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Vatican Assassins: A One-Stop Website for Conspiratologists

By Arthur Goldwag on November 23, 2011 - 8:35 am, Posted in Conspiracies

Coming upon a hate site unexpectedly, you sometimes get this down-the-rabbit hole, Alice-in-Wonderland feeling that you’ve been wrenched into an alternate reality. Such a place is Vatican Assassins, the domain of one Jon Eric Phelps, whose interests and identity are pretty well summed up in the nearly incomprehensible blurb for his 1,836 page magnum opus, Vatican Assassins: Wounded in the House of My Friends:

After Thirty-Eight Years of Suppression
(1963 – 2001)
Exposing the Murder of Knight of Columbus
President John F. Kennedy,

by the bloody hand of the Society of Jesus,
by Order of its Jesuit General being
“the Black Pope”
In Command of His Most Obedient Servant,
the “infallible” Pope Paul VI being
“the White Pope”
He Controlling the Soviet KGB
and Jesuit-trained Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba
through the British, Russian and American
Branches of the Knights of Malta
While in Command of His Jesuit-trained
Most Obedient Servant:

The Archbishop of New York and
Knight of Columbus
Francis Cardinal Spellman

Directing the Cast of Organized American Traitors,
They Being the High Command of
The Knights of Malta,
Shriner Freemasonry
The Knights of Columbus,
The Mafia and therefore,

The New York Council on Foreign Relations
Controlling the “Holy Roman”
Fourteenth Amendment American Empire

Including Its:

Commander-in-Chief, President Lyndon Johnson,
Federal Government and War Machine,
Federal Reserve Banking System,
Military Industrial Complex,
National “Lucepress” Media,
Federal Bureau of Investigation,
Central Intelligence Agency,
National Security Agency
Secret Service,
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court with his Warren Commission,
Speaker of the House of Representatives
with His Assassinations Committee,
and Vietnam War


Eric Jon Phelps, White American Freeman
Dispensational, Fifth Monarchy, Seventh-Day Baptist-Calvinist

Phelps, who advertises that he is a White American and a Baptist Calvinist (and a Fifth Monarchist, too, which is an apocalyptic cult that was active in England during the time of Oliver Cromwell), manages to touch on virtually every crazy theory in right-wing New World Order conspiracism, white separatism, birtherism, and 9/11 denial, while at the same time hearkening back to the Anti-Masons and the Anti-Papist Know Nothings of the nineteenth century and much earlier.

Click on the “news” stories featured on the Vatican Assassins website and you’ll learn that “Army General David Patraeous [sic] is a Jesuit Temporal Coadjutor,” as is Vice Admiral Gerald R. Beaman, Commander of US Third Fleet. So is radio’s Alex Jones. Newt Gingrich “is one of the ten most dangerous, Jesuitical politicians of the Pope’s ‘Holy Roman’ Fourteenth Amendment, Cartel-Corporate-Fascist, Socialist-Communist American Empire.” Pope Benedict XVI is an Illuminized Freemason of the highest rank and “[Former Carter Administration National Security Advisor] Zbigniew Brzezinski, a notable CFR-member, founder of the Trilateral Commission, key Bilderberger, fanatical Socialist-Communist, alien Polish Roman Catholic and high-level Freemason, was the foremost mentor of Barry Davis Soetoro, remade into ‘Barack Hussein Obama.’”

Especially crazy are Phelps’ theories of the Kennedy assassination that center on the Jesuit order and its leader, known as the “black Pope.” His fever dream is of a world that is controlled by the Jesuits—either directly or through their Jewish and Masonic proxies (not only were they behind 9/11, he tells us, the Vatican actually founded Islam in the 600s—the Arab Spring is their most recent handiwork), is based on a panoply of primary sources, most of them published long before JFK, Cardinal Spellman, or Pope Paul VI were born.

