Showing posts with label Gnosticism. Show all posts
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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The Friderician Templars between Church and Gnosis?

Friderician Templars lay claim to a dubious "Templar heritage".

By Father Paolo M. Siano*

In 2012, Corrado Maria Armeri founded in Gerace (province of Reggio Calabria) the "Sovereign Monastic (Knight) Order of the Friderician Templars", called Friderician Templars for short. The Order presents itself as a Catholic brotherhood and takes a stand on current issues in Sicilian and Calabrian radio and television stations. They call themselves Friderician because they are also based on the Hohenstaufen Frederick II (1194–1250), King of Sicily, Duke of Swabia, Roman-German King, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and King of Jerusalem.

As far as I know, the Order does not currently have its own website on the Internet. There is an old, no longer updated page from 2014, but a Facebook page of the Friderician Templars of the group or the Priory of Teramo is active. Photos and online articles show the presence of the Friderician Templars in churches for religious gatherings or for ceremonies of investiture or "elevation" to knight or queen (e.B. in Teramo, in 2020 and in 2021). The Order also accepts women.

In June 2021, the Friderician Templars took part in the Corpus Christi Mass in the Cathedral of Teramo, which was led by the Bishop. Among the knights present were the Grand Master of the Order Corrado Armeri and his International Vicar, Melinda Miceli, who then presented her book "Templaris Compendium". During the Mass, General Domenico Trozzi was appointed Prior of Teramo. Trozzi was commander of the Air Squadron of the State Police in Palermo for 20 years.

"Templaris Compendium" by Melinda Miceli

In 2020, the Grand Master of the Friderician Templars, Corrado Armeri, appointed Dr. Melinda Miceli (born in 1974) as Vicar of the Grand Master of the Grand Master's Seat of Art and International Culture.

Miceli is an art critic, writer, novelist and is also interested in esoteric topics.

I hold the book "Templaris Compendium. The whole wisdom of the Templars in one volume1 by Melinda Miceli for very interesting. I will highlight important terms.

Like other New Templar realities, I have already described, Miceli attributes esoteric, Gnostic knowledge, teachings, and practices to the Templars. It is an official text with a praising "preface" (p. 3f) by Grand Master Corrado Maria Armeri.

In the appendix of the Miceli's book, on p. 170, there is a paragraph by Grand Master Armeri ("The New Era of the Templars"), then the "Catholic Creed" of the Friderician Templars, proclaimed on 8 December 2012 (pp. 170–174), their "Disciplinary Order" (pp. 177–182), their "Prayer" (p. 183), "The Spiritual Way of the Friderician Templars" (pp. 184–186), outlined in 2014 by her spiritual director Msgr. Giuseppe Greco (Archdiocese of Syracuse), "The Defense of the Faith" (p. 186f), "The Friderician Culture" (p. 187f), "The Testimony of Msgr. Vincenzo Filice" (pp. 189–192), "The Secret Alphabet of the Knights Templar" (pp. 193–195).

In the Catholic Creed of the Friderician Templars we find a well-sounding profession of faith that invokes the whole paradise: the Holy Trinity, the Immaculate Conception, the angels, the saints, from St. Francis to St. Ignatius of Loyola... Wonderful. The fundamental problem is that this profession of faith contradicts various contents of Melinda Miceli's text, a text approved and introduced by Grand Master Armeri: while the Friderician Templars call themselves Catholic and believe that they "belong to the friars of the Temple of Jerusalem, whose immortal faith we guard and protect" (p. 171), the vicar of the Grand Master attributes Gnosis and esotericism to the Templars.

Melinda Miceli claims the existence of "affinities in doctrine and organization" between the Templars and the "Ismailis" of the "Old Man of the Mountain" [meaning the Ismaili Assassins], i.e. the "most developed Islamic circles", which also include "Sufis" and "dervishes" (cf. p. 15). Miceli goes on to claim that the Templars had "a double hierarchy," "an accessible hierarchy," and "an occult, superordinate hierarchy" (cf. p. 19).

With the following statements, Miceli shows little knowledge of the history and theology of the Christian Liturgy and Mass: "The Mass, which comes from the ancient and oriental world in the narrower sense, did not exist before the supreme regulator, Innocent III. In the East, it was originally a magical and apotropaic instrument of worship adopted from Hinduism and Buddhism. This archaic aura has never faded and is manifested in the Liturgy of the Mass, which is sung Gregorian and spoken in Latin" (p. 55).

Miceli believes that the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, who was "close to Brother Elias, alchemist and political advisor to Emperor Frederick II," was "connected to the Templars" (cf. p. 80). I do not know on what basis Miceli claims: "Francis' mother was a Cathar, and it is no coincidence that Franciscan spirituality was much closer to Catholicism than to the Catholic Church, at least in its external forms" (p. 80).

