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Den of Thieves: Death threat! Bellissima!

So far, in this series:

1. Church Militant “Den of Thieves” hits close to home
2. “Den of Thieves” Vatican Bank and money laundering: AUM “accreditation”
3. “Den of Thieves” – Coincidences! Che Bella!

This post is about a personal trajectory that would inescapably involve me personally with the American University of Madaba (AUM). This came to a dead stop, so to speak, with the strangest death threat I ever heard about, and it’s the weirdness that, I think, is telling. I never would have connected the dots without the Church Militant documentary “Den of Thieves.” I am most grateful for life-altering questions in my life being answered.

Time lines are useful. Let’s see:

  • Mid-2005: Pope Benedict XVI blesses the cornerstone of an important new project for the Middle East, the American University of Madaba in Jordan. Yours truly, meanwhile, is 24/7/365 working on a Doctoral Thesis in the Library of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.
  • Mid-2010: I’m invited to go back to Jerusalem where I lived for seven months during Saddam Hussein’s missile attacks decades earlier. I was to go to a certain institution which I had visited a thousand times, even in the most terribly violent of circumstances when not even one other person of whatever religion or law enforcement position would show up. I only mention that to demonstrate what is perhaps a stupid lack of fear, as a confession of idiocy. But it is what it is. No fear. This will become important as the timeline continues. While at that particular institution, I was to teach at a certain academic institution which grants doctorates for the Holy See in certain matters. From there I would be brought across the Allenby Bridge by a certain most significant personage in the Middle East so as to be established at a certain pilgrimage center in Jordan. Meanwhile, my CV has been growing significantly. That pilgrimage destination is an easy bike ride in proximity to the American University of Madaba. In mid-2010, it was crunch time for AUM, as it was now five years since construction started in 2005 as donors were getting nervous about everything to do with AUM. There wasn’t much in the way of professors to make the AUM “Catholic”, as promised. AUM had absolutely nothing in the way of accreditation in the USA where AUM is incorporated. As a coincidence I might mention that by this time in my life I had already aided another university level international Catholic institution to get their accreditation and had taught at university level for many years. It would have been a perfect fit. To be clear, no one had mentioned any purpose of putting me at AUM in any capacity. However, my participation in the circumstances would have been entirely inescapable. I didn’t know this at the time. I didn’t know such a place existed.
  • Still mid-2010: To get things started, I had to get a visa as a religious worker in Israel. The problem was that already for a year and a half the Israeli consular services were on strike, and were not granting visas to, say, Catholic priests and nuns, so that institutions were limited or shut down, such as hospitals and clinics and schools and orphanages. Yet, with most unique arrangements worthy of a movie, I was given a visa, which had to be only in person, only in Washington, D.C.
  • Days later: With everything in my life packed up stateside, and with tickets in hand, and just hours from heading to the airport, someone, I don’t know who, called my ecclesiastical higher-ups stateside and reported that, what with increased violence in the Middle East (which increase is normal for thousands of years), it was probable that I would be murdered. That’s the stupidest thing I’ve about ever heard in my life, and the strangest. This has nothing to do with the personages in the Middle East who arranged this trajectory in my life. The one offering that cautionary threat over the phone hours before I got on the plane, you know, as a supposed courtesy, offered a further threat, this time to my ecclesiastical higher-ups: Since they were now forewarned by this out-of-the-blue phone call, they would also consequently be blamed publicly by the caller if they allowed me to get on the plane to Tel Aviv in some hours time. So, that’s (1) a threat for me and (2) a threat for my higher-ups. Effective. That’s someone who is practiced.
  • Minutes after that phone call, I had to call Israel and inform those who had already placed me on quite literally do-or-die schedules to take me off. That was like a nuclear bomb going off in the Old City of Jerusalem. The chaos of the next hours and days for them trying to get coverage for me also involved three European countries and the disruption of very many lives. It’s not something anyone will forget. This proves the innocence of most anyone connected with the underlying alleged fiasco simmering below the surface. Whatever about Bella, mentioned previously in this series, the identity of the one proffering the threat was likely someone seemingly entirely removed. Needless to say, I did not get on the plane.
  • A couple of years raced by, and I was soon pastor of the parish where I am now. I’ve been here for nine years. Only now, with the documentary “Den of Thieves” do some things begin to make sense for me.

So, what’s my conjecture about the identity of the one relating the death threat? It may be significant as a lead in trying to understand what’s happening. I asked the one who received that phone call many times about the identity of the caller. The response was anger and refusal. So, that’s a dead end, as it were. But I think Bella (see the post prior to this one in this series) found out I was going over to the Middle East and was on a trajectory to be situated right next to the American University of Madaba and, knowing nothing about me, was happy to relate the news that someone was found who would be an asset to the University in such manner as to calm down and encourage anxious donors. Being happy about this, he had to call a best buddy, a gentleman we’ll call Bellissima, who in turn works in the Holy See, wherein the IOR, Vatican Bank, is found. Criminal homosexualist Bella has for decades been “thick as thieves” with criminally homosexualist Bellissima.

