Marco Tosatti: "[A]s soon as the resignation of Benedict XVI was announced, the SWIFT system was unblocked for the Vatican, without waiting for the election of his successor. And so we see that Benedict XVI was blackmailed by means of SWIFT"
Marco Tosatti: SWIFT WAS THE “BEAST” OF THE APOCALYPSE?:
Few days before Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly and inexplicably resigned in February 2013, the Vatican Bank (IOR) had been suddenly excluded by SWIFT (the international system of bank identification codes). By this action, it was impossible for the Vatican to carry out any international financial transactions, and the Church was essentially treated as if it were a terrorist state like Iran.
This economic destruction of the Vatican had been long and well prepared ...
Veiled threats that were made against Moscow to exclude it from the SWIFT network in retaliation for its so-called “annexation” of the Crimea in 2014 – causing immeasurable damage to Russia’s economy – have accelerated the development of an alternative clearing house system called BRICS that is controlled by China and Russia and operates in yen and rubles rather than US dollars, in order to evade the blackmail power that SWIFT wields against sovereign nations.
The Belgian website Media-Presse (SWIFT is based in Belgium), reported on April 5 about the SWIFT alternative being launched by Beijing and Moscow and referred to the Vatican as an example: “When a bank or territory is excluded from the [SWIFT] system, as the Vatican was in the days preceding the resignation of Benedict XVI in February 2013, all financial transactions are blocked.”
And then, as soon as the resignation of Benedict XVI was announced, the SWIFT system was unblocked for the Vatican, without waiting for the election of his successor.
And so we see that Benedict XVI was blackmailed by means of SWIFT, although we do not know from where it originated. The deeper reasons underlying this story have never been clarified, but it is clear that SWIFT intervened directly in the affairs of the Church.
This explains Ratzinger’s unprecedented resignation, which many people have mistaken for an act of cowardice. The Church was treated like a “terrorist” state ... The Vatican was no longer able to pay its nunciatures or send any financial support to its missions, and in fact the automated teller machines in Vatican City were all shut down during the weeks preceding Benedict XVI’s resignation. The Church of Benedict could no longer “either sell or buy” (Rev 13:17); its economic life was in its final hours.