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"Riveting. What an incredible work of brilliance and generosity. Many scholars give in to the temptation to showcase brilliance by leaving concepts obscure. Marshall has synthesized historical and philosophical thought simply and succinctly making it accessible to all. What a treasure for the faithful. My highlighter ran dry after only half-way through."
"We must examine the very roots of the crisis, which, to a decisive extent, can be identified as Taylor Marshall has done in this book as an infiltration of the Church by an unbelieving world."
Bishop Athanasius Schneider
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That all changed in the mid-19th century, when clandestine societies populated by Modernists and Marxists hatched a plan to subvert the Catholic Church from within. Their goal: to change Her doctrine, Her liturgy, and Her mission.
In this captivating and carefully documented book, Dr. Taylor Marshall pulls back the curtain on their nefarious plan, showing how these enemies of Christ strategically infiltrated the seminaries, then the priesthood, then the episcopacy, and eventually the cardinal-electors "" all with the eventual goal of electing one of their own as pope.
You'll come to see that the seemingly endless scandals plaguing the Church are not the result, as so many think, of cultural changes, or of Vatican II, but rather the natural consequences of an orchestrated demonic plot to destroy the Church. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Another example, Marshall blames Karl Rahner for introducing "a new ecclesiology in which the Church of Christ is not the Catholic Church but rather “subsists in the Catholic Church.”" In reality, "subsistit in" was introduced at the suggestion, not of Rahner, but of Sebastian Tromp, SJ, who drafted Mystici Corporis, so when Marshall claims that the phrase "seems to condradict the teaching of Pius XII, this seems like nonsense. Note what Tromp himself says about the phrase:
"We can say: therefore it subsists in the Catholic Church, and this is exclusive because it is said that elsewhere there is nothing but elements. This is explained in the text."
Not only this but after the proposal by Tromp it was accepted without objection by Marshall's neo-scholastic hero Ottaviani (along with Fenton) and eventually virtually unanimously by the Council Fathers. So why should we take issue with the phrase? Marshall's whole point here seems to be basically nonsense.
In fact the books short length and superficiality hints, I think, that it wasn't really intended by Marshall to provide Catholics with a objective and serious means to understanding the current crisis, how we got here, and what to do. Instead, it seems like a way for Marshall to gain for himself from the current crisis in the Church, all the while contributing to the confusion in the Church. Suprisingly, even though it's such a short book some parts come across as filler...
Another thing I found off-putting is the way Marshall uses innuendo against people he doesn't like. For example, is there really any need to put in the book the rumour spread by a French diplomat that St. Paul VI was a sodomite? Marshall himself doesn't claim that St. Paul VI was an active homosexual, he just notes in passing that the claim was made. Its hard not to assume that this unsubstantiated gossip was put in the book in order to make Paul VI look worse. More examples could be found throughout. Lastly, the current Holy Father is portrayed as the culmination of hundreds of years of "infiltration" and recommended to be "recognized and resisted". Of course, such an opinion is not only ridiculous but also extremely dangerous to put in the minds of less well-formed/catechised readers.
Here is Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society (without question a bona fide "trad"), summing up his thoughts on the book:
"In defence of the author, we might say that he is too fair-minded to produce a racy conspiracy theory which would explain all the problems in the Church and tie up all the loose ends. But this not to say that his book has been carefully researched and written: it is characterised by sloppy accounts of historical phenomena, inconsistencies and factual errors.
To give a few examples, in 1859 Pius IX did not order his version of the Prayers After Low Mass to be said throughout the Church: only in the Papal States. If, as is suggested, Annibale Bugnini became a Mason in 1963, it is hardly surprising that Pius XII, who died in 1958, had not heard about it. Benedict XVI has not retained the “Fisherman’s Ring” since his resignation. The quotation dubiously attributed to Pius X, about striking Modernists without asking too many questions, is hardly vindicated by a footnote reference to John Cornwall.
What Catholics need today in order to understand the Church and to work effectively for her good, is a careful clarification of the key theological issues, of her recent history, and of the current ecclesial political scene. They will have to seek these things somewhere other than Marshall’s book."
