(Lest readers of Puritan News believe our assertions regarding significant Vatican influences over the C.I.A. are merely the delusions of crazed Christian radicals,  we offer this article which was submitted by correspondent Al Hembd.)



The article below contains excerpts from an article by Dr. Stephen Mumford

of New Jersey.  Dr Mumford is admittedly a secular humanist.  However, as a

secular humanist, he recognizes the dangers of the Vatican's intrusive

political meddlings in America's affairs.  He documents below, for example,

how the CIA was founded by an Irish Roman Catholic, Bill Donovan (who

was a member of the Knights of Malta.  He was chief of the Knights of Malta

in North America for some years.  The Knights of Malta are a military order

that date back to and were composed of Crusaders.  Mr. Donovan was awarded a

medal for his services to the Vatican--and that while he was overseeing the

formation of the CIA.).  Mumford also records how the CIA has several times

meddled in covert operations, explicitly for the benefit of the Vatican's



Avro Manhattan documents how that the CIA worked very closely in tandem

with the Vatican, in his monumental book "The Vatican Moscow Washington

Alliance."  It was the CIA, for example, that secretly aided the Hungarian

Freedom Fighters in 1956, at Pope Pius XII's behest--even though the

majority of Hungarians did not favor the Freedom Fighters' cause.  Why?

Because the Freedom Fighters--a front group for the CIA and the

Vatican--were putting Cardinal Mindzenty as the head of the country.  That,

of course, would have made Hungary a Roman Catholic country.


But Hungary is not a Roman Catholic country!  It is Reformed.  Before

Austria took them over, the State Church of Hungary was the Hungarian

Reformed Church.  I personally know this, because I lived in Kalamazoo,

Michigan, where the leader of the Hungarian Reformed Church at that time

had emigrated.  He explained how that the whole Hungarian Freedom Fighters

movement was a trick of the Vatican to force Hungary to become a Roman

Catholic country.  It was the CIA that organized the entire rebellion.


It seems that Pius XII, in his old age, was under the influence of powerful

psychotropic drugs, adminstered to him in the Vatican for his chronic

depression.  (according to Avro Manhattan, in the "Vatican Moscow Washington

Alliance").  Under the influence of these drugs, he had visions of Christ

and the saints.  During this time of "visions," he came to believe that

Mary was about to fulfill the Third Vision of Fatima, in which she would

give to him [the Pope] Russia.  For this reason, Pius XII was solicitous to

escalate the Cold War between Washington and Moscow into an outright hot

war, in which Communism would be defeated, and in which the Vatican could

then move in, under CIA auspices, to take over the religious machinery of

the country.  Pius was hoping the whole Hungarian affair would spark an

outright war between the US and Russia, and would result in the downfall of

Stalin's government, thus destroying the power of the Russian Orthodox Church,

and opening the door for the Vatican to move in.


It was for this reason, says Avro Manhattan, that Stalin then began

employing his KGB agents in an active recruitment movement for a

Socialist/Marxist Pope to replace Pius upon his death.  The KGB settled on

Roncalli, who subsequently was elected in 1957, and became John XXIII.

(Much bribe money was paid to Third World cardinals to effect this

election.  The Vatican conclaves bring the term "simony" to new and

dizzying heights.)


In 1960, the CIA, again under the auspices of the Vatican, and particularly

under the rabid support of Cardinal Spellman, supported the Roman Catholic

takeover of South Vietnam by the Roman Catholic tyrant Diem.  South Vietnam

at the time was a Buddhist country.  Of course, later, under Paul VI, a

Socialist Pope, and Pedro Arrupe, the Marxist Black Pope appointed by Paul,

the Vatican reversed its strategy.


By the way General Westmoreland, head of the US Armed Forces in Vietnam, is

Roman Catholic, and a member of the Knights of Malta.


It is not without reason below that Dr Mumford says: "The CIA serves as an

agency through which secret "assistance" to the Holy Mother [Roman

Catholic] Church can be provided by secret American society members acting

as her defenders..."


These "secret American society members" are primarily the Knights of Malta

and Opus Dei.  The current director of the CIA, Gilbert Tenet, is Roman

Catholic, and a member of the Knights of Malta.  So is William F. Buckley, a

famous former CIA agent, and proponent of supposedly "conservative" causes.

So was Allen Foster Dulles, the first major chief of the CIA, and later, a

member of the Council of Foreign Relations in New York City.  (His nephew

is currently a Jesuit professor of theology at the Jesuit Fordham

University in New York City.)


In fact, almost all the heads and major ranking officers of the CIA have

either been Knights of Malta or FreeMasons (as was George Bush Sr--here's

that FreeMason/Roman Catholic alliance again).


Also: the head of the FBI who ordered the siege of Waco is Roman Catholic,

and a member of the Knights of Malta.  That is Louis Freeh.  Freeh is also

a member of Opus Dei.


Lon Horiuchi, the sniper who shot members of the militant Randy Weaver's

family under very questionable circumstances--and who was also reputed to

have shot people in the Waco compound--is a Japanese Roman Catholic.


J. Gordon Liddy, who led the raid into the Watergate Hotel in 1972--breaking

into the Democratic Party's headquarters for Richard Nixon--he was a CIA

agent, Roman Catholic, and also a member of the Knights of Malta.  By the

way, the Vatican owns the Watergate Hotel, according to David Yallop,

author of "In God's Name" (the book on the murder of John Paul I).


We need urgently another Protestant Reformation.




from http://www.mosquitonet.com/~prewett/amdemcia.html


"Donovan did more to safeguard and champion the [Roman Catholic] Church

than any other American, ......"











By Dr. [Phd.] Stephen Mumford


>From page 172


Influence of the [Roman] Catholic Hierarchy on Government Policy


[-----] Consider the intensity of the commitment of these secret society

members as "international defenders of the [Roman Catholic] Church." It is

hardly a secret that one of the most important American advances in

"defending the [Roman Catholic] Church" by Catholic elitists was the

creation of the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA]. The activities of the

CIA go far beyond intelligence gathering of an international nature.


The CIA serves as an agency through which secret "assistance" to the Holy

Mother [Roman Catholic] Church can be provided by secret American society

members acting as her defenders:


During the CIA's formative years, Protestants predominated...... Somehow,

however, [Roman] Catholics wrested control of the CIA's covert-action

section. It was no coincidence that some of the agency's more grandiose

operations were in [Roman] Catholic countries of Latin America and the

[Roman] Catholic regime of South Vietnam.11


For creating the Office of Strategic Services [OSS], the wartime predecessor to the CIA, and this special arrangement with the Vatican, General William "Wild Bill" Donovan was decorated in July 1944 by Pope Pius XII with the Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Sylvester, the oldest and most prestigious of papal knighthoods. This award has been given to only one hundred other men in history, who "by feat of arms or writing or

outstanding deeds have spread the faith and have safeguarded and championed

the [Roman Catholic] Church."12


Donovan did more to safeguard and champion the [Roman Catholic] Church than

any other American, and he was rewarded for his services with the highest

[Roman] Catholic award ever received by an American. No doubt, thousands of

others have striven with their deeds for similar recognition.













By Dr. [Phd.] Stephen Mumford


Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 84-72500


Pub by........ Humanist Press PO Box 146 Amherst, NY


Available [about $10] from-


Center for Research on Population and Security


PO Box 13067


Research Triangle Park, NC 27709


also see ................. WILD BILL DONOVAN - The Last Hero


by Anthony Cave Brown ....... published by TIMES BOOKS 1982