A Quiet Death in Rome: Was Pope John Paul I Murdered?

In this Crisis Magazine classic, veteran journalist Sandra Miesel looks into the curious death of Pope John Paul I… including the conspiratorial claims that he was murdered.

 
 
He barely made it to the bathroom… it was hard to stand up. He clutched the sink and squinted painfully against the bright lights. Fumbling with his glasses didn’t help. Why did everything look so yellow? He fought in vain to breathe, his heart quivering wildly in his chest. A lurch, a stumble, and Pope John Paul heaved out his life on the cold marble floor.
Or did it happen this way…
Just a note to capture the sudden inspiration, and then he could finish dressing for bed. Would the talk be good enough? Nothing was ever good enough for Them. Why had They chosen him? God alone knew. He rose cautiously on swollen feet. Agony seized his lungs. Heart racing in panic, he gasped for breath that would not come. With a muffled cry, Pope John Paul crumpled dead beside his desk.
 
 
 
The death of Pope John Paul I on September 28, 1978, shocked a world that had barely been introduced to “the Smiling Pope.” His reign of 33 days had been one of the shortest in the annals of the papacy. The official cause of death was myocardial infarction — heart attack — but confusion in the details of his demise fed instant rumors of foul play. Within a few months of the pope’s death, Abbé Georges de Nantes from the League of the Catholic Counter Reformation was crying murder.
 
The first conspiracy book, Jean-Jacques Thierry’s La Vraie Mort de Jean Paul Ier (1983), emerged from Lefebvrist circles. It not only accused Jean Cardinal Villot of the murder but of also having substituted a double for Pope Paul VI. Other sensational — and conflicting — theories continued to appear during the 1980s… John Paul I was killed by the KGB… No, the KGB was spreading false rumors to make it look like a killing… No, it was the CIA, which wanted to make room for its candidate, John Paul II.
 
Perhaps the most popular explanation entailed Freemasons and fraud at the Vatican Bank involving scandals that erupted a few years after John Paul I’s passing (see the sidebars following this article). This scenario was made famous by David Yallop’s best-selling book, In God’s Name: An Investigation into the Murder of Pope John Paul I (1984).
 
Three years later, in an effort to stem the rumors, Archbishop John Foley of the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications asked English journalist John Cornwell to investigate the issue. No conditions were placed on the project, which received full Vatican support all the way up to Pope John Paul II himself. Cornwell’s conclusions were published as A Thief in the Night: Life and Death in the Vatican (1989).
 
Because Yallop and Cornwell are the best spokesmen for their positions, I’ll frame the story of John Paul I’s death as a debate between them. Both authors are British and lapsed Catholics. Yallop, who displays more overt hostility toward the Church and openly disparages Pope John Paul II, got his start writing true crime accounts for a popular audience. The sophisticated Cornwell, on the other hand, later worked at Cambridge. While Yallop presents his findings as the product of his research, Cornwell dramatizes the research process.
 
Presuming the existence of what he expects to find, Yallop has a vested interest in arguing for murder; Cornwell does not. Yallop’s shrill editorializing against what he sees as a rich, sex-obsessed Church — “Vatican Incorporated” — clearly slants his book. He piles on peripheral material about Mafia hits, the sins of John Cardinal Cody, and political corruption to heighten the luridness. His ugly, badly reproduced photographs distort the people they represent, even his hero, John Paul I.
 
Both writers tape-recorded their interviews and took notes. Neither provides a bibliography or footnotes, although Cornwell has documentary appendixes. Yallop employed at least two research assistants; Cornwell worked alone. Yallop reconstructs conversations that are unknowable and uses blind sources. Cornwell anchors his interviews with crisp personal descriptions of his subjects. Only informants sampled for gossip go incognito. Overall, as a specimen of historical writing, Cornwell’s book commands greater trust. The grave deficiencies of his more recent work, Hitler’s Pope, do not taint A Thief in the Night.
 
 
Who Was Albino Luciani?
 
The whole controversy hinges on the character of John Paul I himself. The “Smiling Pope” was born Albino Luciani on October 17, 1912, near Belluno in northern Italy. His working-class family was poor due to the erratic employment of his Socialist father. Luciani was ordained in 1935 and taught general subjects at the Belluno seminary until 1958, when he was made bishop of Vittorio Veneto. He became patriarch of Venice in 1969 and received his cardinal’s hat in 1973.
 
At every level, Luciani was noted for his simplicity and his zeal for social justice. He wanted the Church’s wealth pared down and shared with the poor, at home and abroad. Although pastoral, not cerebral, in style, he took special interest in catechetics and ecumenism. Besides service in the Italian bishops’ conference, Luciani drew popular attention after publishing Illustrissimi, a book of letters to real and imaginary figures from Jesus to Figaro.
 
When Pope Paul VI died in 1978, Luciani was elected pope on the second day of the conclave, chosen over conservative Guiseppe Cardinal Siri of Genoa and liberal Curia member Sergio Pignedoli. The warm, humble, and highly reluctant man from outside the Curia was hailed as “God’s candidate,” a handpicked surprise by the Holy Spirit. John Paul initially lived up to expectations by refusing to be crowned with the papal tiara or to be carried in the gestatorial chair. The public admired his evident holiness.
 
Yallop glorifies John Paul as a brilliant, strong-willed, decisive campaigner for justice — a saintly crusader. He praises Luciani’s literary skill and breadth of culture, telling us at least three times that he’d read Mark Twain. Yallop’s pope is a liberal reformer — even a friend of Hans Küng — who was on the verge of reversing the Church’s position on contraception and cleaning up the Vatican Bank (not to mention flushing Masonic cardinals out of the Vatican).
 
Unfortunately, this image is rejected by Cornwell’s sources, both by hostile clerical observers and fond intimates. To the Roman clergy, John Paul was “a gauche and incompetent figure of fun.” An Australian reporter who tried writing his biography summed him up as “an extremely anxious, nervous little man.” His secretaries Rev. Diego Lorenzi (who came with him from Venice) and Rev. John Magee (whom he inherited from Pope Paul VI and who is now bishop of Cloyne, Ireland) both describe a terminally meek man. Magee tells a pathetic anecdote about finding John Paul huddled in a fetal position on his bed frantically praying the rosary because he had dropped some papers off his roof garden. He also insisted on serving as Magee’s altar boy three times.
 
Cornwell cites witnesses as diverse as John Paul’s longtime housekeeper and Leon-Joseph Cardinal Suenens on John Paul’s self-doubts. The huge responsibilities of the papacy overwhelmed him. His household recalls that “God, please take me away” was his daily prayer. (Intriguingly, he reportedly foresaw being replaced by a man he described as “The Foreigner” — later identified as Karol Cardinal Wojtyla).
 
According to Lorenzi, “Luciani wasn’t interested in big issues,” including financial matters. To Magee, “He was a man who worried about little, small things.” Yallop tries to wish away such opinions as hindsight, but they’re confirmed from too many directions.
 
