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Skinner wrote back that he had gained the confidence of a few of the venerable old men of the Vatican. They told him a tale about why things went haywire in the 1960’s.

There is a legend one hears softly spoken about, called the “The Siri Thesis”.

It contends that Cardinal Giuseppe Siri of Genoa was elected pope after the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958, but that outside powers intervened. The conclaves are supposed to be held without any communication with the outside world. However, word was leaked. A threatening phone call was made. And a group hastily gathered around the new pope to communicate the negative effects of his papacy. Some believe that the Soviets made the call. The new pope was forced to surrender.

The circumstances suggest that it was too late. He had become pope. One cannot resign from being pope. Once pope, always pope. It cast a pall of legitimacy over the papacy of John XXIII and his successors. As long as Siri lived, there would be two popes.

The Threat to the Russians.
The Russians knew that a traditionalist pope would open and publish the Third Secret. The words of the Madonna at Fatima were condemnatory toward Russia. In the second part of the secret, the Madonna speaks ill of Russia. In the Third Secret, Russia is cast in a negative light. It would announce the world’s last chance to avoid disaster.

The pope, if he were traditionalist and obedient to the Madonna, would then call for the Consecration of Russia at a given date in the future, perhaps in one year. Probably on Marian Feast Day. It would be a stunning condemnation of Russian Communism for which the leadership had no defense. They did not fear the American military. They felt they could survive a nuclear war. But the one thing that they feared the most, which all dictators fear, is an uprising.

First the pope and the bishops would ask for daily rosary and the practice the Communion of Reparations on First Saturdays. They would call for Penance and Reparation. A year of penance would culminate in a ceremony involving all the worlds bishops in their dioceses and all the parishes. In many nations, in many languages.

Beginning in Portugal at noon solar time as had the miracle of the sun. As the sun moved west, each diocese would join with their bishop, successor to one of the apostles, as the sun reached its zenith. Recife Brazil would be first to perform the Consecration in the Western hemisphere. Portland Maine would be the first in America. Pittsburgh would begin their ceremony a few minutes before Charleston South Carolina. Houston before Dallas and Dallas before Fargo. Eureka California would be last in the contiguous states. The procession of ceremonies would culminate in Rome twenty-three hours later. On the day of the ceremony, all the churches in the world would be packed to overflowing. It would be the greatest participated event in the history of the world.

People would be highly motivated because they would be rightly terrified by the contents of the secret. They would also have good cause to be angry with the soviets. In the persecution of ancient rome, 300,000 christians had been martyred. The communists in their war against God had killed 90,000,000 Christians.

In Russia, word would spread. First there would be disquiet. There would be immediately be a loss of prestige on the part of the leadership. The power of fear would begin to melt. There would be a falling away of support. Administrators would begin to defect. The people would begin to show their disrespect. They would begin slowdowns and civil disobedience. There would be strikes and compounding labor unrest. The party would be powerless to stop the spreading atmosphere of rebellion. They would be pelted and stoned. As months went on, the turmoil would increase. Over the course of a year, domestic unrest would grow to an intolerable level. Finally, the communists would be driven from office.

However, it was not to be.

Giuseppe Siri
Siri was born in Genoa in 1906. He was the son of a dockworker. Ordained in 1928. He earned his doctorate in theology summa cum laude. At the remarkably young age of 37, he became a bishop. He was for at time the youngest cardinal. During the war, he organized soup kitchens for the poor. He was a master of labor management problems, it having been said that he had settled more disputes, without strikes, than any other man in Italy. He was bishop of Genoa for 41 years. Was credited with persuading the retreating German forces in World War II not to blow up the port. He was Pope Pius XII's chosen successor.

Cardinal Siri did not like John XXIII (who even took the name of anti-pope, John 23rd against Church teachings). He once said that "it will take the Church fifty years to recover from his 'pontificate'." He did not like Paul VI, who completed the Council, an event described by Siri as "the greatest disaster in recent ecclesiastical history" (and by "recent" he meant in the last five hundred years). Not surprisingly, therefore, the Council was implemented in Genoa with foot-dragging slowness. Siri's Altars did not face the people. Evening Masses were discouraged. Women in trousers were denounced.

