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FTR #775 Ratzinger Leaves the Ship–The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI


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Introduction: The star­tling res­ig­na­tion of Pope Bene­dict XVI (nee Joseph Ratzinger) brings to mind a num­ber of considerations. For open­ers, this Pope is from the very heart of the Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tionist machin­ery of the Vat­i­can. His cur­ricu­lum vitae is set forth in FTR #508. An account of the Vatican’s long-standing rela­tion­ship with the Third Reich and the Axis pow­ers of World War II can be found in AFA #‘s 17–21.

The view here is that Ratzinger (we call him “Rat­liner” after the Vat­i­can Rat­line escape routes) was some­thing of a caretaker–a Ger­ald Ford-like fig­ure if you will. He took office with the Holy See engulfed in scan­dal and inquiry, includ­ing the bur­geon­ing priest molesta­tion inves­ti­ga­tions, renewed inquiries into money laun­der­ing by the Vat­i­can Bank and inquiries con­cern­ing the Vatican’s behav­ior dur­ing and after World War II.

Him­self a vet­eran of the Third Reich, “Rat­liner” was, in essence, a gate­keeper in our opin­ion, charged with sus­tain­ing the Opus-Dei style reac­tion grip­ping the Vat­i­can and keep­ing the lid on the poten­tially dam­ag­ing inquiries.

In this program, we explore some of the issues that came to light before and after “Ratliner’s” resignation, and discuss both his concrete actions and some speculative considerations that may have prompted his exit.

Program Highlights Include:

1. Again, the view here is that Ratzinger (we call him “Rat­liner” after the Vat­i­can Rat­line escape routes) was some­thing of a caretaker–a Ger­ald Ford-like fig­ure if you will. He took office with the Holy See engulfed in scan­dal and inquiry, includ­ing the bur­geon­ing priest molesta­tion inves­ti­ga­tions, renewed inquiries into money laun­der­ing by the Vat­i­can Bank and inquiries con­cern­ing the Vatican’s behav­ior dur­ing and after World War II.

Him­self a vet­eran of the Third Reich, “Rat­liner” was , in essence, a gate­keeper in our opin­ion, charged with sus­tain­ing the Opus-Dei style reac­tion grip­ping the Vat­i­can and keep­ing the lid on poten­tially dam­ag­ing inquiries. The view here is that Ratzinger (we call him “Rat­liner” after the Vat­i­can Rat­line escape routes) was some­thing of a caretaker–a Ger­ald Ford-like fig­ure if you will. He took office with the Holy See engulfed in scan­dal and inquiry, includ­ing the bur­geon­ing priest molesta­tion inves­ti­ga­tions, renewed inquiries into money laun­der­ing by the Vat­i­can Bank and inquiries con­cern­ing the Vatican’s behav­ior dur­ing and after World War II.

“A Tur­bu­lent Tenure for a Quiet Scholar” by Lau­rie Good­stein; The New York Times; 2/11/2013.

EXCERPT: When Bene­dict XVI became pope eight years ago at the age of 78, many Roman Catholic schol­ars pre­dicted that he would be a care­taker. He would keep the ship sail­ing in the same direc­tion as his beloved pre­de­ces­sor, John Paul II. And as the rare the­olo­gian who knew how to write for a broad audi­ence, Bene­dict would keep the crew inspired and the sails billowing.

If writ­ten words alone could keep the church on course, Bene­dict would likely be viewed as a solid suc­cess. His encycli­cals on love and char­ity and his three books on the life of Jesus were widely praised for their clar­ity and con­tri­bu­tion to Catholic teaching.

But when it came to the major chal­lenges fac­ing the church in the real world, Bene­dict often appeared to carom from one cri­sis to the next.

He inad­ver­tently insulted Mus­lims on an early trip to Ger­many, which resulted in riots across the Islamic world and the mur­der of an Ital­ian nun in Soma­lia. He wel­comed back a break­away bishop who had just recorded an inter­view deny­ing the facts of the Holo­caust. He told reporters on the papal plane wing­ing toward Africa that con­doms had helped spread AIDS.

When the cler­i­cal sex­ual abuse scan­dal spread across Europe and exploded at Benedict’s door in 2010, Bene­dict met with abuse sur­vivors and over­saw the devel­op­ment of new church poli­cies to pre­vent abuse. But he was denounced by sur­vivors and their advo­cates for never mov­ing to dis­ci­pline bish­ops who were caught in the cover-up. . . .

