May 29, 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on Monday, a day which this year corresponds with Memorial Day. On this day, the Roman Catholic Church is not only commemorating Kennedy’s birth but also his death. It is a well-known fact that Kennedy was a Roman Catholic, yet he was much opposed to the intrusion of the church into politics and maintained his position that there should ever be an absolute separation between church and state. Although many regard the culpability of Kennedy’s assassination to be enshrouded in mystery and conspiracy theories, yet it is undeniable that circumstantial evidence exists implicating the Jesuits in his murder and cover-up, as well as the CIA and the FBI, who were working to extend the power and control of the Roman Catholic Church. John McCone, the director of the CIA during the Kennedy administration was an active Knight of Malta along with the many other Jesuits occupying positions in the CIA, FBI.
“The CIA is the best known of the 17 agencies that comprise the American intelligence community. It has earned itself nicknames like ‘Catholic Intelligence Agency’ and ‘Catholics In Action’. It’s worth exploring why…One interesting clue is the relatively high number of Catholics who have served as director of the agency…Three out of the last five CIA directors have been Catholic: Michael Hayden, Leon Panetta, and the current director, John Brennan. Looking back, a number of Catholics led the agency in critical periods during the Cold War. Some of the most influential directors in CIA history have been Catholic – men such as Walter Bedell Smith, John McCone, William Colby and William Casey. They were not just casual Catholics. They were devout Mass-goers – in many cases, members of groups like the Knights of Malta. The conspiracy theorists usually start there, with nefarious plots about the Vatican steering world affairs. Of course, they never ask why an all-powerful Vatican can’t engineer more Catholic presidents.”1
In reflection of John F. Kennedy and his ascendancy to the White House, a Roman Catholic publication relates how there was much “fundamentalism,” or anti-Catholicism at that time. “Although something like recent revelations that Melania Trump is a Catholic can still create buzz, it may come as a surprise to some that in 1960, many Americans downright feared the prospect of a Catholic president…“There was a lot of traditional anti-Catholicism, which was of two varieties. One was old-fashioned fundamentalism: the pope is the Antichrist, the Church is the scarlet woman in the Bible,” said James Hitchcock, author of Abortion, Religious Freedom and Catholic Politics…“There was a strong secular wing of the Democratic Party that thought Catholics were not to be trusted on issues related to church and state…But he had to overcome a deep-seated prejudice and the common wisdom that no “Papist” could win the White House. A previous northeastern Democrat, Al Smith, tried—and failed.” 2
In this piece, the reasons for Kennedy’s death are given as well as the definition of what “old-fashioned fundamentalism is—those who believe and teach that the Pope is the Antichrist, those who believe and teach that Popery constitutes the vile woman of Revelation 17, and those who are distrustful of Catholics in matters of church and state. By this definition, all true Protestants should be considered fundamentalists; but oh how sad it is that for the most part those sentiments have changed. Jesuit Pope Francis has been extremely vocal about his disdain for “fundamentalism” and fundamentalists, and does not stop short of expressing what should be done to them, namely, annihilation. Because John F. Kennedy believed “in an America where separation of church and state are absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the president, should he be Catholic, how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote,” he was killed and replaced by one who could be controlled by the “higher authority” of Popery.
In the words of Pope Francis: “A fundamentalist group, even if it kills no one, even it strikes no one, is violent. The mental structure of fundamentalism is violence in the name of God."3
“Pope Francis on Wednesday called on the world’s religions to join forces in the fight against fundamentalism and extremism, arguing instead for a focus on ‘positive values’ such as the promotion of peace, care for the poor, and environmental protection.”4
Shortly after Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, the Vatican II Council was convened, the purpose of which was to get the Roman Catholic Church to have greater and eventual absolute influence in politics, to unite church and state. The next words are a virtual admission of the Roman Catholic orchestration of Kennedy’s death. “Hitchcock notes a ‘paradox’ in the fact that the Kennedy years came right before the opening of the Second Vatican Council. ‘It was often said about the Second Vatican Council, and I would say more by liberals than by conservatives, that we want to get the Church out into the world: ‘Get the Church out of the sanctuary. We have to be a witness to the world, we have to be working to make a better world. This is what our faith demands of us.’ Yet when you get to these public issues like abortion, the response is ‘Wait a minute, you’re overstepping, get back into the sanctuary again. You shouldn’t be mixing in politics.’ ‘So I think there were people who viewed Kennedy as a representative of this new Vatican II type Catholic, who was so socially aware, but at the same time a man who was saying, ‘Look, my Catholicism is not influencing or shaping my public policies.'” 5
It is highly significant that under Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, in 1965, a Pope, Pope Paul, for the first time visited the United States, addressed the United Nations and met with the president. This would not be their last meting however. 6 It was certain that Lyndon Johnson was willing to do what Kennedy was not, and thus fulfill the purposes of Vatican II. Since his election as Pope, Pope Francis has had a keen interest in Vatican II and is working tirelessly to bring every principle of Vatican II into fruition, namely the control of Roman Catholicism over politics and the unification of religions and denominations under the headship of Roman Catholicism. The following headlines convey just that: “New Book says Vatican II key to understanding Pope Francis;” 7 and “Pope Francis to us: I am Vatican II.” 8 For this reason, all may understand just why Pope Francis is so concerned with the politics and policies of other nations especially those of the United States. History teaches us that whenever the church controls the state, the inevitable result is a denial of liberty of conscience and the punishment of “heretics” or “fundamentalists.” Donald Trump has the opportunity to open classified John Kennedy assassination files; 9 but it is highly unlikely since he has met with Pope Francis and desires to cooperate with him in efforts for world peace. He will probably continue the cover-up just as those who came before him.
One thing is certain and that is our liberty of conscience is under attack. Our only safety is in the arms of Jesus. Consider the following: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” Psalm 27:1-5.