The 100 Catholic priests who have signed up for the world’s first university course in devil worship and Satanism, now officially underway in Rome, should apply their learning to the Vatican when they graduate.
Scouting out Satan in corners of the Vatican would be destined to find success, if you take to heart the warnings of the late Fr. Malachi Martin, scholar, Vatican insider and best-selling author.
"Anybody who is acquainted with the state of affairs in the Vatican in the last 35 years is well aware that the prince of darkness has had and still has his surrogates in the court of St. Peter in Rome," Fr. Martin penned in his article, The Fatima Crusader.
For many Catholics, the specter of Satan lurking in St. Peter’s Basilica goes well beyond the 1990 warnings of Fr. Martin. For them, it goes all the way back to Our Lady on May 13, 1978: "How I warned and warned that satan would enter into the highest realms of the hierarchy in Rome. The Third Secret, My Child, is that satan would enter into My Son’s Church."
The recipient of that secret, Sr. Lucia de Jesus dos, affectionately dubbed "Sister Lucy" by ardent believers of the Lady of Fatima, was buried last week at the Carmelite convent in Coimbra, Portugal.
But neither Sister Lucy’s death at age 97, nor those with reason to suppress it, could ever take away evidence of the Third Secret.
One of the last visitors to see Sister Lucy alive was actor-director Mel Gibson, who visited with her in July.
During Lent of 2004, Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ was making news all over the world. During Lent, 2005 Sr. Lucy passed on.
The spirit of Sister Lucia lives on. In one year’s time her remains will be transferred from the Carmelite convent to the Fatima shrine her life on earth made famous.
Sister Lucia was the last of three shepherd children who turned the town of Fatima into a pilgrimage site after telling of her visions. Much has come to pass since Sister Lucia first saw the Virgin Mary in 1917.
The apparition took place the same year as the Russian Revolution. It was to be a revolution that ended with the collapse of communism in Sr. Lucia’s lifetime.
One of the predictions made to the three shepherd children came to pass on May 13, 1981, when Turkish gunman, Mehmet Ali Agca, nearly killed Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’ Square, with the shooting taking place on one of the anniversaries of the 1917 apparitions.
In a sign of gratitude one year after the assassination attempt, the Pope had one of the 9mm bullets, which Agca fired at him placed in the crown of the Statue of Fatima.
"One hand fired the bullet and another guided it," Pope John Paul II once said of Agca’s attempt to kill him.
More insidious than the bullets of a would-be assassin is the tenure of Satanism on home turf.
From 1958 until 1964, Jesuit priest Malachi Martin served in Rome where he was a close associate of, and carried out many sensitive missions for the renowned Jesuit Cardinal Augustin Bea and the Pope. Released afterwards from his vows of poverty and obedience at his own request (but still a priest), he ultimately moved to New York and became a best-selling writer of fiction and non-fiction.
"Most frighteningly for (Pope) John Paul (II), he had come up against the irremovable presence of a malign strength in his own Vatican and in certain bishops' chanceries. It was what knowledgeable Churchmen called the 'superforce'. Rumors, always difficult to verify, tied its installation to the beginning of Pope Paul V1’s reign in 1963. Indeed Paul had alluded somberly to 'the smoke of Satan which has entered the Sanctuary'…an oblique reference to an enthronement ceremony by Satanists in the Vatican. Besides, the incidence of satanic pedophilia--rites and practices--was already documented among certain bishops and priests as widely dispersed as Turin, in Italy, and South Carolina, in the United States. The cultic acts of satanic pedophilia are considered by professionals to be the culmination of the Fallen rites." (Keys of This Blood, Fr. Malachi Martin, p. 632).
Fr. Martin gave more details of this enthronement in one of his last works, Windswept House: A Vatican Novel (1996).
In this story, he vividly described a ceremony called "The Enthronement of the Fallen Archangel Lucifer" purportedly held in St. Paul’s Chapel in the Vatican, by all accounts a dark and spooky place. The enthronement was linked with concurrent satanic rites in the U.S., on June 29, 1963, barely a week after the election of the ill-fated Paul IV.
At the time of his death on July 27, 1999, Fr. Martin was at work on what he said would be his most controversial and important book. Primacy: How the Institutional Roman Catholic Church became a Creature of The New World Order was to deal with power and the papacy. It was to be a book of predictions about the Vatican and the world in the first decades of the new millennium.
The book, no doubt would have gone a long way in blowing holes in the concept of the New World Order being only the monopoly of rabid conspiracy theorists.
Fr. Martin never recanted any of his claims that the scene in Windswept House was based on an actual satanic ritual in the Vatican in the first days of the reign of Pope Paul VI, nor that there exists a general satanic conspiracy within the Roman Catholic Church.
In fact, he confirmed that the ceremony did occur as he had described in interviews to both The New American and to John Loeffler, host of the Steel on Steel radio show.
Meanwhile the 100 priests studying the history of Satanism, launched Feb. 17 by the Athenaeum Pontificum Apostolorum, should know where to start looking on Graduation Day.