It is always hazardous to apply our "high octane model" of speculation to the Vatican, for it is, after all, the world's oldest intergenerational political chancery, in continuous operation for centuries. It is also, as former Assistant Secretary of HUD observed during a recent conversation we had, the world's biggest intergenerational pile of equity. As I pointed out, the recent moves by Pope Francis I in bringing in the auditor of the Bank of International Settlements, Ernst and Young, to audit the Vatican is a first in a sense. But what's the purposes?

Well, that auditor of record for the BIS is, interestingly enough, also the auditor for Lloyd's of London. Having one company control the audits of three of the world's largest financial institutions (one of which is the world's largest pile of intergenerational equity), would give "whomever" access to just exactly how much that biggest pile of equity is really worth... a key piece of intelligence in the emerging world. And there's another implication of all of these developments, for you can be sure that the Americans, British, French, Chinese, Russians, Germans, Italians, Spanish, Brazilians, Japanese, Indians and just about anyone else who's a "player on the world stage" (did I mention the Chinese?) will have their "assets" - both "humint" and "sigint" (human intelligence and signals intelligence) carefully placed inside of Ernst and Young. And one can also imagine various corporations will have similar assets similarly placed. Inquiring minds want to know just how big that equity pile is...

...and all of this would be known, of course, to the power players inside the Vatican of Pope Francis I, and Francis, a Jesuit, will himself know all about all the possibilities and implications of his moves. And this is where the hazardous high octane speculation kicks in.

Francis is making other interesting moves, such as:

(1) calling for "more decentralization", i.e., less papal, and more episcopal, power:

Pope says power should be moved away from Vatican

(2) criticizing "capitalism," which isn't surprising coming from the papacy; it's done it before, and often (think only of John XXIII or Paul VI, even John-Paul II). What's new here is the context(which we'll get back to):

Business Insider More: Pope Francis Inequality The Pope Just Published One Of The Most Powerful Critiques Of Modern Capitalism That You Will Ever Read

(3) Seeing Russian President Vladimir Putin, which is both old and new in a sense (and we'll get back to that too):

Pope Francis Meets Russian President Putin

And finally:

(4) Acting and saying things in a "radical" manner, that papacy watchers will recognize.

Let's begin with that fourth factor - acting in a radical manner - first: For those who are not familiar with it, there is a body of "prophecies" compiled by Malachy of Armagh, a 12th century Irish bishop. These purport to be a list of all the popes from his time forward, given by a short "motto" describing that pope. There is, of course, a whole cottage industry that has grown around this list, both inside and outside of the papal church, along with speculation that the papal elections, and the elector's choice of a papal name, has been controlled or at least influenced by this list. For example, Francis' predecessor, Benedict XVI, was known in the propechy of Malachy's list of mottos as gloria olivae, the "glory of the olive", and this, in turn, so the reasoning ran, was a reference to the Benedictine order, papal catholicism's oldest religious order. Thus, advocates of the "Malachy prophecy" school point to Josef Cardinal Ratzinger's choice of the name Benedict as yet another indicator that the prophecy is being taken into consideration for the selection of the pope, and by the elector himself in choosing the symbolic name that will "define" his papacy.

So what about Francis I? Obviously, the choice of the name is a first, and in that sense, a break with prior tradition, on a par with Albino Cardinal Luciani's choice of the name John-Paul for his short-lived papacy. For Cardinal Luciani, however, the choice was meant to symbolize his intention to reign in the spirit of his two immediate predecessors, John XXIII and Paul VI, the "Vatican Two" popes. It was meant, in other words, to indicate some sort of contintuity, howsoever threadbare it may be, given the other reforms of the Second Vatican Council. It will be recalled that the First Vatican Council, under Pius IX (Giovanni-Maria Cardinal Mastai-Ferreti), was the council that formally defined the pope to be infallible ex cathedra (from the chair) and ex consensu ecclesia (without the consent of the Church), and also defined him to have a supreme and immediate jurisdiction, This latter is important, for it means that every Catholic is immediately subject to the pope, and that his word is final. Immediacy means that he need not confine his policy decisions or actions to the normal bureaucratic chain of command from top to bottom. He can step outside that, and act upon any individual matter he wishes.

