In Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ I crush the serpent Lucifer on minute 9 second 11. Mel starred in the movie Conspiracy Theory. Do you think 9/11 was a conspiracy? Do you believe there was a conspiracy against Julius Caesar or a conspiracy against me?
Mel Gibson named his daughter Lucia after the seer of the Virgin Mary in Portugal. Lucia was given three secrets. The first told of hell and where sinners go. The second secret predicted the second world war. The third secret is a mystery. The church was supposed to reveal it in 1962 but they kept it secret until the year 2000. Some say the secret was changed and Lucia silenced. Is the church hiding an apocalyptic secret?
In Get the Gringo Mel features Our Lady of Guadalupe.
She is featured many times in this movie.
There are images of the Virgin Mary or Our Lady of Guadalupe with a skull instead of a face.
I wonder what this possibly could mean?
The skeleton in Mexican art is celebrated. Although the universal symbol of death may be shocking to many, in Mexico death is contemplated face to face with impatience, with contempt, with irony and with humour. Skulls feature a lot.
The Mexican artist uses the skull as a living symbol like the rain, trees, the colours and the birds and is able to give a physical place to a physical fact. He controls death by catching its image; thus making it into a lasting visible life. Because for the Mexican artist death is not the end; but part of the continuation of the cycle of life; just as the day follows the night, and the spring follows the winter, life follows death.
The use of Skulls and skeletons in art was well represented even by The Aztecs who excelled in stone sculptures and carvings. The worship of death involved worship of life, while the skull symbol of death was a promise to resurrection.
In Mad Max Mel Gibson stars an apocalyptic hero surviving in the nuclear wastelands. In real life Mel is a devout traditionalist Catholic. The apocalypse in Christianity is described in the book of revelation. The book describes war and environmental destruction as well as famine and plague.
When Mel made The Passion of the Christ he visited Sister Lucia the Virgin Mary seer. He later named his daughter after her. The Virgin appeared to Sister Lucia in 1917 in Portugal. Out of the three seers she was the only survivor of the Spanish flu that later ravaged Europe. This flu was induced by vaccines given to soldiers during the Great War. Lucia did not take the vaccine and survived to a ripe old age of 97. The other two visionaries took the vaccine and died in childhood.
Numerology is important to the Fatima apparitions. The Virgin appeared on the 13th of every month. 13 is an important number to Freemasons and especially to the 13 bloodlines of the Illuminati. The Illuminati have 13 degrees of initiation. Sister Lucia also died on the 13th day of the month adding even more mystery. The number of 13 is most closely associated with death. The 13th tarot trump is death and is associated with fish. The book of revelation states that all the fish in the sea will die during the apocalypse. Due to rampant overfishing this seems like real a possibility. Maybe God gave us the book as a warning. Maybe it’s not too late to turn things around. This resource is being squandered. The bluefin tuna are nearly extinct. The Japanese are stockpiling frozen tuna for themselves because they know in 2013 bluefin tuna will be essentially extinct.
Mel Gibson said Apocalypto means new beginning. This is not true. Apocalypse means “revelation” or the “lifting of the veil”. Mel lifted the veil in his movie Conspiracy Theory. That movie revealed all kinds of hidden information such as MK-Ultra mind control.
When Mel was arrested and told the officer Jews are responsible for all the world’s wars he was referring to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The Protocols are a masonic text describing how the Illuminati are going to take over the world through war, revolution, control of the press and control of finance. These Jews that are members of the Illuminati are a diabolical bunch of schemers. The world needs an apocalyptic hero to wander the wasteland and put an end to the Illuminati.
Malibu is abuzz anticipating the 2012 apocalypse and bets are on about who will survive in their high tech armored compound. Will it be Mel Gibson in his highly fortified traditionalist Catholic Church? Or will “the Christ of Scientology” Tom Cruise defeat the alien invaders and take mankind on a voyage to the stars?
My money is on the dark horse, Charlie Sheen. It doesn’t matter that his goddesses have left him or that he doesn’t have a high tech fortified compound like Tom Cruise. Charlie Sheen is a survivor. He’s encountered many 7 gram crack rocks and each and every time has avoided cardiac arrest. Sheen doesn’t need to stockpile guns or have a fortified church with a sniper tower like Mel Gibson. Sheen has Jew blood and Jew blood is enough.
written and coded by Pastor Richards
Meets with John F. Kennedy Assassination Lawyer Mark Lane
Mel Gibson’s “Baby Mama” Oksana Grigorieva claimed to the paparazzi who were following her that there was no extortion plot and that her Oscar-winning ex-boyfriend is a liar. However, sources say that Oksana’s kid sister Natalie Grigorieva likely sold the “Gibson rant tapes” to the Web site RadarOnline.com.
In related news, Oksana’s charge that Gibson plotted to murder a Jewish movie producer likely is false.
