NB: this page is devoted to investigating the crisis in the Church from a historical point of view. The dates and events are noted as facts or as “allegations” to denote the level of documentation supporting each point that I have seen. I have tried to include as many footnotes as possible, but there are also gaps in the evidence, and I ask the reader to pardon any errors and correct me where I have erred. The reader must also take care to guard against the vices of curiosity and despair and to not read any of this if such vices tempt you. Please do not take any of these assertions at face value but investigate the sources for yourself and see whether or not they are accurate. From my view, the best secondary source introduction to the history of the crisis is Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within by Taylor Marshall.
Undoubtedly there will be inaccuracies below, and some things will never be known. Please contact me with any corrections or additions, but I will ignore any email that does not include sources. I will update this page regularly.
1600-1965 The Catholic effort to reconcile the faith with the Enlightenment never gains official support.
1600s Approved Apparition Our Lady of Good Success allegedly predicts that Freemasons will cause massive apostasy in the second half of the 20th Century.
1776 American Revolution
1789 French Revolution
1794 Modernism and certain ideas later found in Vatican II condemned by Pius VI.
1848 Seneca Falls Convention, Communist Manifesto, European Revolutions.
1859 Freemasonry’s stated goal is to destruction of Catholicism by infiltration. Popes warn of this.
1864 Bl. Pius IX publishes Syllabus of Errors against Modernism and Liberalism
1870 Modernism condemned at Vatican I.
1890s Europe experiences severe drop in Mass attendance and general secularization after a century of secular revolutions with the Church supporting the old Monarchical order.
1903 Cardinal Rampolla is vetoed from the papacy allegedly because he is a Freemason. St. Pius X elected instead.
1907 Modernism is condemned vehemently by St. Pius X. Compels all clerics and seminary professors to be bound by an Oath Against Modernism. Loisy is excommunicated.
1914-1918 World War I
1914 Rampolla’s protégé is elected Benedict XV, who surpresses the Solitidum Pianum and moderates the suppression of Modernism.
1917 Our Lady of Fatima calls the world to penance and threatens World War II
– St. Maximilian Kolbe witnesses Freemasons parading in Rome with the banner “Satan must Rule in the Vatican. The pope will be his slave.”
1908-12 Teilhard de Chardin goes to England where he is allegedly influenced by modernist George Tyrrell. De Chardin helps produce the theological movement Nouvelle Theologie. He denies original sin and teaches that the world is naturally evolving toward the good.
1924 Modernism is again condemned by Pius XI.
1920-1930s Communists and homosexuals begin to infiltrate Catholic seminaries.
1926 Teilhard de Chardin is forbidden from teaching
1929 Pius XI concludes an agreement with Mussolini to create the Vatican City. Our Lady requests that Russia be consecrated. Pius XI does not consecrate Russia.
1936 Jacques Maritain writes Integral Humanism, calling for an abandonment of the anti-Modernist stance of the Papacy and the cooperation of the Church with secular democracy and pluralist society. Montini (later Paul VI) reads this work and translates it into Italian
1939-1945 World War II
1942 The Vatican Bank is founded (IOR), which his allegedly involved in corrupt financial dealings involving the CIA, Masons and Mafia against the Italian Communists. Ven. Pius XII works closely with Spellman, who is later credibly accused of financial and moral corruption.
1947 Teilhard de Chardin is forbidden from writing and teaching on philosophy
1947-50 Modernist tendencies within Nouvelle theologie are condemned by Pius XII in Humani Generis (1950) and Antiquarianism condemned in Mediator Dei (1947), yet allegedly allows numerous modernist episcopal appointments.
1948 Ven. Pius XII appoints Bugnini to the Commission for Liturgical Reform
1950s Between 60-74% of Catholics attending Mass weekly in the United States.
-Montini (later Paul VI) is demoted by Pius XII for associating with Communists. Holds three private meetings with de facto Communist Saul Alinsky. Montini’s mentor Maritain praises Alinsky as a “practical Thomist,” even though Alinsky dedicates his last book to Lucifer. Alinsky praises Montini and hopes that he becomes pope.
1955 Bugnini’s Holy Week “Restoration”
1957 Teilhard de Chardin’s books are forbidden
1960 Sr. Lucia instructs pope to reveal Third Secret after 1960, whose contents are later revealed to be a vision of the pope, bishops and faithful being massacred and an angel crying “Penance! Penance! Penance!” St. John XXIII states he will not reveal this foreboding message in 1960.
