A Response to Archbishop Viganò

Hi Everyone!

On April 21, the Portuguese publication Dies Irae published an interview with Archbishop Viganò. Part of this interview concerned Fátima and the third part of the secret.

Some of Viganò’s remarks were rather uninformed, and I was asked by Catholic Herald over in England to write an article that discusses the matter.

The article was just published today, but is behind a paywall for subscribers. Go check it out anyway!

[6-12-20 Update: It appears as though the article is no longer behind a paywall. Please click on the above link to read the full article]

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File Update: Marshall PDF

Hi Everyone!

I received word from a friend in Portugal that I had not translated the word  (only) in my PDF document (pg. 8 of the PDF) on Taylor Marshall’s Infiltration. True, I had not done so and so I have corrected it in the PDF file and re-uploaded it to the site. All links should be fixed as well, so there is no disruption.

By way of clarification: I was not intending to provide a precise translation at that moment, as indicated by the no quotation marks in the previous version of the PDF. I have, however, not only translated só but also made the statement into a proper quotation.

Taylor Marshall “Infiltration” Book Review: Part II

To read Part I, click here

In May 2019, Dr. Taylor Marshall of Texas published Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within (Manchester, New Hampshire: Sophia Institute Press, 2019). Marshall firmly maintains that the Catholic Church has been literally infiltrated by her enemies, thereby experiencing a massive campaign of disruption and distortion. This topic, however, has not received much attention from “mainstream” Catholicism until more recently, especially with the attention drawn to it by Taylor Marshall. Does Infiltration live up to its hype though?

Infiltration—Some Historical Background

Treated for far too long as a taboo subject, the notion of the Catholic Church’s “infiltration” by enemies from within has received increasing mainstream attention in recent years. Two reasons for this development readily come to mind: first, various decisions taken by Pope Francis, and second, the emergence of new and many revelations of sex-abuse within the Church dating back at least to the 1950s and 1960s.

Many Catholics have become dismayed at various actions and pronouncements of Pope Francis. The publication of Francis’ 2016 Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia has prompted much debate over the moral question of divorced-and-remarried persons receiving Holy Communion.[1] In October, 2019, during the Amazon Synod the Holy Father was alleged to have promoted pagan worship through the Pachamama statues that turned up not just in the Synod hall, but also in St. Peter’s Basilica and even in a nearby church (S. Maria in Traspontina on the via della Conciliazione).[2] Such behavior on the part of the successor of St. Peter has many Catholics puzzled.

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Pope Francis and a Fátima Monstrance

I noticed today on a Twitter feed a criticism of a monstrance used in Fátima by Pope Francis. The criticism contrasted the monstrance with another one given by the Irish.

Pope Francis (left) contrasted with the Irish monstrance (right).

I offer no comment about the aesthetics and eye appeal of either monstrance. I do, however, wish to make an observation.

From my time in Fátima, not just my study of the phenomenon, but my actual experiences in Fátima proper, I learned about the Irish monstrance. In short, I was told that it was very heavy contains pure gold and studded with numerous precious gems. In other words, very valuable. For more information about the monstrance, I recommend you visit these web sites:

  1. Ireland Sends Its Thanks to Fátima (YouTube video, 1949).
  2. Fatima Vessels en Route to America (National Catholic Register, 1999).
  3. Fatima Monstrance (Athgarvan Musings, 2018).

So we have weight and value to consider here. Let me add one more component: Pope Francis’ extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing on March 27, 2020.

Does anyone remember what happened after the imparting of the blessing? Pope Francis turned around and walked back to the altar inside of St. Peter’s. His walk was not healthy looking, and the monstrance was lilted. Here is the visual:

Clearly, Pope Francis was struggling. The man is over 80, has part of a lung removed and wears special orthopedic shoes. Does anyone really think he would have used the Irish monstrance?

Based upon everything considered here, I think it is a bit unfair to criticize Pope Francis for not using the Irish monstrance.