The World At War

Chapter 5: The Catholic Cause




The Knights Templar


It would take several chapters just to give a brief overview of the Crusades. What is critical to our survey concerning them is that they represent the period in time when Christian knights brought the Luciferian cause to Europe. In 1118, almost 20 years after the First Crusade captured Jerusalem and massacred its population, 9 French knights who called themselves the Poor Knights of Christ, or the Poor Knights of the Temple, took a perpetual vow to defend the Holy Land. They were attached to the garrison of Jerusalem and adopted the Rule of St. Benedict in 1128.115

The Templars were the first military monastic order in Christendom to be sanctioned by the Church, and their popularity and reputation for martial prowess both grew immensely. They were able to accumulate unprecedented wealth and power through conquest, which became common property of their order. Even though usury was forbidden in Christendom, they essentially became the world’s first international banking corporation as well, adding to their wealth exponentially. It is widely believed that they excavated the Temple Mount in Jerusalem under cover of darkness for several years and found buried treasure, which would account for their sudden rise to power as well as the mysteries of Rennes-le-Chateau.

The Templars were suddenly disbanded by Papal bull on 13 Oct 1307, and its French leaders were tried for heresy. Many escaped and formed other martial orders and secret cults such as the Knights of Malta, the Rosicrucian Brotherhood, and various pirate fleets. (The Jolly Roger is a Templar flag.)116 They even assisted the Scots in gaining their independence from England, especially at Roslin in 1303 and Bannockburn in 1314, just a few months after Jacques de Molay was burned.117 With a permanent haven in Scotland, the Templars were able to flourish again, but they were forced to carry on their entire enterprise in secret. Consequently, not many details can be known about them for certain after 1307, other than what is revealed through the Scottish Rite Freemasons.

The avowed object of the Templars was to protect the Christians who came to visit the Holy Places: their secret object was the re-building of the Temple of Solomon on the model prophesied by Ezekiel. This re-building, formally predicted by the Judaizing Mystics of the earlier ages, had become the secret dream of the Patriarchs of the Orient. The Temple of Solomon, re-built and consecrated to the Catholic worship would become, in effect, the Metropolis of the Universe; the East would prevail over the West, and the Patriarchs of Constantinople would possess themselves the Papal power. [… The Templars] took as their models, in the Bible, the Warrior-Masons of Zorobabel, who worked, holding the sword in one hand and the trowel in the other. [… The Templars] concealed themselves under the name of Brethren Masons. Albert Pike118

Pike also claims that the Templars’ founder Hugues de Payens came into contact with the Johannites, who claimed uninterrupted succession of the pontifical powers of Christ through St. John. Supposedly, John’s sixtieth successor Theoclet initiated Sir Hugues into the secret mysteries of the sect, and eventually designated him as the successor of the secret priesthood. Johannism was therefore the secret religion practiced by the Templars, but Pike says that the Johannites’ claims of succession were false.119

Other than this, Pike shows his respect for the original beliefs and practices of the Templars before European Gnosticism was corrupted by what he considers to be false doctrines. He says that it is absurd to suppose that they worshiped Baphomet, and recognizes this imagery as concealing their true practices.120 His contempt for the Templars is due to their failure to achieve their secret goal of overthrowing the Papacy.

Hughes de Payens himself had not that keen and far-sighted intellect nor that grandeur of purpose which afterward distinguished the military founder of another soldiery that became formidable to kings. The Templars were unintelligent and therefore unsuccessful Jesuits. Their watchward was, to become wealthy, in order to buy the world. […] Riches were the shoal on which they were wrecked. They became insolent, and unwisely showed their contempt for the religious and social institutions which they aimed to overthrow. […] Their projects were divined and prevented. […] The end of the drama is well known, and how Jacques de Molai and his fellows perished in the flames. But before his execution, the Chief of the doomed Order organized and instituted what afterward came to be called the Occult, Hermetic, or Scottish Masonry. Albert Pike121

Pike then goes on to explain how the orders of Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism were started by Templars, implying that the Templars’ enemies were all assassinated in retaliation.122 What is most interesting here is that he calls them Jesuits. The Society of Jesus was not founded until 1534, and Pike is clearly making a connection between them and the Templars, based on the Templars’ aim to overthrow the religious and social institutions of Europe.



