WAS THE VATICAN INVOLVED IN A MASONIC SECRET SOCIETY?
It should only be a simple search of the offices of fascist financier Licio Gelli. However, when it fell into the hands of detectives investigating the Sindona affair (see left), none of them could believe their eyes. It was a list of 962 high-ranking members of a masonic cabal known as Propaganda Due (P2) that secretly ruled Italy. The difference from other lodges: P2 was exclusively political. Its goal was an authoritarian state – and the absolute rule by a powerful few. Its modus operandi included bombings, for which left-wing groups were blamed.
Nearly 1,000 members from the world of politics and business belonged to P2 – among them Italy’s future leader Silvio Berlusconi. The CIA also supported the lodge and gave it $10 million annually. Furthermore, 121 members of the Church were involved – even though being a member of a masonic lodge was punishable by excommunication. The 121 Church representatives in the secret society included all of the leaders of the Vatican Bank – plus its main advisor and financial manager, mafia man Michele Sindona and his successor Roberto Calvi, known as “God’s banker”.
This unholy trinity of the Vatican bank, the CIA and the mafia imploded when P2 was exposed in 1981 and the public found out for the first time that a secret society ruled them. P2 was made illegal. However, the Vatican bank didn’t have to fear any consequences – it even survived a rebellious pope…
HEADQUARTERS The Vatican bank is located in the Tower of Nicholas V.