“Message in a Bottle”: Notes on a Disquieting Video

You may have seen mention of a new video called Message in a Bottle (link below), which alleges that a Masonic conspiracy ousted Pope Benedict, installed Francis as Antipope, and is now executing its design of desolating the Catholic Church with abominable innovations.  I had to see it mentioned more than once before I gave it an hour of my not particularly valuable time, but I do not regret having done so.  I should add that I am the very opposite of interested in Vatican gossip, Roman Catholic politics, and ecclesiastical intrigues, so readers who share my uninterests may, upon watching the video, feel a similar absence of regret.  I will also add that even unchurched Christians may find in this video food for disquieting thought, as is evident in the disquieting thoughts it stimulated in Orthosphere friend Bruce Charlton.

Before commenting on the video itself, I should confess that it is easy for me to believe there is a conspiracy to desolate the Church with abominable innovations, because I am myself one of those desolated and exiled souls.

The argument of Message in a Bottle rests on three legs, these being some sinister images of Pope Francis and his immediate circle, a close reading of the resignation announcement by Pope Benedict, and a portentous exposé of the modernizing cabal of Catholic prelates called the St. Gallen Group (or Mafia).

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I am aware that a hostile photographer can make anyone look sinister by catching a transitory scowl, grimace or glower.  I am aware that narration provides at least half of what we “see” in a video. The power of suggestion is a very great power, and an image presented as evidence of sinister chicanery will, because of that presentation, strongly suggest sinister chicanery.  With that said, I also believe there is much to be learned by close observation of gestures, reflexes and physiognomy.  Some sinister images are the craft of a hostile photographer.  But sometimes the camera is candid and the shutter snaps just when the mask slips.

When a subject chooses to represent himself with sinister images, we can have more confidence in a dark interpretation.  Message in a Bottle makes such an interpretation of sinister images the Vatican released of Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi address of March 27, 2020, an event that was to all appearances staged to maximize feelings of despondency and alarm in the faithful. One month into the global covid lockdown would seem to have been an inopportune time to show St. Peter’s Square as it might appear on the eve of Armageddon. 

Sometimes there is more to bad optics than just bad optics.

The darkest interpretations will of course come to those with the occult understanding that sinister images are not unintended.  The mask did not slip.  It was momentarily lowered so the man wearing the mask could stick out his tongue.  The bad optics were not bad optics.  They were the intended optics because a really bad man is proud of his evil and needs to put it on display.

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As I have no knowledge of Latin or Canon Law, I cannot evaluate the charge that Pope Benedict did not in fact recite the correct formula of Papal resignation, and that Pope Francis is therefore a pretender and Antipope.  The video suggests that Pope Benedict’s non-resignation was in the nature of a feigned retreat that was calculated to embolden his enemies and draw them into an extremely subtle trap.  I must suppose that a trap that is subtle enough to trap the prelates of the St. Gallen Group (Mafia) cannot be detected by an ignorant nobody like me, so I merely report what Message in a Bottle has to say.

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The St. Gallen Group (Mafia) was an association of modernizing prelates, largely drawn from European bishoprics where the dearth of Catholics left the leadership with plenty of time for mischief.  These worthies met annually in the Swiss city of St. Gallen to discuss ways to spread European apostasy to the wider Church, to oppose Benedict, and to install their agent, Bergoglio, on the throne of St. Peter.  Having accomplished its aims, the St. Gallen Group is today officially disbanded.  About these facts there would seem to be no dispute.

The controversial argument advanced in Message in a Bottle is that the St. Gallen Group (Mafia) is actually a Masonic front that infiltrated the Church in order to install an Antipope, dynamite the bridge between heaven and earth, and replace the Gospel of Christ with Masonic humanism, more commonly nowadays known as Leftism.

I was not incredulous when I finished reading Abbé Barruel’s Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism (1797), and I have not since been shamed into disbelieving in the reality of conspiracies.  Indeed it seems to me obvious that subversive movements prefer to capture enemy institutions rather than destroy them, since captured institutions provide useful disguises, valuable resources, and docile members who will not notice the change of management.  I think it is a mistake to insist, as Message in a Bottle insists, that the enemies of the Church require the organization of a formal antichurch of Freemasonry.  The spirit of Freemasonry (Leftism) easily passes into new institutions, leaving its old forms and formulas behind.  It is almost certainly stronger because of this invasive character, since it allows the spirit of Freemasonry (Leftism) to be everywhere while appearing to be nowhere.

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As I said in my opening, just about any orthodox Christian will find in this video disquieting food for thought.  It will teach you that you enemies are nowadays most likely to appear within your church, whatever type of church that may be, and they will describe their program of destruction as “reform.”  It will teach you that the enemies of Christ have a higher opinion of the powers of his Church than many of his friends.  It will teach you to question whether bad optics are really just bad optics.


20 thoughts on ““Message in a Bottle”: Notes on a Disquieting Video

  1. It will teach you that the enemies of Christ have a higher opinion of the powers of his Church than many of his friends.

