However extravagant it may appear it is true what the commentator ”Darrell” writes in his comments to Jonas E. Alexis’s article ”Was There a Judeo-Masonic Takeover of the Papacy at the 1958 Papal Conclave?” and that is a fact of extreme importance for the understanding and to get a proper vision that we can have of the Catholic Church of the last six decades.
I was born and raised in Genoa in the diocese of Archbishop Giuseppe Siri, during his service as archbishop and after the mentioned events of the Conclave, in fact, I was born precisely in that year 1958, and, for some reason, I know some big secrets of this cardinal because, during the throughout my life, I have connected with people who shared them.
The first thing that needs to be said about Monsignor Giuseppe Siri is that he was not just any ordinary cardinal of any diocese during his lifetime. He was a very powerful religious political and economic man in Italy in the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s of the XX century.
In the years of the Cold War he was the most conservative cardinal of the whole Catholic Church and in the meantime was the Archbishop of the most communist of a big industrial cities in Italy at that time.
But now let’s have a look at the most salient facts of his biography in the context in which he lived.
Since the end of the XIX century, Genoa was a very rich, large industrial and financial metropolis, the most important port in the Mediterranean, the capital of shipping and logistics the headquarters of the most important steel mills as well as other multinational mechanical and naval industries, including Ansaldo.
Then there was WWII whose complex events for the sake of brevity I omit limiting myself to indicate the most important ones for the life and achievement of Siri.
During the Second World War Genoa’s Curia where Siri was the Archbishop’s assistant undertook, through the Delegation for the Assistance of Jewish Emigrants or DELASEM, an intense relief activity in favor of the persecuted.
The organization, born to help German Jewish refugees in Italy, now took care of protecting Italian Jews wanted by the fascists and the Nazis. Boetto and Siri, together with other collaborators, among other things, personally provided the wanted persons with false identity documents.
After the Fall of the Fascist regime in Italy on July 25th of 1943 Hitler to prevent the exit of the Italian Armed Forces from the war (Operation Achse) on August 1st of 1943 sent the Wehrmacht to occupy Genoa with a very important garrison of numerous and well garnished to defend these strategic infrastructures for Italy and Germany under the command of General Gunther Meinhold.
In the first days of April 1945, the retreating Germans prepared a plan to blow up the port of Genoa, which was mined with 360 bombs. Siri then went to Nervi, where the German command was based, with a letter from Cardinal Boetto in which the cardinal begged the German officers to abandon their projects. Siri hand-delivered the letter to Captain Max Berninghaus, second in command of the Kriegsmarine in Genoa, and tried to persuade him to desist from his plans, but the latter did not seem willing to change his mind. At the end of the conversation, the officer limited himself to saying that he would send Boetto’s letter directly to Karl Dönitz, dismissing Siri.
On the morning of April 23, Berninghaus summoned Siri, and informed him that the German command had accepted Boetto’s request and that the port would not be destroyed, provided that the population of Genoa did not attack the retreating German army. Otherwise, the port facilities would have been blown up. Siri accepted, and, in the afternoon of the same day, received Consul von Etzdorf, who urgently asked to see him. The consul showed him a telegram from Rudolf Rahn, Hitler’s plenipotentiary at the Italian Social Republic, which ordered: “Hand over Genoa to Bishop Siri.”
The partisans of the CLN who fought against the Germans of the Wehrmacht and those of the Kriegsmarine and the fascist forces of Mussolini’s Italian Social Republic rose up against the occupying forces on April 25, 1945, and soon managed to get the better of the German Land units.
My mother, at that time a female soldier or better a non-commissioned officer of the Female Auxiliary (SAF) Service of Mussolini’s Italian Social Republic, that day saw the square in front of the Principe Genoa railway station transformed into a real urban battlefield (!) full of partisans shooting at the Germans barricaded in the Grand Hotel Colombia Excelsior then headquarters of the High Command of Meinhold besieging him!
In short Meinhold surrenders and signs the surrender with the victorious CLN partisans and orders all the German military departments of Liguria to surrender, disobeying Hitler’s orders which in this eventuality envisaged the destruction of all the industrial and port infrastructures of Genoa; which did not happen by decision of Meinhold in exchange for the lives of all German soldiers.
But not the lives of fascist Italians of Mussolini’s Italian Social Republic, who were mercilessly massacred in a series of horrors.
Some of them were even thrown alive into steel smelting blast furnaces.
My mother survived by a miracle, since a brigade partisan leader that was very attracted to her, that at the time was a very attractive young woman, defended her by fighting against another brigade partisan leader who uncompromisingly wanted to condemn and kill her.
The white knight against the black knight, luckily it was the first one to win the fight otherwise my brothers and I we would never have been born…
To give an idea of that doomsday atmosphere, shortly after the surrender, an assistant of Meinhold shot himself in the head to save his honor for disobeying orders from Hitler!
In fact, the Marines of the Kriegsmarine did not respect Meinhold’s surrender order still obeying Hitler’s diktat and continued to fight for a few more days until they were completely overwhelmed.
But Meinhold did not trust the partisans of the CLN many of them were pro-Soviet communists and to sign the surrender he wanted the presence of the then cardinal Pietro Boetto as witness and guarantor, but, besides what many historians write about his presence, the archbishop Boetto, fearing for his life, sent to the surrender his assistant the then young Monsignor Giuseppe Siri.
