Santorum’s Communist Clan and Fascist Opus Dei Cult Connections
Who does this guy really work for?
In the tiny town of Riva del Garda in northern Italy, 83-year-old-Maria Malacarne Santorum keeps her family’s secrets—including those of her late husband’s cousin, Rick. In an exclusive interview with the Italian weekly magazine Oggi, Mrs. Santorum recalls fondly when Rick visited her in 1985 during his law internship in Florence and when he came back again in 1986 and 1989.
“He loved our culture and cuisine so much, he brought his wife-to-be, Karen, a massive cookbook of Italian recipes,” she said.
The elder Santorum matriarch doesn’t understand why he has diverged so far from the family’s longtime political stance. “In Riva del Garda his grandfather Pietro and uncles were ‘red communists’ to the core,” writes Oggi journalist Giuseppe Fumagalli, likening the family to “Peppone” after a famous fictional Italian communist mayor who fought against an ultraconservative priest known as Don Cammillo and about which a popular television series is based. “But on the other side of the ocean, it’s like his family here doesn’t exist. Instead he draws crowds as the head of the ultraconservative faction of the Republican party, against divorce, gay marriage, abortion, and immigration.”
Those politics don’t play well in Riva del Garda, a community of ultraliberals. On the campaign trail, Santorum often touts his grandfather’s flight from Italy “to escape fascism,” but he has neglected to publicly mention their close ties with the Italian Communist Party.
“Rick’s grandfather Pietro was a liberal man and he understood right away what was happening in Italy,” Mrs. Santorum told Oggi. “He was anti-fascist to the extreme, and the political climate in 1925 was stifling so he left for America.
After a few years he returned to Italy with his wife and children, including Aldo, Rick’s father, who passed away late last year. It’s a shame he won’t have the joy to see his son’s success in his bid for the White House.” She goes on to explain how the family then became pillars of the Communist Party in Italy.
The matriarch lauds her distant relative as a “masterpiece” of the family, whom she calls a man of high intelligence and integrity. “He would be a great president,” she told Oggi. “But if he wants to make it, he will have to soften some of his positions. To take a stand against homosexuality or to oppose divorce is harmful. Principles count, but in politics one must have the capacity to be open-minded.”
The Oggi piece also quotes an angry cousin who preferred to voice his dissent anonymously, remembering the time when high-ranking Communist Party members frequented the Santorum household in Riva del Garda. “There are Santorums who would roll over in their graves to hear [Rick’s] rhetoric,” he said.
But the rest of the family seems content to turn a blind eye to their American cousin’s political persuasion. One cousin, Michela Santorum, told Oggi that she fondly remembers Rick’s interest in his Italian heritage, and especially Italian cuisine. “We were always astonished at how many ice cubes he put in his drinks,” Michela told Oggi. “But he loved everything else, including polenta.”
According to Oggi, the general sentiment is that the Italian Santorums will forgive their American cousin if his bid is successful. “When he wins, he will send the American presidential airplane and take all the Santorums to the White House,” Bruno Santorum told the magazine.
But after Santorum’s loss in New Hampshire and his recent slump in the polls, the question of whether he would bring his communist cousins to his ultraconservative White House may never be tested.
Rick Santorum sent two of his sons to a Washington, D.C. all-boys school affiliated with Opus Dei, the Catholic group whose members were portrayed as sinisterly weird in the sensationalistic Da Vinci Code but in reality only engage in some mild self-mutilation, “nothing traumatic,” as the group’s website says.
Santorum says he’s not a member of Opus Dei, though he did go to Rome in 2002 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding, and he belongs to the St. Catherine of Siena Parish, “a favorite of Opus Dei,” the Washington Post says. Opus Dei has about 90,000 members, a third of which are “numeraries” who are celibate for life and wear a cilice — a garter belt with spikes turned toward the skin — every day.
(The group is often criticized as elitist, but you can find a “three link, 1mm gauge, full-leg metal cilice with metal fastener” on sale for an affordable $69.)
It might seem unfair to criticize Santorum for his religious affiliations, but Santorum wouldn’t think so. He convincingly argued it was okay in December 2007, after Mitt Romney delivered a speech on his Mormon faith.
“[Romney's] supporters say it is akin to rejecting a Barack Obama because he is black,” Santorum wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer. “But Obama was born black; Romney is a Mormon because he accepts the beliefs of the Mormon faith. This permits us, therefore, to make inferences about his judgment and character, good or bad.”
The New York Times‘ Mark Oppenheimer reports that many prominent conservative Catholics involved in politics send their kids to The Heights School, which is not run by Opus Dei, Oppenheimer reports.
Instead, the group appoints “appoints the school chaplain and provides to the faculty a traditional reading of Catholicism to teach students.” Sex ed is abstinence-only. That’s a relief to many parents, Oppenheimer reports:
Linda Maher, the school’s director of communications, sent her three sons to The Heights. Where the mothers at her sons’ swim team practice “would put condoms in their sons’ Christmas stockings,” The Heights mothers were different.
Urban legends about the depravity of the secular world spread like viruses through a lot of religious communities. The spreaders are apparently so insulated from outsiders that they don’t know that most secular people would find the idea of a mom giving her son condoms for Christmas to be extremely creepy.
Some of that isolation is on display when Santorum says things that show a way of thinking pretty unfamiliar to most Americans.
Example: On birth control: “lt’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”
Another example, from Santorum’s 2007 essay on Romney’s religion:
Would the potential attraction to Mormonism by simply having a Mormon in the White House threaten traditional Christianity by leading more Americans to a church that some Christians believe misleadingly calls itself Christian, is an active missionary church, and a dangerous cult?
