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Chapter 1: 12 Most Frequently Heard Charges Against Alberto Answered
In this chapter, we will face head-on the 12 most frequently heard charges against Alberto Rivera. Our approach will be to write out each charge one at a time and then follow it with our answer.
Please note that our answers shall be totally independent of any material or sources which originated from Rivera or Chick Publications.
Charge No. 1:
It is extreme to claim that the Jesuits infiltrate Protestant and other churches.
Answer: Why should it be considered extreme to claim that Roman Catholic Jesuits would infiltrate Protestant and other churches? Does not the Bible warn us that we must watch out for infiltrators who will creep into the true church of Jesus Christ "not sparing the flock?"
"For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock." Acts 20:29 "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation . . ." Jude 4
Nino Lo Bello, in his book, The Vatican Papers - published by New English Library 1982, in the 19th chapter entitled, "The Vatican's Spy Network," makes it very clear that the Vatican has the most efficient and widespread spy network in the whole world. It outclasses even the Russian KGB. He states that this group of espionage agents came to be known by the popes as Sodalitium Pianum, and it includes every priest, nun and monk anywhere on earth.
He calculates the Pope's spy network to be in the region of 1.605 million persons consisting of diocesan priests, regular priests, seminarians, religious males and nuns, and that indeed, there are many full time trained agents.
Now what do agents do but infiltrate other organizations, and what organizations would Catholic spies infiltrate if not other churches, especially true churches of Jesus Christ?
Permit me to quote a passage from the reliable old Protestant classic, The History Of Protestanism by Rev. J. A. Wylie, page 412, Vol. 11:
"There was no disguise they (the Jesuits) could not assume, and therefore, there was no place into which they could not penetrate. They could enter unheard the closet of the Monarch, or the Cabinet of the Statesman. They could sit unseen in convocation or General Assembly, and mingle unsuspected in the deliberations and debates.
Alberto is by no means the only person suggesting that Roman Catholic spies infiltrate other churches. Anyone who has read any reputable history books must come to the same conclusion.
Somewhere along the line we've swallowed the lie that Christians can peacefully co-exist with a Satanic religious system that is leading multiplied millions of souls to hell. Satan will not have it so! He constantly seeks to infiltrate his enemies that he may bring about their destruction.
Charge No. 2:
Rivera is wrong in saying that St. Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Jesuits.
Answer: The Encyclopedia Britannica Vol. XIII, page 1011, says that the Society Of Jesus is "a Roman Catholic order of clerks regular, founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540."
The same document refers to the Jesuit order as being "a principal agent of the Counter Reformation" (1973 edition). The Britannica also tells us in Vol. XI, page 1096 that the Illuminati was "organized along Jesuit lines." So then, this is not the wild notion of one man. It is undeniable history, available to anyone who chooses to pick up an Encyclopedia Britannica. If you are going to accuse Alberto of lying, you must make the same charge of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Why would the Encyclopedia Britannica lie about this? The simple fact is, they wouldn't. Both they and Rivera are telling the truth. And a great many people know it.
The difference between Alberto and most others is this:
The results of such actions are not a mystery to those who genuinely know God:
"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." II Timothy 3:12
But the suffering is well worth it when combined with this heavenly promise:
"Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake." Luke 6:22
CHARGE NO. 3
Rivera's "Conspiracy Theory" is extreme and paranoid.
Answer: There are only two ways in which world history can be explained:
1. The accidental theory. All events, such as those world depressions, revolutions, wars and political plots are the results of pure chance. Such a view is as ridiculous as belief in evolution!
2. The conspiratorial theory. World events such as mentioned above, take place because some influential people want them to happen and make them happen. People with power meet behind closed doors and work out plans to achieve their aims. The most precise way to describe such conduct is - conspiracy.
To us, the conspiratorial theory makes far more sense than the accidental theory. The conspiracy claims Rivera has made are by no means extreme and paranoid. Indeed, many respected and thorough researchers have, after many years of painstaking research, come to the conclusion that there is a conspiracy at work which desires to control the world by controlling the banks, commerce and the media.
And I need not mention to students of the Bible, the accidental theory contradicts the entire theme of the Bible, not to mention large portions of Bible prophecy.
I give you here the titles of eleven books in which the authors, who are also listed, make their conspiracy beliefs known.
While we do not agree with all that these men have written, nevertheless, the one common fact on which they all seem to agree is that there is a conspiracy at work in the world. These conspirators, they conclude, are attempting to manipulate and rule the world through their control of the banks, commerce and media. So, in that respect, they agree with Rivera's claims.
