Article by Australian Humanist.
I went to the Theater where Lincoln was shot It is a museum and a play theater. I saw the play, Saw where Lincoln set when he was shot. I went to the basement and found a letter on display written by John Wilkes Booth, after he killed Lincoln. The first words were "Jesus you helped hold my hand and pull the trigger, I love you Jesus" Booth was a very devout Catholic.
In June 1950, Protestant Publications, Glebe, NSW, asked the Customs & Excise Office whether "Fifty Years in the Church of Rome" by Chas Chiniquy (French-American Roman Catholic priest) was on their secret list of prohibited books. After more than seven months of evasive correspondence, Mr Menzies (presumably the Prime Minister, Sir Robert) replied: "The importation of this book is prohibited under the terms of section 52(c) of the Customs Act". (Section 52(c) of the Customs Act reads: "Blasphemous and indecent or obscene works or articles.")
Notwithstanding the ban, Protestant Publications published the book. They also published in 1948 "The Priest, the Woman & The Confessional" by the same author in defiance of the Roman Catholic Minister of Trade & Customs, O'Sullivan.
What follows is condensed from "FIFTY YEARS IN THE CHURCH OF ROME".
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When Chiniquy sought to minister to what he perceived to be the needs of the French-Catholic community in Illinois, and vigorously opposed the corrupt practices of the Roman Catholic hierarchy, he was persecuted by the Bishop of Chicago, Anthony O'Regan. Chiniquy was fortunate in securing the services of Abe Lincoln for his defense and, despite the accusations of priests in the pay of the Bishop, the charges were withdrawn when it became evident that the sworn evidence of several priests was false. At first, Lincoln declined to accept any payment for his considerable expenses but, when pressed, wrote a promissory note which Chiniquy signed:
Urbana, May 23rd 1856
Due A. Lincoln, Fifty dollars
for value received.
Chiniquy was greatly troubled because he had seen at least ten Jesuits in the court and was afraid that they might take revenge on Lincoln who simply joked that the note would be "a warrant of death", but added,"I know Jesuits never forget or forsake but a man must not care how or where he dies, provided he dies at the post of honour and duty"
Over the following years Chiniquy met Lincoln a number of times to explain the vile nature of ecclesiastical law and to warn him that the Church of Rome was intent on taking control of the country.
There were eleven southern slave-owning states, predominantly Catholic, which rejected the anti-slave legislation of the northern states. They were led by Jefferson Davis who had been leader of the Democrats since 1857, and when, in 1860, the Southern States seceded, he became their President. He forthwith received the endorsement and congratulations of the Pope.
The Vatican could see the coming conflict and moved to take full advantage of it by ordering the Emperor of France to place an army in Mexico for the support of the South. All Catholics were told to join the pro-slave party of Democracy and to oppose the election of Lincoln to the Presidency. The Democratic press, predominantly under Roman Catholic control, deluged the country with derogatory articles. The vilification campaign was unsuccessful and Lincoln was elected President on 4th March 1861.
In August, Chiniquy, having been informed by a former Roman Catholic priest of a plot to kill Lincoln, was able to meet him and again give him warning. However, the President had already been alerted by Samuel Morse (the inventor of telegraphy), who had learned of the plot while in Rome, and so Lincoln, in Baltimore, was enabled to escape assassination from a Roman Catholic group led by Byrne. Lincoln asked Chiniquy to go to Europe to keep him informed of further plots, but the priest considered it his duty to attend to his community, and declined. However, he was able to explain why the Democratic press was saying that Lincoln had been born a Catholic, had been baptised by a priest, and was now apostate. Chiniquy explained that the intent of the campaign was to turn all Catholics against him for, by the law of the Church, all apostates are outlaws. As Pope Gregory VII decreed, killing an apostate, a heretic, or anyone excommunicated, is not murder, but a good Christian action. In thanking Chiniquy for his help and warning, Lincoln confided that he had a presentiment that he would die by the hand of an assassin. He recognized that Rome was doing in the American States what it had done in Mexico and South America.
There were preliminary hostilities between the North and South but the Civil War began when the Southern Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in April 1861 and the Roman Catholic, Beauregard, fired the first shot. After initial success, the Confederate army under General Lee suffered a crippling defeat by the Union forces under General Meade, during the first three days of July 1863, at Gettysburg.
This battle may well have ended the civil war if Meade, who was a Catholic, had not been influenced into allowing the Confederate forces to escape with the loss of only two guns.
It was in November, at the dedication of this battle as a National Memorial, that the Secretary for War in Lincoln's administration, Erwin Stanton, gave a long oration, and Lincoln followed with the two-minute speech now forever famous as his "Gettysburg Address".
Lincoln was re-elected in 1864 with 212 votes of the Convention to the 21 votes for the Democratic candidate.
On 8th June 1864 Chiniquy paid his last visit to Lincoln. It was during this visit that news arrived of a substantial victory by General Grant over Lee, who retreated towards Richmond.
