Responding to Taylor Marshall-1

Hello Everyone! This post is the first entry to introduce my video series responding to Taylor Marshall and Timothy Gordon on Fátima. I announced the series here on the site recently.

In September of 2018, Marshall and Gordon made a podcast entitled Third Secret of Fatima & the Smoke of Satan in the Church. I was quite interested to see the direction in which they took the discussion. There were good points during the podcast. There were also some questionable moments.

Owing to obligations that I had at the time, I was unable to respond to the Marshall/Gordon podcast. I enjoy time now and have made my own video series in response. The videos are meant to be watched consecutively, so please make sure to watch them in chronological order.

I do not make these videos with an animus toward Marshall and Gordon. I simply saw some things that prompted me to respond in this way.

Below is a transcript of the first video. I will post the second installment relatively soon, so stay tuned!


P.S. The audio is not synced in this first video and I am not sure what the problem is. The other videos will not have this problem.


Hello everyone! My name is Kevin Symonds. I’m the author of the books Refractions of Light, Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael, and On the Third Part of the Secret of Fátima. I’m making this video in response to a video-podcast dated September 12, 2018 by Dr. Taylor Marshall and Timothy Gordon entitled Third Secret of Fatima & the Smoke of Satan in the Church. This video discussed corruption in the Church, Marian apparitions and Fátima-related matters.

When the video came out, it became very popular quite quickly. There were some good things that I saw in the podcast, but unfortunately, there were also a lot of mistakes. While I have the impression that these mistakes were made innocently, at the same time the mistakes created a false image of Fátima and its history. At the time, I was unable to respond owing to some other pursuits. I now enjoy some time and have made this video series in response to the podcast.

I realize that responding to Marshall and Gordon with the intention to question or challenge them could be considered a most daunting task. Marshall’s book Infiltration was published in May, 2019 and it has gained him much popularity. He has written about some notable history of the Church in a manner that is easily accessible for the average reader. He has given voice to many people in this time who want to know how we arrived at the present state of affairs in the Church. Marshall and I share this pursuit in common and both believe that Fátima gives us the answers to the present crisis. We need, however, to understand Fátima correctly in order to have those answers.

Therefore, I want to make it clear that I respect Marshall and the work he has done over the years. We are both converts who have taken interesting paths both into and through the Church. We both share a mutual horror over the present state of the Church and I am deeply concerned as well as he is for her out of love. The present video series is not made with an animus toward Marshall or Gordon. My pursuit is simply to discuss and correct some things about their presentation on Fátima that I saw as erroneous so that we can better face the present challenges before us.

I have written in charity, though I do take the occasional opportunity to throw friendly jest. That will come out in a few places during the present video series. I challenge Marshall and Gordon, but always trying to be charitable yet direct. Additionally, Dr. Marshall invited me to come onto his podcast shortly after his video was made. I regretfully had to turn down his offer owing to a conflict with other engagements at the time. I am still open to talking with Marshall on his podcast if his invitation still stands.

Lastly, if you wish to learn more information about me, please visit me on my personal web site: Thank you for watching and let’s now get the show on the road!