    That has long been true. Thanks for discussing this – I’d read Bruce Charlton’s post about it (his blog is a great treasure among many I’ve found through The Orthosphere). I have not yet taken time to watch the video, and still haven’t decided whether to do so. But I hold fast to the adage that God works all things for the good of those who love Him, and I expect He will do so for the faithful within the Church now, as heretofore.

    My mother stayed with the Church of Christ (i.e., Campbellites) until her parents passed. That is a good branch of Christ’s Church, but in her 60s, she joined the Roman Catholic Church. I suspect the power of her simple but clear faith in a little Oklahoma parish is one of the great goods now at prayer within the Church.

    May God bless and keep all of His people, and direct their paths, however widely they may wander.

  2. Sinister? Despondency? Alarm? Bad optics? I watched the Urbi et Orbi, and I found it incredibly powerful and moving – and I’m not much of a Pope Francis fan otherwise at all, in all honesty. A lot of fellow Catholics agree with me. Did you listen to his words on the occasion? I found them inspiring.
    The business about Pope Benedict resigning improperly is long-exploded nonsense. The election of a Pope that is acclaimed by the entire Church is an infallible act. Canon law does not have the magical power to reach through time and invalidate it. Pope-Emeritus Benedict himself pledged his obedience to Pope Francis – so this video is making him out to be a Machiavellian oath-breaker, which doesn’t strike me as a compliment.

    • This is why I say “food for disquieting thought” and not “watertight proof.” I expect that receptivity to these arguments will somewhat depend on the health of an individual’s parish and dioceses. Not knowing Latin or Canon Law, and having an aversion to Dan Brown style Catholic melodrama, I made no judgement on the resignation question. But I have a general prejudice that something is going on when “long-exploded nonsense” will not stay exploded. I don’t say that the “nonsense” is correct, only that its persistence is significant.

  3. @GR – “Move along, nothing to see here…”

    As JMS makes clear, this video (to my mind, and others whose judgment I trust) operates from a deep spiritual level, and is serious in its motivations – it seems honest and on the right side in the spiritual war it rightly diagnoses as behind the main events of 2020.

    If so; to approach its arguments in the spirit and at the level of a Snopes ‘fact-check’ (Ha!) is simply to reveal oneself as having chosen the wrong side.

    • I think you are right. I am predisposed to favor this video, and yet at the surface level see all sorts of holes in its argument. It has something more like what we call poetic truth, which is the opposite of so much official dogma nowadays. That official dogma may pass the fact-check, but it still poetically false at a deeper level. We must never forget that it is possible to tell a false story in which all of the facts are correct, and that it is possible to tell a true story that contains a great many falsehoods and errors.

    • If you’re saying that my disagreement with you proves I’m of the Devil’s part… All I can say is, that’s awfully convenient for you.

      The only “side” I’m aware of being on is the Catholic one. I am NOT happy with many of the things going on in the Church right now – as I said, I’m not a fan of the present Pope. Nevertheless, he is the Pope. Bad Popes are an actual thing. We’ve had them before and doubtless we’ll have them again.

      Let’s remember the stakes here. If the video is wrong, then, bluntly, it is encouraging schism from the See of Rome. The consequences of that are so grave that only the most compelling evidence could justify publicizing it – and I, for one, do not find the evidence at all compelling. Not that my opinion counts for much, so maybe I should look to see if any bishops, cardinals, or prominent canon lawyers agree – oh, there aren’t any?

      I already know a person in real life who is at least materially in schism over Internet theories like this one. You can’t tell me that’s good fruit.

      • I’m not sure this video will influence anyone who was not already edging towards the door. I agree that schism is bad, particularly in a time of existential weakness, but I’m not sure schism is the sort of thing one can choose not to do. What the historians may one day call “the schism” will really be just the last step in a long-running process of estrangement, rather like what lawyers call “the divorce.” The legal divorce just makes the de facto divorce official. I feel the same when I hear appeals for “national unity.” Unity exists or does not exist, but it cannot be willed into existence.

        We know that Christ was a divisive and polarizing character, but it seems clear to me that he brought to a head divisions that already existed in the Jewish and later Pagan populations. Bergoglio seems to have a similar effect. It may be that he was sent to drive bad apples like me out of the Church, or at least to bring things to a crisis. Christ came to institute worship in spirit and in truth, so I cannot suppose that he approves worship in two spirits and two truths. Perhaps we’re not so far gone as that, but that’s how it looks from my bug’s-eye view.

    • When I feel the urge to change an organization I’m part of, I ask myself if I am an infiltrator. I expect many infiltrators do not know they are infiltrators, particularly when they have been sent by lower powers to subvert a good or godly institution. I expect they genuinely believe they are “reformers.”

