The Pope and Secret Intelligence · February 06, 2009
“Pope John Paul II was regularly briefed by the CIA,” wrote the Canada Free Press in January of 2007. “Shortly after he was elected the 261 pope in 1978, John Paul had received a letter from President Jimmy Carter. It was hand-carried to the Vatican by his wife, Rosalynn. At the end of her private audience she handed it to the pope,” continued the paper.
One of the priests who was present for the private audience confirmed that the letter was “Washington approval for the pope to be briefed by the CIA on a regular basis.” But this was not the beginning.
“Almost forty years before,” wrote the paper, “one of the founders of the CIA [at that time known as the OSS), General William ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan, had been received in audience by Pope Pius XII and decorated with the Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Sylvester, the oldest and most prestigious of papal knighthoods. From that day when Donovan had bowed his head before the pontiff, the CIA had remained ensconced as the prime intelligence adviser to successive pontiffs.
“But it would be William Casey more than any other director who, after Rosalynn Carter’s visit, developed the CIA ties with the Vatican as John Paul’s guide through the murky world of secret intelligence… Those messages remain one of the many secrets stored in the Vatican archives.”
You can be sure that in any transaction, there is always an exchange. It would stand to reason that the Vatican also gives the CIAuseful intelligence. As it was, the Canada Free Press pointed out that Mgr Stanislaw Wielgus, the Archbishop of Warsaw was an informant to the communist era secret police and intelligence service. While that has seriously discredited him, it would be no surprise to learn that the Vatican has contacts in many nation’s secret intelligence agencies, and can churn the intel for its own ends as well as to assist its allies in their geopolitical goals.