VATICAN (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pope Francis held secret talks with Pfizer plutocrat and veterinary doctor Albert Bourla at the Vatican during the height of the China-virus crisis, a Vatican journalist is reporting.
The undisclosed meetings were not included in the daily bulletin published by the Holy See Press Office (which notifies Vatican journalists of the pope's public and private audiences) or in any Vatican media.
A source confirmed to Church Militant that the meetings took place at the beginning and middle of 2020, but the Holy See Press Office refused to confirm or deny the meetings.
Speaking to Church Militant, scientist Dr. Alan Moy, founder of the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, noted that "Pfizer has a disturbing track history of unethical behavior that includes paying fines for corporate bribery."
Pfizer was fined $2.3 billion in 2009 for what was then the largest health care fraud settlement ever. The company spent over $21.8 million in 2019–2020 and $6.7 million from January–August 2021 on lobbying the government, making it the biggest spender of any individual drug company during the COVID-19 crisis.
Pfizer was the biggest corporate spender from 1999–2018, spending $219 million on lobbying (93% of the industry total) and $23 million on campaign contributions (around 10% of the industry's total giving to politicians), Church Militant earlier reported.
"I think the optics raise concerns that there could be potential financial conflicts of interests between Pfizer and the Vatican," Moy, CEO and co-founder of biotech company Cellular Engineering Technologies, said.
"If Pfizer has an exclusive contract with the Vatican for their vaccine, then there needs to be full disclosure and transparency about this contract or any other financial relationships," Moy, a faithful Catholic, insisted.
Church Militant asked the Holy See Press Office if the Vatican would disclose agreements between Pfizer and the Holy See in the interests of transparency (as vaccine behemoths like Pfizer have disclosed only 7% of their contracts with governments and published clinical-trial protocols for just 12% of trials).
A report by Transparency International and the University of Toronto titled "For Whose Benefit?" warns of dangerous levels of secrecy that reveal "a disturbing trend of governments censoring key details of their [vaccine] orders from drug companies."
Dutch politician and European Parliament member Sophie in 't Veld has asked the E.U. Parliament to release text messages between commission president Ursula von der Leyen and Bourla, noting that the secrecy violates regulation 1049/2001 (regarding public access to documents).
Bourla and von der Leyen were in frequent contact by phone and text message for over a month while they negotiated an undisclosed deal for 1.8 billion doses of the Pfizer vaccine, according to a New York Times report.
It is not clear if Vatican City receives its Pfizer shots as part of this agreement. Pope Francis, however, enjoys close ties to von der Leyen and received her at a private meeting in May 2021, where the two discussed vaccine distribution (among other topics).
The Holy See administers only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 jab to the residents and staff of the world's smallest sovereign nation. Leaked Pfizer contracts show the company is protected from all damages and liabilities in the case of adverse effects from the shot.
"We can't confirm or deny as, per our policy, the movements of our executives are considered confidential," Pfizer told Vaticanist Edward Pentin, author of The Next Pope: The Leading Cardinal Candidates, refusing to reveal if Francis met Bourla in secret.
Moy explained that the meeting between Francis and Bourla "is an important issue that needs to be uncovered, since Francis and other senior Vatican leaders are touting that Catholics have a moral obligation to be vaccinated — despite the lack of vaccine effectiveness and safety concerns of Pfizer's vaccine."
The scientist's words come in the wake of Bourla's admission that two doses of his company's vaccine may not be effective at preventing the omicron variant of COVID-19.
Last week, at a health care conference hosted by J.P. Morgan, Bourla commented: "The two doses, they're not enough for omicron. The third dose of the current vaccine is providing quite good protection against deaths and decent protection against hospitalizations."
The revelations also follow Vatican secretary of state Cdl. Pietro Parolin's granting an "abortion absolution" exclusively to the Pfizer jab, pursuant to his claim that Pfizer used "cell lines from aborted fetuses only in the preliminary stages of vaccine testing in the laboratory, but no cell lines from aborted fetuses are included in either the composition or production."
