On November 1, 1954, Pope Pius XII removed Monsignor Montini as the Secretary of State.
It was 1954, and illness and old age were already exacting their toll on Pius XII. He had conducted a spy network throughout Germany during WWII with the ultimate hope of elimininating Hitler. His help consisted of many: Nazi Officers, who were against Hitler, and Lawyers of the same view, along with cooperating Priests and Bishops. (See ‘Church of Spies’ by Mark Riebling)
“Colonel Arnauld, of the French Deuxieme Bureau, the Brigadier General for the Intelligence Service, was to become Pius XII’s ‘James Bond.’ He was a career officer then, but above all a man of strict morals and a practicing Catholic.
At the end of the war, he left the British and resumed his post within the ranks of the French Secret Service. It was then, shortly after the armistice, that the ‘Quai d’ Orsay’ (French Foreign Ministry) entrusted him with a mission to Pope Pius XII to ask him to expel from their diocese twenty two French Bishops, whom Charles De Gaulle’s government held responsible for having favored Marshal Petain’s regime. Upon giving Pius XII the request of his government. He was received by the Pope “very coldly.”
Pius XII asked him, for he wanted to know, “the personal judgment of the Ambassador, of the Catholic officer whose sister is Mother Superior of a Convent in Rome” This was apparently a test for the Colonel, in order to give him a wiser view upon the request he was making of the Pope of removing Bishops without full knowledge of their ‘crimes’.
The Colonel bade for time in order to study the dossier of the twenty two Bishops.
When he returned to Rome, he manifested his judgment on the case. Pius XII concurred with his judgment and had only two Bishops removed from France … refusing to “punish the others.”
Shortly after, Colonel Arnauld resigned from the Deuxienne Bureau. Pius XII, upon hearing word of it, summoned him to Rome and asked him to become his personal agent, answering only to him, because … he said … “A diplomat must stick to some rules and be very prudent; unlike an agent.”
The Colonel took on the offer, and, took an oath to the Pontiff. He then set off on his new mission.
During a tour in the East, he entered into a relationship with the Lutheran Bishop of Uppsala, Primate of Sweden, whom, holding Pius in great esteem, did not hesitate to lend him precious services … such as helping out members of the Clergy held in detention, and the stealthy introduction of Bibles into Russia, etc.
In the course of one of these meetings (toward the summer of 1954), the Archbishop of Uppsala suddenly said to the Colonel:
“The Swedish authorities are perfectly aware of the Vatican’s relations with the Soviets.”
The Colonel promptly decided to question Pius XII once he returned from his mission. Once back in Italy he questioned the Holy Father, who was quite astounded by this statement. He asked the Colonel to tell Monsignor Brilioth that the Vatican had no relations with the Soviets.
But when Colonel Arnauld returned to Sweden, the Archbishop of Uppsala reitered to him what he had said before, begging him to get back to him as soon as he completed his new mission.
The Colonel accepted and went to see the Archbishop,.
Monsignor Brilioth then handed him a sealed envelope, addressed to Pius XII. He begged him to put it directly into the hands of the Pope ensuring that no one else in the Vatican knew about it.
All that Monsignor Brilioth told the Colonel was “This envelope contains the EVIDENCE of the relations the Vatican has with the Soviets.
Once in Rome, the Colonel handed the envelope over to Pius XII, who read it in his presence, as the color drained from his face.
In brief: the last official text was signed by the Pro-Secretary of State, Monsignor Montini, bearing the date of September 23, 1954.
On November 1, 1954, Pius XII removed Monsignor Montini as the Secretary of State.
From other information it was learned that in the disastrous fall of 1954 (in China), Pius XII discovered that his pro-Secretary of State Montini “had kept from him all communications relating to the schism of the Chinese Bishops. (CRC, 97, October 1975, p.12)
The case of the Chinese Bishops was growing worse.
Now, the fact that Monsignor Montini had been removed as Secretary of State since he had fallen into disgrace with Pius XII (whom he betrayed), was also admitted by Jean Guitton in his book: ‘Paul VI Secret’ wherein he writes: “No on ever knew, nor will ever know why Pius XII, having made him Archbishop of Milan, had not made him a Cardinal … which took away from him the possibility of becoming Pope. (Pontifical Documents,; 1954; p. 407-417
Sure, Jean Guitton had no knowledge of the “betrayal” of his friend, that is, of that ‘Ostopolitic’ which, as Colonel Arnaud said: “Montini had already a policy of his own, which was not that of the reigning Pope. That policy, today, is official, and goes by the name of ‘Vatican Ostopolitic’.
And it is truly so! That is why we talk about it here, as well as for the reason that I could personally verify the truth of Pius XII’s heavy action toward his closest collaborator, through a personal meeting with General G. Leconte, of the French Secret Services.
I was introduced to him by another agent of the Secret Services, Officer Masmay, whose guest I was, at his home many times. Now, the General spoke to me, at first, of many things relating to the present day Church, as, for example that the father of Cardinal Danieleu was a Freemason of the Grand Orient, and that when he became Minister of National Education, it was he who imposed the secularization of the schools.
To my query if also Cardinal Danieleu was a Freemason, he replied: “That same question I asked of a friend of mine and he hung up on the phone
He then went on to inform me about many other high Prelates and some Jesuits, who were Freemasons; primarily, of Freemason Cardinal Villot (French Secret Service had already informed me of this) He told me that Villot’s parents were both Freemasons of the Rosecrucians. And he told me of an episode, recounted to him by the very Officer subject of the fact.After more confidences on persons of the Catholic Hierarchy and other Jesuits, he suddenly asked me this question: ‘Do you believe that Montini is a Freemason too? And without waiting for me to answer, he handed me a book of Carlo Falconi ‘Vue et Entendu au Concille’ (Seen and Heard at the Council) published before Montini became Pope, and showed me a ‘passage’ of the book on page 69, on which it is said that ‘big 33 of Freemasonry assured that even Montini ‘serat inscrit dans un Loge maconnique (Would be included in a Masonic Lodge)
At last, he recounted to me the story of the removal of Monsignor Montini as Secretary of State by Pius XII, as he was really working for Russia, unbeknownst to the Pope, and, therefore, in betrayal of him.
It is a fact that Montini, while Pius XII was still living, never set a foot in the Vatican.”
Paul VI: Beatified? Father Luigi Villa Th.D.
Father Luigi Villa was commissioned by Padre Pio to be an investigator of Freemasonry within the ranks of the Vatican Hierarchy. He could not believe his ears when he was told this by the Sainted Priest. He went to Pope Pius XII, who agreed with Padre Pio … much to the astonishment of Father Villa. Pope Pius XII told him he must get his degree in Theology and that Cardinals Ottaviani, Parente, and, Pelazinni would be his ‘guardian angels’ throughout … which they were.
The story of Father Luigi Villa is told in full on: http://www.padrepioandchiesaviva.co