Yesterday, you'll recall, I blogged about the strange signals coming out of the Vatican of Pope Francis I, with the huge caveat that trying to read these particular tea leaves is the most hazardous high octane speculation of them all.  We are, after all, outsiders peering into the world's oldest political chancery and biggest pile of inter-generational equity, not to mention the most fantastic claims about itself: infallibility ex consensu ecclesiae, immediate and supreme jurisdiction, and so on. Some would argue that we're outsiders staring into the world oldest political chicanery, and biggest pile inter-generational of hypocrisy. Either way, the fantastic claims remain in both points of view, and it is with these that we are concerned today.

But this requires a little more background, for the claims of that office are universal.

It may come as a surprise but at one time, cardinals were not archbishops with the right of being papal electors, but rather, were the deacons - the lowest rung in the ranks of the hierarchy - of the suburbican dioceses of Italy and more importantly, Rome itself. These cardinal-deacons were the "hinges" on which the papal policy functioned, the levers that made it work, for they were effectively in charge of the papal  bureaucracy. Over time, the term "cardinalus" (hinge) was applied to higher ranks of clergy, and eventually became the now-familiar cardinal-archbishops of the papal church. As the term was applied to higher ranks of clergy, something else also happened: the geographical circle expanded. The cardinal-deacons were drawn from Rome and Italy, but the cardinal-archbishops from wherever in the world the papal church went.  The cardinalate became more international, until the progress was arrested in the late middle ages until very recently, when it was heavily stacked to insure that an Italian would become pope. Beginning with John XXIII in the 20th century, however, the cardinalate again became more heavily packed by genuinely international representatives, and the result has been the first election in modern times of three popes - John-Paul II, Benediect XVI, and Francis I - who were not Italian, and now with Francis I, another first: a pope who is not even European.

Thus, in one sense, Francis represents the culmination of a deliberate policy that the "world's oldest political chancery" set into motion during Vatican II and the pontificate of John XXIII, namely, the transformation of the papacy itself back into its medieval version of a truly international, and not merely an Italian, office. It was the surest signal that the papacy meant to be a political player on the world stage, for while perhaps not able to return to the heady days of Boniface VIII and his very explicit statement of papal claims in Unam Sanctam that is is "altogether necessary to salvation for every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff," John-Paul II could, and did, threaten to return to his native Poland during the final days of the Warsaw Pact, and "be with his people" should the Soviet Union invade.

Its bluff called, the Soviet Union backed down, the Communist government in Poland unraveled, beginning a process of the crackup of the Warsaw pact that eventually led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union itself. It wasn't just the Reagan administration, Star wars, and covert ops that undid the Communist empire, it was the papacy, riding a tide of world revulsion at the Soviet system.  It was the papacy of Pius XII, too, that had requested American "help" in defeating the Italian Communists in the 1948 elections, and it was Pius XII's Vatican Bank that laundered the CIA funds that did the trick. Italy remained within the western camp.

None of this, of course, has been lost on the Russians.

Which brings us to the present.

Yesterday I point out that there were three things to look at:

"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

Now I contend that these things are all part of the same long-term internationalization that began during Vatican II, and that these three things must be viewed as a whole to see exactly what the long term possibilities are, as the papacy perhaps sees them.

Let's take Francis' encyclical on money first, and point out what I believe to be its central passage, and what he's really saying, for popes talking about the evils of capitalism, consumerism, and so on, are nothing new. But this is:

"While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control. A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules. Debt and the accumulation of interest also make it difficult for countries to realize the potential of their own economies and keep citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power. To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which have taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits(Ed note: Think Boniface VIII and Unam Sanctam here). In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule." (emphasis added).

Now, read only the italicized parts, and the real target is clear:

"This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control. A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules...which have taken on worldwide dimensions." (Emphases and deletions added)

The papacy, which has its own unique universal sovereign claims, is thus singling out its major competitor, with its own unique "sovereign vision", namely, the unrepentant and rampant financial speculation that so marks the financial system of the City of London, Wall Street, in short, the Western financial system. Francis may have been more accurate had he not said "of the marketplace and financial speculation(note, there is only one preposition here, however, indicating that in his mind, the marketplace and financial speculation are of a piece). He might better have written "of the marketplace of financial speculation." I believe it is conceivable that the real target here is thus not capitalism nor the right of people to the profits of their own industry and property (which recent popes have also defended), but the crony big corporate crapitalism and high frequency trading that have divorced the marketplace of financial securities from any real productivity or representation of equity value. By taking aim at the "mercantilism by machine" that Western crapitalism has become, Francis is also subtly and coyly also taking aim at the transhumanist and inhuman machine that western culture is quickly reducing to, and, as we shall see tomorrow, he means to re-evangelize it.

