MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT
CATHOLIC OR JEWISH?
If Judaizers played a major role in the formation and establishment of the Roman Catholic Church, is it possible that Roman Catholicism was a Jewish project from the beginning? There is, in fact, a long and fascinating history of Jewish infiltration of the Roman Catholic Church which has been nonetheless, and by clever design, perceived as a Gentile institution. If Roman Catholicism was a project of Cabalist Jews for the purpose of subverting Christianity, it is conceivable that this Judaized Church has functioned for nearly two millennia as a covert branch of Judaism, whose handlers gradually and imperceptibly shifted Western Christendom to more advanced stages of apostasy than was possible during the vigilant period of the early Church when ecumenical councils convened to combat heresy, rather than to embrace it. At the present time it can be safely stated that the Roman Catholic Church is a merely a front for Judeo-Freemasonry to draw apostate Christendom into the messianic kingdom of the Antichrist.
There is also evidence that many of the pseudo-Christian religions were founded by Kabalist Jews. The founder of Mormonism, another Judaized version of Christianity, was Joseph Smith, who was a practitioner of Kabala and a Freemason:
“On March 15, 1842, Joe Smith became an Entered Apprentice Mason, and the next day he became a Master Mason. The usual thirty-day wait between degrees was waived by Abraham Jonas, Grandmaster of the Illinois Lodge. Joe Smith admitted to being a Mason in his History of the Church (vol. 4, p. 551).” (Masonic Roots of Mormonism)
Freemasonry is based on ancient paganism which the Israelites adopted from the Babylonian mystery religion and later developed into the Kabbala. (The Cabala) Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, a pioneer of Reform Judaism in America, stated in 1855: “Freemasonry is a Jewish establishment, whose history, grades, official appointments, passwords, and explanations are Jewish from beginning to end.”
Joseph Smith surrounded himself with 12 apostles of which his closest colleagues, Orson Hyde and Alexander Neibaur, were Jewish Cabalists. Lance Owens wrote of Neibaur’s intimate knowledge of the Cabala and his influence on Joseph Smith, who was most certainly a crypto-Jew:
“That Neibaur brought a knowledge of Kabbalah to Nauvoo has been mentioned in several studies of the period. For instance, Newel and Avery note in their biography of Emma Smith, ‘Through Alexander Neibaur, Joseph Smith had access to ancient Jewish rites called cabalism... That he not only knew something of Kabbalah, but apparently possessed a collection of original Jewish Kabbalistic works in Nauvoo, is however documented in material almost totally overlooked by Mormon historians.
“Can anyone familiar with the history and personality of Joseph Smith – the prophet who restored the secret knowledge and rituals conveyed to Adam, translated the works of Abraham, Enoch, and Moses, and retranslated Genesis – question that he would have been interested in the original version of this Jewish occult tradition? And here, in Neibaur, was a man who could share a version of that knowledge with him. Whatever the reasons for the similarities, it should be remembered that the Hermetic-Kabbalistic world view parallels Joseph’s vision of God in many particulars. Not only might Joseph have been interested in this material, but he would have noted how similar this sacred, secret tradition was with his own restoration of ancient truth. And perhaps Neibaur, on a religious quest – from Judaism and Kabbalah, Europe and England, to Christianity and Mormonism and a new home in Nauvoo – saw or even amplified that intrinsic sympathy in his explications of the tradition for Joseph.
“Whatever the reasons for the similarities, it should be remembered that the Hermetic-Kabbalistic world view parallels Joseph’s vision of God in many particulars. Not only might Joseph have been interested in this material, but he would have noted how similar this sacred, secret tradition was with his own restoration of ancient truth. And perhaps Neibaur, on a religious quest – from Judaism and Kabbalah, Europe and England, to Christianity and Mormonism and a new home in Nauvoo – saw or even amplified that intrinsic sympathy in his explications of the tradition for Joseph.
“Certainly the first text Joseph Smith would have confronted was the Zohar, the great heart of the Kabbalah. This is one of the works Neibaur cited repeatedly in his article and, as the central text of Kabbalah, is the key book any individual with Kabbalistic interests would have preserved in his library. Familiarity with the Zohar was a given for a Kabbalist, particularly one with knowledge of works as divergent as those cited by Neibaur, all of which expounded in some degree upon themes in the Zohar. If Neibaur had read to Joseph from any single text, or explained Kabbalistic concepts contained in a principal book, the Zohar would have been the book with which to start. This might explain why in 1844 Smith, in what may be his single greatest discourse and in the most important public statement of his theosophical vision, apparently quotes almost word for word from the first section of the Zohar.” (“Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection”)
Smith’s other Jewish apostle and close colleague, Orson Hyde, made a trip to Jerusalem in the 1830s to dedicate the restoration of Israel to the Jews. According to Ivan P. Barrett’s Joseph Smith and the Restoration:
“‘In 1823 only a handful of Jews lived in Palestine, and those who did had no rights under Turkish rule. The roots of Zionism in the Jewish communities of Europe were barely stirring and the thought of Jews gathering at all was virtually unheard of let alone a return of the Jews to the Land of Palestine. But from that very time on, the spiritual stirrings of the Zionist movement began in earnest. God was about to give to special ‘keys’ to modern prophets as he had done with ancient ones; ‘keys’ to move the nations.
“In 1831, only a year after the Church was organized by Joseph Smith, another young man with a prophetic call by the name of Orson Hyde, age 26, of Jewish ancestry, was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by the Prophet Joseph. When Joseph laid his hands on the head of Orson Hyde he gave him a unique blessing where in he prophesied the following:
“In due time thou shalt go to Jerusalem, the land of they fathers, and be a watchman unto the House of Israel; and by thy hands shall the Most High do a great work, which shall prepare the way and greatly facilitate the gathering of that People.” (Barrett, p. 469)
(Notice the Six-Pointed Star above the entrance.)
Charles Taze Russell was the founder of Zion’s Watch Tower magazine in 1879, which evolved into the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Russell was strongly influenced by the teachings of Seventh Day Adventism, an anti-Trinitarian cult of the Arian school which observes the Jewish Sabbath. According to the Watchtower Observer, “Russell taught that the Jewish people and nation have a leading role in the Divine Plan for man, and accordingly during the year 1910 he spoke to vast Jewish audiences, comforting them according to the Scripture, Isa. 40:2… He encouraged them not to join the various churches of today but to wait for the fulfilment of the many Old Testament promises that they would be blessed as a nation. While they were yet a scattered and dispersed people, he said, upon the basis of these promises, that they would be regathered to Palestine and established as an independent nation.” Russell was regarded as a “Christian Zionist, often invited to speak before orthodox Jewish groups… In addition, his views on Zionism have been hailed by the likes of former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and former United Nations Ambassador, Jeane Kirkpatrick.” (CTR: The Truth) Russell also promoted the Rothschild-funded ecumenical agenda in the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Watch Tower magazine:
“J. P. Morgan, the Rothschild’s representative in the United States, set up a trust fund to unite various Christian denominations. [Charles Taze] Russell...praises this in his January 1, 1911 [Watch Tower]... ‘Mr. Morgan’s well-known business capacity, exhibited in connection with financial trusts, encourages many to believe that he will accomplish the desired end in connection with the movement. More and more all denominations are craving a religious trust or federation and are becoming more and more willing to sacrifice doctrines and principles formerly held dear in order to accomplish the federation.’” - 215:538
Not content with the destruction of Christianity, the Cabalists have also been busy extinguishing Torah Judaism. In his 1957 book on the Zionist Movement, titled The Transformation, I. Domb describes “the shattering situation of contemporary Judaism in which ninety-five percent of the Jewish people have been removed from the way of the Torah. There has been a spread of heresy in an unparalleled magnitude, in order to avoid any challenge of the process, or perhaps what might be called the suppression of the faith, lest the process be disturbed.” Domb continues to describe the near extinction of Torah Judaism among world Jewry, a fact of which few Gentiles are aware:
“Some have been completely removed, others still stand on the borderline, and there are indeed others who from every motive of hatred and malice, seek to destroy all that their fathers had cherished. Even the small minority, of those who have remained loyal to the observance of the Torah in practice, has been disturbed in its way of thought, attacked by a flood of distortion, demoralized, bewildered by errors, falsehoods and slanders.
“The very small section that remains untouched by all these tendencies is not only small but helpless. It lacks the means of publicity which are required to defend the genuine Torah point of view with clear statement widely distributed. The result is that the Jewish reader is deprived of the opportunity of finding out how the Torah demands that he should regard his plight and his obligations. He is thus allowed to fall a victim to opposing claims. Particularly is this true of those Jews whose reading is more or less confined to the English language. To their ears fail to find their way even the feeble protests that are made from time to time, from somewhere on the other side.” (The Transformation, Preface)
It is understandable how Cabalist Jews could subvert the faith of their Jewish brethren, but how is such deception on a grand scale possible? Jews who apostatized from the God of Israel and the Torah into pagan worship of strange gods set about to destroy the monotheistic faiths of Torah Judaism, Christianity and even Islam, about which more will be said later. These Cabalists were guided by evil spirits and equipped with supernatural powers, by means of the magical arts they studied, to infiltrate and take control of the Gentile institutions. This modus operandi was described by Edith Starr Miller:
“The obligations and rules of the rite for the Jewish masses are contained in the Talmud and Schulchan Aruk, but the esoteric teachings of the higher initiates are to be found in the Cabala. Therein are contained the mysterious rites for evocations, the indications and keys to practices for conjuration of supernatural forces, the science of numbers, astrology, etc.
“The practical application of the Cabalist knowledge is manifested in the use made of it, through the ages, by Jews to gain influence both in the higher spheres of Gentile life and over the masses. Sovereigns and Popes, both, usually had one or more Jews as astrologers and advisers, and they frequently gave Jews control over their very life by employing them as physicians. Political power was thus gained by Jews in almost every Gentile country alongside with financial power, since Jewish court-bankers manipulated state funds and taxes.
“Through the ages also, can be followed the spreading power of the sect, and no more awful example of the devastating and destructive power of the penetration of a secret subversive society has ever been witnessed.
“With its B’nai B’rith Supreme Council as the directing head, the sect with its members swarming among all nations has become the sovereign power ruling in the councils of all nations and governing their political, economic, religious and educational policies.” (Occult Theocrasy, p. 76)
During the Middle Ages, the infiltration and conquest of Christendom was achieved by two methods. The Inquisition, which started in Spain in 1478, forced multitudes of Jews to renounce Judaism and to embrace Catholicism; these “converts” were called Conversos. Conversos typically went through the motions of the Roman Catholic religion, but remained Jews inwardly and practiced their Jewish rites in the privacy of their homes.
Other Jews, called Marranos (swine), feigned conversion to Christianity and practiced Roman Catholicism outwardly, while practicing Judaism, or Cabalism, privately. A number of Marranos took positions in the clergy. The motive of Conversos was self-preservation; the Marranos, destruction of the Church and all things Christian. The result of these parallel operations was the Jewish occupation of the Roman Catholic Church and its transformation into “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” The King James translation of Revelation 17 describes MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT as the “great whore” and “that great city which sits upon seven mountains” (v.9).
