Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Musclehead Bishop of Winona Canonizes Queen Elizabeth

Edit: it’s one thing to grieve her passing, have Masses said, but this is the kind of presumption you get from narcissistic personalities like Barron. Barron is the one who decides who is in Hell, nobody is there.

[Turd on Fire]  I was in Rome last week to give a presentation to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. Perhaps at a later date I will share some of what I taught and learned at that conference. I was supposed to go the following week with my Word on Fire team to England for a series of talks and events. But midway through the Roman part of the journey, word came to us that Queen Elizabeth II had died. We immediately made the decision to postpone the England trip to a later time. But I’ve been thinking a good deal about the Queen during these days, especially as I have taken in the marvelous pageantry around her funeral exercises. [Gays love pageantry?] I agree with the army of pundits and commentators who have praised Elizabeth for her steadfastness, devotion to duty, sangfroid [Wish I could say the same of you and Bergoglio] in the face of trials, and love of country. But I should like to draw special attention to a dimension of her life too often overlooked—namely, her unapologetically [Huh?] Christian faith. 

Perhaps it is not as well known today as it once was, but the monarch of Great Britain is not simply a political and cultural figure but clearly a religious one as well. [Like murdering monks and faithful Catholic bishops and faithful? The Protestant Monarchy has something in common with the Communists Bergoglio is constantly praising.] During Queen Elizabeth’s coronation ceremony in 1953, the new ruler was presented with scepter, orb, ring, and crown, each one of which was emblazoned with the cross, symbolizing Christ’s [More like Satan] lordship over the world. And though she was surrounded during that ceremony with the crown jewels, she received a Bible [Sodomitical KJV] which was described as follows: “the most valuable thing that this world affords.” The most sacred moment of the coronation was the anointing, during which Elizabeth, stripped of royal insignia and wearing only a simple white dress, was anointed with chrism by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who prayed that the Holy Spirit would set her apart for service. Of course, by means of this sacred ceremony, Elizabeth became, not simply head of state, but also head of the Church of England. Just days before her coronation, she made this moving request to everyone in the British Commonwealth: “I want to ask you all, whatever your religion may be, to pray for me on that day—to pray that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve Him and you, all the days of my life.”


Monday, September 19, 2022

"It would be an anachronistic mistake" - Francis interprets St. Pius V.

(Rome) On Saturday, September 17, Pope Francis received pilgrims from the Italian Diocese of Alessandria and young people from the Archdiocese of Spoleto-Norcia preparing for Confirmation in the large [and ugly] “Paolo VI” Audience Hall in the Vatican. 
For this reason, Francis divided his 
speech into two parts and addressed the pilgrims from Piedmont in the first part. However, the papal address was not so much intended for them, but as a message apparently intended for a different, far larger audience, since the reason for the pilgrimage was the 450th anniversary of the death of Pius V, that holy pope who is inseparably connected with the traditional Rite.

Francis warned in his assessment of Pius V against an "anachronistic error" and against reducing the holy pope to a "nostalgic, embalmed memory". Instead, it is about “grasping his teaching and his testimony”, but Francis himself seems to have his problems with that. Contrary to history, the reigning Pope gives the impression that the “Tridentine” Mass was autocratically unilaterally introduced by Pius V, while the liturgical reform of 1969 was introduced by the Second Vatican Council. However, the Council had already ended in 1965 and by no means had decided on the Novus Ordo Missae subsequently created by Annibale Bugnini.

The Dominican Antonio Michele Ghislieri, born in Bosco Marengo near Alessandria in 1504 and died in Rome on May 1, 1572, ruled the Church for six years. With the Bull Quo primum in 1570 he established the Missale Romanum as the so-called Tridentine Mass "forever" and prohibited its abolition or change. During his pontificate, the Battle of Lepanto, victorious for Christianity, also took place, ending the Islamic threat in the Mediterranean after centuries. In 1712 he was canonized.

After years of unequivocally expressing his rejection and even more his complete lack of understanding for those priests and faithful who are connected to the traditional Rite, Francis took action with the motu proprio Traditionis custodes and went on to the frontal attack. Pope Francis countered the Missale Romanum written “forever” by St. Pius V by saying that the liturgical reform introduced in 1969 was the “single form of expression of the lex orandi of the Roman rite”.

