Infiltration: Yikes! A Freemason under every bed and inside every closet!

Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within
By Taylor R. Marshall
Crisis Publications, 2019, 307 pp.

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Fifty-four-years after its concluding session, the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) continues to divide the ranks of Roman Catholics. The council attempted to “modernize” the church in several respects, most significantly, by switching the mass liturgy from Latin to the vernacular language of each country/region and by propagating a conciliatory approach to Protestants, Jews and members of all other religions. Traditionalist and many conservative Catholics were dismayed and anguished as the changes of Vatican II were implemented in Catholic parishes across the United States and the rest of the world in the late-1960s. The resentment simmered for decades, mainly beneath the surface, except for the flagrant exception of arch-conservative, French archbishop, Marcel Lefebvre, and his breakaway Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), but pope Francis and his progressive reforms have increasingly galvanized the traditionalist-conservative camp to once again consider radical options.

Over the past year, Catholic traditionalists and conservatives have become emboldened with their published criticisms of Jorge “pope Francis” Bergoglio and their books are evidently finding a receptive audience. With “Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within,” Catholic traditionalist, Taylor Marshall takes the attack against Vatican II, liberal Catholicism, and pope Francis to a whole ‘nother level.

Marshall posits that 19th-century Freemason conspirators plotted to secretly subvert Roman Catholicism through infiltration over a long period of time. The author contends that by the end of the papacy of Pius XII in 1958, the Judas saboteurs and their fellow travelers had secured some of the highest offices of the church and were able convoke the Second Vatican Council and push forward their disastrous declarations. Marshall describes pope John XXIII and Paul VI as entirely sympathetic to the aims of the Freemason conspirators, and young theologian, Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope Benedict XVI, as one of the council’s progressive firebrands. Pope John Paul II, though somewhat sympathetic to Vatican II and especially to its ecumenical-interfaith approach, calmed conservatives with his return to old school piety. Likewise, Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, who had gradually shifted to a more conservative viewpoint over the decades, mollified the reactionaries with his aim to “reform the reform.” However, with the election of Bergoglio to the papacy in 2013, the alleged Masonic saboteurs and double-agents were once again able to push their agenda. The only solution, Marshall advises his conservative-traditionalist readership, is to adopt the “recognize and resist” approach of his hero, archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, which is to recognize Francis as a legitimate pope, but resist all of his progressive novelties.

Taylor’s conspiracy theories regarding Vatican II and its despised Novus Ordo (“new order”) vernacular mass liturgy are breathtaking in their audacity. Taylor writes like the Catholic version of infamous worldwide Jesuit conspiracy theorists, Alberto Rivera and Jack Chick. But make no mistake, there is a growing audience within Catholicism for this kind of sensationalistic paranoia. This book bears a “Crisis Publications” imprint, but it’s VERY interesting to note that Crisis is a subsidiary of Sophia Press, which is a part of the EWTN conservative Catholic media empire. Yes, EWTN is providing a soapbox for anti-Francis, conspiracy theorists.

It’s utterly fascinating to observe this internecine jousting between the increasingly polarized factions within Catholicism, however, whether one searches within the camp of pope Francis and his progressive allies on the one extreme or within the camp of the conspiracy-obsessed Catholic conservatives and traditionalists on the other extreme, one cannot find the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.

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29 thoughts on “Infiltration: Yikes! A Freemason under every bed and inside every closet!

  1. I am reminded of the words of George Salmon from his book, “The infallibility of the church”.

    George Salmon:

    “When I speak of authority for settling disputes, it is well to remind you of a little ambiguity about this word authority. We might mean the authority of superior knowledge, or merely of official position.”

    “Remember this distinction, for it will serve as a test guide in your study of history. If you are fully persuaded that a man on any subject knows a great deal more than yourself, you do not want to stop his mouth. The more he speaks the better you are pleased, and you willingly give up your own previous opinion when he tells you it is wrong.”

