ALSO BY PAUL L. WILLIAMS
The Vatican Exposed
Crescent Moon Rising
The Day of Islam
The Al Qaeda Connection
Published 2015 by Prometheus Books
Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia. Copyright © 2015 by Paul L. Williams. All
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Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
By their fruits you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad
fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and
thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruits you will recognize them.
Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the
will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in
your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, “I
never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
Matthew 7: 15–23
I know what you're thinking.
The author of this book must be a Baptist.
It's a common assumption.
Most Welsh people are Baptists and Williams is a Welsh name.
But names are deceptive.
I was born and raised a Roman Catholic. My parish was St. John the Baptist Church in West
Scranton, where I learned by rote the Baltimore Catechism and sang “Panis Angelicus” with the choir.
I wrote “JMJ” (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph) on the right hand corner of my composition papers, went to
confession every Saturday afternoon, and received Holy Communion at Sunday Mass. I participated
in all the rites and rituals—the Forty Hour Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, the recitation of the
litanies to the saints, and the yearly novenas at St. Ann's Basilica.
In those Tridentine days, the liturgy was in Latin, which gave the Mass a sense of timelessness and
the assurance that the teachings of Holy Mother Church were semper eadem—“always the same”—
binding the generations in one system of belief.
I had my throat blessed on the feast of St. Blaise and my forehead anointed with ashes on the first
day of Lent. I wore a St. Christopher's medal and a scapular. I fasted and abstained on the days
appointed and received all the sacraments, save Holy Orders and Extreme Unction.
As a graduate student at Drew University, my mentor was Fr. Gabriel Coless, an Augustinian monk,
who provided rigorous instruction in the Patristics and Medieval Latin. After receiving my doctorate,
I taught religion and the humanities at the University of Scranton, a Jesuit institution, and served as the
editor of the annual proceedings of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. I also penned a number of
articles on Vatican II and the effects of aggiornamento for National Review, where I met William
Buckley, the celebrated CIA spook.
I encountered the wrath of Rome while writing Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the
Catholic Church for Doubleday. Doubleday, at that time, was a publishing outlet for the Catholic
Church through its imprint, Image Books, and an imprimatur was considered a prerequisite for
publication. My clerical overseers found no fault with my handling of the evolution of doctrine and
the matter of the pontiffs who later were decried as heretics. The problem arose with the subject of
the Church's “temporalities.” I was told to expunge all references to the Vatican Bank, including the
donation of Mussolini, the Ambrosiano affair, and the P2 scandal. These topics had garnered
headlines throughout the world and to exclude them from a book with a tell-all title would be an act
of obsequiousness that bordered on cowardice. I refused to make the suggested cuts and was
supported in my decision by Patricia Kossman, my intrepid editor. In 1990, the work was published
by Doubleday without a nihil obstat—the declaration that nothing about the work is contrary to the
faith—despite the fact that it contained no canonical errata.
In subsequent years, I probed deeper into the affairs of Vatican, Inc., during my tenure as the editor
and publisher of the Metro, and as a consultant (CI-9) for the FBI. My findings, including the ties
between the Vatican and Gambino crime family, constituted the core of The Vatican Exposed: Money,