'Inside the Brotherhood' - Martin Short
'St. Peter's Squared', Chapter 8
Harper Collins, 1989
If they were not doing evil they would not have so great a hatred of
Ever since 1738 when Clement XII issued his bull In Eminenti against
the 'depraved and perverted' societies of Freemasons, the Roman
Catholic Church has been condemning Freemasonry as if it were the
child of the devil. Ironically, it was only in recent years, as
Protestant churches were at last plucking up courage to round on the
brotherhood, that the Vatican softened its opposition and seemed
almost to welcome its centuries-old enemy beneath the canopy of St
In eminenti - the first of more than twenty bulls against
Freemasonry - was issued partly on doctrinal grounds but also
because, in the 1730's, the Papacy felt its temporal power was being
subverted by a lodge in Florence. The lodge, set up by Englishmen,
was being used by English agents as a cell for intrigue and
As I explain in Chapter 33, the agents target was the
Stuart Pretender, James, who was holding court in the Holy City, but
the lodge also contained Italian freethinkers who mocked the Papacy.
On both these grounds Clement railed against societies called 'Liberi
Muratori' or 'Freemasons' for the 'great mischiefs' they did to the
'temporal tranquility' of the state:
Since we are taught by the divine word to watch, like a faithful
servant, night and day, lest this sort of men break as thieves into
the house, and like foxes endeavour to root up the vineyard... we do
condemn and prohibit the same societies...
The Pope commended that no members of 'the faithful in Christ',
whatever their status, laymen or clergy, should join Masonic
societies, or give Masons shelter, help them meet, 'afford them
counsel, help or favour', assist them to recruit, or 'in any manner
aid and promote them'. those who did would suffer the penalty of
'without any other declaration; from which no one
can obtain the benefit of absolution from any other but us... except
at the point of death'.
Enforcing the new law fell to the Holy Inquisition which promptly
jailed an Italian member of the Florence lodge. The lodge closed but
some of its members still conspired against Rome. For the next 100
years Freemasonry grew throughout Italy as a cover for nationalist
revolutionary activity. According to one Masonic writer, from the
middle of the nineteenth century 'the salient point of Italian
politics was war against Catholicism directly led by the lodges'.
1848 Pius IX and the Papal States were overwhelmed by the movement
for Italian unification. The papal prime minister was assassinated,
an act which the revolutions leader, [and Mafia founder - FW] the
Freemason Giuseppe Mazzini, deemed 'necessary and just'.
rebelled, Pius fled, and Mazzini set up a Roman Republic. It did not
last. In 1850 the French put Pius back on the Roman throne, but the
secret societies had signaled the end of his territorial power.
Twenty years later Italian unity was achieved, largely through the
efforts of three Masons; the revolutionary Mazzini, the soldier
Garibaldi and the statesman Cavour. By 1870 these men had destroyed
the Pope's earthly dominion.
Rome was made the capital of an
independent secular nation state and the Papacy was reduced to 109
acres around St. Peter's. In his tortured thirty-two year reign Pius
IX issued six bulls attacking Masonry but the definitive
condemnation came in 1884 with Humanum Genus, in which Leo XIII
lamented that the pontiff was falsely
deprived of temporal power, the stronghold of his rights and of his
freedom; he was next reduced to an iniquitous condition, unbearable
for its numberless burdens until it has come to this, that the
sectarians may openly say what they had already in secret devised
for a long time, namely, that the very spiritual power of the Pope
ought to be taken away and the divine institution of the Roman
Pontificate ought to disappear from the world.
Leo endorsed the view that the Freemasons' 'real supreme aim' is 'to
persecute Christianity with untamed hatred, and they will never rest
until they see cast to the ground all religious institutions
established by the Pope'. Masons insinuate themselves 'into the
hearts of Princes' in order to exploit them as 'accomplices to
overcome Christianity'. Then they resole to 'shake the foundations
of the thrones, and persecute, calumniate or banish those sovereigns
who refuse to rule as they desire'.
The Masons deceived the people
too into believing that 'the Church is the cause of the iniquitous
servitude and misery in which they are suffering' but,
'It would be
more according to civil wisdom and more necessary to universal
welfare that Princes and Peoples, instead of joining the Freemasons
against the Church, should unite with the Church to resist the
The turning point was the Papacy of John XXIII. In 1962 his second
Vatican Council promoted a new climate of religious tolerance and
raised hopes of a coming together of all churches and faiths. It
called for a dialogue with all 'men of goodwill' who showed a
readiness to talk with the Church.
Leading Masons felt this must
include them because their order was built on a similar concept of
'gather together, beyond the limits of the various religions and
world views, men of goodwill on the basis of humanistic values
comprehensible and acceptable to everyone. It was also told that
Masonry's moral values encourage men to embrace their own religions
even more strongly, so that Catholics who are Masons become even
In the decade after Vatican II, Catholic leaders in several
countries were solicited by Freemasons. In 1968 a prominent English
Mason named Harry Carr persuaded the Cardinal Archbishop of
Westminster to propose a softer line on Freemasonry to the Vatican.
Cardinal Heenan was sympathetic because of the sad tale of one of
his parishioners. In his autobiography he told of his visits to a
Yeoman of the Guard (a Beefeater at the Tower of London) who was
'over seventy with a well-trimmed white beard'.
The man always
attended Sunday Mass and 'prayed with great recollection', but never
'There was only one black mark in the Yeoman's
record. He had not received the sacraments within living memory. His
children knew the reason. In the army he had become a Freemason in
the belief that this would further his career.'
Heenan felt it was 'probably only a matter of time' before the
general ban on Masonry would be lifted, but not even he dared ask
the Vatican to allow the Yeoman to take Communion while he was still
a Mason. Instead the Cardinal urged the Beefeater to quit the Craft,
but he never did because he,
'was under the almost certainly false
impression that he would have to cease to be a Yeoman if he resigned
from his masonic lodge'.
As it happens, the Yeoman's 'impression' was almost certainly
correct for the Craft is strong in the army, the Territorial and in
many quasi-military organizations. At that time it may have held
sway among Beefeaters. Ignoring such worldly obstacles, Heenan
embraced Carr's view that 'regular' Masons had never plotted against
the Church and accepted the need to draw a 'sharp line' between
English-style Freemasonry and the 'atheistic or anti-Christian Grand
In his own book Carr says he urged
Heenan to urge Rome
that it could use the English model to distinguish between good and
'What we really need is an intermediary,
to convince your authorities.' Heenan replied: 'I am your
The Cardinal then took up the cause of 'regular'
Pope Paul VI. By 1971 he was able to report some progress...
Similar Church-Mason canoodling was going on in France, where
Freemasonry has an even stronger anti-clerical tradition than in
Italy. The French Revolution was largely inspired by Masonic notions
and by masons such as Diderot, Voltaire and Lafayette. French
history thereafter is littered with Masonic onslaughts on Catholics
In March 1985 the Vatican newspaper, L' Osservatore Romano,
published an article showing that all those cozy chats between folk
like Harry Carr and Cardinal Heenan had missed the central issue.
What mattered was not which lot of Masons plotted against the Church
but whether Freemasonry's 'philosophical ideas and moral
conceptions' could ever be reconciled with the fundamentals of
Christian faith. Even a century before, when the Papacy had just
been territorially destroyed by Masons, its opposition had been
In Humanum Genus Leo XIII condemned the
brotherhood's 'rationistic naturalism'. Elsewhere, he said:
'Christianity and Freemasonry are essentially irreconcilable, so
that enrolment in one means separation from the other.'
L'Osservatore Romano expressed in its Latin way most of the objections
later raised by Britain's Protestant Churches.
Above all it must be remembered that the community of 'Freemasons'
and its moral obligations are presented as a progressive system of
symbols of an extremely binding nature. The rigid rule of secrecy
which prevails there further strengthens the weight of the
interaction of signs and ideas. For the members, this climate of
secrecy entails above all the risk of becoming an instrument of
strategies unknown to them.