Francis warned his listeners accordingly in his address on Saturday. An exhortation apparently not addressed to the pilgrims from the Diocese of Alessandria, but to the priests and faithful committed to the traditional rite. In doing so, Francis even attempts a hussar ride by suggesting that the life and work of Pius V must be “interpreted”, which Francis does immediately in the spirit of the post-conciliar liturgical reform. 

"Pius V was a reformer of the Church who made courageous decisions, but..."

Francis  said:

“Dear brothers and sisters of the Diocese of Alessandria, the 450th anniversary of the death of Saint Pius V, the only Piedmontese Pope born in Bosco Marengo, in what is now the Diocese of Alessandria, gives rise to some very timely reflections.

Pope Pius V, born Antonio Ghislieri, faced numerous pastoral and governmental challenges in just six years of his pontificate. He was a church reformer who made bold decisions. Since then, the style of Church governance has changed and it would be an anachronistic mistake to assess certain works of Saint Pius V with today's mentality. Likewise, we must be careful not to reduce him to a nostalgic, embalmed memory, but to grasp his teaching and testimony. From this we can see that faith was the backbone of his entire life.

How can we interpret his teachings today? First, they invite us to search for the truth. Jesus is the truth, not only in a universal sense, but also in a corporate and personal sense; and the challenge is to live the search for truth today in the daily life of the Church and Christian communities. This search can only be done through personal and community discernment, starting from the Word of God (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 30, 50, 175).

This commitment, translated into discernment, makes a community grow in an ever more intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ; and then he, the truth, the Lord, becomes the basis of community life woven with bonds of love. Love is expressed in acts of sharing, from the physical to the spiritual dimension, acts that reveal the mystery that we carry in our 'clay pots' (cf. 2 Cor 4:7).

The Word of God comes alive especially in the celebration of the Eucharist, both at the 'Table of the Word' and at the 'Table of the Eucharist', where we touch, as it were, the flesh of Christ. Pius V was concerned with reforming the liturgy of the Church, and after four centuries the Second Vatican Council introduced another reform to better meet the needs of today's world. Much has been said in recent years about the liturgy, especially its outward forms. But the greatest effort must be made to ensure that the celebration of the Eucharist actually becomes the source of community life (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10).

In fact, faced with the crossroads on the path of communities, as well as the crosses of our personal life, the liturgy incorporates us into the priesthood of Christ and gives us a new modality that Saint Paul sums up in this way: 'I rejoice in suffering 'which I bear for you, and make up what is lacking in my flesh from the sufferings of Christ, for the sake of his body, which is the Church' (Col 1:24). At the end of the liturgy, having touched the Eucharistic flesh of Christ, the evangelizing community is sent out and 'puts itself into the daily lives of others through works and gestures, shortening distances, humiliating themselves if necessary, and embracing human life, in which they come in contact with the suffering flesh of Christ as a people.' (Evangelii gaudium, 24)

And then we must not forget that Saint Pius V recommended prayer, especially the Rosary. In fact, 'the Church's first steps in the world were preordained by prayer. The apostolic writings and the great record of the Acts of the Apostles give us the image of a Church on the way, an active Church, but which finds in the prayer meetings the basis and impetus for missionary activity' (Catechesis, November 25, 2020 ).

In this way, dear friends from Alessandria, I have reminded you of the four coordinates that guide us in our ecclesial journey, as it says in Acts 2:42: 'They clung to the teaching of the apostles and to the communion,  in the breaking of the bread and at the prayers.' Follow the teaching of the apostles, the teaching of the Church; live in community, not at war among us; living the Eucharist, breaking bread and praying: beautiful, isn't it? It is possible."


Text: Giuseppe Nardi

Image : Vatican.va (screenshots)

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com


Sunday, September 18, 2022

The Inimitable John Augustine Waters

Bergoglio Grovels to Chinese Emperor but is Snubbed by Xi Jinping

 One historic meeting sought, another cancelled

On the flight to Nur-Sultan, Francis made an attempt to arrange a spontaneous meeting with Xi Jinping.

(Rome) Over the past three years, the Holy See has sought a meeting between China's Communist leader Xi Jinping and Pope Francis. There were also such efforts in the run-up to the Trip to Kazakhstan. However, the red rulers in Beijing waved this off. This recalls a parallel: while one historic meeting of Francis is being sought, another was canceled by him. Years of efforts by the Holy See to bring about a meeting between the Pope and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow were successful in 2016. A second meeting was already fixed, but in this case, it was Francis who canceled it.

