President – VP – Members of Congress – Supreme Court Justices All Presented Lincoln Texts in Advance of Pope Francis’ Visit
This is the second ad to go into the Washington Times. It was published on Wednesday September 16th, 2015 on page three! The ad is presented below and you may also view it in PDF – Paul Serup, Author
In August 1861, Abraham Lincoln met in the White House with Charles Chiniquy, a former Roman Catholic priest and confi dant whom Lincoln (as a lawyer) had victoriously defended, years earlier, in litigation. Chiniquy warned of an assassination plot. Lincoln replied: “The nations who read the Bible, fi ght bravely on the battle-fi elds, but they do not assassinate their enemies. The Pope and the Jesuits, with their infernal Inquisition, are the only organized powers in the world which have recourse to the dagger of the assassin to murder those whom they cannot convince with their arguments or conquer with the sword….I feel more and more, every day, that it is not against the Americans of the South, alone, I am fi ghting, it is more against the Pope of Rome….that we have to defend ourselves….This civil war seems to be nothing but a political affair to those who do not see, as I do, the secret springs of that terrible drama. But it is more of a religious,
than a civil war….To keep her ascendancy in the North as she does in the South, Rome is doing here what she has done in Mexico, and in all the South American Republics; she is paralyzing, by a civil war, the arms of the soldiers of Liberty. She divides our nation, in order to weaken, subdue and rule it.”
In a subsequent meeting, Lincoln added, “I conceal what I know, on that subject, from the knowledge of the nation; for if the people knew the whole truth, this war would turn into a religious war, and it would, at once, take a tenfold more savage and bloody character, it would become merciless as all religious wars are.”
Brigadier General Thomas Harris served on the military commission that investigated (and thus examined all witnesses and evidence related to) Lincoln’s assassination. Perhaps for reasons mirroring the thoughts of Lincoln, Harris waited until after Chiniquy’s insights became public in the 1886 best-selling book, 50 Years in the Church of Rome, before in 1897 expressing his own, full understanding of events, in Rome’s Responsibility for the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
From 1867, the U.S. Congress banned the funding of diplomatic relations with the Holy See, as did not formally resume until 117 years later, in 1984.
During his upcoming visit, Pope Francis is to address a Joint Session of Congress and, at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, incongruously speak from the very same lectern used by President Lincoln for the Gettysburg Address.
In recent years the world has been vividly reminded, by revelations of clerical sexual abuse1, of the extent to which the papal hierarchies, both visible (400,000 priests, 5,000
bishops, 200 cardinals) and largely invisible (Jesuit Military Order), have labored obsessively, for centuries, to protect (even covering-up, imputing guilt upon childhood
victims of sexual abuse) and expand political power of the institutional Roman Catholic Church.
May the Holy Spirit guide the hearts and minds of those in Congress and elsewhere to prompt Pope Francis, during his visit: 1) In this 150th anniversary year, to accept
historical, papal responsibility for Lincoln’s assassination; 2) Acknowledge that the time has arrived to dismantle and abandon the despotic, hierarchical power structures2 of the
Roman Catholic Church; 3) Thus repent, and believe3.
On September 24, 2015, it is hoped and anticipated that excerpts from the modern spelling edition of William Tyndale’s 1534 New Testament translation will begin appearing daily in The Washington Times; that their reading may help ensure “– that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth4.”
1 Whistle by Robert Blair Kaiser (Caritas Communications, 2015) ISBN 978-1514327616
2 “Mr. Bergoglio, tear down this wall!”
3 “the time is come, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)
4 From Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (1863); Lincoln’s words, in part, are said to have appeared as a phrase in a preface to the fi rst translation, into English from the Latin Vulgate, of the Bible, by John Wycliffe (1384) “This Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.” Wycliffe, an English theologian and early proponent of reform in the Roman Catholic Church, himself has become known as “The Morning Star of the Reformation.”