Protestant conspiracy theorists were obsessed with the Jesuits for centuries before the Illuminati, the Rothschilds, the Bilderbergs, or ACORN were ever thought of. Robert Ware forged the so-called Extreme Oath of the Jesuits all the way back in 1689 and published it in his book Foxes and Firebrands. “You have been taught to insidiously plant the seeds of jealousy and hatred between communities, provinces, states that were at peace, and incite them to deeds of blood,” it supposedly began. “You have been taught your duty as a spy….none can command here who has not consecrated his labors with the blood of the heretic; for ‘without the shedding of blood no man can be saved.’”

Phelps’s book is based on panoply of like-minded “primary” sources. If you buy it, he’ll send you a bonus CD that includes the complete texts of thirteen of them, among them The Black Pope, a book that was “one of the hottest, most controversial books of the late 1800s. This book was so hot, so very controversial that the Vatican forced its withdrawal shortly after it was published.”

The Black Pope: Or, The Jesuits’ Conspiracy Against American Institutions was published in 1892 by the Reverend O.E. Murray, Ph.D., and it was based on a series of lectures the Reverend delivered under the auspices of the virulently anti-Catholic American Protective Association—an organization that, for its relentless fear-mongering and its indifference to the truth, bears an uncanny resemblance to virulently anti-Muslim ideologues Robert Spencer and Pam Geller. The APA is perhaps best remembered for distributing a bogus encyclical in which Pope Leo XIII ordered loyal Catholics to exterminate all of the Protestants in the United States, “on or about the feast of Ignatius Loyola in the year of our Lord, 1893.”

Other texts on the CD are the Rev. John William Dowling’s History of Romanism: From the Earliest Corruptions of Christianity to the Present Time (1845) and Edwin Allen Sherman’s The Engineer Corps of Hell; or, Rome’s Sappers and Miners: Containing the Tactics of the ‘Militia of the Pope,’ of the Secret Manual of the Jesuits, and Other Matter Intensely Interesting, Especially to the Freemasons and Lovers of Religious Liberty, Whithersoever (1883). But wait, there’s more. You’ll get The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk (1835)—a prurient account of a Canadian nun’s escape from sex slavery that was America’s bestselling book before Uncle Tom’s Cabin—and Thrilling Mysteries of a Convent Revealed by T.B. Peterson (1835), which features scenes in which Jesuits drink blood from a human skull, burn the Bible, and trample the American flag underfoot. Then there’s Abbate M. Leone’s Jesuit Conspiracy: Secret Plan of the Order. This last is the story of a teenaged novice who overhears his superiors plotting to overthrow the governments of the world—a plot premise that can’t but have a familiar ring to readers of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which purports to be the notes of a secret meeting of high-placed Jews with similarly nefarious aims.

Not surprisingly, Phelps’s singular focus on the Jesuits has earned him a measure of disrepute in the conspiracy world, which has tended to focus most of its animus on Jews. The arch-conspiracist anti-Semite Ken Adachi posted a lengthy, two-part exposé of Phelps on his website, that claims that he is a crypto-Zionist, a secret New Ager, and maybe even an FBI agent provocateur. “Eric Jon Phelps is the sort of person that a serious-minded and intelligent reader will quickly dismiss as a Merchant of Tripe,” Adachi says, without irony.

Adachi goes on to mock Phelps for engaging in the same conspiracy mongering as his, “If Phelps is to be believed (not!), even the Rothschilds, the most infamous of Zionist Illuminati, are not really the guilty source of crimes or conspiracy. Phelps says the Jesuits are actually the hidden controllers of the Rothschilds. (What supermen these Jesuits seem to be!) The Jesuits run Hollywood, too, and the Jesuits are masterminds of the pornography industry. According to Phelps, the Jesuits are guilty of, well, just about everything. They’re probably even behind the extraterrestrial and UFO aliens.”

Apparently the story of the pot calling the kettle black hasn’t made its way into Phelps and Adachi’s circles.

  • touchstone

    I’m betting you haven’t actually read any of Phelp’s book, or done any research on the Jesuits, instead choosing to ridicule the idea because it ‘sounds wrong’.

