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Chapter 18

The United States and the Fall of Communism

 

By the 1980s the Roman Catholic church had found a willing accomplice to its plan for worldwide dominance. In 1980 Ronald Reagan was elected to the Presidency of the United States. He was blinded by the common enemy shared by the United States and the Vatican—Communism. It was not without import that he forged a secret alliance with Pope John Paul II to destabilize European Communism and thus bring down the sixth head of the beasts of Revelation 13 and 17.

In blazing headlines Time magazine, February 24, 1992, recounted how these two men conspired to rid Eastern Europe of the evil of Communism. The cover story was headlined "Holy Alliance: How Reagan and the Pope conspired to assist Poland’s Solidarity movement and hasten the demise of Communism." Indeed, as the article stated, "Like all great and lucky leaders, the Pope and the President exploited the forces of history to their own ends." These words should be contemplated and fully weighed in the light of Scripture.

General Haig, the United States Secretary of State, reported that when Solidarity, the anti-Communist workers’ movement, was banned and persecuted by the Polish President, General Wojciech Jaruzelski,

We had a massive row in the cabinet and the National Security Council about putting together a menu of counteractions. They ranged from sanctions that would have been crushing in their impact on Poland, to talking so tough that we would have risked creating another situation like Hungary in ’56 and Czechoslovakia in ’68.

In this quandary the United States turned to the Vatican. Time reported that "Haig dispatched Ambassador at Large Vernon Walters, a devout Roman Catholic, to meet with John Paul II." He also met with Cardinal Casaroli, the Vatican Secretary of State. Reagan put together a team of Roman Catholics as the basis of his "holy" alliance.

The key Administration players were all devout Roman Catholics—CIA chief William Casey, Allen, Clark, Haig, Walters and William Wilson, Reagan’s first ambassador to the Vatican. They regarded the U.S.-Vatican relationship as a holy alliance: the moral force of the Pope and the teachings of their church combined with their fierce anticommunism and their notion of American democracy. Yet the mission would have been impossible without the full support of Reagan, who believed fervently in both the benefits and the practical applications of Washington’s relationship with the Vatican. One of his earliest goals as President, Reagan says, was to recognize the Vatican as a state "and make them an ally." (Ibid.)

Here we see that many highly placed Roman Catholics were in positions which accorded them the opportunity to pursue Rome’s agenda. We notice that they were "devout" adherents to their faith. Richard Allen was Reagan’s first National Security Advisor and Judge William Clark was the contemporary National Security Advisor. With such a number of significant Roman Catholics involved we find the key to Reagan’s incredible decision to forge this alliance with the Vatican.

Rome was well placed to destroy Polish Communism for it possessed a worldwide intelligence network superior by far to either the American CIA or Soviet KGB of the day. This was evident from the Time report:

Priests, couriers, labor organizers and intelligence operatives moved in and out of Poland with requests for aid and with detailed information on the situation inside the government and the underground. Food and clothing and money to pay fines of Solidarity leaders who were brought before Polish courts poured into the country. Inside Poland, a network of priests carried messages back and forth between the churches where many of Solidarity’s leaders were in hiding.

This intelligence network remains intact upon every continent. It consists of papal nuncios, cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests and zealous laymen who frequently place Vatican interests before that of their own nation. Of course there are devout Roman Catholics, true to their faith, who refrain from immersing themselves in the political activities of the Papacy and are loyal to the nation of their citizenship. God bless their discernment in this matter. Such will be open to the illumination of Bible prophecy when it is presented.

President Reagan, in using this Vatican intelligence network to its full in the 1980s, appeared to overlook the fact that such a network was equally present in his own country.

That the Reagan administration heeded the will of the Vatican is beyond doubt. It would seem that John Paul II was the puppeteer holding the strings which moved President Reagan. Notice this in action:

In the summer of 1984, when the sanctions against Poland seemed to be hurting ordinary Poles and not the communists, Laghi [Cardinal Pio Laghi, Apostolic Delegate to Washington] traveled to Santa Barbara, California, to meet with Reagan at the Western White House and urge that some of the sanctions be lifted. The Administration complied. At the same time, the White House, in close consultation with the Vatican, refused to ease its economic pressures on Moscow—denying technology, food and cultural exchanges as the price for continuing oppression in Poland. (Time, op. cit.)

The alliance between these two powers, which the prophecy of Revelation 13 reveals to be the two great superpowers just prior to the coming of Christ, was now forged by close ties. Cardinal Archille Silvestrini, the Vatican Deputy Secretary of State, later stated that,

"Our information about Poland was very well founded because the bishops were in continual contact with the Holy See and Solidarnosc [Solidarity Union]. They informed us about prisoners, about the activities and needs of Solidarity groups and about the attitude and schisms in the government." All this information was communicated to the President or Casey. (Ibid.)

Furthermore Time recorded that,

Meanwhile, in Washington a close relationship developed between Casey, Clark and Archbishop Laghi. "Casey and I dropped into his [Laghi’s] residence early mornings during critical times to gather his comments and counsel," says Clark. "We’d have breakfast and coffee and discuss what was being done in Poland. I’d speak to him frequently on the phone, and he would be in touch with the Pope." Says Laghi, "They liked good cappuccino. Occasionally we might talk about Central America or the church position on birth control. But usually the subject was Poland."

"Almost everything having to do with Poland was handled outside of normal State Department channels and would go through Casey and Clark," says Robert McFarlane, who served as a deputy to both Clark and Haig and later as National Security Advisor to the President. "I knew that they were meeting with Pio Laghi, and that Pio Laghi had been to see the President, but Clark would never tell me what the substance of the discussions was."

On at least six occasions Laghi came to the White House and met with Clark or the President; each time, he entered the White House through the southwest gate in order to avoid reporters. "By keeping in such close touch, we did not cross lines," says Laghi, "My role was primarily to facilitate meetings between Walters and the Holy Father. The Holy Father knew his people. It was a very complex situation—how to insist on human rights, on religious freedom, and keep Solidarity alive without provoking the communist authorities further. But I told Vernon, ‘Listen to the Holy Father. We have 2,000 years’ experience at this.’"

Repeatedly Time cited evidence of the dependence of the Reagan Administration upon the Papacy in its initiatives in Eastern Europe. Yet another example is extracted:

"The Administration plugged into the church across the board," observes Derwinski, now U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. "Not just through the church hierarchy but through individual churches and bishops. Monsignor Bronislaw Dabrowski, a deputy to Cardinal Glemp, came to us often to tell us what was needed; he would meet with me, with Casey, the NSC [Natural Security Council] and sometimes with Walters." John Cardinal Krol of Philadelphia, whose father was born in Poland, was the American churchman closest to the Pope. He frequently met with Casey to discuss support for Solidarity and covert operations, according to CIA sources and Derwinski. "Krol hit it off very well with President Reagan and was a source of constant advice and contact," says Derwinski. "Often he was the one Casey or Clark went to, the one who really understood the situation."

It was no coincidence that at the very time of the collapse of the sixth head of the beasts of Revelation 13 and 17 that the United States and the Vatican were in the process of forging their closest ties in history, for Revelation 17:8—11 foretold that the seventh head (U.S.A.) and one of the previous heads (the Papacy) would together defy heaven. Revelation 13:15 talks of the second beast (the U.S.A.) having power to bring to life the beast wounded by a deadly wound. How accurate are God’s words!

But there were other factors afoot which brought greater liaison between the United States and the Vatican. (See chapter entitled "George W. Bush Is Romeward Bound.")

 


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