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Chapter 17

The Final Unholy Alliance

 

The Papacy at its zenith of power ever allied itself with powerful states which agreed to do its biddings. By a mixture of threats, favors and the dispensing of privileges, the Papacy adroitly achieved its aims. In the twenty-first century no European power, not even the European Union, matches the United States in potency and influence. This situation developed in the last half of the twentieth century. It is only natural that the Roman Catholic Church would see it expedient to make every effort to form a liaison with the United States, despite that Protestants outnumber Roman Catholics in that nation.

Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, two and a half years before he was elected Pope Pius XII, sailed for New York on October 8, 1936. There he was met by the young auxiliary bishop of Boston, Francis Joseph Spellman, only thirty-seven years of age. Later Spellman became the powerful Cardinal Archbishop of New York. Already Bishop Spellman had experience as a Vatican bureaucrat. In thirty days Cardinal Pacelli, then the Vatican Secretary of State, travelled 6,500 miles in America visiting numerous cities and Catholic educational institutions. Most of the nation’s major cities were visited including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, St. Louis, St. Paul, San Francisco and Washington, in addition to New York.

It was during a visit with President Franklin Roosevelt that Pacelli received an assurance that the United States would once more forge diplomatic ties with the Vatican, ties that had been severed in 1867 before the Papal States were disbanded. But the Senate refused to permit Roosevelt’s promise to become a reality. The President was forced to content himself with the appointment of Myron Taylor as his personal representative at the Holy See in 1940.

Thus de facto diplomatic recognition was accorded. The United States Senate had severed diplomatic ties after Pope Pius IX issued his Syllabus of Errors which was deeply offensive to Protestants. A future alliance between the United States and the Vatican seemed impossible at that time, but God had spoken and once more His word would be fulfilled. So sensitive were Protestants to the Papacy in 1936 that Roosevelt dared not meet Pacelli until after the 1936 Presidential Election had secured him a second term in office. How different from the 1996 election sixty years later when President Bill Clinton saw Papal contacts as an enhancement to his prospects of reelection.

Pacelli, at that time, was the highest Vatican prelate ever to visit the United States. So great was the Vatican’s confidence in the United States that it had invested heavily in Wall Street, only to see this means greatly reduced in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. However, by 1935 it was again investing in blue-chip stocks in the United States (J. F. Pollard, The Vatican and the Wall Street Crash: Bernardino Nogara and Papal Finances in the Early 1930’s). Pollard also claimed in his paper that in May, 1939 the Vatican sent $7,665,000 worth of gold bars to the United States. This move provided cash for the Papacy during the war years. It was strange indeed that the predominantly Protestant United States was preferred to banks of Zurich, a city which is predominantly Roman Catholic.

That Rome, recognizing the usefulness to its purposes of the United States, sought to increase its influence in that nation, cannot be doubted. Already the large number of Irish, Italian and Hispanic migrants had bolstered the number of adherents to the Roman Catholic faith in the United States, providing Rome with no little influence there.

As early as the end of the nineteenth century the Vatican had set its sights on the United States. In 1890 Archbishop Ireland had stated,

Catholics of the U.S.A. are called . . . to make America Catholic . . . Catholic truth will travel on the wings of American influence and with it encircle the universe. (Quoted in The Pope and the New Era, pp. 222, 223)

In 1894 The Catholic Standard and Times of November 3 spoke forthrightly stating,

The U.S.A., it can be said without exaggeration, are the chief thought of Leo XIII. . . . A few days ago, on receiving an eminent American, Leo XIII said, "The United States of America are the future, we think of them incessantly.". . . That is why Leo XIII turns all his soul, full of ideality, to what is improperly called his American policy. It should be called his Catholic universal policy.

One year earlier the Catholic University, Washington, D.C., had published in The Mission Movement in America that "Our purpose is to make America predominantly Catholic."

