On the evening of Saturday April 2, 2005, after receiving the Rite of Extreme
Unction, Pope John Paul II passed away. At this time his chamberlain would have
gone to the papal hospital bed and asked the Bishop of Rome a question, "Are
you dead?" There would be no reply from the Pope.
The chamberlain would then pick up a silver hammer and strike the Pope on the
head and repeat his question, "Are you dead?" Again there would be
no reply. The chamberlain would then thrice call out the Pope's baptismal name.
He would then declare the Pope to be dead.
This is the way the Church has determined papal deaths for centuries. This
is the way of the world's oldest monarchy.
Since 1763 the august Almanach de Gotha has been the ultimate authority on
the royal houses of Europe. Listed under "Reigning Sovereign Houses"
is the Holy See. Therein is stated, "…the incumbent of the Holy See
is considered by Christian sovereign families as the 'Father of the Family of
Kings,' [and] his Holiness represents the OLDEST MONARCHY on earth."
The triple sovereignty of the Pope's Person, Holy See & Vatican City -
is distinct in fact and in law. Internationally, he is not subject to any authority
on earth. His Cardinals are considered to be Princes of the Church and peers
of the sons of reigning monarchs. Each diocese is considered to be a royal fiefdom.
The word "diocese" originally signified an administrative unit devised
by the Emperor Diocletian, a tyrant noted for his persecution of Christians.
Following are brief sketches of some of the more interesting holders of the
title "Vicar of Christ" (it should be noted that the Latin equivalent
of the Greek "anti" is "vicarius," from whence is derived
the word "vicar").
Without a doubt, there was one Pope who was completely mad. In 896 Stephen
VII set in motion the trial of his rival, the late Pope Formosus who had been
dead for 9 months at the time. Formosus' corpse was dragged from its tomb and
arrayed on a throne in the council chamber. The corpse, wrapped in a hair shirt,
was provided with council, who wisely remained silent while Pope Stephen raved
and screamed at it.
The crime of Formosus was that he had crowned emperor one of the numerous illegitimate
heirs of Charlemagne after first having performed the same office for a candidate
favored by Stephen. After Stephen's rant, the corpse was stripped of its clothes
and its fingers were chopped off. It was then dragged through the palace and
hurled from a balcony to a howling mob below who threw it into the Tiber. The
body was later rescued by people sympathetic to Formosus and given a quiet burial.
Stephen was strangled to death a few years later.
In 964, Pope Benedict V raped a young girl and absconded to Constantinople
with the papal treasury only to reappear when the money ran out. Church historian
Gerbert called Benedict "the most iniquitous of all the monsters of ungodliness."
The pontiff was eventually slain by a jealous husband. His corpse, bearing a
hundred dagger wounds, was dragged through the streets before being tossed into
In October 1032 the papal miter was purchased for the 11-year old Benedict
IX. Upon reaching his 14th year, a chronicler wrote that Benedict had already
surpassed in wantonness and profligacy all who had preceded him. He often had
to leave Rome in a hurry.
Gregory VII was a master forger, surpassing even the great fraud known as the
"Donation of Constantine," the document that created the Papal States.
Gregory had an entire school of forgers turning out document after document
bearing the papal seal of approval. These documents were later systematized
in the mid-1100s in Bologna by Gratian, a Benedictine monk. He called his work
the Decretum, or Code of Canon Law. It was peppered throughout with several
centuries of forgeries along with Gratian's own fictional additions. Gregory
also formalized the celibacy doctrine in order to curtail the many gifts of
church lands being given away to all of the illegitimate children of priests
and bishops. According to Catholic historian Peter de Rosa in his book Vicars
"Popes had mistresses as young as fifteen years of age, were guilty of
incest and sexual perversions of every sort, had innumerable children, were
murdered in the very act of adultery. In the old Catholic phrase, why be holier
than the Pope?"
Another interesting figure was Alexander VI (formerly Rodrigo Borgia). He reigned
from 1492-1503. Alexander committed his first murder at the age of 12. Upon
assuming the Papal miter he cried, "I am Pope, Vicar of Christ!" In
his Decline and Fall Gibbon referred to Alexander as the Tiberius of Rome. Like
his predecessor Innocent VIII, Alexander sired many children, baptized them
personally and officiated at their weddings in the Vatican. He had ten known
illegitimate children (including the notorious Cesare and Lucrezia), by his
favorite mistress Vannoza Catanei. When she faded, Borgia took the 15-year old
Giulia Farnese. Farnese obtained a Cardinal's red hat for her brother who later
became Paul III.
