Matthew's Legacy & the Knights of Malta
Jacob Prasch of Moriel endorses in his Sites
of Interest and views the minister as one of his "comrades
in Christ’s cause," is St. Matthew's Press.
The link to St. Matthews Press leads directly to St.
Matthews Anglican Church, Cambridge, where Revd. Philip
Foster serves as Vicar.[http://www.ely.anglican.org/parishes/camstmatts/old/index.html]
A Maltese Cross adorns the home page. Noteworthy
is the history of St. Matthew’s.
of the Founders
reveals that Alderman Richard Rowe was the father of Richard
Reynolds Rowe, who was the Architect of St. Matthew's Church.
Their Arms and ancestry are traced back to Godfrey de Bouillon
and the Crusades. This founding family were Knights of the
Order of St. John of Jerusalem or the Knights of Malta. www.ely.anglican.org/parishes/camstmatts/old/Biographies.html
Joyner and many others within "Christianity" are
Knights of Malta. Rick Joyner has defended the SMOM in the
April 1998 issue of Morning Star Prophetic Bulletin and also
in a booklet he's written called Courage that Changed The
World, available at MorningStar.
have also been a host of splinter groups and outright
imposters which claim to be the Knights of Malta, and have
no connection to the Sovereign Order or the Catholic Order.
Some of these do have questionable doctrines and practices.
Just as the whole church usually takes the blame for the
actions of its most extreme elements, even those who are not
true Christians, some naively consider these splinter groups
to be a reflection of all who claim to be knights of the
Order of St. John. Even so, when I asked the present leader
of the Sovereign Order about these other groups, he was
magnanimous, saying that those who do the deeds of true
knights and ladies and are genuine Christians should be
web site of the Sovereign
Military Order of Malta Federal Association, USA,[http://www.smom.org/] shows
the history of the Knights of Malta, it's connection to
Catholicism and the various names used.
Gerard originally founded "The Hospice of St. John of
Jerusalem" prior to the 1st Crusade to care for sick
and poor pilgrims in Jerusalem. In 1120, after Pope Urban II
issued a Bulla recognizing the Hospice as a military
religious order, the Order became "The Military Order
of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem". Its members
became known as "Knights of St. John",
"Knights of the Hospital" or simply "Knights
Hospitallers". Later, after the capture of Rhodes, the
Order’s name became "The Military Order of the
Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and of Rhodes". The
knights of that period were known as "The Knights of
Rhodes", as well as by their previous names. After the
loss of Rhodes, the Order came into possession of the Island
of Malta. The Order’s name then became "The Military
Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes
and of Malta". After the loss of Malta the name of the
Order became "The Sovereign Military Order of the
Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of
Malta". Since that time, the members have since been
referred to most commonly as "The Knights of
Malta", however, they may still be referred to as
"Knights of St. John", "Knights of the
Hospital" or "Knights Hospitaller". The Order
is now typically referred to as "The Sovereign Military
Order of Malta", "The Order of Malta", or the
"SMOM". . .
"...Listed below are the four Orders of St. John that
are related to the Order of Malta and are officially
recognized by the Vatican.
In addition to the Sovereign Military Order of
Malta...Orders of St. John recognized by the Vatican:
The Johanniter Order in The Netherlands
The Johanniter Order in Sweden
The Venerable Order of St. John
Sovereign Military Order of Malta with headquarters in Rome,
at Via Condotti 68, which maintains formal and official
diplomatic relations with over 80 States and International
Organizations, and which has been recognized with the status
of Permanent Observer to the United Nations with Resolution
No. 48/265 of 24 August 1994..."
