Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 10  Num. 94
                     ("Quid coniuratio est?")


"I, Frank Anthony Keating, II, in the name of the high and undivided Trinity, do promise a vow to keep and conceal the high mysteries of this noble and invincible Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, from all but such as are ready and willing to serve the church of Christ, by acts of valor and charity; and that as far as in me lies, I will defend the church of the Holy Sepulchre from pillage and violence, and guard and protect pilgrims on their way to and from the Holy Land; and if I perform not this vow, to the best of my abilities, let me become inanimata [dead]."

The Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM) traces its lineage, many centuries back, to the Knights Templar. Later Freemasonry, according to Michele Marie Moore (Oklahoma City: Day One. ISBN: 0-9653301-1-0. Harvest Trust, PO Box 1970, Eagar, Arizona 85925), is a descendant of the Knights Templar. The Knights of Malta were taken over by the Knights Templar during the Peasants Revolt, says Moore.

The Knights Templar, first granted a charter by Pope Alexander III in the 12th Century, were under the protection of the Vatican. The Church later grew suspicious of the Knights Templar and joined with King Phillip of France to destroy the Order in the early 14th Century. In 1517, the Protestant Reformation was born when a German monk, Martin Luther, condemned the selling of papal indulgences. Allegedly, support from secret societies such as Freemasonry was offered to religious reformers. Infuriated, the Catholic Church became determined to exterminate the secret societies. In 1738, Pope Clement XII issued a papal bull against Freemasonry. In 1864, Pope Pius X condemned socialism and the secret societies. (The Occult Conspiracy by Michael Howard. ISBN: 1-56731-225-X)

The secret societies planned to infiltrate the Vatican and put their own Pope on the Chair of St. Peter. The Carbonari (Charcoal Burners), originating in Scotland at the time of Robert the Bruce, were one of these secret societies operating against the Church. The hard-right faction in the Vatican saw recent liberalization (circa 1960s) of the Church as proof that it had been penetrated by the secret societies. Pope John XXIII, according to Piers Compton (The Broken Cross), was an initiate of a secret society. The liberalizing Pope John XXIII was succeeded, in 1963, by Archbishop Giovanni Montini, Pope Paul VI. In the early 1950s, Montini linked with CIA through the CIA's front, American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE). ACUE was founded in 1949 by William "Wild Bill" Donovan of the WWII espionage agency, OSS (Office of Strategic Services). ACUE was connected to Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, chairman from 1954-1976 of the Bilderberg Group. (The Occult Conspiracy)

Pope Paul VI feared a left-wing takeover in Italy. His fears were shared by Licio Gelli, founder in 1960 of the Masonic lodge known as P2 (Propaganda Due). (But according to Moore, author of Oklahoma City: Day One, the CIA and the Mafia parented P2 during World War II. Furthermore, says Moore, the Mafia itself is actually the underworld arm of Freemasonry.) Also in 1960, deputy head of the Polish Secret Service, Mikael Goliniewski, defected to the United States. Goliniewski changed his name to Alexi Nicholaevitch Romanov and said he was the surviving son of Tsar Nicholas II. The Knights of Malta supported Goliniewski's claim. (This editor considers Goliniewski's claim plausible. See The File on the Tsar by Anthony Summers. See also past material by Sherman Skolnick in Conspiracy Nation. Skolnick personally interviewed Goliniewski/Romanov for several days and is convinced Goliniewski was indeed the Tsarevitch.) A leading critic of Goliniewski's claim was Lord Louis Mountbatten, uncle of Prince Charles, husband of the late Princess Diana.

After the death of Pope Paul VI in the summer of 1978, he was succeeded by Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I, a.k.a. "the smiling Pope." John Paul I received a list of Masons who had infiltrated the Catholic Church and was made aware of P2's corrupt activities in the Vatican. (See past issues of CN for further background.) Luciani, a progressive and a liberal, was likely to have cleaned up the infiltration, but he was murdered by his enemies in September of 1978. (See In God's Name by Yallop, and The Money Changers by Charles Raw.)

From 1969 to 1971, Governor Frank Keating of Oklahoma was an FBI
Special Agent. From 1981 to 1984, he was the United States
Attorney, Northern District of Oklahoma. From 1985 through 1988,
Keating served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
(Enforcement), Washington, DC. From 1988 to 1989, he was an
Associate Attorney General of the United States. Named Knight
Commander of the Holy Sepulchre by Pope John Paul II in 1988,
Keating is an honored and high-ranking member of the Knights of

Others belonging to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta ("the Pope's militia," according to Moore), are ** Patrick Buchanan (journalist and presidential candidate) ** George Bush (former President; former Director CIA) ** William Casey (former Director CIA)
** J. Peter Grace (Chairman of W.R. Grace Co.) ** Alexander Haig (former Secretary of State) ** Clare Booth Luce (a Dame of the Knights of Malta; controls

Time magazine)
** John McCone (former Director CIA)
** Lt. Col. Oliver North (Iran-Contra defendant) ** Vernon Walters (former Acting Director CIA)

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