Yallop’s thesis that John Paul was about to approve the birth-control pill and do it in a statement to an American congressional delegation visiting Rome is simply ludicrous. Popes don’t reverse major moral judgments on the spur of the moment, much less to visiting politicians. Although as patriarch of Venice, John Paul had urged pastoral lenience toward contraceptors and sent cheerful greetings to the first baby born by in vitro fertilization, he had also supported Humanae Vitae. His alleged disagreement on the pill rests on an unpublished report Luciani made to Paul VI.
 
Yallop’s second thesis that John Paul was going to clean house at the Vatican Bank on the basis of a few conversations is likewise untenable. His 33-day reign was deluged by papers from the secretariat of state — a situation that gave him no time to master the labyrinthine complexities of the banking system. In any event, he was a man noted for prudence and slow decision-making, according to his official biographer, Msgr. Guilio Nicolini. Yallop fails to consider that cardinals keeping secrets might have deliberately elected a man too mild to bother them, one whose health would deteriorate in office.
 
To speed up the timetable, Yallop claims that John Paul arrived in office harboring a grudge against Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, president of the Vatican Bank, for having facilitated the takeover of a Venetian Catholic bank by Roberto Calvi’s Banco Ambrosiano. (Marcinkus denies both the offense and the feud.) John Paul is also presumed to have believed a newspaper account published right after he took office that accused prominent prelates of being Masons.
 
Yallop sees a murder motive in the series of dismissals and new appointments John Paul was supposedly on the verge of making. He pictures the pope dying with a list of the new appointments clutched in his hands. Yallop claims the pope was a day away from sacking Marcinkus and his subordinates, shipping Sebastiano Cardinal Baggio out to be patriarch of Venice, and replacing Cardinal Villot with Cardinal Benelli as secretary of state. The targeted prelates had been named as Masons, so their Masonic brethren would be offended as well. Villot is also imagined to resent the imminent reversal of Humanae Vitae as a betrayal of Paul VI’s legacy. Predictably, Yallop adds Cardinal Cody of Chicago as a suspect because he was supposedly going to be removed for financial and other misdeeds.
 
But the Masonic angle is unproven, and discovering the scope of the Vatican Bank scandal in the time allotted is improbable. Villot was already slated to retire and died six months later. Would a cardinal kill for the right to name his successor? Cody is a red herring, brought in to trade on the gangster image of Chicago, a silly trick Yallop pulls with Marcinkus, too. No one heard the conversation between John Paul and Villot about personnel changes, and both papal secretaries insisted to Cornwell that the pope died with a booklet of sermons in his hands.
 
 
Was the Pope Poisoned?
 
Yallop fixed on digitalis as the poison, administered in liquid medicine that John Paul was taking for low blood pressure. Half a teaspoon of digitalis would indeed cause a fatally frantic heartbeat. Essential to this theory is Yallop’s repeated assertion that the pope was otherwise in “perfect health,” so only poison could have stopped his strong heart. Unfortunately, Yallop neglects to mention the eye embolism the pope had suffered in 1975 and the blood thinner (probably warfarin) he subsequently took to prevent a recurrence. Switching these pills with placebos or simply forgetting to take them would have proven lethal within a few days. Additionally, John Paul’s niece and present papal press secretary, Joaquin Navarro-Valls — both physicians — confirm the severe swelling of the pope’s legs due to circulatory problems. The pope’s Venetian physician refused to talk to Cornwell and is unlikely to have spoken with Yallop.
 
As for opportunity, Yallop’s theory would require someone to penetrate the papal apartments and substitute digitalis without alerting the Swiss guards at both access points, plus the two secretaries and four housekeeping nuns inside. He doesn’t try to implicate the staff — not even disgruntled former papal valets — in spite of cruel whispers spread about Magee at the time.
 
Yallop also fails to consider where the papal medicines were stored or who administered them. Cornwell mentions the housekeeper, Sister Vincenza, bringing the pope unspecified “tablets” from the kitchen on his last day. She routinely dispensed medication with dinner. No new prescriptions were filled at the Vatican pharmacy during the pontificate.
 
 
Resolving the Contradictions
 
Unfortunately, errors and obfuscations by Vatican sources gave rumors room to grow. A key problem, from the initial report issued by Cardnal Villot to a memorandum from the Commission for Social Communications in 1984, was the Vatican’s prudish unwillingness to admit that the Holy Father had been found dead by Sister Vincenza and not by a secretary. The public might be scandalized by a nun — however elderly — in the papal bedroom.
 
Cornwell examines Yallop’s points of suspicion and refutes each one. To allow for a cleanup of the evidence, Yallop’s murder theory requires that the pope’s body be found at 4:30 or 4:45 a.m., one hour earlier than official reports estimated. He bases this on an early story by the Italian news service ANSA that garbled the time and misrepresented the layout of the papal apartments. Yallop also claims to have had testimony from Sister Vincenza to this effect but refused to show Cornwell his transcripts.
 
Both papal secretaries and a confidante of the late Sister Vincenza insist that the body was discovered about 5:30 a.m. The nun noticed that the coffee she had left outside the pope’s bedroom door a few minutes earlier, as per his morning routine, had not been touched. She went through two sets of doors and parted a curtain to find John Paul dead on his bed with a light on and reading material in his hands. Magee was summoned first, then Lorenzi. They found rigor mortis already beginning to set in and tore the pope’s cassock while preparing his private laying-out. This supports the official estimate for time of death as 11 p.m. the previous evening. Yallop’s theory requires the pope to be freshly dead at 4:30 a.m. since digitalis administered the night before would have taken hours to work.
 
The cause of death was listed with unseemly haste as myocardial infarction by Dr. Renato Buzzonetti, now Pope John Paul II’s personal physician. He had never examined John Paul I and asked no questions about symptoms. (Heart attack would be most unlikely to leave a victim in such a composed posture.) No autopsy was performed, as the last pope autopsied was Pius VII in 1830. Yallop suggests a “secret” autopsy while John Paul was lying in state, but what he refers to was a simple retouching of the corpse. Yallop claims no death certificate was issued; Cornwell reproduces it.
 
Yallop also claims that the undertakers were summoned at 5 a.m. before the official finding of the body, but this is based on an incorrect news story taken from garbled secondhand information. The Vatican carpool log shows the embalmers were sent for at 5:15 p.m. The procedure began about 7 p.m.
 
Yallop questions the disappearance of incriminating personal effects, supposedly removed by Cardinal Villot. He thinks John Paul’s slippers and glasses might have been stained with vomit caused by the digitalis poisoning. But Cornwell finds that the pope’s sister took them. His last will was a brief document bequeathing his goods to a Venetian convent, not a spiritual testament (as claimed by Yallop).
 
Yallop’s one damning datum was a Swiss Guard’s observation of Marcinkus on foot lurking near the papal residence at an unusually early hour on the morning of the pope’s death. But the guardsman, Hans Roggen, told Cornwell that his testimony was taken deceptively and misrepresented. Marcinkus was a demonstrably early riser and had driven in at his usual time. And contrary to Yallop’s accusation, Roggen had not been asleep at his post.
 