Philip Pullella, Reuters' Vatican correspondent, confirmed the latest development in Vatican-China relations:

"The Vatican has told China that Pope Francis is ready to meet with President Xi Jinping when the two were in the Kazakh capital, but Beijing replied that there was not enough time for a meeting, a Vatican source said Thursday."

The source did not elaborate, Pullella said, on how or when the Vatican approached the People's Republic of China, with whom it is "engaged in a delicate dialogue about the status of the Catholic Church in the country."

The Chinese side, according to the unnamed Vatican source, has always indicated that it "appreciates the gesture." However, Xi Jinping's scheduling did not allow a meeting. China's communist ruler was in Nur-Sultan on September 14 at the same time as Francis. Xi Jinping made his first trip abroad after more than two and a half years (Corona). First, he asserted in the Kazakh capital that the People's Republic of China is interested in a "stable" Kazakhstan. The People's Republic of China is Kazakhstan's most important foreign partner after Russia. In terms of exports, China is even the first addressee. Beijing has a stake in numerous Kazakh oil and gas companies, and the gas pipelines from Turkmenistan, which are important for China, run through Kazakhstan. Turkmenistan is the largest supplier of natural gas to Beijing.

Philip Pullella commented on a possible meeting between the Pope and "Emperor Xi":

"A meeting between the two men, no matter how brief, would have been historic." 

Historic would also be a visit of the Pope to Russia, which has been sought with much patience and emphasis since John Paul II. Francis seemed to be reaping the rewards when a first meeting with the Moscow Patriarch took place in Cuba in February 2016. Due to the territorial principle to which the Russian Orthodox Church adheres, the Pope's arrival on Russian soil has a significance to which fundamental questions are linked.

When asked about a meeting with Xi Jinping, Francis reacted briefly on the flight back from Nur-Sultan to Rome yesterday, saying only:

"I don't know anything about that."


On September 13, Francis had stressed on the flight to Kazakhstan:

"I'm always ready to go to China."

The extension of the secret agreement on the appointment of bishops signed in 2018 between the Holy See and the People's Republic of China seems to have been finalized since the beginning of September. The recent courtesies of Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning on September 14th confirm this. Mao Ning is one of several press spokesmen for the Beijing Foreign Ministry. At the daily press conference, asked about Francis' statement to be ready for a visit to China, she said:

"I, too, have taken note of the relevant reports and appreciate the friendship and goodwill conveyed by Pope Francis. China and the Vatican maintain good communication. We are also ready to continue our dialogue and cooperation with the Vatican and to actively advance the process of improving relations."


However, an official confirmation that the secret agreement has been extended is still missing.

Mao Ning, press spokeswoman for the People's Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the september 14 press conference

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Vatican.va/fmprc. gov.cn (Screenshots)

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com


Friday, September 16, 2022

Pope Francis on Ukraine, China, Islam, Democracy: The West Has "Lost"

On the flight back from Nur-Sultan, Francis doubted that arms deliveries to Ukraine were moral, flattered communist rulers and declared to the West that it had "lost."

(Rome) At the flying press conference last night, on the flight back from Nur-Sultan to Rome, Pope Francis commented on a wide range of topics. There was also an innovation. These flying press conferences during the Pope's trips abroad are particularly popular with the media. The more various the topics addressed were, the more different is the quality of the answers. Francis made it clear that arms deliveries to Ukraine are probably immoral, flattered socialist rulers gave his blessing to the totalitarian regime in the People's Republic of China, and declared to the West that it had "lost." He found clear words about euthanasia and said that the killing should be left to the "beasts".

Francis' communication with and for the world is not so much through the official pronouncements of the Holy See, but above all through his spontaneous statements. So far, the Vatican has left the majority of the reporting to the accompanying journalists. After numerous requests to the Vatican Press Office, the media work has now been changed on this point. The English edition of VaticanNews published a transcript of the press conference last night, albeit with the note that this is not an official translation of the Pope's words. This will continue to be submitted in various translations only at a time when the secular media have long since communicated and co-opted the Pope's statements in their own way. However, a first step in the right direction has been taken. Thus to the statements of Francis himself.

