THE ROBERT HANSSEN CASE : TREASON, THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND OPUS DEI
By Al Hembd
(Below is an article originally from the New York Times, that can be found at http://www.ianpaisley.org/article.asp?ArtKey=spy. Though we cannot agree with Mr. Paisley's methods, or Arminian methodologies, he nonetheless at times has some good articles that expose the iniquities of the Church of Rome, including its propensities toward international conspiracies. No doubt because of the many Romish conspiratorial intrigues that proliferate daily in Northern Ireland, where Mr. Paisley resides, and is a member of the British Parliament.)
This article is on the double agent Robert Hanssen, who, while working for the CIA, also worked as a Soviet agent--for the KGB. Primarily for the KGB, actually, because they paid him more money.
Mr Hanssen is a member of the very secret sect Opus Dei. This is the sect that was recently granted prelature status in the Church of Rome by John Paul II--meaning, none of the group are answerable at all to the bishops. They rather answer to their own Bishop General, who then himself answers directly to the White Pope. The society is entirely secret; no one except the officers know who the members are--not even the Pope.
One of the leaders of Opus Dei has been implicated with international banking fraud. At the following website
http://www.acts2.com/thebibletruth/The_Opus_Dei.htm, one finds this excerpt from an article from US News and World Report:
"In Madrid, an eminent member of Opus Dei, Josemaria Ruiz Mateos, was accused of having caused the bankruptcy of La Rumasa, a holding company created by Mateos that controlled twenty banks and a myriad of businesses. In the prosperous days of the company, Mateos donated tens of millions of dollars to Opus Dei, establishing a confraternity with hundreds
of adherents. He now blames certain members of Opus Dei for the collapse. It is the first time an Opus Dei member has publicly accused other members."
"In Italy, Opus Dei drew the attention of the press and the government when its name came up in connection with the fraud and bankruptcy scandal of Robert Calvi, the late president of Banco Ambrosiano. Calvi's widow, Clara, says that he was expecting to conclude a large deal with Opus Dei .just before his body was found hanging under the Black Friars Bridge in London. (Calvi's death has been called an "acrobatic suicide.") "My husband was stopped," says Mrs. Calvi, "by those who didn't want him
to carry to completion the Opus Dei deal." Calvi's daughter confirmed her mother's story."
In other words, Opus Dei, like the FreeMasons associated with Michele Sindona and Roberto Calvi in the Vatican Banking scandal, has also been involved in embezzling funds from banks. Note, too, that Roberto Calvi, in the days before his death, was hoping to get a bailout of funds from Opus Dei. (Perhaps they had done business before!) This did not transpire.
Now, to the article on Robert Hanssen, the CIA traitor, copied from Ian Paisley's website, transcribed from the New York Times.
Apparently, back in the 1980's, Mrs Hanssen became aware that her husband was indeed working for the KGB. She begged her husband to go to confession, which he did. He went to a priest (the article names him!) who also is associated with Opus Dei, as he himself also is.
The priest told him that if he would give a Papist charity $30,000, then he would not have to go to the FBI to admit his foul misdeeds. In other words, the Popish priest connived with this man's treason, for money.'
Mrs. Hanssen's story from the New York Times, May 16, 2002.
ROBERT HANSSEN, a member of the SECRET ROMAN CATHOLIC ORDER OPUS DEI and a
RUSSIAN SPY, was introduced to Gospel Catholic readers in Volume 17, No.
4, (Spring 2001). The following is MRS. HANSSEN'S story from the New York
Times, May 16, 2002.
Mrs. Robert Hanssen
Washington, May 15 In the 15 months since her husband's arrest as a
Russian spy, Bonnie Hanssen has struggled to maintain her public silence
in the face of a torrent of disclosures about her life with a man she
thought she knew.
Now she says she has chosen to speak out at last because she wants to
answer one question she has heard dozens of times: How could Robert
Hanssen's wife of 34 years not have known he was a spy?"
"I just wish somebody would say that my husband never told me he was
spying," Mrs Hanssen said in frustration in a telephone interview this
Mr Hanssen, the former F.B.I. agent (was) sentenced to life in prison on
Friday after he pleaded guilty to spying for Moscow off and on for more
than 20 years.
Mrs Hanssen acknowledged in the interview that in about 1980, she
discovered that her husband was having unauthorized dealings with the
Russians, but said she never knew the extent of his actions.
One day, she said she found her husband scurrying to cover up some papers
in the basement of their home in Scarsdale, N.Y. Pressed to explain what
he was doing, she said he acknowledged that he was dealing with the
Russians. At the time he was assigned to counterintelligence in the
F.B.I.'s New York field office.
"But he told me he was just tricking the Russians and feeding them false
information," she said. "He never said he was spying. I told him I thought
it was insane."
But Mr Hanssen was not tricking the Russians; he was a Russian spy and had
been working for the G.R.U. Soviet Military Intelligence, since 1979. In
fact, he had already betrayed one of the United States' most important
agents: General Dmitri Polyakov, who had been spying for the US since the
early 1960's, but soon after Mr Hanssen told the Russians of this, General
Polyakov was forced to retire and was later executed.
Mrs Hanssen said she demanded that her husband go with her to see their
Roman Catholic priest to confess.
They drove to meet with the Rev Robert Bucciarelli, a priest affiliated
with OPUS DEI, a conservative RC organization the Hanssens had joined
several years earlier.
Father Bucciarelli came up with a plan to save Mr Hanssen from prison if
he gave the money from the Soviets to charity, and not promise to spy
again; he would have the priest's blessing not to report the matter to the
F.B.I. Mr Hanssen agreed, and his wife, pregnant with their fourth child,
was relieved. But she said she was determined to hold her husband to the
She said her husband told her he had received about $30,000 from the
Soviets but he had spent much of it. Mrs Hanssen said she demanded that he
repay the $30,000. He began to make small payments over several years to a
charity affiliated with Mother Teresa's Catholic organization, moving the
family close to bankruptcy.
She said she repeatedly questioned her husband to ensure that he was
making the payments, and each time he insisted that he was. Over the next
few years she questioned him about whether he was working with the
Russians once more he would deny it and act as if he was hurt that she did
not trust him.
In October 1985, he volunteered to spy for the K.G.B. the Soviet
Intelligence agency [no doubt, to get out of debt, note Al], by sending an
anonymous letter to a K.G.B. officer based in Washington. In it he
betrayed three Soviet officers who were working for the C.I.A. and the
bureau. All three were arrested; two were executed.
"I never knew about anything else after that first time," Mrs Hanssen said
in an interview. She said she told the bureau the same thing immediately
after her husband's arrest last year.
Mrs Hanssen's brother, Mark Wauck, an F.B.I. agent in Chicago, reportedly
told his supervisors in 1990 that he suspected that Robert Hanssen was a
spy after his own wife told him that, during a visit to the Hanssen home,
Mrs Hanssen told her she had become alarmed after discovering $5,000.
Today, Mrs Hanssen is teaching at a Catholic school in suburban Virginia
and is living in the house she shared with her husband and their six
children. Under Mr Hanssen's plea bargain, she will receive the survivor's
part of his bureau pension, as well as the right to keep the home.
She visits her husband in prison regularly. The family hopes Mr Hanssen
will be sent to the federal prison in Allenwood, PA. Which would be close
enough for Mrs Hanssen to continue to visit regularly.
She said her greatest ambition was to resume some form of normal life,
adding, "I would just like to disappear."