The author also makes St. Francis an esoteric and Gnostic: "Francis was a disciple of John, i.e. he belonged to that spiritual current to which the Cathars, Albigensians, Bogomils, Patarenians, Dolzinians, Faithful of Love, Rosicrucians and Templars also belonged, who in their faith and thought completely agreed with the Sufis, Kabbalists, but also Buddhists and Hindus" (p. 81).

Melinda Miceli (right) in the sacristy of Teramo Cathedral

According to Miceli, the Castel del Monte in Puglia belonged to the Templars and they had "their idol Baphomet" (cf. p. 115). Castel del Monte: a place where "the occult science of alchemy" was practiced (p. 115), a place that symbolizes "the highest synthesis of the esoteric culture of that time" (p. 116).

The seal of the Templars, which depicts two knights on a horse, stands "for the dualism and balance of opposites to which their ideal refers" (p. 117); "in each of us" there is the "masculine" and the "feminine" (cf. p. 117).

Miceli connects the Templars "with the Mother Goddess" (p. 122), with the "holy feminine" (p. 122), with "places of energetic worship, of harmony of the two energies, of the masculine descending from heaven, and of the feminine rising from the earth" (p. 122).

According to Miceli, the "dragon" (or "Satan") defeated by St. Michael is "a symbol of evil that can be subjugated, but never completely extinguished, because it is functional for evolution" (p. 124). So evil is necessary?

Together with the esoteric and alchemist Fulcanelli, Miceli sees the cathedrals as stone books with magical and alchemical symbols (cf. p. 132), symbols of the cosmic action of "two opposing principles, light and dark" (cf. p. 133).

Miceli mentions the "Great Mother, the Earth, whose cult was embodied in Isis up to Mary Magdalene, depending on the historical epoch" (p. 135f).

According to Melinda Miceli, an important symbol of the Templar Order in France is "the Templar Thorn" (p. 145, emphasis added). The Vicar of the Grand Master ascribes an esoteric meaning to the Templar thorn and to the Templars certain practices towards the "thorn":

"According to the Hindus, the human body consists of two poles: a lower one, which corresponds to the sacrum, and an upper one, which corresponds to the skull. Certain yoga techniques cause a certain energy present at the base of the spine to rise above it to the crown. This path is synonymous with enlightenment. The energy is compared to that of a coiled snake that has to unroll. This practice is called Kundalini and is the principle of yoga. The biblical serpent and the Uraeus serpent on Pharaoh's forehead are the same images of kundalini" (p. 145f).

Miceli continues: "During the trial of the Templars, they also had to reveal the existence of a practice in their chapels: the Master kissed the sacrum, i.e. the lower part of the spine, to stimulate the 'revival of the serpent' so that this energy could rise in an exact and controlled way. According to Hindus, awakening can actually be dangerous, to the point of madness and even death" (p. 146).

Miceli describes Mary Magdalene as a woman who devotes herself to "sacred studies with the Essenes or the priesthood of Isis," then follows Jesus and will live in France in a cave where "she feeds only on angelic energies" (p. 147).

According to Miceli, the Black Madonna is "Isis", the Egyptian goddess of wisdom, "the Gnosis" (cf. p. 148). And also: "The Creed of the Templars is therefore a Gnostic Christianity, spread by Mary Magdalene and her disciples in the south of France and practiced, hidden from the clergy. The initiation cult of the female Isidic principle of divine wisdom was disguised as The Marian deification and devotion to the Black Madonna. According to this confession, which is similar to that of the Cathars, every man and woman is a son and daughter of God, capable of attaining their own spiritual enlightenment and ascending to higher heavens without intermediaries. [...] According to the Templars, the teachings of the Catholic Church would lead the devotee into oppression by a vengeful God. The Catholic Church persecuted Gnosticism like never before, and the enlightened knowledge of the divinity of the self was persecuted [...]" (p. 148).

Investiture of a Frederick Templar by Grand Master Armeri (with sword)

Later, the author also associates Mary Magdalene with Gnostic and magical culture (cf. p. 154). She is "Divine Teacher of Heavenly Wisdom and Gnosis" (p. 157).

Miceli thus confirms the accusations made against the Templars. They were credited with "blasphemous acts such as spitting on the cross three times and cursing Christ at the institution" (p. 161). According to Miceli, with this gesture the Templars denied and sacrificed the most sacred only in order to free it in its redemptive action... (see p. 161).

Then follows the accusation of worship "of a bearded head, Baphomet, for whom," Miceli is convinced, "the entire Order showed a special reverence" (p. 161).

Miceli continues: "The Baphomet, who was called the head of the devil or Muhammad by the Inquisitors, had a much deeper esoteric meaning than the simple accusations made against the Templars" (p. 161).

Miceli later wrote: "The worship of Baphomet must also be studied with the help of the hermetic tradition; in many depictions, the Baphomet is depicted as Janus with two faces, that is, he has two faces, one white and one black, in the same colors as the Baussant, the flag that the Templars led in battle. This leads the Templar researchers to adopt the ideological principle of dualism, that is, that of the union of opposites, as the basis of the entire spiritual and philosophical wisdom of ancient cultures" (p. 162).