Having demolished Yallop’s evidence, Cornwell offers his own explanation. After conferring with a cardiac specialist and a forensic medicine expert, he rules out heart attack, congestive heart failure, and aneurysm in favor of pulmonary embolism as the cause of John Paul’s death. If the pope’s body is exhumed someday during a canonization process, an autopsy could clarify the cause of death, but this would never be permitted.
 
 
What Really Happened That Night?
 
Cornwell clinches his case with symptoms the pope suffered on his last day alive. After a normal morning, John Paul complained of feeling unwell after his siesta but didn’t permit Magee to call a doctor. While taking his daily walk that afternoon, he suffered a violent cough and pain — probably a minor embolism — but again forbade Magee to summon aid. That evening the pope conferred with Cardnal Villot for more than an hour in his study. They did not argue, according to Magee. Afterward, the pope reported great pain that soon passed. Again, he refused to consult a doctor. John Paul dined with his two secretaries just before 8 p.m. Death came up for discussion, and the pope prayed for resignation to death. After dinner, he rushed down the hall to take a telephone call from Giovanni Cardinal Columbo of Milan until 9:15. This run likely triggered the fatal embolism that struck after the pope went to bed. Cornwell summarizes events thus: “John Paul I wanted to die, the conditions conveniently prevailed, [and] the spectators did not rush forward to prevent him.”
 
After building a plausible case, Cornwell then offers a speculative reconstruction of what happened after the telephone call to account for contradictions in the witnesses’ testimony. Was Lorenzi out after dinner, or did he and/or Magee conduct the pope to his room after compline and call his attention to the newly active alarm buttons?
 
Cornwell assumes that Lorenzi was out until midnight while Magee stayed up late reading about papal deaths. Magee thought to check on the pope en route to his own room, saw the light on, and walked in to find the pope dead in a pitiful heap on the floor — an unseemly end. He waited for Lorenzi and together they propped the pope up on his bed with pillows as if reading. Without thinking to offer the last rites, they left the body to be found the next morning, not anticipating that Sister Vincenza would make the discovery first.
 
Though they hotly denied his reasoning, Cornwell suspects that the priests confected a triumph of image over truth — not even an embolism would strike fast enough to leave the dead pope still clutching papers. The tension between truth and image dogged Cornwell’s entire investigation. Evasion, gossip, and equivocation frustrated him at every turn, producing an account far sadder in its sinfulness than Yallop’s fanciful rant. For Cornwell, “the most obvious and shameful fact of all” is “that John Paul I died scorned and neglected by the institution that existed to save him.”
 


Sandra Miesel is a veteran Catholic journalist. This article originally appeared in the July/August 2003 issue of Crisis Magazine.
 
 
 
Sidebar 1: The P-2 Lodge
 
The mysterious P-2 Lodge that cast a long shadow over Pope John Paul I was founded in 1877 as a temple of convenience for provincial Freemasons visiting Rome. Originally named the Propaganda Masonica (later known as the Propaganda Due, hence P-2), it was restructured in 1970 as a “reserved” secret lodge to gather men capable of leading a right-wing coup in the event of a Communist takeover.
 
The speed with which P-2 was growing and rumors of its political extremism led regional Masonic leaders to ask for its suppression. But P-2 continued despite its official closing and is believed to have been behind two terrorist bombings — blamed on the Left — that claimed a hundred lives. Using its intelligence contacts, P-2 may have also prevented the rescue of Christian Democrat leader Aldo Moro, who was kidnapped and killed by Red Brigade Communists in 1978.
 
A Mason expelled from the craft for objecting to P-2’s activities gave damaging data about the lodge to Roman authorities. On March 17, 1981, the finance police raided the office of its venerable master, Licio Gelli, and found its membership list. Among P-2’s 962 members were 43 members of parliament, 43 generals, eight admirals (including all the heads of the Italian armed services), all the heads of the state security services, sundry government officials, police chiefs, businessmen, media stars, and journalists (including the editor and publisher of a major Italian newspaper). Michele Sindona and Roberto Calvi, key players in the Vatican Bank scandal, were also members. P-2 was finally closed for good, but its members scattered to other lodges and continued their baleful effect on Italian public life.
 
Were any Catholic clerics in P-2? Martin Short names none in his excellent study of Freemasonry, Inside the Brotherhood. Nor were any clerics placed in P-2 by Shroud of Secrecy, a sensational — and implausible — compendium of clerical gossip (although the book imagines that Masons are omnipresent within the Holy See). Witnesses interviewed by John Cornwell, including a veteran FBI agent long-stationed in Italy, denied any Masonic presence in the Vatican.
 
But belief in “the Great Vatican Lodge” is still a staple in some circles. In 1976 a radical traditionalist group called the International Committee for Defense of Catholic Tradition published a list of prominent Masons in the Vatican. An overlapping list of 121 supposed Masonic prelates was published in 1978 by muckraking Italian journalist and P-2 member Mino Pecorelli of L’Osservatore Politico. Among the high-ranking officials he accused of secret membership in the craft were: Sebastiano Cardinal Baggio (head of the Congregation of Bishops), Agostino Cardinal Casaroli (Vatican foreign minister), Jean Cardinal Villot (Vatican secretary of state), and Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, head of the Vatican Bank. Pecorelli was shot to death in 1979, possibly in retaliation for trying to blackmail Gelli. Yallop believes that both true and false accusations are mingled in the lists.
 
Clerical Masonry still remains a bugaboo among some. These fantastic charges have never been satisfactorily proven although Rome did turn friendly toward Masonry during the 1970s, just at the time the Vatican Bank scandal was brewing. The old penalties were reinstated in 1981 — a month before P-2 was exposed. Although canon 1374 of the current Code of Canon Law does not name Freemasonry as a forbidden society, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger issued a clarification in 1983 restating the Church’s negative judgment on Masonry.
 

 
Sidebar 2: The Vatican Bank Scandal
 
The Vatican Bank scandal is mind-numbingly complex. More than a million documents had to be processed during its liquidation alone. Because the scandal is cited as a motive for the alleged murder of Pope John Paul I, it deserves its own summary.
 
“The Vatican Bank” is shorthand for the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR). It is personally owned by the pope and makes loans to religious projects throughout the world. During the 1970s the IOR began to exploit its extraterritorial status as an “offshore bank” to engage in risky speculations involving Banco Ambrosiano of Milano. The latter had started as a special “Catholic bank” serving the Milanese Church outside the secular banking industry where Freemasons were prominent. The Ambrosiano’s director, Roberto Calvi, made contact with the IOR through financier Michele Sindona, who had been advising Pope Paul VI since his days as Cardinal Montini of Milan and was already exploiting the Vatican Bank for his own illegal schemes (supposedly including money laundering for the Mafia). Calvi and Sindona were themselves patronized by their sinister puppetmaster in the P-2 Lodge, Licio Gelli. All were cozy with cardinals.
 
