© John S. Romanides

A letter to President George Bush

Mr. George Bush, The President of
The United States of America
The White House
Washington, D. C., USA
June 12, 1992

My Dear Mr. President,

Enclosed are excerpts of a study published in Greece, "Church Synods and Civilisation"[ 1 ] which may help shed some light on the situation in the Balkans.

1) The Frankish bishops described herein by Saint Boniface in 741, as well as "Saints" Lanfranc of Canterbury (1070-1089) and Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) were, by civilised standards, common criminals. Yet the latter two, and others, who support their positions on killing by religious orders in the name of Latin Christendom, are still considered great saints by the Vatican. This raises the question of whether the Vatican simply tolerated or also supported the World War II massacres of Serbs by Croats and of Jews by Nazis. So long as the Vatican does not officially reject the practises and theories of such "saints," the Balkans will continue to be in turmoil, especially when coupled with the Islamic Jihad.

2) "Both Serbs and Croats appear in history speaking the same language because they stem from the same people. This is clearly pointed to by the fact that both were Roman Orthodox/Catholics allied to Imperial New Rome and under the Roman Papacy in Old Rome. However the Croats became Latins after the Roman Papacy was abolished and replaced by the current Franco-Latin Papacy, having at the time also come into dependency on Ostmark East Franks and the Hungarians. The Serbs, together with the Romans of the West Balkans and Southern Italy, reacted by joining the church jurisdiction of New Rome. The Saxon and Celtic bishops of England also refused to accept this Franco-Latin Papacy and were exterminated by the Normans. The Croats continued to believe that they were united to a Roman Papacy, a Frankish propaganda policy for controlling conquered West Romans, coupled to the claim that East Romans are "Greek heretics." The Serbs were Roman Orthodox and in recent times became Serbian Orthodox. The Franks first liberated the Gallo-Romans, but then the Carolingian Franks transformed them into serfs and villeins and became their bishops. The unity of Franco-Latin Christendom which resulted was broken by the Reformation. The Franks and their allies had been calling the Orthodox "Greek heretics" since 794 and only recently did the Latins begin to call them simply Greek Orthodox. In contrast to the Croats, the Serbs had remained free to help the East Romans stop the Frankish drive into the East, a feat they evidently must be punished for. The Ukrainians, Russians and Bulgarians did the same, until the Turks made the Balkans part of their Empire. The Ottomans called the European part of their Empire "Roumeli," i.e. the land of the Romans. The so-called "Byzantine Empire" was invented for Balkanisation and to neutralise Edward Gibbon's Roman History's influence on 19th century French revolutionaries. We Americans should not be trapped by certain nobilities into fighting their Dark Age Crusades in modern garb under the cover of Western Civilisation.

Prof. John S Romanides
Univ. of Thessaloniki, Retired

Excerpts From "Church Synods and Civilization"


Political architects whose historians report ' history within the context of their plans for the future claim that the world is being Westernized by means of technology and economics. Orthodox Civilization is listed among those which are arrested.

Their claim that the Hellenic Civilization of the Roman Empire disappeared in the 8th century[ 2 ] and was replaced in the East by a "Byzantine" Civilization and Empire and in the West by a European Civilization is a modern modification of Charlemagne's theology of history.

Charlemagne (768-814) fabricated this disappearance of the Roman Empire and its Civilization in order to solve a family problem. His grandfather, Charles Martel (715-741), had finally suppressed Gallo-Roman revolutions in the battles of Poitiers and Provence in 732 and 739, which were supported by Arabs and Numidian Romans who, together with the Spanish Romans, had recently overthrown the Goths in Spain (711-719). The Numidian Romans were under the command of Constantinople's governor of Mauritania in Ceuta. Another Gallo-Roman revolution was suppressed by Charlemagne's father and uncle in 742, the year he was born.

