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running man I Yesterday, Father Z. took over Man Marking Marx for a day. And seeing as how I had a rather busy day, I appreciate Father Z. filling in. 😉 To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting the help, but good to know that he has my back. So today we pick up where we left off Man Marking Marx without skipping a beat. We continue to focus on just how powerful Cardinal Reinhard “Bling” Marx really is and attempt to explain the power base (SPECIAL INTEREST for those who have been following this narrative) that Marx represents. Here I would just like to mention that one of the selection criteria used in the Deus Ex Machina blog’s Peirce/Ockham pragmatic paradigm methodology is actually borrowed from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. When the FBI analyze criminal rackateers, the initial investigation begins with an analysis of the “money trail”. In our methodology, we translate this as following our Golden Rule, i.e. “He who has the Gold, makes the Rules”. And that is what we will be doing today. We will be “following the money” that will hopefully lead us to the power base of this exceptionally powerful Cardinal of “Bling”. Shall we begin?

Die Power Ball

So just how powerful is Cardinal Reinhard “Bling” Marx? Well, according to the Eponymous Flower blog, he just might be the most powerful cleric in Europe if not in all of Christendom. Here is the relevant passage: (see here)

At the meeting in Münster Spring Plenary Meeting of the German Bishops’ Conference , Cardinal Reinhard Marx was chosen as the Archbishop of Munich-Freising, as expected, to be their new President Cardinal Marx, in the power of consciousness it is said, he has actually become presently the most influential religious leader in Europe. The term of office for the DBK President shall be six years.

However, there were problems at the Plenary Meeting since it was “expected” that Marx would become President of the German Bishops’ Conference of the second richest Catholic Church in the world and richest in Europe, but the vote for Marx was rather weak. Here is that relevant passage:

Archbishop Marx was elected on the fourth ballot, with “wafer-thin majority” (FAZ)

A sign of a contribution “to the unity of the Church” in Paraguay Germany, this vote WAS NOT! Consider this issue as a “straggler” that we will pick up in a further post. But I digress…

To understand Card. Marx and more importantly the power of the German Bishops’ Conference, a history lesson is in order. A good place to start is to understand the situation in post WWII in Europe in general and Germany specifically. A good insight is provided here.

Post War Germany

When the war ended in May of 1945, what was left still standing in Germany, which wasn’t that much, was the Third Reich’s organizational structure. This organizational structure actually has its roots in the Wars of German Unification and the reforms implemented by Otto Von Bismarck in the mid 19th century. Since this is a tangential point, I do not want to get caught up in detail, but suffice it to say, when Bismarck was uniting the different German lands, and overthrowing the various ruling crown princes, he needed a “bone” that he could throw to the peasantry to pry their loyalties away from their local monarchs and transfer them across to the new German state. This “bone” was created in the form of a “social safety net”. Think Socialist Social Market Economy (see here) and ObamaCare.

The German Legacy

What Bismarck in turn did, was reform the old Royal Prussian Army funding mechanism, by which a highly developed network of Prussian bureaucrats collected taxes from whatever they could think of, including but not limited to the number of roofs that a property had (roof tax) or the amount of rain water that could fall on any given roof (rain tax). Naturally these taxes were needed to support a professional standing army, but Bismarck reforms redirected these income streams into the social sector.

This administration that Bismarck inherited was actually an heirloom of the Catholic Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem, i.e. the Teutonic Knights. The Knights in turn created the administrative apparatus after the Order was invited to the then pagan Prussian lands in 1226 by the Duke of Mazovia (Poland) to help pacify the pagans across Poland’s northern border. The Knights were quite effective in pacifying not only the Prussian pagans, but also organizing them and the German settlers who were looking for the Lebensraum of that era. This effort was so successful and the Knights became so powerful, that they became an existential threat to the Polish monarchy. The dominance of the Teutonic Knights ended at the first battle of Tannenburg in 1410, where they were defeated by the joint army of Poland and Lithuania, however the organizational structure lived on, and is with us til today.

The German Church at the Second Vatican Council

Fast forward to 1945 and the aftermath of the second lost war in 25 years, the new German Republic needed to rebuild itself, but having a solid organizational foundation made this task was much easier. It made the rebuilding task that much easier in fact, that by the time the Second Vatican Council rolled around, just 17 years later, the Germans already were the dominant player in Europe.

The mechanism that funded the radicals at VII was the “re-introduction” of the Church Tax, i.e. the Kirchensteuer in the 1949 Basic Law, which was inherited from article 147 of the old Wiemar Constitution of 1919. Just to give you an idea of the magnitude to this tax, 5,500,000,000 (that’s billion) Euros was collected in 2013 alone. (see here)

But back to 1962.The  ringleaders of the radicals liberals at the Second Vatican Council were Liénart (French), Frings (German), Suenens (Belgian) and Alfrink (Dutch) as we all know by now, and they were well funded. But just to refresh our memories dear readers, as to the role that these four musketeers played in unleashing the “smoke of Satan during the advent of the “new springtime of the spirit of VII”, please see here.

