by Ben Klassen [from Racial Loyalty Issue 27 – August 1985]
One of the oldest and most enduring corporate structures in the world is the Roman Catholic church. It is also the oldest and largest franchise holder that exists today. Its worldwide headquarters are in Vatican City, Rome, Italy.
More so than the deceptive merchandise It has peddled for nearly two thousand years, it is the well-structured organizational lines of this model institution that has enabled it to grow and persevere through all these many centuries. It has become and remained the model for the thousands of sects, cults and religions that are its off-shoots and today flourish under the umbrella of Christianity. The Roman Catholic church was, and remains, the wellspring of all these fragmentary Christian facsimiles, although few of them will admit this well-established historical fact. On the contrary, many of these Christian imitations will roundly condemn the Catholic church, have waged war against it, and some have even denounced it as being the Church of Satan.
Just what are the origins of the Roman Catholic church? In answering this question we go back to the Essenes, a minor Jewish sect that existed around Qumran, on the shores of the Dead Sea, in the first century B.C.E. and the first century C.E. The Essenes taught most of the suicidal principles as supposedly enunciated by a fictitious Jesus Christ in the much touted Sermon on the Mount, and preceded the fictitious Christ by more than a century. Their ideal leader was the Teacher of Righteousness, they practiced celibacy, communal properties, pacifism, self-denial, loving their enemies and most of the other wimpish ideas attributed to Jesus Christ, the holy guru of the Roman Catholic church. It is extremely noteworthy that with such self-destructive ideas as the basis of their religion the Essenes lasted not more than two centuries.
It was during the First Century C.E. that the wily Jew, Saul of Tarsus (the Christians’ St. Paul) conceived the brilliant idea of under- mining the then powerful and flourishing Roman Empire and turning their noble and proficient warriors into pacifist beatniks. He observed how these suicidal and self-destructive ideas of the Essenes were attractive to the poor, the destitute, the incompetent and the underdog. Since Rome, during the first century, had accumulated a massive slave population that fitted this category, he had a fertile held to work in. He and his Jewish cohorts went about spreading these suicidal teachings with a vengeance and spread this new doctrine with unbounded zeal the length and breadth of the Roman Empire. The fire that sparked this tremendous zeal was vengeance – hatred and revenge for the Roman conquest and destruction of Jerusalem, the Jews holy city, in 70-72 C.E.
At first the early Christian adherents were mainly derelict Jews and disgruntled misfits from the then amorphous slave population of Rome. However, by the end of the second century the Christians began to adopt the highly efficient organizational lines that the Romans had developed in both their military and governmental structures, and soon Christianity began to take off. It was not until they enlisted the cooperation of that cruel and treacherous Roman Emperor Constantine, in 312 C.E. that they became the Supreme religion of the realm and a deadly world powerhouse that has survived to this day. It has been the major force in the history of the White Race during the last 17 centuries. It has been the source of innumerable wars between nations and factions of the White Race, of which the Thirty Years War (1618-48) was one of the most destructive in European history.
It has also been the major organized vehicle by which the Jews have scrambled the minds of the goyim and gained worldwide ascendancy and power. Since I have told this story in the previous issues of Judaism and Christianity, and especially Marcus Eli Ravage’s keen analysis (Confessions of a Jew) I need not repeat it here.
Through its unbending and intolerant dogma, because of its efficient organizational structure, and because of its fanatic aggressiveness, by the Middle Ages (also better known as the Dark Ages), the Roman Catholic hierarchy, built along monolithic lines, became the supreme power structure of the world.
The base of the Roman Catholic church was established in the former great capitol of the Roman Empire just as that Empire was beginning to crumble. In fact, the more the Empire disintegrated, the stronger became the church, and the latter was, in large part, the cause of the collapse of that great bastion of civilization, just as Saul of Tarsus and his Jewish cabal had planned. According to the Christian story Christ told the Apostle Peter, “Upon this rock you shall build my church,” which is the basis of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Furthermore, the Catholic church claims that Christ appointed Peter as his successor, his Vicar upon the earth, and as such, the St Pope of the Catholic church. All this actually has no historical basis in fact, any more than the story of Mother Goose or Santa Claus. There is no authentic historical evidence that either Christ, or Peter, or Matthew, Mark, Luke and John ever existed. There is considerable evidence, however, that the wily Jew, Saul of Tarsus (The Christians’ St. Paul) indeed did exist and that he conceived and orchestrated this phenomenal conspiracy that eventually led to the collapse of the great Roman Empire.
Be that as it may, by 325 C.E. Christianity became a power to be reckoned with when Emperor Constantine was seduced into its embrace. With the Emperor heading it up and lending to it the prestige, finances and authority of the Empire, Christianity was now well on its way. That same year at the Council of Nicaea in Asia Minor, Constantine assembled all the Bishops of the church to a meeting where the Christian Bible was patched together. Collecting all the then extant myths, manuscripts, letters and what else was available, the authoritative Catholic Bible was hammered out over a period of approximately six months. When the squabbling bishops could not agree, or would not bend to his will, Emperor Constantine threatened them with the might of his troops who ringed the building.
