Paul Johnson, Vatican II, and The Greatest Crime in Human History

The Catholic British historian Paul Johnson is unquestionably a joy to read. However, despite being a firm critic of Marxism and Communism as well as even some aspects of liberalism and the Whig Narrative of history, Johnson, nonetheless, has some strong neoconservative streaks. While not a neocon puppet like Victor Davis Hanson, Johnson nonetheless has a decided Anglo and Americancentric view of history and is not afraid to create crude caricatures of nasty premodern cultures like Japanese Bushido when they surface in the 20th century, getting the way of Anglo-American world dominance.

I just came across an interesting comment in Johnson’s most famous work, Modern Times in which the historian, who by all accounts is a devout Catholic, wrote that the “greatest single crime in history” was “the extermination of the European Jews.”

This passage reminds me statements made by John Paul II to the same effect.

When visiting Auschwitz in 1979, John Paul referred to the mass executions of the Nazis as the “Golgotha of the Modern World.”

These statements made by Johnson and Pope John Paul II affectively say that the Holocaust is either worse than or just as bad as the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The Holocaust then is not merely the “ground zero” of the new philosophy of postmodernism and deconstruction (yes, I know they begin the 19th century with Nietzsche and the Russian nihilists), but the new theology as well.

The new theology of nonjudgmentalism, open borders, anti-discrimination, and tolerance peddled by Pope Francis is rooted in the belief that the worst thing to ever happen in human history was not the crucifixion  of Christ for the sins of man, but rather the killing of large numbers of the Jewish people at the hands of an authoritarian regime.

Thus the new ethics of this new theology is the destruction of authoritarianism and the eradication of the Western civilization on which Nazism grew like the tumor.

While there is a clear connection between the theology of Pope Francis and the holocaust, it is unclear why Johnson would make such a statement.

Pederasty: The Missing Element of the Neoplatonic Movement

 

Dear Reader,

I have discovered a gold mine of information regarding Neoplatonism in the Renaissance in a collection of essays titled Marsilio Ficino: His Theology, His Philosophy, His Legacy. 

Before I share one of them, I want to make a couple of quick statements. First of all, I have no specific evidence outside of rumor or hearsay that anyone involved in the dissemination of Neoplatonism in Europe in the 15th or 16th century (including the Medici in the picture above!) engaged in sodomy, pederasty or any other degenerate behavior outside of John Dee’s famous wife swap and rumors of Giordano Bruno’s visits to prostitutes.

As far as I can tell, all of them followed traditional Christian moral teaching in regard to sins of the flesh.

Secondly, on this blog, I am by no means suggesting that everyone who utilized Plato or Neoplatonic teaching was an occultist or a heretic. In fact, I think that much of what is said by Plato and the Neoplatonists in regard to metaphysics, ethics, and even some politics is basically correct in as much as it harmonizes with traditional Catholic teaching.

Nonetheless, it is my view that Neoplatonism also provides the basis for Gnosticism or intellectual Satanism and “high magic.”

Furthermore, one of the essential ingredients of this magic is pederasty and sodomy, which flourished at one time among Socrates and his fellows and was revived in the 19th century among Plato scholars and of course practiced by Aleister Crowley and later sexual degenerates and occultists.

It was thus of some interest when I read Arthur Field’s’ sarcastic comment in regard to James Hankins’s misreading of one of Marsilio Ficino’s letters: “I would conclude from Hankins’s argument that Ficino was running some pederastic club for visiting ambassadors.”

Again, I have absolutely no evidence that Ficino was a pedophile or sodomite, but Fields’s sarcastic comment is worth probing.

Florence was known for its degeneracy and the presence of pederasty long after Dante’s famous depiction of sodomites in hell in the fourteenth century.

Pederasty was also clearly one of the steps in the ascent of love in the Symposium and Phaedrus–especially in the esoteric readings of the works as magical ascents.

Are we to believe that the arrival of Plato was greeted with only intellectual admiration in the West, and no one attempted to imitate the degeneracy promoted in the “erotic dialogues”?

Were those who revived Gnosticism, Satanism, and Neoplatonic magic, and conversing with demons really living chaste lives?

I am not making any accusations, but this issue deserves further study.

 

 

 

“Sing a New Song Unto the Lord”: Gnosticism and Praise and Worship

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We be worshiping Isis up in here

Dear Reader,

I just came across an interesting tidbit on Gnostics: apparently the heretical Christian sect, engaged in “the recitation of communal exercise…meant to produce mass ecstasy.”

I had previously believed that the only people engaged in ecstatic chanting and singing in the ancient world would be found at Dionysian rituals, but it is interesting to note that the Gnostics engaged in such activity as well.

What is important in all of this is that the Christians were NOT engaged in singing hymns that were meant to produce ecstasy as some charismatic Christians claim today. Rather, it was the pagans who summoned spirits to put them in ecstatic trances.

This is not the method of singing to the only Ultimately and Ever-living God.

