In  God’s  Name

David Yallop

Corgi; 1984

((A synopsis))

Yallop’s first book, To Encourage the Others, caused the British Government to re-open the Craig/Bentley murder case – which had been officially cleared for twenty years. The book, which provoked a major debate in the House of Lords … convinced many … that a miscarriage of justice had occurred.

Yallop’s second book, The Day the Laughter Stopped, was widely acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as the definitive biography and posthumous rehabilitation of the silent film star Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle, which also solved a fifty-year-old murder mystery.

His third book, Beyond Reasonable Doubt? led directly to the freeing of a man serving al life sentence for double murder in New Zealand. Following publication of Yallop’s book, Thomas was granted a Royal Pardon and … one million dollars compensation.

Yallop’s fourth book, Deliver Us From Evil, was stimulated by a desire to pull a man into prison, the Yorkshire Ripper, and his statements to Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield in June 1980 proved uncannily accurate.

Thus, Yallop has established a reputation as [- and a demand for] ‘a seeker of justice’. He received one particularly request, to investigate a very special death. The request came from within the Vatican …

On April 25th, 1973, [Under-Secretary of State of the Vatican, Giovanni Benelli] had received some very unusual guests … the US Department of Justice … Two members of the FBI had accompanied them. / [They] told the priests that a package of 14,5 million dollars’ worth of American counterfeit bonds had been [] created by a network of members of the Mafia. [There] was substantial evidence to establish that the ultimate destination … was the Vatican Bank.

[Later] [Albino Luciani – newly elected Pope John Paul I / JPI; Aug 78] was bewildered. ‘What does all this mean?’ he asked. / Benelli told [him], ‘Tax evasion, illegal movement of shares …’. / Luciani became angry. ‘What has all this to do with the [gospel of Jesus]? In the name of God … what does [Bishop Paul Marcinkus / Vatican Secretary] want to do with all this money? / He wants to make more money. / For what purpose? / To make more money’.

With the text of the Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution of the Church, in his hand, [JP I] gave notice that he intended to put the Church back where it belonged: back to the world and the words of Christ; back to the simplicity and honesty of its origins.

They did not like it at all. The Curia were accustomed to a Pope who knew his place, one who worked through the bureaucratic channels. This one was everywhere, into everything, and worse he wanted to make changes.  Obviously there were many within the 3,000 or so members of the Curia who would loyally serve and love the new Pope [JP I]; but the way of the world is to ensure that negative forces often predominate [= 2Tess 2:7; 1Joh 5:19; Op 13:7]. / The history of the Vatican is the history of countless Popes eager to make reforms and yet hemmed in and neutralized by the system [= geheime krag / hidden history-indoenas …].

[Later] the formal request by Civiltà Cristiana to the Vatican Tribunal [for an autopsy] rested with a single judge, Giuseppe Spinelli. Even if the man had earnestly desired that there should be an autopsy and a full investigation it is difficult to see how he would have overcome the power of the Vatican City and the men who ran it – men who claim as an historical ‘fact’ that they and their predecessors have nearly two thousand years of practice at controlling the Roman Catholic Church [= the system = geheime krag / hidden history-indoenas … = iH11, iM9].

When the cardinals elected [JP I] to the Papacy [Aug 78] they set an honest, holy, totally incorruptible Pope on a collision course with [the totally corrupted Vatican Bank = Mammon].

Ever anxious to increase his circle of power and influence [Licio] Gelli saw the Masonic movement as the perfect vehicle. Gelli joined a conventional Masonic Lodge [1963]. He rapidly rose to third degree which made him eligible to lead a Lodge. [He] leapt at the opportunity. But what he in fact conceived was an illegal secret organization.

This [secret] group was given the name [Propaganda Due / P2] … the name of an historic lodge. Gelli’s aim was … extreme right-wing control of Italy. The web he spun was to cover the entire power structure of Italy. Such control would function as a secret state within a state. Indeed … P2 had the active support of the CIA.

It may sound like the scenario of a madman, doomed to the fate of all such schemes, but it should be noted that within the membership of P2 in Italy alone … were the Armed Forces Commander [], the Secret Service Chiefs Generals […], the Head of Italy’s Financial Police [], cabinet ministers and politicians of every political shade, thirty generals, eight admirals, newspaper editors, television executives, top industrialists, and bankers.

Unlike conventional Freemasonry, the list of members of P2 was so secret that only Gelli knew all the names. / In 1981 when a huge quantity of Gelli’s secret documents were seized in Tuscany … Italy’s military intelligence put the membership at nearly 2,000 [… but] the majority of P2 members has yet to be revealed, and that within their ranks are nearly 300 of the [the world’s] most powerful men [= *Conspirators’ Hierarchy:  The Committee Of 300, Coleman].