Freemasonry's 'relativism', its failure to differentiate between
right and wrong paths to God, reducing all religions to facets of 'a
broader and elusive truth', is unacceptable. A Catholic cannot
live his relation with God in a two-fold mode... dividing it into a supraconfessional humanitarian form and an interior Christian form.
He cannot cultivate relations of two types of God, no express his
relation with the Creator through symbolic forms of two types... On
the one hand, a Catholic Christian cannot at the same time share in
the full communion of Christian brotherhood and, on the other, look
upon his Christian brother, from the Masonic perspective, as an
After fifteen years of flirting with Freemasonry, the Church had
come back to where it had stood before Vatican II, and before that
for more than 200 years. Yet from 1974 an unknown number of
Catholics had joined the Craft.
The Vatican has still not made clear
where they now stand. Should they follow a 1911 decree which
instructed Catholic Masons to move into 'passive membership'
abstaining from all participation and 'communion' with Freemasonry,
or quit altogether if they can so do without causing themselves or
their family 'serious harm'? Without express guidance, Catholics
already active in Freemasonry will probably stay active. They may
find 'grave sin' more fun than Holy Communion.
The dalliance is over, but crucial questions still need to be
answered. Why did the kissing stop in 1981? And how had it ever
begun? Was it just Vatican II which caused the Church to drop its
centuries-old hostility or was some other force at work?
A 'topside' interpretation might claim the kissing had to stop as
soon as Germany's bishops produced a devastating statement on six
years of discussion with their Masonic countrymen. In 1980 they
'It is impossible to belong to the Catholic Church and to
Freemasonry at the same time.'
For all the Craft's humanitarian and
charitable aspects, and its stand against 'materialistic ideology',
it still denies the 'objective validity of revealed truth'.
Mason 'is to question the fundamental principles of Christian life'.
The bishops slated Freemasonry for its many 'isms': indifferentism,
relativism, subjectivism, deism. To the Masons 'all religions are
competitive attempts to express the ultimate unattainable truth
about God '. This 'undermines the faith of a Catholic' whose Church -
despite Vatican II - still lays claim to absolute truth.
The bishops' statement was published ten months before the Vatican
made its 1981 declaration that Catholic Masons still faced
excommunication, but everything they said was as plain as a Swiss
Guard's pikestaff. Anyone with the slightest awareness of Catholic
dogma and Masonic 'tolerance' would already have known the two could
never be reconciled without intellectual dishonesty. It is unlikely,
therefore, that the volte-face had nothing to do with the German
bishops but everything to do with the scandal of Propaganda Massonica Due, the 'regular' Masonic Lodge otherwise known as
I tell the inside Masonic story of P2 in Chapter 33. Here I point
out that this plot to subvert the entire Italian nation first
penetrated St Peter's in the 1960s, soon after Vatican II. It was
only on the eve of the P2 scandal that the Sacred Congregation
published its 1981 'no-change' statement.
P2's shocking 'state
within a state' membership lists were discovered one month later,
but magistrates had already been investigating P2's Grand Master Lucio Gelli for two years and knew how deeply he and his Masonic
cronies had subverted the Vatican in the eighteen years since Paul
VI had become Pope.
Now the Vatican suddenly realized Freemasonry was still a perfect
vehicle for conspiracies against Church and State. 'Times change,'
the English bishops had said in 1974. They failed to say that
Freemasonry remains the same. The P2 scandal was 1738 and 1848 all
over again. 'Men of goodwill' in Britain, France and Italy would
bluster that P2 had nothing to do with 'regular' Freemasonry, but
this was a lie and those who uttered it were either fools or knaves.
P2 was a recognized part of the 'regular'
Grand Orient of Italy -
itself recognized by the Grand Lodge of England in 1972 - and three
successive Italian Grand Masters were up to their necks in the
Yes Virginia, Freemasonry Lies
'Inside the Brotherhood' - Martin Short
'Spooks in Aprons', Chapter 33 Excerpts
Harper Collins, 1989
Despite the combined claims of Bentine, Knight and Chinaman, I sense
that this 'KGB infiltration' view of British Freemasonry is a
distraction: not invalid, but far less significant than the greater
truth that stolid Whitehall bureaucrats have joined Freemasonry in
far greater numbers than any spies.
Such mandarins may be mediocre,
even incompetent, but they are the people who keep the ship of state
afloat. If a few of them corruptly feather their nests by feeding
juicy contracts to Masonic friends in private industry, so be it.
These men may not be the backbone of the civil service, but they
constitute several ribs.
Knight went more dangerously off-course with a second KGB theory:
that Italy's P2 Masonic Lodge conspiracy was a KGB plot. He was fed
this idea by someone whom he described as 'an impeccable source
within British Intelligence', but his strongest evidence appears to
have been the perverse fact that of all Italy's leading political
parties, 'only the Communist Party had no links with P2' and so
could exploit the P2 scandal with impunity.
'From the beginning,' he
continued, 'Lodge P2 was a KGB-sponsored programme aimed at
destabilizing Italy, weakening NATO's southern flank, sweeping the
Communists into power in Italy, and sending resultant shock waves
throughout the western world.'
Even when The Brotherhood first appeared, this seemed an unlikely
story. Five years later it is clear that Knight's 'impeccable
source' had filled him with disinformation. To understand this
government spook's motives we have to explore the P2 story from
several angles, but first a brief summary of P2.
In March 1981 two Milan magistrates were investigating the fake
kidnapping in 1979 of a swindling Sicilian-born international
banker, Michele Sindona. They were also probing his role as
financial advisor to the Vatican and the Mafia. They discovered
that, while he was hiding in Palermo, one of his 'minders' had
traveled 600 miles north to Arezzo to visit a textile manufacturer,
They promptly ordered a search of Gelli's premises. On
17 March finance policemen discovered 962 Italian names on lists
kept in his office safe and a suitcase. The names belonged to
members of a Masonic Lodge named Propaganda Massonica, also known as
P2. Gelli was its Venerable Master.
What astonished the investigators was that the names on the lists
amounted to a state within a state. They included forty-three MPs
(among them three cabinet ministers), forty-three generals and eight
admirals (including the current heads of all the armed forces),
security service bosses, hundreds of public servants and diplomats,
the police chiefs of Italy's four biggest cities, industrialists and
financiers, television stars and twenty-four journalists, including
the editor and publisher of Corriere della Sera. Sindona was a
member. So was another controversial banker, Roberto Calvi, who
would later be found hanging under London's Blackfriars Bridge.
But who was Gelli?
In succeeding months the magistrates discovered
that this seeming small-town industrialist was a fascist war
criminal who had opportunistically betrayed his colleagues as soon
as he realized Germany was going to lose the war. A few years later
his past caught up with him, so he fled to Argentina and made
valuable political friends such as General Peron.
In the mid-1960s
he returned to Italy and was appointed Argentina's honorary consul.
He soon had connections everywhere. He had no problems doing textile
business in Eastern Europe, but he also popped up in Rome's
right-wing circles. He even had friends in America's Republican
Party, through whom he was invited to President Reagan's 1981
inauguration. He was masterly at collecting influential people. He
manipulated them to aggrandize himself.
At times his motive seemed
to be financial, at others ideological, but what was his ideology?
What mystified the Milan magistrates - and other people on his trail
- was, who did he really work for?
For Italy's secret services, for
America's CIA or Russia's KGB?
The KGB theory was always the least likely. There was little
evidence to support it, whereas there was overwhelming proof of Gelli's continuous involvement with fascism for more than forty
years. Significantly, the 'P2-KGB plot' fantasy resembles a parallel
propaganda myth which fooled many other journalists at the time:
that the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II was a
"Western intelligence experts are now generally
agreed that the attempted killing was inspired by the KGB," wrote
If Western Intelligence experts really believed
that, the West was (and is) in deep trouble.
It has now been shown that this theory was concocted by two
Americans: a former CIA operative named Paul Henze and a right-wing
journalist named Michael Ledeen. Ledeen had previously known a
rising Italian businessman, Francesco Pazienza, who had links with
SISMI: Italian Military Intelligence.