-St. John XXIII calls Roman synod (as forerunner to Vatican II) which calls for renewal of Tridentine rigor, confirming traditional practices such as priestly tonsure, liturgical orthodoxy. Vatican II schema are written.
-Pope St. John does not observe the Holy Week “Restoration” rites
1962 Bugnini writes schema for liturgy. Is abruptly dismissed by John XXIII for unknown reason.
-Holy Office gives specific warning against Teilhard de Chardin.
1962-65 Modernists are allowed at Vatican II as periti. Instead of foreboding message of Fatima and call for penance, St. John XXIII’s opening message “disagrees with these prophets of gloom.” Council is dominated by optimism and no call for the world to do penance. His opening speech however, does include the “same sense, same understanding” language.
-The French, German, Dutch and Belgian “Rhine Group” dominates the council, forcing original schemata to be thrown out, and ambiguous (meaning lack of canonical, dogmatic language) documents approved. Roman Synod of 1960 is ignored.
-Secret agreement is made (“Metz Agreement”) with Russia to never condemn Communism at the council, although a petition of 400 priests from 86 countries begs the council to condemn it (schema condemning communism is ignored).
1965 Authors of Vatican II documents and influential periti – Rahner, Kung, Schillebeeckx – found journal Concilium in order to promote their Modernist use of Vatican II. This group originally includes Ratzinger, de Lubac, and von Balthasar.
-Pope St. Paul VI celebrates first Mass with vernacular and special altar facing the people. He says that we need to do away with Latin and Gregorian chant in his public addresses. Later states that the New Mass is “a law” (General Audience, November 19, 1969).
-Deitrich von Hildebrand confronts Paul VI and pleads with him to condemn heresy. He writes a draft condemnation. Paul VI says it is “too harsh” and refuses.
1965-71 Henri de Lubac writes multiple books defending Teilhard de Chardin
1966 St. Paul VI believes that Vatican II will bring springtime of faith and allows many Modernists to promote errors. Vatican II does not promote penance and warnings of Fatima. Lumen Gentium explicitly states that Vatican II is not binding unless stated. Paul VI says it’s not infallible.
-An unknown number of bishops and priests are later revealed to be active homosexuals or protectors of homosexuals. They return to their diocese and actively or passively promote Modernism in doctrine and liturgy.
-Ratzinger writes that “a basic unity of churches…must replace the idea of conversion.”
1968 St. Paul VI confesses his Creed, condemns contraception, but allows Communion in the Hand and also indults the 1965 Missal. Innumerable clergy and laity publicly resist his contraception ruling which he does not enforce.
-The Italian state revokes the Vatican Bank tax exempt status, St. Paul VI brings in Freemason mafia banker Sindona to help.
1969 Oath against modernism is abolished and reformers change nearly every prayer in the 1962 Missal, removing references to sacrifice, sin, death, hell etc. from Missal Ordo and propers, removing similar passages from Scripture readings and Psalms. Bugnini says that he intends to “remove every stumbling block” to Protestants in order to convert them. Official translation document, Comme le prevoit, promotes suppression of words like “merit” “beseech” “handmaiden” and other Catholic vocabulary, stating that translations must not be “contrary to modern Christian ideas.” External innovations are promoted like the people altar, communion in hand, and the destruction of sacred music, much in the name of Modernism or Antiquarianism. Paul VI, however, sends Gregorian chant setting Missa Jubilate Deo to the world’s bishops, but he does not enforce it.
-Freemasons allegedly claim both St. John XXIII and Paul VI as their members.
1965-1978 Modernism grows – Mass attendance and vocations in Euro-America plummet continually through present (other areas not previously affected by Modernism, such as Africa, experience growth). Priests and Bishops secretly cover up their and others’ active homosexuality. A mass amount of priests and religious forsake their vows and become laymen.
1972 St. Paul VI observes that “the smoke of Satan” has infected the Church and it is enduring “self-destruction”
-Ratzinger, Bouyer, von Balthasar, de Lubac, Oullet, and Kasper break away from Concilium and found the journal Communio
1973-1984 Alleged Freemason Cardinal Baggio successfully creates Modernist bishops throughout the world.
1974 Missal of 1962 is forbidden except by Indult
-Vatican Bank experiences major financial losses due to Sindona’s mishandling.
1976 French and Italian sources print allegations that Pope Paul VI is an active sodomite which he publicly denies
-Bugnini is (again) abruptly dismissed and exiled to Iran. Bugnini allegedly admits that this was due to Paul VI believing Bugnini to be a Freemason, although Bugnini denies he is a Mason.
