Hailing from Argentina, the new Pope should not be viewed as a break with the Vatican’s past. Bergoglio appears to have turned liberal priests over to the junta, possibly assisting in their ‘interrogation!” He also helped to obscure the kidnapping of the children of victims of that murderous junta during its “Dirty War.” Key members of the junta belonged to the P-2 Lodge, which clandestinely ran the Vatican Bank.
How many of the emerging child-molestation scandals emerging actually overlap and what sort of power-political interests have been utilizing those enmeshed in the affairs for blackmail and political and/or economic gain? The Opus-Dei linked GOP senator Rick Santorum was a promoter and defender of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky. Is there a Vatican link to the Penn State scandal? Disgraced British Cardinal Keith O’Brian was close to the late Jimmy Savile, a Vatican knight who was an inveterate pedophile.
There are numerous indications that “fascist-friendly” institutional continuity will be maintained at the Vatican. The Pope will have the title of “Emeritus Pope.” This will allow him to wield influence behind the scenes. That should be easy to accomplish. The Pope will continue to reside Vatican City, retaining diplomatic immunity from future prosecution or litigation. Ratzinger/Benedict’s successor may well be someone cut from the same fabric as he. The timing of the conclave that will select the next pontiff may be moved up.
We’ve posted several times in connection with the resignation of Benedict XVI. Media speculation has centered on a report submitted to Ratzinger/Benedict detailing blackmail of a powerful “Velvet Mafia” of gay prelates inside the Vatican. That scandal appears to be overlapping some of the inquiries into the Vatican finances. Apparently blackmailed by outsiders over their extensive and relatively visible liaisons, the “Velvet Mafia” appears to have had dealings with the Vatican bank–long a focus of intrigue and covert fascist machinations.
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?
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.
A caretaker Pope, Benedict XVI presided over numerous inquiries into Vatican malfeasance. His resignation raises the question as to what will follow. Steeped in the Vatican’s long-standing relationship with fascism, the outgoing Pope presided over a whitewash of Pius XII’s involvement with the Third Reich and a blunting of inquiries into the molestation scandals unfolding around the world.
In exchange for making Roman Catholicism the official state religion of fascist Italy through the Lateran Treaty of 1929, Mussolini’s regime gave the Vatican control over assets that were parlayed into a major financial empire. A recent story in the “Guardian” (UK) highlights the extent to which the Vatican has cobbled together a major international real estate empire, built on the foundation solidified by the Lateran Treaty of 1929. We should never lose sight of the ongoing relationship between “Vatican Incorporated” and the Underground Reich.
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.
Comment: Ettore Gotti Tedeschi–head of the Vatican Bank–espoused the free-market ideology that led to the crash of 2008. Tedeschi has also advised then Cardinal Ratzinger and helped him write an economic thesis. (Ratzinger became, of course, Pope Benedict.) Not surprisingly, Tedeschi is a member of Opus Dei, the fascist lay Catholic order that has been [...]