    “It is quite different when a man who is your superior in authority wants to interfere with your opinions on a subject which you believe he knows no more of than yourself. Then you want him to hold his tongue. If he does speak, you, perhaps, refuse to listen to him, and if he sees that you are likely not to be afraid to make your dissent public, then, if he wants his authority to be respected, he will probably have the good sense to discover that to hold his tongue is the most discreet course. You may test in this way whether the Church of Rome believes in her own infallibility. Do the members of that Church show that they believe they have got an infallible guide, who on things of faith knows much better than themselves ; and do they accordingly, when they have a theological problem, meekly come to him to be told the solution of it, or do they work out the problem for themselves, and merely invoke the higher authority to reduce their opponents to submission ? And does the higher authority himself speak with the confidence of superior knowledge, or rather, with the caution of one who knows that his subjects would not believe him if he pronounced their opinions to be wrong, and who must take care not to strain his authority too far, lest he should cause a revolt ?”

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  2. Oh no, brother I just checked and sure enough there were two freemansons under the bed and another one hiding in the closet. I’m so thankful for conspiracies, I never would have checked otherwise.
    I actually enjoy learning about the history, the Cultish behavior, and the connection LDS leaders had with the freemason teaching early on. It’s so interesting. But nothing is better than reading your last paragraph! It doesn’t matter what groups do, the Gospel is the most important, most amazing, topic of discussion.

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    1. LOL! Thanks, sister! Yes, conspirators to the left and to the right! This was an absolutely fascinating book that attested to the conspiracy paranoia that grips right-wing Catholicism in regards to the cherished old-school legalistic trivialities and rubrics that float their boat.

      Yes, I read much back in the day about Joseph Smith’s and Mormonism’s connections to Freemasonry. The Mormon temple rituals were copied almost exactly from the Masonic rites. That’s right, in the context of this growing civil war within Catholicism, there’s no sign of the Gospel on either side.
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      1. Very true, Lisa Beth! The doctrines that these traditionalist-conservative Catholics passionately defend (and with a mounting sense of paranoia as this book exemplifies) are all part of a false gospel.

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    1. Thanks! This book was an amazing read for its far-out conspiracies. I’m surprised EWTN published it. I’ve been seeing EWTN gradually becoming more outspoken in its criticisms of Francis, but this book is so radical. It’s pitifully ironic that these traditionalist are so uncompromisingly passionate about their Latin mass during which they only understand a few words that are said. Of course, all masses, Latin or vernacular, are anti-Biblical.

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      1. Thanks for the encouragement, brother! The Lord gives me the desire to keep researching the RCC. And as we discussed before, it’s absolutely amazing to me as an ex-Catholic to 1) watch Francis “bend” doctrines that were always held to be inalterable and 2) observe the growing rebellion against a sitting pope.

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      2. Yes, Francis’ doctrine-bending reforms have caused the EWTN crowd to violate one of their prime beliefs, absolute submission to the papacy.

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  3. I have known men in out work who were Masons. None in my church, but a friend who was a Deacon in another. Given the vagueness of the deity they recognize and other things, I don’t think Freemasonry is the place for Christians

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    1. Yeah, Wally. I believe the bottom line for Masons is they believe in a nebulous “supreme being” and a loosey-goosey moral code of behaving “honorably” and “responsibly,” etc., etc. This is in opposition to the Bible’s message of the one, true God, the sinful depravity of man, and salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. I don’t know how a genuine believer could possibly rationalize in their head their membership in Masonry. Catholicism’s centuries-old fight with Masonry is a case of two errant systems battling each other.

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      1. In this friend’s case, it was nothing but political expediency. He held a local office and it was a networking tool. I think he finally left the Masons though. Maybe he realized it was not right. Haven’t talked much in a few years. He retired and has been traveling

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      2. Yeah, I think a lot of folks justified their membership in the Masons because it was seen as an essential networking tool, kind of like the Rotary Club. Everybody just kind of winked at the Masonic precepts about the nebulous supreme being.

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