The Roman Catholic Church uses military-like orders or societies to carry out their aims and protect the Church.
Using these societies as a secret army to do the Church’s bidding protects it from scrutiny and bad press. For example, in the Middle Ages, the Knights Templar was an order that fought in the crusades on behalf of the Papacy.
Templar Knights were given the ability to ignore many laws, taxes, and authorities, but had to obey the Pope.i
Although we don’t see the Knights Templar in their original form, there are many new versions of the Order, such as the Knights of Malta, Freemasons, and the various Orders of knights in Britain. European and North American political leaders are often members of these Orders.
If the Order is subservient to the Pope alone, and the British Queen and American President are members of the Order, who really rules the Western world?
The Knights of Malta
One Order of particular interest is the Knights of Malta. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the Order of the Knights of Malta is, “The most important of all the military orders, both for the extent of its area and for its duration. It is said to have existed before the Crusades and is not extinct at the present time.”ii
The Knights of Malta wore similar costumes to the Knights Templar before them. The stylized cross we see on their uniforms is known today as a Maltese cross.
The Maltese cross is a common feature of the Pope’s garments, reminding us that he is the head of these Orders.
A Protestant branch of the Knights of Malta is the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign Head of the Order of St. John,iii as we can see from her costume in the photograph.
The Queen’s participation in this Order, which brings with it required obedience to the Pope, is an example of how King John’s ancient concession of the crown to the Papacy is still in effect today.
The United States is also under the rule of the Papacy. Most American presidents have been involved in Freemasonry, which is an outwardly Protestant secret society that is actually controlled by Catholic Jesuits.
Presidents and other American leaders also have strong blood connections to British royalty, and many have been initiated into Knighthood in the Order of the Bath under the Queen. American leaders give their allegiance to the Queen, and the Queen is subservient to the Pope, which is just another way that the Papacy controls America.
The Order of the Bath, the Knights of Malta, and the Knights Templar are all the same. Behind the elaborate pomp of these orders sits the same power—the same people calling the shots.