This is one of those strange stories that came out of the blue; I certainly didn't expect it, and I doubt the many (and I mean many) people who spotted this story and passed it along expected it either. In a nutshell, the Vatican's own prosecutors and police have raided the powerful Vatican Secretariat of State:

Vatican prosecutors conduct raid on Secretariat of State offices

Needless to say, this one has my Suspicion Meter all the way past the red zone and into the purple zone. And needless to say, I have quite a lot of our trademark High Octane Speculation to offer in its regard. Rather, I might qualify today's offering as High Octane Suspicions rather than High Octane Speculation. Let's take note of a few things:

.- Vatican prosecutors seized documents and electronic devices in a raid executed Tuesday at the offices of the most senior curial department.

According to a statement from the Holy See press office Oct. 1, the raid was conducted at the offices of the general affairs section of the Secretariat of State. The action was authorized by the Vatican City court's Promoter of Justice, Gian Piero Milano, and Adjunct Promoter of Justice Alessandro Diddi.

The documents and devices were taken in connection to an investigation following complaints brought last summer by the Institute for Religious Works (IOR) - commonly called the Vatican Bank - and the Office of the Auditor General concerning a series of financial transactions "carried out over time," the statement said.

The Secretariat of State is the central governing office of the Catholic Church and the department of the Roman Curia which works most closely with the pope. It is also responsible for the governance of the Vatican City state.

Since the promulgation of Pastor bonus, Pope John Paul II's 1988 apostolic constitution governing the organization and responsibilities of the Roman Curia, the Secretariat of State has been divided into two sections: the Section for General Affairs and the Section for Relations with States.

The deputy, or sustituto, who must be a bishop, acts as head of the Section for General Affairs, with responsibility for the day-to-day administration of governance for Vatican City, and handles all business not assigned to other curial departments. It also provides direct daily staffing service of the pope, including overseeing the facilitation of appointments within the Roman Curia, and manages relations with all foriegn ambassadors accredited to the Holy See.

As of November 2017, Pope Francis established a third section of the Secretariat, specifically to oversee the Vatican’s diplomatic corps, stationed around the world.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin has been the Secretary of State since October 2013. Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra is the current substitute. He was named to the position in 2018. (Emphasis added)

And that is the complete article, which is more informative than the Reuters version of the story. Notably, we're told next to nothing, other than that the raid was conducted in connection to suspicious transactions at the Vatican Bank.

Surprise, surprise.

However, before we get into my high octane suspicions, let's recall a few odd little incidents in the previous years that I've mentioned before on this website; most of these incidents not only involve issues of timing, but in my opinion are the "deep context" to whatever is going on inside the Vatican. For example, shortly after Jorge Cardinal Bergolio was elected pope as Francis I, you might recall that one of the first things he did was to appoint an accounting firm to be the firm of record for the Vatican Bank. But that accounting firm had some strange connections of its own. During a weekend visit a few years ago, former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Catherine Austin Fitts and I did a little digging, and it turned out that firm was also the accounting-audit firm of record for - get this - Lloyd's of London and The Bank of International Settlements!(see Vatican Hires International Accounting Firm to Get Books in Order and

The only slightly ironical and humorous aspect of this story was that we were told this was all being done to make the notoriously corrupt Vatican bank "compliant" with international regulations regarding money laundering. Or to put it differently, the Vatican Bank didn't even rise to the level of "probity" of the formerly Nazi-infested Bank of International Settlements! Another big surprise there, given the Vatican bank's connections to the Loge Propaganda Due scandal, Michelle Sindona, Banco Ambrosiano and Roberto Calvi (remember him?) and all the other wondrous financial goings-on during the marvelous era of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, Iran-Contra, the whole Inslaw-PROMIS scandal (which, among many others, involved people like Adnan Khashoggi (remember him?).

What's even more intriguing here is that this raid occurs in the same approximate time as the recent visits of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeio and US Attorney General William Barr to - you guessed it - Italy. We're told, of course, that this was in order to ascertain the Italian intelligence community's participation in the whole Russiagate fiasco, but I strongly suspect that there was more to it than that, and that we're looking at the other part of the story. It would be virtually impossible to deal with any aspect of financial transaction or intelligence gathering in Italy without involving the Vatican at some point. All this also comes at the time that the US and the Vatican are both wrestling with their ends of the global human trafficking scandals. With respect to the Epstein affair, it's now fairly well known that Epstein's network of contacts, as well as his own philosophical proclivities, involved him with transhumanists and people with deep connections to the information technology world, like the Maxwell sisters, whose father, Robert Maxwell, was mentioned in connection to the whole Inslaw-PROMIS scandal.