However, Pazienza rejects the
'Bulgarian plot' theory and claims he is himself the victim of black
propaganda, falsely branded as a P2 member and as Gelli's nominated
successor. He is a Mason, but says he never met Gelli. In 1988 he
was sentenced to a ten years in prison over the 1980 bombing of
Bologna railway station, but he claims he will be cleared on appeal.
At a future date I hope to portray the political, military, and
commercial rackets which P2 members have continued to perpetrate
years after P2 was officially dissolved. Here I show how the
reactionary forces, in Italy and America, which created P2 are tied
in with British Intelligence and British Freemasonry.
Many of my
comments are based on evidence gathered by an Italian Parliamentary
Inquiry into P2. Its 1984 report was never published in English.
Indeed, it has rarely been mentioned in the British or American
media, even though its contents have world wide significance. The
report also helps explain why - and on what basis - British
Intelligence misled Stephen Knight into believing P2 was a KGB plot.
To understand P2, however, we must have some idea of the history of
Freemasonry in Italy.
The brotherhood has had a controversial history ever since it
reached Italy in the early 1730's (see Chapter 8), but its political
ascendancy was ended in 1925 when it was outlawed by the fascist
dictator Benito Mussolini. Twenty years later it was legalized
again, but only after the US Office of Strategic Services (the
forerunner of the CIA) had pressured Italy's weak and impoverished
government. The OSS planned to use Freemasonry just as it used the
Mafia: to prop up a sickly democracy threatened by Soviet-inspired
destabilization and the prospect of a communist election victory.
The OSS/CIA backed Italy's strongest Masonic faction, the Grand
Orient, which today has some 15,000 members. From 1961 until 1970
its Grand Master was Giordano Gamberini who (whether for the
his own ends) sought to influence Italian elections by canvassing
for candidates who were Freemasons and giving them money. At the
time he was desperate to win recognition from the United Grand Lodge
of England, which most 'regular' Masons in the world regard as the
sole source of legitimacy.
If England could be persuaded to recognize
the Grand Orient, all other Grand Lodges would follow suit. England
had always refused, largely because of Italian Freemasonry's
historic involvement in politics. This offends the Basic Principles
on which England's Grand Lodge decides whether to recognize any
other. Principal 7 states:
'The discussion of politics and religion
within the Lodge shall be strictly prohibited.'
By meddling in
politics Gamberini was breaching this principal, so the Grand Lodge
of England should have shunned him like the plague. Instead it acted
as if in totally favor - or blissful ignorance - of his political
In the 1960s Grand Lodge was more distracted by the fact that the
Grand Orient (also known as 'Palazzo Giustiani') was one of two
Italian Grand Lodges clamoring for recognition. There was also the
Palazzo del Gesu, with some 5,000 members.
James Stubbs, then
England's Grand Secretary, described the dilemma in his 1985
biography, Freemasonry in my Life:
It was... well known in Italy that we were not prepared to plump for
one, leaving the other out, or even to recognize them both;
eventually the moment came when at last the cracks were papered
over and the Palazzo Giustiniani seemed to be in control. We felt
justified in recognizing Italy.
The man who had master-minded the unification of the Grand Orient
and Palazzo del Gesu, paving the way for recognition by England, was
none other than the subsequently notorious Licio Gelli. He had
entered Freemasonry only in 1965, yet he was instantly recommended
to Grand Master Gamberini as someone 'able to make a great
contribution to the institution in terms of recruiting qualified
people'; in other words, to draw into Masonry men dedicated to
If we remember the OSS's fierce anti-communist
intent in resurrecting Freemasonry after World War II, and
Gamerini's 1960s electioneering, it is clear that the political
meddling of modern Italian Freemasonry did not start with Licio
Gelli. He merely increased its effectiveness.
In 1970 a Florence doctor named Lino Salvini became Grand Master.
This freed Gamberini to act as the Grand Orient's roving ambassador
in the search for international recognition. At the same time he
sought to develop Propaganda Massonica Lodge (P2) as a nexus for the
Italian Right to seize control of Italian society, if ever the need
arose. The lodge had been founded in 1877 to meet the needs of
provincial Masons living temporarily in Rome and thus unable to
attend their home lodges. It soon evolved into a 'reserved' or
secret lodge whose members were known only to the Grand Secretary,
allegedly to protect them from Papal wrath.
In the mid-1960s P2 had only fourteen members, but in 1970 Salvini
asked Gelli to 'restructure' the lodge. Suddenly numbers soared.
Within a decade it had 400 members, a few years later almost 1,000.
Gelli has received all the credit and blame for this achievement,
but Gamberini supervised many of the initiation ceremonies which
Gelli performed in P2's Excelsior Hotel headquarters. Grand Master Salvini was just as involved. In December 1971 he told P2 members
that henceforth they could pursue their 'profane' (worldly) aims
under the cover of their concealed order:
If until known it has not been possible to meet at our places of
work, with this restructuring we shall have the possibility and
pleasure of more frequent meetings, to discuss not only the various
problems of a social and economic order which interest our brothers,
but also those regarding the whole of society.
The minutes of one P2 meeting in the early 1970s reveal what kind of
society appealed to Gelli, Salvini and Gamberini.
Gelli wrote that
the political and economic situation of Italy, the threat of the
Italian Communist Party, in accord with clericalism, aiming at the
conquest of power, the lack of power in the forces of law and order,
the spread of immorality, indiscipline and all the worst aspects of
morality and civic virtue... relationships with the Italian state.
In a note to absent members Gelli added:
Many have asked... how we should behave if one morning we awoke to
find the clerico-Communists had seized power, whether it would be
best to resign ourselves to passive acquiescence, or to take on
well-defined positions - and if so, on the basis of what emergency
In other words, P2 was a secret cell for the preparation of a
right-wing coup like those which engulfed Greece in 1967 and Chile
in 1973 (in Chile's case, to overthrow President Allende, who was a
communist Freemason of an 'irregular' Masonic order). Gelli hosted
frequent P2 meetings where the politics of destabilization and
subversion were discussed by police chiefs, army generals, security
service bosses and appeal court judges.
He knew this was not
'Philosophy has been banished, but we felt we
had to do this in order to tackle only solid and concrete arguments
affecting national life.'
During these years Grand Master Salvini knew exactly what
doing, indeed he had told him to do it. The same year that P2
'banished philosophy' with Salvini's blessing, Salvini himself was
blessed by the Grand Lodge of England. In September 1972 Great Queen
Street declared it was 'convinced that the time is ripe and
conditions are favorable' for recognizing the Grand Orient.
The 1970s were some of the blackest years in the history of modern
Italy. The state was torn apart by left- and right- wing terror, but
many of the horrific acts originally blamed on the Left (from the
Red Brigades to the Communist Party) turned out to be acts of black
propaganda by the extreme Right. These included the 'Italicus' train
bombing in 1974, in which twelve people were killed, and the 1980
Bologna Station massacre in which eight-five died. In both events
had a guiding control.
In July 1976 the Grand Orient formally suspended P2, but Salvini
secretly authorized it to carry on. At a meeting in Rome in
September a 'democratic' Mason named Francesco Siniscalchi asked
Salvini to answer a series of questions on Gelli and P2. Siniscalchi
added that if a 'profane' (non-Masonic) magistrate ever asked him
what he knew about Masonic wrongdoing he would have to tell the
truth. Salvini not only refused to answer the questions; he expelled
Siniscalchi and other 'democratic' Masons from the Grand Orient as
traitors for daring to confront him.
In December 1976 he (Siniscalchi) gave Rome judges a dossier
exposing numerous illegalities by Gelli and his P2 clan. It was this
dossier, and other discoveries by Siniscalchi, which first exposed
the P2 conspiracy to 'profane' eyes. Five years later, when finance
police raided Gelli's office, they already had a good idea from
Siniscalchi what they might find.
In 1987 I wrote to Grand Secretary Ernesto Zampieri and asked why
the Grand Orient had not reinstated its expelled brother Siniscalchi
and honored him for the sterling service which he had done Italian
Freemasonry exposing the evil of P2. Zampieri's reply made no
reference to Siniscalchi but stated:
'We can assure you that our
organs of Justice do act with a great sense of responsibility from
the safeguard of our institution.'
