When I arrived in Sicily I involuntarily discovered the existence of a new criminal organization: The MassoMafia. The MassoMafia refers to an ambigous connection between State, Mafia and Masonic Lodges.

This was a totally new discovery for me, so new that noone had ever heard or talked about it before.

In fact, the first complaint to the legal authorities dates back only to the 1980s, when a university Professor – Giuseppe D’Urso – denounced the existence of illicit business relations between economic organized crime, political organized crime, laical shadow powers  and religious shadow powers.

Economic organized crime referred to various economic criminal organizations.

Political organized crime referred to different political formations, among which communist and fascist terrorist groups.

Laical shadow powers included white masonic lodges (West-Est and Third World); black masonic lodges (countries from the West); red masonic lodges (former post-communist countries).

Religious shadow powers included, instead, the Cavalieri di Malta, Opus Dei and Gesuits (see article here).

Unfortunately, nothing happened and his complaint went unnoticed. The university professor was soon addressed as ‘crazy’ by the most. Nowdays, contemporary psychiatrists working for corrupt police authorities would  label him a person ‘afflicted by depression’.

This was, however, not the only complaint of a ‘crazy’.

Another enquiry on MassoMafia was started by a Sicilian PM in the early 2000s. Even in this case, the trial was closed, several years later,  as ‘the fact does not exist’.

For those who don’t know the history of Mafia, as a phenomenon, it did not exist for legal authorities until 1980s with the first trials by Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.

From a careful reading of the Sicilian PM interviews (available here ), people supposed to belong to this new criminal organization include members of the police, of the antimafia, of religious organizations and the notables of the island.

Not surprisingly, MassoMafiosi seem to protect themselves. But who is protecting them if even the members of Cosa Nostra do not trust them (see interviews) and, presumably, have no interest in sharing a slice of the cake with these competitors?

The most recent investigations in Palermo of 2017 have aimed at looking into the relationships with masonic and para-masonic lodges, as these linkages might have  important repercussion for the creation of illegal future creation. As mentioned in a another blog post, these investigations have strangely been wrongly centered on the Grande Oriente d’Italia, in the so-called “integrated criminal system” (Scarpinato 2016), “excluding a variety of other confraternity-like organizations, such as the Cavalieri di Malta, the Cavalieri della Mercede, Comunita’ di Sant’Egidio, Opus Dei, Neocatecumenali and other ‘noblesse’-driven freemasons (eg. rotary clubs)”. In this regard, an increasing number of not-for-profit associations with a religious cover-up has materialized in various Sicilians cities obtaining access to a varety of funds (local, regional, national and EU funds). These ONLUS (Organizzazione non lucrativa di utilità sociale, roughly translated as Non-lucrative Organizations of Social Utility), as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) officially not-for-profit, have similar missions of international freemasonry and associated para-masonic associations. These include engaging in programs of social utility (such as poverty relief, assistant to immigrants, etc.). These ONLUS attract funds, but also give social prestige to the people involved. As in the associated rotary clubs, they are also a nice place where local VIPs, Christian prelates and politicians can trade votes.

Similarly, Rotary Clubs, as the para-masonic branches of Sicilian freemasons, have become the places where local VIPs, Christian prelates and politicians can trade votes, but also discuss institutional reforms.  For example, the Rotary Club of Catania (Sicily, Italy) has, during the years, discussed the following “business-politics” related issues: “the Bridge over the Strait of Messina (1955 to Taormina: interclub Sicily and Calabria) to the industrialization of Sicily (1959: regional interclub), from the problems of communication routes (1956) to those of citriculture reforms (1962/63)” (Source: Rotary Club Catania web-page).

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