The purpose of Chiniquy's visit was to discuss with Lincoln the letter sent by the Pope to Jefferson Davis recognizing the Confederate government as legitimate and denouncing Lincoln for fighting against Christ and His holy Vicar. Lincoln was aware that all the Roman Catholic bishops, not only in the Southern States, but throughout the Northern Union, had been told to work against him, and he had advised some that they were in danger of being charged with treason. While supporting liberty of conscience, Lincoln drew the line when the Pope and his followers claimed the right, through their Councils, theologians and canon laws, to order the burning of his wife, the strangling of his children, and the cutting of his throat when they had the opportunity. Lincoln rejected the Pope's claim of having the right to put to death those who differ from the Vatican in religious belief.
Lincoln recognised that the first settlers of Louisiana, Florida, New Mexico, Texas, South Carolina and Missouri were Roman Catholics and that their first teachers were Jesuits who hated the institutions, laws, schools, rights and liberties of the Northern States. He saw that the motive power of the Civil War was coming from the Vatican, the colleges and schools of the Jesuits, the convents of the nuns, and the confessional boxes of Rome.
Though Lincoln saw that the end of the war was in sight he was convinced that, like Moses, he would not enter the Promised Land of reconstruction, peace and prosperity.
On 6th April 1865 President Lincoln was invited by General Grant to enter Richmond and be present when General Lee surrendered. On the 10th he addressed an immense crowd in Washington. On Friday evening 14th April he attended Ford's Theatre, Washington and was in his box watching the drama when John Wilkes Booth entered from behind and shot the President in the head. He died the next day.
Booth was the only person chosen by a group of conspirators to carry out the assassination. He was the tool of the Jesuits. He was corrupted and directed by the Vatican. Every one of the conspirators had received a Roman Catholic education. Although it was Jefferson Davis who promised the million dollars for the assassination of Lincoln, it was the Jesuits who made the plans.
Chas Chiniquy spent 20 years researching before he was able to reveal the facts behind the assassination which began and matured in the house of Mary Surratt in Washington. This house was the common rendezvous of the Washington Bishops who were the confessors of Booth, John Surratt, his wife and daughters. When, on the day after Lincoln died, Miss Surratt declared "The death of Lincoln is no more than the death of any nigger in the army", was she not echoing what the devoted Roman Catholic Judge Taney had recently proclaimed: "Negroes have no right which the white is bound to respect"? By bringing the President to the level of the lowest "nigger" the Vatican was saying he had no right even to his life.
The Jesuits had drilled the Surratts very thoroughly, particularly in the art of perjury. Immediately prior to Mary Surratt and her daughters being taken from their house to prison the co-conspirator Payne, who had failed in his attempt on the life of William Seward, the Secretary of State, called at her house at 10pm. Then, confronted by the police, Payne said he had come to dig a gutter for Mrs Surratt. However Mrs Surratt declared that she did not know the man, although it was later proved that he was a personal friend of her son and that he had often been in her house with his friend John Booth.
It was in the house of the Catholic Lloyds that Mrs Surratt concealed the carbine which Booth wanted for his protection as he sought to flee to the Southern States. It was the Catholic Dr. Nudd who dressed the broken leg which Booth sustained immediately after the assassination. It was in the barn of the Catholic, Garrett, that Booth was caught and killed, still clutching the medal of the Virgin Mary. The entry in his diary the previous day reads: "I can never repent... Our country owes all her troubles to him [Lincoln] and God simply made me the instrument of His punishment".
The involvement of the Jesuits in the conspiracy is manifest in the elaborate escape plan they prepared and provided. Who took care of John Surratt, who was there in Washington helping Booth on the 14th April?
Father Lapierre sent John Surratt to the priest Charles Boucher who concealed him in his parsonage till the end of July during which time Surratt received many visits from Fr. Lapierre. From July to September Surratt was again concealed in Lapierre's house in Montreal until, disguised, under a false name, and in the company of Lapierre, he traveled to Quebec to board the overseas vessel "Peruvian". Fr. Lapierre was the Canon, the confidential right-hand man of the Bishop Bourget of Montreal. Their complicity with the murder is overwhelming.
Surrett was a wanted man in America, so where did the United States government find him? In the employ of the Vatican under the name of Watson.
Arrested and taken back as a prisoner, his Jesuit father confessor assured him that he would not be condemned because, through the influence of a certain Roman Catholic woman, the jury would include several Catholics. The jury did not reach a guilty verdict and Surratt went free, but a number of those involved in the plot were hanged.
Chas Chiniquy received further confirmation of the Catholic involvement when he learned that, in the isolated Roman Catholic village of St. Joseph in Minnesota where the hotel keeper was in charge of the Catholic seminar, the news of the assassination of Lincoln and Seward was common knowledge four hours before it took place.
Jefferson Davis was captured in May 1865 and imprisoned for two years before being granted bail. He went to Canada, but later returned and settled in Mississippi.
The Catholic involvement in the murder was not disclosed because the authorities feared the public reaction at a time when it was necessary to bring about a reconciliation between the States and a population divided so much by religion.
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