I keep mentioning that scandal because at some penultimate deep level, that's what I suspect we're dealing with here. PROMIS was rumored to have had the ability to track financial transactions (indeed, transactions of many sorts) in real time through a multitude of databases and in a multitude of computer languages. It also, in my opinion, could be used to track other kinds of "inventory", like humans through covert trafficking networks.

Interestingly enough, current US Attorney General surfaces in connection to the Inslaw-PROMIS affair, as according to some researchers he was peripherally involved in the scandal.

So we're left speculating: is the Vatican franchise of "the swamp" being drained here? Or conversely, are loose ends being tidied up?

I don't know about you, but I strongly suspect the latter.

See you on the flip side...

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. zendogbreath on October 5, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Whitney Webb and Ed Szall coverage on the Mega Group and the mafia broad and deep we just got to see a few tips of the same iceberg we’ve been speculating about. So now we can speculate a lot more. What a surprise that Roy Cohn worked with and for all these guys – and that they were and are so closely related.

  2. augenguy on October 5, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    It should also be noted that on 27 September 2019, just days before this raid, German police raided a former NATO installation that was home to a large Dark Web server farm.

    Similar raids and arrests were carried out in Poland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Among the seized data were alleged drug and human trafficking sites.

    Interestingly, this is all timed around the Ukraine/Impeachment brouhaha, and one suspects this is all related at some level – especially considering Adam Schiff is front and center on the latter circus and he has long been suspected to be part of the Pizzagate scandal.

  3. zendogbreath on October 4, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Wow. Thank you K. Nice digging.

    • zendogbreath on October 4, 2019 at 9:47 pm

      This all brings to mind: what is the point? Why have all that hanging over one’s business? What advantage is gained in protecting all these jerks in their abuse? What is gained by having such jerks abusing? Obedience. My Ars. What is the reward and what is the risk?

    • goshawks on October 5, 2019 at 12:10 am

      Seconded. Thank you, Kahlypso. What a quagmire…

  4. Robert Barricklow on October 4, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    The Vatican is more in the power biz, than the soul biz.
    Nothing personal; it’s just Vatican business.

  5. Kahlypso on October 4, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Hello Gizars.

    This bank and this institution will never be ‘clean’ or ‘respectable’.

    “Since World War II, the CIA has:
    subsidized a Catholic lay organization that served as the political slugging arm of the pope and the Vatican throughout the Cold War; penetrated the American section of one of the wealthiest and most powerful Vatican orders; passed money to a large number of priests and bishops — some of whom became witting agents in CIA covert operations; employed undercover operatives to lobby members of the Curia (the Vatican government) and spy on liberal churchmen on the pope’s staff who challenged the political assumptions of the United States; prepared intelligence briefings that accurately predicted the rise of liberation theology; and collaborated with right-wing Catholic groups to counter the actions of progressive clerics in Latin America.”

    • Kahlypso on October 4, 2019 at 3:22 am

      Operation Gladio :
      In 1990, the Italian Prime Minister had confirmed that Italy’s “stay behind” army, termed “Gladio” (Sword), existed since 1958, with the approval of the Italian government. In the early 1970s, Italy’s communist support was growing, so the government turned to a “Strategy of Tension” using the Gladio network. At a top secret 1972 Gladio meeting, one official referred to making a “pre-emptive attack” on the Communists. As the Guardian reported, links between Gladio in Italy, all three Italian secret services and Italy’s P2 Masonic Lodge were well documented, as the head of each intelligence unit was a member of the P2 Lodge
      Links between Gladio, Italian secret service bosses and the notorious P2 masonic lodge are manifold.
      The chiefs of all three secret services – Generals Santovito (SISMI), Grassini (SISDE) and Cellosi (CESSIS) – were members of the lodge. In the year that Andreotti denied Gladio’s existence, the P2 treasurer, General Siro Rosetti, gave a generous account of “a secret security structure made up of civilians, parallel to the armed forces”

      • Kahlypso on October 4, 2019 at 3:23 am

        Page 34 .
        “December 1969 an exclusive meeting was held in the Rome office of Count Umberto Ortolani, the Ambassador of the Order of Malta to Uruguay, who had been called “the brains’ behind the fascist P-2 Masonic Lodge, which had been established in the mid-1960s. In addition to Ortalani, the meeting included only Licio Gelli, Roberto Calvi and Michele Sindona.
        “Gelli had fought for Franco… Calvi had fought on the Eastern front during the war and was decorated by the Nazis.
        “Sidona had set up business in 1943 with the help of Vito Genovese, whose Mafia contacts facilitated the American landing on Sicily”

