be so accused, actually think that to which this talk points-is Truth of Catholicism !
Barbara. You asked about why any of us would pass through the rare, very rare, agora of HTF…TRUTH. God help me, when He has given Truth, it is not a Christmas kitten – something to giveaway at a ‘seemly’ moment. History tells us that folks usually can have some sense of what is rotten. But Wisdom warns us that most folks easily become blind to what is truly good.
Barbara, is this Christ’s Church? ……”nyc Catholic schools–teachng on sex ed, gender politics, Common Core”. Anyone who goes, ‘yeah’, refuses to get Our Lord and Our Lady at all.
5th of October….and all is well…..???
Although it seems a paradox, those who call themselves sons of the Church may often be precisely those who sow greater confusion.
St Josemaria Escriva
Mockery: Pope Francis often speaks about how it is our purported responsibility to accompany the sinner without judgment, but isn’t this a corruption of the Gospel?:
“I was exceeding glad, that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
And now I beseech thee, lady, not as writing a new commandment to thee, but that which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.
And this is charity, that we walk according to his commandments. For this is the commandment, that, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in the same:
For many seducers are gone out into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh: this is a seducer and an antichrist.
Look to yourselves, that you lose not the things which you have wrought: but that you may receive a full reward.
Whosoever revolteth, and continueth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that continueth in the doctrine, the same hath both the Father and the Son.
If any man come to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him, God speed you.
For he that saith unto him, God speed you, communicateth with his wicked works.”
2 John 4 – 10
The Pope in his frequent harangues about our supposed need to accompany sinners without judgment is corrupting this clear teaching of St. John regarding the true meaning of charity – that ALL of us have the responsibility “to walk according to his commandments.” If we don’t “walk according to his commandments” we don’t love Our Lord.
Now Pope Francis in his harangues is trying to make us self-conscious about our desire “to walk according to his [Our Lord’s] commandments” when others aren’t doing so. This is a false gospel since we ALL need “to walk in his commandments” regardless of whether knowledge of that requirement makes us feel self-conscious or not. Further, we need to counsel those who are not walking according to Our Lord’s commandments to do so (by the spiritual work of mercy of admonishing the sinner). It is NOT a virtue to remain silent when someone we know is not walking in the commandments of Our Lord.
What are we to do when we become aware that Pope Francis in his spiritual blindness seeks to redefine charity – the heart of Our Lord’s Gospel?
Here in the very same passage St. John the Evangelist tells us what to do – not to receive heretics, for if we receive them, we participate in their wicked works.
I don’t know how, in view of this specific instruction, we can deny that we have a responsibility to withdraw from communion with heretics, even if they be in the Church hierarchy.
Barbara, what is ever the point in telling the truth? One tells it in the hopes that others will hear it and accept it. Holy Mother Church wants to correct us in our mistakes, and those who will be corrected are those who love knowledge and truth. Those who refuse truth simply love their own way. The institution established at VII and promulgated through the Novus Ordo is antichristianism – it is heretical, schismatic and a dissolver of the Incarnation in its anti-Catholic rites, new ecclesiology and ecumenical politics. It is run by heresiarchs poisining the image of Christ’s Vicar. The disagreement you mention is not with me, it’s with the plain truths that are the sacred deposit of the Catholic Faith. I pretty much always give the source of the teaching i mention – all pre-vatican ii true unchanging Catholic teaching. I had to conform to Holy Mother Church as i accepted to be corrected.
Louie has mentioned before that many people visit this site who never comment. It could just be that one of those anonymous folks actually is interested in the truth, is ready for correction, and the grace that follows.
More perversion of scripture, this time about Jonah:
Jonah wasn’t rigidly concerned with a long list of commandments that the Ninevites were violating – he viewed the Ninevites as enemies and only wanted the Almighty to destroy them! That is why Jonah was hard of heart and did not want to warn the Ninevites – because he feared they would repent and be spared!
Further, why did the Almighty even commission Jonah in the first place if Jonah’s mission didn’t involve His commandments in some way? Was the Almighty displeased about the architectural design of the main gate of the city, or how the Ninevites painted their houses? No, of course not. The Ninevites drew the Almighty’s attention because they were violating His commandments!
Finally Pope Francis, the Ninevites did not simply just convert – they put on sackcloth and ashes and REPENTED. Where have you ever counseled those mired in sins of the flesh to repent of their sins, or is repentance something Pope Francis doesn’t do?
This Pope is forever grouping the commandments of men with the commandments of God as if there is no difference. A question for Pope Francis – is concern that we observe the two greatest commandments identified by Our Lord in his discourse on the subject a sign of rigidity and hardness of heart? Another question for Pope Francis – was Our Lord wrong when he said that if your love Him you would keep His commandments? That we can also show our love for the Lord by NOT keeping His commandments?
Do you really believe that it pleases the Almighty that we continue to consider a distorter of the truth like Pope Francis as a legitimate successor to St. Peter?
Google, “Bernardino Nogara”.
re: Vatican bank…..” money is the root of all evil” …. we already know that http://www.traditioninaction.org/bev/110bev06-29-2009.htm