The Bishop and the Boys - Part One
By Peter Levenda
The number of American clergy or misionaries [sic] used by the CIA has been small. The CIA has informed the Committee of a total of 1 covert arrangements !hich involved direct o"erational use of #1 individuals. In si$ or seven cases% the CIA "aid salaries% bonuses% or e$"enses to the religious "ersonnel% or hel"ed to fund "ro&ects run by them.
'' The (omestic Im"act of )oreign Clandestine *"erations+ The CIA and Academic Institutions% the ,edia% and -eligious Institutions% ./ection 0 of the Church -e"ort1% ". #2#
In #221% investigative &ournalist (aniel 3o"sic4er "ublished Barry and the Boys+ The CIA% The ,ob and America5s /ecret 3istory. *ne of the first authors to concentrate on the life and times of Barry /eal . a do"e smuggler and CIA o"erative !ho began his career as a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol !ith such dubious luminaries as Lee 3arvey *s!ald and (avid )errie1 he also e$"lored the gun'running career of (avid )errie himself in the same volume. It is a boo4 full of ne! information on /eal% )errie% and the anti'Castro Cubans of ,iami% as !ell as on the mysterious goings'on at ,ena% Ar4ansas. 3e follo!ed this u" !ith the "ublication% in #22 % of 6elcome to Terrorland+ ,ohamed Atta and the 7811 Cover'9" in )lorida% a boo4 about the terror attac4s that should be on everyone:s boo4shelf. But there is another as"ect to )errie that has so far esca"ed most modern investigators and researchers% "robably because it is &ust too !eird ... even for cons"iracy theorists and Congressional subcommittees. This is the area of his life !e might term the ;s"iritual;. /ince it is our intention to investigate the s"irituality of our most notorious "olitical figures and the religio'mystical ambiance in !hich both covert and overt "olicy is "lanned and e$ecuted% !e can have no better starting "oint than the life and times of (avid )errie. )errie !ill lead us to <ac4 ,artin% to Thomas =d!ard Bec4ham% to )red Lee Crisman% to Thomas <ude Baumler% to Carl /tanley .no! ;/aint Christo"her ,aria;1% to 6alter Pro"heta and% eventually% right bac4 to <. =dgar 3oover himself. It !ill also lead us to 6illiam Bryan% the hy"notist sus"ected of com"licity in the assassination of /enator -obert ) >ennedy. It !ill also lead us to the Iran'Contra affair. It !ill also lead us to the civil !ar in the former ?ugoslavia and ;ethnic cleansing;. This is the !orld of the !andering bisho"s and% gentle reader% you !ill only hear about this from me. @o one else has covered this story. @o one else has delved very far into the shado!y !orld !here intelligence agents and archbisho"s meet. Although I !as there% and sa! some of this first hand% I !ill base most of !hat is told in these "ages on the documents themselves+ 6arren Commission records% )BI intervie!s% 3/CA documentation% etc. It5s all there% if you 4no! !here to loo4. Because of the se"aration of church and state guaranteed by our Constitution% it is easy for anyone in America to set u" their o!n church. In countries !here there is a state religion this is virtually im"ossible. In other countries% such as ,e$ico% !e find la!s enacted that curtail the "ractice of religion in certain !ays. And in communist countries% the free e$"ression of any form of religion is fro!ned u"on or outla!ed altogether. But in America... /ome of the !orldAs ne!est faiths !ere created out of !hole cloth in the 9nited /tates. The Church of <esus Christ of Latter'(ay /aints '' better 4no!n as the ,ormons '' !as an invention of <ose"h /mith% <r.% a ceremonial magician !ho combined myths about the Indian burial mounds% the lost tribes of
Israel% and ,asonic ritual into a uniBue amalgam of Christianity% <udaism% and occultism. The /"iritualist church !as created out of the e$"eriences of the )o$ sisters in u"state @e! ?or4. The Theoso"hical /ociety !as created in @e! ?or4 City in 1CDE% and out of that !as formed the Liberal Catholic Church. And so on. As "o"ular as many of these religions have become% ho!ever% there is another !orld of created church about !hich most "eo"le are una!are% and "ro"erly so+ the leaders of these churches often do not evangeliFe. They are not interested in congregations or "arishes% theology or liturgics. They have other agendas% and the clerical collar and "ectoral cross of the clergyman serve to disguise and obscure actions and "ro&ects that have far'ranging historical and "olitical re"ercussions. These men .and some !omen1 have been found involved in everything from the assassination of a "resident to the assassination of his brother% to Iran'Contra. And they are !ith us today% changing denominations% titles% and even names li4e sacerdotal chameleons as they sha"e'shift through the "olitical landsca"e. Their story is told in some detail in /inister )orces% Boo4 *ne+ The @ine .and no!here else1. 