General Meinhold, obviously, not sympathizing at all with his victors, moreover, mostly communist partisans (!), preferred to hand over the huge war booty that the Germans had raided into all the safety deposit boxes of Genoese banks, delivering the treasure from the German war raids to the Genoese Curia in the hands of Monsignor Giuseppe Siri.
And which is supposed to have been kept for many years after WWII on the premises of the San Lorenzo museum.
Everything about Meinhold’s treasure has always been a secret for everyone, known but a few ones among whom I am.
I know this story because thirty years after these events, an emissary of the heirs of Meinhold, who had just died, contacted some friends, including my mother, to try to meet Cardinal Siri in order to get that treasure back. This emissary also claimed that in the last years of his life, Meinhold had personally tried to get his treasure back, to no avail.
But this emissary never got to meet him and she could never get the treasure back, so I think.
After the Liberation, Pius XII summoned Siri to the Vatican to be informed of how the events had unfolded in Genoa and to find out in what condition the archdiocese was in at the end of the conflict.
In the period immediately following the end of the Second World War Siri is involved in the rescue of some exponents of the Nazi regime fleeing to South America. His support would have concerned the Croatian priests who supported the ODESSA plan and would have taken the form of a collaboration with Bishop Alois Hudal, who was one of the organizers of the ratline, the system of escape routes from Europe used by the Nazis. This is testified by father Damaso da Celle Ligure, a trusted person and later his confessor, who met in Genoa in 1950 a stranger about to embark for South America, a certain Riccardo Klement, later revealed to be the Nazi hierarch Adolf Eichmann helped by Siri to expatriate, as well as Josef Mengele and Erich Priebke, among others.
It seems that the CIA was aware and maybe a promoter of these exfiltrations.
On May 22, 1956, Father Damaso informed Siri that the Soviet Union embassy in Rome had expressed the desire to start a confidential dialogue with a senior ecclesiastic in order to improve relations between the Soviet Union and the Catholic Church. The Soviet ambassador Aleksandr Bogomolov chose Siri both because the archbishop of Genoa, ten years earlier, had activated himself with a well-known pediatrician of the Giannina Gaslini Institute to treat the son of Nikolaj Timofeev, at the time the USSR consul general in Genoa, and because Siri, considered by many to be Pius XII’s “dolphin”, represented a sure way to ensure that the requests presented reached the pontiff.
Siri, however, showed caution, asking that the Soviets demonstrate their goodwill by freeing Polish cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty, and Czechoslovakian archbishop Josef Beran, detained by communist regimes. Bogomolov replied that he would urge the party leaders to work in favor of the three prelates, and on October 26, 1956, Wyszyński regained his freedom.
In 1958 he was papal legate in Brussels on the occasion of International Catholic Days. Returning from Belgium, Siri went to Castel Gandolfo to inform Pius XII about how the demonstrations had taken place. During the audience the pope again proposed that he move to Rome, asking him to become his close collaborator; the archbishop of Genoa, after some initial uncertainty, Siri was finally convinced to accept, but the death of pope Pacelli, which took place on October 9, 1958, thwarted the project.
For all these reasons it is obvious that the deceased Pope Pius XII left provisions to the Conclave for which he recommended the election of Siri, as has been argued for some time in US sedevacantism circles, according to which Siri would have been elected pope in the 1958 conclave and would have chosen the name of Gregory XVII, but would have been forced to renounce the papacy.
I can also add that the journalist Benni Lay Vaticanist friend of the cardinal one day asked directly to Siri how it really happened in the end in the Conclave of 1958.
Siri’s response was: – They made me swear never to reveal the truth about that Conclave -.
From this answer, it is unequivocally clear that the truth was not sayable. That is, Siri had been elected Pope the name of Gregory XVII but shortly afterward he was forced to renounce the papacy for the facts that I will describe later.
Finally, as regards the Conclave of 1958, I confirm that, as stated by Darrell, it happened that the result of the election conforming to the canonical code that had elected Siri was not respected. What Darrell calls ” the secret overthrow of the rightful Pope ”.
The first one, the only vote in which cardinals are enlightened by the Holy Spirit, is for those who believe in these things. The second vote was a swindle.
In fact, after the vote that elected Siri, some cardinals from Eastern Europe protested livelily and did not want to leave the hall of the Conclave.
This is because they claimed that beyond the Iron Curtain after WWII during the Cold War in the Countries of Warsaw Pact, they had suffered many persecutions incited by the Soviet government.
And, they said, right now that the persecutions have just subsided with the death of Stalin and the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party, how could you expect to elect as a Pope the most right-wing cardinal of the entire Conclave, Monsignor Giuseppe Siri?
The fiercest opponent of Communism within the Catholic Church!
Thus, to reconcile the community of cardinals, voting resumed and, in the end, at the opposite, the most left-wing cardinal of the entire Conclave Monsignor Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was elected Pope, who assumed the name of John XXIII.
Here are two Italian links: a catholic one, the first, and a communist one, the second (you have to consider that most partisans were communist and they regard the April 25th Liberation of Genoa as their own private asset!)
Claudio Resta was born in Genoa, Italy in 1958, he is a citizen of the world (Spinoza), a maverick philosopher, an interdisciplinary expert, oh, and an artist, too.
Grew up in a family of scientists where many sciences were represented by philosophy to psychoanalysis, from economics to history, from mathematics to physics, and where these sciences were subject to public display by their subject experts family members, and all those who they were part of could participate in a public family dialogue/debate on these subjects if they so wished. Read Full Bio