The Protestant Reformation


The Protestant Reformation was the culmination of many causes of civil unrest in nations governed by Roman Catholic monarchs. It gave rise to the humanism, nationalism and anti-clericism of the Enlightenment era, and more importantly, to the Counter-reformation and the Society of Jesus. It is the most important series of events leading up to the modern era, as it divided up the Catholic world for the internationalists to conquer. Like any other series of events in history, it was a combination of spontaneity and opportunistic planning. Even if they were simply influenced by the political climate of the region, it should be of no surprise, given that the Papacy’s base of support was in France, Spain and Italy, that of the five most important Reformers, Wycliffe and Tyndale were from England, Hus was from Bohemia, Zwingli and Calvin were from Switzerland, and Erasmus, Luther and Melancthon were all from Germany.

The Reformation was a complete failure in the sense that it was intended by its leaders to be a theological and ideological revolution within the Roman Catholic Church. However, it succeeded in the political and economic aspects of revolution, for which it was promulgated by the burghers and nobility of the European states who were eager to throw off the chains of Roman dominance and become centralized states with national identities. Powerful banking families such as the Medicis in Florence and the Fuggers in Augsburg recognized their opportunity to turn their wealth into political power through the very same radical priests who preached against them, whereas the Papacy had only condemned usury and instituted a ‘just price’ system, which discouraged laissez faire capitalism.

The revolution of the Western paradigm which we call the Reformation began when the political power of the Papacy was challenged. Some say that it has been an eternal, exterior struggle with Gnosticism, and some trace it to the conflict between Arianism and Athanasianism during Emperor Constantine’s reign, but the reform movement of the Renaissance era had its roots in the Catharism of southern France. This is perhaps one of the reasons why Calvinism was embraced by the same territories which had been under the influence of the Templars.

The Council of Constance (1414) sought to remedy the situation of the Papal Exile and the Schism which followed it, which had lasted more than a century from the time the Templars were disbanded and retaliated by assassinating the Pope. However, it did not address the theological and national disputes of the Schism period, and the Church’s only answer to the early Reformers like Savonarola, Hus and Wycliffe was to viciously murder them.123 Wycliffe was even burned at the stake posthumously, just to show how far the Papacy was willing to extend its authority. Hus was promised safe conduct to Constance beforehand, and this directly led to the Papacy’s loss of power and prestige in Bohemia during the Hussite Wars. Luther was also promised safe conduct to his own hearing but went into hiding instead.

The Reformation in the Holy Roman Empire (basically Central Europe) began under the influence of humanists like Erasmus, and was helped by the invention of the printing press and by the translation of the Bible into the vernacular languages of the Reformers. Luther, whose German translation was critical to the success of the Reformation, was an Augustinian monk and far too conservative for Calvin and Zwingli.124 At the same time, he was also influenced by Erasmus, but diverged from his humanism and mysticism.125 The core ideologies of the Society of Jesus were clearly founded on the principles of Erasmus’ theology, and this would mean that, whether knowingly or not, Erasmus started the Reformation to uphold the ideals of the Illuminists’ protocols, and that Luther, whom he recruited, was simply beyond his control, and ultimately beyond that of the Church itself.

Whether Erasmus’ theology influenced Enlightenment Deism, or whether it was itself influenced by it, it is certainly reminiscent of it, and Erasmus’ instigation of the revolts leading up to the Peasants’ War (perhaps inadvertently) set the pattern for the socialist revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries. The revolts failed, and Luther’s position was strengthened by his support of the nobility, which ultimately resulted in the permanent separation of Church and State in the Protestant nations. Luther and Melancthon opposed Zwingli and Calvin in both doctrinal and socio-economic matters, and this further splintered the Reformation.126

The Reformation had begun in England before the outbreak of the wars in Germany, but it had progressed slowly there. The popularity of the Reformers’ ideas eventually lead to the Puritan policies of Thomas Cromwell, and finally to the English Civil War directed by Oliver Cromwell, which temporarily deposed the Scotch-English monarchy. Puritanism profoundly influenced early English culture in the American colonies as well, and became the source of conflict between the Masonic Presbyterians in New England and the Deist Episcopalians in Virginia. Cromwell’s military and political campaigns both at home and in Ireland also provided an example of fascism which the Illuminists adopted for their early conquests.