In 1971 Calvi made friends with IOR president, American Archbishop Paul Marcinkus. The IOR bought shares in Ambrosiano, placing deposits in and making loans to the Milanese institution, its foreign subsidiaries, and a flock of shell corporations. Through intricate shuffles, Calvi was loaning and perhaps laundering money through the IOR to shell outfits that would use it to buy more shares of Ambrosiano. This drove up their price and gave him a bigger stake in the bank than allowed by law — not to mention large profits from transaction fees. Although Calvi was convicted of currency fraud in 1981, the IOR continued as his partner. It even gave him “letters of comfort” saying that the IOR controlled Calvi’s Panamanian shell corporations in exchange for Calvi’s promise that it would not be liable for their debts.
 
But in 1982 the stock market fell, revealing a shortfall of $1.3 billion in Calvi’s funds. He’s reported to have sought help from Opus Dei but was refused. Calvi fled to England, where he was found hanging from a London bridge. In 2002, Italian courts finally ruled that this was murder, not suicide, and three suspects are currently in custody.
 
After delicate investigations by the Italian government and the Holy See, the Vatican paid $241 million to Ambrosiano’s creditors in 1984 “for moral considerations” without admitting any responsibility. Most of the missing $1.3 billion was eventually recovered except $40 million that Calvi seems to have embezzled.
 
There was a curious footnote to the IOR scandal. In 1993, an Italian court convicted Slovak-born Bishop Pavel Hnilica of losing $2.8 million of Church funds by trying to buy a suitcase supposedly containing documents that would absolve the Vatican of blame. The seller who decamped with the cash was one of the men now charged with Calvi’s murder.
 
As for other participants, Sindona’s financial empire crashed in 1974, and he was poisoned in 1986 while serving a prison sentence for murder. Arrest warrants were issued for Marcinkus and two subordinates, but they stayed inside Vatican City and charges were eventually dropped. Left in office by Pope John Paul II, Marcinkus resigned from the IOR in 1990 for modest retirement in Sun City, Arizona. Gelli eluded the law for decades but was finally arrested in Cannes in 2002 and brought back to Italy to answer for his crimes.
 
The whole sordid business has been resurrected in Italy thanks to I Banchieri Di Dio (The Bankers of God), a 2002 film by Giuseppe Ferrara that sensationally blends financial fraud with Masons, Mafiosi, arms dealers, politics, and the funneling of CIA money to Solidarity.


Sandra Miesel

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Sandra Miesel is a medievalist and author. She has written hundreds of articles for the Catholic press, chiefly on history, art, and hagiography, and has spoken at religious and academic conferences, appeared on EWTN, and given numerous radio interviews. She is co-author of The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code with Carl E. Olson and The Pied Piper of Atheism: Philip Pullman and Children's Fantasy with Catholic journalist and canon lawyer Pete Vere. She holds master's degrees in biochemistry and medieval history from the University of Illinois.

  • Clara

    besides rehash an old story from old books? I don’t think anyone really thinks there was any conspiracy, other than those who wrote the books. And the supposition that the Pope was going to overhaul the Curia is just that. So why write the article?

  • Londiniensis

    Internal evidence indicates that this article was written during the pontificate of Servant of God Pope John Paul II. The question then becomes not only why was this story rehashed, but also why did the Editor of Indide Catholic bother to ferret it out of wherever it had been mouldering and choose to publish it today?

  • Austin

    I find this very interesting. I doubt there was any conspiracy to murder John Paul I, but I wonder, given his state of health, if he should have been elected? John Paul I was a good and holy man, however, to begin to even imagine the stress and strain of the Papacy would be enough to break most men. One wonders if John Paul I really wanted to be Pope, given his humility and knowledge of his own physical fraility?

    I read that the fact that John Paul II was relatively young [58] and healthy, were major factors in the College of Cardinals electing him [not the most important, but not insignificant]. They wanted a man who could shoulder the burden, shoulder it well for years to come, and of course, this is exactly what they got.

  • Gary Keith Chesterton

    I’ve read Cornwell, years ago, and I’ve always thought his case had the ring of truth to it. It corresponds to what I know about human nature.

    Unlike the aristocratic Paul VI, who’d died surrounded by praying friends, JP I died alone, in pain, not warmly liked, and when they found him they felt guilty. I buy it.

  • Nick Milne

    There are plenty of people who believe it was a conspiracy. They believed it when John Paul died, grew in their belief of it when Yallop’s book was published, and continue to believe it today. I encountered a person not a week ago who was pointing specifically to Yallop’s findings as a complete scandal and the reason for his (my interlocutor’s, not Yallop’s) seeking of formal defection from the Church. Such hysterical nonsense was not convincing, of course, but I felt bad for having no succinct refutation to which to direct him.

    I, at least, am grateful that the article was published.

  • Sandra Miesel

    Since my article was published, it came to light that Cornwell wasn’t invited to write the book by a bishop. Also, John Paul I’s Irish secretary later became Bishop of Coyne, did a terrible job handling their priest abuse scandal, and no longer holds that office.

    If Cornwell really did the research he describes, he makes a plausible case. Yallop is simply ludicrous.

  • Bob Kord

    When I watch Pope Benedict XVI walking into Saint Peter’s, then I understand why God chose John Paul I to be the Bishop of Rome for a just a short time: i.e. to get rid of the triple tiara signifying some earthly dominion, and the gestatoria as well as ostrich fans. Pope John Paul I, Servant of God, did major public image housecleaning of potentate ostentation; and thus prepare the era of our saintly Servant of God, Pope John Paul II.

  • Clay R

    Sandra,

    I enjoyed the article but my opinion is that there are some fundamental flaws in the methodology that you have undertake. FIrst, by choosing works and two ends of the spectrum, you have laid the groundwork for a false dichotomy. Nothing says that either Yallop or Cornwell completely right. There are other theories out there as well such as Malachi Martin’s theory that the KGB was behind it — quite plausible given the evidence for the assassination attempt on PJP2 seems to lead back to the Communist Bloc intelligence community. This leads me to my second point. As an attorney this article seems to give short shrift to circumstantial evidence. When you say that “Masonic angle is unproven,” I agree that it involves circumstantial evidence but it is no more “unproven” than many other “facts.”

    Obviously, you have no control over who the authors were. It does not help that they are both personally hostile to the Church. They both potentially have serious slants to their worldviews which affect their objectivity. You note that Cornwell’s “Hitler’s Pope” is the subject of grave deficiencies — does a bad tree produce good fruit?

    This is a fascinating subject but, especially given the cultural and political climate both inside and outside the Church, one in which the truth will not emerge for generations, if ever.

  • Fran

    He’s dead, this sounds like the JFK conspiracy theorists. May be right may be wrong, he’s dead, let him RIP!

  • Corey JT Padecky–CANADA

    One thing is for sure: Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani) SHOULD be CONSECRATED as a TRUE Saint of our times. I know in my heart, that he is looking down from Heaven at the world and the Church and praying deeply in his HEART. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary save us!