Nazis, the Vatican and the CIA [http://www.mosquitonet.com/~prewett/caqsmom25.1.html]
has been posted on the
website of John Prewett, whose beliefs we definitely do not
agree with. However, Part
3 discloses the role of the Knights of Malta, the infamous
Masonic P2 Lodge with the Nazis and subsequent cover-up by
Pope Paul VI, successor to Pope John XXIII.
generally purports to be hostile to Catholicism, and
conversely, the Vatican has at various times forbidden
Catholics to join Masonic organizations. Nevertheless, in
December of 1969 an exclusive meeting was held in the Rome
office of Count Umberto Ortolani, the Ambassador of the
Order of Malta to Uruguay, who has been called "the
brains" behind the fascist P-2 Masonic Lodge, which had
been established in the mid-1960s.20 In addition to Ortolani,
the meeting included only Licio Gelli, Roberto Calvi, and
Michele Sindona. [21. Larry Gurwin, The Calvi Affair
(London: Pan Books, 1984), p.15]
"Gelli had fought for Franco (who was himself a Bailiff
Grand Cross of SMOM) with Mussolini's troops during the
Spanish Civil War. He was a committed fascist during WW II
and at the end of the war was wanted by the partisans for
collaborating with the Nazis. After the war he developed
extensive interests in Latin America where he became close
friends with the Argentinean dictator Juan Peron; he was
also the Grand Master of P-2. [22. Gelli had chartered the
plane which brought Peron back to Argentina in 1972 and was
an honored guest at his inauguration; shortly thereafter
Lopez Rega, Peron's Minister of Social Welfare who ran the
Argentine death squads and who was an astrologer and mystic,
"Calvi had fought on the Eastern front during the war
and was decorated by the Nazis. At the time of the 1969
meeting he was a senior officer at Banco Ambrosiano.
"Sindona had set up business in 1943 with the help of
Vito Genovese, whose Mafia contacts facilitated the American
landing on Sicily. By 1948 Sindona had received a letter of
introduction to Vatican intelligence operative Montini
[later pope .... JP].
"According to Larry Gurwin's The Calvi Affair,
'One of Sindona's first steps in cultivating the Vatican's
money men occurred in the late 1950s when through a priest,
he met Prince Massimo Spada, a Vatican nobleman and the
senior layman at IOR.
[Massimo Spada had become a Knight of Malta on September 21,
1944. IOR, the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (Institute
for Religious Works), known generally as the Vatican Bank,
was created in 1942 by Pius XII.] At the same time he
nurtured his friendship with Giovanni Montini, who had
become cardinal-archbishop of Milan in 1954.'
"In 1959 Montini needed to raise a large sum of money
for an old people's home, and he turned to Sindona for help.
Sindona reportedly raised $2 million in a single day. In
1960 Sindona purchased a small Milanese bank called Banca
Privata and, thanks to his Vatican friendships, it soon
began receiving deposits from IOR. Three years later Montini
was elected Pope Paul VI and Sindona's Vatican connections
were unbeatable.' [23. Gurwin, op. cit., n. 21, pp. 11, 12.
See also, David A. Yallop, In God's Name: An Investigation
Into the Murder of Pope John Paul I (New York: Bantam,
"The Italian journal L'Espresso of June 28, 1981
indicates that numbers of high ranking members of the
Italian military intelligence organizations were both SMOMs
and members of P-2. The list of dual members included
General Santovito, the former head of SISMI; Admiral
Giovanni Torrisi, the head of the general staff of the Army,
and General Giovanni Allavena, head of the intelligence
service (then Sifar, which was later split into SISDE and
"The conclusion of the affair is generally known. When,
in 1983, the Vatican was finally forced to establish an
'independent' commission to study the relationship between
its IOR (since 1970 Ñ and still Ñ headed by Chicago-born
Bishop Paul Marcinkus) and the P-2/Banco Ambrosiano criminal
fascists, two of the three members selected were Hermann Abs
and Joseph Brennan.
"Abs, who features in nearly every book on the Third
Reich and the Nuremberg trials, was Hitler's paymaster, as
chairman of the Deutsche Bank from 1940 to 1945, and was a
member of the board of I.G. Farben. He regained the board
chairmanships of both firms after the war, even though in
Yugoslavia he had been convicted of war crimes in absentia.