The Reformation paved the way for the dissolution of the religious establishment in Europe prior to the Enlightenment. Even more, it opened the international lines of communication between dissident factions, thereby allowing secret societies to flourish across cultures for the first time. For instance, Martin Luther was introduced to the doctrines of Jan Hus when it was pointed out to him that he was teaching the same things.127 This is what dissension was like before the Reformation; afterward, Calvin’s influence could be strongly felt as far away as Scotland and North America.



The Society of Jesus


Satanism and Illuminism within Catholic Church’s hierarchy did not go uncontended until 1870. For example, although he is only really known for his policies regarding Jews and his wars with the Venetians, and while it would probably be seen by the ignorant masses now as a prolonged series of witch-hunts, Pope Julius II (the long-time rival of the Spanish crypto-Jew Alexander VI) ordered the Inquisition to focus its attention on driving Satanism out of the clerical ranks in the Papal States all the way to his death in 1513.128 At other times, inquisitors sent to quell Satanism within the Church have ended up participants or dead men. It was common practice for cardinals and popes to hold semi-secret orgies both in their palaces and in the Vatican, and to attempt assassinations against each other, which were often successful. More importantly, by the 16th century, the College of Cardinals was firmly divided down the middle between conservative Italian nepotists and Illuminist crypto-Jew nepotists.

There have been three major Inquisitions in the Church’s history which have sought to rid it of its Jewish influence. The first is generally called the Medieval Inquisition, but actually consisted of more than one major one, with different names given to each. After that came the Spanish Inquisition and its offshoots in Portugal and the Americas. The last was the Roman Inquisition, or the Congregation of the Holy Office, established shortly after the founding of the Society of Jesus to examine doctrines and defend the integrity of the Church. This doctrinal secret police cadre was formed partly because of the heresy of the Reformation and partly because of the heresy of the Society of Jesus. It is worth noting that Pope Benedict XVI as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (the contemporary name for the Holy Office/Inquisition) between 1981 and 2005.129

All three of the Inquisitions were feuds with Illuminism. The Medieval Inquisition began in 1184 with the intent of abolishing the Catharist heresy brought to Europe by the Templars. Catharism was eventually stamped out by an infamous 20-year military campaign known as the Albigensian Crusade. The Spanish Inquisition was directed against many groups, but none so much as the Alumbrados in Spain and their “Jewish” counterparts, and later the Jesuits in South America. The Roman Inquisition was responsible for trying men like Copernicus and Galileo, and was considered a grave threat to the Illuminist hierarchy and the Enlightenment in general.

The fact that the Society of Jesus (better known as the Jesuits) were a resurgence of the Templar cause is unmistakable. On 15 Aug 1534 Ignatius de Loyola and 5 other Spanish crypto-Jews took oaths of poverty and chastity, as well as an oath to “enter upon hospital and missionary work in Jerusalem.”130 Like the Templars, Ignatius was actually a soldier before he became a monk, and members of the order are regularly called the “footsoldiers of the Pope.” Whereas the motto of the Templars and the First Crusade in general was “God wills it,” the motto of the Jesuits is “for the greater glory of God.”131 The ideology which their motto is based on is a justification of secularism and immoral actions performed by Jesuits in the name of God and the Catholic Church; it was this idea which caused the Jesuit Adam Weishaupt to reprint the ancient Machiavellian maxim which says that “the end justifies the means.”