Nur-Sultan, the "forward-looking" city

The Pope attested to Kazakhstan and the planned capital Nur-Sultan that "they have developed well and intelligently". Its inhabitants are "very disciplined" and the country is "beautiful". The architecture of the city is "well balanced, well laid out". Nur-Sultan is a "modern city that I would describe as 'forward-looking'."

Francis described the congress of the leaders of the world's religions and traditional religions as "a very important thing". The fact that it took place for the seventh time shows:

"(...) that "it is a country with a vision of the future that brings into dialogue those who are normally marginalized. Because there is a progressive world view for which religious values must first be thrown overboard."

 Arms deliveries are immoral rather than moral

Afterward, correspondent Rüdiger Kronthaler celebrated the German cult of guilt, he asked Francis whether weapons should be delivered to Ukraine. Francis responded in a differentiated way. Arms deliveries are a "political decision", and this can be moral, but must meet "many conditions". The Pope indicated that it is more likely to be "immoral"

"(...) is done with the intention of provoking further wars or selling weapons or throwing away those that I no longer need."

Self-defense as an expression of patriotism

Motivation qualifies action. At the same time, Francis broke a lance for self-defense:

"Defending oneself is not only legitimate, but also an expression of love for the fatherland. Whoever does not defend himself, who does not defend something, does not love it, but he who defends it loves it."

 This touches on another aspect, Francis said. He had pointed out in his speeches that:

"(...) one should think more about the concept of just war. Because peace is on everyone's lips today: for many years, for seventy years, the United Nations has been talking about peace, making many speeches about peace. But how many wars are there right now?"


In doing so, Francis also diverted his gaze away from Ukraine, which is currently concentrating all its attention on the West, in order to show that there are many armed conflicts in the world, but which would find little interest in the West. At the same time, he repeated his statement that "we are in a world war" without explaining in more detail how exactly he means by this drastic choice of words.

"Peace is greater than all wars"

Rather, he told a childhood memory:

"I remember something personal when I was a child, I was nine years old. I remember the alarm of the largest newspaper in Buenos Aires sounding: back then they rang it to celebrate or announce bad news – today it no longer rings – and it could be heard all over the city. My mother said, 'What's going on here?' We were at war, in 1945. A neighbor came to the house and said, 'The alarm has gone off...' and shouted, 'The war is over!'. And I still see my mother and neighbor crying with joy because the war was over, in a South American country, so far away! These women knew that peace is greater than all wars, and they wept with joy when peace was made. I can't forget that."


Peace was by no means concluded at the time, but Francis wanted to say something else with his story:

"I wonder: I don't know if we are well enough educated in our hearts today that we cry for joy when we see peace. Everything has changed. If you don't go to war, you're not useful! And then there's the arms business. This is a business of murderers. Someone who is familiar with statistics told me that all the hunger in the world would be solved if you stopped making weapons for a year... I don't know if that's true or not. But hunger, education... it doesn't help, it doesn't work because you have to make weapons."

And further:

"War itself is a mistake, it is a mistake! And we breathe this air at this moment: if there is no war, there seems to be no life. A bit confusing, but I have already said everything I wanted to say about the just war. The right to defend oneself, yes, but also to use it when necessary."

 "Without an outstretched hand, we close the only reasonable door to peace"

At the same time, Francis affirmed that dialogue must always be sought. The "annoying" sometimes and some, but is indispensable:

"We should give everyone a chance for dialogue, everyone! Because there is always the possibility that we can change things in dialogue and also offer a different point of view, a different point of view. I do not rule out dialogue with any power, whether it is at war or the aggressor... sometimes you have to have a dialogue, but you have to do it, it 'annoys', but you have to do it. Always one step forward, always an outstretched hand! Because otherwise we will close the only reasonable door to peace."


"The declining West has lost"

In this context, Francis spoke of the West:

"It is true that the West in general is not currently at the highest level of excellence. It's not an [innocent] First Communion child, not really. The West has taken the wrong paths."


As a concrete example, however, Francis only mentioned "social injustice". Although he addressed the "demographic winter" that prevails in the West, he only promotes mass immigration that the West "really needs" because of its birth deficit.