  • http://na ptw

    You guys get to caught up in wanting to label someone a nut. Everyone has their own theories and opinons. That was one of Gods gift to all of us, our own freewill. This dude made a few good points. Our constitution is a simple document that an 8th grader could read and understand. We dont need these supreme interpretors to twist the meanings around to justify their own evil dealings. I think this guy does a better job than most youtubers on tying together that whole satanist illuminati crap that i found it hard to believe in until lately. Just remember. the original hebrews where black (and im white as a ghost so dont play race shit with me) and even tho today 3/23/2013 there is the biggest buildup of military hardware EVER build up in the persian gulf middle east, God hasnt called back his people yet. The bible desciption of what the real hebrews would suffer goes hand in hand with the slavery and civil rights predijudices and atrocities the blacks have endured through out history even to this day in Africa, the white jews over in israel now are pretty decieved. Just like most of you roman catholics that go to church on Sundays. Rememeber there were originally more than 10 commandments. the first 4-6 taught us how to love each other, our god and how to have a relationship with him. The great whore has taken it upon here self to alter the word of God. God said to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. In case you forgot how to read an actual calender, Saturday is the last day of the week, the Sabbath. So every single one of you who goes into any church on a Sunday and worships, you are partaking in Sun worship, who was Lucifer considered to be according to the Luciferian Bible, The morning star. The illuminated, the light bearer, so get right with God, that would be a much better use of your time, than to sit here and try to make a few odd ball correlations with his last name. there was a phelps who smoked pot and won the olympics not to long ago. Is he crazy cuz of his last name. The bible even says the masses will be decieved, by the great immitator. I am afraid to say that this man isnt perfect so he did make a mistake somewhere doesnt mean he needs meds. Means he is not perfect, but he hit a home run compared to the 99% of you guys who dont want to do the research yourselves because that takes up to much of your tv time, so lets try to discredit him with a bunch of non sense, he has over 650 quotes from varioous conspirtors over the last 300 years, wheres your sources?

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  • Jack Carver

    Mr. Goldwag is obviously a shill, and a liar! The evidence that the Vatican pig-pen controls the US administration, via the despicable Jesuit order, is not only overwhelming, as well, irrefutable. Mr. Goldwag, i find your bias and your dishonesty, offensive. You should be ashamed of yourself!

  • John Smith

    Let’s all stop spreading conspiracy theories. They waste time. Enjoy your life…

  • Jeff T


    I think you are a bit confused, and believe me reading Tommy Richards website won’t help.

    Sad to say they refer to him as Tommy the weasel on You tube because he will post on other peoples videos but if you don’t agree with him, he won’t permit you to post on his.

  • GregF

    And I forgot to mention the 5 out of 9 Roman Catholic Supreme Court Justices. (I believe that number is correct last I checked) And you must remember that a couple of those were directly responsible for handing George W. Bush the election in 2000. And then there is Viet D. Dinh, the chief architect of the Patriot Act who is Roman Catholic. And the fact that the shrill and constant onslaught on U.S. democracy is coming from a handful of Roman Catholic reactionaries: Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingram, Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich. Who did I leave out? (Rush are you Catholic? It would be great to add you to this list!)