        Calvi was a member of Licio Gelli’s illegal masonic lodge, Propaganda Due (P2), who referred to themselves as frati neri or “black friars”. He was found hanging from the Blackfriars Bridgein london.
        In its latter period, during which the lodge was headed by Licio Gelli, P2 was implicated in numerous Italian crimes and mysteries, including the collapse of the Vatican-affiliated Banco Ambrosiano, the murders of journalist Mino Pecorelli and banker Roberto Calvi, and corruption cases within the nationwide bribe scandal Tangentopoli. P2 came to light through the investigations into the collapse of Michele Sindona’s financial empire.P2 was sometimes referred to as a “state within a state” or a “shadow government” (sound familiar??????)
        Outside Italy, P2 was also active in Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina, with Raúl Alberto Lastiri, Argentina’s interim president (between 13 July 1973 and 12 October 1973) during the height of the “Dirty War” among its members. Emilio Massera, who was part of the military junta led by Jorge Rafael Videla from 1976 to 1978, José López Rega, minister of Social Welfare in Perón’s government and founder of the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance (“Triple A”), and General Guillermo Suárez Mason were also members
        When searching Licio Gelli’s villa iin 1982, the police found a document called the “Plan for Democratic Rebirth”, which called for a consolidation of the media, suppression of trade unions, and the rewriting of the Italian Constitution…
        In mid-1990 Richard Brenneke provided documents to Italian journalists (following the discovery of OPERATION GLADIO) indicating that the CIA supprted the activities of Licio Gelli and Propaganda Due (P2). Brenneke told Rai 1 that he had been involved in CIA payments to P2 of $1–$10m per month or more, with the money used to finance “terrorism” and drug trafficking.

        • Kahlypso on October 4, 2019 at 3:27 am

          In 1972, Michele Sindona, a banker with close ties to the Mafia, the pseudo-masonic lodge P2, and the Nixon administration, purchased controlling interest in Long Island’s Franklin National Bank. As a result of his acquisition of a controlling stake in Franklin, Sindona finally had a money laundering operation to aid his ties to Vatican Bank and the Sicilian drug cartel. Franklin’s assets were later purchased (after the suicide of Sindona in Prison) by European American Bank, itself later acquired by Citigroup.

          In 1974, the Holy See lost an estimated $30 million upon the collapse of the Franklin National Bank..
          Roberto Calvi was the chairman of Italy’s second largest private bank, Banco Ambrosiano, when it collapsed in 1982

          In 1978, the Bank of Italy produced a report on Banco Ambrosiano which found that several billion lire had been exported illegally, leading to criminal investigation
          On 10 June 1982, Calvi went missing from his Rome apartment, having fled the country on a false passport in the name of Gian Roberto Calvini, fleeing initially to Venice. From there, he apparently hired a private plane to London via Zurich. At 7:30 am on Friday, 18 June 1982, a postal clerk was crossing Blackfriars Bridge and noticed Calvi’s body hanging from the scaffolding beneath. Calvi’s clothing was stuffed with bricks, and he was carrying around $15,000 worth of cash in three different currencies.
          Calvi was a member of Licio Gelli’s illegal masonic lodge, Propaganda Due (P2), who referred to themselves as frati neri or “black friars”. He was found hanging from the Blackfriars Bridge in London.
          Masons like their Theatre.

          Quote from : Francesco “Frankie the Strangler” Di Carlo (who was accused of killing Calvi)
          “I was in Rome and received a phone call from a friend in Sicily telling me that a certain high-ranking mafia member had just been killed. I will never forget the date because of this: it was 16 June 1982 – two days before Calvi was murdered. The friend told me that Pippo Calò [known as the “mafia’s cashier”] was trying to get hold of me because he needed me to do something for him. In the hierarchy of Cosa Nostra, he was a general, I was a colonel, so he was a little higher up, my superior.
          “While I finally spoke to Pippo, he told me not to worry, that the problem had been taken care of. That’s a code we use in the Cosa Nostra. We never talk about killing someone. We say they have been taken care of.
          “Calvi was naming names. No one had any trust in him any more. He owed a lot of money. His friends had all distanced themselves. Everyone wanted to get rid of him. He had been arrested and he had started to talk. Then he had tried to kill himself by cutting his wrists. He was released, but knew he could be rearrested at any time. He was weak, he was a broken man.”