The tide of opinion in the Gibson-Grigorieva dust-up has turned against Oksana recently, as the shock of the Gibson rant tapes has worn off. She is developing a reputation in some quarters as a pathological liar as more details of the case leak out and her charges against Gibson get wilder, as does the cast of characters.
Meanwhile, attorney Mark Lane — the lawyer who made his name writing the 1966 book Rush to Judgment that alleged there was a conspiracy to kill President John F. Kennedy in Dallas — met with Grigorieva at her home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Sherman Oaks. The granddaddy of all JFK conspiracy theorists, the controversial Lane also was notorious for being the lawyer for Jim Jones and his People’s Temple. He supported Jones’ contention that he and the People’s Temple were the target of a government conspiracy.
In November 1978, Lane was present in “Jonestown” — Jim Jones compound in the Guyana jungle — when Congressman Leo Ryan was assassinated and Jones was killed while 900 of his followers committed (or were forced to commit) suicide. Lane claimed that U.S. military forces helped carry out the execution or there were agents provocateur at the compound who triggered the carnage. He wrote a book on the Jonestwon tragedy, The Strongest Poison.
Observers of Oksana Grigorieva believe that he is being brought in as he is an “expert” on sound recordings as evidence. Conspiracy theorists often use audio evidence to back up their contention there was more than one assassin in Dallas and more than three shots were fired.
— Movie Review —
Directed by Richard Donner; written by Brian Helgeland; produced by Joel Silver and Richard Donner; released by Warner Brothers. Running time: 135 minutes. Cast: Mel Gibson (Jerry Fletcher), Julia Roberts (Alice Sutton), Patrick Stewart (Dr. Jonas) and Cylk Cozart (Agent Lowry). This film is rated R. It includes taking the name of the Lord in vain and violence.
by Michael A. Hoffman II Copyright©1997 All Rights Reserved
The chief defense of the conspirators in this Age of Revelation (revelations largely made by the conspirators themselves), against prosecution and punishment for their crimes, has been to confuse the truth and mix it into a salad bowl of falsehood.
The agents of the System have seeded the ideas that everything causes cancer and everyone killed Kennedy. The corollary being that the study of the food that makes one ill and the food that nourishes is so fraught with counter-claims and ambiguity as to be impossible to unravel, therefore eat anything you want because you’ll get cancer no matter what you do.
In a similar process, the competing solutions to the riddle of who killed Kennedy seem to carry equal degrees of plausibility in the mind of the public: Castro did it and so did the anti-Castroites; the Communists killed him and so did the anti-Communists; it was the CIA; the Mafia; the military-industrial complex; the Mossad, MI5, the masons, the Birchers, your grandmother and my Uncle Ned.
After a time the whole JFK investigation dissolves into a stew of contradictions more puzzling than the original mystery and we are left demoralized and apathetic. If everyone killed Kennedy then in a sense no one did, because indictment and punishment are impossible when faced with such a miasma of conflicting theories.
As the deliberately planted confusion grows, so does the establishment’s hypnotic suggestion that conspiracy investigators are an obnoxious nuisance and just plain nuts. That has been the state of the chess game between those seeking to bring the conspirators to justice and those seeking to cover up for them so that they might continue in power.
But now we have a new revelation, in the form of the movie “Conspiracy Theory” which restores credibility to the investigators and validates their concerns.
In a subject freighted with the pompous and melodramatic, “Conspiracy Theory” disarms us with the saving grace of humor, introducing N.Y. cabbie Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) in several comic vignettes that endear us to him in spite of his whacky, paranoid beliefs. In the first third of the film we’re sure he’s delusional but he’s won our affection with his goofy love of life (the film’s theme-song includes the significant song lyric, “I thank God I’m alive”).
And Jerry is delusional. But he’s also right. How’s that? Well, the movie shows that Jerry mixes about the same level of fact, fiction and fantasy as other conspiracy theorists. But the film makes the important point that some of it is valid, that Jerry is on to something and that just because he’s wrong on some things does not signify that everything he asserts is wrong.
Jerry talks a lot of trash. He says George Bush is a 33rd degree Freemason (he’s not, he’s a member of the Skull and Bones society). He claims that if Hollywood director Oliver Stone was really telling the truth in his conspiracy epics, he would have been killed by now. (Jerry is ignorant of the Revelation of the Method process, in which the conspirators of the modern era sanction the release of secrets about their operations).
He’s obsessed with J.D. Salinger’s over-rated novel of adolescent alienation, “A Catcher in the Rye” (the favorite of John Lennon’s assassin), though he admits he hasn’t read it. (This writer knows of no occult or conspiratorial elements in the book).
Jerry also maintains that all serial killers have two names, but all assassins have three. He notes that serial killers Ted Bundy and David Berkowitz have two names while assassins Lee Harvey Oswald and James Earl Ray have three. In this respect, Jerry’s full of it. The top serial killer of all time, with 33 victims, was John Wayne Gacy, a three-name serialist. Huey Long’s killer was reported to be Carl Weiss, a two-name assassin. Jerry’s wrong, but what prophet or mystic or hunch-player isn’t, sometimes? The guy with the uncanny knack for playing the stock market or the horses is not infallible, he’s wrong almost as often as he’s right, but he’s right enough times to earn his living at it.
