1,600 official links between Alleanza Cattolica and CESNUR
by Miguel Martinez
There were seven speakers at the CESNUR convention in Foggia, Italy, March 6, 1993. Except for Cardinal Arinze and the local Archbishop, all the others were self-proclaimed members (actually "militants" is the term most frequently used) of Alleanza Cattolica - Introvigne, Father Ernesto Zucchini, Dr Ermanno Pavesi, Father Pietro Cantoni (a former Lefèbvre priest who switched sides in time to avoid excommunication) and his brother Giovanni Cantoni, 'National Regent' of AC.
This list was taken from the March-April 1993 issue of Cristianità, an almost-monthly which at the time still called itself the "official magazine" of AC.
There is nothing unusual about this issue: almost the same number of references to CESNUR and/or Introvigne are to be found in every issue of the same magazine. So, taking this as a sample issue, let us see what ties it indicates between the two organizations.
The issue contains:
Each issue of Cristianità carries several pages, significantly entitled "La buona battaglia", "The good fight". We can take at random the November-December 1995 issue.
"The good fight" is divided into several
paragraphs, on such issues as the struggle against abortion, communism,
immigration from the Third World and so on. This is not a list of activities
by other organizations that AC approves of; it is a list of AC's own
activities. Each page has a drawing of what seems to be AC's ideal:
a young man, who might be taken by his clothes and gloomy expression to
be a Jehovah's Witness, holding high a banner with a black eagle and the
words "Alleanza Cattolica" in medieval writing on it.
The longest paragraph in "The good fight" is always devoted to "New Religious Movements".
If you are already convinced that there
is something unusual about Introvigne's "personal affiliation" with AC,
you can skip the following list of activities described under this heading
in the Nov-Dec 1995 issue of Cristianità. If not, read on.
The other heading, on Freemasonry, is very
A thrilling addition took place starting with the June 1998 issue, where "The Good Fight" is provided with a new subheading, Vampires, listing the activities of "Massimo Introvigne, of Alleanza Cattolica, director of CESNUR, Study Centre on New Religions, as well as president of the Italian chapter of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula." Especially interesting the title of one of his lectures: "A never-ending thirst: before and after Dracula".
PierLuigi Zoccatelli, just mentioned, is also director of the magazine Regina Libani Informazioni, "bullettin of the Alleanza Cattolica Regina Libani Commission for Information on the Situation in Lebanon, the Middle East and the Islamic World", which supports various extremist Christian Lebanese and anti-Islamic organizations.
I have no intention of presenting a one-sided picture, so I must spend a few words to dispel two common notions in Italy about PierLuigi Zoccatelli who has become something of Introvigne's right-hand man (quite surprising, he even imitates the Master's voice).
The rumour that he is a practising Satanist is quite untrue, and is due to a mistake: some years ago, PierLuigi plastered the streets of Verona with posters, drawn up in the typical style of Italian funeral notices, simply announcing that "Rosemary's Baby is born"; actually an advertisement for a concert by PierLuigi's favourite rock group, the Crowleyite Temple of Psychick Youth. Unfortunately the local media thought that these posters announced the creation of a new group of Satanists in Verona.
He is also not even a relation of Palmarino Zoccatelli, militant of a different TFP affiliate who is currently under investigation by a Verona judge for "promoting racist ideas".
One last note. Every issue of Cristianità, on its second page, has a booklist, entitled "The battle of ideas". Yes, "la battaglia delle idee". Out of 58 suggested books for idea-battlers, 20 are written or edited by Introvigne.
Considering that CESNUR was established ten years ago, and Cristianità comes out about eight times a year, this means that about 80 issues of Cristianità carry more or less the same amount of evidence of links between CESNUR and AC.
This single issued contained over 20 quite
official links between both organizations; 20 x 80 = 1,600. Although mathematics
are hardly the right method for dealing with such matters, there is food
for thought in the fact that these are 1,600 times more quite public links
than just the "personal affiliation" Introvigne admits to.