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The tag 'Vatican' is associated with 110 posts.

Parting Shot from “Der Panzerkardinal”: Keeping Scandal Hidden (Under the Rock of St. Peter)

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.


Ratzinger Leaves the Ship

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.


Evolution of Vatican Incorporated: Papacy’s Mussolini-funded Real Estate Empire

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.


Roberto Calvi Linked to Pablo Escobar

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.


RIP Charles Higham

Charles Higham, author of important exposés about fascism, has passed. His work highlighted Nazi Fifth columnists in the west, including American industrialists and financiers and the 1934 coup attempt against FDR.


FTR #748 Update on the Rewriting of World War II History

Estonian celebration of the Nazi invasion of World War II as ‘liberation’ and in Belgium, too, the past is being rewritten.


Seymour Hersh: Joint Chiefs of Staff Dominated by Knights of Malta, Opus Dei

“New York Times” journalist Seymour Hersh maintains that U.S. Joint Chiefsof Staff are dominated by officers belonging to, or sympathetic to the Knights of Malta and/or Opus Dei.


Gay Theologian Expounds on the Church’s Homophobia and Shift to the Right

Comment: A recent Spiegel article recorded the observations of  David Berger, a gay former Catholic priest. Berger discussed homophobia in the Church and among its powerful supporters, as well as the Church’s political lurch to the right. Interview With Gay Theologian David Berger: ‘A Large Proportion of Catholic Clerics and Trainee Priests Are Homosexual’”; Spiegel […]


FTR #724 Wiki of the Damned

WikiLeaks kingpin Assange appears connected to powerful mind-control cult; Australian intelligence involved with the cult? Members die their hair blonde, have multiple identities, passports, birthdates. Possible Third Position orientation of the group.


Vatican Bank Chief’s Free-Market Ideology and Opus Dei Background

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 […]