Plot Against the Church: Part 4 - Maurice Pinay




A Jewish-Republican Revolution
in the 12th Century

Several Popes had previously liberally tolerated the Jews at the papal Court, had acted towards them in a friendly manner and had used them as bankers. The consequence of this was the schism at the time of Pierleoni, which had almost destroyed Holy Church. The kind liberality of Pope Innocent II towards the family of the converted Jew Giordano Pierleoni were to embitter the last hours of the latter and cause the Papacy great harm in the political domain.

Five years after the death of the Jewish Anti-Pope, his brother Giordano used the valuable positions and aids which he had preserved thanks to the kindness of his opponents, and prepared in secret a revolution which, if it had not been defeated, would have had incalculable consequences. The conspirators proved their great political talent and worked out a fighting programme which was extremely attractive for the Roman people. Indeed, it was perhaps the only one which possessed sufficient attractive power, in order at a time, when the religiosity was very great, to move the nobility and the people in a movement of rebellion against the highest Pontifex of Christianity. With this battle plan or this battle platform, as we would call it today, the Pierleoni proved that they were capable of carrying out training and preparing future norms for the Fifth Column in the clergy, not only on the religious but also on the political front.

The movement led by Giordano Pierleoni reminded the inhabitants of the "Eternal City" of the glorious republic when Rome was ruled by the patricians and the people and not by autocrats, and had thus become the first nation of antiquity. Intensive personal labour was carried out. The glittering Roman Senate was recalled and the contrast shown between that glorious time of the Republic and the condition of enfeeblement in which the State found itself in the 12th Century. It was necessary that the Romans made efforts to rise again and made Rome once more in a political, military and economic respect the first city of the world. Then the Romans set through their will and their laws in the whole world. Unfortunately the temporal power of the Pope was a hindrance. All Christians respected the Pope, but he should be no hindrance for the rise and enlargement of Rome. He must therefore restrict himself to his religious functions and allow the city to make efforts to recover its former glory and to take up again the form of government which had made possible this glorious past.

The Roman nobility, which—as we have seen—was fairly undermined through its Jewish relationship (inter-marriage), and the rest of the inhabitants of the city were intoxicated by these sermons and gradually joined themselves to the movement led by Giordano Pierleoni. In the year 1143 this had become so strong that, with a kind of coup d'Etat, he was able to eliminate the "City Prefecture", which had been diminished in authority through the propaganda of the conspirators. In addition, the movement did not recognise the temporal power of the Pope over the city, summoned the Senate to the old Capitol and proclaimed the Roman Republic under the leadership of the renowned Patrician Giordano Pierleoni. Thus this Christian descended from Jews, whose honesty of belief was dubious, repaid the forgiveness of Pope Innocent II and of Saint Bernard and the permission to be able to retain his wealth and his position, which he now used to lead this new revolution to success. But that is in fact the law of life. Every magnanimity and tolerance which one exercises towards a wolf gives the latter the opportunity of devouring the sheep.

The heroic meritorious Pope Innocent II died embittered, without having experienced the triumph over this painful rebellion. His successor, Celestine II became Pope for five months. He had to take refuge in the fortress of the Frangapini, while the nobility and the people of Rome censured the Pope and cheered the Republic, the Senate and the new lord of the situation, Giordano Pierleoni. The next Pope, Lucius II, attempted with the help of some noblemen who had remained true to the Church, to free himself from captivity and to conquer the Capitol. However, he was mortally wounded by a stone thrown by the mob of Pierleoni and died eleven months after he had been consecrated as Pope.

So was strengthened the power of Giordano Pierleoni and his band over the new Republic. Under such difficult circumstances a modest monk was elected and consecrated as Pope, who had lived apart from the world in a monastery on the outskirts of Rome. When he became Pope in the year 1145, he took the name Eugene III. Immediately after his election the revolutionary forces attempted to persuade him to approve the Republican Constitution and to recognise the Senate. However, the Pope refused and therefore had to flee from Rome. That is also the reason, why he was consecrated in a monastery outside the city.

Afterwards he went to Viterbo, where he proved himself as very energetic and excommunicated the revolutionary leader Giordano Pierleoni and the members of the Senate, while the mob under the latter's protection stormed the palaces and fortresses of the cardinals and noblemen who were for the Pope, and committed cruel murders of Christians who kept faith with the Holy See. That liberal forgiveness, which the renowned Pope Innocent II had shown to the Pierleonis, made it possible for the latter to win great political power, which not only represented a serious threat for the Church, but also seriously endangered the life and the property of the Cardinal, and manifested itself in treacherous murders of the disciples of the Church.