This is:

 

 

 

The Medici, the Camaldolese and the Birth of Modernism

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It has long been one of my contentions that the Medici family was one of the conduits through which NeoPlatonic natural magic as well as theurgy and even the tenets of Gnoticism entered into the West in the Renaissance. In fact, the accumulation of magical texts from the East was a top priority of the Medici who even made Marsilio Ficino halt his translation of Plato’s Opera to translate the Gnostic-occultic work Corpus Hermeticum.

It is further my contention that Gnostic and Neoplatonic magical teaching incubated in the West not only in Jewish communities and radical Protestant sects (especially in England and Germany), but in Catholic religious orders as well. We know of Johannes Trithemius, the German Benedictine Abbot who corresponded with the noted magus Cornelius Agrippa in a manner that seemed to indicate a network of magicians in the 16th century.

Such views have been confirmed by some of my recent reading. In his essay “The Camaldolese Academy: Ambrogio Traversari, Marsilio Ficino and the Christian Platonic Tradition,” Dennis F. Lackner points out that the Ambrosian order of Florence was integral in the birth of the Platonic academy in Florence and helped to seed the thoughts of famous Renaissance Neoplatonist Marsilio Ficino. The General of the Camaldolese order, Ambrogio Traversari, also had the Theophrastus of Aeneas of Gaza, a work that attempted a synthesis of Platonism and Christianity and seems to contain some shards of occult teaching (this is not to say Aeneas was himself an occultist) translated. Ambrogio was further part of an attempt to unite the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodoxy at the Council of Florence  and revive a “primitive Christianity.” Such ideas would later surface in the magus John Dee as well as Protestant reformers.

The Florentine Camaldolese also possessed copies of magic works such as the Orphic Hymns and Iamblichus’s De mysteriis Aegyptiorum (one of the most seminal magical works).

Lackner also points out some details in regard to the Medici accumulation of the works of Plato. Cosmio de’ Medici had received the dedication to Diogenes Laertius’s Vitae Philosophorum, translated by a Camaldolese monk, and the first summary of Plato’s thought to appear in the West in a thousand years. The Medici also loaned Ambrogio Traversari fifty florin to help pay for the transportation of Greek manuscripts.

What are we to make of all of this?

Although there is some evidence to suggest that the Medici were Jewish or even a front for Jewish bankers, I personally believe the Florentine banking family, for the most part, considered themselves devout Catholics. Nonetheless, there was clearly some concerted effort to get magical texts in the hands of expositors in the West by the Medici who may have been pressured or influenced by an unidentified party.

Moreover, I do not know for sure that the Camaldolese under Ambrogio were necessarily occultists, but there methods and ideas were later emulated by Renaissance occultists.

Finally, if the Renaissance was marked by a combination of Christian theology and pagan teaching and culture (including occultism), then the Renaissance witnessed the seeds that later birthed of the heresy of modernism, which reared its head in the late 19th and early 20th century. Just like much of Renaissance philosophy, modernism is defined as a combination of both orthodox Christian teaching as well as heresy, including New Age teaching (the great grand child of Renaissance occultism).

What is more, if some chapters of religious orders were infected with cells of magi, why couldn’t later religious orders in the 20th and the 21st centuries also serve as cells? The general argument given by Novus Ordo conservatives is that some nuns merely dabbled in magic or some “liberal” priests and brothers entertained heretical ideas. The idea that there is active, maybe even generational, occultism practiced in religious orders is usually derided.

However, the existence of such cells may explain a lot of the concerted and deliberate efforts to destroy the Church by members of religious orders who clearly knew what they were doing.

 

Bishop Fulton Sheen and the Four Signs of the Demonic

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I am currently reading through Desmond A. Birch’s Trial, Tribulation, and Triumph: Before, During, and After Antichrist. Even though the book contains very strong elements of Novus Ordo Conservative “Modernism Lite,” there are a number of valid, traditional points in the book.

One of the sober points that Birch makes is to remind us of Bishop Fulton Sheen’s “Four Signs of the Demonic,” which the late American bishop drew from the story of the Gadarene Demonic. They are as follows:

  1. Nudity
  2. Violence
  3. Split personality
  4. Hatred of the cross

I want to provide a brief a reflection on each of these points

Nudity.

Obviously this point is especially pertinent to the absolutely disgusting and degenerate manner in which males and females dress in the West today, but I would like to explore this point further.

Even in sophisticated Classical pagan cultures men and women would not exercise or bathe together. Thus, when defenders of “Western values” attack Islam for being too strict in their separation of the sexes for certain events, they are actually attacking the beliefs of their own pagan and Christian ancestors.

Moreover, male and female slaves in most societies are designated by nudity or being forced to wear more revealing clothes than their owners. This is something to think about especially when we examine the sort of people who run the fashion industry.

Finally, even though many Catholics celebrate the triumphant display of human flesh in the Renaissance as something decidedly Catholic, the paintings are loaded with pagan symbolism and their painters were often crypto pagans themselves. Thus, while such works of art should be preserved and studied, Protestants are not so wrong in wanting to avoid taking children on field trips to certain sections of art galleries.