Alexander was followed by Julius II who purchased the papacy with his own private
fortune. He didn't even pretend to be a Christian. A notorious womanizer who
sired any number of bastards, Julius was so eaten away with syphilis that he
couldn't even expose his foot to be kissed.
Under Leo X (1513-21), who cursed and excommunicated Martin Luther, specific
prices were enumerated by the Roman Chancery for every imaginable crime. For
instance, a deacon accused of murder could be absolved for 20 crowns. Once pardoned,
he could not be prosecuted by civil authorities. Two hundred years earlier,
John XXII had done much the same thing, setting prices for crimes ranging from
incest to sodomy.
During his pontificate Innocent VIII (1484-92) granted a 20-year Butterbriefe
indulgence to persons who met his price. For a sum, one could purchase the privilege
of eating favorite dishes during Lent. Leo X (Giovanni de Medici) commissioned
the Dominican friar Tetzel to sell indulgences which released one from purgatory.
Tetzel's famous refrain went, "As soon as the coin in the coffer rings,
a soul from purgatory springs!"
Pope Sixtus IV charged Roman brothels a Church tax. According to historian
Will Durant, in 1490 there were 6800 registered prostitutes in Rome. Pius II
declared that Rome was the only city run by bastards (the sons of Popes and
The iniquity of the various Popes has filled many books, and one has to wonder
if the Church has been cursed from the very beginning. After all, Constantine
leveled the Stadium of Caligula and the Temple of Apollo and used the stones
and marble from them to erect the original basilica of Peter. Could he have
been engaging in an act of sympathetic magic, as some have alleged? Constantine's
choice of building materials might account for the observation made in Rome
by Martin Luther centuries later who declared, "If there is a Hell, Rome
is built over it. It is an abyss from whence issues every kind of sin."
Very brief mention should be made of the staggering scale of the Inquisition.
In his History of the Inquisition, Canon Llorente, who was Secretary of the
Inquistion in Madrid from 1790-92 estimated the number of condemned in Spain
alone to have exceeded 3 million, with 300,000 burned at the stake. A Catholic
historian comments on the events leading up to the suppression of the Spanish
"When Napoleon conquered Spain in 1808, a Polish officer in his army,
Col. Lemanouski, reported that the Dominicans (in charge of the Inquisition)
blockaded themselves in their monastery in Madrid. When Lemanouski's troops
forced an entry, the inquisitors denied the existence of any torture chambers.
The soldiers searched the monastery and discovered them under the floors. The
chambers were full of prisoners, all naked, many insane. The French troops,
used to cruelty and blood, could not stomach the sight. They emptied the torture
chambers, laid gunpowder to the monastery and blew the place up…"
Rome was truly drunk with the Martyr's blood.
And the Papacy isn't faring much better in our modern age, and would appear
to be in serious decline, if not in outright defeat.
In November 2000 Italian headlines screamed, "Devil Defeats Pope!"
when Il Messaggero reported that the Pope had been confronted by a teenage girl
in the Vatican who screamed insults in a cavernous voice during an audience.
John Paul attempted an exorcism but his ministrations had no effect on the girl.
Devils in the Vatican would come as no surprise to Msgr. Luigi Marinelli. His
book Gone With the Wind at the Vatican fairly flew off the shelves in Italy,
revealing as it did stories of money-laundering prelates, sex abuse and Satanic
rituals performed within the walls of the Holy See.
Marinelli's comments echo those of the late Fr. Malachi Martin, a former Jesuit
and exorcist, whose 1990 book The Keys of this Blood contains the following
"Most frighteningly for John Paul, he had come up against the irremovable
presence of a malign strength in his own Vatican and in certain bishop's chanceries.
It was what knowledgeable Churchmen called the 'superforce.' Rumors, difficult
to verify, tied its installation to the beginning of Paul VI's reign in 1963.