Licio Gelli [men called him the Puppet Master] controlled P2 and through it he controlled Italy.

With regard to the infiltration of the Vatican by Freemasons [the current Pope/JP II], has not only taken on board [from a variety of Lodges] but it has also acquired its own in-house version [Opus Dei – God’s Work]. / Dr John Roche, an Oxford University lecturer and former member of Opus Dei, describes it as ‘sinister, secretive and Orwellian’. They are equally devoted to a task of wider significance: the takeover of the Roman Catholic Church .

The Roman Catholic Church has viewed Freemasons for [centuries] as sons of evil. Ironically it had been [Gelli’s] beloved leader [Benito] Mussolini who had banned the Freemasons. Mussolini had considered them ‘a state within a state’. If this was the thinking of the Church on conventional Freemasonry, then it makes the close ties between P2 and the Vatican even more extraordinary: one of the smallest but most powerful States on earth embracing a state within a state.

P2 interlocks with the Mafia in Italy, Cuba [the USA, a number of the military regimes of Latin America, and with a variety of groups of neo-Fascists]; [with the private army set up in Bolivia by ex-Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie]. It also interlocks very closely with the CIA. It reaches right into the heart of the Vatican.

While [Michele] Sindona cultivated contacts in the belief that power lay in money, Gelli, through his new friends, aspired to the source of real power: knowledge. Information, the personal file on this banker, the secret dossier on that politician … As to the ‘important connections’, none could deny the truth of that. They ranged from the Mafia families … in Sicily and New York to Pope Paul VI [JP I se voorganger], Cardinals … and bishop Marcinkus in the Vatican. They covered the political spectrum from [President] Andreotti in Italy to President Nixon and David Kennedy in the White House. They included intimate banking relationships with some of the most powerful institutions in the world [… and] Rothschilds of Paris.

Millions were given at Gelli’s direct instructions to the military regimes which then controlled Argentina, and still control Uruguay, and Paraguay. Money stolen by [Roberto] Calvi was used by the Argentine military junta to purchase Exocet missiles from the French. Millions went secretly and illegally to aid solidarity in Poland. / To interfere in such a manner, however, with the affairs of another country creates a dangerous precedent. Why not a hundred million funnelled secretly to the IRA to kill and maim on the British mainland? A billion dollars to the Sandinistans to blow up a few Skyscrapers in New York … [!!!* — 11 Sep 01!?* = pp17/8,20; iN8].

One of [Gelli’s] principal tasks was to negotiate and arrange the purchase of quantities of arms for Argentina. In Buenos Aires [where] he discussed the problem of the new Pope [JP I] with Calvi, [Gelli] had organized the triumphant return to power of General [Juan] Peron. / While Gelli was busy making one President [Peron], Sindona … focused on the man who to his mind was closest to the political ideals of [General Anastasio] Somoza and Peron, Richard Millhouse Nixon.

In May 1982, with the Falklands War at its height, Gelli, a man in hiding, on the run, wanted on countless charges, calmly came to Europe to help his Argentinian friends. The original Exocet missiles which Gelli had purchased for the junta had proved themselves to be a devastating weapon. He stayed with Ortolani at a villa at Cap Ferrat and began secret negotiations not only with a variety of arms dealers but also with Aerospatiale, the makers of the missile. British Intelligence became aware of these negotiations and alerted their counterparts in Italy who promptly began to descend on the Cap Ferrat villa. They were prevented from getting to Gelli by the French Secret Service, who blatantly prevented all attempts to arrest Gelli. That is an example of the power of Licio Gelli.

Early in 1979 the left-wing takeover of Nicaragua became a reality. Like many left-wing takeovers, this one promptly nationalized all foreign banks – with one exception: the Ambrosiano Group Banco Commercial continued to trade under Calvi.

Sindona and his close friend Roberto Calvi of Banco Ambrosiano openly boasted that they controlled the Milan Stock Market … It was a control which they criminally exploited … Games were played with companies for the amusement and financial benefit of Sindona.

Later Sindona would … insist to anyone who cares to listen to him, that it was to overthrow the Italian Government in Sicily and declare the island an independent State. According to Sindona, he would then offer Sicily to the USA … in exchange for all criminal charges he faced in the USA being dropped …

The web of corruption at the Vatican Bank, which included the laundering of Mafia money through that Bank, went back beyond Calvi: back to Sindona . If Marcinkus, Sindona or Calvi were threatened by the various courses of action planned by [JP I], it was in Gelli’s direct interests that the threat should be removed. / [On] September 28th, 1978, these six men, Marcinkus, [Cardinal Jean] Villot, Calvi, Sindona, [Cardinal John] Cody and Gelli had much to fear if the Papacy of [JP I] continued. [All of them] stood to gain in a variety of ways if [JP I] should suddenly die.

