The Roman Empire might have totally disappeared had
not the sorcerer popes, conjuring with old bones, weird legends and pious
frauds, harnessed the power of ancient Babylon.
These papal emperors flourished for a millennium.
They were pagan at heart but affected a form of Christianity to enrapture the
ten kingdoms of medieval Europe.
Today their spell is breaking. As Grattan Guinness
put it, “The extent and character of papal dominion during the dark ages is, in
our days, little realised. It is not easy gazing on the rotten stump of an old
oak, to picture to ones self what the tree was in its in the days of its
glorious youth”. And any of us who have tackled tree roots know how deep they
Pope Benedict fears Islam
Pope Benedict XVI has written a book, L'Europa di
Benedetto nelle Crisi Delle Culture (The Europe of Benedict in a crisis of
Culture). The Benedict he refers to is not himself but the medieval monk who re‑romanised
Europe. Sporting the European Flag, the book sold well and a second edition
has appeared but in more restrained livery.
In his book, Pope Benedict throws down the gauntlet to
Islamic influence within the EU. He says, “Considering that in Article 52 of
the (EU) Constitution, the institutional rights of the [RC] Church are
guaranteed, it is said we can rest calmly.”
But Benedict cannot rest calmly. It is not enough for
him that the Vatican should have the right of political interference in the
life of Europe. He laments that the Constitution, “does not find some space to
protect Europe’s Catholic foundation”. He complains that the failure to
mention the [RC] Christian Roots of Europe “hurts”. He pleads that these roots
are, “first of all a historical fact that nobody can seriously deny,” and
secondly that they are still there as a European resource.
Pope Benedict then asks “Who could be offended?” and
he supplies the answer, “The Moslems”.
Competition from Islam is the Pope’s worry.
Vatican tries to hijack the EU
For this reason, the Vatican has been planning to hijack the Constitution ever since the Treaty of Nice set about
increasing the size of the EU and extending it to Turkey. While the Convention
on the Future of Europe was working on the new Constitution, there was intense
lobbying by the Catholic hierarchy. John Paul II received Valerie Giscard
d’Estaing, President of the Convention, Pat Cox, President of the European
Parliament, Joschka Fischer, German vice‑chancellor, Tony Blair and
others. He also summoned the ambassadors of member states who are accredited
to the Holy See to a meeting to inform them of his wish to have certain
elements included in the European Constitution. The Vatican is unique in being
represented at the EU by both a papal nuncio ‑ a right ratified by a EU
treaty ‑ and a representative from the Catholic Bishop’s Conference. But
despite all this lobbying and influence, the Vatican’s victory was a limited
one. True, the Vatican secured for itself exemption from certain things and
inclusion in decision making processes, but it nevertheless failed to get
mention of God in the Constitution. Nowadays Rome happily signs Concordats with
parties without mentioning God, but was chafed by its failure to get mention of
Europe’s [RC] Christian roots, which was what it was after.
When Ratzinger was still Cardinal Inquisitor he
personally was pushing the Christian roots issue. In January 2003 he insisted
that, “the Catholic church has the divine, ultimate and legitimate authority to
define the truth on morality and what is right in politics. A political entity
based on a social contract, the basis of political pluralism, is contrary to
the idea of the divine foundation of authority.”
EPP cooperates with Rome
During an audience with Benedict on the 30th March the
leader of the European Peoples Party (EPP), German MEP Hans‑Gen
Poettering, proclaimed that the EU constitution was a “holy text”.
The EPP is the largest, Roman Catholic dominated,
ecumenical, relgio‑political bloc in Europe, and has an ecumenical prayer
group in the European Parliament. Poettering claims, “in our Group, Catholics,
Protestants, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Orthodox, Muslims and Jews
are united”. He subtly urged avoidance of a “clash of civilisations” by
allowing limited Muslim “privileged partnerships” with Christians. Such an
approach to Islamic cultures signalled “a coded reiteration of the EPP’s stance
that the relationship between the EU and Ankara would stop short of full
Benedict XVI has everything to play for.
The spirit of Mystery Babylon, or as he would put it, the culture of Europe’s [RC] Christian roots, must live on whether the Constitution finally flounders or
is re‑drafted. Hence in his reply to Poettering and his EPP political
battalions Pope Benedict stressed “by valuing its Christian roots, Europe will be able to give a secure direction to the choices of its citizens and peoples”.