From then on Christianity, which was the exclusive property of the Catholic church, spread rapidly. During his reign Constantine founded the city of Constantinople on the Bosporus. As Rome declined and Constantinople prospered, the latter became a powerful rival to the authority of the Church of Rome. This culminated in the Great Schism in 1054 C.E. when the eastern segment split from Rome and became the Greek Orthodox Catholic Church, with its own Pope and its own religious hierarchy. It has remained so to this day and embraces most of the Catholics of Greece, Russia, Albania, Romania and Eastern Europe in general. It is also known as the Eastern Orthodox church.
Meanwhile, by the 16th Century the Roman Catholic clergy in Western Europe had become so corrupt that a revolt was brewing against the authority of the Church of Rome.
One of the most flagrant abuses that flourished during the Middle Ages was the massive sale of Indulgences. This racket was as big as a national lottery, the present day drug traffic, and the bootlegging era of the 1920’s combined, and might I say, lust as odious. It was, in essence, blatant blackmail at its worst, extorting money from gullible people because of their fear of hell – a fictitious hell that didn’t exist. The Catholic church had a great bonanza going for itself, and it pulled out all the stops. Anyone pro- testing or exposing that nefarious racket was declared a heretic and suffered the consequences.
The basic idea of indulgences was fairly simple. You could buy your way out of purgatory, or hell, and buy salvation all the way into heaven. But in order to really squeeze the last shekel out of the gullible victims, it was done by stages, with always one more stage to go.
The bishops (or the Pope for the wealthier victims) would in return write an “Indulgence” on a slip of paper, absolving the victim from certain sins, or moving the souls of deceased relatives a little further out of purgatory in towards heaven. In any case, tens of millions of little slips of paper were written and sold for billions of gold and silver coins. The Church had a real gold mine that enabled them to build stupendous cathedrals, abbeys, basilicas, and what have you. It was the main source of revenue for the building of Saint Peter’s basilica in Rome. The latter is still the largest and most ornate church in the world today, despite the fact it was built between 300 and 400 years ago.
Finally, because of the scandals over the Indulgences racket and other major abuses and corruptions in the priesthood, a revolt sparked by Martin Luther, erupted in Germany, and there was a widespread cry for reform. When the ruling German princes and representatives of free cities lined in the protest against the (Catholic) Imperial Diet of Speyer (1592) forbidding any expansion of reform, the revolution broke wide open. It soon spread to other countries and became known as the Reformation and its followers as Protestants.
From there on out, as we all know, the Protestant religions split into hundreds, then thousands, of different factions as they exist to- day. But that is another major story, too long to be recounted here.
The hierarchy of the Catholic church used every means at its disposal to stem the tide, and its means were manifold and powerful. It used excommunication, terrorism, torture and outright warfare and military force to try to suppress the rebellion. (Read again, “Thumbscrew and Rack,” Creative Credo No. 51 in the White Man’s Bible.)
As a result of that rupture, innumerable religious wars have been fought by different factions of the White Race. The most bloody, cruel and destructive of all was the Thirty Years War (1618-48), that involved almost every country in Europe. It devastated the German states in particular and left them in shambles. This religious war, in the name of God, Jesus Christ, love, peace and charity, killed two-thirds of the German population and destroyed five-sixths of all its physical properties.
Speaking of torture and terrorism, thumbscrew and rack, in all fairness to the Catholic church, the Protestants, such as Zwingli, Calvin, and others, were lust as fanatic as was the Catholic church. They, too, used terror and torture, burning at the stake, thumb screw and rack, to lovingly persuade the “heretics” not to think for themselves but to stick to the proscribed line as ordained by the church hierarchy.
But when it came to wholesale massacres, the Protestants, because of their fragmentation, could not match the Catholic church. One of the most notorious of these massacres (of those who would not agree with their brand of hocus-pocus) was the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in France in 1572.
On August 24, Paris was filled with many Protestant nobles who had come to celebrate the marriage of Henry of Navarre and Margaret of Valois, the sister of Charles IX, King of France. In a bloody massacre that also spread to the provinces and lasted several days at least fifty thousand Huguenots (French Protestants) were slaughtered, with the sanction of the King of France, to the glee of the King of Spain, and in Rome, the tacit approval of the Holy Pope himself. It was hailed as a major victory by the Catholic church, and successfully stamped out the Protestant movement in France.
Despite all the corruption, rackets, scandals, swindles, wars and massacres, the Catholic church not only has survived with its spooks- in-the-sky racket, but has thrived as no other Christian religion in the world. It is the largest and most powerful of all, numbering an astronomical 579,562,300 members in the world. Since there are supposedly a total of 997,503,641 (1981) Christians running loose in the world, the Catholics constitute a whopping 58.1 per cent of the total. Because of the large preponderance of Catholics in the Latin American and other mud countries of the world with their fecund birthrate, Catholicism is also numerically by far the fastest growing Christian denomination.
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By means of terror, torture and tyranny, the Catholic church had, by the Dark Ages, perfected the Jewish techniques of total mind enslavement that is now used so effectively by the Communists of today.