Without doubt liberality towards the Godless, especially towards Jews, can lead to a serious danger for the good. However, the farmers had remained true to the Pope and together with various landed nobility supported them in the besieging of the city, to which he cut off the supply of provisions. So the rebels were finally compelled to negotiate with the Pope. They recognised him as authority under the condition that he recognised the Republican Constitution and the Senate, whose dispositions should be restricted to the city government. Through this agreement Pope Eugene III could set up his residence in Rome in the year 1145.

This was, however, only an armistice, which the Jews as usual used for gathering strength in secret, winning greater power, and then renewed their attacks. When the revolt broke out a second time, a new leader of the popular masses, by name Arnaldo de Brescia, was involved. The Holy Father had to leave Rome again, and a renewed intervention by St. Bernard in his favour was not heeded by the mass of the people of Rome, whom the revolutionaries had influenced. Arnaldo de Brescia supported the movement of Giordano Pierleoni.

From the pure political realm, where it had taken its beginning he went over, however, to the religious, accused the Cardinals of avarice and arrogance and asserted that they enriched themselves at the expense of the people. The Pope he described as a bloodthirsty creature and hangman of the Church, who understood how to fill his pockets with money that he had robbed from strangers. In addition, he asserted that Holy Church was no Church but rather a den of robbers. Neither the Church nor the clergy had the right to claim property which legally belonged to the laity and especially to the Princes.

Thus he skilfully stirred up the ambition of the monarchs and nobility, to appropriate the property of the clergy. The Pope had to flee to France, which, apart from the German Empire, supported Holy Church most magnanimously and was her chief bulwark in the struggle against Jewry. There the warlike Pope secured the support of King Louis VII of France and gathered together an army, at whose head he marched to Italy and advanced as far as the gates of Rome. Therefore Roger of Sicily offered him every support, in order to re-establish his regard.

During this year the Norman magnate had really changed. He had married a sister of Pierleoni and applied his whole power in favour of the Jewish Anti-Pope, as well as tolerated the Jews and Musulmans at his court, whose influence there was very great. But the Jews as always misused the protection granted them and the positions they had attained as a result, until finally Roger of Sicily recognised the Jewish danger. He therefore altered his policy and attempted to destroy Jewry. In addition he applied the outworn, ineffective method of compelling the Jews to conversion through laws.

At all events, after Roger of Sicily had offered the Holy Father his help, having changed his earlier policy, the Pope naturally accepted his support. Supported by the troops of the Normans he entered Rome on 28th November 1149. Unfortunately the revolutionaries had the people of Rome completely in their hands and gave themselves out as their liberators. Scarcely seven months later the Pope had to leave the city anew in all haste and withdraw to Anagni, where he died in the same year as the great St. Bernard.

After the brief period of office of Anastasius IV the English Cardinal Nicholas Breakspeare, the Bishop of Albano, was elected as Pope. When this famed, energetic Pope ascended the throne of St. Peter, the position of the Church in Rome was catastrophic. The revolutionaries under the leadership of the Jew Giordano Pierleoni had the city in their hands and carried out treacherous murders, even on pilgrims, who on account of their faith travelled into the capital of the Catholic world.

With his speeches Arnaldo de Brescia aided the progress of the revolution and it began to extend threateningly to the whole of Italy. The daring of the revolutionaries even went so far as to severely wound Guido, the Cardinal of Santa Prudenciana. This made the measure full, and the Pope resolved to proceed against them in a radical way. For the first time in history he uttered an "Interdict" against the city of Rome, as a result of which all religious ceremonies were stopped. Although the people had also allowed themselves to be deceived by the leaders of the revolution, they were nevertheless very religious, and the majority now left the inciters in the lurch. Simultaneously the Pope utilised in a masterful way the support which Friedrich Barbarossa, the new German Emperor, had offered him. As condition for his crowning he should put down the rebellion and deliver to him Arnaldo de Brescia, which he did when his troops captured Rome. As usual the Jews set all levers in motion, in order that the Pope spare the life of Arnaldo de Brescia. But with this warlike Pope, who was himself fully conscious of the danger, their intrigues were of no avail. If in fact they had been successful, the plotters would have been in the position to continue their revolution in the future, in the manner that had already occurred.