Bellissima already knew me by way of reputation. He could offer a report on my usefulness as a stooge or the danger of my being anywhere in the vicinity of the American University of Madaba in Jordan. Why is it that as soon as he heard my name he would immediately make a death threat to keep me far away from all operations in the Middle East is fodder for yet another post.

Next up in this series: “Den of Thieves”: Oh no! Anti-Mafia!

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“Den of Thieves” – Coincidences! Che Bella!

So far, in this series:

1. Church Militant “Den of Thieves” hits close to home
2. “Den of Thieves” Vatican Bank and money laundering: AUM “accreditation”

This post is simply about some rather interesting coincidences regarding international finance and money laundering. I have a certain guy in mind whom we’ll call Bella for convenience. These coincidences are such that some people in the know may consider them to be leads for investigation. I’m not making any connections, nor any allegations. I’m certainly not identifying anyone. But it’s all rather shocking.

  • Bella lived and worked in New Hampshire. Of all places in the world for the American University of Madaba, Jordan, to be incorporated, AUM has done that in New Hampshire. Interesting. Who did that for AUM, someone somehow associated with Bella? Just a question of coincidence.
  • Bella is particularly skilled in international finance. AUM is particularly proud of it’s academic skills in regard to international finance. AUM has allegations of malfeasance against it in regard to international finance. I know, I know, just a coincidence. Here’s a screen shot:
  • Bella is extremely skilled in risk retention strategies, perhaps the best alive today in the whole world. And that’s an understatement. AUM is particularly proud of it’s academic skills in regard to risk retention. I know, I know, just a coincidence. Here’s a screen shot:
  • Bella seems to be administering some 900+ million dollars in a particular account, but that could be mistaken. I don’t have the bandwidth or access or financial background to check that. A researcher mentioned this. AUM, meanwhile, was being given a 900 million dollar loan as mentioned in the video. It seems that this was already delivered before the would-be fall guy in the video backed out. Not it’s just sitting in an offshore account. I know, I know, just a coincidence. Happens all the time. And I’m waiting for the researcher to come up with something a bit more convincing. But the coincidences I’m not mentioning in conjunction with this are… just… wow. I know, I know, all just coincidences.
  • Bella has had entirely life-changing difficulties with the law, going to prison for financial malfeasance. There are now grave allegations against AUM for financial malfeasance. I know, I know, all just coincidences.

These coincidences continue. And this series will continue.

Next up in this series: “Den of Thieves”: Death threat! Bellissima!

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“Den of Thieves” Vatican Bank and money laundering: AUM “accreditation”

The “Den of Thieves” documentary mentions that the American University of Madaba (AUM) has questionable accreditation. So, I thought I would delve into that a bit. Here’s the reporting of accreditation of the American University of Madaba on their own website:

Let’s take a look at each of the elements therein:

[[My opinion: Recall that AUM is in Jordan but is incorporated in New Hampshire, USA. Going on ten years now, AUM brags still today that the Governor of NH at the time merely provided that AUM, in seeking accreditation, is subject to the statutes regulating the granting of accreditation. But that’s not accreditation. It’s like: “Go ahead! Try to get accreditation! Make my day!” As it is, a notation at the end of AUM’s web-page states that AUM is still seeking accreditation in the USA, you know, if you were wondering.]]


[[My opinion: There’s no date on that. So, it’s likely that those two years have passed. The date is of central importance. Moreover, to be “eligible to proceed with an application for candidacy” means exactly nothing. Specifically, it “is not candidacy.” Should one brag about this?]]


[[My opinion: This is from “American Medical Technologies”. It’s not a statement of accreditation. It’s merely acknowledging the fact that, in the opinion of American Medical Technologies, that there may be some who may be eligible to sit for certification exams which are given not by the American University in Madaba, but by a third party. So, is the University merely a coaching team for, like, sitting for ACTs or SATs, in this case, something for AMT? I mean, AUM seems to assist students with what seems to be analogous to the GED…]]


[[My opinion: Ooo! Arabic! It says that the Higher Education Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission certifies that the American University of Madaba is generally accredited and lists specific programs that are accredited. And although it speaks of the fact that this takes place in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, that doesn’t mean that it is the government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan which is granting any accreditation. A disclaimer was appended:

  • “Accreditation is not a legal permission but, rather, deals with the qualitative nature of the educational system. AUM is a private, not-for-profit University, and has been accredited in Jordan since 2011 by the Higher Education Accreditation Commission (HEAC), which operates independently of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, thus providing an independent evaluation of the university. AUM also intends to seek accreditation in the United States.”

“Independent.” I have not been a member of any teaching faculties of universities in Jordan, so I’ll just have to take their word for the acceptability of HEAC. The United States does run on a voluntary system of accreditation, and there is a statement from HEAC that submission was voluntary. The credibility of such accreditation is supplied much in the same way as it is for cryptocurrency. I’m of the opinion that this bit in Arabic carries as much weight as the previous entries in English. Just my opinion.]]