1978 Cardinal Gagnon documents wholesale corruption of the curia for Paul VI. Pope refuses to act. Paul VI passes this information to John Paul I, who is allegedly murdered after attempting to remove Baggio. Information of wholesale corruption is given to John Paul II.
-John Paul II’s pontificate begins. It is dominated by attempts to suppress Modernism formally by word, while promoting it by deeds. He travels the world more than any other pope.
1979 Vatican Bank financial chief Sindona’s lawyer Ambrosoli is murdered with top detective Guiliano investigating Sindona
1980 Vatican Bank financial chief Sindona is convicted on 65 counts of financial crime.
1980-2000s Ratzinger publishes against the Modernists, publicly criticizing the New Missal while stating that division in the church is above all liturgical. Calls for New Liturgical Movement. However, upholds liberal concepts from Vatican II such as religious liberty. States that Gaudium et Spesis a “counter-syllabus” yet states it teaches no new doctrine.
-Allegedly corrupt priest Stanisław Dziwisz slowly becomes vice pope, is responsible for promoting corrupt abusers like Maciel and McCarrick under John Paul II
-John Paull II and later Benedict XVI both give Holy Communion to Protestant Robert Shutz
1983 New Code of Canon law redefines Marriage, softens penalties for sins of clergy, permits schismatics communion, and removes requirement for Thomism in seminaries
-JPII significantly decreases the requirements for Canonization, then beatifies one third of all blesseds.
1983-6 John Paul II publicly preaches in Protestant church, reverences Buddha, communes in demonic Hindu and animist rituals.
1986 First Assissi Meeting – St. John Paul II causes demon worship in a Church and incense to be burned to idol placed atop the Blessed Sacrament (the chapel later collapses and destroys this altar).
-Vatican Bank financial chief Sindona is murdered in prison.
1987 James Grein tells John Paul II in person about McCarrick’s abuse
1988 St. John Paul II does not require SSPX to be bound by Vatican II to be reconciled and agrees to give them one bishop. Lefebvre consecrates four bishops without his approval. He excommunicates Lefebvre (and those he consecrated), the only excommunication of his pontificate. JPII states that Vatican II contains “new doctrine” (Ecclesia Dei). St. John Paul II creates FSSP using 1962 Missal but does not grant them a bishop as was promised to SSPX.
1992 JPII issues New Catechism via Ratzinger and Schönborn, confirming the conservative Nouvelle Theologie party against the Modernist use of Vatican II. Suppresses the doctrine of penal substitution, softens doctrine of Extra Ecclesia Nulla Salvus, removes marriage hierarchy teaching, and removes all teachings against Modernism by Gregory XVI, St. Pius X and Bl. Pius IX, previously included in original VII schems.
1990s “St. Gallen Mafia” is organized secretly by Cardinals and others who oppose the pontificate of JPII and Ratzinger, lobby for Bergoglio as pope
1998 JPII creates new Oath Of Fidelity (against Modernism), but softens its language by removing “same sense same understanding” language.
-JPII issues more than 100 apologies to groups on behalf of the Catholic Church including the burning of heretics
1999 JPII publicly venerates the antichrist Qur’an of the Muhammadans
2000s Vocations and orders using 1962 Missal grow in Euro-America and continue growing through present, young people begin to attend 1962 Missal increasingly. New Missal Mass Attendence continues to drop in Euro-America
–Dominus Iesus attempts to condemn the Modernist interpretation of one of Vatican II’s central concepts (the subsistit controversy)
-Ratzinger praises de Chardin in Spirit of the Liturgy
2001 Liturgiam Authenticam condemns (indirectly) Comme le prevoit and confirms Formal Equivalence as correct vernacular translation theory and cleanses Modernists from ICEL, reversing policies under Paul VI
-Germany and Italy refuse to re-translate their Missals, whereas new ICEL translation is faithful to Latin, albeit with existing textual censors already mentioned
2004 Ratzinger affirms that Catholics can disagree with the pope on death penalty
2005 Ratzinger is elected Pope Benedict XVI, states that division in Church has been due to hermeneutic of continuity vs. hermeneutic of rupture.
2007 Benedict XVI issues Summorum Pontificum, allowing broadest possible use of 1962 Missal, without requiring it in every diocese, reversing Paul VI’s actions in forbidding the 1962 Missal
2012 Vatileaks scandal – published letters reveal sexual and financial corruption involving the Vatican Bank. Alleged plot to overthrow Benedict
-Benedict completes investigative dossier on curia corruption but does not act on it before resignation.