2. It is now rel­a­tively well known that the late Pablo Esco­bar and the asso­ci­ated Medellin Car­tel were heav­ily involved with the Iran-Contra cocaine traf­fic of the 1980’s. Press accounts have now sur­faced in Italy and the UK about Esco­bar hav­ing banked some of his pro­ceeds with Roberto Calvi’s Banco Ambrosiano. Found mur­dered in Lon­don in late 1982, Calvi was the adviser to the IOR, hav­ing suc­ceeded the late Michele Sin­dona in that regard. (Like Calvi, Sin­dona was a mem­ber of the Licio Gelli’s P-2 Lodge.) Dis­clo­sure of the Calvi/Escobar link sug­gests another link between the Iran-Contra affair and the Stibam arms for drugs ring that heav­ily over­lapped the milieu of the P-2, Vat­i­can Bank and the Banco Ambrosiano.

“God’s Banker Linked to Pablo Esco­bar” by Nick Squires; The Tele­graph; 11/26/2012.

EXCERPT: Roberto Calvi, who earned his nick­name for his close ties to the Vat­i­can Bank, was found hanged beneath Black­fri­ars Bridge in Lon­don amid strong sus­pi­cions that he was murdered.

Ayda Suarez Levy, the widow of a Boli­vian druglord, claims that Calvi was laun­der­ing drug car­tel money through an account in Nas­sau, in the Bahamas, on behalf of South Amer­i­can drug lords.

The Cocaine King sheds new light on Calvi’s death, which remains one of the Vatican’s dark­est chap­ters and most con­tested mys­ter­ies. Mrs Levy, the widow of Roberto Suarez Gomez, claimed in an inter­view on Ital­ian tele­vi­sion on Mon­day that Mr Calvi was her husband’s “Ital­ian con­tact”. “He said he could vouch for us,” she told Italy’s Chan­nel Seven television.

“He said by vouch­ing for us at such a high level, busi­ness would go well for us. I imag­ine he was talk­ing about cocaine. He was not explicit but I imag­ine that is what it was about.”

Levy recounted an encounter involv­ing her hus­band and Gunter Sachs, a multi-millionaire Ger­man play­boy who was the third hus­band of Brigitte Bar­dot. She said that six months before Calvi’s death, she and her hus­band met Mr Sachs on a trip to Switzer­land and they dis­cussed the Ital­ian banker.

Mr Sachs, who com­mit­ted sui­cide in his Swiss chalet last year at the age of 78, report­edly told the Boli­vian drug baron: “Calvi is very scared because Pablo Esco­bar wants his money back from the bank in Nassau.”

The Bahamas bank that he was refer­ring to was an affil­i­ate of Banco Ambrosiano, which was Italy’s biggest pri­vate bank when it col­lapsed in 1982. It was headed by Mr Calvi, who had close ties to the Vatican’s bank, for­mally known as the Isti­tuto per le Opere di Reli­gion – the Insti­tute for Reli­gious Works. . . .

3. Pope Benedict’s res­ig­na­tion has gar­nered much spec­u­la­tion as to the rea­son why. Less spec­u­la­tion has been given to some of the appoint­ments that the Pope has made just before leav­ing the Vat­i­can. The Vat­i­can offi­cial rep­re­sent­ing the Holy See to Mon­ey­val (over­see­ing money laun­der­ing and ter­ror­ism inves­ti­ga­tions for the Coun­cil of Europe) has been trans­ferred to Colom­bia. Might this have any­thing to do with the reputed rela­tion­ship between late Vat­i­can finan­cial adviser Roberto Calvi and Pablo Esco­bar of the Medellin Cartel?

“Report: Pope Resigned in Wake of Gay Priest Scan­dal” by Doug Stan­glin; USA Today; 2/22/2013.

EXCERPT: Pope Bene­dict XVI is clear­ing the decks of his pon­tif­i­cate, tweak­ing the rules of the con­clave, finess­ing the reli­gious rites used to launch the next papacy and mak­ing some eyebrow-raising final appoint­ments before he retires next week. . . .

Pope Bene­dict XVI is clear­ing the decks of his pon­tif­i­cate, tweak­ing the rules of the con­clave, finess­ing the reli­gious rites used to launch the next papacy and mak­ing some eyebrow-raising final appoint­ments before he retires next week.

. . . And on Fri­day, the Vat­i­can announced Bene­dict had trans­ferred a top offi­cial in the sec­re­tariat of state, Mon­signor Ettore Balestrero, to Colom­bia — an appoint­ment that came amid swirling media spec­u­la­tion about the con­tents of a con­fi­den­tial report into the Vatican’s leaks scandal.

Ital­ian news­pa­pers have been rife for days with unsourced reports about the con­tents of the secret dossier that three car­di­nals pre­pared for Bene­dict after inves­ti­gat­ing the ori­gins of the leaks. The scan­dal erupted last year after papers taken from the pope’s desk were pub­lished in a block­buster book. The pope’s but­ler was con­victed in Octo­ber of aggra­vated theft, and later pardoned.

The Vat­i­can has refused to com­ment on the reports, which have claimed the con­tents of the dossier, deliv­ered to Bene­dict in Decem­ber, were a fac­tor in his deci­sion to resign. Bene­dict him­self has said he sim­ply no longer has the “strength of mind and body” to carry on.