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Church Militant “Den of Thieves” hits close to home

There’s a lot more to this, and it hits close to home. I knew many of these people, and more. There are impossible coincidences, call them leads, that must be taken up for the good of the Church. This is all much bigger than what is presented here. Church Militant has presented an opening salvo. Those who know it, know it. Great work. Thanks for shaking things up Church Militant!

I gotta tell you, this documentary brought back a lot of memories, had many things from years ago all of a sudden make sense, so many things clicking into place. This set me on my heels. Stunning, literally. This is why I’ve been subdued, not posting on this blog for some time. I guess only now am I realizing how deeply the trauma went. Stupid me. Stupid me. I am so naïve. I need to grow up. This documentary has helped me to do just that. It’s really very personal.

We are blessed to live in such a time. Thank you, Jesus.

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Vatican Bank sent first response to their investigation of me for money laundering & financing of international terrorism

just me pontifical family

That’s a real picture above, though taken as a joke. Those involved will recognize the office. See the “About” page on the menu up top. Below is a screen shot of my first response to their investigation of me:


This post was also tagged as “Humor” not because this isn’t a thing, but because when I mentioned this rubbish after all the Sunday Masses for a bit of humor, the congregation laughed and laughed: Father George, the international criminal! Ooooh! :-)

There is a darker side to all of this, all too sad. That’s why I’ve included those other tags of this post.

Here’s a link to a post earlier in the day for some just as humorous background:

Vatican Bank: Fr George do you launder money and help terrorists?

For me, this is all entertainment, who can bait the other with more alacrity. So far, I think I’m winning. Let’s see if they send me a name. Then it will get interesting, and more humorous. Otherwise, I suppose they will merely freeze the account, you know, probably to take the money for money laundering and the financing of international terrorism.

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Vatican Bank: Fr George do you launder money and help terrorists?

Cardinal What’s-his-face is indicted on fraud charges somewhere between four and five hundred million dollars, and the IOR (Institute for the Works of Religion – Vatican Bank) contacts little me. I like that. :-)

Here’s a bit of the email, which surely goes out to all clients, except not, just to the very few individuals in the world who have a personal account with them, and are not, say, national seminaries in Rome or religious orders. I was quite the exception… um… as usual.

So, they are doing an investigation of specific clients regarding money laundering and the financing of international terrorism. We’re supposed to provide some information and it will all be good, unless they decide to freeze the account = confiscate the money, you know, surely not for money laundering and the financing of international terrorism. It is to laugh, but lest there be an international warrant for my arrest, I guess I’ll comply. Fun!

I do have an account at IOR for many decades. There is money in it, let’s see:

  • From the odd donation
  • From direct deposit when I worked at Vatican Radio
  • From Mass stipends (given to me by the Secretariat of State)
  • From my parents (RIP) who basically financed all my studies in Rome

The account has been sitting dead for years. It’s not like it has seen any monies moved in, moved out, just nothing.

I’m sure they are just doing a best practices audit. Good timing.

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Note to “AM” in RH. Don’t send money. Appearances of money laundering.

money laundering

I got a comment the other day on the blog from someone I don’t know with a great deal of instructions about money this person wanted me to launder… err… um… move along to unknown third parties. Let me address this person directly:

While your intentions may be good – blessings upon you if that is the case – but you have to realize that what you want me to do with those untold thousands of dollars you want to send me could sound to anyone else like bribery or extortion in some elaborate scam… or… well… I’ll just say it, it could sound exactly like money laundering. I have no idea who the people that you mention are. For all I know – and I know nothing – they could be mafiosi or some reps of some cartel. Even if I did know them (and I could think of some names), I wouldn’t have anything to do with it. Do me a favor: don’t involve me or any priest for that matter. If it’s all on the up and up, figure out another way to do what you’re doing. If it’s not on the up and up, there’s an FBI field office just up the road from where you live. Sorry, but a priest can never be too careful these days. If fact, what you’re asking me to do feels just downright creepy. So, just think of another way.

Meanwhile, for some reason I am reminded of some people who visited the parish a few months ago, the ones with the Russian connections who, in the same place where you are, started decades ago to offer me huge sums of money to move cargo throughout Russia. Yes, I was already a priest then. That’s precisely why they wanted me, someone naive, who they could use, who will get in trouble for them, a stooge. Funny the coincidences one comes across. As you can see, I try my best not to get burned.

Come to think of it, where you are is also the place where someone stole something like $15,000 from me while I sent it to some cloistered nuns in South America so that they could purchase a new altar bread making machine as they supplied most of South America with altar breads. The FBI helped me get that back from a bank in the Cayman Islands. It’s good to have friends in the Agency. The nuns did get their machine in the end. I suppose the person involved got some prison time and lost his job.

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