“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters... So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration... The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth... And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues... And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”
In this passage, the word “mystery” identifies this entity as a mystery religion. “Babylon the Great” locates the origin of this mystery religion in ancient Babylon. “That great city” which sits upon “seven mountains” pinpoints the location of the Great Whore in Rome, which is known historically as the City on Seven Hills. The only religious system that presently answers to “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT” as described in Revelation 17 is the Roman Catholic Church.
Since the Reformation, volumes have been written concerning the enormities of the Catholic Church — the centuries of the Inquisition with its tortures and bloodshed, wars of conquest and genocide, the promulgation of false doctrines and pagan traditions, sexual perversion and abuse within the clergy, not to mention the vast wealth of the Vatican, which has extorted money from widows and orphans to subsidize the lavish lifestyles of the popes and their papal courts, all of whom live like royalty whilst multitudes of their subjects dwell in abject poverty. Yet by far the worst abuse of the Roman Whore has been its distortion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and withholding the Word of God from “peoples, and multitudes, and nations” many of whom will therefore spend eternity in Hell.
The scandalous deeds of the Great Whore are well-documented facts of history. What is less well understood is how the Babylonian mysteries found their way into the Church of Rome, thereby meriting God’s assessment as MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT. This report hopes to demonstrate that the real history of the Roman Catholic Church differs appreciably from the official fabrication circulated by the ubiquitous propaganda mills, which are under the direction of the Jewish power elite. As I. Domb wrote, “Those who possess the financial means can through their effective disposal, almost completely predominate over everything and everybody.”
Evidence of infiltration of the Roman Catholic Church by great masses of European Jewry is found in numerous independent sources, of which we shall consider a few starting with portions of The Plot Against the Church. Typical of Catholic anti-Judaism, the authors fulminate against Jewish infiltration of the Church, but seem blind to the fact that “Holy Catholic Church” was a Judaized form of Christianity from its inception.
“The lasting victory of the Jewish-Freemasonic and Jewish Communist revolution since the end of the 18th century up to our days is…to be attributed to that neither the Holy Catholic Church nor the separated Churches have fought effectively against the ‘Jewish Fifth Column,’ which has smuggled itself into their bosom.
“This ‘Fifth column’ is formed by the descendants of the Jews who in earlier centuries were converted to Christianity and seemingly held in enthusiastic manner to the religion of Christ, while in secret they preserved their Jewish belief and carried out clandestinely the Jewish rites and ceremonies. For this purpose they organized themselves into communities and secret synagogues, which were active centuries-long in secret. These apparent Christians, but secret Jews, began centuries ago to infiltrate the Christian society, in order to attempt to control it from within. For this reason they sowed false doctrine and differences of opinion and even attempted to gain control of the clergy in the different churches of Christ. With all this, they applied the cunning of introducing crypto-Jewish Christians into the seminaries of the priesthood, who could gain admission into the honorary offices in the Holy Catholic Church and then into the dissident churches, upon whose division these secret Jews had so much influence.” (The Plot Against the Church, pp. 235-36)
The priests have alluded to a dialectical operation conducted by crypto-Jews, who sowed false doctrine and differences of opinion in the Church by introducing heresies. These movements were often highly Judaized, Gnostic movements.
“In the Middle Ages, the Popes and Councils were successful in destroying the Jewish revolutionary movements which appeared within Christianity in the form of false teaching and which were introduced by seeming Christians but by Jews in secret. The latter then recruited upright and good Christians for the arising heretical movement by persuading the latter in a crafty way.
“The secret Jews organized and controlled in secret manner the movements, which were the creative and driving-force of wicked false teachings, such as those of the ‘Catarensers,’ of the ‘Patarines,’ of the ‘Albignensians,’ of the ‘Hussites,’ of the ‘Illuminati’ and others.” (The Plot Against the Church, p.236)
Crypto-Jews also gained entrance to the highest offices of the Roman Church without being detected, as well as the political and economic institutions of Western Europe.
“The work of these Jews smuggled as ‘Fifth Column’ into the bosom of the Church of Christ was made easier through the hypocritical conversion to Christianity or that of their forefathers. In addition, they laid aside their Jewish surnames and took on very Christian names, which were embellished with the surnames of their godfathers. Thus they were successful in mixing with the Christian society and taking possession of the names of the leading families of France, Italy, England, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland and the other lands of Christian Europe. With this system, they were successful in penetrating into the bosom of Christianity itself, in order to destroy it from within and to destroy the core of the religious, political and economic institutions…
“…However, what called forth most scandal was the fact, that these secret Jews introduced their sons into the established clergy and monasteries, and in fact with such good result that many of them attained the dignity of abbot, bishop and other leading personages.” (The Plot Against the Church, p.237)
Jewish supremacy over the Gentiles was a direct result of the Cabalists’ infiltration of the Papacy, as well as the nobility of Europe. However, the Catholic priests do greatly err when they state: “…Holy Church, every time an heretical or estranged bishop or cardinal or a false pope appeared, regarded it as unavoidable to unmask them publicly, in order to prevent them dragging the faithful into further misfortune.” (Pinay. p. 253)
To corroborate the Jewish infiltration of the Roman Church, the famous Jewish historian, Cecil Roth (1925-70), was cited by M. Pinay. Dr. Roth was editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia Judaica and his volume, History of the Marranos, specifically dealt with the phenomenon of crypto-Jewry in medieval Europe.
“In order to prove a part of the facts which were mentioned in the preceding chapter, we fall back upon the evidence of the contemporary Jewish historian, who is very authoritative in his material, the careful and painfully exact Cecil Roth. The latter is rightly recognised in Israelite circles as the most outstanding contemporary Jewish historical writer, above all upon material of crypto-Jewry.
“In his famed work ‘History of the Marranos,’ Cecil Roth gives very interesting details, of how the Jews, thanks to their equally skilled false conversion, entered Christianity and appeared publicly as Christians, however, secretly held to their Jewish religion. He also shows us, how this secret belief was passed on by parents to children, covered with the appearance of an outward Christian militancy...:
“‘...The Church admittedly disapproved of compulsory conversion. Baptisms, which were undertaken under such conditions, were regarded as invalid. Pope Gregory the Great (590-604) repeatedly condemned them, although he gladly received in a friendly and heartfelt way those who were attracted with other means. The greatest part of his successors followed his example. Nevertheless heed was not always paid to the Papal ban. It was naturally admitted, that compulsory conversion was not Canonic. In order to circumvent it, the Jews were threatened with expulsion or death, and they were given to understand that they would save themselves through baptism. It occurred at times, that the Jews subjected themselves to a hard necessity. In such cases their acceptance of Christianity was regarded as spontaneous. In this manner, a compulsory mass conversion took place in Mahom, Minorca (418) under the Protectorate of Bishop Severo. A similar episode took place in Clermont (Auvergne)…in the year 576; and in spite of the disapproval of Gregory the Great the example spread into different places in France. In the year 629 King Dagobert commanded all Jews of the land to accept baptism under threat of banishment. The measure was imitated a little later in Lombardy.
“‘…after the Jews had been driven out of the south of France, some proud ancestral families, as a result of rumors, carried on Judaism in their homes as residue of the blood of those Jews who preferred to remain as public and confessing Catholics.
“‘...Towards the end of the XIIIth century the Anjou, who ruled Naples, introduced a general conversion of Jews in their neighbourhood of the city of Trani. Under the name new-converts (neophytes) the proselytes continued to live for three hundred years as crypto-Jews. Their secret loyalty to Judaism was one of the motives for which reason the Inquisition became active in Naples in the 16th century… Some escaped to the Balkans, where they joined themselves with the existing Jewish communities. Their descendants in south Italy still preserve some vague memories of Judaism up to the present day.
“‘This phenomenon in no way remained restricted to the Christian world. In various parts of the Mohammedan world ancient communities of crypt-Jews are found. The ‘Daggatun’ of the Sahara continued to practice the Jewish belief for a long time after their formal conversion to Islam, and their present sons have still not completely forgotten it. The ‘Donmeh’ of Salonica originate from the adherents of the pseudo-Messiah Sabbetai Zevi, whom they followed in his rebellion. Even if they were in public complete Muselmen, they practiced at home a Messianic Judaism. Further to the east there are still other examples…
“‘In fact the classical land of crypto-Jewry is Spain. Tradition there has been durable and universal to such an extent that one must raise the suspicion that a Marranian receptivity is present in the atmosphere of the land itself. Even at the time of the Romans the Jews were numerous and influential. Many of them asserted that they were descended from the aristocracy of Jerusalem, who had been deported by Titus or by earlier conquerors into banishment.’” (History of the Marranos, pp.236, 240-43)
“In the year 629 King Dagobert commanded all Jews of the land to accept baptism under threat of banishment.” What Cecil Roth fails to disclose is that King Dagobert was himself a Merovingian Jew. As the learned editor of the Encyclopedia Judaica, surely Dr. Roth knew this important fact and much more about the Merovingian dynasty, which ruled France, which dominated Europe, from the 5th to the 8th centuries. Moreover, in this excerpt from Cecil Roth's volume on the Marranos, brief mention is made that “the Anjou, who ruled Naples, introduced a general conversion of Jews,” while neglecting to state that the House of Anjou were among the most powerful Jewish Merovingian bloodlines which masterminded and funded the Crusades as well as the Renaissance.
Cecil Roth not only omitted to inform his readers of the Jewish ethnicity of these medieval power elites, or even to mention the Merovingian branch of European Jewry, the renowned Jewish historian made the following astonishing statement in another work, The Dark Ages. Jews in Christian Europe 711–1096, which is Vol.11 of The World History of the Jewish People:
“It seemed that they (the Jews) totally disappeared together with the breakdown of the Roman Empire. However, we don’t find any evidence of their presence until the Carolingian period... Of course we know from inscriptions and other sources about Jewish societies and single persons in nearly all provinces of the Roman Empire, and we can reasonably suppose – with or without proof – that there is in fact no district without Jews.” (The Dark Ages. Jews in Christian Europe, London, 1966, pp. 162, 4)
Why would Dr. Roth attempt to conceal the real history of European Jewry from approximately 500-800 A.D.? He acknowledges their presence but has nothing to say of their business, which was governing Europe! The reason will become obvious. The Merovingians became the royalty of Europe, having claimed Jewish descent from King David, King Solomon and, posturing as Christians, from Jesus Christ through Mary Magdalene! Starting with the first Merovingian king of France, Clovis I, who “converted” to Christianity in 496 A.D. along with his Jewish household and 3,000 of his Jewish warriors, these Jewish monarchs promulgated a heretical version of the gospel. The Merovingian heresy, which is today being reintroduced to through books such as The DaVinci Code (a revival Dr. Roth must have anticipated) goes like this:
“Mary Magdalen has been a critical figure in our story.