. . . Balestrero was head of the Holy See’s del­e­ga­tion to the Coun­cil of Europe’s Mon­ey­val com­mit­tee, which eval­u­ated the Vatican’s anti-money laun­der­ing and anti-terror financ­ing mea­sures. He has had a hand in the efforts by the Vat­i­can bank to be more trans­par­ent and is close to Benedict’s No. 2, the Vat­i­can sec­re­tary of state Car­di­nal Tar­ci­sio Bertone.

The Vat­i­can sub­mit­ted itself to Moneyval’s eval­u­a­tion in a bid to improve its rep­u­ta­tion in the finan­cial world.

The Vat­i­can passed the test on the first try in August, and Mon­ey­val said it had made great progress in a short amount of time. But the Holy See received poor or fail­ing grades for its finan­cial watch­dog agency and its bank, long the source of some of the Vatican’s more sto­ried scandals.

4a. The his­tory of the Vat­i­can Bank, the IOR, is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with scan­dal and the his­tory of the Holy See’s involve­ment with fas­cism. The out­go­ing Pope has named a Ger­man mem­ber of the Knights of Malta to head that insti­tu­tion. (The Knights of Malta or SMOM is, basi­cally, the mil­i­tary wing of the Vat­i­can.) Ratzinger/Benedict’s selec­tion is Ernst von Frey­berg, a mem­ber of the board of Blohm & Voss, the Ger­man ship­maker and man­u­fac­turer of war­ships for Hitler and the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Germany.

“Pope Approves Ger­man Lawyer to Head Embat­tled Bank” [AP]; USA Today; 2/15/2013.

EXCERPT: Pope Bene­dict XVI has signed off on one of the last major appoint­ments of his papacy, approv­ing a Ger­man lawyer to head the Vatican’s embat­tled bank. Ernst Von Frey­berg has solid finan­cial and Catholic cre­den­tials as a mem­ber of the Sov­er­eign Mil­i­tary Order of Malta, an ancient chival­rous order drawn from Euro­pean nobility.

The appoint­ment ends a nine-month search after the Insti­tute of Reli­gious Works ousted its pre­vi­ous pres­i­dent, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, for incom­pe­tence. The ouster came just as the Vat­i­can was sub­mit­ting its finances to a review by a Coun­cil of Europe com­mit­tee in a bid to join the list of finan­cially trans­par­ent coun­tries. The Vat­i­can said Von Frey­berg had been appointed by the bank’s com­mis­sion of car­di­nals and that the pope had “expressed his full consent.” . . .

4b.Von Freyerg was the head of Blohm & Voss, that manufactures warships.

“Ernst von Frey­berg: Con­tro­ver­sial New Vat­i­can Bank Pres­i­dent Appointed By Pope Bene­dict” by Alessan­dro Spe­ciale; Huff­in­g­ton Post; 2/15/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . . But von Freyberg’s appoint­ment imme­di­ately sparked con­tro­versy. The lawyer will remain in his cur­rent role of chair­man of the exec­u­tive board of Ger­man ship­yard Blohm + Voss, which was involved in the pro­duc­tion of war­ships under Nazi Ger­many. Vat­i­can spokesman Rev. Fed­erico Lom­bardi said that the ship­yard is cur­rently involved in engi­neer­ing and ship repair activ­i­ties, as well as in the pro­duc­tion of lux­ury yachts. But he also acknowl­edged that Blohm + Voss is “part of a con­sor­tium that is build­ing four frigates for the Ger­man navy.” . . .

4c. Blohm & Voss manufactured warships for Hitler.

“Popes Don’t Resign”; Ger­many Watch; 2/21/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . . From July 1944 to April 1945 Blohm & Voss used inmates of its own con­cen­tra­tion sub­camp at its ship­yard in Hamburg-Steinwerder for slave labour. The camp was a sub­camp to the Neuengamme con­cen­tra­tion camp.

The Blohm broth­ers were Nazis, and much of their wartime labour had come from Neuengamme, a site shared with none other than IG Farben.

As the Allies advanced at the end of the war, Ger­many tried to hide these war­crimes by march­ing the inmates of the camp fur­ther into Ger­many. It was decided that the best way to bury the evi­dence, was to load sev­eral large ships with the camp inmates, and then sink the ships.

Thou­sands of Neuengamme camp inmates were loaded onto the SS Thiel­beck, and the Blohm & Voss built SS Arcona (a ship large enough to have real­is­ti­cally pro­trayed the Titanic in a Ger­man pro­pa­ganda movie).

The Ger­mans then sent a dis­in­for­ma­tion mes­sage (know­ing the British were lis­ten­ing) pre­tend­ing the ships were full of Nazi SS men head­ing for Norway.

