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The ODESSA File
The ODESSA File
by Frederick Forsyth
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of two, March 21, 2014
This review is from: The ODESSA File (Paperback)
For those who want to know the truth about postwar rat lines, two works sum up the picture. This is one of them

The other is Lucien Gregoire's The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I. Though not its primary focus, the latter is the most comprehensive. For example, it is the only one of hundreds of 'ratline' books that proves that the rightwing clandestine arm of the Roman Catholic Church ran a ratline from Madrid to Argentina for cause and huge profits. The book quotes (IL Mondo 7 May 47) it founder Maria Jose Escriva defending Opus Dei role in the ratline: "History is unfair to Hitler. It claims he murdered more than six million in his death camps, whereas, less than four million actually died."


Ratline: Soviet Spies, Nazi Priests, and the Disappearance of Adolf Hitler
Ratline: Soviet Spies, Nazi Priests, and the Disappearance of Adolf Hitler
by Peter Levenda
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trilogy, March 21, 2014
For those who want to know the truth about postwar rat lines, three works sum up the picture. This is one of them

The others are Forsyth's The ODESSA File and Gregoire's The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I. Though not its primary focus, the latter is the most comprehensive. For example, it is the only one of these books that proves that the rightwing clandestine arm of the Roman Catholic Church ran a ratline from Madrid to Argentina for huge profits. The book quotes (IL Mondo 7 May 47) it founder Maria Jose Escriva defending Opus Dei role in the ratline: "History is unfair to Hitler. It claims he murdered more than six million in his death camps, whereas, less than four million actually died."


Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII
Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII
by John Cornwell
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Proof, February 4, 2011
A Thief in the Night: Life and Death in the Vatican

Investigative reporter John Cornwell is at the top of his game in establishing the true historical role Pius XII played in the Holocaust. Unlike some of the critics of this book who talk through their hats, he presents the proof in methodical and indisputible fashion. Another book The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I proves Pius not only knew what was going on the death camps but was, himself, directly involved with HItler in setting up the strategy of the death camps explaining why they were concentrated in Catholic Poland.
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Murder in the Vatican: American, Russian, and Papal Plots
Murder in the Vatican: American, Russian, and Papal Plots
by avro manhattan
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Murder of Avro Manhattan, January 6, 2007
In `Murder in the Vatican' Avro Manhattan presents the hypothesis: The conspiracy that planned the Great Vatican Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the Murder of John Paul I. Unfortunately, Manhattan died before tribunal and other investigations into the surreptitious goings-on in the Vatican 1978-1981 proved his case. Manhattan wrote the all-time Vatican-bestseller (The Vatican and World Politics).

As a followup to his thesis as to the murder of John Paul I, a leak in the London Times (November 1990) disclosed that Avro Manhattan was writing a book proving much more than: `The conspiracy that planned the Great Vatican Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the Murder of John Paul I.' The journal claimed Manhattan had proof linking the CIA and Opus Dei to the murders of Aldo Moro, John Paul I and his lifelong partner in the Russian Orthodox Church (Metropolitan Nikodim), and a score of others.

Unfortunately, Manhattan died before he was able to publish his book. A week after the leak appeared in the press, Baroness Manhattan returned from Paris to find her husband dead in their South Shields' home (the reason Wikipedia and other Manhattan's biographies list no date of death other than the month).

In 2013, Lucien Gregoire brought Manhattan's work to fruition in The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I. Employing a barrage of testimony of the courts that tried the Vatican Bank Scandal, together with medical and criminology advancements not available to Manhattan at his time--Gregoire proves Avro Manhattan's thesis: The conspiracy that planned the Great Vatican Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the Murder of Aldo Moro, John Paul I, Metropolitan Nikodim and other Marxist leaders in the Catholic world.
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The God Delusion
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only way to get at the truth is to destroy the myth., January 6, 2007
This review is from: The God Delusion (Hardcover)
Dawkins' work is the great ally of Sam Harris's 'The End of Faith' and a lesser known work, Lucien Gregoire's 2006 biography of the 33-day pope 'Murder in the Vatican: The Revolutionary Life of John Paul'. A reporter once challenged John Paul on being an atheist. He replied, "Don't fool yourself, we are all agnostic. The greatest atheist with his science cannot disprove the existence of God, whereas the greatest theologian with his tall tales cannot prove the existence of God. Yet, when one considers the way `God' makes children, that many are born only to suffer unspeakable lives and die unspeakable deaths, the weight of evidence heavily favors the atheist."