Despite a devastating Project Veritas exposé of top company officials and leaked emails revealing Pfizer uses aborted fetal tissue in its vaccine program, Parolin refused to grant religious exemptions on grounds of conscientious objections to the abortion-tainted jab.
Pfizer's own stem-cell-research policy acknowledges Pfizer has been using human embryonic stem cells in its research which "may provide even greater potential due to their increased ability for self-renewal and capacity to form a wide variety of cells and tissues."
All Vatican employees are currently forced to get vaccinated or show proof of recovery from COVID-19. Failure to do so will be considered "unjustified absence with the consequent suspension of pay for the duration of the absence."
From Jan. 31, all visitors and staff will have to get the booster as a condition of entry to the Vatican. The mandate extends to all Holy See personnel and to all its institutions within the extra-territorial areas of the Vatican.
"Pope Francis' rhetoric is inconsistent with the December 2020 statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith that vaccine acceptance should be voluntary," Dr. Moy told Church Militant.
Meanwhile, the hush-hush parleys between the pope and Pfizer are reigniting speculation over the Vatican's secret concordat with China — renewed by Cdl. Parolin in October 2020 despite fierce global opposition condemning it as a "deal with the Devil."
Months before Parolin renewed the deal, exiled dissident Guo Wengui accused the Vatican of receiving $1.6 billion every year since 2014 in bribes from the Chinese Communist Party because Beijing "wanted the Vatican to shut up about China's religion policies."
Wengui also claimed the Chinese government was paying the Holy See $100 million before 2014. The tycoon did not specify when the payments initially started. Beijing has branded Wengui an attention-seeking criminal. But the Vatican has yet to deny the allegations.
After Bourla's second meeting with Francis, the vaccine oligarch struck a $70 million deal with Shanghai-based biotech giant LianBio and invested $200 million in Hong Kong–based CStone Pharmaceuticals.
In Dec. 2021, a leaked database of registered members of the CCP exposed a mass communist infiltration of American companies, including 69 infiltrators in four Pfizer branches in Shanghai. Pfizer did not respond to press inquiries for comment.
Francis and Bourla also have close links to the World Economic Forum — the elite Davos club of transnational globalists pushing the "Great Reset" that seeks to "subdue all of humanity, imposing coercive measures with which to drastically limit individual freedoms and those of entire populations," according to whistleblower Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò.
The WEF lists Pope Francis and Albert Bourla as "agenda contributors" on its website. Bourla also serves as co-chair of the WEF task force working for "a great reset in health care." The WEF praises Francis for "put[ting] his stamp on efforts to shape what's been termed a "great reset" of the global economy in response to the devastation of COVID-19."
In May 2021, the Vatican featured Bourla as a key speaker at its conference on global health. Faithful Catholics were outraged after it became known that the gig was partly funded by the Mormon cult and vaccine-maker Moderna. The Vatican did not list Pfizer as a co-sponsor but noted that some of its benefactors had "asked to remain anonymous."
Leading Catholics have expressed concern over the pontiff's habit of cozying up to the world's elites — despite world oligarchs' piggybacking on the pandemic to enrich themselves to the tune of billions of dollars.
In November 2021, Bourla, who has led Pfizer since early 2019, sold $5.6 million in shares on the same day the drug giant announced positive early data on its China-virus vaccine, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Pfizer compensated Bourla, a Greek-born Sephardic Jew, with a total pay package of $21 million last year — a 17% increase from before the pandemic (when Bourla's compensation in 2019 was a total of $17.9 million).
A newly published Oxfam report slams the vaccine monopolies held by Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna for creating five new billionaires during the pandemic and allowing their corporations to make over $1,000 per second in profit.
While Pope Francis often rails against capitalism, he has remained silent on the corruption of Big Pharma and the emergence of a plutocracy as a result of the pandemic.