2013-present Powerful homosexual Cardinal McCarrick and Gallen Mafia campaign for Bergoglio.
-Bergoglio is elected as Pope Francis I. Confirms Germany and Italy’s disobedience to Liturgiam Authenticam by issuing new powers to country’s translations, refuses to answer multiple Dubia on the Sacred Tradition from thousands of laity, priests, bishops, and suppresses religious orders using 1962 Missal.
-Bishops and clergy increasingly celebrate 1962 Missal. Very small number of Bishops and Cardinals begin to publicly criticize the Pope Francis
-Modernists at every level continue to promote Modernism by using Vatican II as justification. New efforts are made to promote women’s ordination, repeal ban on Contraception, and the long resistance to communist China is ended by Pope Francis in favor of communists
-Pope Francis teaches in contradiction to John Paul II and Bendict XVI on communion for remarried, calling it “authentic magisterium,” changes catechism to condemn death penalty, contradicting prior catechism, and prior magisterium, states that the plurality of religions is God’s will in the same way as Creation
-Causes idols of Mother Earth to be worshipped in the Vatican during the Amazon Synod
See Ulrich L. Lehner, The Catholic Enlightenment: The Forgotten History of a Global Movement (Oxford, 2016), who details the efforts of Catholics over these centuries to implement the type of reforms that Vatican II later promulgated.
For this and other claims in this outline, see Taylor Marshall, “Freemasons.” The revelations were written in 1777 and approved by the local bishop. In 1984, St. John Paul II approved the local veneration
The Permanent Instruction on the Alta Vendita, in which the Freemasons state “Our final end is that of Voltaire and the French Revolution, the destruction forever of Catholicism and even of the Christian idea…we will conquer the Catholic Church not by argumentation, but rather by moral corruption.” This document was published as a warning by Popes Gregory XVI, Bl. Pius IX, and Leo XIII. See Msgr. George F. Dillon, The War of Antichrist with the Church, 1885, endorsed by Leo XIII, p. 65. See also Timothy Gordon, “The Great Modern Attack on the Church,” Catholic Answers, July 1st, 2017; Michael Hichborn, “Satan Must Reign in the Vatican. The Pope Will Be His Slave,” Lepanto Institute, Oct. 10th, 2016
Dei Filius, canon 4.3 “If anyone shall assert it to be possible that sometimes, according to the progress of knowledge, a sense is to be given to doctrines propounded by the Church different from that which the Church has understood and understands; let him be anathema.” Ch. 4: “Let then the intelligence, science, and wisdom of each and all, of individuals and of the whole Church, in all ages and at all times, increase and flourish in abundance and vigor; but simply in its own proper kind, that is to say, in one and the same doctrine, one and the same sense, one and the same judgment.” Emphasis mine.
This is the accusation of Monsignor Jouin who states that he, on the basis of certain documents, compelled the Emperor to issue the veto. There exists no substantial evidence of Freemasony. Whatever the case, Mrs. Engel identifies Rampolla’s modernist tendencies with informing his proteges Eugenio Pacelli (Ven. Pius XII), Giacomo della Chiesa (Benedict XV) and Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (St. John XXIII). The masonic-based sect Ordo Templi Orientis claimed Rampolla as an member (Randy Engel, “Paul VI and the Church’s Paradigm Shift on Homosexuality,” The Rite of Sodomy Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church). Engel’s claim, although disputed, is listed as “alleged” by OTO archivist Peter-Robert Koenig (Das OTO-Phaenomen, Germany 1994) who cites Georges Virebeau: Prelats et Franc-Maçons, Paris 1978.
Fr. Paul Wickens, Christ Denied: Origin of the Present Day Problems in the Catholic Church, TAN 1982. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, “Where is the new theology leading us?”, English translation of the French article, “La nouvelle théologie où va-t-elle?”, Angelicum 23 (1946): 126-145. Accessible at archive.org.
Condemned proposition by the Holy Office December 1st, 1924: “Truth is not found in any particular act of the intellect wherein conformity with the object would be had, as the Scholastics say, but rather truth is always in a state of becoming, and consists in a progressive alignment of the understanding with life, indeed a certain perpetual process, by which the intellect strives to develop and explain that which experience presents or action requires: by which principle, moreover, as in all progression, nothing is ever determined or fixed.” The last of these condemned propositions is: “ Even after Faith has been received, man ought not to rest in the dogmas of religion, and hold fast to them fixedly and immovably, but always solicitous to remain moving ahead toward a deeper truth and even evolving into new notions, and even correcting that which he believes.” Cited in Lagrange, op. cit.