Dr. Barrett, who was for many years in the Jesuit Order, wrote in 1935 a remarkably frank account of the work of Catholic Action, which was established in the twentieth century. It left no doubt concerning its aims in America:

In theory, Catholic action is the work and service of lay Catholics in the cause of religion, under the guidance of the bishops. In practice it is the Catholic group fighting their way to control America. (Dr. E. Boyd Barrett, Rome Stoops to Conquer, p. 15)

The effort, the fight, may be drawn out. It may last for five or ten years. Even if it lasts for twenty—what is twenty years in the life of Rome? The fight must be fought to a finish—opposition must be worn down, if it cannot be swept away. Rome’s immortal destiny hangs on the outcome. That destiny overshadows the land. (Ibid., p. 266)

And in the fight, as she has ever fought when battles were most desperate in the past, Rome will use steel and gold and silvery lies. Rome will stoop to conquer. (Ibid., p. 267)

At the time of Cardinal Pacelli’s triumphant tour of the United States, the secular newspaper, the St. Paul Pioneer Press of November 4, commented,

Pope Pius [XI] feels that the United States is the ideal base for Catholicism’s great drive . . . The Catholic Movement, Rome’s militant organization numbering millions all over the world, will be marshalled direct from Rome, by Monsignor Pizzardo—next to Pacelli the Holy See’s shrewdest diplomat and politician.

Pacelli had visited St. Paul in Minnesota, sited across the river from Minneapolis. This report indicated that even before the United States assumed its post-war drive for world dominance the Vatican had its sights firmly focused upon that nation.

But not all Protestants were asleep to one successful means Rome employed in her quest for influence in the United States. United States Senator Thomas E. Watson in 1928 wrote,

In the public schools the Catholics have stealthily introduced textbooks written by Jesuits; and your children are being taught that the Roman church was misunderstood in the past; that its doctrines are not fatal to humanity and gospel religion; that its record is not saturated with the blood of innocent millions, murdered by Papal persecutors, and that there never was such a monstrosity as the alleged sale of papal pardons of sins. (Roman Catholics in America Falsifying History and Poisoning the Minds of Protestant School Children, p. 5)

Educate youth in this Catholic way, and the consequences are logical. (Ibid.)

There was no question that Rome had to alter Protestant perceptions in order to fulfill the prophetic word that the United States would become a tool of Papal policy. The education system, in itself, could fulfill this role perfectly.

But the Roman Catholic Church had other means at its disposal. While the Roman Catholic priest, Patrick Henry O’Brien, may have let his Irish zeal run a little riot, nevertheless his letter to former priest and later Protestant minister, Dr. Domenico of Philadelphia, reveals what was in the minds and hearts of other priests. O’Brien’s letter, written in the second half of the twentieth century, was published by the Italian Baptist Association of America. It read, in part,

We the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic church expect all loyal children of the church to assist the president [of the U.S.A.] with all our strength to see the individuals comprising the U.S.A. Supreme Court shall obey the President’s injunctions. And if necessary, we shall change, mend or blot the present constitution so that the president may enforce his, or rather our, humanitarian program, and all phases of human rights as laid down by our saintly popes and the Holy Mother Church.

We elected our worthy president by the greatest majority ever recorded in history. We are going to have our laws made and enforced according to the Holy See, and the popes and the canon law of the Papal throne. Our entire social structure must be rebuilt on that basis. Our educational laws must be constructed to this endthat atheism, the red peril of totalitarianism, Protestantism, communism, socialism and all other like ilk and stamp, be driven from this fair land.

The cross was planted on our shores by a staunch Roman Catholic [Columbus]. This land belongs to us by every right. Long enough have we compromised on every important question. Now we demand what is really ours, and we are going to have it. We will support our president in every way to obtain it, peacefully, honestly if we may. If necessary we are ready to fight and die for it.

We want as cabinet members, children of the Holy Mother Church, holding important positions in the entire structure of our government.

We control America and we do not propose to stop, until America, or Americans are genuinely Roman Catholic and remain so. God help us.