In the realm of conspiracy-denial, the tendency is to dismiss someone like Jerry because he’s got his serial killer and assassin nomenclature wrong or because he slips on George Bush’s background. But the fact is, Jerry is right enough times for a powerful government agency to want him dead.
It turns out that Jerry is an MK-Ultra initiate who goes in and out of various states of lucidity and delusion. Much of what he says is nonsense but the kernel of truth he possesses is so potentially lethal that it justifies his paranoia.
And that’s the message of “Conspiracy Theory.” Sure there are a lot of nuts investigating conspiracies these days and plenty of disinformation, just like in the daily newspaper. But just because the daily newspaper seeks to delude us by printing nonsensical claims that the Israeli government is benevolent and the Federal Reserve is Constitutional, doesn’t mean that we should reject it when it prints a story about a local restaurant opening or our old elementary school teacher dying. We sift and analyze and continue to use the daily paper as a source about which we apply our powers of critical thinking and analysis.
This is what the film “Conspiracy Theory” is telling us. Don’t dismiss every suggestion that “our” government is in conspiracy against us. The fundamental wisdom concerning this world is that appearances are deceptive. Nothing is what it seems. Be vigilant.
“Conspiracy Theory” boosts our morale by showing the badly outgunned Jerry Fletcher fighting back and resisting the enormous forces arrayed against him. Time and again he foils the smug Federal agents who pursue him with state-of-the-art black helicopters, cell phones and squads of hit-men in new vans. In one scene he ties up traffic and eludes his high-tech pursuers in nothing more than a broken down old car abandoned on a bridge. The repeated frustrations of the pursuing “spooks” is a joy to behold.
“Conspiracy Theory” also serves as a message of empowerment to the hordes of Americans who do believe in conspiracies but who have gotten the wrong message from them and have become paralyzed in fear of an all-powerful Federal government. Their response is to hoard all the money they can, find a hideout somewhere and wait out Armageddon.
Millions have fallen victim to this paralysis. They have left the field of battle without a figurative shot being fired, while victory was still possible, because their opponents seeded into their minds the notion that all resistance is futile, which is the strategy of Sun Tzu, “The superior man wins the battle without fighting.”
But Jerry Fletcher fights the battle, against great odds–like every man worthy of the name–and he prevails by dint of his courage and faith.
Like Jerry, the American people are also initiates–not perhaps directly at the hands of the CIA’s MK Ultra project–but as percipients in the Videodrome occult theatre which works through the medium of Hollywood and the TV networks, flashing subliminal symbols and highly symbolic, brutalizing sex and death cues. The resulting parodoxical heightened awareness mixed with jaded sensibilities produces delusions and ennui swirling in our midst like a vengeful phantom from the collective subconscious.
There are a couple of false notes in “Conspiracy Theory.” Fletcher pontificates against junk food-eaters (“They’re in a conspiracy against themselves”) but later is shown wolfing down a cardboard-looking, mass market pizza.
The movie makes a case for the notion that there are some good agents within the Federal octopus and that not all are cooperating with evil. These supposedly good agents drive off into the sunset joking with Jerry Fletcher. Are these “good Feds” anything like Lon Horiuchi, the home-schooling, conservative Catholic FBI sniper who murdered Vicki Weaver in her own home at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, while she was holding her infant in her arms?
Gibson’s character also takes Christ’s name in vain in a single instance (a growing Hollywood phenomenon exhibited in such supposedly wholesome, patriotic cinematic fare as “Air Force One” and “Independence Day”).
Gibson might respond by asking us to be less Pharisaic in our judgment of the requirements of his acting craft, but the holiness of Christ’s name is taken very seriously in traditional Roman Catholicism, where an entire men’s association–the Holy Name Society–is devoted to defending and honoring it. There’s nothing Pharisaic about such a concern and there are a couple of Biblical passages that make profound statements concerning the sacredness of His name (Acts 4:12; Revelation 14:1).
In spite of these flaws, “Conspiracy Theory” is a shot-in-the-arm for truth-seekers, suggesting that we come out and fight evil and that the combat itself is part of what makes life worth living. Paranoid Jerry Fletcher–warrior and truthseeker–is bursting with life.
Michael A. Hoffman II is the author of “Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare.”
“The Holocaust myth is now being challenged mightily by the movie ‘The Passion of the Christ.’ The Jews (and we do not speak of all Jews, but of many influential Jews such as Abe Foxman and the ADL, Rabbi Schmuley Boteach and Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Museum, and those who have control of the media) had almost succeeded in blotting out the name of Jesus from the consciousness of the people. The public had been carefully programmed through a relentless round of movies, documentaries and books, so as to have the guilt of the Holocaust constantly in mind. ‘Schindler’s List’ and the abominable book “Hitler’s Pope” in so demeaning and desecrating Pius XII’s good name, are perfect examples of this. They had turned the tables on us. Rather than the Jews being reputedly responsible for the death of Jesus Christ, we now had Christians, especially the Roman Catholic Church, bearing the guilt for the Holocaust.