Violence.

Reader, I will readily admit that I am a retired video gamer and used to revel in first person shooters. I also am one of the many Christians who will look away when an impure image comes on the screen but does not feel as bad watching violence.

However, it is quite clear that such sadistic enjoyment of human carnage and suffering is clearly demonic, and like impurity, a means for Hollywood to degrade and animalize us.

Split personality.

One of the oddities I have noticed with my investigations of many leaders in the post Vatican II church is the phenomenon of split personalities, that is, those who pose as deeply pious individuals but then have closets full of skeletons.

I don’t think in all of these cases that the people involved are “life time actors” (necessarily). Rather, I think that they really were or at least thought of themselves as deeply pious individuals who either participated in or at least allowed all kinds of degeneracy and scandal in the Church.

Hatred of the cross.

On the surface level, this obviously includes hatred of the physical symbol of the cross, but it also includes hatred of suffering and penance.

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Where is your cross, Cardinal Dolan?

Those who hate the image of Our Lord’s suffer are not just “liberals” or “bigots” but rather servants of the devil.

Furthermore, those priests especially those Novus Ordo conservative and charismatic priests who dismissal penance are at least unwitting servants of evil.

 

 

 

Mikhail Gorbachev’s Verdict on John Paul II

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One of the greatest paradoxes among many incoherent and disjointed arguments within the Catholic neoconservative narrative is the depiction of John Paul II as both the great humanist and advocate for liberty of conscience (with a necessarily attendant liberal view of salvation) as well as a great missionary for Christ, saving souls and bringing them within the fold of the Church.

It is interesting that a similar portrait of John Paul was given by the great reforming Communist of perestroika and glasnost (now turned New Ager), Mikhail Gorbachev. When asked to comment on JPII’s death, after noting John Paul was a “servant of the Church of Christ,”  Gorbachev stated,  “He was a humanist really. A Humanist with a capital H, maybe the first humanist in world history.” This is a very curious statement from the former leader of the Soviet Union and someone who now advocates nature worship.

The fans of JPII as well as JPII himself clearly saw John Paul as playing a world historical role in a world historical moment, what was called during his reign, without irony, a New Pentecost.

What is more, it is quite clear that John Paul was a Christian humanist whose great love for human beings caused him to “tone down” essentials of the faith. Furthermore, JPII’s humanism paved the way for Francis’s radicalism, which also combines more than a dose of Gorbachev’s occultism and environmentalism.

The roots of humanism like much of Enlightenment liberalism are rooted in the rediscovery of Neoplatonic philosophy, which exalted man as a God and argued for the destruction of Constantianian or Tridentine Catholicism in order to make way for a new Promethean freedom.

The question is: Is there something Gorbachev knew about John Paul II that we don’t? Or was his statement just a nice platitude?

John Paul II and the Cardinal John Krol Conspiracy Revisited.

 

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One the conspiracies surrounding John Paul II that is repeatedly brought up by neocon biographers is the suggestion by the KGB that Cardinal John Krol of Philadelphia worked as an agent on behalf of the United States in order to get Karol Wojtyla on the papal throne.

Dear reader, I do not know whether or not this conspiracy is true. However, there is enough evidence to suggest that some in the Vatican and the United States were jockeying to place the Polish cardinal in a position of power.

In 1976 the future John Paul II was invited by Pope Paul VI to give the Lenten meditations at the Vatican. Later that year, Cardinal Woytla traveled throughout the United States, attending a Eucharistic Congress in Cardinal Krol’s Philadelphia in August, which was attended by President Gerald Ford.

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The mass attended by Gerald Ford was themed “The Eucharist and Man’s Hunger for Freedom” and included a talk by Cardinal Wotyla who spoke on the universal hunger for freedom.

John Paul further said in another statement given in America during a commemoration of the birthday of the United States in September of that year:

“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously.”

This speech was later published in the important neocon mouth piece The Wall Street Journal in 1978 and has been finessed by neocon interpretations ever since.

Two years after his visit to America, John Paul II was elected pope.

Before I engage in any speculation, I want to make a few things clear.

1.) John Paul II repeatedly criticized capitalism and the decadence of the West as well as the Western imperial wars inaugurated by the neocons throughout his life.

2.) Just because John Paul II admired America, it doesn’t mean he was an agent of American intelligence.

3). Just because some American politicians and some members of American intelligence thought John Paul could possibly serve as an asset in the Vatican, it doesn’t mean that he actually did serve as such an asset or that he did not evade being “handled” by American intelligence.

Nonetheless, there are a number of unanswered questions.

  1. Was John Paul invited to America to be scouted out as a suitable papal candidate?
  2. Was John Paul II signaling to the Americans during his trip that he was on their side?
  3. Or is there merely a narrative being crafted over John Paul II’s life and work that is trying to mold him as an agent of American imperialism when, in fact, he was his own man?