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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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The Enslavement of a Nation: the Romanising of Ireland

How enemy head quarters operates on the Seven Hills today
Dr Clive Gillis

Rome’s tactics never change.  She merely adapts them to the culture and the times.

How Rome reasserted her mastery in Ireland following such mighty days of deliverance as we have described, is of more than local interest because her tactics are everywhere similar.

The first essential

Successfully to maintain a Romanised nation, the first essential is to obtain real estate in Rome.  And this Ireland has succeeded in doing.  Besides a vast national college there is St Patrick’s church.  This is a very large Augustinian holding north of the Termini station and convenient for Irish weddings.  Then there is the opulent Irish Franciscan college of St Isidore, near Barberini tube station, which we have already met.  There is also the Dominican’s San Clemente which just happens to be sitting on priceless archaeology near the Coliseum.  But to boast true romanisation, one must posses a burial vault and this they have in Camp Verano, the Roman Cemetery, visited annually on November 1st, the night of the dead.

The top priority

National Church buildings in Rome are vital, and they should be suitable places for pilgrimage.   But the top priority is a national college to supply an abundance of Rome’s uniformly brainwashed foot soldiers, the priests.  And, of course, under cloak of educational activity, the powerful can slip in and out of Rome incognito and have clandestine audiences at the Vatican without arousing suspicion.

Rome confirms that her national colleges are “institutions established and maintained in Rome for the education of ecclesiastics … (National Colleges) also serve in a certain measure to keep up in the various countries of the world that spirit of loyal attachment to the Holy See which is the basis of unity.

A priceless holding

Looking at today’s prosperous, extensive, and, to all appearances, tranquil, Irish Roman catholic real estate in Rome one would not guess what fierce struggles have taken place in the past to gain bases here.  The Irish College of Pontificum Collegium Hibernorum de Urbe is a priceless holding lying behind and right by the Lateran Basilica, which is the Mother and Head of all the Churches of Rome and the World.  This puts the Irish at the heart of Romanism upon the Coelian Hill, one of the seven hills upon which the harlot of Revelation sits.  The College even produces an annual report called The Coelian.


Many thousands of Irish couples wed each year in ceremonies held at several sumptuous venues in Rome.  They are conducted by prestigious Irish priests who hope thereby to encourage in the couples a lifetime dedication to Romanism.  Many will visit the Irish College and some Irish weddings are actually conducted in the College, with a 560 euro administration fee.  This includes a healthy chunk for the papal blessing and even a donation to the Lateran just for being in that parish!  It is difficult to convey in a front view how far the grounds extend back, making it a far more desirable venue than, for instance, the Rome Hilton on the outskirts.  But these innocuous surroundings are only a facade.

Pope’s victorious debriefing

The part which a national college plays in the life of its home country can be gathered by the activities of the Irish College.  Amidst rumours that the pope wishes to celebrate mass in Northern Ireland this year, one recalls his last visit 25 years ago in September-October 1979 when he endorsed the authenticity of the Shrine at Knock.  More than two in every three Roman Catholics saw him in a packed programme but as this was only two weeks after the provisional IRA “executed” Lord Mountbatten, he ventured no further north than Drogheda about 30 miles from the border.

What is not remembered is the Pope’s subsequent victorious debriefing visit to the Irish College.  Like a Roman Emperor returning triumphant from distant conquests he presented a precious chalice to the college for the celebration of mass.  His opening words were, “Today once again, in a very special way, the Pope belongs to Ireland!”

The pope then went on to confirm the vital role of the college in Romanising Ireland: “The place of our celebration is important for its contribution to the Church, for the impact it has had on the lives of the Irish, and for its responsibility to future generations.”  He then rallied his troops: “By the grace of God there is now going on in Ireland a period of intense spiritual renewal. And all of you must become involved in this.  You must prepare yourselves for this mission by work and study and, especially, prayer … And all of you must become involved in this.  You must prepare yourselves for this mission by work.  The Catholic faith of Ireland today was linked, in God’s plan, to the fidelity of Saint Patrick.  And tomorrow, yes, tomorrow some part of God’s plan will be linked to your fidelity – to the fervour with which you say yes to God’s word in your lives”.  He then concluded, somewhat chillingly: “I have present in my heart … the entire Irish nation”.

Mary McAleese

This strategic position adjacent to the Lateran facilitates intelligence gathering, and this places enormous power in the hands of the Irish hierarchy.

Romanist barrister Mary McAleese, the eighth President of Ireland, has represented Rome at a number of important venues such as the North Commission on Contentious parades 1996.  She was naturally the star guest of the Irish College at its 375th Anniversary in 2003.  McAleese unveiled a stone plaque celebrating the fact.   