Miceli continues about the Templars: "Their relations with Islam and Sufism, its most spiritual part, were aimed at finding points of contact with Christianity and creating a single religion that would put an end to all wars hidden under the seal of faith. The knights were convinced that God is the 'One', but was declined by men into various entities who, in the union of religious opposites, would have to find that cohesion that alone would be able to reach the true God" (p. 162).

In reality, Melinda Miceli turns the Templars into Gnostics and Esoterics and contradicts herself when she describes the accusations that the Templars are an "esoteric sect" as "dishonest" (cf. p. 164).

Let's also check out the video "The Discovery of templar Secrets with writer Melinda Miceli" 2 (minute 11:28), which was posted on YouTube on May 8, 2021. Gotha Tv World interviews the author of "Templaris Compendium". Let's listen to some of Melinda Miceli's statements.

The Templars are "custodians of a knowledge as old as the earth" (min. 1:30–1:36), "commissioned by the Church to discover the mysteries of other religions" (1:40–1:44). "Their research had also led to the erection of an idol, which was the end of [the Templar Order] (1:46–1:53). The book was written at the request of Grand Master Corrado Armeri (cf. 1:53–1:57). The Templars are a "mystical, ascetic, and mysterious order" (3:20–3–25). Miceli wonders how an order like the Templars, who fought for the Church, could be called "heretical" (cf. 4:36–4:53). Miceli explains that the accusations of heresy did not take into account the "symbolic and very hermetic vision that belongs to the ancient Christian tradition of hermetism" (4:53–5:13), and therefore with this book she wants to restore the truth about the Templars (cf. 5:20–5:22) ...

Commenting on the "myth" of the Templars, Miceli states: "This myth is more relevant than ever, because the slogan that connects all the hermetic knowledge of the Templars is the conjugation of opposites, that is, the fusion of opposites. This was never understood" (6:00–6:17).

The Templars "believed in the duplicity of the cosmic principle" (6:45–6:48), that is, in spirit and matter, which must be kept in "perfect balance" (6:54–6:55) in order to "achieve evolution" (7:01–7:02). Then the author notes that "even the symbol of Baphomet, which has been claimed to be satanic, is not satanic, but a code for deciphering what could be a kind of totem to ward off evil. Solve et Coagula. The same star that is on the forehead of this idol, the Jewish star, has its tip not directed downwards, like the satanic ones, but upwards. This means that it is a positive idol, not a satanic one" (7:05–7, 35).

Miceli finally says that "the book is also initiatic" (8:23–8:24). The first nine Templars possessed "superior initiate knowledge" (9:24–9:26), "they were initiated beings who were already predisposed and predestined for knowledge" (9:34–9:40). Miceli points out that "the book belongs to the Order" (9:55–9:57), of which she is "the International Vicar for Culture and art" (10:04–10:06). And she declares, "Our goal is to spread the new era of the Templars" (11:13–11:17).

I will conclude with a few questions:

Grand Master Armeri (3rd from left), symbol of the Frederick Templars and Melinda Miceli. Armeri is accused by other New Templars of being Freemasons.

Do the Friderician Templars share the Templar wisdom (Gnosis, Esotericism, Baphomet – Union of Opposites, Kundalini, Kissing the Sacrum, etc.), presented by the International Vicar with a praising preface by the Grand Master, and to what extent?

What do the Monsignori and clerics, who act as protectors and spiritual directors of the Friderician Templars, say about all this? Will their investitures continue to take place in the churches?

Is it fair to say that there are also those among the Friderician Templars who try to unite opposites such as church and gnosis?

*Father Paolo Maria Siano belongs to the Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate (FFI); the doctor of church history is considered one of the best Catholic connoisseurs of Freemasonry, to whom he has dedicated several standard works and numerous essays. Von has so far been published by him:

In the series Esotericism and Gnosis:

Translation: Giuseppe Nardi

Image: Corrispondenza Romana/Twitter/Facebook/Wikicommons (Screenshots)

Trans: Tancred

1 Original title: Templaris Compendium. Tutta la Sapienza Templare in un grande compendio, Santocono Editore, Rosolini 2021.

2 Original title: "Alla Scoperta dei Segreti Templari con la Scrittrice Melinda Miceli".


Thursday, April 7, 2022

The Templars and Their Revival

No order of the Church is more shrouded in mystery than the Templar Order. A large number of very different organizations refer to it. What is fantasy, what is reality?

In 1312, the Poor Knighthood of Christ and the Solomon Temple of Jerusalem, better known as the Templar Order, was abolished by Pope Clement V. At that time, the Pope did not act freely, but under pressure from Philip IV, King of France. A large number of groups from Catholics, Protestants, Gnostics to Freemasons today refer to the Templars and claim to have succeeded them. What is it all about?