"On the other hand, in view of the demographic winter, the question arises: Where are we going, where are we going? The West is in decline, it is a little in decline, it has lost..."

 Where are the politicians who move society forward?"

At the same time, he denounced the political failure. Where are great figures such as Schuman, Adenauer, De Gasperi:

"Where are they today? There are great people, but they don't manage to move society forward."


Francis did not elaborate on what united the three statesmen mentioned, nor on the fact that this common cultural, historical, ethical, and religious basis of being German or German Catholic Central Europeans has been consistently smashed for a hundred years.

"Let's leave the killing to the beasts", hence no to euthanasia

Francis found a pleasing and unusually concise and clear statement when asked about euthanasia:

"Killing is inhumane, quite simply. If you kill with motivation, yes... then you will kill more and more in the end. Let's leave the killing to the beasts."

 "I don't think it's right to call China undemocratic"

Francis, on the other hand, was very cautious about the People's Republic of China:

"It takes a century to understand China, and we haven't lived a century."


An evasive romanticized statement in the face of a totalitarian communist regime that has only ruled China for 73 years, i.e. has not yet been in power for a hundred years.

"It's not easy to understand the Chinese mentality, but we have to respect it, I always respect it. And here in the Vatican there is a well-functioning dialogue commission chaired by Cardinal Parolin, who at the moment is the man who knows best about China and Chinese dialogue. It's progressing slowly, but there's always progress."

Francis, in his attempt to woo the red rulers in Beijing, falls into a fatal error with frightening ease by adopting a Marxist-Leninist diction:

"I don't think it's right to call China anti-democratic, because it's such a complex country."

"These women are good revolutionaries, but of the gospel"

He showed the same leniency towards the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua:

"As for Nicaragua, the news is clear. There is a dialogue. There have been talks with the government, there is a dialogue. This does not mean that I approve of everything the government does, or that I disapprove of everything. No. There is a dialogue and the problems need to be resolved. At the moment there are problems. At least I hope that the nuns of Mother Teresa will return. These women are good revolutionaries, but of the gospel! They don't wage war against anyone. On the contrary, we all need these women."

 "We are working intensively on coexistence with Muslims"

As far as the relationship to Islam is concerned, it is about "coexistence with Muslims":

"We are working intensively on this."


At the Congress of the Leaders of the World Religions, there was "no relativism whatsoever."

In this context, the striking praise for Kazakhstan and Nur-Sultan can also be seen. At the congress of religious leaders in Nur-Sultan there was "no relativism":

"No relativism at all. Everyone had their own opinion, each respected the other's point of view, but we talked like brothers. Because if there is no dialogue, there is either ignorance or war. It is better to live as brothers, because we have one thing in common: we are all human beings. Let's live like people who are well educated: what do you think, what do I think? Let's agree, let's talk, let's get to know each other. Often these misunderstood 'religious' wars are due to a lack of knowledge. And this is not relativism, I do not renounce my faith when I talk to someone who has another, on the contrary. I cherish my faith because someone else listens to him, and I listen to his."


"Whoever thinks only of money and the development of pastoral plans does not bring anything forward"

On the question of the decline in the number of attendees at Mass, specifically in Germany, Francis found surprisingly clear words. Is it a scolding for Cardinal Marx and the bishops Bätzing, Bode et al.?:

"If a Church, no matter in which country or in which area, thinks more of money, of development, of pastoral plans and not of pastoral work and takes this path, then she does not attract people. [...] Sometimes – I'm talking about everyone, in general, not only in Germany – people think about how to renew pastoral care, how to make it more modern: that's good, but it must always be in the hands of a pastor. When pastoral care is in the hands of pastoral 'scientists' who express their opinions here and say what to do... (you can't get any further, VaticanNews note). Jesus founded the Church with shepherds, not with political leaders."


Said the "politician on the chair of Peter". Francis himself said during his answers that he or what he said might be a bit "chaotic", "impenetrable", or "confused". But it is clear what he wants to say, according to the head of the Church.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Vatican.va (Screenshot)

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com


The SS Priest

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Woke Lord of the Rings Social Engineering Project is Widely Despised

Edit: this truly horrible adaptations of Tolkien’s work attempts to repurpose it as a raft for their propaganda, and it’s being ridiculed and disparaged by the Hoi  Polloi, who are being attacked by the chattering asses.