Charlemagne had to find a way to break the religious and cultural unity between his own enslaved Romans and the Roman Empire which now extended from parts of Italy to the frontiers of Persia. He devised a plan to convince his subjugated Romans that the Papal States, called Romania and Res Publica Romana, under his family's control since 756, was all that was left of the Roman Empire. The rest of the Empire would become "heretical" and therefore a hateful "Greece", inhabited not by Romans, but by "Greeks", and headed not by an Emperor of the Romans, but by an Emperor of "Greeks". The Franks called the Empire Roman for the last time in their Libri Carolini which attack the Empire as pagan and heretical. The Franks then decided by their Council of Frankfurt in 794 to give the names Graeci to the free Romans and Graecia to free Romania. This became Franco-Latin customary law.

The modern guardians of this law 1) replaced "Greek" with "Byzantine", and "heresy" with "change of Civilization". 2) Following Napoleon's plans for the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and of the ecclesiastical remains of the Roman Empire within it, these same guardians destroyed the legal identity of the citizens of Greece with the Romans of Constantinople, by presenting them as having been under the yoke of this so-called "Byzantine Empire". 3) They have used this fabrication to Balkanize the "Roman Milet"[ 3 ] and destroy its Ecumenical Patriarchate of New Rome Constantinople in the process.

Turning to 8th century Western Europe we are indeed confronted by real and radical changes. Europe is dominated in its center by the Empire of Charlemagne. Gothic Spain is overrun by Arabs and Numidian Romans, who together had fought as liberators of the Spanish Romans but ended up as their masters. These Numidians were converted to Islam several times according to Ibn Khaldoun.

The birth of Frankish Civilization is described in a letter of St. Boniface to Pope Zacharias (natione Graecus [ 4 ]) in 741. The Franks had rid the Church in Francia of all Roman bishops by 661 and had made themselves its bishops and clerical administrators. They had divided up the Church's property into fiefs which had been doled out as benefices according to rank within the pyramid of military vassalage. These Frankish bishops had no Archbishop and had not met in Synod for eighty years. They had been meeting as army officers with their fellow war-lords. They are, in the words of St. Boniface, "voracious laymen, adulterous clergy and drunkards, who fight in the army fully armed and who with their own hands kill both Christians and pagans" [ 5 ].

Fifty three years later the successors to these illiterate barbarians condemned the East Roman Empire as "heretical" and "Greek" on Icons at their Council of Frankfurt in 794 and then on the Filioque at their Council of Aachen in 809. For 215 years the Roman Popes refused to conform to their Frankish masters on Icons and the Filioque.

These Frankish bishops were neither familiar with the Fathers of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, nor were they aware of, nor interested in learning anything about, illumination and glorification which were the presuppositions of these Councils. Between the end of the 8th and the l2th centuries the Franks were familiar only with St. Augustine, who was neither a Father of an Ecumenical Council, nor did he understand Biblical illumination and glorification, which he confounded with Neo-Platonic mysticism. He therefore did not understand the Apostolic Tradition and succession and deviated sharply from St. Ambrose who had baptized him. What the Franks finally accepted from the Eastern and Western Fathers they forced into Augustinian categories and so created the myth of Platonising Eastern Fathers, which is still dominant.

The Frankish bishops encountered by St. Boniface understood Apostolic succession as a magical power which allowed them to make it the property of their race and use it as the prime means of keeping their subjugated populations pacified by fear of their religious and military powers. Augustine's theories about original sin and predestination helped them in this direction.

This schism between Franks and Romans expanded into a schism between Franco-Latin and Roman Christendom with their diametrically opposed understandings of the mission of bishops and their synods within the Church and in society. The Franks literally captured a medical association and transformed it into a quack medical association. The East Franks completed the job when they took over the Papacy definitively between 1012-1046.

While the Norman Franks were in process of expelling the Roman army from Southern Italy and of helping the Italo-Franks wrest the Papacy from the Franconian emperors, their Duke William of Normandy invaded England with Pope Alexander's blessing in 1066. He had his Lombard friend, the "Blessed Saint" Lanfranc, the pope's teacher, installed as the first non-Roman /Saxon Archbishop of Canterbury in 1070, and together they replaced all native bishops with Franco-Latins. All Celtic and Saxon bishops and abbots were dismissed en masse [ 6 ] and sentenced to prison to die premature deaths by torture and starvation[ 7 ].The new noblemen bishops from the Frankish Empire were in turn killed by the people whenever opportunity presented itself [ 8 ]. Indeed the Saxons and Celts celebrated the death of Lanfranc in 1089 by launching their third and most severe revolt against the foreign intruders.[ 9 ] Such reforms by military might became crusades in both East and West. They ultimately provoked the Protestant Reformation and met with little success among the East Romans and some among the Slavs.

