The Vatican Empire, (Amazon) Nino Lo Bello, 1968, presented an incredible aspect of what was formerly a religion. We quote from an introductory review:
“The extent of papal wealth has been traditionally cloaked in secrecy. Even within the Vatican … no one … has an overall view of its infinitely ramified financial operations. Church officials have consistently derided all speculations on the magnitude of its resources but have resolutely declined to release real figures. It has remained for Nino Lo Bello—former Rome correspondent for Business Week and now a writer for the Herald Tribune's Paris Economic Review—to fit the … puzzle together. The picture that emerges is one of awesome fiscal power.
“Mr. Lo Bello … details Vatican investment in real estate—one-third of Rome is owned by the Holy See—electronics, plastics, airlines, and chemical and engineering firms. He also gives evidence that the Vatican is heavily involved in Italian banking and that it has huge deposits in foreign banks. Some … are in America, many are in Switzerland. Vatican financiers prefer numbered Swiss accounts because these allow them to maintain anonymity while gaining control of foreign corporations.
“The author establishes that the Vatican is one of the world's largest shareholders, with a portfolio that can conservatively be estimated in billions.”
Mr. Lo Bello finishes his monumental work:
“This writer foresees the day, perhaps a thousand years from now, when the Vatican will cease functioning as a religious institution and take up, on a full-time basis, the duties of a large-scale business corporation. The transition will not be as difficult to effectuate as one might suspect. For just as Catholicism will decline and eventually withdraw from the ranks of the major religions, so, too, will Church money find its way into nearly every area of the free world's economy. Then, at last, the tycoon on the Tiber will shed the mantle of piety; then, at last, the Vatican will expose the full extent of its financial interests.”
By 1968 the Vatican had ceased function as a religion, in killing the missionary effort and in dialogue as substitute for teaching, thus forsaking its mandate from Jesus Christ. The sedevacantist is derided for adherence to conspiracy theory.
Yet a financial writer showed us a compelling reason for a bankers’ acquisition of the entire organization. Can anyone imagine the international banking community impervious to temptation to infiltrate and acquire this defenseless empire?
Is it not indeed impossible that a group in pursuit of a New World Order through control of global finance could succeed without control of the colossal Vatican Empire? Is it not indeed impossible that such a group would not draw and act upon this conclusion?