People are sick of this Neo Marxist garbage.


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Archbishop Viganò Calls for Abolition of the Novus Ordo

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò calls on his fellow bishops to celebrate in the Traditional Rite.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Apostolic Nuncio in the USA and a prominent critic of the Pope, calls on the bishops to celebrate Holy Mass in the rite of St. Pius V in an interview he gave to  Paix Liturgique.

Paix Liturgique:
 Monseigneur, why has the liturgical issue been so burning since Vatican II?

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: The liturgical question is of great importance because the ordinance summarizes the doctrine, morality, spirituality, and discipline of the ecclesial body that performs it. Just as the Catholic Mass is a perfect and coherent expression of the Catholic Magisterium, the Reformed liturgy is an expression of the conciliar deviations, indeed it reveals and confirms, without the ambiguities and ramblings of the texts of Vatican II, its heterodox nature. One could say, to use a parable, that the healthy blood of the Gospel flows in the veins of the Tridentine Mass, while in the veins of the New Rite flows the polluted blood of heresy and the spirit of the world.

It isn't over till it's over!

European Bishops Call for Eucharistic Adoration

 [CNSCatholic bishops have called for “Eucharistic adoration in every church in Europe” to pray for peace in Ukraine on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross this week.

The Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) has launched the initiative, urging Catholics across Europe to gather on Sept. 14 “on their knees in front of the Blessed Sacrament to pray that the Lord will grant peace to Ukraine.”

The prayer initiative was inspired by Roman Catholic bishops in Ukraine, who declared 2022 to be the Year of the Holy Cross for Ukrainian Catholics.


Wednesday, September 7, 2022

John Paul I — A 33rd Degree Murder Victim?

The young priest Charles Murr with Pope Paul VI.  Murr is convinced that Pope John Paul I was murdered on behalf of the 33rd degree of Freemasonry.

(Rome) On September 4th, yesterday, Pope John Paul I, who reigned for only 33 days in 1978, was beatified.  This canonization, carried out personally by Pope Francis on St. Peter's Square, is greeted with a sniff in some circles.  There is a suspicion that the Second Vatican Council is to be canonized.  With John Paul I, the last Pope of the Council was canonized, after John XXIII, Paul VI.  and John Paul II have already been raised to the altars.  There is another reason why there is some mistrust yesterday's beatification.  They fear that this will wipe the question of the cause of death off the table once and for all.

Cardinal Albino Luciani, then Patriarch of Venice, succeeded Paul VI had been elected Pope on August 26, 1978.  Just 33 days later, the Church was startled by the news of his sudden death.  Whoever dies young has “a great funeral” as the saying goes.  A certain transfiguration often follows.  A sudden and unexpected death fuels speculation.  These were also present after the death of John Paul I.  They were nourished above all by the book "In Gods Name" presented in 1984 by the British journalist and screenwriter David Yallop.  In it, Yallop argues that John Paul I was poisoned because he wanted to clean up the machinations between the Vatican Bank and the Italian Masonic lodge Propaganda Due (P2).  Apart from a lot of speculation, allusions and insinuations, however, Yallop failed to provide proof.  A large number of books have been published on the Loge P2 by Licio Gelli.  Yallop linked mysterious events together, creating a kind of super-puzzle that contained all the elements of an intriguingly chilling story.  The book became a bestseller without contributing to the establishment of the truth.

The official cause of death of John Paul I is heart attack.  He had a weak heart that could not long withstand the challenges of the pontificate.  With the beatification, the cause of death was also "canonized".  The Church did not interfere in the polemics surrounding the cause of death.  However, doubts about this are not welcome, because articles and interviews were also included in the beatification process, but above all the book of the Vice-Postulator, which confirm the official version heart attack as the cause of death.

In opposition to this, the book “Murder in the 33rd Degree” (The Gagnon investigation into Freemasonry in the Vatican”), appeared at the beginning of 2022, which the American priest Charles Theodore Murr-Létourneau presented. The 33rd degree is the highest Masonic degree of the higher degree systems, the most famous of which is the Scottish Rite.  The Freemasons who are initiated into the 33rd degree form their own council among themselves, country by country.

The Masonic hand grasps that of the Pope.