From the very first chapter to the last page I found myself mesmerized by the astonishing historical revelations it uncovered as I progressed from one chapter to the next. It was extremely difficult to put the book down - it was that good!
As one who is unfamiliar with the intricacies of the history of the Catholic Church, I found the book clearly highlighted the major players in the real life drama of the various attempts to alter the course of the Church through small ideological increments - not unlike the proverbial frog in boiling water - by its very own members including bishops, cardinals and the popes themselves!
After reading Dr Taylor Marshall's latest book INFILTRATION, one can no longer look back on the Catholic Church's documented recent history and plead ignorance. The reader likewise can no longer look back in time and interpret certain key events as simply random or coincidental events that have no relevance or is without connection to what is happening in the Church today with regard to the confusion and lack of clear teaching by members of the hierarchy.
This book achieves the remarkable feat of tracing the manifold origins and the seemingly disparate and unrelated historical events that span over the past three hundred years.
Anyone sincerely seeking the truth and who reads INFILTRATION with an open mind will have very little wiggle room to conclude anything other than that there is preponderance of supporting evidence pointing to a calculated effort at undermining the Catholic Church at various levels even all the way up to the various recent successors of St Peter. The fruit of these efforts is borne out in plain sight today as we witness the unfolding of what many claim to be the greatest doctrinal crisis in the Church's two millennia of history - perhaps even greater than the Arian crisis!
The book is easy to read like a mystery novel and yet the reader is guided through an eye-opening historical journey that gives credence to the saying that the truth really is stranger than fiction.
Dr Marshall accomplishes his stated aim of demonstrating how "an agenda was put in play more than a hundred years before Vativan II". He does this by weaving a gripping narrative that is supported with scores of references to original sources. And all of this was achieved between the covers of a book that is only 250 pages long.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough and will certainly share it with all my family and friends but especially those who care about the current state and future trajectory of the Catholic Church.
The book is a great summary as well as supplement to the excellent "TNT" video podcast series by Dr Taylor Marshall and Timothy Gordon.
It will undoubtedly take its rightful place alongside other great and eminently readable "must-read" Catholic historical and reference books.
Congratulations to Dr Marshall on releasing this highly illuminating, fascinating yet timely book for all who seek a greater understanding on the background to the doctrinal crisis happening in the Catholic Church today! I pray that it receives the wide readership it deserves which also includes Pope Francis who was personally handed a signed copy by Dr Marshall himself as well as the two living Dubia Cardinals, His Eminence Cardinal Burke and His Eminence Cardinal Brandmuller.
May INFILTRATION move its readers to pray all the more earnestly that the leaders of the Church defend and protect the authentic deposit of faith Christ handed to us, as well as for the good of the one true church that is the Catholic Church.
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Karol Wojtyla was not just a pious Polish citizen, but a truly holy man: 100% Catholic, bravely defending the Church against the spirit of the times. He was an authentic Christian, kind, humorous, generous, with an open heart; he sought the good in others, seeking Jesus in every human; he rebuked those who were wrong; he suffered a lot and courageously carried his cross to the end, remaining faithful to his papal vocation and to the faithful entrusted to him.
John Paul II. was and remains a saint.
I'm subtracting another star: In some parts of the book I have the impression the author is pulling together allegations which seem to be unproved gossip - just for the reason of discrediting John Paul II's efforts for peace among people of different religions and anything regarding the second Vatican council. Even if some of JPII's actions may have appeared alien, there is no reason to assume evil intention. I am convinced his intentions were good and pure. I find far worse the action of Lefebvre which led to his excommunication. And therefore one star less for promoting Lefebvre's disobedience.
Even though pope Francis does say things that confuse us, he is clear on abortion and gender ideology. He has called both evil.
I am glad the author puts himself in the "Recognize and Resist Position" towards the end of the book. This leaves us with 2-3 star rating.
I particularly liked the link to the Marian apparitions of La Salete and Fatima.