The Templar Order was founded in 1118 by Crusaders in the Holy Land to protect the Holy Places, as the Crusade armies returned to Europe after their successful or failed military operations. The monastic knightly orders, including the Order of the Templars, were to support the Crusade armies, but above all to ensure the defense and protection of the Holy Places in their absence. The Knights Templar, which had its focus on French chivalry, became the militarily and economically strongest knightly order. Until 1302, this elite of Western knighthood defended the last base in the Middle East, the island of Arwad off today's Syrian coast.

While the Teutonic Order had found a new task in Prussia and the Baltic States and the Order of Malta (at that time still The Order of St. John) had found a new task in the Aegean, such a task was still missing for the Templars, who retreated to their European enclaves at the beginning of the 14th century. Whether France's king also feared their now idle military power is unclear. It is certain that he considered them obsolete and, due to his financial hardships, wanted to lay hands on the proverbial Templar treasure (better, Templar possessions). The Order had built this up through a large number of foundations over two centuries to finance its very costly presence in the Holy Land (construction and maintenance of castles, maintenance and armament of the brothers). In contrast, Philip IV was on the verge of national bankruptcy.

The biggest judicial scandal in the history of the Church

Pope Clement V, a friend of the French king, had led the papacy into exile in Avignon in 1309 and thus made it a "prisoner" of the French king. Clement V, a weak pope in the See of Peter, conducted a lengthy, confused and opaque show trial against the Templars on behalf of Philip IV, which culminated in the condemnation and violent annulment of the Templar Order. Pope Benedict XVI had the trial files made available in 2007. Since then, there is no longer any doubt that the Templars were victims of a judicial scandal. It is also documented that Clement V [Despite being a French puppet, himself] not convinced of her guilt, was too weak to prevail against Philip IV. Nevertheless, a revival of the Order was refrained from in the late Middle Ages, because the reputation of the Order was considered too damaged by the trial and its destruction.

Most of the Templars surrendered to their fate, disappointed and broken. They had defended themselves as well as possible in the trial against the heinous accusations. They could have taken up arms, but a struggle against the legitimate authority of the Pope and the King was beyond the realm of possibility.

Its twenty-third and last Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, had been arrested in 1307, like many other Knights Templar, on the orders of Philip IV. Under severe torture in 1309, he confessed to abominations charged to the Order, but immediately recanted his confession. The proceedings dragged on and the members of the order, since they had nothing to expect from the secular power, placed their hope entirely on the Pope, from whom they saw themselves betrayed in the end.

Still impressive today: The ruins of the Templar castle Krak in Jordan

In order to stifle any resistance in the Order, Philip demonstratively had 54 Knights executed in 1310. The Order, rendered leaderless by the arrests, was paralyzed. In 1314, the king also ordered the execution of the Grand Master, although he had previously been sentenced to life imprisonment. Molay was burned at the stake in Paris, one of many breaches of the law in this sensational smashing of a hitherto so respected and important order, to which so many members of the most distinguished families had belonged in two centuries.

The abolition of the Templars differed from the abolition of other orders in history because of the violence used against them, but otherwise it was comparable. The property was confiscated and mostly passed into secular, less often into spiritual hands. The surviving and non-imprisoned members of the Order had to lookfor a new place to stay, each for themselves. Deprived of leadership, dispossessed and threatened by severe repression, the Order simply dissolved.

Only on the Iberian Peninsula, where the Reconquista against the Muslims was still in progress, were new knightly orders founded by the kings of Aragon and Portugal, to whom templar ownership was transferred in these countries, and thus offered a new home to the Knights Templar there, who were knights and monks, which must not be forgotten.

Did the Order live on in secret?

Claims that the Templars persisted in secret in some areas of Europe lack any historical basis. Such theses only emerged in the 18th century in the context of the Masonic guilds that appeared at that time, which absorbed everything that was "tangible" for them and their intentions in terms of actual and even more supposed pre-Christian and non-Orthodox "knowledge", in historical personalities, organizations and currents. The judicial scandal that had led to the end of the Templars for political reasons was particularly predestined to be co-opted by Freemasons and lovers of the mysterious. Until then, it was not so much the Order, but emblematic for it, that the tragic figure of the last Grand Master had been in the public interest. The apparently instinctively recognized judicial scandal was condensed in the narrative that Grand Master Molay had cursed Pope and King at the stake or at least prophesied their death in the same year – and with the king the end of the Capetians – since both Clement V and Philip IV died in 1314.

It was only in the context of "enlightened" circles of the 18th century that imaginative stories and claims about the Templars really shot into the weeds. Only since then have there been ex novo claims of a secret continued existence of the Templar Order and mysterious symbols and signs by which they would recognize themselves. Centuries later, the spectacular and tragic judicial scandal was accompanied by a gigantic humbug.

