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Newspapers the world over carried the Associated Press picture of the white smoke emanating from the Sistine Chapel chimney from 5:55 PM until 6:00 PM on October 26, 1958. (One of these pictures can be seen at www.October1958.com )
White smoke indicates that a Pope has been elected, has accepted, and has chosen a name. However, no Pope appeared on October 26, 1958, despite the five minutes of white smoke.
Two days later, the white smoke again rose from the Sistine Chapel, and this time John XXIII (Angelo Roncalli) emerged. Supporters of the Siri Thesis believe that evidence indicates that Giuseppe Cardinal Siri was elected on October 26, 1958 -- when the white smoke was seen but no Pope emerged on the balcony. Supporters of the Siri Thesis believe that dire threats against the Cardinals and the Vatican were made during this time, emanating in part from the Kremlin. Some believe that the pressures included a nuclear threat against the Vatican itself if Siri were not set aside and a more acceptable candidate chosen.
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation allegedly also claimed that Siri had indeed been elected on the third ballot on October 26, 1958. This is found, complete with FBI document reference, in the book The Vatican Exposed: Money, Murder, and the Mafia by Paul L. Williams on pages 90-92. The document Williams referred to, allegedly declassified, can no longer be found. Williams, since questioned by interested readers, has adamantly refused to comment on why he included the alleged document and reference number in his book, or why the document can no longer be viewed.
Siri could not have been pope after the 1958 conclave on three counts.
One. Siri never accepted the office.
Pope Eugenius IV, Council Of Basel, Session 23, March 26, 1436 On The Election Of The Supreme Pontiff: [On the profession of the supreme pontiff] The holy synod decrees that the person elected as pope is obliged to express his consent to the election in the manner stated below. It is fitting that this consent should be made to the Cardinals, if the person elected is present in the curia, or to one of the Cardinals or someone mandated by them if he is not present there, in the presence of a notary and at least ten persons. After he has been informed of the election, he is bound to act within a day of the demand. If he does not do so, his election is annulled and the cardinals must proceed in the Lord’s name to another election. But if he expresses his consent, as stated above, the cardinals shall straightaway make due obeisance to him as supreme pontiff.
Two. The Vicar of Christ cannot Serve the Vicar of Antichrist
No authority on earth is above the pope. Siri submitted to John XXIII as the true pope, and recognized him as such, that alone would disqualify him as pope for serving a false vicar
Three. Siri was a Manifest Heretic
Siri also signed the heretical Vatican II documents proving he was a heretic, and that is the root of his whole problem, and why God had allowed him to be bewitched, because he would not obey the truth.
Vatican insider and former Jesuit Fr. Malachi Martin confirmed the election of Siri, though he speaks of the 1963 conclave (the one that produced "Paul VI"), and though Martin did not think Siri was a true Pope. He thinks that Siri refused to accept the election because he was intimidated by the threat of "the little brutality":
It is . . . certain that within the 1963 Conclave voting, Siri had garnered the required number of votes to make him Pope-elect. But the law of Conclave is of iron; for any Conclave election to end with a validly elected pope, the Pope-elect must freely accept his election. . . .
It is certain that Pope-elect Cardinal Siri responded: "Non accepto" (I do not accept). . . . It is also certain that . . . he suggested his refusal was given because of his persuasion that only thus could foreseen possibilities of grave harm be avoided - whether harm to the Church, to his family, to him personally, it is not clear. He did indicate that his decision was made freely and not out of any duress - otherwise any subsequent election in that Conclave would have been invalid. . . .
What [Karol Wojtyla] would not have known . . . was what [Cardinal] Wyszynski could not permissibly tell him: what forced the hand of Siri to refuse the papacy. . . . He [Karol Wojtyla] would not, out of respect for Wyszynski's oath of secrecy, have asked Wyszynski if the rumors of the "little brutality" were accurate. Without any means of establishing it by notarized statements and duly sworn-in eyewitnesses, the rest of the world is still left with the information that the Siri nomination and election were set aside by what has been called the "little brutality."
(Malachi Martin, The Keys of this Blood [New York, NY: Touchstone, 1991], pp. 607-608)
Sedevacantism is the position held by a minority of Traditionalist Catholics who claim that the Papal See has been vacant since either the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958 or Pope John XXIII in 1963.
Sedevacantists believe that Paul VI (1963–1978), John Paul I (1978), John Paul II (1978–2005) and Benedict XVI (since 2005) have been neither true Catholics nor true Popes, by virtue of allegedly having espoused the heresy of Modernism, or of having otherwise denied or contradicted solemnly defined Catholic dogmas. Some of them classify John XXIII (1958–1963) also as a Modernist antipope.
Sirianism appears to be a major feature in what has been termed sedeimpeditism, which is distinguished from sedevacantism in that sedeimpeditists do not believe that the Holy See is vacant (sede vacante), but rather that a real legitimate pope exists, but that he has been impeded by outside forces (sede impedita) from taking his office, which is still rightfully his de jure, or "by law".
Because some sedeimpeditists are even today not sedevacantists, some of them postulate that a true pope in the Siri line may still exist somewhere in the world today, and thus they are also distinguished from conclavists, who are sedevacantists who took the next step and decided to elect their own "pope". A number of groups have attempted this step, including the David Bawdan group in Kansas, USA, who "elected" Bawdan as Pope Michael I in 1990, and the (late) Elizabeth Gerstner group, which "elected" a Victor von Pentz as Pope Linus II in 1994.
