KNIGHTS OF DARKNESS
THE SOVEREIGN MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA
The Sovereign Military and Hospitaler Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, known also as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, or SMOM, is juridically, politically, and historically unique in the world today.
Representing initially the most powerful and reactionary segments of the European aristocracy, for nearly a thousand years beginning with the early crusades of the Twelfth Century, it has organized, funded, and led military
operations against states and ideas deemed threatening to its power. It is probably safe to say that the several thousand Knights of SMOM, principally in Europe, North, Central, and South America, comprise the largest most
consistently powerful and reactionary membership of any organization in the world today.
Although an exclusively [Roman] Catholic organization, in this century it has
collaborated with, and given high awards to non-Catholic extremists in its
current crusade against progressive forces in the West, the national liberation
movements, and the socialist countries.
To be a Knight, one must not only be from wealthy, aristocratic lineage, one
must also have a psychological worldview which is attracted to the “crusader
mentality” of these “warrior monks.” Participating in SMOM Ñ including its
initiation ceremonies and feudal ritual dress Ñ members embrace a certain
caste/class mentality; they are sociologically and psychologically predisposed to
function as the ”shock troops” of Catholic reaction. And this is precisely the historical role the Knights have played in the wars against Islam, against the Protestant “heresy,” and against the Soviet ”Evil Empire.” SMOM’s Sovereign Diplomacy As its name suggests, SMOM is both a ”sovereign” and, historically, a “military” organization. Its headquarters, occupying a square block in Rome at 68 Via Condotti, enjoys the extra-territorial legal status granted to an embassy of a sovereign state. The Italian police are not welcome on its territory, it issues its own stamps, and has formal diplomatic relations and exchanges ambassadors with a number of countries. On November 13, 1951 Italian President Alcide de Gasperi recognized the diplomatic sovereignty of SMOM, although he held off formal exchange of diplomatic envoys.2 On January 11, 1983 the New York Daily News announced that,
“The Vatican and the order of the Knights of Malta, believed to be the smallest
sovereign state in the world, have agreed to establish full diplomatic relations, a
joint statement said today. “
President Reagan’s Ambassador to the Vatican, William Wilson, is,
coincidentally, a Knight of Malta.3
On September 5, 1984 French Foreign Minister Claude Cheysson signed a formal
protocol with SMOM for various cooperative projects includlng “aid to victims of
conflicts.”The Knights of St. John were founded in the late 11th Century, and rose to prominence in the First Crusade of 1095. In 1120, Pope Urban II officially recognized them as a military religious order, and for centuries they remained one of the most powerful military forces in Christendom, first from their headquarters on the island of Rhodes, and then on Malta, from which they were finally driven by Napoleon in the late 18th Century. The Knights were recognized as a sovereign state by a Hapsburg Emperor in the 16th Century. They remain a sovereign state, run from their headquarters at 68 Via Condotti in Rome. They maintain their own fleet of aircraft, have diplomatic relations with 92 nations as well as the United Nations and the Holy See, and enjoy diplomatic immunity.The order is entirely Roman Catholic, and its higher ranks must document an aristocratic lineage and coat-of-arms of at least three centuries. The Grand Master of the order is both a secular prince, and a cardinal of the Church.Reflecting its history, its membership is still heavily comprised of individuals with a military or intelligence background. Pope Pius XII ordered an investigation of this nominally Catholic organization in the 1950s. The Papal Commission charged, among other things, that the Order should not have the sovereignty of a state, and ordered modifications of the SMOM “to bring them into conformity with decisions of the Holy See.” However, Pius XII died before the Order could be fully reined in. In addition to the Roman Catholic SMOM, there are four Protestant orders of the Knights, all founded within the last 150 years or so, and all run by ruling houses of Europe. The Roman Catholic and Protestant orders effectively merged on Nov. 26, 1963, four days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The Sovereign Head of the British Knights is Queen Elizabeth, while the Netherlands Knights were headed until his death by the former SS official, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, consort of Queen Juliana.”This Order, which at various times in the progress of its history received the names of Knights Hospitalers, Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of Rhodes, and lastly, Knights of Malta, was one of the most important of the religious and military orders of knighthood which sprang into existence during the Crusades which were instituted for the recovery of the Holy Land. It owes its origin to the Hospitalers of Jerusalem, that wholly religious and charitable Order which was established at Jerusalem, in 1048, by pious merchants of Amalfi for the succor of poor and distressed Latin pilgrims…. [big section on its history over nine centuries]”The Organization of the Order in its days of prosperity was very complicated, partaking of both a monarchial and a republican character. Over all presided a Grand Master, who, although invested with extensive powers, was still controlled by the legislative action of the General Chapter….”There are now two bodies-one Catholic and the other Protestant, but each repudiates the other…. “The degree of Knight of Malta is conferred in the United States as “an
appendant Order” in a Commandery of Knights Templar. There is a ritual attached to the degree, but very few are in possession of it, and it is generally communicated after the candidate has been created a Knights Templar….”
The Knights of Malta are the militia of the Pope, and are sworn to total obedience by a blood oath which is taken extremely seriously and to the death. The Pope as the head of the Vatican is also the head of a foreign national power. As a member of the Knights of Malta, and by virtue of your blood oath ofobedience to the Pope, you are required to support to the death the desires of the head of the Order of the Knights of Malta-in this case, Pope Bened
over and above any other allegiance you may feel or pretend to feel toward any other loyalty-such as a loyalty to the Constitution for the united States of America.