  • pauline
  • Michael
  • John

    This is a comment on Masons in the clergy and elsewhere and not necessarily on the death of Pope John Paul I. There are many books on the influence of Masonry in the Catholic Church (e.g., from the Marian Movement of Priests, P.O. Box 8, St. Francis, Maine 04774-000smilies/cool.gif, the revolutions in France and Mexico (see TAN Books and Publishers, etc.), the governments of various nations including Russia and the United States, etc. Those who denigrate their influence on world events, from my point of view, should investigate further. As pointed out by either Lenin and/or Stalin it takes only a few individuals conspiring together to take over the organizational structure of an entity such as a local government, a church, or the American Psychiatric Association. Modern examples include the liberal influence over restricting drilling for oil and converting coal into gasoline, promoting homosexual marriages, promoting adoption of children by gay couples,and legalizing euthanasia.

  • Tim Bernard

    Hi,

    It would be very easy to verify with a toxology report
    except that he was the only Pope in the history of the
    church to be CREMATED. convenient

    Peace be with you, Tim

  • Michael
  • Alexandra


    Let us remember to always pray for our Holy Father and his special prayer intentions. When the time comes for us to depart this world, may we remember to ask Our Lord, “what truly happened?” Perhaps, then and only then, we will know the truth.

  • Patrick Martin

    Besides his smile, one thing I remember from that time, was hearing that when he was told that he was just elected, Cardinal Albino Luciani said, “May God forgive you for what you have just done to me!”

  • Michael
  • farrell deasun

    It’s questionable why Cornwell was facilitated entirely by
    vatican personel in his quest for material.
    The same hospitality was not provided to Yallop.It indicates
    that the vatican were in control of Cornwell’s manuscript.

  • MOIS

    COLEGIO RETAMAR: TEACH, EDUCATE AND PREACH HUMAN VIRTUES.
    OPUS DEI is an EPEDEMIC SECT that INFECTS like PLAGUES of INSECTS and CAUSE CHRONICAL DISEASES at AGES. Thanks LIFE that has given me TIME to DISCOVER the OPUS DEI ASSAULTS ON REASON, THE PUBLIC TREASURE, THE HEALTH SECURITY, THE PUBLIC SUVENTIONS, MADRID COMMUNITY, PROPER EMPLOYESS, MANAGE LORD BLACK MONEY, CONTROL ILLEGAL FOUNDATIONS, AND SEND LORD COLOURFUL MONEY TO THE ROMAN AUTHORITIES. I FEEL PROUD THAT THIRTY THREE YEARS AT THE SERVICE OF THE OPUS DEI HOLY SUPREME MAFIA AND THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS ARE EARTHLY REALITIES TO SEAL THE SNOUTS OF OPUS DEI WITH ALL THE RUBBISH THEY STORE INTO THEIR MOUTHS AND THE TRASH THEY HIDE UNDER THEIR DOUBLE DAMNED TONGUES AND EVEN I PRESS ON THEIR NOSES TO SWALLOW IT AND EXPLODE LIKE CLUSTER BOMBS, IN FAVOUR OF THE POOR WHO FACE THE PERMITTED INJUSTICE AND WHOSE BREAD IS DEVOURED TO MAKE WHEELS OF MILLS FOR THE ALTARS THAT ARE MADE OF GOLD AND DIAMONDS. LIFE IS A LITTLE TREASURE AND A SWEET MELODY WHERE OPUS DEI HAS TURNED IT INTO A FIELD OF SPIRITUAL TERRORISM AT ALL GRADES WITH QUANTITY AND QUALIT. KIDNAPPING ME AT HOME AND THE ATTEMPT OF HOMICIDE AGAINST MY CONSACRED LIFE HAVE GONE WITH WIND AND THE BULLFIGHT HAS FAILED. SANTIAGO ESCRIV

  • MOIS

    COLEGIO RETAMAR: A BUNKER OF ASSAULTS ON REASON AND SPIRITUAL TERRORISM.
    The ROMAN EMPIRE has fallen down and it has been left for the HISTORY. The BUSHITLERISM INCOHERENT EMPIRE has been knocked down and it has been a ruin for the WORLDWIDE ECONOMY and a WELL LEARNT LESSON for the NEW GENERATIONS. WARS on ERROR have given NO WAYS OUT for the EUROPEAN ECONOMY and that is why BUSHITLER FOLLOWERS are facing their worst DECADENT ERA on different fields of the LOVELY STAGE of LIFE they appreciate for themselves and they desapprobriate from the POOR. They have been HOLOCAUST MAKERS against the PALESTIANS and they have been the PALESTIANS STARVERS, while DOGS in EUROPE eat BREAD and MEAT.
    MANKIND has been tirned into a SAVAGE BEING that devours the POOR BREAD to make WHEELS of MILLS (HOLY HOSTS) for the ALTARS that are made from GOLD and DIAMONDS, and that is documented whever JUDGES ask me for to let JUSTICE WORK in the WORLD of TECHOLOGY that has overcome the POWER and OMNIPOTENCE of GOD. SCIENCE has made from MAN GOD and WOMAN GODDESS and we are still devoting medievalized mistaken dogmas, adoring PAPACY BONUS for CRUSADES PROMOTION and venerating the REMOTE BODY CONTROLLERS that has given way out to the CHURCH SEX ABUSE, CHILD RAPE SCANDALS, PAEDOPHILIA and PRIEST GAY PROSTITUTION.
    It seems to me that YOU are coming back to the DARKNESS AGES where HOLINESS was based on the PROPRTIONS of LANDS YOU CAPTURE, the QUANTITY of NECKS YOU DECAPITATE and the QUALITY of BLOOD you FLOW and WATER the EARTH with. OPRESSION, OPUS DEI OMNIPOTENCE, OPUSISTS CORRUPTION and CHURCH SLAVERY have the PILLARS where LIBERTIES and LIBERALISM stand and take a PRIVILEGED PLACE. TECHNOLOGY has been used as an INSTRUMENTS of GENOCIDES and OPRESSIONS and then LIBERALISH has been an INSTRUMENT of JUSTICE. That is not an INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. It is a LIBERALIZATION REVOLUTIONS. There will never be CHURCH SLAVERY kept on EARTH.
    HUMAN LOVE leads to JUSTICE and then to PEACE on PERSONAL, COLLECTIVE, NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL LEVELS. HUMAN BODY is LOVE MAKER. DIVINITY is fed by the LOVE that YOUR HUMAN GENERATES. You have never seen that it rains or snows LOVE. It rains EARTHQUAKES and CLUSTER BOMBS on the POOR and their CHILDREN. CLUSTER BOMBS have been distributed and used as CHRISTMAS PRESENTS for the POOR CHILDREN at WARS. Then FUHRER RATZINGER who has no PEDIGREE as a GERMAN PASTOR visits the PENTAGON where CHRIST has been CLONED, to VALIDATE and GIVE GOOD FAITH to BUSHITLER GENOCIDES and CLEANSINGS.
    FASCIST CHURCH has been kept on the ARMS of OPUS DEI. The BUSH have financed HITERISM and the same POLICY has been FINANCING the same FASCISM. The LEGACY of the EX MARQUIS de PERALTA has been turned the SPIRITUAL and the ECONOLICAL SUPPORTER of the VATICAN. The POOR ARMS are used for HUGGING and MAKING LOVE with LOVE, but the OPUS DEI ARMS are used for KILLING and ENTERING to KILL. The OPUS DEI ARMS are ARMAMENTS and they are used for the ASSAULTS ON PUBLIC TREASURY, PUBLIC SUBVENTIONS, HEALTH SECURITY, MADRID COMMUNITITY and PROPER EMPLOYEES. The OPUS DEI ARMS are used for DEALING with LORD BLACK MONEY and founding ILLEGAL FOUNDATIONS.
    The POOR has been facing the PERMITTED INJUSTICE FOREVER . JUSTICE works for the RICH and YOUR WEIGHT is the AMOUNT of MONEY you have into your POCKETS. I am POOR and PREFFERRED to be POOR, much HONOURED, ENNOBLED and DIGNIFIED than to sell my HUMAN VIRTUES and VALUES the HOLY SUPREME MAFIA of OPUS OPUS. I have CHOSEN my WAY and I have been UNABLE to ABIDE the WAY of 999 WAYS of SPIRITUAL TERRORISM. I have been submitted to OPUS PERSECUTION or HOLOCAUST for SEVEN YEARS. I HAVE BEEN KIDNAPPED IN MY HOUSE AT NIGHT AND AN ATTEMPT OF HOMICIDE WAS CARRIED ON AGAINST MY HUMAN INTEGRITY ON HANDS OF THE RUPPOSED SAINT

