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15. The Scandals and Heresies of John Paul I

“He could and did accept divorcees. He also easily accepted others who were living in what the Church calls ‘sin.’”1 (Father Mario Senigaglia, secretary to John Paul I when he was “Patriarch” of Venice)

John Paul I (Albino Luciani)

The man who claimed to be pope between Paul VI and John Paul II for 33 days in 1978…

Albino Luciani (John Paul I) was born the son of a committed Socialist.2 John XXIII personally consecrated Luciani a bishop on Dec. 27, 1958.3 Luciani was named a “cardinal” by Paul VI.4

Luciani had formed friendships with many non-Catholics. Phillip Potter, Secretary of the World Council of Churches, had been his house guest. Other guests of his included Jews, Anglicans and Pentecostal “Christians.” He had exchanged books and very friendly letters with Hans Kung.5

Luciani (John Paul I) had several times quoted Hans Kung favorably in his sermons.6 (For those who don’t know, Hans Kung denies the Divinity of Christ.) Luciani “was aware that a number of the lay Catholics he knew were members of various lodges (Masonic) – in much the same way that he had friends who were Communists.”7

Luciani made a thorough study of “responsible parenthood” and consulted with many doctors and theologians. Like John XXIII and Paul VI, Luciani had studied the possibility of the “pill” being used as a “natural” method of regulating births.8 Those who had fallen into using artificial contraception and then went to confession found Luciani “very compassionate.”9

In April of 1968, Albino Luciani wrote and submitted a report to Paul VI recommending that the Catholic Church should approve the use of the anovulant pill developed by Professor Pincus. Luciani recommended that this pill should become the Catholic birth-control pill.10 United Press International (UPI) discovered that Luciani had advocated a Vatican ruling in favor of artificial birth control. Italian newspapers also carried stories. To substantiate the story, these newspaper reports referred to the Luciani document which was sent to Paul VI by “Cardinal” Urbani of Venice, in which the strong recommendation in favor of the contraceptive pill had been made.11

Later on during his “papacy” – when he was “John Paul I” – Luciani often quoted from the pronouncements and encyclicals of Paul VI. Notably absent was any reference of John Paul I to Humanae Vitae.12

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