This presumably means Siniscalchi
will not be reinstated, probably because the Grand Orient feels he
has done it no good whatsoever. Like many Masons who practice the
movement's finest principals, Siniscalchi has been ostracized by his
Masonic bosses who, no doubt, would have preferred him to keep his
In September 1981 the Grand Lodge of England felt obliged to explain
where it stood to its own bemused members, 'in view of the very wide
publicity attracted by the so-called P2 Lodge'. It said it had
recognized the Grand Orient in 1972 when satisfied that it accepted
Principle no. 7 banning discussion of politics and religion.
Grand Lodge said, it 'had been informed' that the Grand Orient had
suspended P2 in 1976 and had authorized no Masonic activity by P2
since then. Licio Gelli had also been suspended, and the Grand
Orient had recently reaffirmed adherence to the Principles of
Recognition, including no. 7. Grand Lodge would keep the matter
under review, but in the meantime did not intend to take action.
Had Grand Lodge 'been informed' of the real truth if would have had
to take action, even to withdraw recognition, but its 1981 statement
contained many untruths. P2 was not a 'so-called' lodge. It had been
a legitimate lodge for almost a century. Furthermore, its suspension
in 1976 had been a sham for as we have seen, Grand Master Salvini
promptly authorized it to carry on.
In 1977 he instructed Gelli to
continue 'perfecting the Masonic vocation of P2 members:
You will answer only to me for what you do to this end, promoting
and encouraging those activities which you think of use and interest
to Masonry. I am sure that you will conduct the task with the
fearless spirit you showed when faced by the treacherous attacks of
the traitors of the institution.
Grand Master Salvini resigned in 1978, but his successor, General Ennio
Battelli, continued to accept all Gelli's recruits as
legitimate Freemasons. In 1980 the Grand Orient was still accepting
lump sum payments from Licio Gelli as P2 members' dues. Battelli
also supplied Gelli with blank Grand Orient membership cards. In
autumn 1981, when P2 had at last been officially dissolved and Gelli
suspended, the Grand Orient transferred P2's members to other
lodges: an act which proved the P2 shut-down was a cosmetic device.
In reality the lodges reactionary ethos was now spread like a virus
throughout the Grand Orient.
Salvini had been forced to resign because of intense American
Masonic dissatisfaction over his relationship with Gelli. Yet the new
Grand Master, General Ennio Battelli, brought even greater shame on
the movement. It turned out that Gelli had paid for Battelli's
Masonic election campaign and then gave him regular pay-offs in
succeeding years. The general would later be charged with criminal
involvement with the Bologna Station massacre.
When England's Grand Lodge goes silent about a Masonic controversy
the nearest thing to a leak may be found in the magazine Masonic
Square. In March 1987 it published an article on Italian Freemasonry
which referred to the 'bogus P2 lodge, a spurious body not
affiliated in any way to the Grand Orient.' Was this untruth
published through ignorance or had the writer been fed
disinformation to delude England's Masonic faithful? Either way the
writer also claimed that the Grand Orient 'enjoys the warmest
relations' with the Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland.
Perhaps these 'warmest relations' have blinded England's Grand Lodge
to the need to discover and disseminate the truth about Italian
Freemasonry. To spread the myth that P2 was a perversion, rather
than the logical climax, of the Grand Orient tradition would
obviously suit the Grand Orient. In the early 1980's not only
England's Masonic masses but also much of the Western press were
hoodwinked into thinking P2 was not part of Freemasonry at all.
This was necessary if a second act of deception - blaming the P2
scandal on the KGB - could be achieved without tainting the Grand
Orient or the Grand Lodge of England. This may explain why British
Intelligence sought to mislead Stephen Knight in 1983.
Propaganda Due (P2)
St. Peter's Banker
Franklin Watts Ltd.
Formed in the 19th century by the Grande Orient of Italy for the
elites, the organization evolved out of the violent organization
known as the Carbonari. Pagan elements suffused the rituals of the
organization to which all Grand Masters of regular Italian
Freemasonry of course belonged. The head was known as Naj Hannah
In interviews two former members have described the oaths they took.
They were taken to a compound, a Villa hidden in the Apennines in
the region of Tuscany. A 12-foot wall seals the neatly manicured
grounds from view. In the centre of the main courtyard stands a
fountain shaped like a tree trunk.
The cobra-like sculpture, with its
inflated hood, watches over the compound in a protective posture, as
if ready to strike. The cobra's head is twice the size of a human
skull. It has a single eye, which is blue during daylight and red
after nightfall, for inside the cobra's hood and behind its eye
there is a closed-circuit camera that follows a visitor, invited or
unwelcome, as the fountain rotates in the direction the intruder
The fountain-camera is controlled from a room within the
villa where eight monitors, each with five stations, cover eight
guest rooms, patio, pool, dining room, sitting room, and party room.
Approximately ten cameras, including the one inside the cobra, have
infrared lenses. All of the exterior cameras are camouflaged by the
The Villa's interior is magnificent. Every room has
marble floors and is furnished with antiques. Observing the high
ceilings, the finely crafted gold-leaf moldings, the portraits of
Mussolini, Hitler, and Peron, the visitor experiences a feeling, a
sort of living, breathing odor of danger and power that penetrates
the soul and cell by cell contaminates the mind with fear. The year
In the meeting room, twelve members of P-2, dressed in satin
ceremonial robes and wearing black hoods reminiscent of those worn
by members of the Ku Klux Klan, sit in leather chairs at a red
marble conference table. They are the elite members of the Wolf
Pack, Gelli's disciples - some say his execution squad. None of the
black-clad disciples knows the identity of any of his eleven
Grand Master Licio Gelli is the only one who bares his
face. Two Masons stand post at the entrance to the meeting room.
Their faces are also covered. They are Naja Hannah's personal
bodyguards some say his death squad-former Mussolini Facists whose
job is to protect the Grand Master and kill any of the twelve
disciples who betray the cause "Il Momento di Passare all..." (The Time
for Real Action)... Like Naja Hannah and his disciples, each bodyguard
carries an axe; they also bear automatic weapons.
The ceremony begins. There is an uneven series of knocks at the
"Your Worshipful," a disciple announces, "a pagan wishes to
The Grand Master strikes the table with one blow with his
axe. Immediately the oversized door swings open and slams against
the inner wall. Two guards escort the initiate to the center of the
room where he faces the twelve Masons with his back to the grand
The Pagan, as he is called, is wearing a plain black
hood and a blindfold. His identity is known to Grand Master Licio
Gelli but to no one else. He is asked one question by each of the
disciples, but the Pagan does not answer, instead, one of the guards
speaks for him. Once all the ritual questions about purpose and
belief and reason for wanting to become a member of Propaganda Due
are answered, the Pagan is turned to face the Grand Master, who
"Pagan, are you prepared to die in order to preserve the
secrets of Propaganda Due?"
The initiate now answers for himself:
"Do you have the necessary quality of contempt for danger?"
"Do you have the necessary quality of courage?"
"Do you proclaim yourself an Anti-Communist?"
"And Pagan, are you prepared to fight and perhaps face shame, even
death, so that we who may become your Brothers may destroy this
Government and form a Presidency?"
Then the blindfold is
removed. It takes a moment for the initiate's vision to clear,
because this is the first time since entering the compound that he
has been allowed to see light. The blindfold serves a purpose other
than security. It also represents the power of P-2:
membership one is blind; with the help of the order, however, the
way is clear."
Grand Master P2
St. Peter's Banker
Franklin Watts Ltd.
Called Naja Hannah (King Cobra) by
P2 members. Born 1919 in Pistoia,
a provincial capital of Tuscany. At Seventeen he left high school to
fight with the Fascist Italian Blackshirt division in Spain, and
during World War II Gelli zealously supported the Italian dictator,
Gelli served as an Officer in the notorious
SS Herman Goering Division which saw extensive duty in the battles
of Sicily and Mainland Italy. When the dictator fell, Gelli fled to
Argentina, where he allied himself with Juan Peron, became Peron's
economic advisor to Italy, and was granted dual citizenship.