The evidence strongly suggests she escaped Israel with the bloodline of Jesus,
the heir apparent of the king of the Jews, and the issue of a royal marriage
which combined the royal lines of the tribes of Judaea and Benjamin—a merging
as well of a patriarchal Judaism and those Jews still honoring the mother
Goddess. She may have also been carrying the true royal blood—the Star
Fire, or the
manufactured by the Essenes for
their chosen leaders.
“Finding her way to Gaul—where established Jewish communities already existed—the Magdalen...found refuge for her and her treasures. The bloodline...perpetuated itself, intact and incognito, for some four hundred years—...including dynastic intermarriages not only with other Jewish families but with Romans and Visigoths as well. And...in the fifth century Jesus’ lineage became allied with the royal line of the Franks, thereby engendering the Merovingian dynasty.
“This would explain the sacred status accorded the Merovingians, the legendary birth of Merovee—child of two fathers, one of them a symbolic marine creature from beyond the sea, a marine creature which, like Jesus, might be equated with a mystical fish—The Fisher King.” (Library of Halexandria)
Another Jewish historian, H. Graetz, recorded in History of the Jews a similar forced conversion by Clovis’ father-in-law, Chilperich (523-584 AD), who ruled over Burgundy in the Frankish Kingdom:
“Although King Chilperich was not very favorable to the Catholic clergy, he...also forced the Jews in his kingdom to be baptised, and he personally went to the baptismal font as Pater of the newly-converted. However, he was satisfied with the mere appearance of conversions, and he was not hostile to the Jews, when they continued to celebrate the Sabbath and followed the Jewish Laws.” (The Plot Against the Church, p. 415)
King Dagobert I, the great-great-grandson of Clovis I, followed in his ancestors’ footsteps by compelling the conversion of Jews in 629 A.D., as recorded by the historian Roth. By forcing Jews to convert, Dagobert set a precedent for future contravention of a ban by Gregory the Great, himself a Merovingian who, as pope, overtly condemned the forced conversion of Jews but failed to enforce the papal ban.
“The Church admittedly disapproved of compulsory conversion... Pope Gregory the Great (590-604) repeatedly condemned them... Nevertheless heed was not always paid to the Papal ban... In order to circumvent it, the Jews were threatened with expulsion or death, and they were given to understand that they would save themselves through baptism...
“In the year 629 King Dagobert commanded all Jews of the land to accept baptism under threat of banishment...
“Towards the end of the XIIIth century the Anjou, who ruled Naples, introduced a general conversion of Jews...
“...Many of them asserted that they were descended from the aristocracy of Jerusalem, who had been deported by Titus or by earlier conquerors into banishment.’” (Cecil Roth, as cited in The Plot Against the Church)
The irony of this charade is that the popes who condemned forced conversions to Christianity, such as Gregory I, and the rulers who compelled the Jews to convert, such as Dagobert and the House of Anjou, were all Merovingian Jews! The foreseeable consequence of coercing whole populations of Jews to convert to Christianity was massive infiltration of the Roman Catholic Church by European Jewry.
It was from a Catholic expose of the Merovingians titled “The Merovingian Infiltration of the Christian World Through Monasticism” that we learned that Pope Gregory the Great (540-604 AD), who issued the phony papal ban against compulsory conversions, was a Merovingian:
“Sept. 3 became a day of victory for the Red Movement when he was installed as their pope, for Gregory marks the history of the papacy in that he was the very first ‘MONK’ to become a pope. Accordingly, when Phocus, a cruel military usurper, murdered Emperor Maurice and his entire family in the most brutal fashion, Gregory sent a letter to Phocus expressing hopes that ‘peace’ was now restored, a letter which served as criticism of him while he lived; another, his wasting of the entire treasury of the church, as waged against him at death. Butler’s comment that the Mary Magdalene story was received in the West following Gregory the Great now makes sense, since she is central to the Merovingian heresy.”
It was Pope Gregory the Great who conflated Mary Magdalene and Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, into one person. In 591 A.D., Gregory declared in a sermon, “She whom Luke calls the sinful woman, whom John calls Mary [of Bethany], we believe to be the Mary from whom seven devils were ejected according to Mark.” It then became the official teaching of the Catholic Church that this “Mary,” was also the prostitute who washed the feet of Jesus in Luke 7:36-50. Merging the identities of the women who followed Jesus provided theological support for the Merovingian fabrication of the legendary “wife” of Jesus.
The Jewish historian Roth would have the world believe that the medieval Jews were quietly minding their own business from 500-800 A.D. whilst, in fact, they were managing the affairs of state from the thrones of Europe and the Papacy! Michael Bradley wrote of their acquired nobility in Holy Grail Across the Atlantic:
“There was a very great ‘Jewish’ component among the Sicambrian Franks/Merovingians and, because they practiced polygamy (another Merovingian peculiarity) they left a great number of offspring. These aristocratic Merovingian children married into almost all of the noble families of Europe during the 5th, 6th, and 7th centuries. This has prompted more than one historian to suggest that the foundation of European nobility is Jewish!” (p.180)
M. Pinay observed, “This vanishing act on the part of Jewry, in order to remain hidden from the eyes of history — to use this fortunately chosen expression of Graetz’s — was always the most dangerous thing in the affair, since they grew from a visible ‘Fifth Column’ into a secret force, an invisible power, which is more difficult to combat as such.” (p.414)
In 679 A.D., the Carolingians, a rival dynasty, arranged for the assassination of Dagobert II (grandson of Dagobert I) and his son, Sigisbert IV. The Merovingians, however, claim that documents discovered in France testify to the continuation of their lineage in the person of Sigisbert who, they happily report, survived the assassination attempt:
“The Merovingian dynasty continued formally with Thierry IV and Childéric III who was removed in 751 and this was the end of the dynasty. According to the parchment found by Saunière, and this could be true according to some historians, Sigebert IV escaped and arrived in the Razes on the 17 of January 681 where he took refuge with his grand father. Dagobert II had as a second wife Gisèle, the daughter of Béra II the count of Razès. The Merovingian line included, after Sigebert IV (676-758) also known as the ‘Plant-Ard’ - from whom Mr Plantard took his name!-: Sigebert V (695-768), Bera III (715-771), Guillemon, Bera IV (755-836), Bera V (794-860), Hildéric I and finally Sigebert VI known as ‘Ursus’.” (Official International Knights Templar Website) [website no longer available]
In 750 A.D., a document titled “The Donation of Constantine” was discovered which proclaimed that the Pope was Christ’s elected representative on Earth with the power to create kings as his subordinates. (Keep in mind that the Merovingians now controlled the papacy.) In 751, the provisions of this document, supposedly signed by Constantine, were put into effect by the Vatican, and the pope gave permission to Pepin III, the Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia, to take the Frankish crown from Dagobert’s nephew, Childeric III. Pepin became the first Carolingian King of the Franks and was succeeded in 768 by his sons Carloman and Charles I who was later called Charlemagne. The Merovingian dynasty was terminated in 800 A.D. with the papal coronation of Charlemagne, who became the Holy Roman Emperor.
This would appear to be a coup d’etat removing the Merovingians from power. However, according to Margaret Starbird, author of The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail, “...to consolidate his claim to the throne of the Franks, Charlemagne had himself married a Merovingian princess.” (Bear & Co. 1993) It is indicative of the stranglehold which the Merovingian Jews had on Europe, that Charlemagne and his Carolingian successors married Merovingian wives to guarantee the continuation of their dynasty. The anonymous author of “The Merovingian Infiltration of the Christian World Through Monasticism” also notes that the Carolingians’ not only took measures to legitimize themselves as Holy Roman Emperors by taking Merovingian wives, but also claiming descent from Jesus Christ!
“In the [8th] century the Merovingian Dynasty of France was overthrown by the mayors of the Merovingian Palaces, the Carolingians (741). But Carolingians were also a major part of the Jesus–Magdalene heresy... They took Merovingian wives to assure that the heretical ‘divine’ bloodline was preserved twofold. The Carolingian empire became the unholy Holy Roman Empire under Charlemagne who became the first Emperor, a huge coup.”
“Dagobert’s Revenge” is the magazine of the Ordo Lapsit Exillis which is dedicated to the restoration of the Merovingian dynasty for world government.
“The title Dagobert’s Revenge signifies not just the vengeance sought by the Merovingians against the Catholic church which betrayed them, but also, in a broader sense, the struggle of all members of the ancient bloodline of the Holy Grail (which goes back, we believe, to the beginnings of civilization), the only bearers of true God-ordained sovereignty, against the forces which, in every age, have attempted to wrest power away from the bloodline merely for the purpose of domination.”
The Ordo Lapsit Exillis claims to be “an invisible college dedicated to the recovery of the Stone that fell from Heaven, called by our ancestors the ‘Grail.’” OLE’s explanation of the Grail should give the reader a clue as to the true origins of the Merovingians.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:12-14)
Clearly, the Jesus-Mary Magdalene heresy is a subterfuge, for Merovingian claims to divinity point to lineage from another source altogether. The progenitors of “the ancient bloodline of the Holy Grail which goes back to the beginnings of civilization” were the fallen angels who mated with human women, per Genesis 6:1,2: “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.”
According to a Hebrew resource for Navigating the Bible, the sons of God were the “Titans. Nefilim in Hebrew, literally ‘fallen ones.’ They were called this because they were the sons of the fallen angels (Targum Yonathan).” This demonic ancestry of the Merovingians is explicitly stated on Dagobert’s Revenge in Edouard de Legionnaire’s essay, “The Biological Basis of Elitism and ‘Divine Right’ Rule”:
“The all-important element of the Divine Right is that it comes from God, or ‘the gods’, alternately. And who were these gods? Authors such as Zecharia Sitchin, Sir Laurence Gardner and Nicholas de Vere are authoritatively convinced that kingship was created by an advanced race of beings called the Annunaki, also called the Nephilim in the Old Testament. These were the ones who created the human race and interbred with a portion of it to create the kingly caste which until this day has still maintained control over the Earth. These celestial creatures have been variously identified with Dragons, Elves, Fairies, Gnomes, Leprechauns, Sprites, Nymphs, Pixies, Angels, Demons, Devils, Witches, Giants, Vampires, Werewolves, and just about every mythical being you can imagine. Some, like Gardner and Sitchin, claim that they come from another planet. Others, like de Vere, say that they’re multi-dimensional, or that they’re from the Hollow Earth.” (323)
According to The Book of Enoch the Prophet as translated by Richard Laurence, “The Nephilim are described as descending from Mount Hermon.”
