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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.

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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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