Armed Christian militia in Syria with the Templar flag

Since the knightly orders, the Crusades, the Holy Land, the ideals of the Crusaders, their castles, their monastics and knighthood, their military and political power, their defensive spirit and overall, their quarrelsomeness, obviously inspire the imagination and exert a certain attraction to this day, a wide variety of groups around the world, often more bad than good, try to follow in the footsteps of the Templars.

According to the Ecclesiastical understanding, an order can be suppressed, but not abolished. It therefore rests only, because the Order continues to exist in the already deceased members of the Order in heaven and purgatory. The Templar Order could therefore also be revived at any time with ecclesiastical permission. So far, however, the Church has refrained from doing so. It would necessitate the annulment of the 1312 conviction, which was long considered a hardly feasible undertaking due to the time distance, lack of documents and witnesses. Since Benedict XVI opened the Vatican archives, it has been known that the annulment of the judgment is possible and would even be necessary. However, there is no one to be seen who could legitimately demand such a repeal. Above all, however, this would compromise the highest ecclesiastical authority, which at that time could be made the instrument of Philip IV. in the Vatican, this is considered an unnecessary mea-culpa compulsory exercise, since there is no need for a revival of the Order.

A Revival of the Templar Order: Claim and Reality

Thoughts about a possible reactivation did not appear in the ecclesiastical scene until 1847, when the Ottoman Empire – five and a half centuries after the fall of the Crusader states – allowed the re-establishment of an ecclesiastical hierarchy in the Holy Land. However, a revival of the Templar Order contrasted with the understanding of the papacy established by the First Vatican Council at the same time, in 1870. The Church met the now existing need for the preservation of the Holy Places by constituting the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in 1868. This was done without possibly provoking the Ottomans by a reappearance of the Templars and, above all, without "damaging" the papal authority at a delicate moment by admitting that a pope had supported and facilitated a serious judicial scandal in 1312. The "delicate moment" concerned the often misunderstood Dogma of Infallibility of 1870, which caused sufficiently violent conflicts within the Church and even more so hostility from outside. In the Second German Reich, proclaimed shortly thereafter, there was therefore a "culture war" against the public influence of the Catholic Church.

Today, however, the Church recognizes a number of lay associations that were founded after the Second World War and are close to the Templar Order without being able to claim its succession. They follow the ideals of a Christian life and charity, as sought and promoted by the three great ecclesiastically recognized knightly orders, the Maltese, Teutonic Knights and Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, for their lay members. In addition, there are also several "connections" in the Catholic field that are not recognized by the Church, which are committed to more or less the same goals. They usually make a valuable contribution to the Church and society, especially for persecuted Christians.

In addition, there is also a large number of would-be Templars outside the Church and mostly without a religious reference. These groups come together for historical, social or sometimes political reasons. Overall, today's "Templar landscape" is characterized by a high fluctuation: groups, sometimes small and smallest, often arise and dissolve again soon.

Since the end of the 19th century, this has also included a myriad of imaginative organizations in the haze of esotericism and gnosis and, of course, groups that belong to the Masonic cosmos and somehow refer to the Templars.

This myriad of very different groups, none of which can claim an actual succession to the Templar heritage, creates a mess and sometimes exposes even church-recognized organizations to suspicion, as the name "Templar" is discredited by dubious, Gnostic and Masonic initiatives. Overall, it has caused no minor damage to the memory of the Templar Order. A precise distinction is therefore needed.

However, this is made more difficult by groups that are close to the Church, but are on the verge of dubious intellectual property. Father Paolo Maria Siano of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, one of the best Catholic connoisseurs of Freemasonry, deals with them. He shows the confusion that seems to prevail in some circles that claim foundations ecclesiastically and are according to their outward appearance. These include the so-called Frederick Templars or Frederician Templars. The self-designation alone mixes the ecclesiastical with the secular and seeks the aura of the mysterious, the resistant and the criticism of the Church.

See the essay by P. Siano on the Friderician Templars (Frederick Templars):

Historical fresco: depiction of a Templar.

Text: Giuseppe NardiImage
: Wikicommons/MiL

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Osservatore Romano Pans New Star Wars Film With Anemic Review

Edit:  at last.  Probably the insufficiently Catholic Stephen Greydanus is responsible for the review.  And even more unfortunately, if you're looking for any deeper moral insights or a condemnation of the film's pantheistic, Gnostic universe, don't bother with Osservatore.  Why does anyone read it, really?

Osservatore is probably even more anti-Catholic than the LA Times.

[LA Times] An organ of the Vatican has slammed the new "Star Wars" film as a thorough disappointment because its villains are not sufficiently evil.

The Vatican's daily newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, has given a dismal review to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," even as it breaks box-office records.