On May 3rd 1945, four squadrons of RAF Hawker Typhoon fighter-bombers attacked the Thiel­beck and Arcona in Neustadt bay with rock­ets and bombs. Thiel­beck sank in 15 mins, how­ever the Arcona burned for hours.

Many camp inmates man­aged to escape the two ships, only to drown or be shot by SS guards upon reach­ing the shore.

Neustadt memo­r­ial to the vic­tims says 7000 lives, but is believed to be a major underestimate.

So, slave work­ers who worked for Blohm & Voss in a Blohm & Voss run camp, were put to death on a Blohm & Voss built ship.

4d. Up until its sale in Decem­ber, 2011, Blohm & Voss was a sub­sidiary of ThyssenK­rupp Marine Sys­tems. The Thyssen inter­ests have been at the core of the Third Reich’s inter­ests and oper­a­tions since the early 1920’s and are at the foun­da­tion of the Bor­mann cap­i­tal net­work. The Thyssens are also very close to the Bush fam­ily and are inex­tri­ca­bly linked with their involve­ment with the Under­ground Reich.

“ThyssenKrupp’s Blohm Sale to Star Has Profit Clause, Welt Says” by Naomi Kresge; Bloomberg.com; 12/11/2011.

EXCERPT: ThyssenKrupp AG (TKA) agreed this weekend to sell its Blohm + Voss GmbH shipbuilding unit to Star Capital Partners Ltd. for 30 million euros ($40 million) in cash plus a share in earnings expected to reach about 40 million euros, Die Welt reported, without saying where it got the information. . . .

5a. Media spec­u­la­tion has cen­tered on a report sub­mit­ted to Ratzinger/Benedict detail­ing black­mail of a pow­er­ful “Vel­vet Mafia” of gay prelates inside the Vatican. Appar­ently black­mailed by out­siders over their exten­sive and rel­a­tively vis­i­ble liaisons, this group appears to have had deal­ings with the Vat­i­can bank–long a focus of intrigue and covert fas­cist machi­na­tions. One can but won­der what “out­side” inter­ests have been doing the black­mail­ing? Was it just the Vel­vet Mafia that was the focus of the black­mail or did the exten­sive priest molesta­tion scan­dals fac­tor in as well?

In this con­text, it is worth remem­ber­ing that cen­tral to the exer­cise of the Catholic faith is the rit­ual of confession. Secrets of the con­fes­sional have long been sig­nif­i­cant polit­i­cal cap­i­tal, of inter­est to intel­li­gence ser­vices and/or poten­tial blackmailers.

“Papal Res­ig­na­tion Linked to Inquiry into ‘Vat­i­can Gay Offi­cials’, Says Paper” by John Hooper; The Guardian [UK]; 2/21/2013.

EXCERPT: A poten­tially explo­sive report has linked the res­ig­na­tion of Pope Bene­dict XVI to the dis­cov­ery of a net­work of gay prelates in the Vat­i­can, some of whom – the report said – were being black­mailed by outsiders.

The pope’s spokesman declined to con­firm or deny the report, which was car­ried by the Ital­ian daily news­pa­per La Repub­blica.

The paper said the pope had taken the deci­sion on 17 Decem­ber that he was going to resign – the day he received a dossier com­piled by three car­di­nals del­e­gated to look into the so-called “Vatileaks” affair.

Last May Pope Benedict’s but­ler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested and charged with hav­ing stolen and leaked papal cor­re­spon­dence that depicted the Vat­i­can as a seething hotbed of intrigue and infighting.

Accord­ing to La Repub­blica, the dossier com­pris­ing “two vol­umes of almost 300 pages – bound in red” had been con­signed to a safe in the papal apart­ments and would be deliv­ered to the pope’s suc­ces­sor upon his election.

The news­pa­per said the car­di­nals described a num­ber of fac­tions, includ­ing one whose mem­bers were “united by sex­ual orientation”.

In an appar­ent quo­ta­tion from the report, La Repub­blica said some Vat­i­can offi­cials had been sub­ject to “exter­nal influ­ence” from lay­men with whom they had links of a “worldly nature”. The paper said this was a clear ref­er­ence to blackmail. . . .

5b. More about the velvet mafia connection:

“Did a Secret Vat­i­can Report on Gay Sex and Black­mail Bring Down the Pope?” by Alexan­der Abad-Santos; The Atlantic Wire; 2/22/2013.

EXCERPT: Pope Bene­dict XVI has claimed that he’s resign­ing the papacy next week because of old age. But accord­ing to the major Ital­ian news­pa­per La Repub­blica, the real rea­son he resigned is because he did not want to deal the reper­cus­sions of a secret 300-page Vat­i­can dossier that allegedly found, among other things, an under­ground net­work of high-ranking gay clergy, com­plete with sex par­ties and shady deal­ings with the already scandal-ridden Vat­i­can bank. Here’s what we know:

– The report sounds men­ac­ing. Accord­ing to La Repub­blica, the dossier comes in two vol­umes, “two fold­ers hard-bound in red” with the header “pon­tif­i­cal secret.”