This book will be useful to both people current on the situation in the church and people who are unaware or new to the church.
In infiltration you will find a well written, well researched, informative book which can be recommended to all those that need to hear the truth of what's really happening, in infiltration they will be faced with the evidence presented in a way that cannot be dismissed.
Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus nostris, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. Amen.
The author of ‘Infiltration’ has peeled away many of the layers of secrecy, revealing a very disturbing plot to destroy the Catholic Church from within. He implicates the Freemasons as well as other ‘demonic’ forces, who appeared as modernising agents, but who secretly sought to undermine the very fabric of sacred worship. Since 1958, many now claim that there has been a succession of antipopes, and that the third secret of Fatima has not been entirely revealed by the church. Dr Marshall believes that the secret may have foretold the fate that would befall the church.
I found it disturbing to hear of Pope Paul VI’s connection to Saul Alinsky (author of Rules for Radicals, for which I have previously written a review). Alinsky praises Lucifer as ‘the first radical’ in his book, and believes that the end justifies the means. This shady Pope brings in the Italian mafia, and the corruption of the Vatican bank.
The popular pontiff, Pope John Paul II, does not escape entirely from accusations of impropriety. He was responsible for changing the Code of Canon law to make it less specific and laxer. This made it more difficult to identify and punish priests who committed sexual acts. The scandal that emerged later could partly be laid at the door of this change.
Lastly, the sudden resignation of Pope Benedict and the installation of the controversial Pope Francis, indicates yet another possible scandal. The lack of transparency and integrity is disturbing to everyone, especially Roman Catholics, as the rot is very real and very evident.
I felt sad in reading this account, in knowing many Roman Catholics who have a genuine faith in their religion. It appears that those in charge have been asleep at the wheel, and allowed an infiltration of wolves in sheep’s clothing, an evil plot to replace faith with atheism, in the very heart of the organisation.
The sections in this book are:
Foreword, by Bishop Athanasius Schneider
1. The Smoke of God and the Smoke of Satan
2. Alta Vendita: Satan’s Revolution in Tiara and Cope
3. Our Lady of La Salette
4. Attack on the Papal States in 1870
5. Pope Leo XIII Sees Demons Gather on Rome
6. Infiltration of the Church by Secret Societies and Modernism
7. Our Lady of Fatima
8. Conclave of 1922: Pope Pius XI
9. Communist Infiltration of the Priesthood
10. 1939 Papal Conclave: Pius XII
11. Pius XII as the Pope of Fatima
12. Communist Infiltration of the Liturgy
13. Woeful Illness of Pius XII: Three Crypto-Modernists
14. Mysterious Conclave of 1958
15. Pope John XXIII Opens the Third Secret
16. Vatican II — Modernism on Parade
17. Conclave of 1963: Paul VI
18. Crypto-Modernism and Nouvelle Théologie
19. Theological Infiltration of Vatican II
20. Infiltration of the Liturgy
21. Ottaviani Intervention against Pope Paul VI
22. Archbishop Lefebvre and the Traditionalist Resistance
23. Resistance to the Novus Ordo Missae
24. Infiltration of the Vatican Bank under Paul VI
25. Infiltration and the Mysterious Death of John Paul I
26. Infiltration of John Paul II’s Pontificate
27. Sankt Gallen Mafia: Homosexuality, Communism, and Freemasonry
28. Ratzinger versus Bergoglio in the Papal Conclave of 2005
29. Infiltration and the Plot against Benedict XVI
30. Infiltration of the Vatican Bank and the Butler of Pope Benedict XVI
31. Infiltration and the Election of Pope Francis
32. Solving the Current Crisis
33. Spiritual Weapons against Demonic Enemies
Who’s Who in This Book
Timeline of Popes in This Book
Vatican Secretaries of State by Papacy and Dates
Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita
Both Versions of the Secret of La Salette
Timeline of Liturgical Changes
Dates of Indults for Communion in Hand
Timeline of the Life of Ex-Cardinal McCarrick
This book goes back and builds a strong case for how the church has ended up where it is today. It presents some very solid evidence, and when appropriate shares differing views on events. Of particular interest for me based on my own reading and research over the years, the first was on the possible assassination of Pope John Paul I, and the second on the Conclave of 1958. This book is masterfully written. It is of high quality academic research, and yet written in an engaging manner that any lay person can pick it up and work through it. There are many parts of this book that should drive devote Catholics to their knees, praying for forgiveness, praying for healing, and praying for the Church as a whole.
The introduction begins with these words:
“In Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within, Taylor Marshall touches on a topic that is deliberately ignored today. The issue of a possible infiltration of the Church by forces outside her does not fit into the optimistic picture that Pope John XXIII and particularly the Second Vatican Council unrealistically and uncritically drew of the modern world.”
Based on the evidence given, including firsthand accounts from some involved I would state it is not a possibility it is a reality. The infiltration is a reality, and we must open our eyes, our hearts and become prayer warriors. We are also reminded that:
“The modern world, after all, is inspired by the principles of the French Revolution: the absolute freedom of man from any divine revelation or commandment; the absolute equality that abolishes not only any social or religious hierarchy but even differences between the sexes; and a brotherhood of man so uncritical that it even eliminates any distinction on the basis of religion.”
One of the most powerful statements from Marshall is at the beginning of the book:
“If you do not believe that Satan exists, put down this book. Moreover, if you believe that the Catholic Church can be purified merely by updated rules, policies, and canonical procedures, you’ll find little promise in the historical diagnosis and proposed cure found in this book. Saint Paul stated: “For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). The crisis of the Catholic Church relates to the intrusion of these “rulers of this present darkness,” and she can only be purified by sanctified warfare against the demonic.”
His chapter that is written around the three planks of modernism I of upmost importance. And the book needs to be read as a whole and synthesised by the reader. I have read this book twice now, actually, I have listened to it once over two days. and then I took a week of evenings once my children were in bead and read through the text, slowly and methodologically, often looking of references and sources. And I will likely return to it again in a few months after some further research based on the sources and quotes in the volume. I highlighted 125 passages on that second pass through. It is an incredible read. I believe it is a book that any Catholic would benefit from reading, weather traditionalist, modernist, convert, revert or life long Catholic. And I love that the book ends with asking for prayer.
With all of that being said, I am not a big fan of conspiracy theories. I am not a Rad Trad. I am a revert to the Catholic faith, I have never been to a Latin mass. I was born after Vatican II, and I believe in the local parish, the school our children attend, and our house is inside a specific parish boundary and we attend there. There are more traditional looking churches in town, but we attend our parish. I know some people drive hours to attend Latin Mass, or to go to the church of a specific priest. That is not now, nor likely ever would be me. I have a religious study degree with a focus on Roman Catholic Thought. I love being Catholic, I love communion, confession, the sacraments, and Eucharistic adoration. And I love daily mass. This book does challenge some underlying assumptions and raises a lot of points that need serious consideration.
Therefore, I strongly encourage you to give this book a read, and like the end of the book be praying! Be praying for Taylor, for our Church, for us, and for a cleanup of the temple!
Whilst the quality and print, plus the hardcover of this volume cannot be faulted, Dr Marshall and his editorial team struggled at times to write in anything resembling a decent literary style. Sometimes the syntax is poor, the language frequently descends into what I can only assume are colloquialisms and the good Doctor’s erudition is compromised by the fact that he writes as he speaks on his YouTube channel. For such a major and important topic as the almost complete infiltration of the Church by demonic and freemasonic forces I find the presentation unconvincing.
The book is relatively short and I was able to complete it in one evening. Mercifully, it had a most interesting and concise exegesis of the central issues in the form of a foreword by the wonderful Auxiliary Bishop of Astana in Khazakstan, Athanasius Schneider. I would humbly suggest that a close reading of what his eminence has to say is all that is needed.
What Dr Marshall has given us here is a bit like a rather messy dot-to-dot puzzle, in which he endeavours to join the dots to make the picture say what he wants it to say. Alas, the book reads like a poor draft of an unpublished Malachi Martin novel, rather than being an exposition of the true corruption and evil that has existed in the church since the time of Judas.
