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.