John Paul's atheist father, who had spent a lifetime trying to change the Church from the outside, decided it could only be changed from the inside. He placed his son in a minor seminary at the age of eleven with the commission to bring change to the world. A year later, the boy wrote an article in the school newspaper that reached all of Europe, demanding that nations live up to their copyright laws and place a warning on the Old Testament, "This is a work of fiction. Keep away from children." Most laughed at the boy. Many of them were Jews. Had the western world heeded the boy's warning, to the extent that 'Mein Kampf' was inspired by the Aryan ideology of the Old Testament, we might have been spared WWII and the Holocaust. This is still true today. The state remains derelict in its duty in not placing, at the very least, a warning on the Old Testament. Today, as proved in Gregoire's book, we know as absolute fact, that Moses tales were not only fairytales, they were lies for personal profit.

In the 2006 edition of Gregoire's book, John Paul tells a group of bishops, "The fundamental difference between the Christian and the atheist is that the Christian believes in the supernatural and the atheist does not. Only the atheist accepts the true God of Nature, the God we know as a matter of absolute fact gives us life for a given period of time. The Christian does not accept the God that we know as a matter of absolute fact gives us life. He believes that certain ghosts appeared to some of his ancestors and told them `He' was `God'. `He' promised them a better life through miracles and an opportunity to live forever in exchange for holding women, Negroes, homosexuals, bastards and others to be subordinate human beings."

Gregoire, employing the massive record John Paul left behind him in the press, totally annihilates the credibility of the enemy's book. He paves the way for Dawkins, Harris and the others in their struggle for the truth.
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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
by Barack Obama
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He will bring us into a better world, January 4, 2007
Above all, `The Audacity of Hope' gives us hope. Whereas only the churchgoer has his faith, Obama gives each one of us, hope. Not only for some of us, but for all of us. I see his counterpart in the world of religion, the 33 day pope who was also a monumental progressive (Lucien Gregoire's "Murder in the Vatican: The Revolutionary Life of John Paul"). When John Paul 1st died, my hope for a more just church and a better world died with him. In my mind, Obama brings him back to life. What this pope, had he lived, would have accomplished through his church, Obama is now poised to accomplish through the state. He will bring us into a better world. Let's read his books and learn from him. Let us become a part of him.
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Letter to a Christian Nation
Letter to a Christian Nation
by Sam Harris
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blueprint for Inner Peace, December 28, 2006
Harris's work is the great ally of Richard Dawkins's "The God Delusion" and a lesser known work, Lucien Gregoire's biography of the 33-day pope John Paul "Murder in the Vatican". A reporter once challenged John Paul on being an atheist. The pope replied, "Don't fool yourself, we are all agnostic. The greatest atheist with all his science cannot disprove the existence of God, whereas the greatest theologian with all his tall tales cannot prove the existence of God. They both have a common enemy - despair. They both fight it with the same armament: the atheist calls it `hope,' the theologian calls it `faith.' When one considers possible salvation, the weight favors the atheist, for unlike his counterpart who is deeply steeped in the prejudices of religion, he is much more likely to carryout out Christ's instruction, `Love thy neighbor as thyself;' the reason children brought up outside religion make better members of society."