Some believe that the Jesuits’ 20,000 members actually control the Vatican. That such a large faction of Illuminists exists within the Church seems improbable, but the society’s hierarchy is certainly at least dominated by them. Ignatius de Loyola was one of the most revered Illuminists who ever lived, and he was responsible for the entire core of the society’s teachings. Jesuits represent the greatest of the philosophers and theologians of Luciferianism, and are highly revered by Illuminists who have been known to quote them in their writings and speeches. They are the veritable Illuminati, the policy makers of the New World Order. Advancement, which normally takes between 10 and 12 years, follows the same pattern as Freemasonry, but is more rigorous and education-oriented. Not all candidates are allowed into the order, but they are all expected to complete Ignatius’ spiritual exercises before initiation.132

The Jesuits were operating 74 colleges on 3 continents by Ignatius’ death in 1556.133 This kind of influence, just two decades after the order was sanctioned and still two centuries before his birth, is why Weishaupt was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the greatest men of his time at such a young age. The fact that he was a professor of canon law at a prestigious Jesuit institution means he had completed his theological indoctrination, which means he was at least approximately halfway through the Society of Jesus’ initiations when his subversive activities got the whole society banned by Pope Clement XIV in 1773. (Despite this major setback, the order was admitted back into the Catholic Church by Pius VII in 1814.)134

As a close acquaintance of both the crypto-Jewish Jesuits and the crypto-Jewish banking families, and therefore a central figure in the Illuminist network, Weishaupt was the perfect choice for the task of modernizing the protocols, regarded by his peers as a genius but proud and devoid of morals.135 He was also not half as pious as he made himself out to be. For example, he is known to have impregnated his sister-in-law and written frantic letters to some of his acquaintances, asking for help. They, in turn, introduced him to a doctor who would perform an abortion and offered to pay for it, but she managed to escape with his child. Regardless of his reputation and the hypocrisy of his actions, he maintained that he was a man without fault.

Weishaupt’s most immediate concern was to find professionals loyal to the Luciferian cause. Even if their services could not be obtained, he says, “If there is any man of great reputation, of his own merit, cause it to be believed that he is one of us.” His particular interest was in dominating the legal profession to which he was tied. “[Lawyers] are true demons, most difficult to handle; but their conquest is always good when it can be obtained.”136 As the Jesuits had recently been removed from their place in the education establishment, his next recommendation after attracting lawyers was to acquire “teachers, university professors, and the superiors of seminaries.”137

The reason the Jesuits became educators instead of crusaders is that the Ottoman Empire was at war with Rome when the order was founded. Travel to the Holy Land was therefore not possible, and instead they stayed in Italy to get close to the power of the Papacy.138 They also formed the strongest early European presence in Latin America and founded many towns, including São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, both of which are still major strongholds of Illuminism and socialism.139 While Pike seems to have thought that the Jesuits were in control of Europe, and especially of the Catholic Church in 1871, the Synagogue of Satan have kept their exact level of influence a mystery. Any competent examination of their activities since Pike’s time will show that they have been the hidden hand behind all wars, operating through their front organizations like the SS and the CIA.



The Catholic Synthesis


The unification or Risorgimento (‘Resurgence’) of Italy was the struggle between the temporal powers of Illuminism and Catholicism in the 19th century. It began in 1815, after the Congress of Vienna partitioned the French Empire following Napoleon Bonaparte’s defeat, and it ended when General Cardona entered Rome unopposed in 1870. The last partition which added to Italy and formed its present geographical state was the Treaty of Saint-Germain after World War One.140

The Illuminists began the overthrow of the Papacy by attempting to push the Habsburgs out of Venetia and Lombardy, and by forming the Carbonari as a secret society with the ideals of the French Revolution. Without exception, all of the leaders of the Italian Independence Wars were selected from the Carbonari. They were so feared that anyone caught attending one of their meetings was condemned to death. Even Louis Napoleon was a member of the Carbonari in his youth, but his position as Emperor naturally conflicted with theirs, and he was very nearly assassinated by them.141

The first successful Carbonari revolution took place in Spain in 1820, followed by another in Naples which was ultimately put down by Austria in 1821. Piedmont also revolted under Santorre di Santarosa, but the rebels were defeated.142 In 1830, the new French king Louis-Philippe promised to aid the revolutionaries against Austria, but the chief conspirators were arrested by the Papacy and the rebellion was quelled without the French having assisted.

