Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within, by Dr. Taylor R. Marshall

Book report, by Maike Hickson (excerpts) – Dr. Taylor Marshall, a well-known theologian and expert in Thomism as well as a supporter of the Traditional Latin Mass, has written a book on the infiltration of the Catholic Church by anti-Catholic forces. The book is titled Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church From Within, and it is published by Sophia Institute Press.

Marshall starts his book with the apparition of Our Lady of La Salette in France and her warnings against Satan's reign in Rome and with the Alta Vendita instructions that were attributed to Freemasonry and published with the explicit support of several Popes in the 19th century. This document explains that, in order to undermine the Catholic Church, one has to infiltrate her, rather than fight against her from the outside. For this purpose, they would aim at influencing the head of the Catholic Church, the Pope.
“Now then, in order to secure to us a Pope according to our own heart, it is necessary to fashion for that Pope a generation worthy of the kingdom of which we dream. Leave on one side old age and middle life, go to the youth, and, if possible, even to children.” These Masons set out to introduce into Catholic thinking liberal ideas that finally would also reach to the top of the Church.

"The plan," writes Marshall, "doesn’t include pamphlets, guns, bloodshed, or even political elections. It requires a step-by-step infiltration, first of the youth, next of the clergy, and then, as time passes, of those youth and clergy who become cardinals and then the pope."

(…) The author deals with the history from the middle of the 19th century until our days, showing how Pope Pius X vigorously fought the modernist ideas that were spreading, at the beginning of the 20th century, within the Catholic Church.

(…) Dr. Marshall also presents in detail how some of these modernist ideas affected the Second Vatican Council, as well as the Novus Ordo Mass. In the end, he touches upon Pope Francis' election and shows some of his “problematic teachings” that now affect the Catholic Church in a negative manner. Here, the author – himself a father of eight children – points to Francis' apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia and its statement that “no one is condemned forever,” but also to such statements such as the Abu Dhabi Document: “Francis also has taught that God divinely and wisely wills the 'diversity and plurality of religions' with the same will 'by which he created human beings.'”

Here, Dr. Marshall concludes: “Saint Pius X would have placed Pope Francis under the ban of Modernism. How can we have two popes in theological contradiction?”Marshall also discusses the Fatima apparitions and the question of the Third Secret given to seer Sister Lúcia.

(…) Among traditional Catholics, some of these documents presented by Dr. Marshall have already been studied and incorporated into the understanding of today's Church crisis (we might remember here, for example, Arnaud de Lassus' book Unholy Craft: Freemasonry and the Roots of Christophobia, or John Vennari's book on the Alta Vendita.)

It is Dr. Marshall's contribution to have updated this understanding – including the role of the Sankt Gallen Group – and to have placed all the relevant documents into one compendium.