Operated the "Rat Line" which orchestrated the escape of hundreds of
indicted or suspected Nazi War Criminals, "Scientists", and Nazi
Intelligence Officers including likely Klaus Barbie the Butcher of
Lyon, Via Switzerland to South America under the direction of OSS/CIA,
and M.I.5 using the code name "Operation Paperclip".
With the help of the Grande Oriente of Italy the Anti-Fascist
Commission cleared Gelli of War Crime charges related to his
involvement with the executions of Partisans by the SS,
contradicting claims by Masons of Anti-Masonry by Italian Fascists,
and Anti-Fascism by Italian Masons. When Juan Peron died, Eva Peron
called him back to organize the transition.
In early 1960's he joined the Masonic Order of Freemasonry known in
Italy as the Grande Oriente (recognized by mainstream Freemasonry
UGLE & U.S. Grand Lodges). As Grand Master of P2 Gelli declared
himself "a lifelong anti-communist".
Secret Head of CIA and MI5 "Stay Behind" Underground Resistance
Force Plan with the codename Operation "Gladio", who worked under
the direct supervision of Freemason Dulles, who later became the
CIA director fired by JFK. In the event of a takeover by
Communists or anyone else the CIA, MI5 or Pentagon didn't like
in Europe or Latin America, "Gladio" would wage a clandestine war of
subversion and terrorism against the offending Government/Movement/People. This is likely what happened to
of Chile and the Socialist Government of Greece in the "Colonels
Under Gelli P2 Masonic Lodge was the most powerful, political, and
violent secret organization in Italy. Important Italian Generals,
magistrates, and businessmen became members of P2 Masonic Lodge
which Gelli served from the hierarchy of Freemasonry. Determined to
destroy Italy's parliamentary system of government in order to form
a Presidential Dictatorship, Gelli recruited members who swore
allegiance to him rather than to the nation of Italy.
Gelli was not brilliant so much as shrewd and devious. He had money
and power, but he realized that wealth and position meant little
without the weapon of fear. Gelli believed that fear was the
instrument by which real power could be masterfully employed, and he
believed fear was most useful when cloaked in silence. So Grand
Master Gelli divided members of P2 Masonic Lodge into divisions and
forbade them to disclose their membership.
In 1980 Gelli was the Guest of Honour at one of Ronald Reagan's
Presidential Inauguration Balls. It has been suggested that Gelli
worked closely with Reagan CIA Director Appointee William Casey
in the "October Surprise" involving the delayed release of U.S.
hostages held by the Ayatollah Khomeini until after the elections,
which contributed greatly to Jimmy Carters defeat.
Ronald Reagan received an "honorary" 33rd Scottish Rite Freemason
Degree after he was elected President.
St. Peter's Banker
Franklin Watts Ltd.
Pope Paul VI's banker and confident. This was part of an elaborate
scheme by the Mafia, the CIA, MI-5, Neo Fascist Groups, and the defacto controlling body of all Italian Freemasonry -
P2 (which was
called by Italy's Interior Minister a State within a State) to
subvert, bankrupt, and destroy the Vatican and the Parliamentary
System and replace it with a "Presidential" system (i.e. a
Born in 1920 in Patti, Sicily. Sindona became the most successful
tax lawyer and the most powerful banker in Italy. Years later, as
one of the wealthiest men in the world, Sindona was identified by
the Italian and U.S. governments as the Mafia's banker (appointed as
such at a International Mafia conclave in Palermo Sicily in 1957).
He was accused of washing heroin profits through his banks and of
smuggling currency out of Italy through the Bank of the Vatican and
help organize with P2 Grand Master Gelli and the CIA/MI5 the coup in
Greece in '69, an attempted coup in Italy plus others in Spain and
In 1972 Sindona purchased controlling interest of Franklin National
Bank. Two years later Franklin Bank collapsed, the largest bank
failure in American history. On August 2, 1979, while under
indictment, Michele Sindona disappeared and was believed to have
been kidnapped by left-wing terrorists (subsequently proved to be a
staged kidnapping by Sindona and the Mafia to avoid trial). He
reappeared on October 16, 1979, was later convicted of bank fraud,
and was sentenced to twenty five years in prison. P2 Masonic Lodge
Roberto Calvi, Banco Ambrosiano President
St. Peter's Banker
Franklin Watts Ltd.
Member Masonic Lodge P2. Received millions of dollars from
British Intelligence which he laundered to P2 for support of various
right wing activities and coups throughout Southern Europe and Latin
Calvi's secretary "falls" to her death from 4th floor
window of Banks International Headquarters and then the next day
Calvi is found hanging from Black Friars bridge in London with a
false passport and twelve pounds of bricks and rocks shoved in his
pockets (i.e. masonry).
Flavio Carboni and Roberto Calvi's Flight
The Life & Death of Roberto Calvi
The Financial Post
Victor Golancz Ltd, 1983
Flavio Carboni is perhaps the key figure in the final stages of
Calvi's life. From January 1982 onwards, he would with with
increasing frequency visit Calvi in Milan, or for weekend
consultations at Drezzo.
The small Sardinian, who once boasted to
his family he would become the richest man in Italy, would be
companion and paid counselor to the chairman of Ambrosiano, right up
to the end. Vaunting contacts among the Roman politicians, the press
and the highest echelons of Italian Freemasonry, Carboni took over
the role that Gelli had once assumed for Calvi - and more besides.
For Carboni was not only on good terms with Armando Corona, who in
March 1982 was to become the head of the Italian Grand Orient. He
could also enlist the services of such as Ernesto Diotallevi and
Danilo Abbruciati, notorious bosses of the Rome underworld.
Magistrates would later charge that Carboni's building and property
businesses were used to recycle the proceeds of organized crime and
maybe right-wing terrorism also. In most of the subsequent
discoveries which seemed to link Calvi's Ambrosiano with common
crime, the name of Carboni would be a constant thread.
Calvi was attracted to Carboni, as he was to Pazienza, by his
promised access to hidden and therefore real power. Precisely to
what extent his helpers were in collusion it is hard to establish.
But Calvi feared Carboni, just as he was afraid of Pazienza with his
vaguely threatening braggadocio, and well-advertised secret service
connections. Reading of The Godfather was not only instructive of
the advantages of hidden power, but also of the fate which might
befall those who offended it.
Calvi was by this stage scared not only for his own safety (his
retinues of bullet-proof Alfa Romeos and bodyguards were costing his
bank four million lire every day) but for that of his family as
well. From February on, he was imploring his wife to leave Italy for
somewhere less dangerous. In May, and with some reluctance, she
finally yielded to his urgings and went to join their son Carlo in
Washington. And with good reason, for the violent undertows gripping
Ambrosiano's affairs had broken dramatically to the surface.
The Life & Death of Roberto Calvi
The Financial Post
Victor Golancz Ltd, 1983
Despite his lofty rank of general manager and deputy chairman of
Banco Ambrosiano, had lived for many years in a modest first-floor
flat in a corner block of Via Olofredi, close to the central station
in Milan. On the ground floor of the same building was the branch
office No. 18 of Ambrosiano in Milan. It was protected round the
clock by armed private guards, as indeed are bank premises up and
down Italy, as a matter of routine.
On the morning of April 27, 1982 Rosone left as usual for his office
shortly after 8 a.m. Suddenly, as he turned into the street, a man
with a pistol stepped forward and fired wounding him in the legs.
But the guards had quickly noticed the danger and shot back, killing
the assailant outright. To their great surprise police identified
the corpse as that of no ordinary Milanese delinquent, but the
important Rome gangland figure Abbruciati.
Abbrucati's links with Carboni, and indeed Carboni's intimate
dealings with Calvi, were not yet public knowledge. Even so, the
episode raised more questions than it answered, casting a yet more
sinister shadow over Ambrosiano.
What was a high-ranking gangster
from Rome doing carrying out a task that would normally fall to a
Was the attack a botched attempt at murder, to punish Rosone for some affront to the underworld; or was it a deliberate
warning and no more, delivered in classic fashion?
Or was the
warning intended not for him but for Calvi himself?