Giuseppe Mazzini assumed control of the Carbonari after the arrest of Ciro Menotti, and the Papal Legations fell almost immediately under his guidance. However, Austria retaliated when the weather warmed up in 1831, and decisively put an end to the rebellions. Mazzini fled into exile for the first time and was soon joined by his lieutenant Giuseppe Garibaldi, who returned in 1848 to foment revolution in the Sicilies. The revolutions against the Bourbons were successful on both fronts, and decisively so in France, where Louis-Philippe was forced to flee. The Austrians were also deposed in Milan and Venice before long, but retaliated again and won a decisive victory over Charles Albert of Sardinia.143

While Albert was keeping Austria busy, and while the new French government was being formed, Mazzini and Garibaldi were able to use the distractions to force Pope Pius IX into exile. They proclaimed the Roman Republic in 1849, but their success was short-lived because the Papacy had not yet been vanquished and it was only a matter of time before France and Austria came back to restore the Papacy. A new French force led by Nicolas Oudinot surprised the revolutionaries and did exactly that on 29 Jun 1849, driving Mazzini and Garibaldi into exile again.144 The Austrians also took Venice, consolidating the defeat of Illuminism in Italy by the Catholic powers.

While all this was taking place, Louis Napoleon was seizing power in France. His fellow Carbonar and would-be assassin pleaded from his prison cell for Napoleon to intervene on the revolutionaries’ behalf, and Napoleon was apparently convinced.145 He was a shrewd and extremely able politician, though, so whether he was using his affiliation with the Carbonari to manipulate them, or whether it was actually due to a genuine interest in helping them cannot be known. Either way, the effect was the same, for a time. Napoleon agreed to an alliance with Piedmont against Austria (France’s former ally), and won a few battles, but then betrayed his new allies at the first opportunity by brokering a deal without their knowledge, finally taking Savoy and Nice from Piedmont in exchange for the provinces of central Italy in 1860.146

Meanwhile, the Illuminists had been planning another insurrection. Legislation in Switzerland forced the recall of the Swiss mercenaries in Naples, leaving Francis II virtually unprotected. Garibaldi orchestrated a lightning campaign across the countryside, capturing most of the cities along the way and increasing the size of his volunteer force. However, he was unable to either destroy the Neapolitan force or take its fortresses, and had to appeal to Piedmont-Sardinia for help. This meant the Sardinians would have to cross through Papal lands. Garibaldi also proclaimed his intention to establish Rome as the capital of a unified Kingdom of Italy, just as he had done in 1848.147

Pope Pius IX declared excommunication for anyone supporting Garibaldi or Piedmont-Sardinia. Catholics from around the world flocked to his defense, and an army was raised to stop the Sardinians, but when the Papal Army marched out, it was defeated by the Sardinian force led by Vittorio Emanuele II.148 Garibaldi happily surrendered all of his powers to the new monarch, but Mazzini, mindful of the ancient agenda, was not content with giving away so much power. This led to a conflict between the Kingdom of Italy and those who had been running it behind the scenes. Garibaldi raised another force to take Rome, despite his recently declared fealty to Vittorio Emanuele, but was thwarted by the Italian government and imprisoned. The king, now a liability to the revolution, negotiated the removal of the French garrison in Italy in 1864, but Mazzini secured Garibaldi’s release from prison and had the king assassinated.

The Austro-Prussian War of 1866 gave Garibaldi his chance to take Rome back and add it to his kingdom. He led a second effort in 1867 but was defeated by the Papacy, due to the help of Napoleon’s troops.149 The French garrison was moved to Civitavecchia, but the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 resulted in the complete withdrawal of France’s military support of Rome, which was then immediately annexed to Italy. The Italian capital was moved to Rome in 1871, and the temporal power of the Vatican has remained in the hands of the conspirators under the watchful eyes of the Society of Jesus and the Swiss Guard ever since.