  • GregF

    Phelps is spinning disinfo. What could he possibly be spinning disinfo around? The REAL ties between Catholicism and anti-democracy agents who both historically have sought to weaken the U.S. democracy from within for their own aims. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that there was a Catholic element to both the Lincoln assassination and JFK. Lincoln was assassinated by a conspiracy of Roman Catholics. Years ago we were told Lincoln was assassinated by a lone nut. These days they say it was a conspiracy. They just can’t say it involved Catholics. Mary Surrat’s house was a safehouse visited by Jesuits and Roman Catholic priests. One of the conspirators fled to Rome after the Lincoln assassination and became a papal Zouave until the U.S. tracked him down and brought him back to the USA for charges. The USA broke off ties with the Vatican in 1867. The Vatican in the mid and 1850s under the Pope was battling secularizing forces that it felt were a threat to the “divine right” of the church to do whatever the hell the church wanted to do. This was inline with the “divine right” that certain Americans believed they were entitled to in their ownership of slaves. They made an alliance. This where the key lies to understanding events like the Lincoln and JFK assassination and 9/11. It is not ONE all powerful group behind these events. It is different groups in COLLUSION. And Phelps seems to be part of a group trying to hang the entire heaping mess around the neck of the Vatican. This collusion also worked against FDR and JFK when similar alignments arose in the USA to fight democratizing threats to “divine rights”. In the 60s, in South America, Roman Catholic priests were embracing liberation theology and standing up for the poor. The Catholic church and its Imperialist supporters like Allen Dulles couldn’t be bothered by poor people complaining about the unfairness of the world. The Catholic church wanted the poor to shutup about equality and justice. This liberation theology “crap” couldn’t be tolered by the Vatican, and it certainly couldn’t be tolerated by Roman Catholic elites like Allen Dulles or by the Anti-Communist White Russian imperialists who were displaced by the Soviets and played a big part of the JFK events in Texas. Look at those who controlled Oswald. Who allegedly shot Oswald. Those who moved Oswald around and framed him up as fall guy. Those who were controlling everything. Guess what? You will find a lot of Catholics, Anti-Communists and imperialist exiles surrounding JFK’s death. ANTI-DEMOCRACY FORCES. Similar to the assassination of Lincoln. You will also find similar connections with 9/11. Louis Freeh, George Tenet and Michael Hayden all dropped the ball on 9/11. Two of those guys are hardcore Roman Catholic. One of them attended Jesuit run Georgetown University(Tenet). Guess who is running the show now in 2011 and covering up for that other treasury draining democracy smashing travesty called “The War on Terror”? Robert Gates(another Georgetown U. alum) and Leon Panetta…a Roman Catholic who attended Jesuit run Santa Clara University. Nothing to see here right? Just the creeping clandestine destruction of American democracy. Pay it no mind.

  •, Aron


    That was brilliant. Really wish I could have come up with it myself…

    Oh, well. At least I get to enjoy it!

  • CM

    Sunshine, you and Concordat Watch are guilty of a little misrepresentation. The building you refer to as a “recently-built 300 million dollar St. Peter’s replica in Cote d’Ivoire,” the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, is 1. not all that recently built, having been dedicated in 1990, and 2. not a replica of St. Peter’s (presuming you mean the big church in Rome where the Pope hangs out).

    Also, any implication you’re trying to offer that the basilica was financed or instigated by the Catholic Church is quite false, as it was a project of Cote D’Ivoire’s then-president Felix Houphouet-Boigny, who gave it to the Vatican, courtesy of his nation’s rather hard-pressed taxpayers. It’s more a glorification of Houphouet-Boigny himself than Catholicism or God, as it was built in his hometown and features a rather shameless stained-glass window depicting him as one of the Three Kings.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Everything that Phelps has written about that I have checked out turns out to be true or highly likely based upon my research”

    YOUR research? Yeah that’s reliable. Looks like you’ve met your second Stalingrad, Paulus.

  •, Aron

    Replace ‘Jesuit Order’ with ‘Jews’ and you begin to see some tired old canards in Paulus’ statement…

  • Paulus

    Everything that Phelps has written about that I have checked out turns out to be true or highly likely based upon my research, I was born a Roman Catholic and I have extensively research the history of the Church and it appears that the Roman Empire was very concerned, in fact very threatened, with the early Christian Church and Constantine’s conversion to Christianity much a ploy to co-opt the Christian Church into the Roman Empire and morphed into the Holy Roman Empire of the Pope’s, Martin Luther in Germany printing the Bible in the vernacular was again a threat to the Pope in Rome, the city on seven hills, and hence Ignatius Loyola created the Jesuit Order to co-opt the Protestant Reformation and many books have been written about the intrigues of the Jesuits and their many expulsions from countries all over the world because of their dirty deeds.

  •, Aron


    I don’t think ANYONE here is attempting to portray the Catholic Church as infallible. That would be just about the biggest lie I’ve ever told.

    While I have a great deal of respect for SOME things the Roman Church has done, by and large, I hold a great deal of enmity toward it. What I am simply trying to say is that this Phelps character is clearly lacking possession of his full mental faculties.