Later, after Calvi and Ambrosiano had perished, as still darker
emerged - that Calvi himself, through Carboni and Abbruciati, was
directly or indirectly responsible for the attack on his own
vice-chairman, suspected of plotting against him.
What is certain is that Carboni was already receiving money from
Calvi. In Italy, Ambrosiano lent large sums to companies owned by
Carboni, and Calvi even provided finance to help the campaign of
Corona to become the new head of Italian Freemasonry.
Early September 1978: Pope John Paul I asks his secretary of state,
Cardinal Jean Villot, to initiate an investigation into Vatican bank
September 28, 1978: John Paul I presents Cardinal Villot with a list
of people who are to be transferred, asked for their resignations,
or reassigned. All the people on the list are suspected to be
members of the Freemason's group "P2." The reshuffle of power will
have major implications for the existing Vatican power structure and
its financial dealings.
September 29, 1978: John Paul I found dead in his bed.
false statements to the press about the circumstances surrounding
the death, removes key evidence from John Paul's room, and orders
the body to be embalmed immediately without an autopsy.
October 1978: John Paul II to replace John Paul I. None of John Paul I's instructions to Villot before his death are carried out.
January 21, 1979: Murder of Judge Emilio Alessandrini, the Milan
magistrate investigating the activities of Banco Ambrosiano, whose
director, Roberto Calvi, has close ties with Michele Sindona and the
March 20, 1979: Murder of Mino Pecorelli, an investigative
journalist in the process of publishing articles exposing the
membership and dealings of "P2" -- a powerful group of Freemasons
whose membership was involved in Vatican financial dealings, and
whose founder, Lucio Gelli, was deeply connected with Roberto Calvi.
March 25, 1979: Arrests on false charges of
Mario Sarcinelli and
Paolo Baffi of the Bank of Italy. The two men were pressing for
action on the investigation of the financial dealings of Roberto
Calvi and Banco Ambrosiano.
July 11, 1979: Murder of Giorgio Ambrosoli following his testimony
concerning Michele Sindona's financial dealings with Calvi and other
Vatican interests, the activities of P2 and its members among
powerful government and business circles, and the connections
between Calvi, Sindona, and Bishop Paul Marcinkus of the Vatican
July 13, 1979: Murder of Lt. Col. Antonio Varisco, head of the Rome
security service, who was investigating the activities and
membership of P2 and had spoken with Giorgio Ambrosoli two days
before Ambrosoli's death.
July 21, 1979: Murder of Boris Guilano, the Palermo police deputy
superintendent and head of Palermo CID. Guilano had spoken with
Giorgio Ambrosoli two days before Ambrosoli's death concerning
Sindona's laundering of Mafia money through the Vatican Bank into
October 1979: Bomb explosion at the apartment of
managing director of Mediobanca and witness to Sindona's threat to
the life of Giorgio Ambrosoli.
February 2, 1980: The Vatican withdraws at the last moment its
agreement that Cardinals Guiseppe Caprio and Sergio Guerri and
Bishop Paul Marcinkus will provide videotaped depositions on behalf
of Michele Sindona in his trial in the US on charges of fraud,
conspiracy and misappropriation of funds in connection with the
collapse of Franklin National Bank.
May 13, 1980: Michele Sindona attempts suicide in jail.
June 13, 1980: Michele Sindona sentenced to 25 years.
July 8, 1980: Roberto Calvi attempts suicide while in jail on
charges of fraud, etc. Later released on bail and reconfirmed as
chairman of Banco Ambrosiano.
September 1, 1981: The Vatican Bank, apparently at the request of
Roberto Calvi, issues "letters of comfort" acknowledging its
controlling interest in, and assuming responsibility for, a more
than 1 billion dollar debt of a number
of banks controlled by Calvi.
January 12, 1981: A group of shareholders in
Banco Ambrosiano send a
letter to John Paul II outlining the connections between the Vatican
Bank, Roberto Calvi and the P2 and the Mafia. The letter is never
April 27, 1982: Attempted murder of
Roberto Rosone, general manager
and deputy chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, who was trying to "clean
up" the bank's operation.
June 17, 1982: Roberto Calvi
(image right) found hanged to death from a bridge in
London. A few days later, a 1.3 billion dollar "hole" is discovered
in Banco Ambrosiano, Milan.
October 2, 1982: Guiseppe Dellacha, executive at Banco Ambrosiano,
dead of a fall from a window of Banco Ambrosiano, in Milan.
March 23, 1986: Michele Sindona found dead of poisoning in the
Italian jail to which he had been extradited on charges of ordering
the murder of Giorgio Ambrosoli.
Albino Luciano, Pope John Paul I
In Gods' Name
Bantam Books, 1984
"On September 28, 1978, he had been pope for thirty-three days. In
little more than a month he had initiated various courses of action
that, had they been completed, would have had a direct and dynamic
effect on us all. The majority in this world would have applauded
his decisions, a minority would have been appalled. The man who had
quickly been labeled "the smiling pope" intended to remove the
smiles from a number of faces on the following day."
"The Vatican secretary of state,
Cardinal Jean Villot... studied the
list of appointments, resignations to be asked for and transfers the
pope had handed him. He had advised, argued, and remonstrated, but
to no avail. Luciani had been adamant."
"It was by any standards a dramatic reshuffle. It would set the
Church in new directions - directions that Villot, and the others on
the list who were about to be replaced, considered highly
"There was one common denominator, one fact that linked each of the
men about to be replaced. Villot was aware of it. More important, so
was the pope. It had been one of the factors that had caused him to
act, to strip these men of real power...it was Freemasonry."
"The evidence the pope had acquired indicated that within the
Vatican City State there were over one hundred Masons, ranging from
cardinals to priests."
"Luciani was further preoccupied with an illegal Masonic lodge that
had penetrated far beyond Italy in its search for wealth and power.
It called itself P2. The fact that it had penetrated the Vatican
walls and formed links with priests, bishops, and even cardinals
made P2 anathema to Albino Luciani."
"That evening, September 28, 1978, thirty-three days after his
election, Pope John Paul I, "the smiling pope", was declared dead.
No official death certificate has ever been issued. No autopsy ever
performed. His body was hastily embalmed. Cause of death: Unknown.
And Vatican business continues..."
"The facts are here in meticulous detail, documenting widespread
corruption within the Vatican and presenting a compelling case that
six powerful men, to protect their vast financial and political
operations, decided on a shocking course of action -- Pope John Paul
I must die."
A List of Masons in the Vatican and Italian Church?
The following is a list of Masons reprinted with some updates from
the Bulletin de l'Occident Chrétien Nr.12, July, 1976, (Directeur
Pierre Fautrad a Fye - 72490 Bourg Le Roi.) All of the men on this
list, if they in fact be Masons, are excommunicated by Canon Law
Each man's name is followed by his position, if known; the
date he was initiated into Masonry, his code #; and his code name,
Albondi, Alberto. Bishop of Livorno, (Leghorn). Initiated 8-5-58;
I.D. # 7-2431.
Abrech, Pio. In the Sacred Congregation Bishops. 11-27-67; # 63-143.
Acquaviva, Sabino. Professor of Religion at the University of Padova,
(Padua). 12-3-69; # 275-69.
Alessandro, Father Gottardi. (Addressed as Doctor in Masonic
meetings.) President of Fratelli Maristi. 6-14-59.
Angelini Fiorenzo. Bishop of Messenel Greece. 10-14-57; # 14-005.
Argentieri, Benedetto. Patriarch to the Holy See. 3-11-70; # 298-A.
Bea, Augustin. Cardinal. Secretary of State (next to Pope) under
Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI.
Baggio, Sebastiano. Cardinal. Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of
Bishops. (This is a crucial Congregation since it appoints new
Bishops.) Secretary of State under Pope John Paul II from 1989 to
1992. 8-14-57; # 85-1640. Masonic code name "SEBA." He controls
consecration of Bishops.
Balboni, Dante. Assistant to the Vatican Pontifical . Commission for
Biblical Studies. 7-23-68; # 79-14 "BALDA."
Baldassarri Salvatore. Bishop of Ravenna, Italy. 2-19-58; # 4315-19.