The Pope's new weapon
So in Benedict’s crusade his intellectual battalions
are suddenly as important as his political ones. The fact of Islam’s
“privileged partnership” in an enlarged Europe means the RC cultural identity,
forged by mediaeval Monk Benedict, must be raised again as a bulwark
lest Rome be overrun.
Hence Benedict XVI is making the most of a brand new,
strictly fundamentalist, blatantly Marian, Roman Catholic, European University built on a vast tract of land west of Rome. The Athanaeum Pontificum
Regina Apostolorum, (Pontifical University of The Queen of the Apostles), has
at its heart the promotion of Europe’s Roman Catholic roots. Its logo is the
Virgin with a dove upon her head bearing up the Triple Tiara and crossed keys.
And where better to launch an intellectual crusade
against Islam? On 20th March the Vatican sponsored a conference at this
secluded venue to rehabilitate the noble reputation of the medieval European
Pope John Paul II sought Muslim‑Christian
reconciliation by asking a pardon for the Crusades during the 2000 Millennium
celebrations. Inquisitor Ratzinger was furious but had to bite his tongue. Now
as Pope he has assembled an array of suitable academics including Italian
historian Professor Roberto De Mattei and Professor Jonathan Riley Smith of Cambridge University to reassert justification for the papacy’s actions. Mattei said the
Crusades were “a response to the Muslim invasion of Christian lands and the
Muslim devastation of the Holy Places” and Riley Smith was so much on Benedict’s
wavelength he bluntly proclaimed that those who sought forgiveness for the
crusades just, “did not know their history”. Another speaker said that the
idea of the Crusades as an unprovoked attack by Europe on the Islamic world,
“was a mistaken view”.
The Athanaeum Pontificum Regina Apostolorum is
sponsored by the wealthy and secretive Spanish, Latin American dominated, Opus
Dei‑like organisation, The Legion-aries of Christ, whose HQ is in Rome. The Legionaries’ Mexican founder, Father Marcial Maciel, 82, is accused of
paedophilia, the charges dating back to the order’s creation in 1941. He has
recently been demoted and sent away to pray, by Benedict, who is trying to act
tough and wants to leave to John Paul II the reputation of paedophilia pope.
Benedict said he “had only escaped a full ecclesiastical trial because of his
age and health”. As the illustrations show, it is the gift of such a massive
complex to Rome that saved him.
This University is a deadly serious pro‑papal, pro‑European
institution, running not only theology, history, politics and psychology
courses but also Vatican approved bio‑ethical science courses whose
internet site opens with all the gathered words of the pope upon such things to
date. Money is no object. The University is already pumping out endless
publications to disseminate Benedict’s “RC culture of Europe” ideas, and is
running research programmes to underwrite it. The connected academics are
conservative Romanists with wide involvement one way or another in the fabric
of fundamental Roman Catholicism in Europe. The Professors, lecturers and
invited speakers include priests and are obsessed with an intellectual agenda
promoting a Roman Cathotic Europe in continuity with its RC roots.
Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
For instance speaker Professor Mattei has called
Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira the greatest individual of the twentieth
century. Oliveira looked for, "a great Catholic crusade to restore (RC)
Christian civilization,” to Europe after World War II. Mattei runs an
organisation, Lepanto, with a medieval crusader logo and an opulent HQ and
magazine of the same name. He has written many books on this theme. He brings
scientists, historians, theologians and politicians together on the platform of
an RC Europe.
Mattei’s Lepanto is for him the modern spiritual
successor of the famous Sea battle of 1571 when the European Christians routed
the Turkish advance. This modern day crusade, according to Lepanto’s mission
statement, “draws its inspiration from the perennial Magisterium of the
Catholic Church, promotes wide‑ranging public awareness campaigns,
arranges conferences and symposia, produces and disseminates publications Europe wide and is supported by a network of friends and supporters with their prayers,
action and sacrifices, including donations.”
Once again we see that Rome never changes.
The wording of Article 52 of the EU
Constitution reads as follows:
Status of churches and non‑confessional
1. The Union respects and does not prejudice the
status under national law of churches and religious associations or communities
in the Member States.
2. The Union equally respects the status of
philosophical and non‑confsssional organisations.
3. Recognising their identity and their specific
contribution, the Union shall maintain an open, transparent and regular
dialogue with these churches and organisations.
We consider the apparent equality of treatment between
religious and “non‑confessional” organisations to be illusory because the
de facto influence of religious organisations is much greater than for
organisations representing the non‑religious, and because the latter
unlike the former, have no status or privileges to protect.