“But with one fell swoop, this marvelous movie struck a nearly fatal blow to their carefully executed plan of convincing the world that the Holocaust is the pivotal event, the defining moment in human history, thus displacing the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ from that exalted position. This is the real explanation for their rage against Christ, and against this movie. They are afraid that Christians will begin to realize once again that the true Holocaust, the one perfect and acceptable sacrifice to God our Father, took place two thousand years ago on Calvary’s hill, when Jesus Christ shed His Precious Blood for the sins of the world. All human beings, whether Jews or Gentiles, of every place and of every time, must go to the foot of the Cross of Jesus and acknowledge Him as the Messiah, if they are to be saved.
“The Holocaust myth and the Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary are unalterably opposed to one another. If the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross is the one perfect Sacrifice acceptable to God, the true Holocaust, and the one defining moment in human history, the Jewish Holocaust cannot be the unique event they claim it to be. It was a terrible atrocity, a great human tragedy, but not a perfect sacrifice offered to God; it was not redemptive; it cannot save anyone; it was not a holocaust, certainly not The Holocaust.
“But even the Vatican II church cooperates, resulting in its own demolition. John Paul II has apologized to the Jews for the sins of Christians against them, and has absolved them from the necessity of believing in Jesus Christ. Much was made of his “historic” trip to Jerusalem where his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum was celebrated by the media. ‘The awful truth is this–that John Paul II and the New Vatican accept the myth of the Holocaust, thus denying the uniqueness and efficacy of the Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary, and of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.'”
— Father Campbell
Radar reports that Mel Gibson allegedly screamed that he wanted the Jewish blood of one of his enemies all over his hands. From Radar:
The anti-Semitic slur was allegedly made by Mel in reference to a high-profile Hollywood figure who is Jewish and who Mel believed had “publicly humiliated” him.
Gibson hired individuals to place this person under surveillance, Oksana told authorities.
“Oksana says Mel told her, ‘I want Jew blood on my hands,’ and said he wanted the person taken to the desert, stripped naked, knee capped and left in the heat,” a source close to one of the investigations involving Mel told RadarOnline.com exclusively.
Gibson never followed through with his threats.
By Heidi Beirich, Intelligence Report
Posted on January 27, 2007
So began Mel Gibson’s now infamous anti-Semitic rant to Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies who pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving last July. “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” the world-famous movie actor continued, before asking his arresting officer: “Are you a Jew?”
After his tirade made international news, Gibson promptly disappeared into an addiction clinic. He left behind a statement, released through a spokesman, begging the Jewish community for forgiveness and suggesting that booze was to blame. He was, he wrote, “in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display.” But their origin is easy enough to pinpoint — the extremist Catholic beliefs Gibson learned at the knees of his anti-Semitic father.
Gibson’s dad, Hutton Gibson, is an important player in the shadowy world of radical traditionalist Catholicism, also known as “integrism” or Catholic separatism. This religious subculture’s teachings have little in common with the modern Roman Catholic Church and its universalistic theology. Hutton Gibson, for one, is a well-known Holocaust denier who believes the Second Vatican Council reforms of the 1960s, which made the church vastly more tolerant of other faiths, were the result of “a Masonic plot backed by the Jews.” He is particularly incensed by the council’s historic declaration, “Nostra Aetate,” which condemned “all hatreds, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism leveled at any time or from any source against the Jews.” In Gibson’s world, the Second Vatican Council’s liberalizing reforms are rejected and anti-Semitic teachings and conspiracy theories are heartily embraced.
Like father, like son.
Mel Gibson has his own traditionalist house of worship near Los Angeles — a church, funded entirely by him, that is not recognized by the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese. It is unclear what is said in the hallowed halls of the Holy Family Chapel, since, unlike virtually all other Catholic churches, it is closed to the public. What is known is that Gibson is reported to have blamed Jews for forcing him to cut a scene, in which Jews and their descendants are held responsible for the murder of Christ, from his 2004 film, “The Passion of the Christ.” Sounding a bit like he did that July night in Malibu, Gibson told The New Yorker: “If I included that in there, they’d be coming after me at my house. They’d come to kill me.”
Few Americans defended Mel Gibson’s drunken rant about the evils of the Jews. But radical traditionalist Catholics did. A three-year investigation of this subculture by the Intelligence Report has found that these Catholic extremists, including the Gibsons, may well represent the largest population of anti-Semites in the United States. Organized into a network of more than a dozen organizations, scores of websites and several extremist churches and monasteries, radical traditionalists in the U.S. are preaching anti-Semitism to as many as 100,000 followers. A few, such as the lawyer for Terri Schiavo’s family, Christopher Ferrara, are even movers and shakers in important right-wing Republican circles.
