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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Date Posted:
9/15/2006


Rome’s Strategy For Dominating Europe Again


Benedict XVI’S 21st Century Crusade Part 2
Dr Clive Gillis

The Roman Empire might have totally disappeared had not the sorcerer popes, conjuring with old bones, weird legends and pious frauds, harnessed the power of ancient Babylon.

These papal emperors flourished for a millennium.  They were pagan at heart but affected a form of Christianity to enrapture the ten kingdoms of medieval Europe.

Today their spell is breaking.  As Grattan Guinness put it, “The extent and character of papal dominion during the dark ages is, in our days, little realised.  It is not easy gazing on the rotten stump of an old oak, to picture to ones self what the tree was in its in the days of its glorious youth”.  And any of us who have tackled tree roots know how deep they go.

Pope Benedict fears Islam

Pope Benedict XVI has written a book, L'Europa di Benedetto nelle Crisi Delle Culture (The Europe of Benedict in a crisis of Culture). The Benedict he refers to is not himself but the medieval monk who re‑romanised Europe.  Sporting the European Flag, the book sold well and a second edition has appeared but in more restrained livery.

In his book, Pope Benedict throws down the gauntlet to Islamic influence within the EU.  He says, “Considering that in Article 52 of the (EU) Constitution, the institutional rights of the [RC] Church are guaranteed, it is said we can rest calmly.”

But Benedict cannot rest calmly.  It is not enough for him that the Vatican should have the right of political interference in the life of Europe.  He laments that the Constitution, “does not find some space to protect Europe’s Catholic foundation”.  He complains that the failure to mention the [RC] Christian Roots of Europe “hurts”.  He pleads that these roots are, “first of all a historical fact that nobody can seriously deny,” and secondly that they are still there as a European resource.

Pope Benedict then asks “Who could be offended?” and he supplies the answer, “The Moslems”.

Competition from Islam is the Pope’s worry.

Vatican tries to hijack the EU Constitution

For this reason, the Vatican has been planning to hijack the Constitution ever since the Treaty of Nice set about increasing the size of the EU and extending it to Turkey.  While the Convention on the Future of Europe was working on the new Constitution, there was intense lobbying by the Catholic hierarchy.  John Paul II received Valerie Giscard d’Estaing, President of the Convention, Pat Cox, President of the European Parliament, Joschka Fischer, German vice‑chancellor, Tony Blair and others.  He also summoned the ambassadors of member states who are accredited to the Holy See to a meeting to inform them of his wish to have certain elements included in the European Constitution.  The Vatican is unique in being represented at the EU by both a papal nuncio ‑ a right ratified by a EU treaty ‑ and a representative from the Catholic Bishop’s Conference.  But despite all this lobbying and influence, the Vatican’s victory was a limited one.  True, the Vatican secured for itself exemption from certain things and inclusion in decision making processes, but it nevertheless failed to get mention of God in the Constitution. Nowadays Rome happily signs Concordats with parties without mentioning God, but was chafed by its failure to get mention of Europe’s [RC] Christian roots, which was what it was after.

When Ratzinger was still Cardinal Inquisitor he personally was pushing the Christian roots issue.  In January 2003 he insisted that, “the Catholic church has the divine, ultimate and legitimate authority to define the truth on morality and what is right in politics.  A political entity based on a social contract, the basis of political pluralism, is contrary to the idea of the divine foundation of authority.”

EPP cooperates with Rome

During an audience with Benedict on the 30th March the leader of the European Peoples Party (EPP), German MEP Hans‑Gen Poettering, proclaimed that the EU constitution was a “holy text”.

The EPP is the largest, Roman Catholic dominated, ecumenical, relgio‑political bloc in Europe, and has an ecumenical prayer group in the European Parliament.  Poettering claims, “in our Group, Catholics, Protestants, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Orthodox, Muslims and Jews are united”.  He subtly urged avoidance of a “clash of civilisations” by allowing limited Muslim “privileged partnerships” with Christians.  Such an approach to Islamic cultures signalled “a coded reiteration of the EPP’s stance that the relationship between the EU and Ankara would stop short of full Turkish membership”.

Benedict XVI has everything to play for.  The spirit of Mystery Babylon, or as he would put it, the culture of Europe’s [RC] Christian roots, must live on whether the Constitution finally flounders or is re‑drafted.  Hence in his reply to Poettering and his EPP political battalions Pope Benedict stressed “by valuing its Christian roots, Europe will be able to give a secure direction to the choices of its citizens and peoples”.