          • Kahlypso on October 4, 2019 at 3:28 am

            22 MARCH, 1986
            “Michele Sindona, the jailed Sicilian financier who fell into an irreversible coma on Thursday, is the victim of cyanide poisoning, the Justice Minister said today.”
            “Mr. Sindona, who was near the center of many of Italy’s most important recent financial and political scandals, had been under constant guard at a specially constructed wing of the Voghera women’s prison. The prison is considered one of the most secure in Italy.
            The Justice Minister told his incredulous colleagues that a guard at the Vorghera prison had heard Mr. Sindona say just before passing out, ”They have poisoned me.” Suicide Attempt Not Ruled Out”
            “Radical Party members of Parliament attributed the death to the ”sottogoverno,” a popular reference to the ”underground government” that many Italians believe really runs their country.”

            David Yallop:
            David Yallop’s 1984 book In God’s Name proposed the theory that the pope had been in “potential danger” because of corruption in the Vatican Bank (known officially as the Institute for Works of Religion or Istituto per le Opere di Religione), the Vatican’s most powerful financial institution which owned many shares in Banco Ambrosiano
            Yallop specifically summarized his conspiracy theory in his book: Three archbishops—Marcinkus, Villot and Cody—conspired with three Mafia types—Calvi, Sindona and Gelli—in the murder of John Paul I. “It was clear that these six men—Marcinkus, Villot, Cody, Calvi, Sindona and Gelli—had a great deal to fear if the papacy of John Paul I should continue… all of them stood to gain in a variety of ways if John Paul I should suddenly die

          • Kahlypso on October 4, 2019 at 3:28 am

            21 September 2010 – Vatican Bank ‘investigated over money-laundering’

            “Rome magistrates are looking into claims that Mr Gotti Tedeschi and the bank’s chief executive Paolo Cipriani violated laws that require banks to disclose information on financial operations.
            The tax police seized 23m euros that the Vatican Bank had tried to transfer from a small Italian bank called Credito Artigianato.
            Some 20m euros was destined for JP Morgan in Frankfurt, with the remainder going to another Italian bank, Banca del Fucino.
            Reports say the Vatican Bank had failed to inform the financial authorities where the money had come from. ”

            19 December 2010 – Vatican Bank hit by financial scandal… again

            “The documents pinpoint two transactions that have not been reported: one in 2009 involving the use of a false name, and another in 2010 in which the Vatican Bank withdrew €650,000 from an Italian bank account but ignored bank requests to disclose where the money was headed.
            The new allegations of financial impropriety could not have come at a worse time for the Vatican, already hit by revelations that it sheltered paedophile priests. The corruption probe has also given new hope to Holocaust survivors who tried unsuccessfully to sue the Vatican in the US, alleging that Nazi loot was stored in the bank.”

          • Kahlypso on October 4, 2019 at 3:29 am

            6 December 2013 : The scandal at the Vatican bank

            26 Febuary 2014 : Following the money
            “Of course Francis is trying to do the right thing. Religion and money are never a good mix, and a long history of scandals only complicates the task of getting the Vatican bureaucracy in order. As Cardinal Prefect of the new dicastery, the Secretariat for the Economy, Pell reports directly to the pope. He also reports to the new Council for the Economy, eight cardinals and seven lay experts projected to analyze internal controls, transparency, and governance. In addition, there will be an Auditor-General empowered to check the books of any Holy See component.
            Pell’s mandate appears to be oversight of any money the Vatican touches, particularly that in the Administration of the Patrimony for the Holy See (APSA), which manages Vatican-owned money and property, and the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), also known as the Vatican Bank, which manages between 6 to 7 billion Euro* in cash and securities owned by various clergy, religious orders, dioceses and church-affiliated persons and institutions.
            Both are ripe fields for fraud, waste and abuse. The lack of transparency at the Vatican Bank, which has 19,000 clients worldwide and does a quarter of its business in cash, has long been cause for scandal. No one knows where it invests its funds.”

          • Kahlypso on October 4, 2019 at 3:30 am

            12 February 2015 – Sex abuse inquiry finds George Pell put church finances before victim
            “Cardinal Pell initially dismissed Mr Ellis’s complaint, saying: “I do not see that there is anything the archdiocese can do.”

