A Deadly Enemy – Part 2

TimeWatch Editorial
June 07, 2017

According to his biography in the Free Encyclopedia, Richard Wigginton Thompson was born in
Culpeper County, Virginia on June 9, 1809. He died February 9, 1900. He was an American politician who left Virginia in 1831 and lived briefly in Louisville, Kentucky before finally settling in Lawrence County, Indiana . There, he taught school, kept a store, and studied law at night. Admitted to the bar in 1834, he practiced law in Bedford, Indiana , and served four terms in the Indiana General Assembly from 1834 to 1838. He served as President pro tempore of the Indiana Senate for a short time and briefly held the office of acting Lieutenant Governor . In the presidential election of 1840 , he zealously advocated the election of William Henry Harrison . Thompson then represented Indiana in the United States Congress , serving in the United States House of Representatives from 1841 to 1843 and again from 1847 to 1849. In 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes appointed him Secretary of the Navy ; and he held that office until December 1880.


What is very intriguing about Secretary of the Navy Richard Thompson is that he published a book in the year 1894, which was entitled “Footprints of the Jesuits.” The preface paragraph of that book says the following.

“The civil institutions of the United States could not have been formed without the separation of Church and State, and could not continue to exist if they were again united. Christianity could not maintain its primitive purity if politics and religious faith were mingled together; nor could the State preserve its capacity to provide for the general welfare if subjected to the dominion of ecclesiastical authority. Our success as a nation is mainly attributable to the fact that these sentiments are deeply imbedded in the American mind.”
Richard Wigginton Thompson, “Footprints of the Jesuits” page 3.

People, who lived in the United States at the time of The Secretary of the Navy, clearly understood the basis of the existence of America. In spite f the determination that was demonstrated by the Jesuits in their anti-Protestantism, there was an equal and determined Protestant vision that the nation desired to maintain.

“In the times before the Reformation the temporal affairs of Governments were required to conform to the commands of the ecclesiastical authority—that is, the pope—and it was held to be a necessary and essential part of religion that this union should be continued, no matter what might be the degree of popular ignorance and humiliation. The founders of our (American) Government started out upon a different theory, believing it to be their duty to separate "the things of God" from "the things of Caesar," so that each could reach perfection in its own distinct sphere. Therefore, it is clear that a politico-religious party in this country, pledged to unite Church and State in Italy, against the expressed will of the Italian people, not only must oppose one of the fundamental principles of our Government, but disturb the public peace.” Richard Wigginton Thompson, “Footprints of the Jesuits” page 4.

According to the Free Encyclopedia, the office of The Secretary of the Navy was, from its creation in 1798, a member of the President's Cabinet until 1949, when the Secretary of the Navy (and the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force ) was by amendments to the National Security Act of 1947 made subordinate to the Secretary of Defense . Secretary Thompson’s rather frank verbal expression is typical of his military experience and background. Listen to how he continues with his description of the Jesuits.

“In reminding those into whose hands this volume may chance to fall, of their obligations of citizenship under our popular form of government, I have found it absolutely necessary to portray the character of the Jesuits. This society has nothing in common with American ideas or principles. It represents monarchism in its most despotic and obnoxious form, by requiring each of its members to impersonate the most abject servility, and to accept this humiliation as an absolutely necessary part of religious faith. It has had a history unlike that of any other society in the world.” Richard Wigginton Thompson, “Footprints of the Jesuits” page 5.

There was a clear understanding of who the Jesuits were, during those early years. To the point where if they were to be able to function at all, they had to engage in an extreme form of subterfuge, that would allow them to infiltrate the state and private organizations. The aggressive style of the Jesuit has been imprinted upon the history of nation after nation, and today, the attitude continues even though many do not realize this.

“In pointing out its origin and tracing its footprints among the nations, I have relied upon the most undoubted authority, much of which is furnished by Jesuit authors. A careful examination of the evidence will leave the mind of the reader in no doubt as to the odium which rested upon the society from the beginning, as well as the manner in which it has disturbed the quiet of the nations, defied the popes themselves when adverse to them, and disregarded the interest, welfare, and harmony of the Church it professed to serve, when required by its general.”  Richard Wigginton Thompson, “Footprints of the Jesuits” page 5.

Sometimes, authors take a while to make the point. This is not the case with Secretary Thompson. Within a few pages he is able to deliver the fundamentals of the plans and objectives of the Jesuit organization. Listen to how he continues.

“They teach as religious doctrines necessary to salvation the following: That the State must be reunited with the Church, and be required to obey its spiritual commands in the enactment of laws; that the Roman Catholic religion shall be established by law as the only true religion, and every other form of religious belief treated and punished as heresy ; that, along with this destruction of the freedom of religious belief, there must be corresponding restrictions placed upon the liberty of speech and of the press; that the Roman Catholic Church shall be recognized as an organization exempt from obedience to all our laws relating to the ownership and management of real property; that the clergy of that Church shall be also exempt from obedience to the laws as other citizens, and shall obey only such as the pope may prescribe; and that our common-school system of education must be absolutely and entirely destroyed. If, in these things, the Jesuits should obtain success, our Government would necessarily come to an end.”  Richard Wigginton Thompson, “Footprints of the Jesuits” page 7.

It is certainly time to awake out of sleep as Romans 13 verse 11 has put it, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.  

Cameron A. Bowen


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