– Pope Bene­dict asked for the inves­ti­ga­tion. “The paper said the pope had taken the deci­sion on 17 Decem­ber that he was going to resign — the day he received a dossier com­piled by three car­di­nals del­e­gated to look into the so-called ‘Vatileaks’ affair,” accord­ing to the The Guardian’s trans­la­tion of the report.

– The Vat­i­can has a Vel­vet Mafia — and the Vel­vet Mafia is being black­mailed. The dossier alleges that a gay lobby exists within the Church, and has some sort of con­trol on the careers of those in the Vat­i­can. The dossier also alleges that this group isn’t as covert as it thinks — and got black­mailed by peo­ple on the outside.

5c. Ratzinger/Benedict’s res­i­dence in the Vat­i­can will shield him from any pos­si­ble legal action, because of the Vatican’s sta­tus of diplo­matic immunity.We wonder if his continued presence inside Vatican City is intended to blunt any prosecution, interrogation or extradition?

“Pope Will Have Secu­rity, Immu­nity by Remain­ing in the Vat­i­can” by Philip Pul­lella; Reuters.com; 2/15/2013.

EXCERPT: Pope Benedict’s deci­sion to live in the Vat­i­can after he resigns will pro­vide him with secu­rity and pri­vacy. It will also offer legal pro­tec­tion from any attempt to pros­e­cute him in con­nec­tion with sex­ual abuse cases around the world, Church sources and legal experts say.

“His con­tin­ued pres­ence in the Vat­i­can is nec­es­sary, oth­er­wise he might be defense­less. He wouldn’t have his immu­nity, his pre­rog­a­tives, his secu­rity, if he is any­where else,” said one Vat­i­can offi­cial, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity.

This could be com­pli­cated for the Church, par­tic­u­larly in the unlikely event that the next pope makes deci­sions that may dis­please con­ser­v­a­tives, who could then go to Benedict’s place of res­i­dence to pay trib­ute to him.

“That would be very prob­lem­atic,” another Vat­i­can offi­cial said.

The final key con­sid­er­a­tion is the pope’s poten­tial expo­sure to legal claims over the Catholic Church’s sex­ual abuse scandals.

In 2010, for exam­ple, Bene­dict was named as a defen­dant in a law suit alleg­ing that he failed to take action as a car­di­nal in 1995 when he was allegedly told about a priest who had abused boys at a U.S. school for the deaf decades ear­lier. The lawyers with­drew the case last year and the Vat­i­can said it was a major vic­tory that proved the pope could not be held liable for the actions of abu­sive priests. . . .

. . . That would con­tinue to pro­vide him immu­nity under the pro­vi­sions of the Lat­eran Pacts while he is in the Vat­i­can and even if he makes jaunts into Italy as a Vat­i­can citizen.

The 1929 Lat­eran Pacts between [Mussolini’s] Italy and the Holy See, which estab­lished Vat­i­can City as a sov­er­eign state, said Vat­i­can City would be “invari­ably and in every event con­sid­ered as neu­tral and invi­o­lable territory”. . . .

6. Newtown school massacre perpetrator Adam Lanza cer­tainly had severe psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems, includ­ing autism (accord­ing to some sources). That he existed in an envi­ron­ment inhab­ited by pedophile priests, appar­ently enjoy­ing tacit sup­port from the Church hier­ar­chy in the area, has been largely eclipsed by other points of debate.

Adam Lanza had an appar­ent pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with pedophilia.

Neil Allen has chron­i­cled the pres­ence of ser­ial pedophile priests in the church and Catholic school Lanza attended.

“Despite Files, Conn. School Shooter Remains Enigma” by Allen G. Breed and Michael Biesecker [Asso­ci­ated Press]; Yahoo News; 12/28/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . .He liked to go “off grid” from time to time, and fre­quently refor­mat­ted his com­puter hard dri­ves, pre­sum­ably to cover his tracks, the friend said.

Another topic of dis­cus­sions was pedophilia.

Among the doc­u­ments inves­ti­ga­tors found on Lanza’s com­puter was one titled “pbear” that inves­ti­ga­tors described as “advo­cat­ing pedophiles’ rights and the lib­er­a­tion of chil­dren.” Another, called “Love­bound,” was a screen­play describ­ing a rela­tion­ship between a 10-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man.

Lanza said his stance on issues of men­tal ill­ness, includ­ing pedophilia, “would cause oth­ers to make snap judg­ments about him as an apol­o­gist,” Lanza’s the­ater friend told author­i­ties. . . .

7. Adam Lanza’s preoccupation with pedophilia is interesting and possibly very significant. Neil Allen has theorized that Adam may have been molested by one of the pedophile priests, Fr. John Castaldo.