Why am I bothering you with this? Because, amid all the reforms of Vatican Two imposed from above on the papal church - some would call them revolutions and I would be inclined to agree with them - one thing was spoken of in all the old familiar terms of plenitudo potestatis (plenitude of power), and in all the old dismal terminology: the papacy itself.

This is the necessary context to Jorge-Maria Cardinal Bergoglio's choice of his papal name: Francis. As I wrote here during his election, this could be Francis Xavier, one of the co-founders of the Jesuit religious order, the pope's own order, or the far more familiar Francis of Assisi. It is with the latter possibility we are concerned, for Francis of Assissi and the Franciscan order itself spawned a number of cantankerous movements in the middle ages, calling for the end of Church riches and patrimonies, and that meant, of course, the tremendous power that had accumulated around the papacy.  While most people are focused on the Francis Xavier possibility, I think that in the labyrinthine ways of the world's oldest political chancery, we might also be looking at a symbolic bow to Francis of Assisi...

So what do we have? A pope that stays in humble surroundings, walks to work, audits the Vatican, meets the Russian president, and issues warnings about capitalism, in other words, a pope whose actions could be construed as a kind of emulation of Francis of Assisi. So this brings us back to the prophecies of Malachy. The  last pope in Malachi's list is simply described as Petrus Romanus, Peter the Roman, who, we are given to believe, is to feed his flock amid great trials. There has always been a dispute about the last name on Malachy's list, if it is meant to follow gloria oliviae directly, or if there is a gap. But in any case, Cardinal Bergoglio's choice of the name Francis is yet more (probably deliberate) ambiguity, for the name Francis has little to do with Petrus Romanus...except perhaps in the actions the pope is taking.... there's more, but that will have to wait until tomorrow...

See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. plj4all on December 2, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Sounds to me like Francis is just taking orders from his Nazi controllers to count up all the gold so they can decide what new gold backed monetary system they intend to roll out. Or perhaps they are considering using a bunch of it to continue their black projects and want to have it accounted for first. Like any leader on the world stage today I don’t take his statements as anything more than PR, only his actions are telling.

  2. marcos toledo on December 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I hope Pope Francis succeeds in ending 1051 ACE co-ex-communications that has divided the two major branch’s of Christianity Roman and Orthodox for millennia. So they can provide a united front against the greedy dead heads who wish to kill us biological all.

    • jedi on December 1, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      ace is a ancient language, only known by gods…enochs and they numbered 127

  3. Frankie Calcutta on December 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I think by naming himself after the two Francis saints, the Pope becomes sort of like the Hulk and this should keep all the enemies of mankind on their toes. Will he be the gentle Francis of Assisi (Dr. Bruce Banner) or will he be the wrathful Francis Xavier (Hulk) who unleashed the Inquisition on the corruptors of the gentiles and Hindus in India?

    I see Putin as the mediator of the Catholic East and West reconciliation and his bargaining chips are the hundreds of disputed Churches of the Ukraine and parts of Russia. Once this is ironed out, and Pope Francis goes forward with decentralization and the curbing of Papal authority, then it just becomes a matter of liturgy and I’m certain the current Papacy is looking for any excuse to rescind Vatican II and a merger with Eastern Orthodox should do that nicely.

    But my question is this: if it is determined that there is a genetic marker for original sin, would the Pope object to original sin being engineered out of the human genome?

    • jedi on December 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      too answer your question is quite simple, and exposes the fraud….you are created from a sin and co sin wave via or transported by light. These pricks developed an idea that you were responsible for there mismanagement of gods creation, while they reaped in the cash, murdered our fathers, raped our women and lied to us about it.

      • jedi on December 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm

        born via sin, into sin……taking a mathematical idea from my fathers and developing it into a misleading emotional idea….so that the ugly stupid ones hate you on site.

        O B 1 Ken O 13 1 says: your emotions deceive you…..lunar cycles of 13 per year, with the females going into heat on a new moon.

        ie….leave the other cultures to figure stuff out for themselves as god programmed them too, ie they are not ready for technology… Kunte Kinte .

  4. DownunderET on December 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    This audit of the Vatican is indeed a mystery, and I don’t think we are going to see anything for a couple of years. What the Roman Catholic Church owns in real estate alone boggles the mind. Like when Catherine Austin Fitts tried to audit HUD, just an impossibility to do successfully.

