The last man to speak to Pope John Paul I, soon to be beatified, was a cardinal of the Roman Curia whom the Pope intended to dismiss for his membership of Freemasonry. A few hours after a heated meeting with the cardinal in the Apostolic Palace, the Pope was found dead.
On 25 September 1978, just three days before the newly elected John Paul I was found dead, the Holy Father met with Archbishop Edouard Gagnon. Father Charles Murr, Gagnon’s secretary, has detailed the circumstances of that meeting in a recent book entitled Murder in the 33rd Degree. Murr spoke with LifeSiteNews editor-in-chief John-Henry Westen about what happened then and afterwards.
At that meeting, Gagnon presented John Paul I with the results of a three-year investigation of the entire Roman Curia that he had conducted on the orders of Pope St. Paul VI. The investigation specifically sought to uncover the presence of any Freemasons within the Vatican offices.
Two men stood out in this investigation because of the positions they held within the Curia: Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, architect of the Novus Ordo liturgy, and Cardinal Sebastian Baggio, head of the Congregation for Bishops, responsible for the appointment of bishops worldwide. Under Baggio’s 12-year tenure, a retirement age of 75 was imposed on the episcopate, allowing him to appoint liberal-leaning bishops around the world. Baggio and Bugnini’s membership in Freemasonry was confirmed by documentation verified as authentic by special agents of INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organisation, according to Murr’s testimony.
In 1978, because of his involvement in Freemasonry, Bugnini had been sent by Paul VI to Iran as apostolic nuncio, where, according to Murr, it was thought he could do the least harm. However, Baggio was still in office at the Vatican when John Paul I was elected to the Chair of Peter. His dismissal was one of the main topics of Gagnon’s meeting with John Paul I on 25 September 1978.
During that meeting, John Paul I agreed to deal with Cardinal Baggio and his membership of the Lodge, according to the testimony of Murr, who brought Gagnon to the meeting and spoke with him immediately afterwards. Three days later, on 28 September, the Pope telephoned the cardinal to come and meet him that same day. After replying that his schedule was busy, Baggio agreed to meet the Holy Father in his study that evening.
At 8 p.m. on 28 September, Cardinal Baggio entered the papal flats. No one else was to be present while two Swiss guards waited outside the door. Both the time of day and the absence of other people at the meeting were unusual. The meeting lasted about an hour. The only testimony concerning that papal meeting came a few days later from one of the Swiss guards on duty: that Baggio’s angry voice had been raised and could be heard through the door, suggesting a heated confrontation with the Pontiff.
“At 8:00 Baggio went up to the Holy Father’s residence in the Apostolic Palace,” Murr recounts, “and was with him for about an hour. And there was shouting. Not the Pope. The Pope was not shouting. Baggio was shouting at the Pope. How do we know that? I happen to know. I know by chance. It was through a Swiss guard who was outside the door. There were two Swiss guards. They reported these shouts. Baggio left. Furious. After an hour.
John Paul I was found dead the next morning at 4:45. The official Vatican report on the cause of his death changed several times. The last report was that the Pontiff suffered a heart attack during the night, around 11 p.m. No autopsy or blood test was ever performed.
John Paul I’s last meeting with Cardinal Baggio and the latter’s membership of Freemasonry have been concealed by the Vatican for decades. A Time magazine article telling the story is the only evidence from the time that Father Charles Murr was able to recover as external evidence. “The only place,” says Murr, “that I saw a report of the meeting between the Holy Father, John Paul I and Cardinal Baggio, Sebastian Baggio, was in Time magazine. I have a copy. I had a hard time finding it.
Murr alleges that the confrontation between the Pope and the high-ranking Cardinal, a member of both the Roman Curia and the Masonic Lodge, may well have been what caused John Paul I to suffer a heart attack only hours later. But given the nature of the confrontation, Murr also claims that the circumstances of the Pontiff’s death would qualify it as a Masonic assassination.
“The Pope, who had a bad heart, he’s on blood pressure medication, I believe, because of that encounter, suffered a heart attack two or three hours later and died. Now you say, well, that’s not really an assassination … I asked Cardinal Gagnon: Do you think the Pope was assassinated? And he said, ‘You know, Charles. There are many ways to kill a man’. I think that’s what happened. I think that’s the assassination. That’s the assassination I’m talking about.”
Murr has called on the Vatican to make public the Gagnon investigative report on the presence of Freemasons in the Roman Curia, including documentation on Bugnini and Baggio. The appeal is especially pertinent given the upcoming beatification of John Paul I on 4 September. The Gagnon report may shed light not only on the death of John Paul I, but on the things that have brought the Church to its current crisis.
This is a translation of the following article: https://www.alertadigital.com/2022/07/17/un-sacerdote-catolico-afirma-que-un-cardenal-mason-asesino-a-juan-pablo-i-estuvo-gritando-al-papa/