It Alternately Poses

Nino Lo Bello, The Vatican Empire, “The Vatican in Politics X:”

The Vatican does not directly control the Christian Democrats, who are popularly known among the Italian people as democristiani, and also as i preti—literally, the priests. It does not give instructions to its men—but it doesn’t have to. It does not express opinions on given political issues—but the party leadership is always aware of the Vatican’s views. Ostensibly, Italy’s is a secular government, but the rules of conduct are formulated by the Vatican. For this reason, the Vatican has allowed only trusted practicing Catholics who will do the Church’s bidding to rise to the top political jobs in Italy.

One might ask whether the success of the Vatican in Italian politics can be attributed to the merging of its secular and spiritual qualities. The answer is indeed in the affirmative. The Vatican alternately poses as a church and as a political force, depending upon which pose will prove more advantageous at the moment. At the lower levels, through the local congregations, the Church presents itself as a religious organization and wins support by religious appeals to its followers; often these appeals influence voters. At the higher levels the Church becomes increasingly a political organization and, indirectly, exerts a controlling influence over the affairs of the Italian state. The Church’s chief instrument has been the democristi-ani, an army of faithful Christian Democratic politicians that has obviated the Vatican’s need for maintaining powerful lobbies. Italy’s postwar political history is intimately tied to i preti, under whom Italy has been carefully guided to its present position in the world of nations.

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No More Sinful Than The Collecting Of Coins

Nino Lo Bello, The Vatican Empire, “There’s No Business Like Vatican Business VIII:”

The foregoing details provide an uncomfortably sharp realization that the Vatican and its men have indeed carved a niche for their firm in the world of big business.

This is no small accomplishment. After years of soul- searching, it has been decided, infallibly, that the accumulation of money is no more reprehensible, no more sinful, than the collecting of coins. True, the Vatican pays ad perpetuum lip service to poverty. But it doesn’t practice it.

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In Swiss Vaults

Nino Lo Bello, The Vatican Empire, “There’s No Business Like Vatican Business VIII:”

Vatican banking, however, is not confined to Italy. Funds managed by the Vatican’s Prefecture of Economic Affairs are deposited in numerous non-Italian banks. Some are in America, and many are in Switzerland, where the Vatican maintains its funds in numbered accounts. Nobody really knows how much money the Vatican has in Swiss vaults. But it is known that one reason why the Vatican likes to bank in Switzerland is because the Swiss franc can provide protection against inflation and devaluation of money in other countries. Since 1945, there have been more than 170 currency devaluations all over the world—twelve of them in Brazil alone. Unlike the American dollar or the British pound, which have substantially less than 50 percent backing in gold reserves, the Swiss franc is guaranteed up to 130 percent by gold. So, because Switzerland’s money is “hard money,” the Vatican holds the francs and exchanges them for the legal tender of another country when needed.

The Vatican also uses its Swiss accounts to maintain its anonymity when gaining control of foreign corporations. Swiss banks, unlike American banks, can act as stockbrokers; they hold large numbers of shares belonging to clients but not in the clients’ names. The Vatican, like any other depositor, can have a Swiss bank buy shares in a company in the bank’s name and can thus obtain control of the company in full anonymity. The “Gnomes of Zurich”*—a pet name pinned on Swiss banking officials by the British—point out, however, that the total number of shares their banks hold in U.S. companies is less than 1 percent of America’s outstanding stock. Any speculation about how much the Vatican may have silently invested in the U.S. economy, at least at the corporation level, must take this figure into account.

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*this reminds me of Harry Potter’s goblins of Gringott’s

Full and Absolute Power

Nino Lo Bello, The Vatican Empire, “The Lateran Treaty V:”

Lord paramount of the Holy See, the pope is first among his bishops, all of whom come under his direct jurisdiction; in theory he has full and absolute power over the Roman Catholic Church. Every decree requires his approval. He can obey or ignore precedent. He can set aside tradition; he can write (or rewrite) constitutions; he can change discipline without consultation; he can proclaim dogmas on his own. Although on important matters the pope is supposed to seek counsel and advice from the College of Cardinals, he is empowered to make up his own mind and take action. On theological questions, the pope invariably consults with his bishops and cardinals, but, on matters of high policy, he may evolve a course of action without any previous consultations, as did Pope John when, without calling in the Curia cardinals for their views, he decided to go ahead with the Ecumenical Council.