If Luciani (JP I) dug into the [Vatican] Bank there were likely to be quite a number of vacancies. Then Calvi heard the news he had been dreading. Bishop Paul Marcinkus’s days were numbered. If Marcinkus went, total exposure of the entire fraud was inevitable. [The …] state of affairs and the true nature of the relationship between the Vatican Bank and Banco Ambrosiano, [Luigi] Mennini and [Pellegrino] De Strobel would be removed. The Bank of Italy would be informed and Calvi would spend the rest of his life in prison.

Before Luciani’s murder, Calvi’s associates in P2 had demonstrated their capacity to kill with a variety of appalling bomb outrages. Their ability to kill a specific subject was demonstrated with the murder of [various victims]. After the death of the Pope [JP I], murder and mayhem began to match the tempo of the gigantic thefts in which Calvi was indulging.

Another contract was also discussed with [Luigi] Ronsisvalle [a hired killer]. The Mafia advised him that Sindona required the death of Assistant United States District Attorney, John Kenney. / Might a man who considered he could solve his problems in the USA with the murder of a United States attorney feel that the major threat facing him in Italy could be eliminated by the death of a Pope?

Albino Luciani had a dream. He dreamt of a Roman Catholic Church which would truly respond to the needs of its people on vital issues such as birth control. He dreamt of a Church which would dispense with the wealth, power and prestige that it had acquired through [the Vatican Bank]; of a Church which would get out of the market place and reject the moneylenders where the message of Christ had become tainted; of a Church that would once again rely upon what has always been its greatest asset, its source of true power, its greatest claim to a unique prestige: the Gospel.

By the evening of September 28th, 1978, Albino Luciani had taken the first steps towards the realization of his extraordinary dream. At 9.30 p.m. he closed his bedroom door and the dream ended.

The precise circumstances surrounding the discovery [JP I’s body the next morning; 04:45] make it abundantly clear that the Vatican perpetrated a cover up. It began with a lie, then continued with a tissue of lies. It lied about little things. It lied about big things. / Cody. Marcinkus. Villot. Calvi. Gelli. Sindona. At least one of these men had decided on a course of action that was implemented during the late evening of the 28th or the early morning of the 29th [Sep 78]. That course of action was derived from the conclusion that the Italian Solution must be applied. The Pope must die.

Pope Paul VI [voorganger se lyk], in keeping with Italian law, had not been embalmed until twenty-four hours after his death. Now with not only the general public but [the media] urging an autopsy, the body of [JP I] had been embalmed some twelve hours after it had been discovered.

If Luciani died naturally, the subsequent actions and instructions given by [Cardinal] Villot are completely inexplicable [- everybody must keep quiet & the body should immediately be embalmed]. His behaviour only becomes understandable when related to one specific conclusion. Either Villot was part of a conspiracy to murder the Pope, or he saw clear evidence … indicating the Pope had been murdered, and promptly determined that to protect the Church the evidence must be destroyed. Based on the eye-witness accounts of people I have interviewed, the medicine, the glasses, the slippers and the Pope’s last Will were all in the bedroom and the study before Villot entered the rooms. After his initial visit … all the items had vanished.

Many of the non-Italian Princes of the Church demanded to know exactly what was being covered up. They wanted to know why the cause of death had not been precisely ascertained and why it [heart attact] had merely been presumed. They wanted to know why there was not greater clarification about the time of death. Why a doctor had not taken official responsibility in putting his name to a death certificate that could be made public. When Luciani’s secretary in Venice for over six years, revealed that the late Pope had undergone a full medical check up shortly before leaving for the Conclave and the examination had ‘been favourable in all respects’ the demands for an autopsy grew louder. / If Francesco’s story is accurate then a Mafia-like situation is established: Morticians ordered before a body [JP I] is found (NB:  p88E[a.1]).

Wishing to avoid ‘grave insinuations’ I will make instead a categorical statement. I am completely convinced that Pope John Paul I, Albino Luciani, was murdered. To this date no death certificate has ever been made public … despite repeated requests. [That …] means that no doctor is prepared to accept publicly the legal responsibility for diagnosing [JP I’s] death.

For circumstantial evidence to succeed it must be strong, must sustain the closest scrutiny before a jury can bring in a verdict of ‘guilty’. No jury confronted with the evidence contained in this book could return a verdict of ‘death by natural causes’. No judge, no corner in the world, would accept such a verdict on this evidence. That is beyond all argument. No evidence exists to indicate that (JP I’s) death was the result of an accident [= over dose of medicine]. We are left with murder.

          [JP I] was martyred for his beliefs. Confronted with a man like Luciani, with the problems his continuing presence would pose, the Italian Solution was applied. The decision that the Pope must [suddenly] die [- he did …] –