Now enter President Putin, who has been saying essentially the same thing. Now, Russian heads of state visiting Roman popes is also a comparatively new thing, though this isn't the confrontations of a John-Paul II and Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chernenko, or even Mikhail Gorbachev, for now there is more agreement than disagreement. For one thing, Putin is not a Communist. He's a Russian nationalist and, one might even go so far as to say, a crypto-autocrat of all the Russias. One thing he is not is sympathetic to the Western-placed looters of his country(if anyone is going to loot Russia, let it be Russians).  Note however, in addition to a converging view of the western financial system and the increasing imbalances between rich and fast-disappearing middle classes, there is also a cultural and geopolitical convergence:

"In the afternoon of Monday 25 November 2013, the President of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Mr. Vladimir Putin, was received in audience by the Holy Father Francis. Mr. Putin subsequently went on to meet with the Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, who was accompanied by the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.

"During the cordial discussions, satisfaction was expressed for the good existing bilateral relations, and the Parties focused on various questions of common interest, especially in relation to the life of the Catholic community in Russia, revealing the fundamental contribution of Christianity in society. In this context, mention was made of the critical situation faced by Christians in some regions of the world, as well as the defence of and promotion of values regarding the dignity of the person, and the protection of human life and the family.

"Furthermore, special attention was paid to the pursuit of peace in the Middle East and the grave situation in Syria, with reference to which President Putin expressed thanks for the letter addressed to him by the Holy Father on the occasion of the G20 meeting in St. Petersburg. Emphasis was placed on the urgency of the need to bring an end to the violence and to ensure necessary humanitarian assistance for the population, as well as to promote concrete initiatives for a peaceful solution to the conflict, favouring negotiation and involving the various ethnic and religious groups, recognising their essential role in society."(emphases added)

Now for some time I have been pointing out that one should watch for and expect a reassertion on the part of Russian leaders of the traditional role of Russia as protector of Orthodox Christian populations not only in Eastern Europe but elsewhere, and especially in the Middle East. Significantly, there are also large populations of Eastern Rite Catholics (Roman Catholics who use the Orthodox ritual) in the Middle East, and Syria is one such country where both the papacy and Russia have cultural interests as a result, interests not represented - to say the least! - by the USA's and the West's sponsorship of radical Islamist rebels in that country. The last paragraph of this article is thus a warning: the papacy is against the current radical agenda of the Anglo-sphere, both financially, and geopolitically. And with Mr. Putin, it has more powerful backing.

The last thing the west can afford is a papal-Russian rapprochement...

...but to see what that might portend, we must 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. Gail on December 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    This all makes me sick to my stomach. They have been selling “God,” making God in their own “Image”and proagandasing “God”for their own political purposes for ever. It is truly rediculous. It is fundamentally INSANE. And they have been stealing peoples money through theses scams. I want to vomit. All I have got to say to the BLOODY F&CKING VATICAN IS THIS:

    Satan Tempts Jesus

    4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

    4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”[a]

    5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

    ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’


    ‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
    Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”[b]

    7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”[c]

    8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

    10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you,[d] Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”[e]

    11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

    • Gail on December 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm


      “The 1st Crown of Crown Land

      While Pope Boniface VIII was the first leader in history to create the concept of a Trust, the first Testamentary Trust through a deed and will creating a Deceased Estate was not until Pope Nicholas V in 1455 through the Papal Bull Romanus Pontifex. This is only one of three (3) papal bulls to include the line with the incipit “For a perpetual remembrance.” This Bull had the effect of conveying the right of use of the land as Real Property from the Express Trust Unam Sanctam to the control of the Pontiff and his successors in perpetuity. Hence, all land is claimed as “crown land”.

      This 1st Crown is represented by the 1st cestui Que Vie Trust created when a child is born, depriving them of all their beneficial entitlements and rights on the land at birth.
      The 2nd Crown of the Commonwealth

      The second Crown was created in 1481 with the papal bull Aeterni Regis meaning “Eternal Crown” by Sixtus IV being only the 2nd of three papal bulls as deeds of testamentary trusts.

      This Papal Bull created what is known as the “Crown of Aragon”, later known as the Crown of Spain, being the highest sovereign and highest steward of all Roman Slaves subject to the rule of the Roman Pontiff. Spain lost the crown in 1604 when it was granted to King James I of England by Pope Paul V after the successful passage of the “Union of Crowns” or Commonwealth in 1605 after the false flag operation of the Gunpowder Plot.

      The Crown was finally lost by England in 1975 when it was returned to Spain and King Carlos I, where it remains to this day.

      This 2nd Crown is represented by the 2nd cestui Que Vie Trust created when a child is born being the sale of the birth certificate as a Bond to the private central bank of the nation, depriving them of ownership of their flesh and condemning them to perpetual servitude as a Roman person, or slave.
      The 3rd Crown of the Ecclesiastical See

      The third Crown was created in 1537 by Paul III through the papal bull Convocation also meant to open the Council of Trent being the third an final testamentary deed and will of a testamentary trust, being the trust set up for the claiming of all “lost souls”, lost to the See.

      The Venetians assisted in the creation of the 1st cestui Que Vie Act of 1540 to use this papal bull as the basis of Ecclesiastical authority of Henry VIII. This Crown was secretly granted to England in the collection and “reaping” of lost souls.

      The Crown was lost in 1815 due to the deliberate bankruptcy of England and granted to the Temple Bar, which became known as the Crown Bar, or simply the Crown.