The one area where Rivera differs from them is the powers behind the scenes. The other authors basically blame the Illuminati, the International Bankers or the Zionists. These smaller groups form only a part of this conspiracy by evil forces.
Rivera, on the other hand, takes a more Biblical stance and blames Mystery Babylon, the city on seven hills (i.e., Romanism) as understood by the great Protestant Reformers. (See Rev. 17, 18.)
Surely then, Rivera is not alone in his view, but rather is just one among an almost endless line of respected authors, including modern writers, who are saying much the same thing.
Read the following books by Avro Manhattan:
Other good books include:
For more information see also the book No Pope Here, by Dr. Ian Paisley. Or get a copy of his cassette tape The Black Pope and His Murder Men.
And this list is by no means complete. We could recommend many more books. These writers are saying more or less the same thing as Rivera, that the Vatican is the chief conspirator.
One more thing. The fact that the Jesuits united with the Illuminati has, to some extent, been recognized by the late W. G. Carr in his book The Red Fog Over America. Based on facts, backed up with personal experiences, he contends on pages 225-227 that the Illuminati was actually inside the Vatican.
Now, that is not so far from what Rivera is saying, is it? Rivera is certainly not alone in what he is saying. To call the man extreme and paranoid is, to put it frankly, grossly unfair and false.
Charge No. 4:
Dr. Rivera's claim that Ignatius of Loyola founded the Illuminati is paranoid.
Answer: Without going deeply into this claim, we can prove it is not farfetched at all. First, it is an unshakeable fact that the founder of the modern Bavarian Illuminati was a trained Jesuit named Adam Weishaupt from Ingolstadt, Bavaria. Weishaupt was a professor at Ingolstadt University, which was the center of the Jesuit Counter-Reformation. (See Encyclopedia Britannica Vol. XII, p. 251.)
Ingolstadt was the center where the Jesuits were flourishing in 1556. (See History Of Protestantism by Wylie, Vol. 11, page 413.) Can we really believe that Weishaupt would have been allowed to continue his professorship in a Jesuit controlled University if he had deserted them? No way! All evidence suggests that he continued to work for the Jesuits, establishing the order of the Illuminati for them.
Whatever the case, Rivera's claim that Ignatius of Loyola founded the Illuminati is by no means paranoid. Especially not when the fact is taken into account that Loyola was tried before a court in 1527 for sympathizing with the Alumbrados (i.e. the Spanish Illuminati). Here is what the Encyclopedia Britannica has to say on this issue:
"The Alumbrados came especially from among the reformed Franciscans and Jesuits, and St. Ignatius Loyola was charged in 1527 with sympathizing with them." Vol. 1, page 693
So, the Spanish Illuminati drew most of its recruits from Roman Catholic sources, the Franciscans and Jesuits, and Loyola was charged with being in favor with them.
The persecution that Rivera has suffered for making such claims is nothing new. God's prophets down through the ages have endured similar treatment for exposing false religious teachings. However, the Bible promises Rivera a special blessing in heaven because none of the evil accusations that have been spoken against him have ever been proven true:
"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." Matthew 5: 11-12
If Alberto's claims are wrong, then prove him wrong with cold, hard facts, not with cheap personal character attacks against him.
Charge No. 5:
Rivera is wrong to claim the Roman Catholic system tried to annihilate the Jews.
Answer: This is a plain fact of history. During the Council of Latern held in AD 1215, all "heretics" - Jews and Protestants - were condemned to death. This decree, as far as I am aware, has never been repealed. In chapter XIII of Fifty Years In The "Church" Of Rome by Chiniquy, published by Chick Publications, you will read the following two quotes on page 56:
"Roman Catholics have not only the right, but it is their duty, to kill heretics."
It is an undeniable fact of history that the Jews have suffered persecution at the hands of Popery for centuries. Rivera is completely right when he makes this claim.
The German author, Otto Markmann, in his book, Irrtumer Der Katholischen Kirche, says:
"Crusades - During the cruel crusades, which the popes instigated, we remember atrocities committed by the Mercenaries, the capture of Constantinople and the setting up of the Latin Patriarchate in the East. During the first crusade, which was called by Pope Alexander II in the year 1063, the north Spanish city of Barbestro was conquered. Fifty thousand Moslems were tortured and slaughtered.
In 1377, Jews were slaughtered in the Bavarian village of Deggendorf. Ferrabd Martinez, who was Archbishop coadjutor in Seville, conducted the baptizing war in Seville with the cry, "Be baptized or die." He destroyed the Jewish community of 30,000 members. Four thousand were murdered and the rest were sold as slaves. Ten thousand of the persecuted Jews, in fear of death, submitted to the forceful conversions. They became known as the "Marannen."