Bella Dodd testifies to this as a former Communist. See Dr. Warren Carroll, “EWTN Catholic Q&A,” Feb. 14, 2002. See also Fr. Enrique Rueda, The Homosexual Network: Private Lives and Public Policy, Devin-Adair Pub, 1986. Randy Engals, The Rite of Sodomy Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church, New Engel Publishing, 2006. Bella Dodd, School of Darkness, Devin-Adail Pub, 1963. William Z. Fost, Toward Soviet America, 1932, International Publishers.
Paul L. Williams, The Vatican Exposed (New York: Prometheus Books, 2003). The assertions of HE Spellman’s corruption were asserted by first hand witnesses in Spellman’s biography but the diocese of New York was able to force out these assertions. Mr. Williams uses primary sources to convincingly assert the corruption, and Dr. Marshall shows that Spellman was likely one of Mrs. Dodd’s Communist infiltrators (Infiltration, 88ff). See also Dr. Marshall’s source: “Sindona’s World” New York Magazine 24 Sep 1979.
Leading figure Henri Boullard stated in 1943 that “A theology that is not current will be a false theology” asserting that theology must continually evolve while also staying the same. Cited in Thomas G. Guarino, Foundations of Systematic Theology T&T Clark; 1 edition (May 1, 2005), 75. Mr. Guarino, however, asserts that Humani Generis misunderstood Nouvelle Theologie. The assertion that Ven. Pius XII appointed Modernist bishops was made in a lecture by Fr. Gregory Hesse and has not been verified.
This so-called “Third Secret” was revealed by the Vatican in 2000. Some allege based on circumstantial evidence that there is more explanation within the secret than what has been revealed
Romano Amerio. Iota Unum. A Study of Changes in the Catholic Church in the 20th Century, Sarto House, Kansas City 1996, 54-56. This is confirmed by lecture 1 by Fr. Christopher Smith, (“Vatican II What you were too embarrassed to ask” 2017 ccwatershed.org)
These words were allegedly not included in the translation of his opening speech according to a lecture by Fr. Christopher Smith, (“Vatican II What you were too embarrassed to ask” 2017 ccwatershed.org)
On the takeover of the council by the heterodox Rhine group, see two sources favorable to Vatican II: The Rhine Flows into the Tiber by Ralph Wiltgen (TAN, 1991) and What Happened at Vatican II by John O’Malley (Harvard University Press, 2010). Bishop Barron states that Vatican II was confusing because it is written as a “lyrical multivalent essay famously open to a variety of interpretations,” while affirming the “Hermeneutic of Continuity” thesis. “Additional Commentary from Fr. Barron on Vatican II,” Word on Fire (YouTube channel),Jun 27, 2012.
Joseph Ratzinger, Theological highlights of Vatican II Paulist Press; Rev. ed. edition (March 1, 2009), 114. Fr. Ratzinger does make a distinction that the Catholic Church is still “the Church” (emphasis in the original), but the dogma of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus is not clear.
“It is the love of souls and the desire to help in any way the road to union of the separated brethren, by removing every stone that could even remotely constitute an obstacle or difficulty, that has driven the Church to make even these painful sacrifices [of changing prayers]” L’Osservatore Romano, March 19, 1965
On the censoring of certain language, see Lauren Pristas, “The Orations of the Vatican II Missal: Policies for Revision,” Communio, Winter 2003, accessible online. The works critiquing the Buginini liturgical reform are myriad.
This is the claim of Charles Murr in The Godmother (2017). He states that St. John Paul II later demoted him after Baggio had already appointed many Modernists as bishops, including Cardinal McCcarrick. “Baggio deliberated and exclusively created liberal bishops, and that any orthodox bishop or archbishop who managed to be named during those years occurred only due to dramatic efforts by orthodox members of the Roman Curia to convince Pope John Paul II to override Baggio.”
The New Catechism does quote Bl. Pius IX in his definition of the Immaculate Conception, but all teachings from St. Pius X and Gregory XVI are absent. The one exception to this is a reference (not a quotation) from Bl. Pius IX condemnation of religious liberty in which the Catechism states that religious liberty cannot be “unlimited” (2109). Leo XIII and Pius XII (as well as Pius XI) are quoted. See <http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_NOTE.HTM>
This memorandum also included a censure to Catholics who support abortion, which was sent to corrupt Cardinal McCarrick. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, “Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion: General Principles.” Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 2004