“And the angels, the children of heaven, saw them [handsome and beautiful daughters] and desired them... And they were altogether two hundred; and they descended into Ardos, which is the summit of Hermon. And they called the mount Armon, for they swore and bound one another by a curse.” 251:15 [I Enoch VI.6, vs.1-5]
“As recounted in the Dead Sea Scrolls: ‘.....In the days of Jared’, two hundred Watchers ‘descended’ on ‘Ardis’, the summit of Mount Hermon - a mythical location equated with the triple peak of Jebel esh Sheikh (9,200 feet), placed in the most northerly region of ancient Palestine.” (The Watchers)
The Dead Sea Scrolls include the earliest version of the Book of Enoch, which was rejected for the canon of Scripture. The Scrolls were authored by the monastic Essene community of Qumran, believed to be the apostate Tribe of Dan which inherited the pre-flood paganism, Baal worship, of the Canaanites. The location of the Nephilim’s descent—Mount Hermon, also called Mount Sion—is in the territory of Dan, formerly the land of the Canaanites, in northern Israel. According to the Atlas of the Bible Lands, “Part of the tribe of Dan, unable to secure its inheritance, migrated north and captured Laish, renaming it Dan.” ( p.8)
“And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages.” Joshua 19:47-48
“And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.” Judges 18:29
The northern area of Palestine at Mt. Hermon happens to be located at the 33º, both latitude and longitude, according to the Paris Zero Meridian (used before the Greenwich International Zero Meridian was established in 1884).
“St Sulpice (d. c.647). This contemporary of St Dagobert also has his feast day on 17 January. He was the second Bishop of Bourges, which is on the zero meridian of Paris, like Rennes-les-Bains, and was successful in converting all the Jews of his diocese. He was the protege of the goldsmith of St Eloi, Grand Vizier of Dagobert I. The famous seminary and church dedicated to him in Paris contains the obelisk with the copper line down the centre marking the exact point of the meridian. St Sulpice, in the grounds of St Germain-des-Pres (qv), had connections with the Prieure from its foundation in 1642.” [Ean Begg, The Cult of the Black Virgin, Arkana, 1985, p.110.]
The Zero Meridian is the 33rd degree longitude.
We suspected for some time that monasteries were often fronts for occult as well as homosexual activity. “The Merovingian Infiltration of the Christian World Through Monasticism” confirmed our suspicions that many Catholic religious communities were steeped in Gnostic occultism (à la Anne Catherine Emmerich) and that these Gnostic “cults” were points of entry for the Merovingians to accede to the Papacy. St. Gregory the Great was the first of fifty Benedictine monks who would become the pope:
“The Merovingian Franks (450-741) built monasteries as a means of infiltration...for Merovingian monasteries later became Benedictine/ Cistercians... Pope Gregory the Great…promoted Benedictine monasticism. His feast day is the day he became pope, September 3 [590 AD]. This was accomplished by the infiltration of the Church, for Gregory was part of that infiltration. Sept. 3 became a day of victory for the Red Movement when he was installed as their pope, for Gregory marks the history of the papacy in that he was the very first ‘MONK’ to become a pope.”
The origins of monasticism are to be found in Egypt. Hermes Trismegistus, the Greek Neo-Platonist name for the Egyptian god, Thoth, was the founder of alchemy and geometry [29:245] and the prototype of the “hermit.” In the philosophy of Plato and the Neoplatonists, spirituality increased in relation to contempt for earthly values. Christian eremitical beliefs were borrowed from the Jewish eremitical Essenes and Therapeutae. Philo of the Therapeutae taught Pantaneus, who founded the Alexandrian Catechetical School where he trained Clement, who became his successor in 180 A.D. Clement, in turn, trained Origen, who succeeded him as director of the Catechetical School in 202 A.D. The famous Egyptian hermit, St. Anthony the Great (251-356 AD), was the founder of Eastern monasticism and mystery religions schools, as well as the most influential figure in the development of pre-Benedictine monasticism. In the 4th century, monasticism was transported to Europe by St. Athanasius (296-373 AD), the Bishop of Alexandria, who was profoundly influenced by St. Antony.
“Antony of Egypt (251-356): ascetic Brother of the sun-god and founder of Eastern monasticism. Demons permeate his legend. He passed one of his sheepskin cloaks to Athanasius, spiritual head of desert hermits and Ethiopia, Bishop of Alexandria, father of Orthodoxy. Athanasius had likewise given his cloak to Antony and subsequently wrote Antony’s biography, just as Gregory later wrote that of Benedict. Antony’s feast day, Jan.17, would become sacred to the Merovingians and their Sion Organization, which convents were historically convened Jan.17 in honor of Antony’s success at infiltrating the Christian world. Antony’s remains would come to rest in Vienne France… It was Athanasius who introduced monasticism to the Romans and Germans…
“The rule of St. Columbanus and of Benedict in Europe were developed into major monastic communities by the Merovingians who provided not only the monasteries themselves, but charters granting them complete exemption from episcopal and secular intervention, making them fully and completely autonomous. Merovingians of ancient Egypt had thus assured the continuity of Egyptian error. Gibbons hits the nail on the head when he writes, ‘Swarms of monks arose from the Nile, overspread and darkened the Christian world’. ‘Saints Who History Made’ p. 82”
Athanasius is known as the “Father of orthodoxy” and the “theological center of the Nicene age” (Schaff). As the famous opponent of the Arian heresy, Athanasius valiantly defended the divinity of Jesus Christ. However, he also taught that the Incarnation of the Word “divinized” human flesh, making it possible for men to become “gods.” “God became man that men might become gods,” wrote Athanasius. Arianism was condemned and Arius, a Jew, was excommunicated at the Council of Nicea in 321 A.D. Although Athanasius led the bishops to contend for the faith as to the person of Jesus Christ, it was at this ecumenical council that celibacy became a requirement for Christian leaders, as stated in the Catholic Encyclopedia. Other traditions of the Roman Catholic Church were adopted from Egyptian monasticism under the leadership of Athanasius, such as the following mentioned in David Brake’s book, Athanasius and Asceticism:
o Regarded exclusively as the “Bride of Christ” [597: 11]
o Deification of virgins led to the Blessed ‘Virgin’ Mary [597::17, 77]
o Virgin Mary was the model for virgins [597:54, 70]
o Convents established [597:24,27]
o Vow of Silence [597:72-3]
o Formal vow of celibacy [597:14]
o Inheritances given to the Roman Church [597:33]
o Changed the name given by parents [597:41]
o Pilgrimages to Holy Land; venerated sacred sites and mystical caves [597:36,38]
o Adopted Greek/Latin ideal: wives silent, submissive [597:75]
o Bishops/priests were earthly representatives of virgins’ Heavenly Bridegroom
o Appointed as bishops [597:12,99]
o Established monastic communities as part of Church under authority of bishops [597:86]
o Status/title of ‘father’/ abbas [597:84]; Abbas received visions/revelations inspired by God
o Pre-incarnation virgins – Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, John the Baptist [597:55]
3. Parish churches [597:12]
4. Sacraments [597:12]
5. Imitation of Saints [597:12]
6. Lent/ascetic program [597:13]
7. Priesthood [597:14]
8. Easter celebration [597:40]
9. Martyr shrines [597:100]
10. Salvation by works [597:55-6]
It is conceivable that the Council of Nicea, subsequent ecumenical councils, and the controversies leading to them were part of the dialectical process to remove Christianity off its Scriptural base. Introduce a heresy (antithesis) to challenge a Biblical truth (thesis) and stage an ecumenical council (synthesis) to bring in another heresy. The Nestorian controversy revolved around the issue of whether Mary was the “Mother of God” (Theotokos) or the “Mother of Christ” (Christotokos) as stated by Nestorius. At the Council of Ephesus in 431 A.D., Nestorius was condemned and Mary was declared to be the “Mother of God.” Of interest, Ephesus was a center of goddess-worship where the Essenes had established their school.
THE PRIEURÉ DE SION
In 1070 A.D., a group of monks from Calabria, the southernmost region of Italy, relocated to France to territory owned by one Godfroi de Vere de Bouillon, of the House of Vere, senior branch of the House of Anjou. (Recall Cecil Roth’s statement that the Anjou who ruled Naples in the 13th century compelled the conversion of Jews to Roman Catholicism.) The Calabrian monks, who called themselves the Ordre de Sion, were given a tract of land owned by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the founder of the Cistercian Order and author of the Rule of the Knights Templar. St. Bernard was of the Merovingian line of Champagne, which funded the Cistercians.
“The ‘Prieuré documents’ imply that...an abbey existed by 1100 and housed an order of the...name [Ordre de Sion] which may have been formed earlier... It is known that in 1070, twenty-nine years before the First Crusade, a specific band of monks from Calabria in southern Italy arrived in the vicinity of the Ardennes Forrest, part of Godfroi de Bouillon’s domains. According to Gérard de Sède this band of monks was led by an individual called Ursus—a name the ‘Prieuré documents’ consistently associate with the Merovingian bloodline... [A]t Orval, not far from Stenay, where Dagobert II had been assassinated some five hundred years earlier...an abbey was established to house the monks... By 1108 they had mysteriously disappeared... Orval, by 1131, had become one of the fiefs owned by Saint Bernard...” (pp.13)
It is noteworthy that Calabria would also be the home of Joachim of Fiore (c.1135-1202), another Cistercian monk and heretic who predicted a future era of the Holy Spirit which would be marked by increased spiritual intelligence and a new religious order which would convert both Jews and Gentiles to Christianity: William Gentz stated in The Dictionary of Bible and Religion, “Ushered in by monastics, the Age of the Spirit would bring the conversion of the Jews and Gentiles, union of the Greek and Roman churches, overthrow of Antichrist and inauguration of the Sabbath of God.” (p.530) Joachim envisioned a third age when “the world would be one vast monastery, in which all men would be contemplative monks rapt in mystical ecstasy and united in singing the praises of God.” (Norman Cohn, Pursuit of the Millennium, pp. 108-9)
According to Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the Ordre de Sion of the Calabrian monks became the Prieuré de Sion and this society had its origins in the Alexandrian Society of Ormus. “Prieuré” is the French form of “priory” which is a monastery or “religious house presided over by a prior or prioress; sometimes an offshoot of, and subordinate to, an abbey…” (Webster):
“In 1188 the Ordre de Sion is...said to have modified its name, adopting the one which has allegedly obtained to the present—the Prieuré de Sion. As a kind of subtitle it is said to have adopted the curious name ‘Ormus.’ …
“…According to Masonic teachings, Ormus was the name of an Egyptian sage and mystic, a Gnostic ‘adept’ of Alexandria… In A.D. 46 he and six of his followers were supposedly converted to a form of Christianity by one of Jesus’ disciples, Saint Mark in most accounts. From this conversion a new sect or order is said to have been born, which fused the tenets of Christianity with the teachings of other, even older mystery schools…
“According to Masonic tradition, in A.D. 46 Ormus is said to have conferred on his newly constituted ‘order of initiates’ a specific identifying symbol—a red or a rose cross… in [the] ‘Prieuré documents’…One is intended to see in Ormus the origins of the so-called Rose-Croix, or Rosicrucians. And in 1188 the Prieuré de Sion is said to have adopted a second subtitle in addition to Ormus. It is said to have called itself L’Ordre de la Rose-Croix Veritas...” (Holy Blood, Holy Grail, pp. 122-3)
It was established in Part I that the Society of Ormus was founded circa 96 B.C. in Alexandria by Jewish monks. According to Holy Blood, Holy Grail and various other New Age sources, the Prieuré de Sion is the high cabal of the Order of the Rose Croix in Europe. The origins of the Prieuré de Sion in the monastic Society of Ormus are also documented in Michael Howard’s Occult Conspiracy:
“The foundation of the Priory can be traced back allegedly to the gnostic adept Ormus who lived in the first century C.E.... He formed a secret society which united esoteric Christianity with the teachings of the pagan mystery schools. Ormus adopted as his symbol a cross surmounted by a rose to signify the synthesis of the new and old religions. ...Ormus, the legendary first century founder of the secret society which became the Priory of Sion lived in Alexandria.” (Occult Conspiracy, pp.31, 142)
Recently there has been an elaborate attempt to conceal the antiquity of the Prieuré de Sion which is revealed in New Age books to be the august body that oversees all other secret societies from its headquarters in Paris. For obvious reasons, this information was not intended to reach the Christian community which is slated for boat loads of disinformation instead. The occult underground, by virtue of the fact that occultists read New Age books, were alone meant to be privy to the existence of the Prieuré de Sion and to the nature of its mission. It may never have occurred to the conspirators that Christians might read New Age books and, equipped with knowledge of Bible prophecy, be able to assemble the pieces of end-time puzzle.
