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Lucien Gregoire
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20 Dec 2012
In 1978, driven by Paul VI's encyclicals Populorum Progressio and Liberation Theology, there were two fronts on which the CIA was confronted by communism as a free democratic society, Italy and Central America. If Italy fell to communism, all of Europe would surely follow. If Central America fell to communism, all of Latin America would surely follow. It was in these parts of the world communism was raising its ugly head as the will of the people that was so very dangerous to the United States and its capitalistic allies. Henry Kissinger sounded the alarm, "Domination by Moscow is not the issue. Communist control of Italy and Central America is the issue. It would have terrible consequences for the United States and is the number one threat to its national security." ....... On the afternoon of March 13, 1978, fourteen men sat around a table in a sidewalk café in a mountain village in northern Italy. In casual clothes they went unnoticed though one was the reigning Pontiff and another Aldo Moro. Included were Italian cardinals who had been behind the rise of the Communist Party in the polls in Italy. The others were cardinals of impoverished parts of the world. Together they comprised the core of the Marxist movement in the Church. They left at four o'clock and Aldo reserved the table for next year..... On March 13, 1979, Cardinals Benelli and Felici decided not to travel to Vittorio Veneto that day. After all, all the others were dead. They, themselves-unaware of their impending doom-were, too, as good as dead.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (20 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477299661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477299661
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 857,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Biographer of John Paul I, George Lucien Gregoire was born in New England and completed his undergraduate and graduate work in Massachusetts schools and has served on boards of universities and secondary schools. Gregoire spent much of his military service as a Pentagon officer in the Arctic Circle in connection with espionage activities up over the top during the Cold War. He spent his professional career as an officer of American and European corporations and was an American industrialist operating in Central America dealing with the same banks the Vatican was involved with when the Vatican bank scandal and the revolution of the poor he speaks of in this book took place. Gregoire was a NATO Intelligence officer when he made the acquaintance of John Paul in the sixties when the Pope-a bishop of a mountain province in northern Italy-was leading the priestworker movement which eventually gave rise to the Communist Party in the polls . . . About John Paul I: When elected-based on the few bits which had reached outside Italy-he was tabbed a moderate with an open mind to change doctrine in those cases it places unfair restraints on the lives of innocent people. Like the time he ordered his priests to melt down their golden chalices and other implements of idol worship to build an orphanage, to the times he had been caught baptizing bornoutofwedlock children, to the times he had been caught officiating at funerals of the remarried, to the times he ordered hospitals to admit partners of homosexuals into intensive care units, to the times he defied the ban on contraception, to his courageous defense of the first artificially inseminated child just a month before his election, to the time as Pope he declared God is more our Mother than She is our Father.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 1 July 2013
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A brilliant incisive account of the 20 years leading up to the election of Pope John Paul I but also the 30 days of his time as Pope before his untimely death. Of the people surrounding him and the machinations of those opposed to his ideas. Couldn't put it down. Kindle certainly got me reading again....
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Of a military family I lived in the Veneto when this pope was a bishop there. I recall him leading the priest-worker revolution--every man a just wage--which led to the rise of the Communist Party in the polls. Gregoire brings Albino Luciani back to life as the thorn in the Vatican's side I remember him to be.

I have read just about every biog of this pope published in Italian and English--they all read the same.
One author copying from another tracing their origin back to a biographical brief carefully crafted by the Vatican and distributed through various religious orders in the mid-eighties to dispel rumors of foul play in his death.

In addition to his encounters with John Paul when he was a bishop of a remote mountain province, this author supports his investigation with upwards of a thousand newspaper reportings that recorded Albino Luciani's every move during his twenty years as a bishop, as a cardinal, and as a pope. In many cases he publishes photos of newspaper reportings - you don't have to go to the library to search them on microfilm. I notice someone has posted samples under the book cover above.

The author is more than fair to the co-conspirators. As he puts it: "Insofar as Murder by the Grace of God presents compelling evidence linking prominent American and Italian statesmen to the murders of Aldo Moro, Russian Orthodox leader Metropolitan Nikodim, Pope John Paul I and other leaders of the Marxist movement in the western world, the author reminds the reader it was the sworn duty of these men imposed upon them by the laws of their nations to head off what they viewed as a dangerous slide to the left.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder, by the grace of God. 2 May 2013
By B. Reed
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Even allowing for the fact that the writer is american, this is, without doubt, the most poorly written book I have ever read. The standard of english is deplorable for someone with pretensions to be an author; some sentences do not even make grammatical sense. Lucien Gregoire should have had it proof-read by someone more literate. However, the content is fascinating, especially to those with a deep interest in the machinations of the Catholic church, and of the Vatican in particular. True, as the Vatican alleges, he does not present much documentary evidence to support his claims, but the Vatican is in the best position to ensure that no documentary evidence survives, or is made available. The Vatican is also the repository of the truth, but has been caught lying so many times that it has no credibility itself. For those who have read David Yallop's book, Gregoire's has greater potential for changing your view of the Catholic Church, and even of the USA. Unfortunately, neither of them will ever be read by those who would most benefit from them, those too poor to buy them, and those too terrified to pick them up. Definitely worth reading.
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