  4. Message in a bottle is indeed a valuable summation of what increasing numbers of traditional Catholics in particular understand as having infiltrated Holy Mother Church. As to the examination of the Latin text of Benedict XVI’s renunciation of ministerium as distinct from munus, Brother Alexis Bugnolo’s FromRome website has exhaustively examined this point. From a rational and factual basis it is, quite literally, unarguable. Ann Barnhardt is also excellent on this but is marmite in a bad way to some people. I think she’s a brilliant observer of the Catholic World.
    That’s not my main reason for commenting, which is to observe that Freemasonry has nothing to do with leftism. Freemasonry is all about the Synthesis in the Hegelian dialectic. Leftism is either the Thesis or the Antithesis – take your pick. Rightism (or conservatism, far-rightism etc. etc.) is its opposite – Thesis or Antithesis. Freemasonry and its Kabbalistic spiritual kin delight in oppositional-ism – using binary opposites to distract, corrupt and control the hapless partisans. The manufacturing of binary opposites is rife and a dominant feature of modern life and has been used exhaustively during current “events” globally. Successfully deployed, it is the engine that creates and sustains cognitive dissonance. We have been educated to mistake thesis and antithesis for real life whilst the malign architects of our earthly distractions enjoy the fruits of springing their demonic syntheses upon us. The Great Reset is a monumental synthesis looming on the horizon. Most have not got a clue because they’re either woke or anti-woke, birdemic believers or birdemic skeptics / unbelievers.
    We need to put leftism and its opposite where it belongs – in the dustbin of history. Authentic Christianity is the only means to achieve this. Period.

  5. I used to read Anne Barnhardt and should check up on her again. She was getting a little “crazy-eyes” when I stopped reading her, but maybe “crazy-eyes” will look sane to me now. I’m not sure that one can derive a political system from Christian doctrine, although some political systems are clearly antichristian. In my view, there are a great many things that we must learn from the general revelation that we call Nature, and some political systems seem to have learned these things better than others.

    Students of Freemasonry of course disagree about its inner and ultimate aims, but continental Freemasonry was strongly identified with revolutionary politics when Hegel was just a lad. “Liberty, equality, fraternity” is, to my understanding, the John 3:16 of Freemasonry. These words are, of course, Aesopian. I am one of those who thinks their esoteric meanings are license, anarchy, and the New Tower of Babel, but that may just be me,

  6. JMSmith,

    I really enjoyed this post and look forward to watching the video. I am also interested in reading the history of Jacobinism book you referenced (4 volumes!!). These sorts of posts give me a lot of solace in this increasingly demon-denominated world. Thanks again.

    • Thanks for letting me know you liked the post. Barruel’s book is fun to read and the taproot from which all modern conspiracy thinking grew. Barruel was a Jesuit and likely projected some Jesuit practices onto the Illuminati, but he has an extremely shrewd understanding of human psychology and the instruments of subversion. His long discussion of the stages of initiation may seem a little over the top to a modern reader, but it is really a very good guide to the basic way in which an extremist groups identifies and cultivates recruits. He gets some things wrong but many other things right.

  7. On the subject of schisms, like the one seeming to be coming about in the American Catholic church (from what I gather as an outsider), here’s a request. I’m working on an essay (not about religion or the church, but something else), and as prep, I’m looking to read titles on the Cathars / Albigensians (12th c.). An Italian scholar, Rino Cammilleri, has written on it, interestingly from what I gather from brief English synopses, but his titles are all in Italian, which I can read only to the extent of a menu, and untranslated as yet into good ol’ Murikin. Might any of the scholars on this site recommend English language works on the subject of the Cathars to me, please? I’m hoping to find something as awesome as Norman Cohn’s Pursuit of the Millenium.

  8. wrt Schism: Not just in the Roman Catholic Church – there *ought* to be schism; and as soon as possible.

    This applies whenever an institution has been taken over by Leftism (which is in service to Satan). Every major institution in the world (including every major Christian church) now serves the Left agenda.

    Or are we expecting the Left to repent? Like when?

    The alternative to schism is alliance with evil – which = joining the side of evil.

    When – as now – the world is divided by spiritual warfare; there are only two sides, and the primary question is which we serve. *All* else is subordinate.

    • “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains” (Matthew 24:15-16).

      The phrase “abomination of desolation” has been interpreted in various ways, but it seems to me that it indicates moral inversion and worship of things that are low. I think you are right about the need for schism, or at least deliberate distancing, since those who stay in close contact with the Left will be either absorbed or destroyed. Sharing an institution with Leftists is like sharing a house with a bunch of drug addicts. The drug addicts are more likely to convert you than you are to convert them.

      • I’d like to hear some perspectives of people who have suffered “battered parishioner syndrome” — where victims put up with years of abuse “for the children,” “for the sake and hope of unity,” from a sense of filial devotion to one’s parents, ancestors, and the family religious tradition, etc. What is it like to be an Episcopalian — to an Episcopalian?

  9. When I was on the Pastoral Council of my parish, I constantly argued that we should focus on the needs of core parishioners. Everyone else wanted to talk about making the parish more appealing to the marginal members who barely participated in parish activities. My view was that nothing but the Holy Spirit can move a marginal member into the core, but years of “abuse” can drive core members to the margins. We just last night had dinner with a couple in which pious puzzlement verging on anger was a significant part of the conversation. The implicit question was, are they trying the empty the pews? I personally think that many clergy expect the Faith to collapse, and just hope it happens after they are retired. I can’t say that I have any great ideas myself.


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