This unforeseen exposure of the Prieuré de Sion as the high cabal of secret societies—whose Grand Master will be the Antichrist—has occasioned a number of damage control measures, from Paul Smith’s website debunking the late Grand Master, Pierre Plantard, as a ‘nobody’ with delusions of grandeur, to a spate of “Christian” books which pretend to expose The Da Vinci Code. This popular novel goes into some detail about the Priory of Zion, its medieval history and continuation as the present day Prieuré de Sion in Paris, as well as extolling the pedigree of the Plantard de Saint-Claire bloodline. The so-called “Christian” apologetics resources which feign exposing The Da Vinci Code argue against the Dan Brown’s thesis by claiming that the Prieuré de Sion was “just a small club of friends” founded in 1956 by Pierre Plantard, which fizzled around 1984, and had no connection whatsoever with the medieval Prieuré de Sion that created the Order of the Knights Templar.
If it is the case that the Plantard de Saint-Claire bloodline and the Prieuré de Sion are of no consequence, then why the plethora of New Age books conditioning the public for their imminent appearance on the world stage? Holy Blood, Holy Grail, The Messianic Legacy and The Da Vinci Code are not journalistic flops but best-sellers on the global market. Holy Blood, Holy Grail has sold over 20,000 copies and The Da Vinci Code, which has been on the best-seller list for one year, has sold 5 million copies. Moreover, The Da Vinci Code will be released next year as a movie directed by Ron Howard. If Pierre Plantard de Saint-Claire was a charlatan, his lineage a band of pretenders, and the Prieuré de Sion a fabrication, why are millions of dollars expended by the mainstream media to educate the public as to their singular importance?
These New Age sources have much more to say about the Prieuré de Sion which is not intended for Christian readers, lest, with their knowledge of Bible prophecy, they also figure out the real conspiracy. According to The Messianic Legacy, by the famous authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the Prieuré de Sion, in concert with the Knights of Malta, are leaders of global politics, finance, religion and intelligence.
“The French press, in a brief article on M. Plantard’s election as Grand Master in 1981 had stated that ‘the 121 high dignitaries of the Prieuré de Sion are all eminences grises of high finance and international political or philosophical organisations.’ Something very similar could clearly be said about the Knights of Malta. By virtue of their intrinsic natures, both Orders could be expected to function in much the same sphere, the twilight underworld where politics, finance, religion and the work of various intelligence organizations converge.” - 232:362
According the Laurence Gardner’s Bloodline of the Holy Grail, the primary goal of the Prieuré de Sion was, and is, to reestablish the Merovingian bloodline as the royalty of Europe.
“During this crusading era, various knightly Orders merged, including the Ordre de Sion (Order of Sion) [aka Prieuré de Sion] founded by Godefroi de Bouillon in 1099...
“From 1188, the Order of Sion had been restructured, and evolved to pursue a more specific course of loyalty to the Merovingian lineage of France. The Templars, on the other hand, were especially concerned with supporting the emergent Stewart succession. In practice, the two operated in close association because they were essentially concerned with the same root bloodline” - 29:256,323
Another piece of the puzzle is that the Grand Masters of the Prieuré de Sion changed their surnames to obscure their Jewish origins. For example, Jeroboam Rothschild was a member of this secret cabal.
“Not all members of the Prieuré de Sion, [Jean Luc Chaumeil] said, were Jewish. This implication of this apparent non sequitor is obvious -- that some members of the order, if not indeed many, are Jewish.” (Holy Blood, Holy Grail, p. 223)
“The Prieuré de Sion - the Elders of Sion also relates to the Rothschilds who are reported to serve on a Jewish council of Elders of Sion... For instance, Armstrong, the Rothschild Trust, p. 196, ‘That is the present objective of Jeroboam Rothschild and his secret Elders of Zion.’” - 77:152,163
“The British Round Table group served at the [Paris Peace] conference as advisers to Prime Minister David Lloyd George. [The real behind- the-scene experts at the Paris conference included M. (Georges) Mandel (real name Jeroboam Rothschild) (France), Phillip Sassoon (1888-1939) (England) and Bernard Baruch (U.S.).]” – 539
“Russell Barnes...wrote: 'Some years ago I was in contact with the author Sinclair Traill... He wore a sturdy gold ring...[with] an unusual motif which at first glance appeared to be a ‘column’. He said the ring and its motif were associated historically with his Sinclair [St. Clair] forbearers, a name preserved by use as his Christian name.” - 96:84
The Prieuré de Sion was created and has been directed by individuals related to the Saint-Claire bloodline.
“Through marriage the family of Marie Levis St. Claire was connected to the de Gisors, the family from which the first and third grand masters of the Prieuré de Sion came. Without question, Prieuré de Sion was created and run by individuals related to the St. Claires. The third grand master was in charge in the year that the Templars were ordered arrested and the treasure fleet set sail for Scotland to escape the agents of the French king. Did one St. Claire (from France) correspond with another Sinclair (from Scotland) for this express purpose? Most likely the answer is yes.” - 281:178
“Their domain [the Sinclair family--Scottish branch of the Norman Saint-Clair Gisors family] at Rosslyn was only a few miles from the former Scottish headquarters of the Knights Templar, and the chapel at Rosslyn--built between 1446 and 1486--has long been associated with both Freemasonry and the Rose-Croix. In a charter believed to date from 1601, moreover, the Sinclairs are recognized as 'hereditary' grand masters of Scottish Masonry.' This is the earliest specifically Masonic document on record. According to Masonic sources, however, the hereditary grand mastership was conferred on the Sinclairs by James II, who ruled between 1437 and 1460--the age of René d’Anjou.” - 31:183
“In the Dossiers secrets the following individuals are listed as successive grand masters of the Prieuré de Sion--or, to use the official term, Nautonnier, an old French word that means ‘navigator’...
Jean de Gisors (1188-1220) Robert Fludd (1595-1637)
Marie de Saint-Clair (1220-1266) J. Valentin Andrea (1637-1654)
Guillaume de Gisors (1266-1307) Robert Boyle (1654-1691)
Edouard de Bar (1307-1336) Isaac Newton (1691-1727)
Jeanne de Bar (1336-1351) Charles Radclyffe (1727-1746)
Jean de Saint-Clair (1351-1366) Charles de Lorraine (1746-1780)
Blanche d'Evreaux (1366-1398) Maximillian de Lorraine (1780-1801)
Nicholas Flamel (1398-1418) Charles Nodier (1801-1844)
Rene d'Anjou (1418-1480) Victor Hugo (1844-1885)
Iolande de Bar (1480-1483) Claude Debussy (1885-1918)
Sandro Filipepi (1483-1510) Jean Cocteau (1918-1963)" - 31:131
Leonaro da Vinci (1510-1519)
Connétable de Bourbon (1519-1527) Gaylord Freeman (1963-1981) - 77:81
Ferdinand de Gonzague (1527-1575) Pierre Plantard de Saint-Clair (1981-1984/8) - 31:214
Louis de Nevers (1575-1595) Thomas Plantard de Saint-Clair (1989- ) - 836:1
Saint-Clair means 'holy light' (Shekinah). For evidence of the supreme importance of the Prieuré de Sion as the high cabal of secret societies, whose present Grand Master, Thomas Plantard de Saint-Clair is the Merovingian Antichrist, please see our report, The False Gospel in the Stars or, the condensed version of this series, The Merovingian Dynasty: Satanic Bloodline of the Antichrist.
THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
Given the historical and geographical background of the Prieuré de Sion, it becomes apparent why the Merovingian dynasty had a vested interest in the reconquest of the Holy Land. To this end, by the close of the first millennium, the Merovingian dynasty had strategically positioned its network of crypto-Jewry to mobilize all of Europe for the long march to the Middle East. Most interesting of all, Pope Urban II, who launched the First Crusade in 1099, was of Merovingian, i.e. Jewish, descent and the 6th French Merovingian pope!
“1088: Urban II, French Prior of Cluny (Reformed Benedictines) becomes the pope. Urban was of the ‘Eudes’ family... [grandson] of Henry of Burgundy who married Sibylle of Barcelona... Barcelona, home of their mother, was part of the Spanish March connected to Septimania...
“It happens that Septimania (Languedoc) is exactly where the Jesus-Magdalene heresy flourished, and where there was a large population of Cathar Jews who were given independent status by Pepin, Carolingian King. Thence their own kings ruled as: ‘seed of the Royal House of David’, each acknowledged as ‘King of the Jews’...” (“Merovingian Infiltration of the Christian World Through Monasticism”)
The Second Messiah: Templars, The Turin Shroud and the Great Secret of Freemasonry, by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, has identified some of the Jewish families who conspired with the Merovingian pope to plunder the Holy Land. According to Knight and Lomas, these Jewish elites, who regarded themselves as “the kings of God,” were the driving force behind every Crusade, which is quite an admission considering that the later Crusades were directed against the Cathar Jews in the Languedoc.
“The picture that was emerging was of a group of European noble families, descended from the Jewish lines of David and Aaron, who had escaped from Jerusalem shortly before, or possible even just after, the fall of the Temple. They had passed down the knowledge of the artifacts concealed within the Temple to a chosen son...of each family. Some of the families involved were the Counts of Champagne, Lords of Gisors, Lords of Payen, Counts of Fontaine, Counts of Anjou, de Bouillon, St. Clairs of Roslin, Brienne, Joinville, Chaumont, St Clair de Gisor, St Clair de Neg and the Hapsburgs...
“By 1095, the members of the Rex Deus families group were almost certainly fully Christianised, yet each of them must have had at least one male member who held the traditional history of their high-born Jewish roots close to his heart. No doubt they saw themselves as ‘super-Christians’, descendants of the very first Church, and privy to the greatest secret this side of heaven. They were a silent elite — ‘the kings of God’.
