By Dr. [Phd.] Stephen Mumford

pages 81-82

An Example of the Taboo on the Discussion of Conspiracy

Possibly the most far-reaching Vatican political conspiracy in American history was described in a book written in 1963 by ex-priest Emmett McLoughlin,

published by Lyle Stuart, New York.

Why would anyone wish to assassinate America's revered President Abraham Lincoln? McLoughlin presents these facts:

1. Pope Pius IX and Abraham Lincoln were contemporaries for fifty-six years.

2. In the early 1860s the alignment of forces was clear.

On one side were dictatorship, slavery, secession: monarchy in the form of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, Emperor Napoleon III of France, and King Leopold of Belgium who conspired to place Hapsburg Archduke Maximilian on the throne of Mexico as Emperor: European Imperialism, Jesuit chicanery, and a [Roman] Catholic Church dominated assault upon the Monroe Doctrine, all of which found spiritual leadership in the one person, Pope Pius IX.

On the other side were the ideas of freedom, emancipation, Freemasonry, democracy, Latin American struggles against foreign domination, all embodied in one person, Abraham Lincoln.

The monarchies and the Vatican sided with the South during the Civil War.

They hoped its victory and that of Maximilian would enhance the political power of the Vatican throughout North America.

3. The Syllabus of Errors of Pope Pius IX [80] contains the following:

#20 The ecclesiastical power has a right to exercise its authority independent of the toleration or assent of the civil government.

#25 The temporal power which is......conceded as belonging to the Episcopacy .... is not revocable at the pleasure of the civil authority.

#55 The Church ought to be in union with the State, and the State with the Church.

[His complete Syllabus of 80 Errors can be found in Appendix 4 of Ref. 37.]

4. Of the ten conspirators, John Wilkes Booth, the trigger man, was killed;

Of the remaining eight, four were sentenced to death by hanging, three to life imprisonment, and one to six years imprisonment.

The conspiracy included not only the assassination of President Lincoln, but also of Vice President Andrew Johnson, Secretary of State Seward, and the victorious Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Seward was stabbed by Lewis Paine but lived. Johnson was saved because George Atzerodt got drunk and lost his nerve. General Grant had fortunately left town. All analysts agree that the conspiracy could not have been planned and carried out by the abilities of the conspirators themselves. Higher motivation, direction, and resources were required.

Seven of the ten conspirators were Roman Catholic.

Booth was Catholic. Mary Surratt, mother of John Surratt, ran the boardinghouse where the conspirators met and was a devout and fanatical Catholic.

Five [Roman Catholic] priests testified in her behalf at her trial.

Special Judge Advocate John A. Bingham quoted in The Trial of the Conspirators, Washington, 1865, as cited by McLoughlin


By Dr. [Phd.] Stephen Mumford

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