When archbishop of San Salvador was brutally gunned down during Monday mass on March 24, 1980 the response from the Pope and American bishops was a big yawn. Suddenly ,supposedly the biggest defender of justice and human rights of the poor, Roman Catholic Church stood silent. Why this silence? Why Church did nothing to support and protect one of their own, a high-ranking official?
This story begins in 1962 when pope John XXIII called upon bishops from all over the world for the congregation of VATICAN II counsel to deal with devastating blow to the Church after active collaboration with the Nazi Germany in the extermination of European Jews as well as millions of Catholics under pope Pious XII a personal friend of A. Hitler, was publicly revealed.
What made things worse, the Church actively supported former Nazis war criminals in their successful escape from justice in the years after the WWII. The Church within 15 years after war lost about 50% of parishioners in the Western Europe and was practically bankrupt since its individual, institutional and governmental donation base almost completely collapsed.
The objective of pope John XXIII was modernizing the Church institutions in order to attract young people as well as spread evangelical message of Christ all over Africa and parts of Asia. But underneath, the council served a purpose of removing the compromised elites from structures of the Church bureaucracy and replacing them with new breed of enthusiastic young priests, “soldiers” of the Church, similar to Jesuits who were used by the pope after Council of Trent to fight Lutheran reformation.
The Pope, under tremendous objections from many bishops and cardinals attending, insisted that council breaks with almost two millennia old strict tradition of conducting mass in Latin only, by allowing masses in vernacular languages, meaning native language of parishioners, which was instrumental in his plan of reaching out to the masses of working poor and destitute unversed in Latin.
The Pope’s plan was to alleviate their appalling social conditions all over the world with his army of priests proclaiming ideals of liberation from exploitation, servitude and slavery i.e. Evangely of Labor, later called a Liberation Theology. On such solid foundations pope John XXIII intended to build renewed Church of the people not cathedrals leaving behind feudal attitudes and calcified bureaucracy of Vatican. One of those young priests soldiers of the “Pope of the People” was initially reluctant Oscar Romero.
With his Liberation Theology pope John XXIII, by promoting the elements of progressive social agenda into the realm of the Church, met enormous malevolence of all world regimes that oppressed the working people regardless of their religion or ideology and brought swift retaliation from the US, threatening Vatican’s vital commercial interests in the US and throughout the world.
Little did he know that his plan became not merely an attempt to reform but the existential threat to the entrenched interests of Church elites, cardinals of Roman Curia, Opus Dei rogue and mysterious Catholic Church prelature exclusively under pope’s jurisdiction, catholic dominated Masonic lodge P2 and the Institute for Religious Works a.k.a Vatican Bank to name few, that for a long time politically and economically benefited from the exploitation of working people, dealings with abhorring regimes, financial markets’ speculation and money laundering, gambling and other criminal activities involving mafia, prostitution, drugs and human trafficking.
Pope John XXIII did not see to completion of his plans. He died on 3 June 1963, probably poisoned by his own servants and just after his death, efforts to stop the implementation of his policies commenced. While some reforms continued during the Paul VI papacy, new program of engagement into the social problems of the working class Catholics all over the world has been selectively suspended or canceled.
The new pope, Paul VI still had to face the same issue of the Church insolvency, which became critical, and instead of concentrating on the increasing Church going through evangelical works, as his predecessor, he focused on the threat of immediate financial collapse and eventually turned to the head of Vatican Bank, Archbishop Paul Marcinkus.
It is worth to note that performing any “modern” banking services on sovereign territory of Vatican is punished by death since such activity, including lending for interest is against teachings of Jesus Christ. Ironically the same principle was introduced in the Soviet Union where all loans were zero interest loans by the law.
Archbishop Paul Marcinkus proposed reactivation of old connections with the world financial elites stemming from pre-WWII money laundering activities, but on much bigger scale, taking advantage of new volatility of the markets after US abandoned the gold standard. This time Vatican Bank, against its charter was to engage in the big time market speculations, but obviously not directly but through banking intermediaries. One of such intermediaries was a tiny Italian bank. Banco Ambrosiano of Milan.
Within months this micro bank dedicated to the financing renovation of churches and religious statues, grew at least twenty fold opening subsidiaries in Luxemburg and Caribbean, places with no tax or banking regulation where they engaged in the extremely risky US market operations using Vatican Bank money. May be it was the initial success of the operations or complete financial illiteracy of the Pope or both but such reckless unimpeded activity continued for years, while pope Paul VI was not aware of the enormous financial liability that such a speculation might have and later did built.
Despite the efforts of the head of Vatican Bank to conceal utter failures of his own machinations using the Banco Ambrosiano as a cover, in mid 1970-ies the US and later Italian financial regulators became concerned about the insolvency of extremely over-leveraged Banco Ambrosiano and dangerous consequences of its connection to the Vatican finances and began to investigate its head at that time, Roberto Calvi.