Balducci, Ernesto. Religious sculpture artist. 5-16-66; # 1452-3.
Basadonna, Ernesto. Prelate of Milan, 9-14-63; # 9-243. "BASE."
Batelli, Guilio. Lay member of many scientific academies. 8-24-59; #
Bedeschi, Lorenzo. 2-19-59; # 24-041. "BELO."
Belloli, Luigi. Rector of Seminar; Lombardy, Ita- ly. 4-6-58; #
Belluchi, Cleto. Coadjutor Bishop of Fermo, Italy. 6-4-68; # 12-217.
Bettazzi, Luigi. Bishop of Ivera, Italy. 5-11-66; # 1347-45. "LUBE."
Bianchi, Ciovanni. 10-23-69; # 2215-11. "BIGI."
Biffi, Franco, Msgr. Rector of Church of St. John Lateran Pontifical
University. He is head of this University and controls what is being
taught. He heard confessions of Pope Paul VI. 8-15-59. "BIFRA."
Bicarella, Mario. Prelate of Vicenza, Italy. 9-23-64; # 21-014. "BIMA."
Bonicelli, Gaetano. Bishop of Albano, Italy. 5-12-59; # 63-1428, "BOGA."
Boretti, Giancarlo. 3-21-65; # 0-241. "BORGI."
Bovone, Alberto. Substitute Secretary of the Sacred Office. 3-30-67;
# 254-3. "ALBO."
Brini, Mario. Archbishop. Secretary of Chinese, Oriental, and
Pagans. Member of Pontifical Commission to Russia. Has control of
rewriting Canon Law. 7-7-68; # 15670. "MABRI."
Bugnini, Annibale. Archbishop. Wrote Novus Ordo Mass. Envoy to Iran,
4-23-63; # 1365-75. "BUAN."
Buro, Michele. Bishop. Prelate of Pontifical Commission to Latin
America, 3-21-69; # 140-2. "BUMI."
Cacciavillan, Agostino. Secretariat of State. 11-6-60; # 13-154.
Cameli, Umberto. Director in Office of the Ecclesiastical Affairs of
Italy in regard to education in Catholic doctrine. 11-17-60; #
Caprile, Giovanni. Director of Catholic Civil Affairs. 9-5-57; #
Caputo, Giuseppe. 11-15-71; # 6125-63. "GICAP."
Casaroli, Agostino. Cardinal. Secretary of State (next to Pope)
under Pope John Paul II since July 1, 1979 until retired in 1989.
9-28-57; # 41-076. "CASA."
Cerruti, Flaminio. Chief of the Office of the University of
Congregation Studies. 4-2-60; # 76-2154. "CEFLA."
Ciarrocchi, Mario. Bishop. 8-23-62; # 123-A. "CIMA."
Chiavacci, Enrico. Professor of Moral Theology, University of
Florence, Italy. 7-2-70; # 121-34. "CHIE."
Conte, Carmelo. 9-16-67; # 43-096. "CONCA."
Csele, Alessandro. 3-25-60; # 1354-09. "ALCSE."
Dadagio, Luigi. Papal Nuncio to Spain. Archbishop of Lero. 9-8-67. #
D'Antonio, Enzio. Archbishop of Trivento. 6-21-69; # 214-53.
De Bous, Donate. Bishop. 6-24-68; # 321-02. "DEBO."
Del Gallo Reoccagiovane, Luigi. Bishop.
Del Monte, Aldo. Bishop of Novara, Italy. 8-25-69; # 32-012. "ADELMO."
Faltin, Danielle. 6-4-70; # 9-1207. "FADA."
Ferraioli, Giuseppe. Member of Sacred Congregation for Public
Affairs. 11-24-69; # 004-125. "GIFE."
Fiorenzo, Angelinin. Bishop. Title of Commendator of the Holy
Spirit. Vicar General of Roman Hospitals. Controls hospital trust
funds. Consecrated Bishop 7-19-56; joined Masons 10-14-57.
Franzoni, Giovanni. 3-2-65; # 2246-47. "FRAGI."
Gemmiti, Vito. Sacred Congregation of Bishops. 3-25-68; # 54-13. "VIGE."
Girardi, Giulio. 9-8-70; # 1471-52. "GIG."
Giustetti, Massimo. 4-12-70; # 13-065. "GIUMA."
Gottardi, Alessandro. Procurator and Postulator General of Fratelli
Maristi. Archbishop of Trent. 6-13-59; # 2437-14. "ALGO."
Gozzini, Mario. 5-14-70; # 31-11. "MAGO."
Grazinai, Carlo. Rector of the Vatican Minor Seminary. 7-23-61; #
Gregagnin, Antonio. Tribune of First Causes for Beatification.
10-19-67; # 8-45. "GREA."
Gualdrini, Franco. Rector of Capranica. 5-22-61; # 21-352. "GUFRA."
Ilari, Annibale. Abbot. 3-16-69; # 43-86. "ILA."
Laghi, Pio. Nunzio, Apostolic Delegate to Argentina, and then to
U.S.A. until 1995. 8-24-69; # 0-538. "LAPI."
Lajolo, Giovanni. Member of Council of Public Affairs of the Church.
7-27-70; # 21-1397. "LAGI."
Lanzoni, Angelo. Chief of the Office of Secretary of State. 9-24-56;
# 6-324. "LANA."
Levi, Virgillio (alias Levine), Monsignor. Assistant Director of
Official Vatican Newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano. Manages Vatican
Radio Station. 7-4-58; # 241-3. "VILE."
Lozza, Lino. Chancellor of Rome Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas of
Catholic Religion. 7-23-69; # 12-768. "LOLI."
Lienart, Achille. Cardinal. Grand Master top Mason. Bishop of Lille,
France. Recruits Masons. Was leader of progressive forces at Vatican
Macchi, Pasquale. Cardinal. Pope Paul's Prelate of Honour and
Private Secretary until he was excommunicated for heresy by Pope
Paul VI. Was reinstated by Secretary of State Jean Villot, and made
a Cardinal. 4-23-58; # 5463-2. "MAPA."
Mancini, Italo. Director of Sua Santita. 3-18-68; # l551-142. "MANI."
Manfrini, Enrico. Lay Consultor of Pontifical Commission of Sacred
Art. 2-21-68; # 968-c. "MANE."
Marchisano, Francesco. Prelate Honour of the Pope. Secretary
Congregation for Seminaries and Universities of Studies. 2-4-61;
Marcinkus, Paul. American bodyguard for imposter Pope. From Cicero,
Illinois. Stands 6'4". President for Institute for Training
Religious. 8-21-67; # 43-649. Called "GORILLA." Code name "MARPA."
Marsili, Saltvatore. Abbot of Order of St. Benedict of Finalpia near
Modena, Italy. 7-2-63; # 1278-49. "SALMA."
Mazza, Antonio. Titular Bishop of Velia. Secretary General of Holy
Year, 1975. 4-14-71. # 054-329. "MANU."
Mazzi, Venerio. Member of Council of Public Affairs of the Church.
10-13-66; # 052-s. "MAVE."
Mazzoni, Pier Luigi. Congregation of Bishops. 9-14-59; # 59-2. "PILUM."
Maverna, Luigi. Bishop of Chiavari, Genoa, Italy. Assistant General
of Italian Catholic Azione. 6-3-68; # 441-c. "LUMA."
Mensa, Albino. Archbishop of Vercelli, Piedmont, Italy. 7-23-59; #
53-23. " MENA."
Messina, Carlo. 3-21-70; # 21-045. "MECA."
Messina, Zanon (Adele). 9-25-68; # 045-329. " AMEZ."
Monduzzi, Dino. Regent to the Prefect of the Pontifical House. 3-11
-67; # 190-2. "MONDI."
Mongillo, Daimazio. Professor of Dominican Moral Theology, Holy
Angels Institute of Roma. 2-16-69;# 2145-22. "MONDA."
Morgante, Marcello. Bishop of Ascoli Piceno in East Italy. 7-22-55;
# 78-3601. MORMA."
Natalini, Teuzo. Vice President of the Archives of Secretariat of
the Vatican. 6-17-67; # 21-44d. "NATE."
