And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and surrounded the encampment of the saints and the beloved city: and fire came down from heaven and devoured them.” (Revelation 20:9)
Catholic authors have been known to be sometimes unwittingly prophetic. In my opinion, that is the case of the Spanish writer Donoso Cortés, of Fr. Félix Sardà y Salvany, and the Argentine Fr. Leonardo Castellani. For example, reading Catholicism, Liberalism and Socialism (1851) by Donoso Cortés, one can fully understand what Our Lady of Fatima said about the “error of Russia” that would eventually spread all over the world. Who could deny the predictions of that Spanish author and those of Our Blessed Mother, now that we have members of the United States House of Representatives who are openly Socialists, like Bernie Sanders or Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, among others?
Communism started its ascendance only weeks after the Fatima apparitions in 1917. That ideology has continued its expansion in spite of having been officially abandoned by Russia. Today, a surprisingly sizable number of young Americans look sympathetically to Socialist ideas. The three authors mentioned above sounded the alarm about the dangers of Liberalism. Donoso Cortés, warned us that Liberalism carried in itself the seed of Socialism because that was the only political direction in which it could grow.
The Liberal ideas that developed after the 15th century in Europe and later in the United States necessitate a growth of the role of the State at the expense of Man’s natural liberty and the guidance of the Church. From the beginning, Liberalism wants to “liberate” us from the moral constraints of the Church. That is the reason why all the young branches of that original idea are basically anti-Christian.
One important difference between the early Liberalism and modern Socialism is that Socialism now has the tools to complete the abolition of the Christian order. That mission has been accomplished to a great extent in the Western World. The Church has declined in influence and prestige to a point our Christian forefathers never imagined possible. But prophets do not have to imagine, they are given the grace to see. Father Castellani foresaw the final wave of iniquity and how it would fatally wound the Catholic Church:
the temporal structure of the Church will fall under the sway of the Antichrist. She will fornicate with the kings of the Earth —at least the visible part of it, as it has happened already in history — and the abomination of desolation will enter the holy place.” (quoted in Liberalism: Sin, Iniquity, Abomination, by Horacio Bojorge S. J.)
Our Lord warned us through the prophet Daniel:
Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.” (Daniel 12:10)
We can thank God for the wisdom of Cortés, Salvany, and Castellani who saw our present situation with clarity and sounded the alarm so that we can understand our times.
As the Church appears to careen into an even bigger crisis now, we can see that serious malicious infiltration has been taking place for the best part of the last century or so. The ultimate origin of the attack is, as usual, the father of lies, the enemy of God. It is a well known fact that the Soviets began to plant agents in the Church in the 1920’s aiming to use ecclesiastical influence for their own political purposes.
A labor union activist who later converted to the Catholic faith, Bella Dodd, revealed that in the early 1950’s the communist had infiltrated a good number of seminaries and even had men placed in the College of Cardinals. Many of those young seminarians got ordained and moved up to influential positions in the hierarchy, gradually creating a network within the Catholic Church.
Ion Mihai Pacepa, a high-ranking officer in the Romanian KGB, revealed that the Soviet conspiracy even involved the creation of a specific theology designed to facilitate the intrusion. According to Pacepa, KGB officers were responsible for the creation of the so-called Theology of Liberation. Other books and authors have added important information about the conspiracy.
February in Rome
A strange coincidence, or perhaps an intentional joke by someone in the Vatican in charge of scheduling important events, made the Synod on Sexual Abuse begin on the day of St. Peter Damian, a Doctor of the Church and the author of the Liber Ghomorrianus, a treatise where our saint thunders against the spread of the vice of homosexuality among the clergy of his time.
The synod was, as many expected, a nothingburger and many called it “a cover up of the cover up” perhaps another page taken from the political manual of Peronism: make a lot of noise about solving a problem, create a committee, and keep the public busy with blah-blah until a new problem takes their attention away. In short, nothing happened but sometimes when nothing happens, everything happens. There was a great hole in the matters up to discussion. A hole named Theodore McCarrick the recently defrocked Cardinal, former Archbishop of Washington, DC, and fundraiser extraordinaire who was a major mover and shaker in the American Catholic Church for decades.
McCarrick’s treasonous activities should be examined –not only by whoever happens to still be loyal to Christ in the upper hierarchy of the Church– but also by American counterintelligence analysts, because it has become a matter of national security, something that goes well beyond a mere investigation on his many crimes.
McCarrick obviously infiltrated the Church, most likely with the help of Communists. He managed to form a network of men like him, he placed them in strategically important posts where they could wield power and use it to facilitate further infiltration and control. He was a master deceiver, able to manipulate those above and below him to further his aims while living a life of unspeakable vice. This is no mere Benedict Arnold. Rather, imagine had someone like James Monroe been a British agent during the War of Independence. McCarrick the operative likely trained by Soviet agents in Switzerland when he was young, has been within shooting distance of several American Presidents moving freely among the most powerful politicians in the country, sensing their opinions, inclinations, perhaps even hearing highly sensitive information. No one seems to know the full extent of the damage done to the Church and the country by Theodore McCarrick since many of the men he placed in high posts are still there!
How was a poor, young McCarrick able to travel to Switzerland and stay there for months? Why was he expelled from a Catholic High School only to be accepted into a seminary and later ordained as a priest? What was his relation to his ecclesiastical superiors? How was he able to have such a brilliant career while living a double life? Who enabled him? Who looked the other way? How did the network operate and how does it operate now that McCarrick’s cover is blown?
Honest Catholic investigators can do a lot to answer those important questions that the Synod so conspicuously ignored. A Synod that was announced to be the end-all and cure-all of the clerical sexual abuse, ended up being a big “nothingburger” with a side of air but perhaps there is somebody, now lurking in the shadows, who wonders “where’s the beef” and is willing and able to find it. If that is the case, well … “I’m loving it!”
 See: School of Darkness, Bella Dodd, Jerome Library Press.
 Good Bye Good Men – How Liberals Brought Corruption into the Catholic Church, by Michael S. Rose, Regnery Publishing, 2002. The Homosexual Network: Private Lives and Public Policy, by Enrique T. Rueda. (Devin Adair Co., 1982). More recently: In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel, (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2019).