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Third World War Has Already Begun -- And It is Being Waged Against the Church

The Third World War Already
 is Taking Place -- Against the Catholic
(Rome) The financial expert and banker Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was President of the Vatican Bank IOR from 2009 to 2012. During his presidency, incisive reforms to increase transparency were made. Through it was through an opaque machination that he lost his job but was rehabilitated by the judiciary.
Today he writes commentaries on current world events for the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano and the business newspaper Il Sole-24Ore.
In the Catholic online daily Nuova Bussola Quotidianahe on September 1st, he published an essay on the battle between Church and Gnosticism.

The Third World War has already broken out - against the Church

Ettore Gotti Tedeschi -
Recently, all seem - the Catholic world with included - anxious to avoid a supposedly predictable Third World War, triggered by religious fundamentalism, nationalism, racism and forms of discrimination, that globalism which has dramatically accelerated terrorism.
To avoid it (instead of developing strategies to address these problems and to solve them) it seems to have agreed instead to identify the first "cause" of this danger in what Gnosticism had always wanted to destroy: in the Christian faith.
With regard to  catholicity, the action focused initially on two issues: the relativity of human dignity and of religious dogmas.

The Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Then they appear to have tried to persuade of a reasonable advance in ecumenism for an already multicultural and multi-religious world, trying to make you think that the truth emerges from dialogue.
Then they seem to have tried to persuade the Church to recognize the infallibility of personal conscience and reduce its of moral authority.
To as it seems decided, would have us believe that the moral misery is a result of economic misery.
The Church is encouraged to separate itself from her possessions and to distribute them and abandon evangelization.
This is justified rationally: evangelization is inconsistent with the multi-religious and multi-cultural historical reality, depriving neighbor of his freedom and dangerously harming the cultures of other peoples.

It seems they have decided to let the immigration process to accelerate...

And to explain it is necessary, useful and compelling  (to close the population gab to make more cultural diversity...).
Meanwhile, the inexorable process is evident throughout the "civilized" world to impose "civilized" conformist laws  on the moral vision and the moral behavior (the origin of the conflict).
The Church is encouraged (and seems itself to encourage), to deal with comforting, and educate less.
It is far more serious that the whole world should  accept the "ecological" program as a world religion that unites all nations of the earth.

With all due respect: there are fears that a third world war is breaking out or has already broken

Jesus on a ruined Calvary 
and is being defeated  by the Gnosis of the 21st century that has overwhelmed Christendom?
It appears namely that Gnosis has defeated evangelization.
There is at this point a consideration to make:
We Catholics have always thought that God writes history and that this story is the eternal conflict between Gnosticism and Revelation.
We have always thought that the trained conscience recognizes what is good and evil, and determines the meaning of our lives and our actions; for Christianity has always influenced history in this way, although Gnosis has always stood in its way, and that it has always tried to eradicate this "sense".
I would ask the reader but to consider something else. In the history of the past 2000 years to make it, a, like ours, global spread, which in its line of argumentation is "absurd"  (remember: founded on the incarnation of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, founded on the resurrection! ) where neither the logic applies nor could reason (sic et simpliciter), nor on the lie, nor on mere hope, nor coercion and conquest: How could one not believe that history is directly written by God through his  grace?

Now we no longer believe that?

But we go one step further. Those who accept Christianity, there can not engage it by striving for power (those who have tried, have lost) nor looking for pleasure, success, etc. Those who have embraced Christianity, knew, indeed according to their estate, that they must separate from the world, knew that they must renounce it and carry the cross.
So how could you think that Christianity alone would, without God, have survived and written history under these conditions?
But why do we fear these times, these challenges, the new persecutions and dangers of today?

History was written thanks to the effort to make known the truth.

This effort succeeded only as long as that which "was worldly, was subordinated to the otherworldly."
Today, in order to tackle the issues mentioned above, the consequences of globalization are (to simplify), demanded more than ever, to affirm  truth in order to create a truly global society which is based on  real human rights and not just on an unsustainable accumulation of cultures without anything that  really unites them.
Therefore Gnosticism suggests that all unite in a form of "pseudo-religious" and Malthusian environmentalism.

Do we want to allow this?

Burning Church (Marie Sanctuary of Muxia, Spain)
The history of mankind is understood, in understanding the role of the Church, because only the church can express and restore the meaning and order of creation. [!]
If this should not happen, our historical epoch will become sterile and even harmful for our children and descendants, we would leave them a totally different legacy than just leaving them a damaged environment  ... much worse: We would leave them a damaged morality, a damaged culture. Do we understand that?
If the church is no longer teacher, original sin explodes in thought and action of man.
When the church leaves the conscience of man freely infected by the motives of the alleged dominant cultures and fashions,  man goes astray.
If the church does not evangelize, it deprives people of the right to know Christ.

History can not be written with the Gnostic and nihilistic disorder.

