Thirty years after the assassination, a member of the Hunter Commission, Brigadier General Thomas M.Harris, published a small book revealing that
’s assassination had actually been a Jesuit murder plot to extirpate a Protestant ruler. Harris stated: Lincoln
“It is fact well established that the headquarters of the conspiracy was the house of a Roman Catholic family, of which Mrs. Mary E. Surratt was the head, and that all of its inmates, including a number of boarders, were devoted members of the Roman Catholic Church. This house was the meeting place, the council chamber, of Booth and his co-conspirators, including Mrs. Mary E. Surratt, and her son, John H. Surratt, who, next to Booth, were the most active members of the conspiracy.”
Commissioner Harris went on to relate that Mary Surratt’s son John had been a Confederate spy for three years, “passing back and forth between
Washingtonand Richmond, and from Richmondto and back, as a bearer of dispatches.” Canada
John’s mentor during this period was a Jesuit, Father B.F. Wiget, president of
[who testified for her defense] and a priest noted for his sympathies for the Confederacy. John introduced Father Wiget to his mother and the priest became Mary Surratt’s confessor and spiritual director. As well, Father Wiget gave spiritual direction to the famous John Wilkes Booth who, though a drunkard, a libertine, and utterly indifferent to matters of religion,” was spiritually attracted to him. “The wily Jesuit, sympathizing with Booth in his political views, and in the hope of destroying our government, and establishing the Confederacy … was able to convert to Catholicism.” Hard evidence of that conversion was found on the assassin’s corpse: “On examination of Booths person after his death , it as found that he was wearing a Catholic medal under his vest, and over his heart.” Gonzaga College
At the conspiracy trial, Father Wiget testified to Mary Elizabeth’s Surrat’s “good Christian character”. Even assuming her complicity in the assassination, Eget a Jesuit could truthfully say Surrat was a good Christian simply be reserving mentally (a) that bu :”Christian” he meant “RC”, (b) that under the terms of the Directorium Inquisitorium (see Chapter 8), “Every individual may kill a heretic,” and (c) that Lincoln was twice a heretic: for his Protestantism and for having successfully defended an excommunicated priest.
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