      The Bar Associations have been responsible ever since in administering the “reaping” of the souls of the lost and damned, including the registration and collection of Baptismal certificates representing the souls collected by the Vatican and stored in its vaults.

      This 3rd Crown is represented by the 3rd cestui Que Vie Trust created when a child is baptized being the grant of the Baptismal certificate by the parents to the church or Registrar being the gift of title of the soul. Thus, without legal title over one’s own soul, a man or woman may be “legally” denied right to stand as a person, but may be treated as a creature and thing without legally possessing a soul. Hence, why the Bar Association is able to legally enforce Maritime law against men and women- because they can be treated as things, cargo that does not possess a soul.”

  2. marcos toledo on December 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    It looks like of all things a act denounced the church of all things a divorce is on the table. Between Capitalism and Western-Eastern Christianity it’s either put capitalism on a short leash or face destruction and death by these greed head dummies. What a ironic turn of events it’s a madhouse out there in the real world.

  3. Sagnacity on December 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    When in the years 1988 or 1989 did John Paul II say he’d go to Poland? He may have–just there were all sorts of other problems in the Warsaw Pact outside of Poland by then, and no the Soviets weren’t about to invade in the late 1980s.

    However he sure sold out the independent trade union Solidarity in the earth 80s, when the Soviets did threaten to invade.

    And the current pope, Francis, is an abetter of the right wing military junta in Argentina circa 1980.

    Albeit, I’m all for the current pope calling out the finance industry–you know tossing the money changers out of the temple, or better put saying it’s not a temple if it’s devoted to changing money. Still: It’s a bit ironical to see Francis go after the legacy of Ronny Reagan.

  4. jedi on December 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    this is playing out with M.A.C. gone and Octavian running the show, this time with out his marbles.

  5. DownunderET on December 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Ok so the pope is sending messages, but he’d better be careful. They have assassinated popes before and the Anglo-American elite have the clout to make things right.

    Remember blackmail goes both ways, and since the IOR has a shady past, then the audit of the Vatican could “set free” some nasty ties to all sorts of, lets say, “three letter agencies”.
    It will be interesting to say the least of the next few years.

  6. QuietRiot on December 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Looks like the pontiff is going even further… Rewriting the Vatican Constitution.

  7. Robert Barricklow on December 2, 2013 at 11:40 am

    The Profit God and his apostles Supply & Demand are the religion of the international privateers of globalization/privatization; where famine is an effective market solution, as it reduces demand for food. It doesn’t hold water, unless of course the water has been bought sold signed sealed & delivered by UPS & paid for by Master Card.
    Perhaps an old type religion, like good ole rock n roll, is better afterall.

    • Frankie Calcutta on December 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Rock n’ roll would have been my weapon of choice to take on Islam. The west should have been pushing this decades ago. Imagine Elvis in Mecca? He would have liberated those oppressed women on the spot.

    • Robert Barricklow on December 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Already my post is outdate. Should have written , ‘delivered by amazon drone’.

  8. Frankie Calcutta on December 2, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Considering the medieval claims of Pope Boniface of Unam Sanctam, how ironic that the modern Papacy may indeed be the key to human salvation in light of the Papacy’s opposition to the unrelenting abject destruction leveled on mankind by these banksters. Western Catholicism (Gondor) and Eastern Catholicism (Rohan) may be the only thing that stands in the way of demonic alien banksterism (Mordor) from destroying the world of men.

    I wonder if the Roman Church’s recent pronouncements on aliens these last few years is done in order to reduce the shock value of a future papal encyclical addressing the issue of the aliens among us (identified by their penchant for rampant and unrepentant financial speculation among other things). As I watch the high tech police state come to fruition, I can no longer believe it has been put in place for non-comforist recalcitrants such as the tea partiers, veterans, conspiracy theorists, etc. It seems to me it is a dragnet for some wily people with an unusual DNA.

    On a side note, I couldn’t help being amused by the actions of the adherents of the replacement religion (goyim-in-s-anity?) to organized Christianity here in the United States. When the worshippers of this new religion went into their (Wal Mart) temples on their recent holy day of Black Friday– they sure did make a raucous. The violence and rioting that took place in their ugly houses of worship certainly must have made their deity and high priests very pleased.

  9. QuietRiot on December 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

    BRICSAV has a nice ring to it.

  10. DanaThomas on December 2, 2013 at 10:35 am

    This analysis provides food for thought and those who have the time and patience to read the recent “Apostolic Exhortation”, using a “Babylon’s Banksters template”, can find other morsels such as a referece the golden calf (alchemy?) and a warning not to criticize the doctrine of orginal sin (that’s what “promethean neopelagisism” does) in a context having to do with finance: sin, sacrifice, salvation, money… this rings a bell.
    The reference to “self-serving tax evasion” (ever heard of tax evasion to serve someone else??) is rich. Not only for the massive tax exemptions for the Vatican and connected entities in Italy and elsewhere, but because in the present system most taxes now go to pay interest to the creators of monetized debt…

    • DanaThomas on December 2, 2013 at 10:37 am


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