Indeed, Paul had alluded somberly to 'the smoke of Satan which has entered the
Sanctuary,' an oblique reference to an enthronement ceremony performed by Satanists
in the Vatican. Besides, the incidence of Satanic pedophilia 'rites and practices'
was already documented among certain bishops and priests as widely dispersed
as Turin in Italy and South Carolina in the United States. The cultic acts of
Satanic pedophilia are considered by professionals to be the culmination of
the Fallen Archangel's rites."
Adding fuel to the fire is ex-Jesuit Robert Kaiser with his recent book Clerical
Error. Kaiser states that Malachi Martin was something of a confabulist who
lived for 30 years as a kept man under the roof of Manhattan socialite Kakia
Livanos, the ex-wife of Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos. Kaiser goes
on to say that Martin also stole his wife Mary from him at one point in the
60s when all three were quartered in Rome. Kaiser also surmises that Martin
may have been a paid lobbyist for the American Jewish Committee.
In his new book Glimpses of the Devil, psychiatrist M. Scott Peck weighs in
with many interesting comments on possession and exorcism. He also declares
Martin to have been most scrupulous in his histories of the exorcisms recounted
in Hostage to the Devil. However, according to Peck, although a formidable scholar
and gifted polyglot (17 languages), Martin could by turns be a "pathological
liar" and a "leprechaun." Needless to say, the jury is still
out on the legacy of Malachi Martin.
On the other hand, the verdict on the pederasty that is endemic to the Roman
priesthood, is in. The Church paid out more than $1 billion in claims to victims
of sex abuse by clergy in the 1990s alone. And the American branch offers a
very disturbing treatment method to offenders. One startling example should
Fr. Jay Mullin was accused of molesting a boy more than 20 years ago in Boston.
Then Cardinal Bernard Law commanded Mullin to be evaluated at St. Luke's Institute.
The Institute is a Washington clinic that was profiled in a Boston Globe article
of February 24, 2002:
"…Mullin was flown south in 1992 to a clinic outside Washington,
D.C. The church-run clinic had a huge collection of child pornography of varying
degrees, which ranged from soft porn to hardcore S&M images, all featuring
pre-teen boys and girls…"
This would have to rate as the most devilish form of aversion therapy ever
known. It would be akin to treating alcoholics with copious quantities of vintage
wine or bombarding junkies with free packets of China White heroin. Truly degenerate
and depraved lunatics were running the asylum known as St. Lukes.
Notwithstanding the scandal and shock of the aforementioned, Rome carries on
quietly with her program of world dominion, leading the competition to establish
the first one-world system that has ever existed. Their ultimate goal is global
religious syncretism, and to eventually wield control and authority over every
individual on earth. The human solidarity goals of the Roman Church are identical
to the goals and objectives of the United Nations. This is why they are such
a perfect fit. Rome only gives the appearance of objecting to the UN agenda.
At the 1996 World Food Summit in Rome Cardinal Angelo Sodana pledged the Holy
See's support for the UNs humanistic "Programs of Action."
Rome also has designs on Jerusalem.
For 46 years after Israel's rebirth the Vatican refused to acknowledge Israel's
right to exist. But Rome wants to exert premier influence over Jerusalem, which
will one day function as the capital of her World Church.
In a 1993 letter to the Pope, Shimon Peres promised to internationalize Jerusalem,
granting the UN political control of the Old City and the Vatican hegemony over
the holy sites within. This was confirmed by the Italian newspaper La Stampa.
In March 1995 the Israeli radio station Arutz Sheva was leaked a cable from
the Israeli Embassy in Rome, confirming the hand over of Jerusalem to the Vatican.
The future Pope will establish his throne one day within the walls of the rebuilt
Temple in Jerusalem. It is from here that he will rule his World Church.
And this day may not be as far off as many believe. The cornerstones for the
Third Temple have already been quarried by the Jewish group known as the Temple
Mount Faithful. They are extremely well financed and organized. They have also
produced priestly vestments in accordance with scriptural outlines and are presently
attempting to breed a perfect red heifer in anticipation of the coming dedication
ceremonies. Obviously, Rome and the Temple Mount Faithful are headed for a showdown.
In a letter sent to the Vatican in January 2004, the TMF demanded that Pope
John Paul return the Temple Menorah and other vessels and treasures removed
in 70AD by Titus and taken to Rome, where they are presently held within the
Secret Vatican Archives.
Mark Owen is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached