Monday 28th September 2020

Home » Our Catholic Faith » Currently Reading:

Catholic Replies

September 4, 2020 Our Catholic Faith No Comments

Q. I just finished reading Infiltration by Taylor Marshall. I found it quite disturbing. Do you have an opinion about its veracity? — E.S., New Jersey.
A. The book, which is subtitled “The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within,” contains some accurate information and some material that lacks solid evidence to back it up. Let us give some examples of each.
First of all, the author says that “Satan uniquely entered the Catholic Church at some point over the last century, or even before that” (p. 3). He correctly cites the statement of Pope Paul VI in 1972 that “the smoke of Satan has entered the Church of God” (p. 5). But Marshall also alleges that “for over a century, the organizers of Freemasonry, Liberalism, and Modernism infiltrated the Catholic Church in order to change her doctrine, her liturgy, and her mission from something supernatural to something secular” (p. 3). He says that “the Catholic Church is in crisis because the enemies of Christ plotted organized efforts to place a pope for Satan on the Roman Chair of Saint Peter” (p. 4).
The infiltration, says Marshall, can be traced back to the middle of the nineteenth century to a Masonic document entitled Alta Vendita (“High Shop”), which talks about the Church being taken over by “secret societies” (p. 13).
He cites as one indication of this our Lady’s purported statement at La Salette in 1846 that “Rome will lose faith and become the seat of the Antichrist” (p. 25). But there are two versions of the Blessed Mother’s message to two French children. The brief 1851 version has her expressing distress over the neglect of the Sunday Mass obligation and the misuse of the name of Jesus and saying that if people do not stop committing these sins, “I shall be compelled to loose my Son’s arm. It is so heavy, so pressing, that I can no longer restrain it.” So far, so good.
But then there is the lengthy 1879 version that contains a number of apocalyptic statements, including the one about Rome becoming the seat of the Antichrist. Marshall does mention that “the [Vatican’s] Holy Office, under Pope Benedict XV, placed a reprinting of the 1879 version of the secret on the Index of Forbidden Books on 9 May 1923” (p. 25fn), but he says that both versions are “equally true” and that the differing details do not invalidate either version.
Dr. Marshall gives an accurate account of the Fatima apparitions in 1917 (cf. chapter 7), but later concludes that part of the Third Secret has been withheld (cf. chapter 15), contrary to the statements of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 2000. Marshall’s source for believing that the concealed part of the secret describes a “great apostasy” in the Church is “Michael of the Holy Trinity.” This is Brother Michael Dimond, who has made many outrageous, and untrue, statements over the years, including that Pope St. John Paul II was “a blatant heretic and an enemy of the True Faith.”
Much of Infiltration is taken up with discussions of various papal conclaves, from the election of Pope Pius XI in 1922 to the election of Pope Francis in 2013. Citing the words of former Communist Bella Dodd at a lecture, but not from her testimony before a congressional committee, Marshall says that Communists infiltrated the priesthood. His list of “most likely” Communists includes Francis Cardinal Spellman of New York, whom he described as a “reputed sodomite and ecclesiastical patron of the young Theodore McCarrick” (p. 88).
“Most likely” and “reputed” are words that indicate lack of hard evidence. As is the word “legend” that he uses when saying that Giuseppe Cardinal Siri was actually elected Pope in 1958, but was replaced by Angelo Cardinal Roncalli. He says that Roncalli, as St. John XXIII, in his address to the opening session of the Second Vatican Council, derided the “prophets of doom” (he actually used the word “gloom”), and said that the Church was “entering upon a new order” as part of the divine plan.
However, reading the full text of the Holy Father’s opening address to the Council shows that he talked about “a new order of human relations . . . directed toward the fulfillment of God’s superior and inscrutable designs.” He said that “the greatest concern of the Ecumenical Council is this: that the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine should be guarded and taught more efficaciously.” And he criticized “fallacious teachings, opinions, and dangerous concepts . . . particularly those ways of life which despise God and His law.”
Marshall then criticizes the “new theology” of Pope St. Paul VI, without mentioning his sterling defense of Church teaching in his Credo of the People of God. He gives only passing mention to Humanae Vitae, the Holy Father’s heroic defense of Catholic teaching on marriage and family in the face of widespread lobbying for approval of contraception.
And he repeats the unsubstantiated rumors that Paul VI had maintained “a long homosexual relationship with an Italian actor,” which the future saint denied as “horrible and slanderous insinuations” (pp. 171-172). Why even bring up such rumors?
The book repeats the false claim that Pope John Paul I was murdered 34 days after ascending to the Chair of Peter, citing a discredited book by David Yallop (In God’s Name). Marshall says that the alleged murder was prompted by the Pope’s threat to expose a Vatican Bank scandal, and that his death was plotted by Cardinals John Cody of the United States and Jean-Marie Villot of France, as well as Archbishop Paul Marcinkus of the United States and bankers Roberto Calvi and Michele Sindona. A strong accusation without strong proof.
The pontificate of Pope St. John Paul II gets mixed reviews from Marshall. He criticizes some of the Holy Father’s revisions of canon law in 1983, particularly the reduced list of specific sexual sins that might be committed by clergy; his “advanced ecumenism,” including his “scandalous” participation in an interfaith World Day of Prayer in Assisi in 1986; and his “more than 100” apologies to the world for the Catholic Church’s role in the “persecution of Galileo, the African slave trade, burning heretics at the stake, the religious wars following the Protestant Reformation, the denigration of women and their rights, and the silence of Catholics during the Holocaust” (pp. 191-192).
Marshall gives the Pope credit for promulgating the Catechism of the Catholic Church and for issuing Veritatis Splendor, his encyclical on morality. But he does not mention John Paul’s powerful pro-life encyclical Evangelium Vitae or his two solid defenses of the unique role of the Catholic Church in salvation — Ut Unum Sint and Redemptoris Missio. He also fails to mention John Paul’s infallible ban on women priests in 1994 (Ordinatio Sacerdotalis), while stating, incorrectly, that “no Pope since 1950” has declared anything infallible (p. 240).
“Whether one admires John Paul II or not,” says Marshall, “he was certainly not an infiltrator of the Church. His pontificate is clearly conflicted, and he seems to be the first pope truly formed by the Second Vatican Council. . . . As a theologian and a youthful bishop, he drank deeply of Vatican II, but he still retained the piety of a Catholic” (pp, 192, 193). Faint praise for one raised to sainthood after a life of heroic virtue.
The author spends the last part of the book on the “Sankt Gallen Mafia,” the cabal of cardinals that plotted in 2005 to replace John Paul with a modernist Pope, but was thwarted by the election of Pope Benedict XVI. There is considerable evidence that this is true. Marshall says that the cabal continued to seek to undermine Benedict during his papacy and, after his resignation in 2013, engineered the election of Pope Francis, the former Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina, who had been a favorite of the group in 2005.
Marshall itemizes “the problematic teachings of Pope Francis” on ecumenism, globalism, immigration, environmentalism, socialism, “the diversity and plurality of religions,” and reception of the Eucharist by divorced and remarried Catholics, and says that the anti-modernist “Saint Pius X would have placed Pope Francis under the ban of Modernism” (p. 228).
The best way to solve the current crisis, says Marshall, is to “recognize and resist” those who are undermining the Church. He says that “the Catholic Church has been infiltrated all the way to the top. We have a valid Pope and valid cardinals, but we have received the mantle of Saint Athanasius and Saint Catherine of Siena to call, respectfully and reverently, certain spiritual fathers back to Christ and the unadulterated Apostolic Faith” (p. 242).
It’s not easy to write a book covering so much Church history and get everything right. Dr. Marshall did a good job for the most part, but there some things that are not true or are of questionable veracity. Our advice is to read Infiltration with caution.

Share Button

2019 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

Beware of those who claim to be progressive and yet place the environment. certain social ills, same sex attraction and also social ills that have plagued us for years on the same level as abortion. Makes no sense.

Load More...

‘All-star,’ ‘brilliant jurist’: Pro-life leaders thrilled Trump nominated Barrett to Supreme Court

September 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is “an absolute all-star” and “a judicial role model for the next generation,” pro-life leaders said today.  If confirmed, Barrett will replace pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died just…Continue Reading

Farewell, Uncle Di: Father Paul Mankowski, RIP

My editorial career has brought me into close contact with quite a few impressive thinkers. I have worked with famous authors, with noted theologians and philosophers, with canny political strategists, with at least a half-dozen Nobel Prize winners. Among them…Continue Reading

VIDEO: BLM mob threatens, chases Rand Paul down streets of DC

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky found himself the target of left-wing violence yet again Thursday night as protesters swarmed him as he was leaving the White House, chasing him and his wife…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood acknowledges Margaret Sanger’s ‘racist legacy’, continues abortions

CNA Staff, Jul 21, 2020 / 11:05 am MT (CNA).- The New York affiliate of the nation’s largest abortion provider said Tuesday it will remove the name of its founder, Margaret Sanger, from its Manhattan building because of her support…Continue Reading

Statue of Virgin Mary beheaded at Tennessee parish

CNA Staff, Jul 15, 2020 / 10:40 am MT (CNA).- A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was attacked this weekend at a parish in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the third reported incident against a statue of Mary occuring in the same…Continue Reading

21 doctors tell bishops Communion on tongue ‘safer’ than in hand

June 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Twenty-one Austrian doctors have authored a letter appealing their country’s Bishops’ Conference to lift the de facto ban on receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, which has been enforced since Communion in the hand was…Continue Reading

Catholic priest among defenders of St Louis statue

CNA Staff, Jun 27, 2020 / 09:36 pm MT (CNA).- Fr. Stephen Schumacher, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was among the defenders of a prominent statue of the city’s namesake as protesters called for its removal Saturday.…Continue Reading

‘I cannot remain silent’: Madison Catholic bishop condemns destruction of religious statues

Denver Newsroom, Jun 24, 2020 / 04:08 pm MT (CNA).- As rioters across the United States target statues depicting historical figures, the Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday denounced that destruction, along with calls to destroy some depictions of Jesus…Continue Reading

John Roberts tries to suppress Reagan’s letter

After three and a half years of legal wrangling, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in August of 1985 ordered the 16,433 mangled babies’ bodies found in Woodland Hills in 1982 to be turned over to the Guerra-Gutirrez-Alexander Mortuary…Continue Reading

Pope Francis declares Catholic sister killed in Satanic ritual a martyr

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2020 / 12:40 pm MT (CNA).- Pope Francis declared Friday that Sister Maria Laura Mainetti, an Italian religious sister killed by three teenage girls in a Satanic sacrifice, was a martyr for the Catholic faith. The…Continue Reading

Bishop Schneider: Catholics and Muslims share no common faith in God, no common adoration

June 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider has once more raised his voice concerning the controversial February 4, 2019 Abu Dhabi Statement on Human Fraternity where Pope Francis and a Grand Imam jointly declared, among other problematic statements, that God wills…Continue Reading

German cardinal criticizes ‘synodal path,’ exhorts German Church to ‘remain Catholic’

COLOGNE, Germany, June 5, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, the head of the Archdiocese of Cologne in Germany, has called on the Church in Germany to strengthen its identity as part of the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.

  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading


Today . . .

Trump nominates Catholic mom of 7 Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump officially announced he intends to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court with pro-life Catholic Judge Amy Coney Barrett. If confirmed by the Senate, the 48-year-old will take the place of pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18. “I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution,” Barrett told the peopl

Archbishop Cordileone: San Francisco Mass restrictions ‘mocking God’

CNA Staff, Sep 20, 2020 / 02:00 pm MT (CNA).- Catholics in San Francisco marched in Eucharistic processions across the city on Sunday to protest the city’s continued restrictions on public worship. “For months I have pleaded with the City on your behalf, advocating for your need of the consolation of the Mass, and the consolation you derive from the practice of your faith and connection with your faith community. City Hall ignored us,” Archbishop…Continue Reading

Father Altman stands by previous message denouncing Catholic Democrats in new video

In a new video, Father James Altman of La Crosse said he stands by his messages from a past video that Catholic Democrats are impostors, and adds that “hell” is seen in “left wing cancel culture.” “At this moment, allow me to respond to what has become somewhat of an intense, often belligerent reaction to a recent, and simply-stated truth: You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat,” he said, calling his original video “beautiful,” and praising the…Continue Reading