In opposition to Marshall’s thesis that the recent infiltrations of the church can be dated back to the mid-eighteen hundreds and is coincidental with the rise of Modernism, I would suggest that it was conceived and cradled in sin right from the beginning. Even the New Testament epistles of St John and St Paul clearly point to numerous antichrists already having entered the church. Thus the church has had 2000 years to fester and grow in all sorts of spurious directions.
Dr Marshall is a clever chap, but perhaps he would do well to remember the admonition of St Ignatius Loyola from the Spiritual Exercises: ‘it is not the abundance of knowledge that fills and satisfies the soul, rather it is the inward sense and taste of things’.
This book has had shoved into it an abundance of disconnected facts which are at times distorted to make them fit the thesis. The Sankt Gallen mafia connection to Theodore McCarrick is pure surmise, but nonetheless it along with a whole load of other things are bundled together to try to make it look as if there is or has been a concerted and disciplined freemasonic conspiracy to install its own within the hierarchy of the Roman church. Oh if only things were that simple! Sin and corruption have dwelt side by side in the church since it’s very inception. But the root, the source, of the true infiltration is demonic, specifically Satanic. So it was that the early Christians were soon subsumed into a neo-pagan Christianity when it became the official religion of the pagan Roman Empire. This became exemplified in the various cults that emanated from Rome such as the Saints, and especially in the devotion to a mother goddess figure in Mary. The cult of the mother goddess actually hails from the ancient Chaldean.
The Babylonians, in their popular religion, supremely worshipped a Goddess Mother and a Son, who was represented in pictures and in images as an infant or child in his mother’s arms. From Babylon, this worship of the Mother and the Child spread. In Egypt, the Mother and the Child were worshipped under the names of Isis and Osiris. In India, even to this day, as Isi and Iswara; in Asia, as Cybele and Deoius; in Pagan Rome, as Fortuna and Jupiter-puer, or Jupiter, the boy; in Greece, as Ceres, the Great Mother, with the babe at her breast, or as Irene, the goddess of Peace, with the boy Plutus in her arms.
The above is particularly poignant at this time given Dr Marshall’s opprobrium at the worship of the Incan Pachamama ‘mother goddess’ statuettes at the recent Amazon Synod held at the Vatican. The Catholic Church has for the last two thousand years encouraged this very same egregious nonsense! And Dr Marshall often recites prayer to Mary the Mother of God in his YouTube videos, and encourages his viewers to do likewise.
Why oh why can’t he see that he is guilty of such hypocrisy in promoting a mother goddess cult whilst criticising the self-same infiltration of heterodoxy into the church?
I would love to debate this with him.
For those who are learning these things for the first time, I dare say it's a revelation.
Then main problem for me is how the review system on amazon was infiltrated by people who had free copies and had to leave a review , all their names are in the last pages of the book too , which takes up a lot of space in an already small book.
This is a fabulous book that every Catholic should read. Be ready to be red-pilled!
Over the last year, listening to Taylor Marshall, my whole family has been renewed in our Catholic faith. We attend daily Mass as much as possible, pray a daily rosary, and have been more faithful to other devotions. We are also doing all we can to bring the Traditional Latin Mass to our area more often than once a month.
To you, Dr. Marshall— my family prays for you every day in our Mass and rosary, and I specifically and happily said an Ave for you when I finished this book, as per requested.
I find the current occupant of the Petrine office very confusing with his obscuring and gobbledygook. He really must be doing this deliberately. Every time he opens his mouth I feel more disoriented. Basically he and not a few other Catholics seem to prefer if us converts would just stay where we were.
This book is an erudite and well argued commentary on the tragedy that is occurring in the Church. It’s infiltration is bearing it’s sour fruit and all of us will potentially pay the ultimate price for that. It’s as well that this wake up call can open the eyes of many and red pill a few. Thank the Lord for the Church that He founded and the intelligent communicators like Dr Marshall who still fight for her and speak clearly.