One can not simply limit  himself to observing and to expressing opinions that are requested by the prevailing culture. One can not limit himself to consolation rather than to instruct, rather than calling to prayer and to confirm and give the sacraments.
It is also written in the encyclical Lumen Fidei. This is how the reins of history are taken in hand again.
Above all, we must not be afraid.
What's good for the wolves, can not be good for the lambs.
Translation: Giuseppe Nardi
image NBQ / MiL
Trans: Tancred
Link to Katholisches...

Monday, February 9, 2015

“The Gnosis to Power” -- Small Handbook, to “Survive” Historical Half-Truths in the Meantime

Masonic Lodge in Pavia
Edit: we have no idea when the book will be translated to English, and surprisingly she is a disciple of the Neocatechumenate, but this nevertheless looks like an impressive treatise.

(Rome) A new book "The Gnosis in Power. Why history seems to be a conspiracy against the truth"  (original title:" La gnosi al potere ") tries to bring through a series of brief but accurate and documented essays, to light  some dark spots in recent European history. Since this is a book published in Italy, the focus is on the history of Italy, but extends its bandwidth from the Italian unification in the 19th century to the European Union in the 21st century from Pope Pius IX. to Francis, from Count Camillo Cavour to Angela Merkel.
Angela Pellicciari  "Gnosis in power,"  has collected her essays in the book,  published in recent years by various media. She skillfully combines the reliability of a historian with the direct and understandable language of journalism. Released in a 304-page book in Fede & Cultura in Verona, is one of the foremost Catholic publishers, as Volume 42 of the Historical Series .
In the vintage  of 1948, Pellicciari was a 68er when she came to faith in Christ.  After graduating, she taught history and philosophy until 2008 at Universities.   In the 70s and 80s she was a freelancer for RAI, and studied early childhood neuropsychology at the University La Sapienza and in 1995 received her doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Church History. Pellicciari is one of those authors who does not hide her catholicity. In addition to its specialization in the 19th century, they dedicated their work, especially the correction of historical half-truths and false stereotypes, particularly for church history and history of Italy.
Over the years, Pellicciari has specialized in the topics of Risorgimento, Papal Hstory and Freemasonry. In her new book, the author reveals immediately that there is a common thread in the recent history of Italy, "since the mid-19th century, Freemasonry came to power." Behind it, says the historian, the ideals of the French Revolution, which came with Napoleon into Italy and were preserved by the supporters of the Italian unification movement as a seed that had been allowed to flower decades later.

The Gnosis and its  Claim to Be the Driver of the Nation

The Gnosis to Power
The author describes the historical facts without any politically correct embellishment. As a result, she exposes the red thread in the presence of Gnostic machinations of those who brazenly and boldly lay claim to want to control the fate of the nation, because they are of better, superior, higher quality and feeling as a jealous support for a higher truth and a special enlightenment. Common to the volume of  assembled  essays that have to do with the 'gnosis', is that philosophical-political mindset that masquerades as the charioteer of nations. Their most powerful instrument, however, the non or semi knowledge of the masses.
The Catholic Church, the Pope and Christianity in general are seen by Gnosticism as an irritating obstacle on the path to power. The Church with its authentic image of man, Her doctrine of human salvation through Christ, free will, human dignity, the sanctity of life, the equality of man and woman in their diversity, in defense of the family and of life from conception to natural death, the condemnation of a false nature of sex, is a wall against the Gnostic propaganda, over which they continuously attempt to deceive the masses by feeding them with false information, misleading from the essential to sideshows and  tries to tempt by a single way of thinking.

Masons of Italy unification project - "One Cubic Meter of Shit"

Pellicciari begins her journey with Pope Pius IX. (1846-1878), the Italian "national hero", who cursed the high degree Freemason, Giuseppe Garibaldi, as "one cubic meter of shit."  Pius IX. was the biggest obstacle to the Masonic project to unite the Italian peninsula under the banner of Savoy into a state. The charge against the Church  was that she impeded progress. Garibaldi, where his lodge brothers erected an equestrian statue on the Gianicolo Rome, which makes him look imperious and threatening to St. Peter's Basilica, accused the Pope of being "the most pernicious of all creatures" because he was "an obstacle to human progress and the brotherhood among individuals and peoples."
Freemasonry is the central protagonist of the Risorgimento , the "real inspirer and engine," said Pellicciari. The Risorgimento in turn is a fundamentally anti-Catholic movement. Not only because it would eliminate the temporal power of the Pope in the Papal States, but radically and definitely would blot the Catholicism most deeply rooted in the Italian people. For this reason, Protestant States provided generous financial, propaganda and military support. The paradox of the Italian national movement was that they calculated to combat the only real common denominator of the various parts of the Apennine Peninsula, the Catholic religion.