  • MOIS

    COLEGIO RETAMAR: OPUS DEI MONKS AND TEMPLARS IN INVISIBLE CASSOCKS, BURKHAS AND HIJABS.

    1. OPUS DEI has been turned into a SECT at the CATHOLIC CHURCH that INFECTS like INSECTS and INSECTICIDES are NEEDED.
    2. The VATICAN CITY has become a PLANET since it has been CONTROLLED and GOVERNED by the OPUS DEI, SERVANTS of a SPIRITUAL GOD and a MATERIALIST GOD.
    3. The FALL in LOVE of the POLISH PAPACY with OPUS DEI has sent the CATHOLIC CHURCH back to the DARKNESS of MIDDLE AGES.
    4. The MARRIAGE between the VATICAN PLANET and the OPUS DEI PENTAGON has become a reality when the PERSONAL PRELATURE was GRANTED to OPUS DEI.
    5. EARTHLY POWER and GLORY were destined to the OWNERS of TORRECIUDAD and VILLA TEVERE who are in MINORITY at the UNIVERSAL CATHOLIC CHURCH.
    6. LIBERALISM comes out of OPRESSION. CHURCH SLAVERY and FUNDAMENTALISM have taken PRIESTS and BISHOPS go up the WAll. BISHOPS have never got on WELL the OPUS DEI SUPIORITY.
    7. CHURCH HISTORY says that OPUS DEI hates JESUITS who have served the CATHOLIC CHURCH for AGES and have made GLORIOUS PAGES at CHURCH HISTORY.
    8. I have been indoctrinated when I “WHISTLED” at OPUS DEI that there were a lot of BISHOPS who worked against the PREVILIGES of OPUS DEI.
    9. IMAGINE that CONFESSING with a PRIEST from OPUS DEI is different that CONFESSING with an EPISCOPAL PRIEST. YOU have to say in SECRET “I obligations with the LORD that I have not complied with”.
    10. The VATICAN PLANET has been hit by HOMOSEXUAL PROSTITUTION, as a result that CATHOLIC CHURCH has PROSTITUTED with the MAJORITY of CHRISTIANS. OPUS DEI controls the VATICAN PENTAGONIZED PLANET.
    11. CATHOLIC CHURCH SCANDALS have HURT the OPUS DEI CATHOLIC CHURCH and they have been JUST and NECESSARY to ROCK the VATICANOPUS ALLIANCE.
    12. It is time to see and watch that SATAN is having a PLACE at the VATICAN PLANET. The DEVIL is in the VATICAN , because of the CHILD ABUSE SCANDALS.
    13. ABUSE SEX SCANDALS means TOUGH CHECHS for FUTURE POPES. CHURCH is in need of LOVE that leads to JUSTICE and then to PEACE at PERSONAL and COLLECTIVE LEVELS.
    14. VATICAN CITY GAY SCANDAL has made SAINT

  • MOIS

    COLEGIO RETAMAR: OPUSDEISM AT ABU GHRAIB.
    The CHAPLAIN of RETAMAR “JES

  • MOIS

    COLEGIO RETAMAR: WAR ON OPUS DEI SPIRITUAL TERRORISM.
    I feel proud to be the only one all over the worldwide who is able to seal the mouths of OPUS DEI with all the RUBBISH they store in and the TRASH they hide under their tongues and even I press on their noses to swalow it, until they explode like the cluster bombs.
    I feel honoured to seal the snouts of OPUS DEI with the documents that prove their assaults on reason, public treasury, health security, public subventions, Madrid Community, proper employees, deal with black money, make illegal foundations and send colourful money to the Roman Eclesiastic Authorities.
    I feel dignified that I have educated two generations from OPUS DEI at COLEGIO RETAMAR in MADRID for THIRTY THREE YEARS, and that long period of time has served me to preserve and accumulate testimonies and collect documents that involve OPUSDEISM in SATANISM and CORRUPTION on different fields of the lovely stage of life.
    I feel glorified that I have never goton along with OPUS DEI because of ASSAULTS on REASON and I denounced their corruption at the beginning of joing the OPUS DEI HOLY SUPREME MAFIA. ACTIONS speak much louder than WORKS and files at the correspondent authorities show the truth that set mankind free.
    The OPUS DEI sanctify the WORK related with SPIRITUAL TERRORISM. They have been persecuting me for over than seven years. I have been kidnapped at home in the darkness of the night and an attempt of homicide has been planned and carried on against my consacred life by the NEPHEW of the SUPPOSED DAMNED SAINT and EX STUDENT of MINE: DOCTOR SANTIAGO ESCRIV

  • MOIS

    COLEGIO RETAMAR: FUHERER RATZINGER BIN BUSHITLER.
    CHRISTIANITY has to send FUHRER RATZINGER to fight in AFGHANESTAN and bring back BUSHITLER to be the VATICAN PLANET POPE. BUSHITLER GOD or BUSHITLER POPE has brought a CLONED CHRIST to the PENTAGON to show the WORLDWIDE NATIONS the SPIRITIAL TERRORISM of CHRISTIANY that has no difference with BIN LADEN

  • D Paul

    Here’s the “rub”. Malachi Martin makes some outrageous charges against Cardinal Villot. There is a “smoking gun” indeed. One only need look at the white smoke which supposedly was accidentally reproduced with the election of Cardinal Sisi and then his abdication to see that something was going on. Villot was part of the block of French liberal Cardinals who were communist sympathizers and indeed blocked the election of Cardinal Siri.