Sedeimpeditists who accept the Siri Thesis, believe that Giuseppe Siri was the "Pope in Exile" long prophesied by Catholic saints and holy persons (see "Catholic Prophecy" by Yves Dupont, Tan, 1971) during what they view as the current "Eclipse of the Church", as predicted by Our Lady of Lasalette in 1846 (a vision approved by the Church).
Fr. Malachi Martin had for a long time maintained that Satanists had infiltrated the Vatican. Just before his death, Fr. Martin said that soon after the installation of Pope Paul VI in 1963, Vatican Satanists clandestinely installed "Lucifer" in a secret ceremony called "The Enthronement of the Fallen Archangel Lucifer". The ceremony was conducted at the St. Paul’s Chapel located within the Vatican. Pope Paul VI later wrote that ‘the smoke of Satan has entered the Sanctuary". Fr. Malachi Martin said that the incidence of Satanic pedophilia and its rites and practices was already documented among certain bishops and priests as widely dispersed as Turin, in Italy, and South Carolina, in the United States. He emphasised, "The systematic organizational links of the network,that had been established between certain clerical homosexual groups and Satanist covens had inordinate power and influence."
Pedophelia and Satanism in the Vatican
A second testimony in this regard was obtained by Mr. Gary Giuffré during an interview conducted in London, England in July,1993 with Father Jean-Marie Charles-Roux, a former Vatican official and intelligence officer. The aged priest claimed that Joseph Cardinal Siri of Genoa had been elected and also accepted the Papal office, but was then immediately shoved aside, without his actually abdicating. According to Fr. Charles-Roux, a very serious threat was delivered to Siri and the assembled Cardinals through Cardinal Tisserant, the Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals, shortly after the acceptance of office by the new Pope. Conclave ministers had already begun to burn the ballots with dry straw in the Sistine Chapel stove, sending up white smoke to announce the election of the Pope. Even as the thunderous cheers of the crowd outside could be heard by those inside the conclave, a group of cardinals in league with Tisserant commanded the ministers to change the mixture in the stove to wet straw in order to produce black smoke. When the conclave officials refused the order to send out a false signal that would indicate no electoral results, a group of Cardinals brushed the monsignors aside and began to dump wet straw into the stove. Thereafter, a “shoving match” ensued over control of the stove, and the alternating mixtures of dry and wet straw that were being put into it, caused the smoke to vary from white, to black, to white again, and finally to gray, he said.
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It might be of interest that Fr. Charles-Roux first came to the attention of those spearheading this investigation when Mrs. Deidre Manifold, author of Fatima and the Great Conspiracy and other books, mentioned to this webmaster that a certain priest would be able to relate what had happened within the 1958 conclave. Mrs. Manifold asserted that he was Fr. Charles-Roux, and that he was actually inside the conclave. (This conversation took place in the early 1990s during the Saturday evening dinner at a weekend conference organized by Holy Family Monastery in Berlin, New Jersey; Deidre. Manifold was an invited speaker, and had traveled all the way from Ireland for the occasion.) However, while granting interviews about this subject on several occasions, Fr. Charles-Roux has never confirmed to date that he was, indeed, inside that conclave.
A new pope has supposedly been elected, but we must be cautious: Today, for the second time in two days, crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square believed they saw white smoke emerging from the electoral stovepipe, causing a moment of confusion about whether a new pontiff had actually been elected.
This may have seemed like just another quaint Catholic absurdity. But sedevacantist conspiracy buffs could only look on with bitter recognition, recalling the disputed elections of 1958 and 1963, both of which were marred by white-smoke false alarms.
As a follow up to the above story, the French newsletter, Introibo, ran in 1988 yet another testimony by Paul Scortesco, whose previous remarks, remember, had prompted Remy to ask Siri his all-important questions. Scortesco stated: “In the case of John XXIII (1958) and of Paul VI (1963), there were communications with the outside. It was thus known that there were several ballots in the first conclave which resulted in the election of Cardinal Tedeschini, and in the second, Cardinal Siri.”
Regarding this, let us add that we hear Tedeschini could very well have been elected in ’58, but after Siri’s election, since, being elderly (Siri was but 52), he was seen as a possible “transitional” figure. His refusal to comply paved the way for Roncalli to assume that role.
Eclipse of the Church
(Minneapolis) -Dec 28- In Today's Catholic World (TCW), presents the written testimony of Mr. Paul Scortesco of what he personally observed at the 1958 and 1963 Conclaves. Mr. Scortesco was known by all to be an excellent Catholic, full of piety and zeal. Shortly after writing down his observations in a *letter (see below) he died under "suspicious conditions" (it is reported he was burned alive in his bed while sleeping).
Scortesco was related to the Italian princes Borghese and Sforza belonging to the "Noble Guard" of the Vatican, abolished by "pope" Paul VI soon after his "election". This guard had the duty to watch over the doors of the conclave, in order that there be no communication with the outside
Mr. Scortesco wrote:
* "During the conclaves of John XXIII (1958) and Paul VI (1963), there were communications (with the out-side). It was thus known that there were several ballots in the earlier conclave which resulted in the election of (Cardinal) Tedeschini and in the latter conclave, Cardinal Siri.
Siri, who had been elected by only one vote, with the balance of the electors pledged to Montini, had the impudence to ask that his election be voted again, so that he could reign with a more important majority. And it was then (while electors were in recess) that Cardinal Tissierant went out to the telephone, and when he returned, Cardinals Lienart, Konig, Dopfner and Tardini changed their votes to Montini (in the balloting which followed). And it was known that these four had been involved with the Freemasons. Therefore, one can affirm without doubt, that Paul VI was elected by that sect."