As a boy, John Paul examined the two dozen or so prophets of the Old Testament and found each one had great motive to have lied. Moses, for example, in convincing his people he had talked to God, became one of the wealthiest men in the world. Also, he couldn't understand why `God' never once appeared to two or more people at the same time. His atheist father, who had spent a lifetime trying to change the Church from the outside to no avail, decided it could only be changed from the inside. He placed his son in a minor seminary at the age of eleven with the commission to bring change to the Church.

A year later, the boy wrote an article in the school newspaper that eventually reached all of Europe, demanding that nations live up to the responsibilities of their copyright laws and place a warning on the Old Testament, "This is a work of fiction. Keep away from children." Most people laughed at the boy, whereas some went so far as to demand his excommunication. Many of them were Jews. Had the western world heeded the young boy's warning, to the extent that `Mein Kampf' was inspired by the Aryan ideology of the Old Testament, we might have been spared WWII and the Holocaust. This is still true today. The state remains derelict in its duty in not placing, at the very least, a warning on the Old Testament.

No wonder they killed this only liberal pope of the twentieth century. Shortly after his mysterious death, Cardinal Agostino Casaroli told a reporter, "Whereas there is much room for grief here, had John Paul's papacy been allowed to continue, it would have brought irreparable damage to the Church, in fact, to all of Christianity."

Yet, take away the fairytales of our ancestors - religion - we still need a framework for inner peace. So that, when all is said and done, and we come to the end of our days, when our last sigh has been spent, and all the dials return to zero, when this machine we call `life' has finally read its last book and drawn its last conclusion, that we would know in our minds and in our hearts, that we will go on in our fellowman forever. Harris gives us that. This is the true importance of his work. Yes, to separate fact (science) from fiction (religion); but, more importantly, to provide for us a blueprint for inner peace - this one more just and honest. So buy this book and when you come its end, be sure to have his masterpiece on hand, "The End of Faith." Buy them together - free shipping. I did.
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A Thief in the Night: Life and Death in the Vatican
A Thief in the Night: Life and Death in the Vatican
by John Cornwell
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vatican Book, March 17, 2006
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Anyone interested in the death of the 33-day Pope should read this book as it is the Vatican's side of the story. It was commissioned by Rome in order to quell rumors of foul play in the 33-day-Pope's death raised by David Yallop's best seller `In God's Name.' In exchange for Cornwell's promise to conclude the Pope died of a 'heart attack,' the Vatican permitted him to interview some of those who had been in the papal palace the night the Pope died. The most important of these witnesses to Cornwell's conclusion the Pope died of'pulmonary embolism' was John MaGee who, by coincidence, at about the same time (1987) was made a bishop. One can only surmise this was a tit-for-tat deal. (seatch Google: Bishop John MaGee).

A more recent book has the advantage of time - things we know today that we didn't know when these things happened. Lucien Gregoire's The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I employs what is known by the medical community today which was not known when Cornwell wrote his book. Any member of the medical profession today will tell you it is impossible to determine the cause of an unwitnessed death unless the cause of death is obvious. The cause of such a death can only determined by autopsy - something the Vatican refused to perform.

To conclude the Pope's condition of 'low blood pressure' contributed to the Pope's `heart attack' or, for that matter, 'pulmnonary embolism' may have been a sound conclusion twenty years ago, but not today. As late as 1987, when Cornwell wrote his book, it was believed that low blood pressure could be a factor in 'heart attack' or 'pulmonary embolism.' But, today, we not only know that low blood pressure is not a factor in 'heart attack' or 'pulmonary embolism.' Conversely, it materially reduces the risk of heart attack or pulmonary embolism. (Search Google: heart attack low blood pressure). John Paul's physical exam taken three months before his death showed a blood pressure reading of 102/61 - outstanding today for a man of sixty-five, but at the time considered low as `normal' blood pressure in 1987 for a man of 65 was 100 plus one's age - known to be dangerously high today."