She addressed the college on 6th November, confirming that ample time had been given for the rector to gather intelligence: “As many of you will know I have been here at the College for the past few days”.  After all, she had already spent some time in the Vatican seeing the Pope and presenting him with the first issue of Republic of Ireland stamps celebrating the Pope’s 25 year reign.  She had also seen Cardinal Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State, and was due to see the Italian Prime Minister and be guest of honour at a function for the Irish in Rome the following day.  Indeed a photograph exists of the two Irish ambassadors who are actually described as “debriefing” to a member of the College staff.  There are of course two ambassadors, one to Italy and the other to the Vatican which is an independent country.

‘Pope belongs to Ireland’

And who is this rector of the Irish College who became privy to so much intelligence?  Fr Liam Bergin, a priest of the diocese of Ossory, was 41 on his appointment.  The eldest of six children, he attended primary school at St Pius X National School and secondary school at St Kierans College, Kilkenny.  He was ordained for the Diocese of Ossory in 1985, having studied at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and the Pontifical Irish College, Rome.  Fr Bergin was awarded a Doctorate in Sacred Theology by the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, in 1997.  He acted as Director of Formation in the Pontifical Irish College, Rome from 1993 to 1997 and has been Vice Rector of the College since 1997.  A man whose horizons are limited to Rome, the priesthood, and Roman Catholic Ireland, his duty it is to replicate himself in his students.

375th Anniversary

The Jesuits of course were well in evidence in the history of the College.  Thirty-one out of fifty-one of Monsignor Bergin’s predecessors were Jesuits and one, Fr Alessandro Gottifredi, later became Father General, or Black Pope, to the whole order.  His non-Irish name, as always, indicates a world of secret dealing that could be the subject of an article on its own.

Therefore at 375th anniversary of the founding of the College, top Jesuits concerned with the Romanisation of Ireland flew in like bees around a honey pot, but the visit of the current Fr General Hans Kolvenbach, probably one of the cleverest Roman Catholics of the age, pointed to serious top-level activity.  He came, sensibly, on 2nd December to become privy to the whole years intelligence harvest.

The spiritual directors of the Irish student retreats are still predominantly Jesuits.

They continue to use the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola.  The Gregorian University that Bergin and many others attended was Jesuit founded and is still Jesuit dominated.  Kolvenbach is said to have made a “lasting impression”.  He described the Jesuits, albeit in a jibe about modern Jesuit disobedience, as still being an “absolute monarchy”.

Cherie Blair and Carey

Other visitors at the anniversary celebrations included most of the Irish Roman Catholic hierarchy together with Professor of Education John Coolahan of Maynooth and the Italian under-minister of education, Cardinal Sodano, who is toasting their hero, the traitor Plunkett, called for the Irish nation to be inspired by his values as Ireland “continues to make her voice heart in the building of the new Europe”.  From England, a visit by former Archbishop Dr Carey to the same celebrations was upstaged by the Blair family.  Nothing much emerged at the time but Cherie Blair’s subsequent open letter, published in Roman Catholic circles, is enough to raise Protestant ire.

We learn from her letter that the contact which led to her invitation was made “by happy chance” through the papal nuncio!  For her the “highlight” was meeting “the man whom I admire deeply”, Pope John Paul II.  She said, “Britain and Ireland have moved on and now share one of the closest relationships between any two countries in the world.”  For the college, the gains must have been priceless.  There is no mention of the suffering Ulster Protestants but just a time of contemplation before Plunkett’s portrait and also the college’s premier relic, the heart of Daniel O’Connell, the 19th century romaniser of Ireland.  Mrs Blair was so taken up by the romance of all this that she waxed lyrical on the subject of Oliver Plunkett later in the year at Tyburn Convent Hyde Park where the memory of the Tyburn Romanist traitors, which they call martyrs, is kept alive by the nuns. 

Her Tyburn Lecture

Interestingly, the barrister in Mrs Blair had to admit those executed at Tyburn were traitors.  She declared, “The Tyburn lecture is intended as a memorial to the people executed on the gallows known as the Tyburn Tree.  Tyburn was the place of execution reserved for crimes directed against the body politic (the King’s person/the State), which is to say ‘treason’.  As such, some 50,000 people were put to death here over the 600 or so years that it served as a place of execution from the 12th century.  The form of execution was often the ritual torture of being hanged, drawn and quartered,”  She went on, “That was the fate suffered by … St. Oliver Plunkett.

Earlier in the year when … we stayed in the Pontifical Irish College … It was the alma mater of St. Oliver … and where he signed the oath promising to return to Ireland after ordination.  Seeing that oath was a vivid reminder …” and clearly an inspiration to her and no doubt to the others including the students – all of which demonstrates the value to Rome of her colleges.

In the next article we shall see DV that this invincible facade is not all it seems.

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