“Indeed, the history books record that [Urban II’s] leadership marked the papacy’s assumption of the leadership of Western Christendom...
“If the Rex Deus group did exist, it is easy to see how the First Crusade provided these families with a ‘God-given’ opportunity to return to their Holy Temple to recover the treasure that was their birthright - and it would be done at exactly the same time that the Jewish writer of the Gospel of John the Divine had predicted! The Rex Deus families were at the forefront of the First, and every Crusade. Medieval scholars have long wondered why it should be that the same families drove all of the Crusades for their entire duration, and now we had a possible answer.” (p.79)
“It is suggested that at some period prior to 1128, Hughes De Payen wrote to Bernard, later St Bernard of Clairvaux, by this time the leading light in the Cistercian Order and a force to be reckoned with in the Catholic Church. Hughes is supposed to have asked St Bernard if he would consider sponsoring the embryonic Order and perhaps create a ‘Rule’ for what would be essentially an institution of Holy Knights. It is extremely unlikely that St Bernard would have needed to be approached officially by Hughes, who was almost certainly known to the little man from Dijon and may indeed have been a kinsman. A much more likely scenario is that the shadowy group of Champagne based nobles who were almost certainly responsible for the formation of the Cistercian Order some years previously, had mooted the idea of the Templars at least as early as 1118. It is suggested that documents found in Seborga in Northern Italy virtually prove that St Bernard at least had a direct hand in forming the Templars.
“…there is no doubt that, in one way or another, Bernard of Clairvaux, the shining star of monasticism, was prevailed upon to take the embryonic Templar Order under his wing, to regularise it and to seek an official recognition by the Pope. In preparation for the event, Bernard penned a long document entitled 'In Praise of the New Knighthood'. This was a sort of open letter that justified the existence of a group of monks whose only real existence was to fight and kill others - something that flew directly in the face of all monastic endeavour… Bernard…not only managed to convince many of his fellow monks that this was an excellent idea, but also the Pope.
“…it is a fact that the Pope convened a council in Troyes, the capital city of Champagne, in the year 1128... the Council was being held in the heartland of Champagne, only a few miles from Bernard's own flourishing abbey of Clairvaux. The Pope simply could not avoid listening to what Bernard had to say without directly insulting the Count of Champagne.
... Bernard had been busy converting the rule of St Benedict, already adapted for the Cistercians themselves, to a form that would fit the Templar Order. By the time the Pope sat down to convene the Council of Troyes, he was faced with a fete acomplee. He simply could not risk offending the rulers of Champagne, who were also blood tied to the kings of Jerusalem...
“As Bernard of Clairvaux was to do on many occasions during his life, he had 'stitched up' the papacy, ensuring that the Templars would not simply exist, but that they would be headed by factions drawn directly from Champagne and from his own family. The rest, as they say, is history. When Honorius II died in 1130, against all the odds, Bernard managed to have Gregorio Papereschi, a man with a dubious claim at best, elected as Pope Innocent II. This Pope, and his successors, was deep in debt to Bernard, who left no stone unturned to have more and more papal declarations made to consolidate and promote the Templar Order. However, the Council of Troyes of 1128 was the turning point of early Templar fortunes and could be considered amongst St Bernard of Clairvaux's greatest victories.” (Templar History: The Council of Troyes)
After the First Crusade, the Knights of the Order of the Temple were officially recognized and incorporated as a religious-military order under a Grand Master, Hugues de Payen. By decree of Pope Innocent II, the Knights Templar were accountable to no one except the Pope, who was typically a Merovingian. The Knights Templar occupied the Holy Land until the Saracens recaptured Jerusalem 1187. In 1188, the Knights Templar and the Ordre de Sion allegedly separated, the latter changing its name to the Prieuré de Sion. In the next two hundred years, the Templars would become the Jewish bankers of Europe, a powerful network with international influence.
“Pope Innocent II, a former protégé of Saint Bernard, issued a papal bull in 1139, which stated that the Templars owed no allegiance to any secular or ecclesiastical power other than the Pope himself. In this way, the Templars were rendered totally independent of all kings, princes, and prelates, and from all interference from both political and religious authorities. They became, in effect, a law unto themselves. At the same time, Europe’s younger sons of noble families flocked to enroll in the order’s ranks and vast donations—in money, goods, and land—were made from every quarter of Christendom. Eventually, the Templars became so wealthy that they could lend vast sums of money to destitute monarchs and became the international bankers for thrones in Europe and certain Muslim potentates in the Middle East.” (Library of Halexandria)
After their removal from the Holy Land, c. 1200, many Templars relocated to the South of France, in the Languedoc where they claim Mary Magdalene and her children settled. The Cathars of the Languedoc were the major Gnostic cult from the 11th to the 13th centuries. In the Languedoc they were called Albigenses because the town of Albi was a main center of Catharism. The Cathars/ Albigenses worshipped Mary Magdalene as the wife of Jesus Christ, whose descendants they claimed to be. They believed in reincarnation and the dualist heresy of the Manicheans, i.e. that the creator and master of this world was an Evil Demiurge (Satan) and that the souls of angels were incarnated in human bodies.
The Cathars also believed that the Grail was a jewel or stone that fell from the crown of Lucifer, whom they worshipped as the true God, as opposed to the Evil Demiurge who is “Satan.” The organization which publishes Dagobert’s Revenge is an “invisible college” called Ordo Lapsit Exillis which means “The Stone That Fell From Heaven,” referring to Lucifer rebellion against the Evil Demiurge:
“The Ordo Lapsit Exillis is named after the Stone that fell from Heaven, the fabled jewel that is said to have fallen from Lucifer’s crown during the war in Heaven, and which in the occult is used as a symbol of enlightenment - of the descent of divine light form the mind of God into the mind of Man. As such it symbolizes Venus, the Morning Star, as well as the Luciferian doctrine of the initiates, the secret knowledge which men are not allowed, and which Lucifer’s angels were cast from Heaven for sharing with man. In Freemasonry, this is symbolized as the Blazing Star, which is often depicted as falling from Heaven. As Albert Pike writes in Morals and Dogma, The Blazing Star has been regarded as an emblem of Omniscience, or the All-Seeing Eye, which to the ancients was the Sun. Masons also represent the Lapsit Exillis as the Stone that was rejected - the secret cornerstone of Solomon’s Temple which symbolizes the core of their teachings.”
According to Pinay, the Cathari/Albigenses operated as crypto-Jews who led heretical movements throughout Europe.
“...Jewish revolutionary movements which appeared within Christianity in the form of false teaching and which were introduced by seeming Christians but by Jews in secret. The latter then recruited upright and good Christians for the arising heretical movement by persuading the latter in a crafty way.
“The secret Jews organized and controlled in secret manner the movements, which were the creative and driving-force of wicked false teachings, such as those of the ‘Catarensers,’ of the ‘Patarines,’ of the ‘Albignensians,’ of the ‘Hussites,’ of the ‘Illuminati’ and others.” (p. 238)
The Cathar/Albigensian cults, whose counterparts in southeastern Europe were the Bogomils and the Paulicians in the Near East, have been reimaged by various pseudo-Christian ministries the “true Christians” who were unfairly persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church. Not that God ever sanctioned burning heretics at the stake, nevertheless, any good encyclopedia will furnish copious evidence of the damnable heresies and occult traditions of these Gnostic cults which were also politically subversive. A detailed discussion of the heresies and subversive activities of these Gnostic sects is presented in our report: “Shock & Awe in the KJV-Only Camp: The Real History of King James Onlyism.”
Although Maurice Pinay inveighed lengthily against Jewish infiltration of the Catholic clergy, it seems never to have occurred to him that these Jews may have been “agents provocateurs” who recruited “upright and good Christians” into heretical movements which their Marrano brethren in the Vatican then brutally suppressed, thereby giving Christianity a reputation for aggression and violence and bringing undeserved reproach upon the name of Jesus Christ, who preached nonviolence. Nor did M. Pinay seem to realize that, in many cases, the kings and clergy who compelled Jews to convert were themselves Jews who planned to infiltrate the Church in order to divide and conquer Christianity. At any rate, a major theme of the “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” is a conspiracy to sow discord among the Gentiles and these conspirators know very well that very few are immune to the dialectical process. Maurice Pinay was not one of them, for he typically perceived the evil of only one side of what appears to have been a controlled conflict, that is, both sides directed by the same conspirators.
In 1209, Pope Innocent III launched the Albigensian Crusade, at first to convert, but eventually to eradicate the Cathars in the Languedoc. The Albigensian Crusade was succession of campaigns which lasted for a period of 40 years, turning the Languedoc into a war zone. In 1244, the final siege at Montségur lasted one year, during which time the Cathar and/or Templar wealth was secretly removed to an undisclosed location. Like Mount Hermon/Sion, Montsegur is important as a “sacred site” leading to the underworld and, in fact, was regarded by the Merovingians as a New Sion. According to Tracy Twyman, the editor of Dagobert’s Revenge and author of “Le Serpent Rouge Reinterpreted,” the center of the earth (aka “Hell”) is the waiting place of the ancient gods, whom apostate Jews venerate as the Biblical patriarchs:
“Hercules would seem to have much in common with Saturn, or Kronos, the Cain figure of Roman and Greek mythology who was also a navigator, and who in some Greek myths is said to have been a consort of Venus, and in others has a different familial relationship with her. Their relationship is similar to that between Virgo and Mercury, who has a legend surrounding his tomb as well that echoes that of Venus, Kronos, Osiris, Christian Rosenkreutz, and a number of figures throughout world mythology that seem to embody the same mythos - that of the Sun god who dies and is reborn as his own son. They are all said to be buried in a tomb that is, symbolically or otherwise, at the ‘center of the Earth’, which is ‘lit by an inner sun’, and which is covered with hieroglyphic writing. And the Tomb of Hercules, which is a cave that actually exists in Montsegur nearby Rennes-le-Chateau, is indeed covered with hieroglyphic symbols. This hearkens back to the Tower of Babel, that symbol of the first universal language, and of the World Mountain...
“Perhaps this is what is symbolized by the ruined Temple of Solomon, referred to repeatedly in the poem Le Serpent Rouge, and throughout the Grail literature. The Temple of Solomon, like the Towel of Babel and the Giza pyramids, is meant to symbolize the World Mountain in the center of the Earth. But it is built on Mt Zion, which, Jews believe, really is the World Mountain, and the ‘Cave of Treasures’ which is the burial place of all of the Biblical patriarchs - every one of them based upon ancient gods such as Kronos and Venus. Montsegur is the World Mountain in this version of the story, a New Sion, and the mountains at Rennes-le-Chateau are the temple erected to it - just like the Temple of Solomon that was erected on Mt Sion, or, like the Grail castle was erected upon Montsalveche, ‘The Mountain of Salvation’, very similar in meaning to the ‘Secure Mountain’ title of Montsegur.” (Dagobert’s Revenge) [article no longer available]
The Cathars were exterminated in 1245, but the Knights Templar...