Yet, Cornwell's book is a fundamental part of any investigation of this man's mysterious death as he interviews the most important witnesses to the events of the time except, of course, Yallop's star witness Sr. Vincenza - who by divine coincidence had died in the meantime.

All witnesses agree on one point, "he was sitting up in his bed wearing his glasses reading papers held upright in his hands." That he did not pull the bell cord that hung a whisker to his right which or press a service button an arm's length to his left which would have brought the Papal Apartment guard and did not drop his papers points to murder.

Nevertheless, `A Thief in the Night' is a well written book - a good read - a good example of how the Vatican works. I believe Cornwell to be a man of impeccable integrity when he wrote it twenty years ago. Yet, at the time the medical community did not know what it knows today. I think if he were to rewrite it today - if he does I will be first in line - he will come up wih a different conclusion.

Strongly recommend is the most comprehensive book I have yet come across on the assassination of John Paul I:

The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I
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God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life
God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life
by Pope Benedict XVI
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6 of 104 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars at 160 spaced pages it is hardly a book., August 7, 2005
A summary of some of his epistles on the Holy Eucharist. IT fails to convince the doubter of the integrity of the Host. Probably the reason why polls show that less than half of Catholics believe in its authenticy. His followers will, however, hold this one up.
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Murder in the Vatican: Pauper Who Would Be Pope
Murder in the Vatican: Pauper Who Would Be Pope
by Lucien Gregoire
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fond memories, August 7, 2005
I was a young seminarian in the Vatican the night that the Pope was killed. Early in the morning as we gathered about the cafeteria table we assumed murder - and what's more our suspicions focused on the two bishops who later achieved very high office in the Vatican - who the author of "Murder in the Vatican" presents such compelling evidence had led the conspiracy. Perhaps not enough in itself for a conviction, but certainly more than enough for indictment.

Like the author, I, too, have recollections of many of the things the author describes so brilliantly in this book. I remember a few things quite vividly. Like the time in 1967, when faced by an orphan population of two million in Italy, when as a young bishop he led the effort to make it possible for single persons to adopt children. As it says in the book, an opposition member challenged, "But that would make it legal for homosexuals to adopt children." To which John Paul, at the time Bishop Albino Lucian, responded, "The desire to parent children is a basic human need and until we can guarantee basic human rights to the tiniest minority, we cannot truthfully call ourselves a democracy." And like the time that a young reporter challenged the new Pope's intent to ordain women on doctrine. John Paul's response, "When I was a teenager my father made me promise that I would live my life in immitation of Christ, and I have kept that solemn promise. Each time that the fork in the road has come up for me, often only minutes apart, I have asked myself, "Now what would Jesus do in this case?" And I Have often pondered the possibility as to how much better the world would be if everyone were to do this." He then turned to the reporter and asked, "Now, what do you think Jesus would do in this case?" And I also recall his many press releases arguing his objections to the Church's heartless ban on contraception and the sanctification of remarriage. And I remember the appraisers - of which you speak - who showed up in the Vatican the day after his election to appraise the Vatican treasures he intended to liquidate to annhilate poverty and starvation in third world countries.

So, yes, I remember him. He was all that you say that he was, and very much more. My hope for a more just Church and a better world died with him.

A few months ago, I gave a copy of your book to a troubled father. Shortly afterwards, I received the following note, "Thank you for sending me a copy of Murder in the Vatican. And thank the author for me too. For the first time in my adult life I am truly at peace with myself. I now love and accept my gay son for the person God intended him to be."

I read with great joy your many conversations with him when he was Bishop of Vittorio Veneto. You have recorded for history his countless recollections of his childhood and his revolutionary life as a priest and a bishop. Of particular interest was his relationship with General Patton and their joint participation at the funeral of the young gay soldier who gave his life to save the lives of twenty-eight Italian school children.

So thank you from all of us for having had the great courage to have written this great book.

I might point out that those who reviewed this book prior to June 2005 were obviously reviewing a preliminary and abridged edition that had severe copy editing problems.


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