The book Irrtumer Der Katholischen Kirche also supports what Alberto is saying:
"The horrors went through all of Aragon, Kastilien, Barcelona, Valencia, and Mallorca. The holy Vicente called during this 'holy war' for a holy hate-it remains until this twentieth century. Under the guidance of the great inquisitor, Thomas of Torquemada, they burned during the inquisition, in three days in Toledo, 2,400 Marannen. "
Let us now proceed to the great book by Avro Manhattan entitled The Vatican Moscow Washington Alliance. On pages 219-220, he writes:
"It is important, although it may be difficult for some to recognize the religious nature of the Communist/Zionist/ Catholic political configuration. Although deliberately muted in public pronouncements, behind the Zionist banner there was to be found the ancient Messianic hope for the coming of a global theocracy, as predicted by all the seers and prophets of Zion. It was to be a theocracy in which Jehovah, not Christ, was to be King.
Furthermore, we turn to a recent newspaper article which adds great credibility to Rivera's claims. On page 75 of the Dec. 4, 1985 issue of Perth's West Australian newspaper, a paper most definitely not accused of anti-Catholic bias, an article appeared entitled, Prelate: Too Soon To Ask Forgiveness. Dateline: Rome, Tevs:
The article said in part:
"It would be premature for the Catholic church to ask the forgiveness of the Jews for centuries of persecution, a Vatican Cardinal said yesterday. A group of Italians recently signed a petition requesting the Synod of Bishops to issue a statement seeking Jewish forgiveness."
Although it has been forty years since the last of the Jews were tortured and butchered in concentration camps by leaders of the so-called "holy mother church," this paper admits it is still too soon for the Catholic church to expect forgiveness for their heinous crimes!
I now refer to Andrew Sinclair's book The Great Silence Conspiracy. On page 8, he quotes from the Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Vol. 11, page 37:
"The Roman Catholic church has always been, of course, the font of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism was almost unknown in Tzarist Greek Catholic Russia until after the partitions of Poland in 1772 and 1795. Russian anti-Semitism was imbibed from Roman Catholic Poland. The Spanish 'Holy Inquisition' was founded to destroy the Jews in Spain."
Need we quote further than this to show the thinker that what Rivera and Chick are saying today is vastly verified by writers of past ages?
Charge No. 6:
Dr. Rivera is wrong in associating the Jesuits with the setting up of World War 1.
Answer: The following statement is made on page 63 of F. Paul Peterson's book Peter's Tomb Recently Discovered:
"The Popes have been in, or instigated most, if not all of the European wars down through the centuries."
In the book, The Vatican Against Europe, by Edmond Paris, we read:
"Pope Pius X in his hatred against orthodox Christians, was continually inciting Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria-Hungary to 'chastize the Serbians.' After Sarajevo, on 26th July, 1914, Baron Ritter, Bavarian representative of the Holy See, wrote to his Government: 'The Pope approves of Austria's harsh treatment of Serbia. He has no great opinion of the armies of Russia and France in the event of a war against Germany. The Cardinal secretary of State does not see when Austria could make war if she does not decide to do so now . . . '
Again from the same book, page 47:
"Thus it is proved that Pius X and his Secretary of State, when they encouraged the most Catholic Emperor to make war, were coldly contemplating the consequences of their act: a general conflict which would set the Central European Empires against France and Russia.
The above book, and others, are full of evidence that proves the veracity of statements made by Alberto Rivera. The more recent publication, The Secret History Of The Jesuits, by Edmond Paris, also mentions similar facts.
In the book, Fifty Years In The "Church" Of Rome, by Charles Chiniquy, published by Chick Publications, Inc., we read similar facts. On page 296, we find that Abraham Lincoln agrees with Alberto Rivera. Mr. Lincoln said:
"This war (the American Civil War) would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits. We owe it to Popery that we now see our land reddened with the blood of her noblest sons. Though there were great differences of opinion, between the South and the North, on the question of slavery, neither Jeff Davis nor any one of the leading men of the Confederacy would have dared to attack the North had they not relied on the promises of the Jesuits that, under the mask of democracy, the money and the arms of the Roman Catholics, even the arms of France, were at their disposal if they would attack us."
History itself bears testimony to the fact that Rome has the blood of innocent multitudes dripping from her sinister hands. Rivera is right. The Jesuits were behind World War 1, just as he claims.