“In 1306, Philippe IV of France, was acutely anxious to rid his territory of the Templars, who were, at their best, arrogant and unruly. But for Philippe, the Templars were also efficient and highly trained, a professional military force much stronger and better organized than anything Philippe IV could muster. Philippe had no control over them, as their allegiance was only to the Pope, and even the latter was only a nominal allegiance.” (Library of Halexandria)
On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France, through a Papal Order of Pope Clement V, called for the arrest of every Templar in France on charges of heresy and blasphemy and the confiscation of Templar property in France. King Philip had good reason for ridding his territory of Templars. The “Poor Knights of Christ” had become a criminal element who, as international bankers had power to orchestrate the rise and fall of monarchs and popes. The decree was extended to all of Europe.
During this period of persecution, many Templars fled to Scotland. Meanwhile, back in France, the Prieuré de Sion was still intact and fully operational, albeit clandestinely, under a succession of Grand Masters all claiming to be Jewish descendants of Jesus Christ. But whatever became of the Templar wealth? Albert Pike disclosed in Morals & Dogma, not only the heirs of the Templars, but also the high cabal’s motive for downsizing the Order:
“The seeds of decay were sown in the Order of the Temple at its origin. Hypocrisy is a mortal disease. It had conceived a great work which it was incapable of executing, because it knew neither humility nor personal abnegation, because Rome was then invincible, and because the later Chiefs of the Order did not comprehend its mission. Moreover, the Templars were in general uneducated, and capable only of wielding the sword, with no qualifications for governing, and at need enchaining, that Queen of the World called Opinion...
“Hugues de Payens himself had not that keen and far-sighted intellect nor that grandeur of purpose which afterward distinguished the military founder of another soldiery that became formidable to kings. The Templars were unintelligent and therefore unsuccessful Jesuits.
“Their watchword was to become wealthy, in order to buy the world. They became so, and in 1312 they possessed in Europe alone more than nine thousand seignories. Riches were the shoal on which they were wrecked. They became insolent, and unwisely showed their contempt for the religious and social institutions which they aimed to overthrow. Their ambition was fatal to them. Their projects were divined and prevented... Pope Clement V, and King Philip le Bel gave the signal to Europe, and the Templars, taken as it were in an immense net, were arrested, disarmed, and cast into prison. Never was a Coup d' Etat accomplished with a more formidable concert of action. The whole world was struck with stupor, and eagerly waited for the strange revelations of a process that was to echo through so many ages.”(p. 820)
THE AVIGNON PAPACY
Nearly all Protestant histories of the Roman Catholic Church fail to mention a monumental event which radically alters the historical picture — the Avignon Papacy. For it was during the Templar Purge that the Roman curia and pope were forcibly removed to the Merovingian territory of South France, whence a Merovingian pope and papal court managed the Catholic Church for nearly 70 years. Appropriately called “the Babylonian Captivity of the Church,” it was during this period that “papal supremacy” was declared, indulgences were first sold and anti-clericalism was launched—not from Rome but by the Merovingian pope and papal curia in the Merovingian stronghold of South France.
“But when from 1305 to 1378 the papal curia was at Avignon and the cardinals were nearly all Frenchmen, Englishmen were offended: and from 1378 to 1418 the two popes, at Rome and Avignon, caused scandal to all… Dr. Walter Ullmann, in his recent notable book on Medieval Papalism, quotes the fourteenth century papalists as asserting that the pope, in the fulness of his power, was beyond the reach of any mortal, emperor, king or any other… The pope could do and say whatever he pleased to do and say in all and everything: he was above the law, whether natural (and, as it were divine) or whether humanly devised… ‘In the conception of the canonists,’ Dr. Ullmann writes, ‘the pope was truly God on earth.’…
“…A word then about Wycliffe’s anti-clericalism, a factor now so much stressed as one of the causes of the sixteenth century Reformation. Anti-clericalism did not begin with Wycliffe or in England: it existed in France at the beginning of the fourteenth century. It spread from the south French university of Montpellier, a great law school, which trained most of the anti-clerical courtiers and ministers of Philip IV...” (Deanesly, The Significance of the Lollard Bible)
The Avignon papacy in the lifetime of John Wycliffe and beyond seems to have been custom designed by the French Merovingians to agitate public opinion against the Church. It is also noteworthy that it was not the Church of Rome but the Avignon papacy in France which declared the “Immaculate Conception” of Mary to be a dogma of the Church. A late date of 1854 is often assigned to this heretical teaching which became Catholic dogma by the decree of Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus. However, its early history is documented, not only in the Catholic Encyclopedia, but in historical accounts such as Henry Charles Lea’s History of the Inquisition:
“Up to the twelfth century it was not questioned that the Virgin was conceived and born in sin… With the growth of Mariolotry, however, there came a popular tendency to regard the Virgin as free from all human corruption, and towards the middle of the twelfth century the church of Lyons ventured to place on the calendar a new feast in honor of the Conception of the Virgin…, the celebration of the Feast of the Conception gradually spread. Thomas Aquinas tells us that it was observed in many churches, though not in that of Rome, and that it was not forbidden, but he warns against the inference that because a feast is holy therefore the conception of Mary was holy. In fact, he denies the possibility of her immaculate conception… There is a tradition that…the University of Paris…in 1222…declared in its favor by a solemn decree… the Church of Narbonne commenced, in 1327, to celebrate the Feast of the Conception, and in 1328 the Council of London ordered its observance in all the churches of the Province of Canterbury, we see how rapidly the new dogma was spreading.” (Lea, A History of the Inquisition, Vol. 3, pp. 596-598)
Thomas Aquinas repudiated the false doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, which was apparently the work of Franciscan theologian, John Duns Scotus, who developed a systematic theology that led to its proclamation as Catholic dogma:
“Blessed John Duns Scotus (1265/66 – 8th November 1308), besides being known as the ‘Subtle Doctor’, is also referred to as the ‘Marian Doctor’. It was he who presented a systematic theology of the Marian privilege of the Immaculate Conception, which the Catholic Church officially proclaimed as a Dogma of Faith in the Apostolic Constitution Ineffabilis Deus of Pope Pius IX (8th December 1854), of which we are this year celebrating the 150th anniversary.” (“John Duns Scotus and His Defence of the Immaculate Conception”)
Interestingly, Christianity Today recently published an article promoting the theology of John Duns Scotus. On January 10, 2008, CT Editor, Philip Yancey, recommended that evangelicals reconsider the Catholic theology of Duns Scotus:
“More than two centuries before the Reformation, a theological debate broke out that pitted theologian Thomas Aquinas against an upstart from Britain, John Duns Scotus. In essence, the debate circled around the question, ‘Would Christmas have occurred if humanity had not sinned?’
“Whereas Aquinas viewed the Incarnation as God’s remedy for a fallen planet, his contemporary saw much more at stake. For Duns Scotus, the Word becoming flesh as described in the prologue to John’s Gospel must surely represent the Creator’s primary design, not some kind of afterthought or Plan B. Aquinas pointed to passages emphasizing the Cross as God’s redemptive response to a broken relationship. Duns Scotus cited passages from Ephesians and Colossians on the cosmic Christ, in whom all things have their origin, hold together, and move toward consummation...
“...Though most theologians tended to follow Aquinas, in recent years prominent Catholics such as Karl Rahner have taken a closer look at Duns Scotus. Perhaps evangelicals should, too.” (“Ongoing Incarnation”)
Duns Scotus taught at the University of Paris from 1293 through 1297, when he was expelled, allegedly for siding with the pope in his feud with King Philip IV of France. From Paris, the ‘Marian Doctor’ removed to the University of Oxford. According to Louis Israel Newman, author of Jewish Influence on Christian Reform Movements, “The scholarly relationship between the Universities of Paris and Oxford for a long period was very close; it was first interrupted by the controversies during the time of Wycliffe and afterwards broken off by the wars in France and the civil wars in England.” (p. 90)
Lea’s History of the Inquisition stated that the Church in England was among the first to follow suit after the French declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. The Avignonese Popes, all Merovingians who worshipped the Black Virgin, had devised a clever strategy to impose the pernicious doctrine of the Immaculate Conception on Christendom:
“…Juan de Moncon, a Dominican professor in the University of Paris, taught that the Virgin was conceived in sin. This aroused a great uproar, and he fled to Avignon from impending condemnation. Then, at Rouen, another Dominican preached similar doctrine, and, as we are told, was generally ridiculed. The University sent to Avignon a deputation headed by Pierre d’Ailly, who claimed that the papal decision had been in their favor... The Dominicans were expelled from all positions in the Sorbonne, and the Avignonese Clement VII. was too dependent upon France to refuse a bull proclaiming as heretics Juan and all who held with him. Charles VI. was persuaded not only to force the Dominicans of Paris to celebrate every year the Feast of the Conception, but to order the arrest of all within the kingdom who denied the Immaculate Conception, that they might be brought to Paris and obliged to recant before the University…
“The University of Paris was the stronghold of the new doctrine… The belief…continued to spread… In 1438 the clergy and magistrates of Madrid…made a vow thereafter to observe the Feast of the Conception. The next year the Council of Basle…came to a decision in favor of the Immaculate Conception, forbade all assertions to the contrary, and ordered the feast to be everywhere celebrated on December 8, with due indulgences for attendance…
“A new article could not be introduced without creating a new heresy. Here was one on which the Church was divided, and the adherents on each side denounced the other as heretics and persecuted them as far as they dared where they had the power. In this the Dominicans were decidedly at a disadvantage, and their antagonists had greatly the preponderance and were daily growing in strength. In 1457, the Council of Avignon, presided over by a papal legate, the Cardinal de Foix, who was a Franciscan, confirmed the decree of Basle, and ordered under pain of excommunication that no one should teach to the contrary…” (Lea, A History of the Inquisition, pp. 599-600)
Cardinal de Foix would have been a Merovingian since the Counts of Foix were descendants of the Merovingian dynasty through Eudes, the Duke of Aquitaine. The entire region of South France had long been a stronghold of Mariolatry, being worshippers of the Black Virgin, who was the Egyptian Isis ‘Christianized’ as Mary Magdalene. The forcible introduction of Mary-worship into the Catholic Church, which formerly held no such doctrine, was a veritable tour de force of the Merovingian papacy at Avignon.
For over a century the Avignon papacy was diligently at work transforming the Church doctrinally and also setting in motion the events which would divide and conquer Christendom. This major turning point in Church history, which is known as the Great Western Schism, began in 1378 with two events: the death of Pope Gregory XI and the prohibition of passing judgment against John Wycliffe on the order of the Queen of England, Joan Plantagenet. The corruption of the Avignon Papacy was not limited to Catholic doctrine; the financial and administrative corruption of the Papal Court was so flagrant that in retrospect it seems to have been deliberate in order to provoke the popular revolt which inevitably followed.