Jew-bashing at the Holiday Inn
The Philadelphia airport Holiday Inn is an odd place to celebrate a Catholic mass, especially in a city filled with lovely churches and an extraordinary, century-old Romanesque cathedral. But the inn is where the radical traditionalist Catholic outfit, (CFN), held its annual conference in 2003, dressing up one end of a drab conference room with an altar, incense, and a statue of the Virgin Mary, and transforming it into a church.
The rest of the hall looked rather different. Vendors set up folding tables along almost every inch of the remaining walls, piling them high with books, videotapes and Catholic accessories. The stacks were notable for the prominence of anti-Semitic and extremist materials, from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion to Hutton Gibson’s Is the Pope Catholic? to CFN head John Vennari’s popular anti-Semitic conspiracy tract, The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita. Priests in Roman collars staffed many tables; brown-cloaked monks manned others.
CFN conferences hearken back to the era before the Roman Catholic Church enacted the liberalizing Vatican II reforms, which removed from the weekly Mass prayers for the conversion of the Jews and also ended the centuries-old practice of celebrating the Mass in Latin, the Vatican’s official language. At the Holiday Inn in 2003, Sunday’s religious activities started with a now rarely celebrated hour-long recitation of the rosary. After that, apostate priests conducted a rendition of the Latin Mass, a format dating to the Middle Ages, before an audience remarkable for the veils that covered every woman’s hair and the time it spent on its knees.
Vatican II did not ban these time-honored celebrations, and many Catholics who call themselves “traditionalists” continue to worship in this manner in churches that remain an official part of the Holy See (these churches are awarded an “indult” that allows them to continue celebrating the Latin Mass). The vast majority of those who practice Catholicism in this older form are unrelated to the radical traditionalist Catholics who gathered in Philadelphia. Indeed, the groups that gave presentations at the CFN conference preach a theology specifically rejected by the Vatican, and many have been declared schismatic, or officially separated from the church.
The participants at the CFN conference spent most of their time bashing Jews and, in particular, dwelling on the perils of much-feared “Judeo-Masonic” plot. As preached from the pulpit that day, the alleged conspiracy involves ancient, shadowy fraternities such as the Masons and the Illuminati, who are seen as puppets in a Jewish master plan aimed at destroying the Catholic Church. The theory is laid out in great detail in Venarri’s Alta Vendita, which has been compared to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, an infamous tract also alleging a global plot by the Jews.
But the “Judeo-Masonic” plot wasn’t the only fearful conspiracy that was described that day. There was also the “Marxist-Jewish” scheme that is ruining our schools, the “Jewish-homosexual” alliance that is destroying the priesthood, and, naturally, the 9/11 conspiracy, which has to do with the fact that the 2001 terrorist attacks were actually “predicted by the Blessed Virgin Mary 84 years ago.”
The passion of the anti-Semites
The Philadelphia Jew-bashing was not a one-off. Several such conferences are held quietly around the country each year, and they attract thousands upon thousands of people. The Intelligence Report also attended a radical traditionalist conference held in 2005, a year and a half after CFN’s. Put on by the St. Joseph Forum (SJF) of South Bend, Ind., the conference was held at a Quality Inn up the road from Notre Dame, the esteemed Catholic university seen by conference attendees as fatally corrupted by multiculturalism and religious tolerance.
The SJF conference, attended by more than 250 people, was awash with extremists. A favorite of the crowd was Father Stephen Somerville, who Mel Gibson employed as his spiritual adviser during the filming of “The Passion of the Christ.” Somerville was suspended in 2004 by the Vatican for schismatic behavior and is a popular speaker at radical traditionalist Catholic conferences. At the forum, he raged at “a corrupt subculture or network of homosexuals” ruining the priesthood.
But the most extreme comments of the weekend came from Brother Anthony Mary of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a monastery and order based in Richmond, N.H. (The Slaves were founded in the 1950s by Boston-based priest Leonard Feeney, an anti-Semite ultimately excommunicated by the Vatican.) Mary’s presentation was entitled, “The Fruits of Zionism.”
“The perpetual enemy of Christ is the Jewish nation,” Brother Mary roared, explaining that the aim of the Jews is to “destroy all Christian nations.” Mary blamed Jews for both world wars — an opinion also mouthed by the drunken Mel Gibson — and a coming world government. Professing from the pulpit a “great hatred” of Jews, Brother Mary declared that “Jews are the synagogue of Satan” — a phrase that is also part of the official ideology of the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations. “We must always and everywhere,” he added, “oppose Jewish schemes.”
An unsavory tradition
Since the colonial period, American society has been marred by sometimes savage anti-Catholic prejudice, an antipathy that mushroomed as waves of Irish, Italian and German Catholics arrived here in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Anti-Catholic hatred fueled the 1850s rise of the Know Nothings, the largest third party in U.S. history, and it also drove the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, when nearly 4 million Americans became members.