Meanwhile, Wall Street bankers kept lending to clearly insolvent bank, relying on the implicit backing by the Vatican’s treasury, Church’s real estate, gold and art. The US while being supportive of the Vatican role in political covert operations in the Eastern Europe, were very concerned about Church’s financial stability, situation caused, as they asserted, by the fraud perpetrated by Marcinkus and Calvi under the protection of pope Paul VI.
They offered more financial support if the major fraud operations cease and particular reforms implemented including practically abolishing entrenched Vatican bureaucracy referred to in the famous Kafka’s “Trial”. That meant total war on the calcified Vatican structures of power, that no bishop dared to wage including the pope himself.
The opposition was so strong that even after pope Paul VI was “deposed” by “natural” causes, most of the cardinals refused to accept the initial US supported candidate nomination and elected pope John Paul I. New pope called for the returning to the basics, ban visible attributes of the Church opulence, reject illicit, illegal activities, admit historical wrongdoings, reconcile with other faiths through ecumenical process but most of all rejected the financial speculation as means of procuring the Church income. Instead, the Pope demanded investing in faithful in the effort to win the support of millions of new young Catholics and to establish donations as once again major source of revenues for the Church.
In just over 33 days after taking reign, perfectly ok pope suddenly died, to make room for new man of the Washington consensus and CIA, Karol Wojtyla, pope John Paul II, former soldier priest of the pope John XXIII, completely sold out to the Wall Street oligarchy and devoted anti-communist.
As expected first thing he did was protect the Wall Street cronies within the Vatican walls from prosecution in defrauding finances of the Church, following by public repudiation of the theology of Liberation in Latin America engulfed in leftist revolutionary struggle. Whereas young priests from Asia and eastern Europe supporting social justice and freedoms were nurtured and promoted, Latin American priests supporting social justice and freedoms were held back and penalized by the Vatican hierarchy which even tolerated pedophilia of the priests, cardinals and bishops as long as they voiced strong anticommunist sentiments.
The peak of hypocrisy was reached when in 1979 new pope John Paul II, himself supporter of the John XXIII political crusade for liberation of the eastern Europe, scolded young Latin American priests and warned them against social and political engagement in the affairs of their countries located in the so-called American backyard.
Archbishop Romero could not heed this warning, not after his plea to the Pope to take stand against violence and the US sponsored terrorism, that killed so many priests and lay Catholics in Central America, was met by deadly silence.
Few months before his death, Archbishop Oscar Romero after last warning from Pope John Paul II to denounce the support for poor Salvadoran Catholics right to dignified life, upon his visit in the Vatican, knew well that Vatican guarantee of his personal safety has been rescinded and that Salvadorian government-supported paramilitary had free hand to kill him anytime. The Pope just sat and watched.
Even after death of Archbishop Romero, in the act of betrayal of the ideals of his mentor pope John XXIII, John Paul II de facto CIA agent in charge of Church’s spy network in the Eastern Europe, demanded immediate withdrawal of any Church support for the political social, reforms in Latin America while openly advocated and illegally financially supported similar reforms in the Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, even his contribution to the political collapse but first of all to tragic economical collapse of the eastern bloc, including massive theft of national treasury by western banks in his own country, did not help the Vatican finances at all, and since then Church is teetering on a verge of financial collapse by thin threads of its Wall Street puppet masters demanding interest payments.
This is just one story that reveals true image of the Roman Catholic Church as two millennia old institution hold together by murder, opulence, gluttony, hypocrisy, lies, and false hope of the noble cause, cynical charity and spite for the poor and needy. And it is not getting better.
The Church, the oldest existing death and propaganda corporation, after generations of men and women, cruel teenagers, pedophiles, atheists, murderers and torturers of children, gangsters, banksters, oligarchs, Jews and friends of Hitler as popes, was few years ago taken over by another proto-fascist Wall Street hack, Pope Francis.
His sole role now is to repossess real property (palaces, churches), leased land, death industry assets, funeral companies, cemeteries, historic art, Jewish holocaust gold, investments in world mafias, human trafficking, church collections, CIA shell companies, cash extorted from tourists and pilgrims, etc. pledged by the Church authorities during least last 70 years as collateral, so the House of Cardinals could continue to indulge itself in the gluttonous practices, grandiose ceremonies and pagan-like auctioning of the sainthood that would make Jesus Christ turn in his grave if he was in one. The mountain of lies, strait theft and despicable manipulations of the exploited peoples’ last hope, by the Roman Catholic Church, can only be topped by their profound mockery and hate directed toward the true believers in God.
The Catholic Church founded over two thousand years ago, on the premise of Good News, moral order and dedication to elevate suffering of the poor, turned into doomsday machine devouring the poor and weak peoples, cultures, societies, growing on their bodies like a cancer, solely to hang on to absolute power and gold coin from the ancient Jewish temple paid by indulgences allowing wealthy elites to commit future crimes all with “God’s” blessing. Sadly other religion institutions are not far behind.