“Popes, Cardinals, and officials of the Chancery and Apostolic Camera appointed bishops, collected taxes, and imposed disreputable political interdicts and excommunications throughout much of Christendom with greater abandon than ever before. They did so in tight association with countless princes and other representatives of the late medieval Establishment. Bankers were particularly welcome in their entourage. As Alvaro Pelayo, himself a fervent supporter of the Holy See, noted in De planctu ecclesiae, ‘Whenever I entered the chambers of the ecclesiastics of the Papal Court, I found brokers and clergy engaged in weighing and reckoning the money which lay in heaps before them.’ (Pastor, I, 72). / was this the Templar treasure?
“A myriad of astonishing abuses, many of them the product of exceedingly pro-papal canonists influenced heavily by Roman Law and purely utilitarian power considerations, became associated with the Avignon administration. Charitable covers for raking in illicit funds were multiplied. Sees were left vacant or filled in ways that furthered the increase of gross curial muscle and wealth. Legal cases were painfully delayed so as to milk more loot from long-suffering plaintiffs and defendants. And, once again, all this was done in dangerous cahoots with locally important political and banker hacks.
“Even more destructive was the treatment of diocesan matters as property rather than pastoral questions. Bishoprics were assigned either to curial officials—to provide, from their endowments, salaries the Papacy could not otherwise pay—or to friends of political allies whose cooperative behavior needed to be rewarded. Since it was impossible for papal employees to leave their governmental positions in Avignon to tend to even one diocese—much less the two or more often entrusted to their misuse—episcopal charges inevitably entailed the same absenteeism already practiced by the pope himself. Perhaps the most bizarre long term development from such unfortunate policies was to be the creation of nominal ‘bishops’ who were often not even priests. Lay ‘bishops’ got the revenues from their ‘property’, and then employed some hireling to do the episcopal tasks they themselves could not legitimately perform.
“...Avignon’s abuses merely confirmed the convictions of those who already thought of the Church and her mission as a blasphemous work of Satan. This was the major reason why her scandals were so detested by orthodox believers.” (“The Great Western Schism”)
The outrageous conduct of the Avignon papacy marked the beginning of the decline of the Roman Catholic papacy.
“…The kings’ increasing ability to claim the loyalty of the local clergy and to collect church taxes helped create several quasi-national churches that officially were part of the Roman Catholic Church but were increasingly under royal control. The Babylonian Captivity, along with the Hundred Years War then going on, also triggered challenges to papal authority from two other directions: church councils and popular heresies.” (“Schism & heresies in late medieval Europe”)
Another factor in the decline of the papacy was the spectacle of warring popes during the Great Schism. At one point the Church had three popes who excommunicated one another!! This chaotic state of affairs divided all of Europe and permanently damaged the authority of the pope:
The Great Schism and Conciliar movement
“The resentment that the Babylonian Captivity aroused against the Church grew worse when the popes tried to move back to Rome. By the 1370’s, the turmoil of the Hundred Years War was making life at Avignon increasingly dangerous. The capture and ransoming of Pope Innocent VI by a company of English mercenaries (who had little use for a French pope, anyway) convinced Pope Gregory XI to move to Rome. However, at this time, Rome was a more dangerous place to live in during times of ‘peace’ than France was during war. It took Gregory three attempts to get into Rome, and once he got in, he quickly decided he wanted to leave and return to Avignon. Unfortunately, Gregory died before he could get out.
“For the first time in 70 years, Rome was the scene of a papal election, and the Roman mob clamored outside for an Italian pope. Under such pressure, the College of Cardinals elected an Italian, Urban VI, as the next pope. Unfortunately, Urban was something of a violent and bigoted man whose actions drove all but three cardinals back to Avignon where they elected a second pope. Thus began the Great Schism, a period of turmoil when the Church was divided in its loyalty between two lines of popes, one French and one Italian. To no one’s surprise, each pope refused to recognize the other and even excommunicated him and his followers. This led to enormous anxiety among devout Christians, who found themselves supposedly excommunicated by one pope or the other. With neither pope willing to resign, something had to be done.
“The most popular suggestion was a general church council such as the ones summoned to solve major disputes in the past. There were several problems with this solution. First of all, popes traditionally called such councils, and neither pope was willing to call such a council. This made the legality of such a council questionable if not called by at least one pope. Second, different rulers in Europe supported particular popes, largely for political reasons. Such political divisions made it almost impossible to get people to agree on the site of a council, not to mention the deeper issues involved. Finally, the whole issue of a Church council raised the question: if a council could depose the pope, who was the real head of the Church? This was a question that lingered on long after the Great Schism had faded away.
“At last, a council was called at Pisa, Italy in 1409. It deposed the two rival popes and elected a third. Unfortunately, neither original pope recognized the council’s power to depose a pope, so now the Church had three popes. However, by this time, people were committed to the idea of a church council, and another one was called at Constance, Switzerland. All three popes were deposed, and a fourth, Martin V, was elected. Although one of the deposed popes held on in Avignon until 1429, the Great Schism ended here. Its effects did not, because it caused people all over Western Europe to question the authority of the pope in the Church. Although a single pope once again ruled the Church, his reputation and authority were permanently undermined.” (“Schism & heresies in late medieval Europe”)
“The Merovingian Infiltration of the Christian Church Through Monasticism,” of anonymous authorship, makes a compelling case that the Avignon Papacy was a planned conspiracy executed by the French monarch, Philip le Bel, who was a Merovingian. This accords with statements in Merovingian sources that the Templar Purge was orchestrated for the purpose of “downsizing” and relocating the Order to Scotland where they would enjoy the protection of the Saint Clair family and freedom they did not have on the Continent. In the British Isles, the Templars, under the protection and leadership of Henry Sinclair, would be at liberty establish the Order of the Rose Croix, Freemasonry, Unitarianism and Baptist churches. (See: “Anabaptist Unitarians”).
“Merovingian king, Philip IV (la Belle), who arrested the Templars on Oct. 13, 1307 and who placed his cousin, Clement V, on the Chair of Peter as his accomplice, then insisted that the pope remain in France, rather than Rome. This began what is named the Babylonian Captivity of the Church, a 68 year period in which the Church was forced to remain in Avignon France. The next successive 6 popes would be French and Merovingian, the second of whom, Clement VI, began formulating the doctrine of indulgences, which later became the spark of the Protestant Reformation as planned! The majority of Templars who escaped the arrest in 1307 went to Scotland which was the first to break from the Church through the Declaration of Arbroath, the document on which the 1776 U.S. Declaration was based. One signatory of the letter to Pope John XXII April 4, 1320 (date NATO was later formed) was the grandfather of Henry Sinclair, Earl of Orkney and Shetland Islands for Norway who lived in Roslin Castle, Scotland. It was he who brought Templar treasure to Nova Scotia in 1398, 94 years pre-Columbus. The Sinclairs were bishops of Ross and hereditary Grand Masters of Freemasonry.” (“The Merovingian Infiltration of the Christian Church Through Monasticism”)
Prince Michael Stewart is President of the European Council of Princes, said to be a constitutional advisory body to the European Union. Prince Michael is also the Knight Grand Commander of the Chivalric Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Knights Templar), and holds various other titles of high rank in the Merovingian bloodline. (The Forgotten Monarchy of Scotland, pp. 2, 308) According to Prince Michael, following the Templar Purge on the Continent, the Celtic Church of Scotland welcomed the refugee Knights Templar who then formed the Order of the Rosy Cross. And the first order of business of the Knights of the Rosy Cross was...to meet with the Pope at Avignon!!
“The established Roman Church may have betrayed the Templars, but in Scotland they found something far more trustworthy and tangible: a sacred royal house, and a Priest-King of the Celtic Church succession. ...the Knights became part of the Scottish Government as the appointed Royal Bodyguard, with the Order established as ‘Guardian of the King of Scots by day and by night’... A new order was then formed, called the Elder Brothers of the Order of the Rosy Cross, and several of the Rosy Cross Knights then sailed to France for a meeting with Pope John XXII at Avignon.
“Many historians have presumed therefore that the Knights Templars must have been disbanded in Scotland, but this was not the case; it was simply that [Robert the] Bruce had contrived the secret Order to become even more secretive. Indeed, the Order of the Knights of the Rosy Cross...was a very successful cover.” (The Forgotten Monarchy of Scotland, p. 65)
Having formed the secretive Order of the Rosy Cross in Scotland, the Templars sent a contingent of Rosy Cross Knights to France for a meeting with the Pope at Avignon. This is documented with a footnote: “The Vatican Archives, Rome” What would prompt the persecuted Templars to return to the very headquarters of the Catholic Church which had slaughtered so many knights of their Order? Prince Michael offers this feeble excuse: “...this new Order was not apparently Templar to outsiders, and since the Pope held the international reins of Chivalric Orders, a meeting was necessary for registration.” Furthermore, “…the Pope agreed to issue a Charter so long as his own nephew, Jacques de Via, became the operative Grand Master.” (Stewart, p. 65) Surely this high-level meeting between the fugitive Templars and the Avignon Pope reeks of collusion.
Also about this time, John Wycliffe, the “Morning Star of the Reformation,” led the Lollards of England to foment rebellion against the Avignon Papacy, a Merovingian front doing their best to destroy public confidence in the Catholic Church. The purge of the Knights Templar occurred from 1307 to 1314, the same years the Merovingian Pope and his curia were setting up their new headquarters in Avignon. John Wycliffe was born in 1327 and entered the political scene around 1376, at the close of the Avignon Papacy and onset of the Great Schism. Is this sequence of events mere coincidence or is there evidence that Wycliffe may have been an agent of the network of the secret societies that Henry Saint Clair had established on the British Isles? Evidence of Wycliffe’s Rosicrucian connections is presented in: “The Lollard Movement: John Wycliffe.”
There is compelling evidence that the Protestant Reformation was the brainchild of the Merovingian Jews who functioned as agent provocateurs throughout the Holy Roman Empire whose ultimatums for reform were met with more flagrant abuses by the Merovingian popes. Some agents of the Reformation were as violent as the popes, giving Protestant Christianity a reputation for brutality, as the Marranos had formerly done within the Catholic Church. (See: “The Reformation: Rosicrucian Connections”) Rosicrucian Jeff Nisbet divulged the brilliant strategy of the Merovingian Jews in Atlantis Rising magazine:
“In one fell swoop, the Christian world was cleft in twain. No longer would Rome be able to raise great armies from its subject nations to crush heresies wherever the Papal finger pointed. There was no longer just one big boy on the block. Another had moved in. The mightiest church the world had ever known had been ‘divided’ and ‘conquered’.
“But the Reformed Church would not be allowed to remain squeaky clean. The life of Mary’s grandson, James VI, the first...king of both Scotland and England, would be threatened by a plot hatched by ‘witches’ on Halloween, 1590. The celebrated but trumped-up case of the ‘North Berwick Witches’ kick-started over a century of Scottish witch hunts, and proved that your average Presbyterian could be just as vindictive as your average Catholic when it came to fighting Satan's minions. While an equilibrium had been established between the two great Christian powers, neither can yet lay claim to being the saintliest, and each still has that heavy cross of guilt to bear. Another perfect doublecross, perhaps?” (Rosslyn Chapel Revisited)