Yet some of America’s greatest peddlers of hate have themselves been extremist Catholics. The best known of these was Father Charles Coughlin, the Michigan “radio priest” who at his height in the late 1930s was spewing pro-Nazi propaganda to 3.5 million listeners on his CBS radio broadcasts. Repeating common anti-Semitic canards, Coughlin blamed the Great Depression on an “international conspiracy of Jewish bankers”; Jews also got the blame for communism. Two weeks after the German national pogrom known as Kristallnacht, Coughlin blamed the Jews for their own persecution, making him a hero in the German press. Also in 1938, Coughlin published an article in his Social Justice weekly — which at one point had 1 million subscribers — attacking Jews, atheists and communists. Parts of the article were plagiarized directly from the English translation of a 1935 speech by Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels. Coughlin was finally forced off the air in October 1939, the month after Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland.
Two other priests, both now dead, serve as the primary inspiration for today’s radical traditionalist Catholics. The first is Father Denis Fahey, an Irish priest who died in 1954 and was much admired by Coughlin — just as he is also admired by today’s neo-Nazis, some of whom have contributed a number of his quotes to “1,001 Quotes By and About Jews,” a feature on the racist Stormfront website.
Fahey was a prolific author whose main topic was the inherent evil of the “Jewish Nation.” Repeating classic anti-Semitic allegations, Fahey blamed nearly all iniquity on Jews. According to an article by Sandra Miesel in Crisis, a conservative Catholic magazine, Fahey “enjoyed quoting papal policy statements against Jews, coyly refused to reject the long-debunked Protocols [of the Elders of Zion], praised the anti-Semitic activities of [automaker] Henry Ford, and denied the death toll from the Holocaust.” Taking on the church’s main bogeyman in the early 1900s, Fahey laid atheistic communism directly at the feet of the Jews: “The real forces behind Bolshevism are Jewish forces, and Bolshevism is really an instrument in the hands of the Jews for their establishment of their future Messianic kingdom.”
While spouting the same kind of anti-Jewish propaganda as the Nazis, Fahey crafted an argument that he believed should exempt him from the label of anti-Semite. Fahey claimed he didn’t hate the Jews per se, but merely opposed their “naturalistic aims.” Since he also argued that Jews can’t help but work to further those aims — communism, the destruction of Christianity, and the like — this was a distinction without a difference. (Today’s radical traditionalist Catholics, including the Society of St. Pius X, a far-right powerhouse that has thousands of supporters, continue to claim they are not anti-Semitic, just against “Jewish naturalism.”)
Along with Coughlin, Fahey is the main source for The Plot Against the Church, a 1967 book supposedly written by 12 clerics under the pen name “Maurice Pinay.” Similar to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the book blames Jews, also referred to as the “synagogue of Satan,” for every evil that has befallen Catholics from Roman times to the present. Citing ancient papal writings, the book suggests that Jews be expelled or enslaved, segregated and forced to wear visible marks. It’s little wonder that modern neo-Nazis praise Pinay’s work. But so do large numbers of radical traditionalist Catholics, and the book is sold by Omni Christian Book Club, the favorite bookseller of today’s radical traditionalists.
The beat goes on
The second great inspiration for contemporary radical traditionalists is Father Leonard Feeney, another fervent anti-Semite who was for years a leader of Boston’s St. Benedict Center, a Jesuit institution. Feeney is best known in Catholic circles for his especially hard-line version of the “no salvation outside the church” doctrine.
Feeney also is known for preaching against Jews on the Boston Common with his followers. Although he was finally excommunicated for disobedience in 1953, he rapidly founded his own order, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and started a newsletter, The Point, that was suffused with anti-Semitism. Feeney’s newsletter blamed Jews for controlling and biasing the press and for creating communism. One article lambasted Jews for their role in the “anti-hate” initiatives that it despised. Another, published in April 1958, was entitled “Newspapers and The New York Times: Other Jews and Minister Sulzberger” and summed up the Jewish “problem” like this: “Essential to the understanding of our chaotic times is the knowledge that the Jewish race constitutes a united anti-Christian bloc within Christian society, and is working for the overthrow of that society by every means at its disposal.”
Feeney did reconcile with the church in 1974, four years before his death. But his anti-Semitic ideas remain popular in radical traditionalist Catholic circles and in the New Hampshire monastery his followers started, which still endorses his anti-Semitic ideology, to the point that a New Hampshire bishop lambasted the monastery’s teachings in 2004 as “blatantly anti-Semitic” and “offensive.”
The bishop isn’t the only one who sees Feeney as anti-Semitic. One white supremacist has created an online archive of Feeney’s writings (fatherfeeney.org) for the benefit of fellow Aryans. It is part of the so-called “World White Web.”
A dynamic movement
Today’s radical traditionalist Catholics — the theological descendants of Feeney and Fahey — are part of a thriving, energetic movement, even if it is one that is tiny when compared to the approximately 70 million Americans who are mainstream Catholics. The dozen or so organizations that make up this movement read each other’s writings, buy each other’s conference tapes, and co-publish major theological works. They put on conferences several times each year that are served by circuit-riding preachers like Brother Mary and Father Nicholas Gruner.