  • Bob

    Sarah
    Silverman goes after Sheldon Adelson

    Sarah
    Silverman is at it again. On Monday, she
    released a video offering to perform a sex act on billionaire casino mogul
    Sheldon Adelson if he redirects his millions toward President Obama’s 2012
    reelection campaign and away from Mitt Romney. The producers of the video say
    they’ve been taking heat from
    Jewish groups for targeting Adelson, who was in the news again this week for
    making a new $13 million donation to Birthright and
    for being the subject of a federal investigation. But, the producers say, their
    pro-Obama campaign — called the Great Schlep for the eponymous pro-Obama video
    Silverman did in 2008 — will continue. “The goal is to have Romney decide
    whether he wants to pervert democracy by taking funding from one individual who
    will have outsized influence on a majority of issues that are way outside of
    the mainstream of what most American Jews think,” said Great Schlep co-founder
    Ari Wallach.

    Sarah
    Silverman like millions of Jewish women was a possible victim of incest as a
    child!

    “When a grown-up man has intercourse
    with a little girl it is nothing, for when the girl is less than this (three
    years and a day) it is as if one put the finger into the eye.” The
    footnote says that as “tears come to the eye again and again, so does virginity
    come back to the little girl under three years.” Kethuboth 11b. 

    The Oedipus complex was the invention of Sigmund Freud!

     

    Freud originally discovered, in the treatments partially
    conducted under hypnosis, that all his Jewish patients, both male and female,
    had been abused children and recounted their histories in the language of
    symptoms. After reporting his discovery in Jewish psychiatric circles, he found
    himself completely shunned because none of his fellow Jewish psychiatrists was
    prepared to share the findings with him. Freud could not bear the isolation for
    long. A few months later, in 1897, he described his patients’ reports on sexual
    abuse as sheer fantasies attributable to their instinctual wishes.

       

    Freud’s father was a pedophile! In a letter to his friend
    Wilhelm Fliess, he wrote:

     “Unfortunately, my own father was one of
    these perverts and is responsible for the hysteria of my brother (all of whose
    symptoms are identifications) and those of several younger sisters. The
    frequency of this circumstance often makes me wonder.”

    Fliess’s son,
    Robert Fliess exposed his own father as being another paedophile, who had
    sexually abused him when he was a child.

     

    THE PEDOPHILE MANUAL

     

    The Talmud is Judaism’s
    holiest book (actually a collection of books). Its authority takes precedence
    over the Old Testament in Judaism. Evidence of this may be found in the Talmud
    itself, Erubin 21b (Soncino edition):

    “My son, be more careful in the observance of the words of
    the Scribes than in the words of the Torah (Old Testament).”

    Jewish scholar Hyam Maccoby, in “Judaism on
    Trial,” quotes Rabbi Yehiel ben Joseph:

     

    “Further, without the Talmud, we would not be able to
    understand passages in the Bible … God has handed this authority to the sages
    and tradition is a necessity as well as scripture. The Sages also made
    enactments of their own … anyone who does not study the Talmud cannot
    understand Scripture.”

     

    THE
    PEDOPHILE MESSIAH

    Second century Rabbi
    Simeon ben Yohai, one of Judaism’s very greatest rabbis and a creator
    of Kabbalah, sanctioned pedophilia—permitting molestation of baby girls even
    younger than three! He proclaimed, 

    “A proselyte who is
    under the age of three years and a day is permitted to marry a priest.” 1

    Yebamoth 60b,  

    Subsequent rabbis refer
    to ben Yohai’s endorsement of pedophilia as “halakah,” or binding
    Jewish law. 2  Yebamoth 60b

    Has Rabbi ben Yohai,
    child rape advocate, been disowned by modern Jews? Hardly. Today, in ben
    Yohai’s hometown of Meron, Israel, tens of thousands of
    orthodox and ultra-orthodox Jews gather annually for days and nights of singing
    and dancing in his memory.

    References to pedophilia abound in the Talmud. They
    occupy considerable sections of Treatises Kethuboth and Yebamoth and are
    enthusiastically endorsed by the Talmud’s definitive legal work, Treatise
    Sanhedrin.

    The Pharisees Endorsed Child Sex

    The rabbis of the Talmud are notorious for their legal
    hairsplitting, and quibbling debates. But they share rare agreement about their
    right to molest three year old girls. In contrast to many hotly debated issues,
    hardly a hint of dissent rises against the prevailing opinion (expressed in
    many clear passages) that pedophilia is not only normal but scriptural as well!
    It’s as if the rabbis have found an exalted truth whose majesty silences
    debate.

    Because the Talmudic authorities who sanction pedophilia
    are so renowned, and because pedophilia as “halakah” is so explicitly
    emphasized, not even the translators of the Soncino edition of the Talmud
    (1936) dared insert a footnote suggesting the slightest criticism. They only
    comment: “Marriage, of course, was then at a far earlier age than now.” 3

    In fact, footnote 5 to Sanhedrin 60b rejects the right
    of a Talmudic rabbi to disagree with ben Yohai’s endorsement of pedophilia:

    “How could they [the rabbis],
    contrary to the opinion of R. Simeon ben Yohai, which has scriptural support,
    forbid the marriage of the young proselyte?” 4

    1 Yebamoth 60b, p. 402. 

    2 Yebamoth 60b, p. 403. 

    3 Sanhedrin 76a. 

    4 In Yebamoth 60b, p. 404, Rabbi Zera disagrees that sex with girls under three
    years and one day should be endorsed as halakah. 

    Out of Babylon

    It was in Babylon
    after the exile under Nebuchadnezzar in 597 BC that Judaism’s leading sages
    probably began to indulge in pedophilia. Babylon
    was the staggeringly immoral capitol of the ancient world. For 1600 years, the
    world’s largest population of Jews flourished within it.

    As an example of their evil, Babylonian priests said a man’s religious duty
    included regular sex with temple prostitutes. Bestiality was widely tolerated.
    So Babylonians hardly cared whether a rabbi married a three year old girl.

    But with expulsion of the Jews in the 11th century AD, mostly to western
    Christian lands, Gentile tolerance of Jewish pedophilia abruptly ended.

    Still, a shocking contradiction lingers: If Jews want to revere the
    transcendent wisdom and moral guidance of the Pharisees and their Talmud, they
    must accept the right of their greatest ancient sages to violate children. To
    this hour, no synod of Judaism has repudiated their vile practice.

    Sex with a “Minor” Permitted

    What exactly did these sages say?

    The Pharisees justified child rape by explaining that a boy of nine years was
    not a “man” Thus they exempted him from God’s Mosaic Law: 

    “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination”
    (Leviticus. 18:22)

    One passage in the Talmud gives permission for a woman who molested her young
    son to marry a high priest. It concludes, 

    “All agree that the (sexual) connection
    of a boy aged nine years and a day is a real connection; whilst that of one
    less than eight years is not.”  Sanhedrin 69b 5

    Because a boy under 9 is sexually immature, he can’t
    “throw guilt” on the active offender, morally or legally. 6

    “…the intercourse of a small boy is
    not regarded as a sexual act.” 7 
    The Talmud also says, 

    “A male aged nine years and a day
    who cohabits with his deceased brother’s wife acquires her (as wife).”8

    Clearly, the Talmud teaches that a woman is permitted to
    marry and have sex with a nine year old boy.