The evidence suggests that the Catholic hierarchy in Connecticut protected Castaldo and another pedophile priest in the same environment. One of the molest­ing priests was awarded a posi­tion in Stam­ford (Con­necti­cut) where his father resided. One won­ders if Adam may have encoun­tered him dur­ing his stay in Stamford.

IF Adam’s psychopathology derived, at least in part, from having been victimized by Castaldo and, perhaps, others, might this have helped to prompt Ratzinger/Benedict’s resignation? He was responsible for the Vatican regulatory body charged with dealing with such matters at the time Castaldo was “doing his thing.” Was Ratzinger/Benedict afraid that his neglect of such matters might have become a political firestorm in the wake of the Newtown massacre? Might this have had something to do with the timing of Ratzinger’s resignation?

“Why Adam Lanza Mas­sa­cred Chil­dren at Sandy Hook, New­town – A The­ory & Motive” by Neil Allen; NeilAllen76; 12/19/2012.

ENTIRE TEXT: To save peo­ple time, I will give a 1 minute sum­mary fol­lowed by details with ver­i­fi­able online point­ers to facts.

Note that this is just a the­ory about a motive, and will be shock­ing to everyone.


  • Adam Lanza was raped by a known, convicted Catholic pedophile priest named Fr John J Castaldo when Adam Lanza was 6 years old, when his fam­ily moved to New­town, CT, in 1998.
  • He never stopped think­ing about the trau­matic moment of being raped by “Christ on earth”, which is what priests call them­selves.  He spent every moment of his life try­ing to ratio­nal­ize it.  He never devel­oped normally.
  • Then he went to that spe­cific class­room because there were mostly 6 year old Catholic chil­dren in that room.
  • No one pro­tected Adam, Adam would show the Catholics that their chil­dren couldn’t be protected.


  • The Lan­zas moved to New­town in 1998.  See last para­graph at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/for-lanza-family-son-adams-difficulties-dominated/2012/12/17/3c0e8eb0-4890-11e2-ad54-580638ede391_story.html
  • known, con­victed, ser­ial pedophile priest named Fr John J Castaldo resided there from 1998 until 2001.
  • Now the speculation:
    • Adam is a quiet 6 year old who moves to New­town in 1998.    Fr Castaldo was a ser­ial child rapist, and pedophile priests have as much sex as they can get away with.   Most vic­tims never came for­ward (like Adam) because they knew they wouldn’t be believed.
    • Castaldo prob­a­bly had many vic­tims, most of which never came forward.
    • Adam may or may not have had autism, mak­ing him easy prey.  Adam would never tell any­one, and could be manip­u­lated easily.
    • Castaldo has sex with Adam, and the Catholic church hides and reas­signs Castaldo, as they have done thou­sands of times in the United States
    • Psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma:
      • It is tough for any­one to grasp the psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma that a child expe­ri­ences when they are raped by a Catholic priest.
      • <trig­ger alert>
      • They think they are being anally stabbed to death by “Christ on earth”, because that is what Catholic priests call themselves.   The pain is excru­ci­at­ing.  They think Christ is try­ing to kill them, and God won’t help.  They feel grunt­ing, and groan­ing, and vio­lent movement.
      • Then the pedophile priest typ­i­cally tells them it is their fault, and that they will get in trou­ble if they tell any­one, and that no one would believe them.  They believe they are going to hell, and don’t know why.
      • They have more psy­cho­log­i­cal pres­sure than any­one could endure, let alone an unde­vel­oped 7 year old.
      • The pedophile priest goes to Catholic con­fes­sion, is for­given, and for­gets about it.
      • Adam thinks about that moment every moment of every day.  For years, he thinks he is the only child in the world raped by Christ on earth.  He has night­mares that never stop.
      • His first goal is to make sure that no one ever knows what hap­pened to him.  His biggest fear is that he is caught, and will be eter­nally bul­lied for being punished/raped/stabbed by “Christ on earth”.
      • Catholic child rape, and pedophile priest pro­tec­tion, is the ulti­mate psy­cho­log­i­cal bullying.
      • He can’t even talk to other chil­dren.  He never devel­ops socially.
      • As he grows older, he sees the world dif­fer­ently than every­one else.  He has no help or guid­ance.  Every­one calls him “odd”, affirm­ing his belief that there is some­thing wrong with him.  He knows.  He may think he was raped by Christ because he was bad, at age 6, or he was odd.  He can’t fig­ure out what he did wrong.  The psy­co­log­i­cal games would destroy any human mind.  Espe­cially a 6, 7, 8 year old.  And it gets worse every year.  And he can’t talk to any­one about it, so he doesn’t talk to any­one at all.  He lives life in a com­plete bub­ble.  Even Mom and the psy­col­o­gists don’t have any idea.
      • He has night­mares every sin­gle night, and can’t stop them.
      • When he matures, and finds out that the Catholic church knows about his, and no one cares, and Castaldo and other priests get no penalty, he sees a world of evil.
        • Many vic­tims of Catholic pedophile priest rape com­mit sui­cide.  In Aus­tralia, 40 sui­cides have been traced back to just 5 pedophile priests who abused chil­dren between 1960 and the late 1980s, and Catholics STILL don’t care enough to do any­thing about. ithttp://www.theage.com.au/victoria/churchs-suicide-victims-20120412-1wwox.html
        • Adam Lanza would know, through his inter­net research, that the Catholic church paid $11 mil­lion in Philadel­phia to pro­tect Msgr Lynn, who admit­ted to shred­ding evi­dence about 35 known pedophile priests in 1994.  Msgr Lynn shred­ded this infor­ma­tion at the request of Car­di­nal Bevilac­qua and with the knowl­edge of 2 bish­ops, Cullen & Cistone.
      • Mostly, in Adam Lanza’s bub­ble, he knows that the Catholic church fights to pro­tect known child rapists and fights to humil­i­ate the vic­tims.  There is no good in this world that Adam sees.  In a world where Catholics say this is God’s best church, Adam sees noth­ing but evil.  He did some­thing wrong when he was 6, and doesn’t know what it is.  He has always thought he was going to hell.
      • He will com­mit sui­cide, but before he does, he will take revenge against the 6 year olds, most of which were Catholic.  Catholics never pro­tected or helped Adam at any point since he was 6, and he would show that their chil­dren couldn’t be protected.
    • I could go on for hours, but you get the idea.  An evil brain has been cre­ated, and has been cook­ing for 14 years.
  • New (2/1/13) In 5th grade, Adam Lanza threw up while watch­ing a sex edu­ca­tion video.  This would make sense for a child rape vic­tim of a Catholic priest, who is now 11 years old and just learn­ing about sex, reliv­ing what hap­pened to him when he was 6 years old. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2012/12/18/adam-lanza-sandy-hook-student/1777525/
  • Like most Catholic priest rape vic­tims, Adam never tells anyone.
  • Adam goes to the school with a plan:
    • Kill the psy­chol­o­gist that didn’t help him when he was young.
    • Kill any­one who gets in his way.
    • Kill the 6 year old chil­dren, most of which were Catholics.  If Catholics didn’t pro­tect him, he would see that those 6 year olds weren’t pro­tected, and take revenge against the par­ents of those 6 year olds, who didn’t care what hap­pened to him when he was 6 years old.
      • In his world (his iso­la­tion­ist bub­ble), he can now con­trol whether 6 year old chil­dren are protected
      • The vicious­ness has been devel­oped for years, and the hatred is unlimited.
      • An insane mind has been created.
    • He shoots him­self as soon as the police showed up.  He can never be touched.
  • After the mas­sacre, the local Catholic church, St Rose, was threat­ened, prob­a­bly by another of Castaldo’s vic­tims who never came forward:

