How was it that Communists could so easily infiltrate one of the world’s historically most powerful institutions — the Roman Catholic Church?

In 2010, Catholic Citizens of Illinois published an article which traced the alarming history of this subversion.  Even Protestants will find this eye-opening.  Excerpts follow, emphases mine.

A few months back, during social chit-chat which turned with predictable concern to the modern plague of clerical apostasy, a venerable member of the Society of Jesus recounted various word of mouth histories of Communist infiltration of the Jesuits. These included two men sent to join the Society in Italy and Spain by their respective national Communist Parties – the former having left to return to the Party in the early 1950s after more than a dozen years of study and actual ordination; the latter leaving the Society before ordination a decade ago. More disturbing still was the case of a prominent Jesuit seminary rector in Rome who, having been run over and killed, was allegedly found to be a member of the KGB. We pondered briefly all the imponderables of such infiltration as well as the domino effect it might have set in train, like: how many students were deformed by the seminary professor down the years; how many others, clerical and lay, they in turn, as priests, had corrupted; how many seminaries and Orders were similarly infiltrated; and, above all, how many of the infiltrators and their warped progeny had risen to the episcopate.

In recent years this latter quandary in particular has emerged from the realms of much derided “conspiracy theory” to become a plausible contributory explanation for the otherwise inexplicable levels of corruption, negligence, and indifference within Western episcopates. The fact that we will never precisely quantify the degree of infiltration and only rarely identify “plants” beyond all doubt, is no reason to ignore the reality. It’s not as if we hadn’t been warned. Ex-Communist celebrated convert Douglas Hyde revealed long ago that in the 1930s the Communist leadership issued a worldwide directive on infiltrating the Catholic Church. In the early 1950s, Mrs. Bella Dodd also provided detailed explanations of the Communist subversion of the Church.

We will look at Mrs Dodd’s involvement in a few days’ time.  For now:

One monk who attended a Bella Dodd lecture in the early 1950s recalled:

“I listened to that woman for four hours and she had my hair standing on end. Everything she said has been fulfilled to the letter. You would think she was the world’s greatest prophet, but she was no prophet. She was merely exposing the step-by-step battle plan of Communist subversion of the Catholic Church. She explained that of all the world’s religions, the Catholic Church was the only one feared by the Communists, for it was its only effective opponent. The whole idea was to destroy, not the institution of the Church, but rather the faith of the people, and even use the institution of the Church, if possible, to destroy the Faith through promotion of a pseudo-religion: something that resembled Catholicism but was not the real thing. Once the Faith was destroyed, she explained, a guilt complex would be introduced into the Church, to label the ‘Church of the past’ as … oppressive, authoritarian, full of prejudices, arrogant in claiming [a monopoly on truth, responsible for the religious divisions of] centuries. This would be necessary in order to shame Church leaders into an ‘openness to the world,’ and to a more flexible attitude toward all religions and philosophies. The Communist would then exploit this openness in order to undermine the Church.”

This conspiracy has been confirmed time and again by Soviet defectors. Ex-KGB officer Anatoliy Golitsyn, who defected in 1961 and in 1984 forecast with 94% accuracy all the astonishing developments in the Communist Bloc since that time, confirmed several years ago that this “penetration of the Catholic and other churches” is part of the Party’s “general line [i.e., unchanged policy] in the struggle against religion.” Hundreds of files secreted to the West by former KGB archivist Vassili Mitrokhin and published in 1999 tell a similar tale, about the KGB cultivating the closest possible relationships with “progressive” Catholics and financing their activities. One of the leftist organs identified was the small Italian Catholic press agency Adista, which for decades has promoted every imaginable postconciliar cause or “reform,” and whose director was named in The Mitrokhin Archive as a paid KGB agent. Interestingly, just prior to the Mitrokhin expose it was little Adista that ultra-Modernist Cardinal Martini used to diffuse his dissident rant at the 1999 European Synod, where, among other things, he called for a “new Council.”

The article states that this subversion of the Church, as is the furthering of Communism, forms part of Freemasonry’s centuries-old attack on Christianity:

There are, of course, logistically implausible and just plain silly conspiracy theories. Yet, as the widespread homosexual infiltration of the postconciliar Church attests, the idea that evil men never seek each other out to work together is sillier still. Moreover, the insistence of liberal propagandists that there is no Masonic conspiracy (aided and abetted by fellow-travellers like themselves) is doubtless the greatest conspiracy of all. As E. Michael Jones explains in his dissection of one such propaganda exercise, by distorting and misrepresenting primary historical sourceslike ex-Mason Abbe de Barruel, who wrote in the late eighteenth century that “the object of their [Masonic] conspiracy is to overturn every altar where Christ is adored” – the liberal Establishment seeks to protect and maintain at all costs the nihilistic spirit of the Enlightenment, which Masonic legacy underpins that dissolute and crumbling artifice we call Modernity.

The author(s) warn that it is imperative that all Catholics — and I would add ‘all Christians’ — need to be more aware of a sustained and systematic attack on Christ and His faithful.  This is a purposely complex and obscure subject, even though much has been written about it.

Sadly, we cannot escape dark forces, which may also co-opt other world faiths to aid and abet them.  For this reason, we should be suspicious of interfaith groups and gatherings — actively promoted by the Roman Catholic Church on orders from the Vatican. These may well be Communist front organisations which are there to serve not as a means for ‘promoting peace and harmony’ but to dilute and eliminate Christianity.

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