The movement is important for a number of reasons. It is growing, and spreading its anti-Semitic teachings, at a time when anti-Semitism and religious conflict generally are clearly resurgent around the world. Some of the most radical of the traditionalists are increasingly interacting with neo-Nazis and their fellow travelers. For example, John Sharpe, head of the anti-Semitic Legion of St. Louis, attended the 2006 conference of American Renaissance, a racist publication that specializes in race and intelligence. That same year, Father Gruner, leader of the International Fatima Rosary Crusade, attended a conference of The Barnes Review, a Holocaust denial journal. Gruner celebrated a special Mass at the Washington, D.C., conference, which was also attended by an array of long-time neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other anti-Semites.
The radical traditionalists may also be gaining influence on the larger political scene. The best example of this is Christopher Ferrara, the lawyer who in 1990 started the American Catholic Lawyers Association to defend “Catholics in religious and civil liberties cases.” Ferrara writes for anti-Semitic traditionalist journals like The Remnant. He recently said Pope Benedict XVI had “abased himself by entering a synagogue.” He uses Robert Sungenis, a particularly venomous anti-Semite, to staff the “Apologetics Desk” at his legal organization. But he also was the lawyer for the family of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman whose feeding tube was removed in 2005 after a protracted court battle. In that role, Ferrara rubbed shoulders with key Republican and Christian Right leaders who convinced Congress to pass a law to protect Schiavo that was ultimately killed by the courts.
If radical traditionalists belong to a particular sect — and many do not — it is most typically the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), a sprawling international group that publishes reams of anti-Semitic writings on its website and is based, in the United States, in Kansas City, Kan. In the late 1980s, Pope John Paul II excommunicated all SSPX priests and declared the sect formally in schism, but it has continued to grow. In America, 20,000 to 30,000 people are members.
Many of these radical traditionalists embrace “sedevacantism,” a word derived from the Latin that refers to a period when “the see [or seat] is vacant.” While the term is the official Roman Catholic word for the period between a pope’s death and the election of his successor, many radicals are sedevacantists in the sense that they believe that there has not been a real pope for years (typically, since 1958 ). Some have adopted conspiracy theories about rigged papal elections and even the idea that the authentic pope is secretly being held in captivity.
The radicals’ understanding of what has gone wrong with the world boils down to a few basic things. They believe that most of the theological developments within the church since Vatican II have been egregiously wrong, especially with regard to reconciling with Jews and the followers of other faiths. They despise the Vatican’s ecumenical outreach efforts. And they lament the fall of the Latin Mass and argue that the new Mass, “Novus Ordo,” does not guarantee salvation. Through it all, disdain and even outright hatred for Jews flows like a poisonous river.
A Joyless faith
For the vast majority of Catholics, the existence of an anti-Semitic, sedevacantist subculture is highly distressing. The church has worked extraordinarily hard in recent decades to distance itself from anti-Semitic teachings and the idea of forcing its view of the world on unbelievers. And, by most accounts, it has been successful, with many Jewish and organizations from other faiths praising its efforts. Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, signaled his gratitude after the 2005 death of Pope John Paul II, who, he said, “revolutionized Catholic-Jewish relations” by denouncing anti-Semitism as a “sin against God and humanity.” More recently, Pope Benedict XVI’s repeated clarifications of statements he made about the Islamic faith in September reflected a commitment to interfaith dialogue.
Yet the ranks of the radical traditionalists seem to be swelling. Michael Cuneo, a scholar of Catholicism, wrote in his 1997 book The Smoke of Satan that weekly attendance at American chapels of the Society of St. Pius X had been growing at about 10% annually since the late 1980s. Today, SSPX, which raises its own funds without help from Rome, employs 336 member priests in 27 different countries, teaches 226 seminarians in six international seminaries, runs 130 priories, and serves more than 600 Mass centers. The group also runs nine retreat houses, 14 major schools, and another 50 schools connected to priories or chapels.
Stephen Hand, a respected Catholic theologian and editor of the Web-based Traditional Catholic Reflections and Reports, wrote in 2000 of his worries about the growth of the movement. “Integrism,” he said in his book Tradition, Traditionalists and Private Judgment in a reference to radical traditionalist Catholicism, “is a bitter affair, a joyless ‘faith.’ It thrives on polemics, on opposition and hatred.”
There is little question that much of the world is seeing a resurgence of ethnic and religious hatreds and accompanying violence. As dangerous conflicts between Christianity and radical versions of Islam multiply around the globe, the last thing humanity needs is still one more form of religiously based extremism.
by The Agoraphile
The mainstream media is again abuzz with voices denouncing Mel Gibson for alleged misdoings. Self-declared “voice of the left” Arianna Huffington has even argued for a revival of “Hollywood values” [sic] and for Gibson to be burned at the stake:
“(…) Now is the time”, invokes Huffington, “for Hollywood to show what those values really are by making Gibson pay the price for his bigotry and intolerance.”