Thus the judiciary, executive and the legislature of the country has been targeted to assist the aims of the Roman Church. While Rome steadily pursued its agenda, much of Protestantism slept. A remarkable ally for the aims of the Papacy was found in Evangelical Protestantism when, largely through the sale of the Schofield Bible, especially in the Southern States of America in the early twentieth century, Cyrus Schofield’s notes within that Bible were virtually accepted as truth. Those notes destroyed the Bible evidence that the Papacy is the Antichrist and in its place promoted the Jesuit view invented by the sixteenth century Jesuit priest Francisco Ribera, that the antichrist was a future evil individual who would pursue a vile agenda for three and a half years at the end of time.

Further, Schofield promoted another concept devised by a Spanish Jesuit priest. Manuel de Lacunza y Dias, using the pseudonym, Rabbi Juan Josafat Ben-Ezra, ministering in Chile, espoused the non-Biblical theory of the Rapture in the late eighteenth century. This fiction was grasped by Scottish evangelist, Edward Irving in 1827 and years later accepted by Cyrus Schofield via the teachings of John Darby, the founder of the Plymouth Brethren faith.

Blinded by these Jesuit-inspired errors, Evangelical Protestants were lulled into somnolence. Losing their Scriptural moorings and cast adrift on a sea of error, they slept while Rome’s agenda was pushed very successfully. (See The Evangelical Dilemma, Colin and Russell Standish, Hartland Publications, Rapidan, Virginia, 1994.)

The renowned Roman Catholic scholar and prelate, Cardinal Alfred Baudrillart of France, after recounting the fearful history of Papal persecution, then proceeded to quote the words of Monsignor d’Hulst:

Indeed, even among our friends and our brothers we find those who dare not look this problem in the face. [i.e. the problem of Rome’s dark and awful past.] They ask permission from the church to ignore or even to deny all those acts and institutions in the past, which have made orthodoxy [Catholicism] compulsory. (The Catholic Church, the Renaissance and Protestantism, pp. 183, 184)

It is a grave sin to hate Roman Catholics. They are entitled to our love. They must be assured of the religious liberty to believe, practice and promote their beliefs. But it is a fearful mistake, with far reaching con-sequences, to blind ourselves to the Papacy’s awful history and prophesied future persecution. In doing so American Protestantism has denied its roots and ceased the mighty protest from which its very name is derived.

The British Professor at Harvard University, Harold Laski, clearly saw the trends in these matters in the United States when he wrote in the Protestant journal, The Christian Century, December 31, 1947:

I add with both hesitation and regret, my feeling that a good deal of what is most reactionary in the political and social life of America today, is directly traceable to the influence of a militant Roman Catholic church, which is as much the expression of the purposes of a foreign power as any influence exerted by the Communist Party. No other body has devoted itself so consistently, to poisoning the relations between the U.S.A. and Russia. It protects child labour, it is building from infant school to University, its own educational emperium in emperio [empire within an empire]. It has immense influence over the movie industry, not least where films of political complexion are concerned. It plays a major part in the repression of freedom of speech. It is attempting with subtlety and skill to establish a concealed control of trade unions in cities where there is a large Catholic population. I doubt whether there are three Americans today whose authority direct and indirect counts for more than that of the Cardinal-Archbishop of New York.

And to this must be added the curious and significant fact that the members of the Roman Catholic church seem able, like their co-religionists in Great Britain, to obtain pivotal posts in the foreign service, exercising a power of infiltration which must make members of the Communist party feel that they are infants at the game.

Anyone who measures Roman Catholic strength in the United States today with what it was a generation ago cannot fail to be impressed by its growth, as well as perturbed by its direction. Spain apart, it is doubtful whether there is any country in the world today in which its authority is greater than in America.

If these conclusions were true well over half a century ago, how much further has the United States progressed under the skillful posturing of Roman Catholic clerics toward the single-minded goals of the Papacy to control the political, legislative and judicial agendas of the greatest nation of history!


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