6e !ill build and e$"and on that detail to tell the follo!ing story. The American *rthodo$ Catholic Church .A*CC1 had several incarnations. The version created in <une of 17G .by Bisho"s Huthrie% -oeb4e% Ieiger and /tanley1 in the American mid!est !as oneJ the version created about the same time in @e! ?or4 City by Bisho" 6alter Pro"heta !as another. Pro"heta !as a 94rainian *rthodo$ "riest and noted anti'Communist in the 17E2s !ho a""eared on the (ave Harro!ay television "rogram s"ea4ing about the >atyn )orest ,assacre .the murder of 94rainian soldiers by the /oviets1. 3e !as so !ell'4no!n at the time that% had (e!ey actually !on the 17 C "residential election a!ay from Truman% Pro"heta !ould have been the 6hite 3ouse cha"lain. 6hen I 4ne! Pro"heta% he sho!ed me both the (ave Harro!ay footage and the letter he received from (e!ey "romising him the "ost. It seems that Pro"heta hel"ed (e!ey "olitically in @e! <ersey% !or4ing for the -e"ublican Party there and garnering su""ort for (e!ey5s "residential bid. @o matter. =isenho!er became President in 17E# and !as re'elected for a second term in 17EG. (uring his -e"ublican administration% Pro"heta faired !ell although not as !ell as he !ould have under (e!ey. Then% the disastrous events of 17G2 !hen Kice President -ichard @i$on lost the election to the youthful% Catholic and (emocratic% <ac4 >ennedy. Pro"heta and his anti'Communists had the !ind 4noc4ed out of their sails% and !ith the unfolding of the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban ,issile Crisis% it a""eared that the Ca"tive @ations .of !hich 94raine !as one% along !ith Latvia% Lithuania% =stonia% Armenia% CFechoslova4ia% 3ungary% Poland and other /oviet satellites1 !ould stay ca"tive. >ennedy !as assassinated in @ovember% 17GL. 6ithin months% Pro"heta had formed his o!n church in @e! ?or4 City and% at the same time% another !as being formed in (enver% Colorado. Both !ere called the American *rthodo$ Catholic Church% the idea being the creation of an *rthodo$ Church for Americans. Previously% most *rthodo$ churches in the 9nited /tates !ere ethnic churches in !hich the services !ere celebrated in the language of the immigrants !ho formed the congregations% !hether Hree4% /yrian% Bulgarian% 94rainian% etc. An American *rthodo$ Catholic Church !ould focus on Americans of !hatever ancestry% &oined by a common belief in the =astern *rthodo$ faith and furthermore &oined by a common liturgical language% =nglish. It !as a noble conce"t% and for a!hile it seemed as if the Colorado contingent !ere actually carrying out this ambitious "ro&ect. In @e! ?or4% ho!ever% these sentiments !ere honored more in the breach than the observance. 6hile the assassination of President >ennedy served to advance the agenda of the ha!4s and anti' Communists in 6ashington and the Pentagon% there !as still a (emocratic President '' <ohnson '' and a strong (emocratic "resence in the government. >ennedy !as considered ;soft on Communism;% but <ohnson escalated the !ar in Kietnam to sho! his determination to ta4e the fight to the enemy. The mounting o""osition to the !ar at home% ho!ever% gave rise to the gro!th of anti'!ar movements and
a variety of revolutionary organiFations. The )BI and CIA sa! these grou"s as "u""ets of the /oviets '' and% in some cases% they !ere "robably right .as revealed by the ,itro4hin Archive% among other sources1 '' and measures !ere ta4en to infiltrate and destroy everything from the Blac4 Panthers and the /(/ to the >u >lu$ >lan. At the same time% anti'Castro o"erations !ere running at an all'time high. 6ith the failure of the Bay of Pigs o"eration in 17G1% Cubans in the 9nited /tates had vo!ed to carry on the struggle !ith or !ithout 9/ government a""roval or su""ort. *ut of this miasma of "olitics% "aramilitary grou"s and rage emerged a man called by @e! *rleans (istrict Attorney <im Harrison ;one of history:s most im"ortant individuals;+ (avid )errie. *ne of the least understood and most underre"orted as"ects of )errie5s career is the inesca"able fact that he !as a member of the American *rthodo$ Catholic Church and% indeed% for a!hile one of its clergy. In fact% @e! *rleans had more than its fair share of A*CC bisho"s and clergy. And they all seemed to !or4 for Huy Banister.