There’s the the­ory, and is a more com­plete expla­na­tion than any­thing else I’ve seen.  If they inves­ti­gate with this in mind, they will find inter­net sites he vis­ited about Catholics pro­tect­ing pedophile priests.  Even if his com­puter was destroyed, his inter­net provider will have a log of all the sites he visited.

Lastly, why did his brain snap that day?  My guess is that it was the anniver­sary of the date he was raped, a date he fears every year, when the weather, day­light, and pre-Christmas cel­e­bra­tion by every­one remind him in ways he can’t forget.

Alter­na­tively, it could have been because his mother said she was going to put him in an insti­tu­tion.  How­ever, the big­ger issue for him would have been that he couldn’t han­dle being touched.

This is a com­plete motive with an expla­na­tion for every­thing.  Let’s see what other evi­dence comes up.

UPDATES, thanks to a com­menter below.

  • Another known (and admit­ted) pedophile priest named Fr Charles Stubbs, who admit­ted molest­ing a boy in 1997, was also at St Rose of Lima Parish around that time, as proven in the Reuters arti­cle. pedophile priest Fr Charles Stubbs at St Rose of Lima Church when Adam Lanza was there.  How­ever, he may have left after 1997, and Adam Lanza arrived in 1998.  The arti­cle doesn’t make it clear whether Stubbs con­tin­ued to live in New­town in 1998.
  • Stubbs had been pro­tected and moved by mul­ti­ple priests includ­ing Bishop Egan, who put him in New­town in 1997.
  • I could not find proof that Fr Dono­van was at St Rose of Lima dur­ing that time period.
  • Regard­less, with AT LEAST 2 known pedophile priests in the New­town parish at that time, there cer­tainly was a cul­ture of accepted pedophilia.