“The Knights Templars,” The Catholic Encyclopedia,

116 “Jolly Roger,” Wikipedia,

117 “It was the Templars who supported Bruce at Bannockburn and who earlier under the command of John Comyn had defeated the English heavy cavalry at the battle of Rosslyn. I find it very sad that few people relate the obvious reason this chapel was sited there was to commemorate that battle. It is equally sad that Bruce and his domination of history to suit his claim seems to have almost wrote this battle out of Scottish history, although in truth it is at least as great a victory as Bannockburn. It is equally mad to imagine … that the Templar order just ceased to be. It has existed since then as both a martial and masonic order, the Dukes of Atholl are amongst some of the past grand masters of that order. I would suggest … to take a trip over to Knightswood and ask any of the locals why it is so called … into Ayrshire … many ! lands which were owned by the Templars after Bannockburn, and which retain their connection to that order in their names to this day. There are well known Templar graveyards on the west coast of Scotland, such as is found near Loch Awe. In the North East there is of course a famous hotel … which was a building owned by the Knights Templars. … We are meant to believe that an army of peasantry came from the hills and chased away the English army, when in other accounts this was seasoned heavy cavalry (that is Templars) who came down and pursued the retreating English army. Although Edward as defender ! of the faith may well have been ordered to seize the Templar lands in England, that does not mean they ceased to be in other parts of Great Britain. … that the Templars worshipped the Baphomet, as the Roman Church claimed while they stole their lands and wealth … has been proven to be complete nonsense. It is known that the Templars sailed from France around 1312, where … to besides Scotland?” David Bruce, 29 Jan 2004,

118 Pike, pp. 815-816.

119-120 Pike, p. 818.

121 Pike, pp. 819-820.

122 Pike, p. 821.

123 “Council of Constance,” Wikipedia,

124-127 “Protestant Reformation,” Wikipedia,

128 Carr, p. 82.

Carr got his information from Mag. Mun. Bull., Rom. Vol. I, p. 617. I had formerly been recommending a list of some of the individuals tried and executed by the Inquisition for their alleged involvement in Satanic practices, just to give an idea of how many there have been, but the link has since expired. The best film depiction of a particular historical incident of Satanism that I know of is Ken Russell’s 1971 adaptation of the story of Urbain Grandier based on Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudon. This movie is worth noting since it was released prior to the more famous Exorcist and was equally terrifying to many who saw it. Though not entirely accurate, it serves as a glimpse of Huxley’s own 20th century Satanism.

129 “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” Wikipedia,

130-134 “Society of Jesus,” Wikipedia,

135 Weishaupt is clearly the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s famous character Victor Frankenstein. The alternative title to her novel is The Modern Prometheus (i.e., Lucifer). A foreign resident of Geneva, Frankenstein studies forbidden alchemy at Ingolstadt University, just like Weishaupt. Shelley even made her character’s sister his lover, and he is mentored by an old alchemist affiliated with the university. (This character was modeled after Weishaupt’s godfather, who was the university’s curator.) She published the third and heavily revised edition in 1831, after her inspiration died; this is the edition which became popular and is widely read now. (Some sources claim Weishaupt died in 1814. However, I am inclined to think this news was arranged to encourage the readmission of the Jesuits into the Catholic Church, which happened that year.) The fact that the popular story of Frankenstein’s monster is a literary portrayal of the birth of the Order of the Illuminati, despite its many alchemical overtones and parallels to Weishaupt’s personal life, just proves how ignorant the public really is of the conspiracy, especially considering Shelley’s other sources have all been thoroughly documented.

136-137 Carr, p. 77.


139 Cynthia R. Rush, “The 19th-century British roots of today’s São Paulo Forum,” Executive Intelligence Review, 10 Nov 1995,

140 “Italian unification,” Wikipedia,

141 “Napoleon_III_of_France,” Wikipedia,