The pope has executive as well as legislative and judiciary powers. He can be judged by no man, and there is no appeal from his decisions. In this respect his position is tantamount to that of a sovereign who cannot be brought to court. Acting in his executive capacity, the pope may (1) approve or sanction or suppress religious orders, (2) grant indulgences, (3) beatify or canonize saints, (4) appoint bishops, (5) erect, administer, alter, or suppress bishoprics, (6) assign an auxiliary bishop to one who is incapacitated, (7) found and legislate for papal universities, (8) issue liturgical books, (9) administer the temporal goods of ecclesiastical foundations, (10) erect and govern missions dependent on the Holy See.

As a legislator, the pope may (1) call, preside over, and adjourn ecumenical councils, (2) regulate holy days and Catholic feasts, (3) introduce new rites and abrogate old ones, (4) issue ex cathedra decretals on belief, (5) introduce, alter, or suppress Church laws on any subject, (6) defend doctrine against heresies, (7) define fast days and periods of fasting. Also liberally defined are the pope’s judicial duties. He may (1) relax vows and oaths for members of the religious who want to return to secular life, (2) give matrimonial dispensations, (3) act as a court, (4) establish rules of judicial procedure, (5) establish censures or punishments, (6) organize courts for hearing cases, (7) organize courts or appoint synodal judges for the diocese of Rome.

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Protestant Bibles Could No Longer Be Distributed

More food for thought considering Rome’s involvement in producing modern, critical-text translations of the Bible:

Nino Lo Bello, The Vatican Empire, “The Lateran Treaty V:”

The 1929 treaty was actually a unity of three separate agreements: the Lateran Pact, which provided for the creation of the new State of Vatican City; the Financial Convention, which granted payments to the Church for the loss of its temporal powers; and the Concordat, which gave the Vatican powers and privileges to administer its own special affairs…

The Concordat also stipulated that Protestant Bibles could no longer be distributed in Italy, that evangelical meetings in private homes were forbidden, and that Catholicism was to be Italy’s official religion. Furthermore, religious teaching was to be extended into state schools and religion made a compulsory subject at the primary and secondary levels; Church-related educational institutions were to receive preferences over similar lay or state institutions. Finally, February 11 was named a national holiday to commemorate the signing of the treaty.

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Sent By Providence

Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler

“Mussolini was the man sent by Providence.”

(Pope Pius XI)

Source: Nino Lo Bello, The Vatican Empire, “The Lateran Treaty V, ”

Murdered by the Church of Rome

“One of the most difficult pieces of information to find are the names of all the martyrs who were murdered by the Roman Catholic Church down through the ages. These true Christians were murdered because they loved the Scriptures, had portions of a true Bible, and/or an entire Bible. The believers were hunted down and murdered by the blood thirsty men of the Inquisition. Probably no Christian group in history was persecuted more for their beliefs than the Waldensians or the Vaudoix. This article is a tribute and memorial to those who gave their lives in the service of God in the dissemination of the true Scriptures and teaching the truth to many in spite of the Roman Catholic Inquisition and even prior to the official start of the Inquisition that many were murdered”…

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Rome in the News, September 2018

Some recent Rome and eschatology-related news:

Pope Francis In Poland Tells World Famous Photographer ‘I Am The Devil’ Then Laughs It Off

Catholic Church Found to Have Spent Over $2 Million Lobbying To Block Child Sex Laws

We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage

People Are Sharing Their Stories Of Catholic Orphanages In Response To A BuzzFeed News Investigation

‘We saw nuns kill children’: Horror claims about torture, sexual abuse and MURDER in Catholic orphanage in Vermont surface decades on

Police launch probe into horror claims that nuns MURDERED children at Catholic orphanage in Vermont