If that sounds a bit inflammatory, don’t worry, Santorum explained that he’s quite tolerant of Romney’s faith. He writes, “I’m more concerned about losing our children to jihadis or a materialistic culture than losing them to Mormonism.”
It’s not clear whether he meant to equate conspicuous consumption with terrorism, but he did once compare the Massachusetts’ state supreme court’s approval of gay marriage to 9/11.
*According to Web reporter Wayne Madsen, who claims to be a former NSA analyst, Opus Dei is a “shadowy and sinister Roman Catholic group [that is] running an espionage and political assassination team in the United States.”
*In the book Their Kingdom Come: Inside the Secret World of Opus Dei, British journalist Robert Hutchison calls Opus Dei “a Mafia shrouded in white.” He asserts that the group assigns its members to infiltrate intelligence agencies, newspapers, banks and political parties, and cultivate connections with organized crime.
This power, once amassed, will be used to stifle reform within the Church and provoke a confrontation with Islam that would culminate in a revival of the Crusades.
Nor are Moslems the only target. The Opus Dei menace is homing in on gay wedding planners, according to blogger Bob Geiger, of Democrats.com. In the article “Is Brownback Bringing Opus Dei Into The Senate?” Geiger slams the Catholic convert senator for opposing same-sex marriage with arguments drawn from the Princeton University-based Witherspoon Institute.
That group, according to Geiger, is “linked to Opus Dei, a strict, religious group that some former members have described as a cult…. [C]ritics in academia—which include former members who sometimes go through ‘deprogramming’ upon exiting Opus Dei—charge that organizations like the Witherspoon Institute are just veiled attempts by Opus Dei to spread its influence in top-tier academic circles.”
*Another resolute critic of Opus Dei is Miguel de Portugal, a self-proclaimed visionary who makes it his life work to spread apocalyptic warnings over the Internet. Among his claims is that Opus Dei is at once backing pro-life neo-Nazis in Argentina and selling abortifacients in Spain, infiltrating the FBI to cover up its involvement in the Anthrax attacks, and smuggling of illegal drugs.
*Two O.D. members include former FBI director Louis Freeh, and current jailbird Robert Hansen—who used the money he got from his Soviet spymasters to pay tuition for his daughters at the Opus Dei school Oakcrest in Virginia.
Out of a total of nine US Supreme Court Justices, five are conservative Catholics – that is 55.6 % of the membership.
Out of those five, two have “too close for comfort” ties with the Opus Dei – that is 22.2 % of the membership.
(NOT SURE THIS INFO WAS UPDATED TO ADD NEWEST SJ Sonia Sotomayer – note last name translates to “Punisher form the Grove” and she is an admitted member of the “Belizian Grove” an offshoot of the Bohemian Grove, but for women…)
Opus Dei – Allegations of far-right links...
There is evidence of several links between Opus Dei and right-wing organizations, particulary a famous letter from Escriva to Francisco Franco, dictator of Spain who was assisted by Nazi Germany into power.
In this letter Escriva addresses Franco as “his Excellency”, as he was Spain’s head of state. Several Opus Dei members were appointed ministers in Franco’s government. On the other side there were members who went into prison or left Spain under Franco because they didn’t agree with the political opinion of Franco and his regime.
Opus Dei is a secret society...
Like most religious movements, Opus Dei does not in general comment on who is or is not a member. This has tended to create suspicion that Opus Dei functions as a secret society.
There are persistent rumours that some senior members of the U.S. judiciary and FBI are Opus Dei members. The trial of FBI spy Robert Hanssen caused some controversy when it was revealed that he was an Opus Dei member.
Here at last we find the smudgy fingerprints of conspiracy: The Rothschilds are involved. This family, which first acquired its wealth serving as the bankers to royalty, is perhaps the single most important bloodline in Europe.
Hannah Arendt pointed out in The Origins of Totalitarianism, the various branches of the Rothschilds, who worked in London, Paris, Vienna, and Berlin, were often employed as unpaid diplomats by their governments—who might not trust their own ambassadors, but could rely upon the Rothschilds.
As Rothschild critic Myron Fagan (a playwright and journalist, who “launched a one man crusade to unmask the Red Conspiracy in Hollywood which had set about to produce films that would aid that One World Governement [sic] plot,”) asserts:
“Adam Weishaupt was a Jesuit-trained professor of canon law, teaching in Engelstock University, when he defected from Christianity to embrace the Luciferian conspiracy. It was in 1770 that the professional money lenders, the then recently organized House of Rothschild, retained him to revise and modernize the age-old Protocols of Zionism, which from the outset, was designed to give the Synagogue of Satan, so named by Jesus Christ, ultimate world domination so they could impose the Luciferian ideology upon what would remain of the human race after the final social cataclysm by use of satanic despotism.”
According to critics, Opus Dei is aggressively right wing in its teachings, and operates a form of thought control. Disciples undergo bouts of agonizing self inflicted torture, allegedly designed to “clarify thought and cleanse the spirit”. (See MK ULTRA)
They are also taught to avoid natural human feelings, being admonished instead to have a “reticent and guarded heart.” Likewise, disciples are not permitted to read certain books, including those authored by communist ideologist Karl Marx.
Detractors believe it a religious faction that shares numerous values similar to the neo-nazi’s that people the Masonic P2 lodge. Until recently – and for hundreds of years previously – any member of the Catholic church who was found to be a Freemason was automatically ex-communicated.
Despite this many members of the Curia were discovered to be covert members of P2. Subsequently, in 1983, a new Canon Law announced that this would cease. Thereafter, any member of the Roman Church was free to become a Freemason.
January 12, 2012 - posted at DeadLineLive