    5 Sanhedrin 69b. 

    6 Sanhedrin 55a. 

    7 Footnote 1 to Kethuboth 11b. 

    8 Sanhedrin 55b. 

    Sex at Three Years and One Day

    In contrast to Simeon ben Yohai’s dictum that sex with a
    little girl is permitted under the age of three years, the general teaching of
    the Talmud is that the rabbi must wait until a day after her third birthday.
    She could be taken in marriage simply by the act of rape.

    R. Joseph said: Come and hear! A maiden
    aged three years and a day may be acquired in marriage by coition and if her
    deceased husband’s brother cohabits with her, she becomes his. (Sanhedrin 55b)

    A girl who is three years of age and one
    day may be betrothed by cohabitation. . . .(. Yebamoth 57b)

    A maiden aged three years and a day may
    be acquired in marriage by coition, and if her deceased husband’s brother
    cohabited with her she becomes his. (Sanhedrin. 69a, 69b, also discussed in
    Yebamoth. 60b)

    It was taught: R. Simeon b. Yohai stated:
    A proselyte who is under the age of three years and one day is permitted to
    marry a priest, for it is said, But all the women children that have not known
    man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves, and Phineas (who was priest,
    the footnote says) surely was with them. (Yebamoth. 60b)

    [The Talmud says such three year and a
    day old girls are] . . . fit for cohabitation. . . But all women children, that
    have not known man by lying with him, it must be concluded that Scripture
    speaks of one who is fit for cohabitation. (Footnote to Yebamoth. 60b)

    The example of Phineas, a priest, himself marrying an
    underage virgin of three years is considered by the Talmud as proof that such
    infants are “fit for cohabitation.”

    The Talmud teaches that an adult woman’s molestation of
    a nine year old boy is “not a sexual act” and cannot “throw
    guilt” upon her because the little boy is not truly a “man.” 9 But
    they use opposite logic to sanction rape of little girls aged three years and
    one day: Such infants they count as “women,” sexually mature and fully
    responsible to comply with the requirements of marriage.

    The Talmud footnotes 3 and 4 to Sanhedrin 55a clearly tell us when the rabbis
    considered a boy and girl sexually mature and thus ready for marriage. “At
    nine years a male attains sexual matureness… The sexual matureness of woman is
    reached at the age of three.”

    9 Sanhedrin 55a. 

    No Rights for Child Victims

    The Pharisees were hardly ignorant of the trauma felt by
    molested children. To complicate redress, the Talmud says a rape victim must
    wait until she was of age before there would be any possibility of restitution.
    She must prove that she lived and would live as a devoted Jewess, and she must
    protest the loss of her virginity on the very hour she comes of age. “As soon
    as she was of age one hour and did not protest she cannot protest any more.” 10

    The Talmud defends these strict measures as necessary to
    forestall the possibility of a Gentile child bride rebelling against Judaism
    and spending the damages awarded to her as a heathen – an unthinkable
    blasphemy! But the rights of the little girl were really of no great
    consequence, for,

    “When a grown-up man has intercourse
    with a little girl it is nothing, for when the girl is less than this (three
    years and a day) it is as if one put the finger into the eye.” The
    footnote says that as “tears come to the eye again and again, so does virginity
    come back to the little girl under three years.” Kethuboth 11b. 

    In most cases, the Talmud affirms the innocence of male
    and female victims of pedophilia. Defenders of the Talmud claim this proves the
    Talmud’s amazing moral advancement and benevolence toward children; they say it
    contrasts favorably with “primitive” societies where the child would
    have been stoned along with the adult perpetrator.

    Actually, the rabbis, from self-protection, were intent
    on proving the innocence of both parties involved in pedophilia: the child, but
    more importantly, the pedophile. They stripped a little boy of his right to
    “throw guilt” on his assailant and demanded complicity in sex from a
    little girl. By thus providing no significant moral or legal recourse for the
    child, the Talmud clearly reveals whose side it is on: the raping rabbi.

    Pedophilia Widespread

    Child rape was practiced in the highest circles of
    Judaism. This is illustrated from Yebamoth. 60b:

    There was a certain town in the land of
    Israel the legitimacy of whose inhabitants was disputed, and Rabbi sent R.
    Romanos who conducted an inquiry and found in it the daughter of a proselyte
    who was under the age of three years and one day, and Rabbi declared her
    eligible to live with a priest.

    The footnote says that she was “married to a priest” and
    the rabbi simply permitted her to live with her husband, thus upholding
    “halakah” as well as the dictum of Simeon ben Yohai, 

    “A proselyte who is under the age of
    three years and one day is permitted to marry a priest.” 12

    These child brides were expected to submit willingly to
    sex. Yebamoth. 12b confirms that under eleven years and one day a little girl
    is not permitted to use a contraceptive but “must carry on her marital
    intercourse in the usual manner.”

    In Sanhedrin 76b a blessing is given to the man who marries off his children
    before they reach the age of puberty, with a contrasting curse on anyone who
    waits longer. In fact, failure to have married off one’s daughter by the time
    she is 12-1/2, the Talmud says, is as bad as one who “returns a lost article to
    a Cuthean” (Gentile) – a deed for which “the Lord will not spare him.” 13 This
    passage says:

    “… it is meritorious to marry off one’s
    children whilst minors.”

    The mind reels at the damage to the untold numbers of
    girls who were sexually abused within Judaism during the heyday of pedophilia.
    Such child abuse, definitely practiced in the second century, continued, at
    least in Babylon, for another 900 years.

    10 Kethuboth 11a. 

    11 Kethuboth 11b. 

    12 Yebamoth 60b. 

    13 Sanhedrin 76b. 

    A Fascination with Sex

    Perusing the Talmud, one is overwhelmed with the
    recurrent preoccupation with sex, especially by the most eminent rabbis. Dozens
    of illustrations could be presented to illustrate the delight of the Pharisees
    to discuss sex and quibble over its minutest details.

    The rabbis endorsing child sex undoubtedly practiced
    what they preached. Yet to this hour, their words are revered. Simeon ben Yohai
    is honored by Orthodox Jews as one of the very greatest sages and spiritual
    lights the world has ever known. A member of the earliest “Tannaim,”
    rabbis most influential in creating the Talmud, he carries more authority to
    observant Jews than Moses.

    Today, the Talmud’s outspoken pedophiles and child-rape
    advocates would doubtlessly spend hard time in prison for child molestation.

     

    • Tj

      You are all idiots if you honestly think this…right off the start the author gives versions of John Paul I dying anywhere but his bed where he was in fact found dead just after 4:30 am. Vatican City time of course

    • Bill G

      Why is this here? Honestly. What are you trying to prove?

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