Meanwhile, new evidence has emerged that raises serious doubts as to the veracity of the claims made against Gibson.
“These copies were professionally made for distribution,” said forensic audio and video expert, Arlo West, CEO of Creative Forensic Services in an interview with Holly-WoodLife, “Their quality is extraordinary …I would be willing to bet that someone with a background in recording these types of messages helped Oksana do so to entrap Gibson. I would also expect that a person or persons also helped her edit the recordings.”
Arlo insists the recordings have been professionally edited, probably to eliminate words or piece together phrases.
“The audio files were most certainly edited intentionally and the forensic terminology for this, is tampering,” says Arlo. “The edits that I found would have been done postrecording and are clearly done to redact dialog — which means to intentionally remove words,” says Arlo. “I can tell there are gaps and edits in several ways by using waveform analysis and zero crossing analysis. These are most certainly digital recordings so there is no tape involved.”
HollywoodLife.com went on to report that another forensic expert, Frank Piazza, is the President of Legalaudio.com and also worked on the Natalee Holloway case as well as others including the famous Jon Benet Ramsey murder case of 1996. Frank tells us that he can support Arlo’s finds that there were edits in the audio.
“There are redactions, things were taken out, there were obviously things people didn’t want others to hear,” says Frank.
“The most interesting piece of information that Frank found was that Mel was coming through a standard phone while Oksana was speaking through a high tech microphone,” reported HollywoodLife.
“Oksana was speaking through a large diaphragm microphone,” according to Frank. “Mel’s responses are on another channel and he is on a speaker phone. Whoever is helping her is patching it through to her. They are using something called a hybrid coupler which is used to separate the two voices. The coupler’s purpose is to accept a phone line and enable you to record what’s coming back from the phone conversation.”
The blogosphere is saturated with independent reporting on the case, many arguing that Gibson has been deliberately targeted for politically motivated reasons.
Paul Watson of Infowars.com reported: “Just like in the days of J. Edgar Hoover, when every important person both inside and outside Hollywood had the dubious honor of reserved blackmail-space in the FBI-director’s desk, the arrows have now been directed at Gibson, not for anything he might have done mind you, but rather with the aim of stopping the man from capturing audiences around the world with any more influential films about freedom versus tyranny. In other words: the current “controversy” serves to hinder the filmmaker from doing his job. In an age where many filmmakers, sniffing it up in the bathroom, are instruments for the New World Order by producing predictive programming to audiences everywhere, the crusade launched against Gibson should raise all thinking people’s eyebrows.”
Watson elaborates as to the motivation for Gibson’s character assassination by pointing to an interview conducted by Playboy in 1995, wherein “Gibson identified the power behind the throne with stunning accuracy”.
“With the conversation turning towards then-president of the United States, Bill Clinton, Gibson suggested that he was obviously groomed for the job early on in his career”.
“Do you really believe that?”, asked the surprised interviewer (which he shouldn’t be), to which Gibson replied:
“I really believe that. He was a Rhodes scholar, right? Just like Bob Hawke. Do you know what a Rhodes scholar is? Cecil Rhodes established the Rhodes scholarship for those young men and women who want to strive for a new world order. Have you heard that before? George Bush? CIA? Really, it’s Marxism, but it just doesn’t call itself that. Karl had the right idea, but he was too forward about saying what it was. Get power but don’t admit to it. Do it by stealth. There’s a whole trend of Rhodes scholars who will be politicians around the world.”
“Flabbergasted by his words,” continued Watson, “the interviewer retreaded to the mantra of the numb and the ignorant when confronted with a sudden outburst of truth:”
“This certainly sounds like a paranoid sense of world history. You must be quite an assassination buff.”
Gibson: “Oh, frack. A lot of these guys pulled a boner. There’s something to do with the Federal Reserve that Lincoln did, Kennedy did and Reagan tried. I can’t remember what it was, my dad told me about it. Everyone who did this particular thing that would have fixed the economy got undone. Anyway, I’ll end up dead if I keep talking poop.”
“Not dead, thank God. Although the New World Order is pulling all the stops to make sure his career will be.”, concludes Watson.
Others in the blogosphere have raised questions about Oksana herself, pointing out that “twice-divorced 39 year-old Oksana is an ambitious girl from the former Soviet Union, with ties to individuals such as Sergey Kuzmin, who had ties with career criminals and underworld figures throughout Russia and EU.” One blogger ends with the question, “Could it be that she was introduced to Gibson for the purpose of blackmail and subversion?”
In an interesting juxtaposition to the Gibson drama, polish Jew Roman Polanski, it was reported, will not be extradited to the U.S. from Switzerland for drugging, raping, and sodomizing a 13-year old girl. Much of the Hollywood crowd and corporate media have been supportive of Polanski, marginalizing the scandal and holding him in high regard.