In 1953 he received the Great Federal Service Cross for his
services in restoring West Germany's financial power; and in
1960 he was decorated by Franco for his "services"
to fascist Spain. [24. Yallop, op. cit., n. 23, p. 323;
National Council of the National Front of Democratic
Germany, Brown Book: War and Nazi Criminals in West Germany
(Berlin: Documentation Center of the State Archives
Administration of the German Democratic Republic, n.d. [c.
1966]), p. 39]
"The choice of Abs for the Vatican commission of
inquiry was so outrageous that at the urging of Charles
Higham, the Wiesenthal Center issued a special packet of
documents clearly showing Abs's involvement in war crimes
and publicly protested to the Vatican, all to no avail.
"Joseph Brennan is the Chairman of the executive
committee of the Emigrant Savings Bank of New York and a
Knight of Malta." [CAIB, Winter 1986, #25, "Nazis,
the Vatican and the CIA," pp. 34-5] http://www.mosquitonet.com/~prewett/caqsmom25.3.html
Peter Grace of the CNP was head of SMOM in the US.
"Grace was involved in Project
Paperclip [http://www.crossfields.com/~watcher/nwonazi.html]-- a post World War II CIA arrangement to remove
classified information from dossiers so that former SS members
and 900+ Nazi scientists could emigrate to the U. S. Hundreds
of war criminals would find employment within government
agencies and companies such as W.R. Grace chemical company
whose president was J. Peter Grace."
recent discussion with a Knight's Templar revealed his belief
that they are the "Christian" division of
Freemasonry. On the Knight's Templar web site, [http://www.commandery.com/]
Commandery of Knight's Templar are the symbols which
include the Maltese Cross, the Egyptian tau, the all-seeing
eye, their symbol of the crown and cross and so on. The
website states, "Today's Knight Templar is a man
dedicated to the living Christ, and the defense of the virtues
contained in the practices observed by all true
Christians." A perusal of the meanings of the symbols and
writings would indicate otherwise. A further perusal of such
writings as found in Masonic
Essays would further validate these are not followers of
Jesus Christ. http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/8291/donfr.html
relating their pride in the history and architecture of this
building, St. Matthew's displays several pictures of their
stain glass windows. The "Central window 'Christ on the
Cross" is of particular interest. (Click for an
enlargement) In the picture, the white dove that is enclosed
in the circle is Identical to some of the O.T.O doves
mentioned in the previous
To recap, the
upside down dove is used by Satanist's, and Alistair
Crowley’s used that dove in gematria. [See: Kabbalah:
Gematria and Numerology] When queried about the occult use
of the upside down dove in the O.T.O logos and seals, the
reply from a Mr. Peter Koenig was: “dove = holy spirit.”
Red cross is reminiscent of the Knights Templar Cross. The
crescent moon and sun are represented in eastern religions and
on the Maitreya Logo discussed in "Christian"
Occult Symbols. They represent the adrogony and union of
the male and female.
the Top of the cross are the letters INRI--which they describe
as being an acronym of the inscription on the Cross. INRI is
used in the O.T.O seals. Acronyms such as these are found
consistently within Gematria.
to the book, The History and Practice of Magic,
"Hermes called it [INRI] the Rose Cross." 24
Quoting Laurie Cabot, a witch," ... HERMES seems
to have been a universal Indo-European god who TAUGHT
ASTROLOGY, ALCHEMY AND THE MANY MAGICAL PRACTICES THAT ARE AT
THE HEART OF WITCHCRAFT..." 25
is also connected to the vision of Ezekiel and it's symbolism.