    Yes, Rome is still powerful. But it is NOWHERE near as powerful as it once was. For example, I’m Jewish, and I have absolutely no Vatican emissaries attempting to prevent me from practicing my faith.

    It hasn’t always been this way.

    I would be more than happy to continue this discussion if you’re so inclined. Thanks.

  • sunshine

    And the writer who compares Eric Jon Phelps with the Westboro Phelps’ Clan is pretty low.

  • sunshine

    Are you confusing hate with ugly truth? Hopefully you did a bit of homework before making this post with the backing of your organization. Surely you are familiar with the website Hidden From History and Kevin Annett’s film Unrepentant? How about the history of the Magdalene laundries and Catholic orphanages/industrial schools throughout the world? Of course you’ve been to the website Spiritually Smart, which is full of documentation of the non-benevolence of the Church of Rome? Concordat Watch which discusses the recently-built 300 million dollar St. Peter’s replica in Cote d’Ivoire? You must be familiar with the endless cases of rape, torture and murder of children by priests. The actions of the priests at the Jasenovac concentration camp? How about the countries that have kicked the Jesuits out over the years – have you checked into that? The Vatican rat line is interesting. Oh, and the inquisitions… It would be simple to go through hundreds of pages of documentation and pick out a couple of things that you don’t agree with and blow them out of proportion while overlooking any truth contained therein. I’m concerned about your reporting skills, what credentials you may possess and your motives. I don’t agree with everything Phelps has to say but the man has done his homework, as have many others, in trying to educate the public. What’s that saying, don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater?

  •, Aron


    That is absolutely true. However, when I detach myself from the possibility that dangerous things could spring from Phelps’s pen, it is rather funny. Absurdism at it’s finest.

  • red-diaper baby 1942

    Is he in fact related to the infamous Westboro Phelps family?
    And in response to Aron’s first comment: I’m afraid I don’t find this funny at all. Bizarre, yes; but not funny. There will always be people who will take this kind of thing seriously, and in today’s paranoid political and cultural climate it can quickly escalate out of control. And then god help us!

  •, Aron

    After having perused Phelps’s website, I decided it wasn’t worth my time. There is crazy, and then there is crazy. There was so much concentrated STUPID on that website that I was afraid it would rub off on me.

    It wasn’t so much entertaining as it was depressing. The man is obviously in serious need of psychiatric attention. And sooner rather than later.

    (His article on the ‘troof’ regarding the 1999 Columbine massacre was particularly galling…)

  • Reynardine

    Well, a long time ago, there was a moral cretin named Phelps who knew how to do only one thing. Unfortunately, he did it all the time.

  • Linnea

    Oh, honestly. The crap these idiots write (at least, that’s quoted here) barely makes logical sense. They badly need a basic writing course.

  • Jonas Rand

    The name “Phelps” has an interesting history in relation to fundamentalist Protestant nuts in the US. Several American Protestants, all named Phelps, have done bizarre, creepy things regarding religion (like this one). Fred Phelps, for example, is the head of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, who have, among other things, spit on people who come by their picket lines and forced the children to carry signs that say “BEAST (or BLOODY) OBAMA”. Another clerical pervert by the name of Pastor Chuck Phelps (also Protestant), who works (worked?) at Trinity Baptist Church in Concord, NH, forced a 15 year old girl to apologize for being raped by a member of his congregation. Pastor Phelps told her that she was lucky that the laws of the Old Testament didn’t apply, because if they did, her punishment would have been stoning. What a sicko.

    Now we have this dude, blaming the Vatican and the Jesuits on everything (based on ancient Protestant hoaxes), sounding like (as Erika said above) Jack Chick, and his name is Phelps too. Is there a connection here?

  • Gregory

    Yes, but where does Father Ted fit into the picture?

  • Erika

    Sounds like Phelps book should have been illustrated by Jack T. Chick since they specialize in the same anti-Catholic nonesence

  •, Aron

    This is simply too funny. Thanks for turning me on to this. I’m going to peruse his site at once.

    Great article!