Prior to the Conclave, Cardinal Roncalli had told friends that he expected to be named pope. He was disappointed that he was not selected. He had friends in high places among the left. He made a telephone call. It didn’t take much. The Russians were ready to make a move for their own reasons.

It has largely been forgotten that there was a worldwide atmosphere of expectation about the revelation of the third secret. It the west, Marian devotions would spill out into the street. Even people who did not go to church on Sunday would show up for Marian prayers. It was a crushing disappointment when it was not revealed. It can safely be assumed that the Russians felt the noose around their neck. They communicated to the conclave some dire threat. It may have been that they would begin a war, that they would attack Rome, or that they would begin to liquidate all of eastern Europe’s Catholics.

Meanwhile, the white smoke had been released. Two hundred thousand people in the plaza began cheering, “We have a pope.”

Here is what the AP said:
"VATICAN CITY (AP) - Cardinals balloted Sunday without electing a pope. A mix-up in smoke signals made it appear for about half an hour that Pius XII's successor had been chosen. For a time 200,000 Romans and tourists in huge Saint Peter's Square were certain the church had a new pontiff. Millions of others who listened to radios throughout Italy and Europe also were certain. They were certain. They heard the Vatican speaker shout exultantly: 'A pope is elected."

"The scene around the Vatican was one of incredible confusion. White smoke from a little chimney atop the Vatican is the traditional signal announcing the election of a new pope. Black smoke indicates failure. Twice during the day smoke billowed from the chimney. At noon the smoke at first came white but it quickly turned unquestionably black. This was the sign the cardinals had failed to elect on the first two ballots, at nightfall white smoke billowed from the slender chimney for a full five minutes. For all the outside world knew, a new pontiff had been chosen."

"Clouds of smoke were caught in search lights trained on the Sistine Chapel chimney. 'Bianco! Bianco!' roared many in the crowd. 'White, white.'

"The Vatican Radio announced the smoke was white. The announcer declared the cardinals at that moment probably were going through the rites of adoration for a new supreme pontiff. For a long time Vatican Radio stuck to its insistence the smoke was white."

"Even high Vatican officials were fooled. Callori di Vignale, governor of the conclave, and Sigismondo Chigi, the conclave Marshall, rushed to take up the positions assigned to them. The Palatine Guard was called from its barracks and ordered to prepare to go to St. Peter's Basilica for (the) announcement of the new pope's name. But the guard was ordered back to barracks before it reached the square. The Swiss Guard was also alerted."

"Chigi, in an interview with the Italian radio, said uncertainty reigned in the palace. He added that this confusion persisted even after the smoke had subsided and until assurances were received from within the conclave that black smoke was intended. He said he had been at three other conclaves and never before seen smoke as varied in color as Sunday's. He told newsmen later he would arrange to have the cardinals informed of Sunday's smoke confusion in the hope that something can be done to remedy the situation Monday."

"Priests and others working within the Vatican grounds saw the white smoke. They started to cheer. They waved kerchiefs enthusiastically, and figures of conclavists -- cardinal's assistants -- in the windows of the apostolic palace waved back. Possibly they, too, believed a pope had been elected."

"The crowd waited in agony of suspense. Any pope elected would ordinarily appear on the balcony within twenty minutes. The crowd waited a full half hour now wondering whether the smoke was meant to be black or white. Doubt set in swiftly. Many in the vast crowd began to drift away. But still there was confusion. News media had flashed around the world the word that a new pope had been chosen."

"Telephone calls poured into the Vatican, jamming its exchange. As time wore on and doubts increased, the callers all asked one question: "Black or white?"

Roncalli then quickly gathered his associates and met with the new pope behind the scenes. Pressure was brought to bear and Siri was forced to surrender.