‘It even happened at the kitchen table’: FIVE sisters were sexually abused by the same US Catholic priest when one of them was just 18-months-old

‘My whole life has been a lie’: Powerful video shows brave victims of Pennsylvania Catholic priests, revealing how the abuse ruined their lives, marriages and prevented them having children

Nuns, including one aged 93, are arrested over abuse allegations at notorious orphanage where they ‘beat residents, forced them to eat vomit and ritually humiliated them for bed-wetting’

Penitent Pope Francis describes paedophile priest cover-up as ‘Caca – filth one sees in the toilet’ while meeting with Irish victims before telling 82,000 fans at Croke Park stadium that ‘to hate is human, to forgive is divine’

Scandal of the cesspit babies: Liam Neeson joins fight for Pope to confront truth about 800 children dumped in a mass grave by Irish NUNS as star makes film about tragic home for unmarried mothers

Report on Catholic sexual abuse lists 120 ‘predator priests’ from Greensburg, Pittsburgh dioceses

How the Catholic church used a ‘playbook’ to cover up abuse in Pennsylvania and sent priests to ‘treatment centers’ – but many ignored the advice

Rinsing victims’ mouths with holy water and making one boy pose as Jesus: Grand Jury reveals the depravity of 301 priests who sexually assaulted at least 1,000 children – which the Catholic church covered up

Leaked sex abuse report rocks German church, 3,677 victims

Two top Catholic schools Ampleforth and Downside Abbey hid claims of appalling sex abuse over four decades to protect the Church’s reputation and scale of ‘sadistic’ attacks was worse than feared, inquiry finds

Retired Catholic Bishop dies at 82 – 15 years after admitting covering up suspected pedophile priests’ sexual abuse and killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident in Phoenix

Former Vatican representative to the US says Pope Francis knew about sexual abuse allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and calls on the pontiff to RESIGN

Letter confirms Vatican KNEW about sex abuse claims against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s in 2000

Former Vatican Official Corroborates Allegations Against Pope Francis

Catholic historian explains the disturbing history behind Pope Francis’ ‘novel’ rhetoric

Pope Francis Compares Vatican Whistleblower to Satan

Pope changes church stance on death penalty declaring it ‘inadmissible’ with Catholic teachings

Pope Francis is set to visit an Ireland where the Catholic Church is in steep decline

Modern exodus: Catholicism has lost more of its faithful than any other religion in the U.S.

Rome’s clouded crystal ball

More on the Communist infiltration of the Catholic Church

Putin slams Pope Francis, “he’s not a man of God”

BREAKING NEWS: The New SCOTUS Pick by Trump is a JESUIT!

Russell Moore to Speak at George Soros Event

Cramped Ideas in the Head

Nino Lo Bello, The Vatican Empire, “Behind the Walls III:”

The visitor to the Vatican is not likely to see the relic mailer at work, but no matter where he goes inside the narrow plot of land, he is likely to come across someone busily doing an unexpectedly ordinary job. The Pope’s shoemaker, for example. Since 1939, the task of making papal shoes has belonged to Telesforo Carboni, who habitually refers to Paul VI as “an eight and a half narrow” and the late Pope John as “a wide ten.”

Like many other shoemakers, Carboni is quite a raconteur, particularly on the matter of footwear. Once Carboni said to me, “I remember the time Pope John, who had a big foot, which could take even a ten and a half, came to me and said, ‘Signor Carboni, you must make me a pair of shoes that are nice and big and don’t cramp my feet.’

“A man with cramped feet, you know, will usually have cramped ideas in his head, and so His Holiness wanted a pair of shoes that wouldn’t cramp him in his work. Do you follow?

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Ten Doctrines Which Render Rome Outside of Christ

The Cripplegate:

Tragically, several reasons remain why Roman Catholicism still is not Christian. At this 500th year anniversary [2017], it’s worth taking a thorough look at ten doctrines which render Rome outside of Christ. Many of these are sufficient on their own…

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Exploring Eschatology From A Protestant Historicist Perspective

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