Ancient Magi wore the Rose Cross hung from the neck on a
golden chain; but so as not to reveal to the profane the
sacred word INRI. They replaced these 4 letters by the 4
figures which are brought together in the Sphinx: Man, Bull,
Lion and Eagle." 26.
author writes: "To the Illimunatti the "Last
Word" was once God in a human form. They represent this
'human God" with the word of 4 letters, INRI, (not really
meaning Christ) and the symbol of a red rose inside a cubic
glass windows at St. Matthew's are dedicated to Elizabeth
Sewell and Emelia Wisken. A circular window over Elizabeth
Sewell contains a red rose in a jewelled circle mounted at
the centre of a decorative golden cross placed in a dramatic
radiating blue background. [http://www.ely.anglican.org/parishes/camstmatts/old/Glass.html]
A sketch of this window forms the
logo at the head of the home
St. Matthew's stated source for all their icons is
the Catholic Church: "Church Symbolism. A treatise on the
general symbolism and iconography of the Roman Catholic Church
edifice. By M.C. Nieuwbarn, published by Sands & Co,
London, 1910." 28
"Glossary entry for Holy
Rosey Cross" defines the red rose and rosy cross in
this manner: "The Holy Rosey Cross" is a
reference to The Rosicrucian Order, formally The Ancient
Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (which literally translates into
the Ancient Mystical Order of the Rosy Cross)... There is no
religious connotation associated with the Rosy Cross symbol;
it predates Christianity. The cross symbolically represents
the human body and the rose represents the individual's
unfolding consciousness." http://biblio.ucs.sfu.ca/~hayward/van/glossary/rosey.html
that is not entirely accurate. The Rosicrucian Manual from the
Grand Lodge in San Jose, California teaches that The Hermetic
Rose Cross symbolism is entirely steeped in alchemy, cabala
and the zodiac.
alchemical and hermetic Rose Cross...is a very old MYSTICAL
symbol. It is composed of two Rosey crosses united into one:
the small Rosy cross at the centre-representative of the
man, the microcosm--is in turn, the center point of a larger
rose...symbolic of the macrocosm. Upon the four ends of the
large cross are inscribed the three ALCHEMICAL
symbols...Upon the other ends of the cross the symbols have
been inscribed in such an order as to conform to the
upon the arm adjacent to the alchemical symbols, is the
symbol of the PENTAGRAM...On the lower arm of the figure,
below the large rose is a HEXAGRAM...composed of two
interlaced triangles. At it's points are inscribed the six
planets, according to the ancient ASTROLOGICAL tradition: at
the bottom is the moon, at its right is Venus, followed in
turn by Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Mercury. At the center of
the hexagram is the SUN. The order of arrangement of these
symbols conforms to certain CABALISTIC RITUALS. "
Lower end of the longest arm is divided into four section by
two diagonal lines. These sections are colored according to
the four colors of Malkuth of the Cabalistic 'Tree of Life.'
The four sets of three rays which extend outward from the
center of the large cross symbolize the Divine light. The
letters inscribed upon each large center-ray combine into
INRI, which combination, according to the Rosicrucian
historian Fr. Wittemans, represents a Latin Motto meaning
'Nature is renewed by fire.' The letters upon the smaller
rays represent INVOCATIVE names of Latin, Egyptian and Greek
petals of the large rose on the cross are twenty two in
number, and stand for the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew
Cabalistic alphabet. [Gematria] The outer circle of twelve
petals represents the twelve single letters of this
alphabet, and in particular the twelve signs of the Zodiac.
The next circle...symbolizes the seven double letters...the
seven ASTROLOGICAL planets..." 29
Gematria and Numerology]
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether
they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into
Legend of Hanukkah
24. The History and
Practice of Magic; Paul Christian; The Citadel Press, 1963
Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated,
p. 174; Dr. Cathy Burns; Sharing, 1998
The History and Practice of Magic; Paul Christian; The
Citadel Press, 1963
27. Stan Deyo;
p.60; The Cosmic Conspiracy, Kempton Ill; Adventures
Unlimited Press, 1994
H. Spencer Lewis. Rosicrucian
Manual (Vol.No.8), (San Jose, California;Supreme Grand Lodge
of AMORC, 1966; p. 137-138 as cited in Burns, p172- 174.
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