    What this popes agenda is, is not clear at this time, he’s only been in the chair for a short period. But he has started some kind of reality check in one sense, however the end game might be due to some ancient law or “claim of rite”. I don’t discount the ET scenario at all, lets face it, the church has a lot of old books which may tell an ancient story or prediction.

    I think we are going to have to wait, this strange religion of smoke and mirror’s has a stain on it, and has been in the snitch business for decades, so lets just sit on our hands and track this in small doses, because that’s how its going to be for a while.

  5. amunaor on December 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    How does one expiate millennia stacked with self-serving rot? The human Francis does not wield the necessary force to unwind the malefic foundation that has grown deeper roots than his little slippers can fathom.

    I have grown to be very suspicious of such powerful magicians blatantly showering the masses with great beneficial blessings with the one hand, and while the flock close their eyes and kneel to pray, their brothers and sisters are publically broiled, violently liberating the souls from their bodies, by the other.

    I suspect Francis’ show-boating to be a ruse and a snare. There’s definitely something Big afoot…no pun intended! A reshuffling, relocation and reassertion of the money ring of power pinnacle.

  6. basta on December 1, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Well, Francis is doing everything in opposition to Rome, and if you want to pigeon-hole him ideologically, I see (unsurprisingly) a deep streak of Latin American liberation theology in his actons.

    Let’s face it, the Catholic Church and the Vatican are in such a state of corruption and decadence that the radical correctives that Francis is signaling are vital and absolutely indispensable if the church is to continue to have any legitimacy, which–it must be said, to underscore the obvious–is based upon morality, and which simply no longer exists after all the corruption and paedophilia scandals adn all the rest, ad nauseum.

    Francis has a thankless job but he is very intelligent and has signalled as boldly as he can that he is a new breed of pope–in fact, he is literally shouting, in his way, that he is a revolutionary. I believe he also cares deeply for the Church and wishes to see it “audited” and thereby he will have the tools to attempt to cleanse it of its decadence and corruption, so that it may indeed again be rightly considered a force of compassion in the world. If not, the Church is frankly a goner, and will slowly die of moral rot. All good luck to him in his brave endeavor.

  7. Cassandane on December 1, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Dr. Farrell, this is very interesting. For some time now I had been wondering if there wasn’t a subconscious move afoot to throw capitalism/consumerism on the scrap heap of history and try for a different paradigm to live in. For example, occasionally, one still hears the word “affluenza” dropped in conversation in a tone of disgust. In addition, in much of the developed world, large numbers of people are middle-aged and beyond, and are enjoying the release from craving or needing material things that that time of life brings. The media seems to be full of the miseries that are brought on by taking capitalism to extreme…which is often a presage to the downfall of an idea (similar to Carroll Quiggly’s “institutionalization” of the means by which society is built). I’m not sure that’s their (the media’s) intended message, but it’s one I hear people drawing from what they read. If the pope found a way to tap into that current of disenchantment with capitalism/consumerism in a meaningful way, it could be a powerful way to revitalize the church in many countries around the world and bring many more into the fold.

    Not that I think that’s a good thing. After all, christianity’s first purpose was quell slave riots and to make slaves feel okay with being slaves. I’m sure it would be simple to update the message so that non-elites would feel okay about being powerless and deprived of most of the planet’s resources. The elites have a particular talent for co-opting the best human ideas and commandeering them so they can feather their own nests and no one else’s.

  8. Robert Barricklow on December 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Action is eloquence.

  9. jedi on December 1, 2013 at 8:27 am

    the whole thing started with Caesar having 12 knives inserted into him, the last one by his own son, Brutus. His crime, being successful and a savior to the mob.

    Like a good Caesar salad, you start out with a whisked egg yolk, discard the egg white, a little oil, rancid wine, some salty fish, romaine lettuce and dont forget the sprinkled pork bits and bread crumbs.

    • Robert Barricklow on December 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Many roman heads were severed, when such heads dicussed, even a hint of equality in wealth distribrution.

      • jedi on December 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm

        at the end of great feast comes deserts wicth are like desserts. One deprived of all life, and millions of grains of sand replace the wheat that once grew, whilst desserts are topped with whipped cream, with a bright red pickled marshpiano cherry on top. I naively thought that CIA stood for culinary institute of Armenia and then the genocide happened.

        • Robert Barricklow on December 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

          It’s not a matter of reason or justice. We all get involved in a moment of emotion and then we cannot get out.

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