• The St. Gallen Mafia

  • Exposing the Secret Reformist Group Within the Church
  • By: Julia Meloni
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gallagher
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the mid-1990s, a clandestine group of high-ranking churchmen began gathering in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Opposed to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the circle plotted a revolution in stealth. By 2015, their secret ached to be told. Before an audience, Cardinal Godfried Danneels joked of being a part of a "mafia." But as explosive as Danneels' confession was, a thick cloud of mystery still enshrouds the St. Gallen mafia.

In this compelling book, Julia Meloni pieces together the eerie trail of confessional evidence about the St. Gallen group. Copiously researched and grippingly narrated, The St. Gallen Mafia sheds light on the following:

  • The mysteries of the 2005 conclave, where mafia members grew divided over a plan to back Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope.
  • The war against Benedict XVI by the mafia's Cardinal Achille Silvestrini - and the mysterious "confessions" believed to be linked to him. 
  • The enigmatic, complicated relationship between the mafia's Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini and Benedict XVI.
  • The mafia writings that presaged a new Francis - and the 2013 conclave that elected him.
  • Martini's enduring role as an "ante-pope" - a "precursor" for Pope Francis.
©2021 Julia Meloni (P)2021 TAN Books

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Good Information but a little weak

This book provides a large amount of valuable information, but I felt that it was weak in declaring that these men of the ”Mafia” are not simply left-leaning “reformers” interested in “changing the course of the Church,” but infiltrators who desire to replace the Catholic Church with a church in their own image - a new anti-Catholic religion. They are bent on the destruction of the true Catholic faith.

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Refreshing and Heartbreaking.

This was a beautifully crafted book. Julia puts it all together perfectly. It’s a excellent example of scholarly research and it’s written in a way that Kevin Gallagher is able read it smoothly and clearly.

It’s heartbreaking because these high ranking prelates in the “Mafia” (and other conspirators deep within the undertow) don’t give a damn for souls. What they’ve done and are still doing is devastating. God have mercy on them, and us.

This book should be read along with “Infiltration”, by Taylor Marshall. They will from here on reside next to each other in my library, and both will be gifted together in the future.

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Captivating and well documented!

Worth reading for any Catholic who is interested in understanding the origin of Pope Francis.

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This helps make sense of Pope Francis

This book gives some historical context to what has been going on in the Vatican leading up to the pontificate of Francis. It is intriguing and interesting.

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Definitely not a light read

This book was very enlightening as to how we as Catholics got to where we are today. I would recommend only reading this book if you’re not scandalized very easily. Great read.

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Very interesting and informative

A needed tome in this day and age, shining a light on the seedy facets of the contributing characters and factors to the Bergoglio papacy.