">Fr. Altman: Liberal Catholics are Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Pro-abortion Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87, 45 days before election

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 18, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died today at 87 years of age. She was the oldest of the nine justices. “May God have mercy on her soul,” said John-Henry Westen, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of LifeSiteNews. “Justice Ginsburg was known for her friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a pro-life Catholic who attended the Traditional Latin Mass. We hope that his faith had an…Continue Reading

The Bishop Strickland Hour – Week of September 8

Divergent Paths

By DONALD DeMARCO To the general public, National Basketball Players can seem larger than life. However, can this perceived stature, in any way, translate into political effectiveness? On the night of August 26, six NBA teams boycotted their games as a reaction to the ongoing social justice that victimizes African-American citizens. The boycott spread to…Continue Reading

Last Best Chance to Capture Supreme Court

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are on the cusp of making history.With Trump having named two justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, they have an opening to elevate a third justice to fill the seat of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, thereby securing the…Continue Reading

U.S. Commission Says… Vatican-China Deal Should Focus On Religious Freedom

(CNA) — Religious freedom must be the result of any renewed Vatican agreement with China, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom emphasized on September 15, noting that underground Catholics in the country remained “persecuted.”On September 14, the Vatican’s secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, said that a renewal of the Holy See’s 2018 deal…Continue Reading

93-Page “Biden Report”. . . Exposes Democrat Candidate’s Strongly Anti-Catholic Platform

By MARTIN BURGER MADISON, Wis. (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic advocacy group has released a 93-page report detailing how Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, a baptized Catholic, has a record of embracing policy positions contrary to the Catholic faith. CatholicVote will be spending almost $10 million, targeting Catholic voters in key swing states, to expose Biden’s…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Hefty Work, But Worth Its Heft

By JOHN LYON Michael Burleigh, Earthly Powers: The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe from the French Revolution to the Great War. Harper Collins: 2005. Each of us comes to a substantial historical work such as this with particular predispositions and preconceptions relevant to the subject matter and the manner in which it will…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: We are in the process of reducing our supply of books and are offering them to interested readers at a substantial discount. The books available, all in mint condition, are Catholic Replies and Catholic Replies 2 (both $17.95), All Generations Will Call Me Blessed and Who Do You Say That I Am? (both $10.95), and Catholicism & Reason…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… People Will Die: But Only Fear Sin

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The COVID-19 phenomenon is not just about a disease. It’s also about exposing the maladies afflicting our society and our world. And in the Church as well. “People will die,” we’re told.“People will die,” we’re told, if we don’t wear a mask, wash hands, anti-socially distance, and stay home. Some people, however, are dying because…Continue Reading

The Freedom Of The Children Of God

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Ezek. 18:25-28Phil. 2:1-11Matt. 21:28-32 In the second reading today, St. Paul tells us we must have the same attitude as Christ. St. Paul goes on to explain that our Lord was humble and obedient. His humility was so great that He, who is the Second Person of the…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Faith And The Future . . . Build On The Rock Of Jesus

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND Part 1 In the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, we read these words from Jesus to His disciples concerning how they should live their lives: “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. We recently celebrated the feast of the Queenship of Mary, but a Protestant friend says that there is nothing in the Bible to justify calling Mary a queen. How do I answer this person? — T.L.H., via e-mail.A. As we have mentioned before, a belief does not have to be explicitly mentioned in the Bible to be true. Mary’s…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Michael

By DEB PIROCH At the end of the month (September 29) we celebrate the feast of some of the greatest angels honored by the Church: Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. St. Michael is an archangel, biblically referred to as a “prince” and, one of seven archangels, ordered in the second highest choir of the angels. Theologians still debate his exact…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Kateri Tekakwitha

By DEB PIROCH The Lily of the Mohawks, as she is known, was born near Auriesville, N.Y., in 1656. As you will know, here the North American Martyrs sowed the seeds of early martyrdom in the New World and St. Isaac Jogues had been martyred merely a decade earlier. Kateri’s mother was a Christian Algonquin. The Algonquins and the Mohawks…Continue Reading