Under mandate from the Pope the Emperor had Arnaldo taken prisoner and delivered him to the Prefect of Rome, who had him hanged, his corpse burned and the ashes scattered in the Tiber. As the Pope had acted in an unexpectedly energetic way, the rebels in Rome were seized with fear, and finally the desired peace was restored in the city and its environs.

Holy Church had not wished to use any force against her foes. The latter, however, had abused her kindness, spread anarchy and created such great desolations and committed countless crimes, that the energetic English Pope understood that it was necessary to suppress the evil in order to protect the life and the rights of the good, although the deputy of Jesus Christ was against the use of force. The Church of Rome now pursued a new policy. The wolves were to be destroyed, so that the sheep could be saved. Not the Pope—as Jewish writers and their supporters have asserted—but the Synagogue of Satan is responsible for this change in policy. The latter compelled Holy Church through their conspiracy, their heretical-revolutionary movements, their crimes and the anarchy they provoked, to seize upon fully effective defensive measures. In conclusion to this chapter we must still make clear that Arnaldo de Brescia had gone in his youth to France, where he became a pupil of the heretic Abelard, who imparted to him his destructive doctrines.

Concerning Abelard it must be said that he defended the heresy of the Jew Arius and was therefore condemned. In addition the teachings of Abelard about the Jews are very interesting. Rabbi S. Raisin assures us that Abelard, the most popular teacher of that time, said among other things: "One must not lay guilt for the crucifixion of Christ onto the Jews." Abelard attacks in addition the authority of the Church Fathers and was in general favourably disposed to the Jews.

On the other side there exists no doubt that, if Pope Innocent II had not purged the clergy of Holy Church—by deposing all clergy, including the Bishops and Cardinals who were for the Jewish Anti-Pope and had received consecration from him—of the members of the Fifth Column, then Holy Church would perhaps have been subjected to the pressure of the revolutionary movement which we have investigated in this chapter or would have fallen a victim to the cunning attack of the heretical secret organisations which the false Christians, who secretly practised the Jewish religion, had founded in the entire Christian world. If the members of the Fifth Column in the decisive moments of this struggle had still occupied their posts in the College of Cardinals or in the Bishoprics, they would have worked together with the revolutionaries of the heretical sects in order to destroy the highest hierarchy of the Church. The purging by Innocent saved Christianity during the following decades from a direct catastrophe.

Concerning the revolutionary activity of the Jewish-Italian family of the Pierleoni it is stated in an official document of the Synagogue, word for word in the quoted Jewish Spanish Encyclopaedia:

"Pierleoni, a respected Roman family in the nth-i3th century. Baruj Leoni, financier of the Pope, had himself baptised and took on the name Benedict Christian. His son Leo was the leader of the Papal party which supported Gregory VII. The son of Leo, Pedro Leonis (Pierleoni), was also leader of the Papal party and defended Paschal II against the German Emperor Henry V. His son Pierleoni II was promoted Cardinal in 1116 and in 1130 elected as Pope. Lucrezia Pierleoni had inscribed on the socket of her statue her family connections with the royal houses of Austria and Spain. In spite of baptism and of mixed marriages the Pierleoni were connected for centuries long with the Jewish community."

In a highly regarded and above all not anti-Semitic work there is a brief reference to the false Jewish Christians of the Pierleoni family who set up strategic norms more than eight hundred years ago, which often repeated themselves and were decisive for the triumphs of the Jews then and also in later centuries. These norms are:

  1. It is necessary to introduce oneself into the Church and political hierarchy and to gain influence through financial support.
  2. To infiltrate the Catholic and Conservatives parties, in order, after the leadership has been attained, to make the cause fail.
  3. With mock-Christianity, to deceive not only intelligent but also such brilliant Popes as Gregory VII, who in addition—as we have already elaborated in another passage—was a radical energetic enemy of the Jews.
  4. Make one's services indispensable, as for example through the defence of Pope Paschal II against the Emperor, as a result of which the Jews obtained favourable laws and the Cardinal's hat for one of the Pierleoni. The latter was later to bring about the terrible schism in Holy Church, which we investigated in the preceding chapters, and was close on gaining complete control of the Church.
  5. Finally, a relationship was to be invented with the royal houses of Spain and Austria. As a result incautious rulers were again and again deceived, who granted the Jews protection and valuable political advantages always to the harm of the Christian nations and of the defence of mankind against Jewish Imperialism. In addition, it is revealed that in Italy and in the whole world a family descended from Jews, in spite of different baptisms, mixed marriages and their seeming Christianity, remained bound for centuries to the Jewish organisations.