This .tradition of killer bishops, clergy and monks was given its near final theological foundation by "Saint" Bernard of Clairvaux in his sermons "De Laude novae militiae ad milites Templi"[ 10 ] in which he argues that the religious Knight Templer "who kills for religion commits no evil but rather does good, for his people and himself. If he dies in battle, he gains heaven; if he kills his opponents, he avenges Christ. Either way, God is pleased,"[ 11 ]. Its final form was given by the Inquisition which condemned to death but usually turned executions over to laymen:

Orthodox Civilization may indeed become arrested, not, however, because of Westernisation; but because of strong doses of Franco-Latinisation introduced by Peter the Great (1682-1725), whose religious policies became the law of the Neo-Hellenic Nation in 1827.

Western Europe had been in a long process of De-Franco-Latinisation by means of powerful elements of Re-Greco-Romanisation, but not in its Apostolic form. Its embryo appeared in the l2th century with the rise of the middle class and went into labor during the Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation. It was born in the Enlightenment and matured during the American and French Revolutions. American and French Democracies, based on human rights and the equality of all citizens, began the progressive destruction of the class distinctions which had been imposed by the Franks and their allies, who had brought Latin Christendom into existence on the ruins of those parts of Roman Christendom they conquered, including the Papacy. Franco-Latin metaphysics, cosmology and psychology were made past history by parallel developments in modern science.

But this has neither all happened everywhere, nor at the same time. Royalties, nobilities, the Papacy, and those Reformation Churches which still serve as props for the remnants of Teutonic royalty and nobility, badly need the identification of Franco-Latin and Western Civilizations for their own survival.

It is exactly this identity which parts of the Reformation and the American and French Revolutions rejected.


Thanks for this "input" were conveyed to the author by the office of Secretary of Defence Dick Cheney.


But the weaker side of the Kosovo problem are mostly Moslems with little possibility of exercising their traditional jihad in making a real difference in the current conflict thus far.


It would seem that the solution to this religious problem, like that of Ireland and elsewhere, is to take seriously the fact that religion itself, like all fantasies, is a sickness which causes loss of contact with reality. If interested the reader may find related material at http://www.romanity.org






[ 1 ] THEOLOGIA, Athens, Greece, Vol. 63, issue 3, July-September 1992, pages 423-450. See http://www.romanity.org

[ 2 ] The exact date has been shifting from time to time.

[ 3 ] Islamic Law provided for the self rule of each of the Jewish and Christian societies called a Milet.

[ 4 ] I.e. a native of the Roman province, Magna Graecia, in Southern Italy.

[ 5 ] Migne P. L. 89, 744; Mansi 12, 313-314.

[ 6 ] For documented sources of the details of the murder of the Celtic and Saxon Bishops and abbots and their replacement by nobles from the Frankish realms of Francia, i.e. Gallia, Germania and Italia see Auguste Thierry, Histoire de la Conquête de l' Angleterre par les Normands, Paris 1843, vol. 2, pp. 147 (1071-1072), 215-219 (1075-1076), 284, 313-314, 318 (1087-1094); vol. 3, pp. 35 (1110-1138 ), 214-215 (1203 ).

[ 7 ] Ibid. voI. 2, pp. 55;' 66 (1068 ) 111,145,184 (1070-1072 ), 215 (1075-1076), 240-242 (1082), 313-316 (1088-1089); vol. 3, pp. 35, 44, 47 (1110-1140).

[ 8 ] Ibid.; vol. 2, pp. 232, 236 (1080); vol. 3; pp. 27, 36-37; 39 (1110-1138), 55 (1141-1142); vol. 4, p. 349 (1387).

[ 9 ] Ibid., vol, 2, p. 315.

[ 10 ] Migne, P. L.182, .921-940.

[ 11 ] As summarized in The History of Feudalism, edited by David Herlihy, 1970, p. 282-283.



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