A recent episode of “Brad Melzer’s: Decoded” delved into the mysterious death of Pope John Paul I in 1978. The investigative crew opened up the suspicion that Vatican officials didn’t conduct a full and open investigation because the newly elected pope might have exposed some of the church’s secretive practices and corruption within its ranks. This topic always perks up my ears, since I’ve long been anticipating the unraveling of this hypocritical establishment that has recently faced the exposure of widespread sexual abuse of children by its clergy.
The team first looked into the fact that the Vatican is a sovereign state, so the pope’s death was subject only to an internal investigation. Some Italian prosecutors and at least one investigative journalist ended up murdered in the aftermath. Next they explored the fact that JPI was possibly a reformer and some speculated that he was about to out corruption inside the church. Before becoming pontiff, JPI had visited with the last remaining child who had witnessed the Fatima ‘miracle’ and had also been involved with the Vatican Bank in Venice. Apparently the well-meaning pontiff discovered that the prophecy was about his intention to reveal the infiltration of Freemasons into the church’s hierarchy, as well as corruption within the Vatican Bank.
In summary, Brad Melzer asked: “Who would’ve predicted the Vatican would end up laundering heroine money for the Mafia to cover up a Freemason banking scandal that ends up with the murder of the pope? Our Lady of Fatima.”
If the church is so corrupt, as has been proven beyond a doubt over the centuries, why do people continue their membership? The recent exposure of child abuse by the clergy makes it abundantly clear that no child is safe around their ‘celibate’ priests. Even with evidence of monetary corruption, people continue to contribute tax-free dollars to the Vatican’s ‘vow of poverty’. If it’s ever proven that Vatican officials murdered a pope and they used the ‘vow of obedience’ to cover it up, would people still believe in what this institution stands for? Does this make any sense?
Fear is the greatest tool of a negative regime and, while coercive practices are outlawed in most societies, they are at the root of most religious doctrines. From my perspective, as someone who broke away early in my life from the apparent hypocrisy of Catholicism, people are simply desperate for someone to look after their spirit (soul) after they die. As religious institutions are aware of this fateful fear, they offer it to anyone on this planet who is willing to accept that an organization could provide a secure position in the afterlife. Why would anyone trust the most precious part of their being to such a manmade institution?
When I see the billions of people that have lumped their spirits into the various religious organizations that divide our planet, I perceive some sort of underlying spiritual battle that fuels their incessant demand for more members. Even the most seemingly benevolent religious organizations place spiritual impediments on their members to ensure that they will comply with the requirements of membership. The very notion of praying for someone else is a breach of the recipient’s free will. The fact that the Catholic Church has paid hundreds of millions of dollars to suppress the public testimony of thousands of abuse victims is reason enough to avoid the church like the plague. I could express at length the contradictions, but I believe that anyone that has experienced such deliberate infractions of their free will already understands. I’m glad that the mainstream media is bringing to light such hypocrisy with such shows as “Decoded”, since so many are unable to believe it’s really true.
From my perspective, I had been searching for a way to fulfill my own spiritual needs, until I acknowledged that my spirit is a unique entity that is within me for my well-being and that I alone am responsible for its progress.