            29 June 2017 : Pope’s chief financial adviser Cardinal George Pell vows to fight historical sex offence charges
            “For years, Pell has faced allegations that he mishandled cases of clergy abuse when he was archbishop of Melbourne and, later, Sydney. But more recently, Pell himself became the focus of a clergy sex abuse investigation, with Victoria detectives flying to the Vatican last year to interview the cardinal. It is unclear what allegations the charges announced Thursday relate to, but two men, now in their 40s, have said that Pell touched them inappropriately at a swimming pool in the late 1970s, when Pell was a senior priest in Melbourne.
            “The charges are a new and serious blow to Pope Francis, who has already suffered several credibility setbacks in his promised “zero tolerance” policy about sex abuse. The charges will also further complicate Francis’ financial reform efforts at the Vatican, which were already strained by Pell’s repeated clashes with the Italian-dominated bureaucracy. Just last week, one of Pell’s top allies, the Vatican’s auditor general, resigned without explanation two years into a five-year term, immediately raising questions about whether the reform effort was doomed. ”
            “Last year, Pell acknowledged during his testimony to the commission that the Catholic Church had made “enormous mistakes” in allowing thousands of children to be raped and molested by priests over centuries.”

          • Kahlypso on October 4, 2019 at 3:39 am

            for the rest of the newspaper articles :

  6. Peter Sazonoff on October 4, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Excuse my ignorance, but what’s DJT?

    • zendogbreath on October 4, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      donald j trump?

  7. Pierre on October 3, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    “Adjunct Promoter of Justice Alessandro Diddi.”
    Shouldn’t that be Adjutant? The Jesuits are a military organisation.

  8. Richard on October 3, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Not one to add a flashpoint to your “high octane speculations / suspicions” but one suspects that the Vatican has certain concerns about one Mateo Salvini and League. There seems to be some awkward routing of funds of the democrat party there and that presumptive 5 Star group who, together, earlier removed Salvini and company from Italy’s governing body. . . . Well, . . . That doesn’t seem to be going as well as the remaining global elites anticipated. Perhaps this raid is an overt indicator that justice is coming to a town near ______.

    It would seem that that 5 Star Party group, one very unpopular party in charge and also in charge of their version of Liberal Democrats, is not doing well as they boasted once upon a time. There’s a few more oddities in that European Union (EU) mix that seem to come down to one thing in common. Sovereignty! In this case, sovereignty in and of Italy. One suspects that there’s some indication that a certain billionaire of chaos might have once again tainted the coffers of another group of recipients. One that’s been getting “BANNED!” from countries in the EU, banned from 6 countries so far, that got fed up with his ill-intentioned deeds likely through bribes and coercion. It might seem a clever way to infiltrate not necessarily honest way to legislate. The way those ill-gotten finances are doled out one would think that it might be cause to Refuse such payouts (bribes) before becoming people-group of interest in an awkward and embarrassing way in service to some self-serving you-know-who. Yah, think? You know, give the bus drivers a break by not being another one thrown under theirs while they’re trying to keep a public transportation schedule that contributes toward fewer vehicles on the road, less fuel use, and lower emissions.

    Salvini and party have NOT been banned from any EU state for the chaos wrought in the name of global servitude.

    Once again one sees that Prussian saying of sorts being played out, “Politics is war by other means.” And it even speaks Mandarin.

  9. marcos toledo on October 3, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    This brings to mind the shootout in the Lady From Shanghai in the hall of mirrors towards the end of that film. Possibly only the writers-creators of Monty Python could make sense of this flying circus.

  10. zendogbreath on October 3, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Curious to see if Schiff’s other catastrophic contributions to the political schema will be slam dunk repealed when he gets the DJT payback coming his way. Does anyone here think Schiff’s quid pro quo for big Pharma is going to get exposed? He is quite the vaccine lobbyist saving all those children.

  11. brasyl on October 3, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    “All this also comes at the time that the US and the Vatican are both wrestling with their ends of the global human trafficking scandals.”

    omg… it just gets worse all the time.

    Couldn’t help but notice that it was Barr’s father that hired Epstein at the college.

  12. Bryce on October 3, 2019 at 9:17 am

    FWIW Barr/Durham also made a visit.
    If you’re watching DJT troll shifty schiff…he called him liddle schiff.
    That is a direct reference to a kiddie trafficking op called “Liddle Kidz” under the guise of “infant massage.”
    There’s far more going on in the background we’re not seeing.

  13. anakephalaiosis on October 3, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Notre Dame’s 32-point compass, and its 32 time intervals, are codified into stained glass, rotating around the 33rd pivotal point.

    It sticks out like sore thumb, that the Jesuits adopted the 33rd degree, into their spooks onion. Because it exposes their thievery.

    Only geometry can explain the number 33, and that reveals the structural thinking behind the Runes, and thereby the ideology they contain.

    Monarchy and papacy will fall, by fodder and compass.

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