The Pope's new weapon

So in Benedict’s crusade his intellectual battalions are suddenly as important as his political ones. The fact of Islam’s “privileged partnership” in an enlarged Europe means the RC cultural identity, forged by mediaeval Monk Benedict, must be raised again as a bulwark lest Rome be overrun.

Hence Benedict XVI is making the most of a brand new, strictly fundamentalist, blatantly Marian, Roman Catholic, European University built on a vast tract of land west of Rome.  The Athanaeum Pontificum Regina Apostolorum, (Pontifical University of The Queen of the Apostles), has at its heart the promotion of Europe’s Roman Catholic roots.  Its logo is the Virgin with a dove upon her head bearing up the Triple Tiara and crossed keys.

And where better to launch an intellectual crusade against Islam?  On 20th March the Vatican sponsored a conference at this secluded venue to rehabilitate the noble reputation of the medieval European Crusaders.

Pope John Paul II sought Muslim‑Christian reconciliation by asking a pardon for the Crusades during the 2000 Millennium celebrations. Inquisitor Ratzinger was furious but had to bite his tongue.  Now as Pope he has assembled an array of suitable academics including Italian historian Professor Roberto De Mattei and Professor Jonathan Riley Smith of Cambridge University to reassert justification for the papacy’s actions.  Mattei said the Crusades were “a response to the Muslim invasion of Christian lands and the Muslim devastation of the Holy Places” and Riley Smith was so much on Benedict’s wavelength he bluntly proclaimed that those who sought forgiveness for the crusades just, “did not know their history”.  Another speaker said that the idea of the Crusades as an unprovoked attack by Europe on the Islamic world, “was a mistaken view”.

Secretive organisation

The Athanaeum Pontificum Regina Apostolorum is sponsored by the wealthy and secretive Spanish, Latin American dominated, Opus Dei‑like organisation, The Legion-aries of Christ, whose HQ is in Rome.  The Legionaries’ Mexican founder, Father Marcial Maciel, 82, is accused of paedophilia, the charges dating back to the order’s creation in 1941.  He has recently been demoted and sent away to pray, by Benedict, who is trying to act tough and wants to leave to John Paul II the reputation of paedophilia pope.  Benedict said he “had only escaped a full ecclesiastical trial because of his age and health”.  As the illustrations show, it is the gift of such a massive complex to Rome that saved him.

This University is a deadly serious pro‑papal, pro‑European institution, running not only theology, history, politics and psychology courses but also Vatican approved bio‑ethical science courses whose internet site opens with all the gathered words of the pope upon such things to date. Money is no object.  The University is already pumping out endless publications to disseminate Benedict’s “RC culture of Europe” ideas, and is running research programmes to underwrite it. The connected academics are conservative Romanists with wide involvement one way or another in the fabric of fundamental Roman Catholicism in Europe.  The Professors, lecturers and invited speakers include priests and are obsessed with an intellectual agenda promoting a Roman Cathotic Europe in continuity with its RC roots.

Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

For instance speaker Professor Mattei has called Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira the greatest individual of the twentieth century.  Oliveira looked for, "a great Catholic crusade to restore (RC) Christian civilization,” to Europe after World War II.  Mattei runs an organisation, Lepanto, with a medieval crusader logo and an opulent HQ and magazine of the same name.  He has written many books on this theme.  He brings scientists, historians, theologians and politicians together on the platform of an RC Europe.

Mattei’s Lepanto is for him the modern spiritual successor of the famous Sea battle of 1571 when the European Christians routed the Turkish advance. This modern day crusade, according to Lepanto’s mission statement, “draws its inspiration from the perennial Magisterium of the Catholic Church, promotes wide‑ranging public awareness campaigns, arranges conferences and symposia, produces and disseminates publications Europe wide and is supported by a network of friends and supporters with their prayers, action and sacrifices, including donations.”

Once again we see that Rome never changes.

The wording of Article 52 of the EU Constitution reads as follows:

Status of churches and non‑confessional organisations

1. The Union respects and does not prejudice the status under national law of churches and religious associations or communities in the Member States.

2. The Union equally respects the status of philosophical and non‑confsssional organisations.

3. Recognising their identity and their specific contribution, the Union shall maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with these churches and organisations.

We consider the apparent equality of treatment between religious and “non‑confessional” organisations to be illusory because the de facto influence of religious organi­sations is much greater than for organisations representing the non‑religious, and because the latter unlike the former, have no status or privileges to protect.

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