Roncalli's summoned the electors back to the Sistine Chapel for an unusual overnight post-election session in which they were forced to renew their vow of silence about the whole of the proceedings.

Roncalli, with the aid of the Soviets, got his Tiara. But some argue that Siri could not by canon law just resign. Once pope always pope. He remained pope. In that scenario, the new pope would be a false pope. As long as he lived, there would be two popes.

Two Popes
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich was a German Augustinian nun. A stigmatic, ecstatic, and clairvoyant, she died in 1824 after her order was expelled from their convent by Jerome Napoleon. She had many visions of the church in our times. "I saw also the relationship between the two popes. . . I saw how baleful would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city of Rome. The local clergy grew lukewarm, and I saw a great darkness... Once more I saw that the Church of Peter was undermined by a plan evolved by the secret sect, while storms were damaging it.

Many prophecies have predicted two popes, a schism and apostasy. The division between traditionalists and modern Catholics could be called a schism, especially if viewed from afar.

By some fluke, Roncalli chose the name of John XXIII. However, there had already been a pope of the same name. He had been a false pope promoted by the Borgias in the fifteenth century. Was it a twist of fate or did Roncalli deliberately chose the name of a false Pope?

Supreme Crisis
During the later years of his pontificate, Pius XII kept the third secret in a draw in his bedroom. He never opened the envelope. He knew the contents of the third secret from having sent an emissary to Sister Lucy who informed the emissary of the contents.

Pius said,
"We believe that the present hour is a dread phase of the events foretold by Christ. It seems that darkness is about to fall on the world. Humanity is in the grip of a supreme crisis.”

Skinner said that he had been told that the Grand Master of the Italian Grand Orient Order of Freemasons stated that 'Pope' John XXIII had been initiated into the Freemasons when he was Nuncio in Paris in the late forties. If this were true, Angelo Roncalli could not have been validly elected to the Papacy. He would have been intrinsically ineligible by reason of his automatic ipso facto excommunication under Canon Law No. 2335. Not being a Catholic, it was not possible for him to be head of the Catholic Church."

Emmerich said in one of her ecstasies, "I see many excommunicated ecclesiastics who do not seem to be concerned about it, nor even aware of it. Yet, they are automatically excommunicated whenever they cooperated to [sic] enterprises, enter into associations, and embrace opinions on which an anathema has been cast. It can be seen thereby that God ratifies the decrees, orders, and interdictions issued by the Head of the Church, and that He keeps them in force even though men show no concern for them, reject them, or laugh them to scorn." Red hat from a Mason

Further evidence, when elevated to the College of Cardinals Roncalli insisted upon receiving the red hat from the notoriously anti-clerical Vincent Auriol, President of the Masonic "Fourth Republic" of France, kneeling before him to have the red hat placed upon his head.

Strange Church, No Angels
"I saw a strange church being built against every rule. . . No angels were supervising the building operations. In that church, nothing came from high above. . . There was only division and chaos. It is probably a church of human creation, following the latest fashion, as well as the new heterodox church of Rome, which seems of the same kind...

53.5 I saw all sorts of people, things, doctrines, and opinions. There was something proud, presumptuous, and violent about it, and they seemed to be very successful. I did not see a single Angel nor a single saint helping in the work. But far away in the background, I saw the seat of a cruel people armed with spears, and I saw a laughing figure which said: 'Do build it as solid as you can; we will put it to the ground.'"

The Holy Office had kept a file on Roncalli since 1925, wherein it stated, "suspected of Modernism." In 1925, Roncalli, who was known for his unorthodox teachings, was abruptly removed from his professorship at the Lateran Seminary in mid-semester and shipped off to Bulgaria, thus beginning his diplomatic career. Of particular concern to the Holy Office had been his continuing close association with the defrocked priest, Ernesto Buonaiuti, who was excommunicated for heresy in 1926.

At an exhuming of the body of John XXIII relating to the advancement of his cause for Beatification, the group of witness’s present, were shocked to find that the body in the coffin was facing downward.