Gnosis, a "Master of Fraud"

So how could the Catholic masses be obtained for the idea of national unification, which aimed at the establishment of a new, previously unknown Liberal, Republican, but anti-Catholic fatherland? As "Masters of Fraud"   the actors of the Risorgimento fought their battle by disguising themselves as "meek and pious lambs," says the historian. So Pius IX describes the members of the secret society of the "Carbonari"  in a bull of excommunication. An accusation which applies to Mazzini, Cavour, Garibaldi and King Carlo Alberto of Savoy and the other revolutionary elites. They speak as believers and their speeches seem pious. Giuseppe Mazzini claimed that   "progress" was an "Act of God". God wants the new ideas. In reality, hidden behind the religious language, was the desire that all would lose the Christian faith and cease to be Christians. Behind it stands, says the author, the real goal of Freemasonry, "to collect all the free people in a big family" which will take the place of "all the churches founded on blind faith and theocratic authority, all superstitious, with cults warring against each other, to build the true and only Church of Humanity."
The Italian unity was therefore part of a larger project that went far beyond the constitutional question. The people should be "freed from the Church" and the masses are to be "removed from the influence of religion" to make them subject to a system of controlled freedom and training to a new awareness. This is a goal that is easier to achieve in an organized central government, through a unified state-run school and the army. The new indoctrination is, however, camouflaged by the same exuberant emphasis on "freedom" and "future orthodoxy."  Christianity is officially the state religion, but the Jesuits are persecuted and all the monasteries dissolved on the grounds that they are "harmful because useless." Of course the new state  failed as it could not to seize the property of the church  and enrich the  unjust state. "Freedom" is the motto of the new state, but the Catholic press is subjected to strict government censorship. The Christian holidays are abolished, so that the people will not be distracted from work and "surrender to idleness." "Progress" is the new religion,  to which all enlightened and liberal governments are committed.

US history as a Story of a Masonic Oligarchy

The book also describes our time. It tells of the 20th century, "the left and right were made into the playground of Gnosticism in power." Pellicciari outlines the long reign of Freemasonry in the United States by a small oligarchy that made ​​their symbols into symbols of the state, just as on the dollar bill and the Catholics persecuted in the US within itself and outside, for example in Mexico under the rule of Elias Calles. The tragic story of Cristeros tells of the struggle.
The book covers also the totalitarian ideologies and their similarities, despite their differences. Both Marxism and Nazism presented their utopia as a healing idea. Christianity an avowed opponent of the  two ideologies who was openly fought, or at best just tolerated. Both Communist and Nazi bigwigs sought the Church in vain. Pellicciari refers to the methods by which the one and the other, the Church, the priests and religious, and the Pope were discredited in public.

UN: New "Rights" and New Language

The author also writes about the UN, whose activities are governed by the new "rights" that are based on the "general consensus" and  moral relativism. Thus, the UN acted in international conferences in Cairo in 1994, in Beijing in 1995 and 2000 in New York created the the new "rights" of abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality  and created a new language  with birth control, reproductive health and gender identity. The underlying goal is a change in mentality in preparation for a one-world culture to be enforced, especially, in developing countries. This includes the implementation of a neo-Malthusian policy that aims to stop  "overpopulation", by in fact decimating humanity. This falls into the category which includes the promotion of homosexuality, due to infertility, to  spread a hedonistic and materialistic way of life, which closes the transmission of life directly or indirectly.
Pellicciari also highlights the work of non-governmental organizations as an extended arm of the UN, which has shed its "Christian roots" and attempts just such for  international mergers, including the European Union. The EU envisions the idea of ​​creating a super-state, which is to serve the economic interests of a few, who themselves are also hardly at home on the European mainland.

Gender Theory and Communication Control

The author also discusses the gender theory to be imposed from above as well, and finance laws that resemble more a gigantic redistribution mechanism. Through state health and education programs disseminate the gender ideology.  The international institutions constitute the political and economic sponsors and there are also the substantial funds of the LGBT lobby. The aim is the struggle against the family and the natural law as outdated facilities.
If this all so easily finds dissemination and seems generally accepted, then it is recognizable behind  "enormous communication control of power circle.” In the extensive access  to control opinion-forming media,   there has been no real competition of opinion. The rest is accomplished  by technically studied marketing campaigns.The subliminal, often unconscious, positive message conveyed is firmly established in minds. This attractive language emphasizes individual rights and is based on the key words "freedom" and "tolerance". The individual will be flattered, so that  there will be no resistance to  the desired development and does not notice that it  strips away the larger bonds,  such as nation, community and family, and is powerless and defenseless, even only an uninfluential individual among billions.
Tthe “red thread” Pelliacciari exposes leaves the reader a rather oppressive feeling. However, the author recalls at the end of her book that history also teaches that in  long struggle with Gnosticism, that whenever the truth is attacked someone gets up, ready to defend the truth and even for them to die for it. This is why ultimately nothing is lost.
Angela Pellicciari: La gnosi al potere. Why the story seems to be a conspiracy against the truth (collana storica 42), Fede & Cultura, Verona 2014 304 pages, € 18, -
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Publisher / Paviaon
Trans: Tancred
Link to Katholisches…