Nigro, Carmelo. Rector of the Seminary, Pontifical of Major Studies.
12-21-70; # 23-154. "CARNI."
Noe, Virgillio. Head of the Sacred Congregation of Divine Worship.
He and Bugnini paid 5 Protestant Ministers and one Jewish Rabbi to
create the Novus Ordo Mass. 4-3-61; # 43652-21. "VINO."
Palestra, Vittorie. He is Legal Council of the Sacred Rota of the
Vatican State. 5-6-43; # 1965. "PAVI."
Pappalardo, Salvatore. Cardinal. Archbishop of Palermo, Sicily.
4-15-68; # 234-07. "SALPA."
Pasqualetti, Gottardo. 6-15-60; # 4-231. "COPA."
Pasquinelli, Dante. Council of Nunzio of Madrid. 1-12-69; # 32-124.
Pellegrino, Michele. Cardinal. Called "Protector of the Church",
Archbishop of Torino (Turin, where the Holy Shroud of Jesus is
kept). 5-2-60; # 352-36. "PALMI."
Piana, Giannino. 9-2-70; # 314-52. "GIPI."
Pimpo, Mario. Vicar of Office of General Affairs. 3-15-70; # 793-43.
Pinto, Monsignor Pio Vito. Attaché of Secretary of State and Notare
of Second Section of Supreme Tribunal and of Apostolic Signature.
4-2-70; # 3317-42. "PIPIVI."
Poletti, Ugo. Cardinal. Vicar of S.S. Diocese of Rome. Controls
clergy of Rome since 3-6-73. Member of Sacred Congregation of
Sacraments and of Divine Worship. He is President of Pontifical
Works and Preservation of the Faith. Also President of the
Liturgical Academy. 2-17-69; # 32-1425. "UPO."
Rizzi, Monsignor Mario. Sacred Congregation of Oriental Rites.
Listed as "Prelate Bishop of Honour of the Holy Father, the Pope."
Works under top-Mason Mario Brini in manipulating Canon Law.
9-16-69; # 43-179. "MARI," "MONMARI."
Romita, Florenzo. Was in Sacred Congregation of Clergy. 4-21-56; #
Rogger, Igine. Officer in S.S. (Diocese of Rome). 4-16-68; # 319-13.
Rossano, Pietro. Sacred Congregation of Non-Christian Religions.
2-12-68; # 3421-a. "PIRO."
Rovela, Virgillio. 6-12-64; # 32-14. "ROVI."
Sabbatani, Aurelio. Archbishop of Giustiniana (Giusgno, Milar
Province, Italy). First Secretary Supreme Apostolic Segnatura.
6-22-69; # 87-43. "ASA"
Sacchetti, Guilio. Delegate of Governors - Marchese. 8-23-59; #
Salerno, Francesco. Bishop. Prefect Atti. Eccles. 5-4-62; # 0437-1.
Santangelo, Franceso. Substitute General of Defense Legal Counsel.
11-12-70; # 32-096. "FRASA."
Santini, Pietro. Vice Official of the Vicar. 8-23-64; # 326-11.
Savorelli, Fernando. 1-14-69; # 004-51. "SAFE."
Savorelli, Renzo. 6-12-65; # 34-692. "RESA."
Scanagatta, Gaetano. Sacred Congregation of the Clergy. Member of
Commission of Pomei and Loreto, Italy. 9-23-71; # 42-023. "GASCA."
Schasching, Giovanni. 3-18-65; # 6374-23. "GISCHA," "GESUITA."
Schierano, Mario. Titular Bishop of Acrida (Acri in Cosenza
Province, Italy.) Chief Military Chaplain of the Italian Armed
Forces. 7-3-59; #14-3641. "MASCHI."
Semproni, Domenico. Tribunal of the Vicarate of the Vatican.
4-16-60; # 00-12. "DOSE."
Sensi, Giuseppe Mario. Titular Archbishop of Sardi (Asia Minor near
Smyrna). Papal Nunzio to Portugal. 11-2-67; # 18911-47. "GIMASE."
Sposito, Luigi. Pontifical Commission for the Archives of the Church
in Italy. Head Administrator of the Apostolic Seat of the Vatican.
Suenens, Leo. Cardinal. Title: Protector of the Church of St. Peter
in Chains, outside Rome. Promotes Protestant Pentecostalism (Charismatics).
Destroyed much Church dogma when he worked in 3 Sacred
Propagation of the Faith;
Rites and Ceremonies
in the Liturgy;
Seminaries. 6-15-67; # 21-64. "LESU."
Trabalzini, Dino. Bishop of Rieti (Reate, Peruga, Italy). Auxiliary
Bishop of Southern Rome. 2-6-65; # 61-956. "TRADI."
Travia, Antonio. Titular Archbishop of Termini Imerese. Head of
Catholic schools. 9-15-67; # 16-141. "ATRA."
Trocchi, Vittorio. Secretary for Catholic Laity in Consistory of the
Vatican State Consultations. 7-12-62; # 3-896. "TROVI."
Tucci, Roberto. Director General of Vatican Radio. 6-21-57; # 42-58.
Turoldo, David. 6-9-67; # 191-44. "DATU."
Vale, Georgio. Priest. Official of Rome Diocese. 2-21-71; # 21-328.
Vergari, Piero. Head Protocol Officer of the Vatican Office
Segnatura. 12-14-70; # 3241-6. "PIVE."
Villot, Jean. Cardinal. Secretary of State during Pope Paul VI. He
is Camerlengo (Treasurer). "JEANNI," "ZURIGO."
Zanini, Lino. Titular Archbishop of Adrianopoli, which is
Andrianopolis, Turkey. Apostolic Nuncio. Member of the Revered
Fabric of St. Peter's Basilica.
THE FOLLOWING CLERGY WERE EXPOSED AFTER THE ABOVE LIST WAS COMPILED:
Cresti, Osvaldo. 5-22-63; # 1653-6. "CRESO"
Crosta, Sante. 11-17-63; # 1254-65. "CROSTAS"
Drusilla, Italia. 10-12-63; # 1653-2. "'DRUSI"
Fregi, Francesco Egisto. 2-14-63; # 1435-87
Orbasi, Igino. 9-17-73; # 1326-97. "ORBI"
Ratosi, Tito. 11-22-63; # 1542-74 "TRATO"
Rotardi, Tito. 8-13-63; # 1865-34. "TROTA"
Tirelli, Sotiro. 5-16-63; # 1257-9. "TIRSO"
Events Foretold? "I Saw Satans' Smoke Entering the Vatican"
Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824), a German Augustinian nun,
stigmatist (bore the wounds of Christ), and miracle-worker, who
subsisted entirely on water and Holy Communion for many years,
received numerous visions of the future crisis in the Church and the
infiltration of the Masons. In her visions, she describes men in
aprons destroying the Church with a trowel, The Masons wear aprons
and their symbol is the Mason's trowel.
The following excerpts are
from page 565 of
Life of Anne Catherine Emmerich, Vol. 1, by Rev.
K.E. Schmöger, Tan Books, 1976:
"I saw St. Peter's. A great crowd of men was trying to pull it down
whilst others constantly built it up again. Lines connected these
men one with another and with others throughout the whole world. I
was amazed at their perfect understanding.
"The demolishers, mostly apostates and members of different sects,
broke off whole pieces and worked according to rules and
instructions. They wore WHITE APRONS bound with blue riband. In them
were pockets and they had TROWELS stuck in their belts. The costumes
of the others were various.
"There were among the demolishers distinguished men wearing uniforms
and crosses. They did not work themselves but they marked out on the
wall with a TROWEL where and how it should be torn down. To my
horror, I saw among them Catholic Priests. Whenever the workmen did
not know how to go on, they went to a certain one in their party. He
had a large book which seemed to contain the whole plan of the
building and the way to destroy it. They marked out exactly with a
TROWEL the parts to be attacked, and they soon came down. They
worked quietly and confidently, but slyly, furtively and warily. I
saw the Pope praying, surrounded by false friends who often did the
very opposite to what he had ordered..."