As to the “organization” of the administration of the dreaded Kirchensteuer, the most damaging document that emerged from VII in terms of Church governance was Christus Dominus (38), implemented by Pope Paul VI in 1966 Motu Proprio Ecclesiae sanctae. The Ecclesiae sanctae created the national bishops conferences, which in Germany ended up as the organization that took control over administering the Kirchensteuer.

On an aside, and just to indicate what kind of individuals found themselves in positions of power in these newly created bishops conferences, I provide a small anecdote. In the US, the first secretary of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was a young and up and coming cleric. When his mother found out that he was entering a seminary, she quipped that “he never should any signs of being religious”. I am obviously referring to Joseph Bernardine. Bernardine’s equivalent in Germany was the notorious Jesuit Karl Rahner. For the details, please see here.

As to the long shadow of his man, and his ecclesiastical descendants, the relevant passage is here:

Fifty years after Vatican II, Rahner’s shadow is hovering once again over the Catholic Church, making his voice heard in the pro-homosexual positions of some of his followers, younger than Lehmann and Kasper, like Cardinal Archbishop of Munich, Reinhard Marx and Archbishop of Chieti, Bruno Forte.

As you can see dear reader, what becomes evident in the above narrative is the nature of the beast. The threat to the Barque of St. Peter comes from a small group of clerics whose career can be traced back to Rahner. This cabal possesses characteristics typical of a criminal organization. They keep together since just like with the unwritten rule of thieve, “if one cracks then they all hang”. The apparatus that is keeping them in power is through the money that flows from the German Catholics, or rather from those that participate in the Kirchensteuer payer pool. Just to give you dear reader an idea of how powerful the “power of the purse” is, I will relay an anecdote from Michael Davies, given during an interview with John Bishop. It speaks for itself: (see here)

I’ll tell you a good little story that Count Capponi told us at our general assembly of Una Voce. Cardinal Kasper went on an ecumenical mission to Athens last year.

JB: Cardinal Kasper? Oh he is the German.

MD: Yes. He and his fellow German, Lehmann, were made Cardinals. You see there is no chance of Cardinal Ratzinger being made Pope. The job of Kasper and Lehmann is to go to the conclave and stop anyone Ratzinger supports from being made Pope. It is interesting, Pope John Paul II wouldn’t appoint Kasper and Lehmann at first and a week later he did.

JB: Yes. Their appointment came as a shock to a lot of orthodox Catholics.

MD: Well do you know where the pressure came from? The Polish hierarchy. Because they get so much money from the Germans. So Kasper and Lehmann said, ‘You scratch our backs and we’ll scratch yours.’

JB: Is that genuine? An inside story?

MD: Oh yes definitely. The Polish hierarchy put the pressure on. But anyway Kasper went on this ecumenical mission to Athens, attended the Greek Orthodox liturgy in the morning and in the afternoon he was having lunch. Then the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Athens, who is a good friend of Count Capponi and Una Voce, asked his Eminence how he had enjoyed the liturgy in the morning. “Oh wonderful, wonderful,” said the Cardinal, “I thought I was in heaven.” Then the Archbishop said that he thought perhaps that they should make some changes to the Greek liturgy because, perhaps for modern people today, some of it is too mystifying. Kasper said, “No that would be a mortal sin. You mustn’t change a thing. Keep it exactly as it is.” And the Archbishop said, “Then why did you destroy your liturgy which was the equivalent of ours?”

JB: What is going on here? Saying what they think people want to hear. Now you see them now you don’t. This is perfidy.

I will leave off here for today since I already ran long.

Summa Summarum

The more one observes people like Marx and his predecessors, the more one comes away with the impression that these people act like Soviet Bolsheviks responsible for the overthrow of the Russian state in 1917. Some of the traits are unmistakeably similar. For example, “once power is obtained, it is never relinquished” is one maxim that comes to mind, off the top of my head. How else can one explain this quote: The job of Kasper and Lehmann is to go to the conclave and stop anyone Ratzinger supports from being made Pope. For Kasper and Lehmann to have this “job”, someone must have given them the directive and the financial means to carry it out. And just as a reminder, the “Team Bergoglio” affair is just the present manifestation of this mechanism. (see here)

Furthermore, it can also be observed that this cabal of ideologues have embarked on a inter-generational mission to not only transform the Catholic Church, but likewise “transform nature” itself. And just like Joseph Stalin tried to do with his two infamous “Five Year Plans for the Transformation of Nature”, these people have blindly embarked upon the next manifestation of this idiocy. It’s like…

…the medieval doctor who bleeds the patient only to find that the remedy makes the patient worse, explains that it is not the remedy that is the problem, but simply that the patient hasn’t been bled long enough.

However, where the situation of these clerical ideologues is different than that of the Communist ideologues is that with the Soviet Union, objective reality caught up with them since the Communists had to not only support their peasantry citizenry, but also an empire. The Rahnerist ideologues don’t have either a population nor an empire to support. They are in a much better position since they don’t have a care in the world and have the Kirchensteuer at their disposal. And while the Kirchensteuer remains the source of “the power”, the organization that administers it and it’s President Cardinal Reinhard “Bling” Marx, will enjoy the exceptional prestige and power that obviously this “money can buy”.

But like all good things, the Kirchensteuer will eventually come to an end. The writing is on the wall.

So all one can say it: enjoy it while it last and…

Carpe Diem!