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Murder by the Grace of God: The CIA and Pope John Paul I Paperback – 20 Dec 2012
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About the Author
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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That the CIA was complicit in putting down any attempts the Condor nations made against poverty , surprises me not . The levels of corruption throughout various American governments , especially those headed by Reagan & Bush , is sickening but it now makes perfect sense as to why such a vile individual as Donald Trump can aspire and become the POTUS . Money can buy you anything if you have enough of it , if you dont have any , then thats because "some children deserve more than others " its not what Jesus Christ preached , not by a long chalk .
Things surprised me - that it took until 1982 for the Vatican and John Paul II , to reluctantly agree that ALL children , those that are damaged , or handicapped or born out of wedlock, are endowed with a soul at birth .
It puts meat on the bones of rumours that The Polish Pope did indeed work for he Nazis as did The German Pope who succeeded him .
That we now have a pope from a Condor nation who lives in luxury either at the Vatican or Castel Gandolpho whilst people in Argentina starve to death - where unwanted children are purged from the streets - pure hypocrisy in the Catholic Church makes me want to vomit .
He does not support unbridled capitalism, Marxism, or Marxist versions of liberation theology. Francis maintains the traditional views of the church regarding abortion, euthanasia, contraception, homosexuality, ordination of women, and priestly celibacy wheres John Paul I was in favour of the pill as a form of contraceptive - he knew the only way to help the poor was to give poor people the choice of how many children they had . He supported genetic research into birth defects .
The smiling pope with his Marxist views , could not be allowed to live - the conclave that elected him effectively signed Albino Luciani's death warrant , and the warrant of many of his friends with the same ideals .
A frightening book that explains so much about why we are in deep doody - not just from a religious stance , but in connection with global poverty and the level of corruption and fear of communism that is still rife in the USA .
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."
Though the evidence presented is compelling--to an extent overwhelming--one must consider one is dealing with circumstantial evidence.
Just because John Paul I was an avowed Marxist--"It is the inalienable right of no man to accumulate wealth beyond the necessary while other men starve to death because they have nothing"--and John Paul II was Communism's greatest enemy does not necessarily point to a conspiracy. It could have been coincidence
Just because John Paul I supported the revolution of the poor in Central America against the coalition of ruling juntas and the United States, and John Paul II rose up to crush the uprising of the poor in Central America does not necessarily point to a conspiracy. It could have been coincidence.
Just because hundreds of millions of dollars involved in the Vatican Bank Scandal happened to disappear in Nicaragua at the same time the CIA established the Contras does not necessarily mean John Paul II financed the rise of the Contras. It could have been coincidence.
Just because two bishops--cousins in a Mafia family--who shared the papal palace with the 33-day Pope and had free access to his bedroom the night he died were made cardinals and raised past four hundred others who outranked them to the second and third most powerful positions in the Church shortly after John Paul II rose to the papacy does not necessarily point to a conspiracy. It could have been coincidence.
Just because these same two bishops--as president and treasurer of the Vatican's central bank--enacted the transactions involved in the Great Vatican Bank Scandal does not necessarily mean the conspiracy that planned the bank scandal was a part of the same conspiracy that plotted the murder of John Paul I. It could have been coincidence.
Just because John Paul I championed basic human rights for women, the remarried, homosexuals and the poor and John Paul II was determined to keep these subordinates in their place does not necessarily point to a conspiracy. It could have been coincidence.
Just because John Paul I championed the `pill' and John Paul II was its greatest enemy does not necessarily point to a conspiracy. It could have been coincidence.
Just because the first transaction of the Great Vatican Bank Scandal took place 33 days after the death of the 33-day Pope does not necessarily point to a conspiracy. It could have been coincidence
As remarkable as it seems `Murder by the Grace of God' proves its premise: the conspiracy that masterminded the Great Vatican Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the murder of John Paul I.
Even more remarkable it answers the question: How is it possible the same constituency of cardinals elected a liberal in one conclave and just few weeks later elected a conservative?
Yet, there is some downside here. Its length could be problem for those unable to put it down. Actually two books in one book: 1) a pope's biography and 2) the investigation into his death; I would suggest the author consider publishing it as two separate books.
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