A Roman Catholic Praetorian Guard

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Located on a 7,000-acre establishment next to the Great Dismal Swamp, Blackwater trains SWAT teams, FBI, and federal agencies, as well as the military from foreign countries, such as Spain. Blackwater also hires the finest Special Forces from the militaries around the world. It is a burgeoning, elite Roman Catholic Forces army the likes of which is nowhere to be found anywhere else in the world. There is no better military training anywhere.


In Iraq, Blackwater mercenaries have been commanding, in certain circumstances, active duty U.S. Soldiers in battle. –Blackwater, 118. 


Erik Prince is a Roman Catholic

Blackwater was founded by a US Navy SEAL, Erik Prince, from an extremely wealthy and well-connected family. “’Erik Prince is a Roman Catholic,’ said author Robert Young Pelton, who has had rare access to Prince. ‘A lot of people brand him in his father’s religion, but he converted to Roman Catholicism.’ [Kerry Candaele’s interview with Robert Pelton,’ www.iraqforsale.org/ robert_pelton.php, accessed November 28, 2006.] Indeed, many of the executives who would later form the core of Prince’s Blackwater empire are also Catholics, and when Prince’s first wife, Joan, died, Catholic Mass was celebrated for her both near her hometown outside Schenectady, New York, and near where the family lived in McLean, Virginia. [Joan Nicole Prince obituary from Herrick District Library obituary file; Obituary, the Albany Times Union, June 24, 2003.] In 1997, Lt. Erik Prince, U.S Navy SEAL. blurbed a book called Christian Fatherhood: The Eight Commitments of St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers…The book’s author, Stephen Wood, is the founder of Family Life Center International, a Catholic apologist organization…


Major Funding of Extremist RC



“…Prince became a major funder of extremist fringe Catholic organizations. In 1999 he contributed $25,000 to Catholic Answers, a San Diego-based Catholic evangelical organization founded by the Catholic fundamentalist Karl Keating. Keating dedicated his life to apologetics and defending Catholicism at all costs….


“The following year, Prince provided funding to the right-wing Catholic monthly magazine Crisis. He also gave generously to several Michigan churches, including $50,000 to Holy Family Oratory, a Kalamazoo Catholic Church, and $100,000 to St. Isidore Catholic Church and school in Grand Rapids, as well as Catholic churches in Virginia.


Blackwater’s Immense Political Power

Secretive Council for National
Policy (CNP)


“But Erik Prince’s philanthropy has certainly not been limited to Catholic causes. The Prince family was deeply involved in the secretive Council for National Policy, described by the New York Times as ‘a little-known club of a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country [which has] met behind closed doors at undisclosed locations for a confidential conference’ three times a year ‘to strategize about how to turn the country to the right.’ The Council was started in 1981 by the Rev. Tim LaHaye, one of the founders of the modern right-wing Christian movement in the United States and author of the apocalyptic Left Behind novels. The idea was to build a Christian conservative alternative to the Council on Foreign Relations, which Lahaye considered too liberal. CNP membership is kept secret, and members are instructed that ‘The media should not know when or where we meet or who takes part in our programs, before or after a meeting.’ [David D. Kirkpatrick, ‘Club of the Most Powerful Gathers in Strictest Privacy,’ the New York Times, August 28, 2004.] While memberships lists are not public, CNP meetings have been attended by a host of conservative luminaries like Jerry Falwell, Phyllis Schlafly, Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, James Dobson, Gary Bauer, and Ralph Reed. Holland H. Coors of the beer dynasty and Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association, Richard and Dick DeVos, and the likes of Oliver North, Grover Norquist, and Frank Gaffney are also affiliated with CNP. Guests are allowed to attend ‘only with the unanimous approval of the executive committee.’ George W. Bush addressed the group in 1999, seeking support for his bid for the presidency.” Blackwater, 15, 16.


Vice president Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, John Bolton, John Ashcroft, Tom Delay, Bill Frist, have all attended. “Edgar Prince served a stint as vice president of the CNP from 1988 to 1989, and CNP vice president at the time of his death.” [Blackwater, 17]. Erik Prince has donated money to the CNP, and is close to many of its key players.


Freiheit Foundation & Colson

Prince has a Freiheit Foundation, German for “liberty,” which gave $500,000 to Prison Fellowship in 2000, a prison reform organization that advocates for “faith based prisons.’ Prison Fellowship is the brainchild of Charles Colson.


By late 2006, 22,308 Prison Fellowship volunteers operated in over 1,800 U.S. prisons, with 120,000 prisoners participating. Blackwater, p. 18.


Bush and Colson – A Regular


President Bush, when governor of Texas, turned over a part of the prison unit in Sugar Land – Tom DeLays’s district, to Chuck Colson’s faith program. Since Bush has been US president, Colson has been a regular advisor to the president.


Blackwater’s Vision: Evangelicals and Catholics



The History of ECT

Colson the Driving Force For

Unification of Protestantism and



Chuck Colson has been the driving force in fulfilling the following Spirit of Prophecy quote regarding Protestantism stretching her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power:


“When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a President and Republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan, and that the end is near.”

 –Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 451.


Evangelicals and Catholics Together


It started, as an initiative of Colson’s to launch a theological discussion group known as Evangelicals and Catholic Together. “Initially the group’s purpose was to minimize hostility and maximize cooperation between these two polarized pillars of the Christian world in the mission field. Subsequently the group took on the scholarly role of examining, narrowing down, and if possible reconciling the theological and doctrinal differences between Roman Catholics and Protestant Evangelicals.” Jonathan Aitken, Charles W. Colson: A Life Redeemed. Colorado Springs, CO; Waterbrook Press, 2005, p. 378. (emphasis mine)


Neuhaus the Most Important

Influence on Colson


“The most important influence on Colson that caused him to become involved in ECT was his friendship with Richard John Neuhaus.” Ibid., 378, 379. Neuhaus is the leader of the neocons, who have directed the policies of the current George W. Bush administration. Neuhaus had been a Lutheran pastor and author, who converted to Roman Catholicism and became a Roman Catholic priest.


Colson’s Marriage to an RC

Caused Him to Want to Heal

The Rift


Colson had been a Baptist with Reformed Theology, but he was married to a Roman Catholic, Patty Hughes, who came from an Irish family. John Kennedy had dated her briefly. This marriage caused Colson to want to heal the rift between Catholicism and Protestantism.


Neuhaus Invites Colson; Colson

Receives Personal Manifestation 

Of “Holy Spirit”


The Roman Priest, Neuhaus, in 1992 invited Colson to a symposium to discuss the growing rift between evangelicalism and Catholicism in Latin America. During the symposium convened by the priest Neuhaus, Colson received ‘a personal manifestation of the Holy Spirit.” Ibid., 380. Note now carefully how the direction of the Holy Spirit was perceived.


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