So let’s start with Propaganda Due also known as P2. Did they really exist? Yes “Propaganda” was founded in 1877, in Turin, as “Propaganda Massonica” frequented by politicians and government officials from across Italy. Later in 1945 following World War II the name was changed to “Propaganda Due”. The increasing influence of the left at the end of the 1960s had the Masons of Italy deeply worried, however by the 1960’s the lodge was all but inactive. Grand Master Lino Salvini of the Grand Orient of Italy—one of
Italy’s largest Masonic lodges—assigned Licio Gelli the task of reorganizing the lodge. Gelli took a list of “sleeping members”—members who were not invited to take part in masonic rituals anymore. From these initial connections, Gelli was able to extend his network throughout the echelons of the Italian establishment. In 1974 it was proposed that P2 be erased from the list of lodges by the Grand Orient of Italy. By the time its Masonic charter was withdrawn in 1976 it had been transformed into a clandestine, pseudo-Masonic, ultra-right organization operating in contravention of Article 18 of the Constitution of Italy that banned secret associations.
Some see the P2 as a reactionary, shadow government ready to preempt a takeover of power in case of an electoral victory of the Italian Communist Party. Nevertheless, P2 was implicated in numerous Italian scandals and mysteries. P2 became the target of considerable attention in the wake of the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano (owned in part by the Vatican Bank), and money laundering that was going on and the suspicious 1982 death of its president Roberto Calvi head of the Vatican Bank. Initially ruled a suicide but later prosecuted as a murder all part of the conspiracy plot found in The Serpent’s Disciple.
On 17 March 1981, a list composed by Licio Gelli was found in his country house speculation to be a combination of P2 members and the contents of his Rolodex and it is not known to what extent the list includes members who were formally initiated into the lodge. Some of the names on the list have demonstrated their distance from P2 to the satisfaction of the Italian legal system.
On 21 May 1981, the Italian government released the list. It contained 962 names and it has been claimed that at least a thousand names may still be secret, as the membership numbers begin with number 1,600, which suggests that the complete list has not yet been found. The list included all of the heads of the secret services, 195 officers of the different armed forces, 12 generals of the Carabinieri, 5 of the financial police Guardia di Finanza, 22 of the army, 4 of the air force and 8 admirals, as well as 44 members of parliament, 3 ministers and a secretary of a political party, leading magistrates, a few prefects and heads of police, bankers and businessmen, civil servants, journalists and broadcasters. Also included were a top official of the Banco di Roma, Italy’s third largest bank at the time, and a former director-general of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL), the country’s largest. Although, the book is fiction it’s centered on real events, places and people.
The owl has a significant role in the sequel “Holy Predator”
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