One comment for “FTR #775 Ratzinger Leaves the Ship–The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI”

  1. Interesting fun fact: Pope Benedict’s older brother, the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, is also a member of the clergy.
    Horrible facts: the internationally known German chruch choir the Rev. Georg Ratzinger directed for three decades is alleged to have suffered from systemic physical abuse, including severe sexual abuse. And the abuse was so rampant that one in three choir members were victims from 1953-1992 according to an estimate done by the choir’s lawyer based on victim interviews and an examination of the archives. The Rev. Georg Ratzinger denies he had any knowledge of it during his time there.
    Another horrible fact: In January 2013, Germany’s Bishops cancelled an independent study into the sexual abuse of children by clergy members. This was just over a month before Pope Benedict announced his resignation.

    To summarize: that was one interesting fun fact, and a bunch of horrible ones:

    The New York Times
    Pope Benedict’s Brother Says He Was Unaware of Abuse

    JAN. 10, 2016

    REGENSBURG, Germany — The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the elder brother of former Pope Benedict XVI, said in an interview published Sunday that he had no knowledge that young boys in an internationally known German church choir he directed for 30 years had suffered sexual abuse.

    “I did not hear anything at all about sexual abuse,” Father Ratzinger, 91, told a Bavarian regional newspaper, Passauer Neue Presse. “I was not aware that any sexual abuse was taking place at that time.”

    Reports of physical and sexual abuse in the choir, the Regensburger Domspatzen in Bavaria, first emerged in 2010 as part of a nationwide wave of revelations linking officials of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany to the mistreatment of children. But an internal report by the church identified only 72 cases of abuse in the Regensburg Diocese, most involving severe corporal punishment.

    Last week, Ulrich Weber, a lawyer commissioned by the choir to look into accusations of beatings, torture and sexual abuse, presented his initial findings, based on more than 140 interviews, roughly half of them with victims, and an examination of archives. Mr. Weber estimated that from 1953 to 1992, every third student at a school attached to the choir suffered some kind of physical abuse. He said the mistreatment at institutions linked to the Domspatzen included at least 40 cases of sexual violence.

    If true, the findings again raise the question of whether Benedict, the pope emeritus, who taught theology in Regensburg from 1969 to 1976, had any knowledge of the abuse taking place in the choir that his brother directed. During his tenure as pope, Benedict called the problem of sexual abuse by clergymen a “sin inside the church,” and met with victims’ groups, but never directly addressed questions of how he handled sexual abuse in his previous posts, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican, and as archbishop of Munich in 1980, when a pedophile priest was moved to his diocese for treatment.

    In an interview with Passauer Neue Presse in 2010, Father Ratzinger apologized to the students he had slapped before corporal punishment was outlawed in Bavaria in 1980. But he has steadfastly maintained that he was never cognizant of any sexual wrongdoing while he directed the choir, from 1964 to 1994. In the interview published Sunday, he reiterated that position.

    According to Mr. Weber, the sexual abuse ranged “from fondling to rapes.” Given the extent and seriousness of the accusations, Mr. Weber told reporters on Friday, he believed that Father Ratzinger must have known it was taking place.

    The bishop of Regensburg, Rudolf Voderholzer, has declined to comment on Mr. Weber’s findings, saying in a statement that the church wanted to speak with victims and assess the final report, expected to be completed next year, before commenting. Victims have criticized the diocese for failing to take their accusations seriously.

    Rocked by the extent of the abuse cases that emerged in 2010, the Catholic Church in Germany and the government established a hotline for victims to report cases of abuse, seek professional help and explore legal options.

    Last year, as a result of the allegations, the German Parliament passed a law extending the statute of limitations for cases of sexual abuse to a range of five to 30 years, depending on the severity of the crime. But given that most of the instances of abuse involving the Domspatzen took place before 1992, only a few may still be eligible for prosecution.

    This makes the victims’ demands for a thorough accounting of past abuses by the church all the more important. A decision by the church in 2013 to cancel an independent study into the sexual abuse of children by clergy members raised questions about the credibility of its commitment to addressing the problem.

    Roland Büchner, the director of the choir, welcomed the latest findings as an important step toward transparency.

    “The number of victims named in this interim report horrifies us, and we would like to stress that every one deeply affects and renders us speechless,” Mr. Büchner said. “Consequently, we would like to take this opportunity to again, with deepest shock and shame, express our apologies to the victims in the Domspatzen and its associated institutions.”

    Mr. Büchner said an advisory board would be convened in February to discuss how to handle the final report. The board will be composed of a representative of the victims; two mediators; members of the choir foundation; Michael Fuchs, the vicar general; and the bishop.

    “Last year, as a result of the allegations, the German Parliament passed a law extending the statute of limitations for cases of sexual abuse to a range of five to 30 years, depending on the severity of the crime. But given that most of the instances of abuse involving the Domspatzen took place before 1992, only a few may still be eligible for prosecution.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 11, 2016, 10:43 pm

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