Charles Murr of St. Paul, Minnesota, ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York in 1977, had studied at the Angelicum (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas) and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, but also at the University of Salzburg to expand his knowledge  in psychology and to learn the German language.  In Rome he worked first for Cardinal Pericle Felici, then from 1974 for Cardinal Edouard Gagnon.  It was Cardinal Felici (1911–1982) who, as protodeacon, announced the election of Pope John Paul I to the world in 1978.  The Prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signatura, he was the supreme judge of the Church (after the Pope) and one of the few cardinals who continued to celebrate in the traditional Rite after the liturgical reform.  He died in office at the age of 70.

The Franco-Canadian Sulpician Edouard Gagnon (1918-2007) had been called to Rome as Peritus during the last two sessions of the Second Vatican Council.  There he remained and was assigned various tasks by the popes.  In 1983, Pope John Paul II appointed him first President of the newly established Pontifical Council for the Family.  As such, he defended the encyclical Humanae Vitae against opposition to the ban on artificial contraceptives.  Until his death, he remained a staunch defender of the Church's doctrine of marriage against attempts to introduce "gay marriage" in Canada.

In 1985, John Paul II made the then titular archbishop a cardinal.  In 1987 Gagnon received from this pope the special order of a visitation of the Society of St. Pius X (FSSPX), for which the Canadian cardinal had sympathies.  However, his mission failed in 1988 because of the episcopal ordinations carried out without the permission of the Pope.

Cover of Murr's book: 33rd Degree Murder

In the 1970s, however, Gagnon had carried out another special assignment that is still little known for Paul VI. when he commissioned him with a visitation of the Roman Curia - a particularly delicate mission.  This is all the more true when you know the exact assignment: Archbishop Gagnon was to find out how many Freemasons there were in the Curia.  The young Charles Murr was his assistant.

The visitation lasted three years, from 1975 to 1978, since Archbishop Gagnon encountered "great difficulties", till he could submit his report to Paul VI.  In the foreword to his book, Murr writes: The only way to find out how many Freemasons Gagnon found in the Curia during his investigation is to publish his report.  44 years have passed since it was handed over to the Pope.  The report is under lock and key and had no immediate consequences since Paul VI.  died that same year.  The same fate befell his successor John Paul I.

In his book "Murder in the 33rd Degree", Charles Murr contradicts the heart attack thesis as the official cause of John Paul I's death. But with the beatification, the topic seems to be off the table once and for all: Papa Luciani died of a heart attack, his heroic virtue proven, he interceded for a miracle, is now beatified and will rise among the saints in the future.  All are happy.


Cardinal Gagnon, as Murr documents, was convinced that John Paul I was murdered.  There are "many ways to kill a person," the Canadian had said to his former assistant when he asked him about the cause of death.  His superior at the time left no doubt that the specific case involved murder.  As always, it is important to exercise the necessary restraint towards such theses, but the book is much more relevant than that of David Yallop.  In any case, this applies to the development within the Church that led to today's crisis.

Charles Murr with Cardinal Gagnon (right)

ABC, Spain's leading conservative daily newspaper, published on September 30, 1978 the Holy See's official statement on the cause of death of Pope John Paul I. It presented that it would be impossible to establish without an autopsy.  The official version of Luciani's death was doubted from day one.

Charles Murr writes in his book that the last churchman who saw John Paul I alive was a cardinal whom the pope wanted to remove from office because of his lodge membership.  Just hours after a heated encounter with the cardinal at the apostolic palace, the pope was found dead.

The fact is that Curial Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, the master builder [Dare we say, Grand Architect?]  of the liturgical reform, and Cardinal Sebastiano Baggio, Prefect of the Roman Congregation for Bishops, who were the focus of the special investigations of Archbishop Gagnon and his assistant Charles Murr.  The initiative to introduce an age limit for bishops in order to be able to install a new generation of progressive bishops worldwide went back to Baggio.  According to Murr, the membership of the two churchmen is certain.  While Bugnini was still exiled to Tehran by Paul VI., while the higher-ranking Baggio was still able to stay in Rome.  His removal was the subject of Archbishop Gagnon's first meeting with the newly elected John Paul II on September 25, 1978.  That was three days before he died.

 But the question of the cause of death seems to have been wiped off the table with the beatification.

 Text: Giuseppe Nardi

 Image: Wikicommons/Charlesmurr.com (Screenshots)

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com