Review by Dr Pravin Thevathasan
The Plot To Destroy The Church From Within by Taylor R Marshall
When Taylor Marshall's book first came out, I read a review of it by Jeff Mirus, a Catholic commentator whose articles
have helped me greatly over the years. His review was so critical that I did not read the book for a while. When
I did so, I liked it, even though I continue to have some reservations. For me, the book held no great surprises,
because back in 1986, I read an extraordinary little book entitled Athanasius and the
Church of our times by Bishop Rudolf Graber, which said much the same thing: the Catholic
Church has been infiltrated by Masons, Modernists and Marxists. As Mirus rightly argues, the infiltration is no
I understand why some conservative Catholics will not like this book. Pope John Paul, for example,
is criticized. I am a great admirer of the moral teachings of John Paul. But he does not come out well as far as
the sex abuse crisis is concerned. And he made some poor choices when it came to bishops and cardinals. For me,
the criticism of Pius XII in his last years was more difficult to accept. Perhaps his poor health might explain
some poor decisions?
What Marshall is saying is the enemies are within and are far more destructive of the Church than those outside.
Think McCarrick and the damage that one man has done. There are those who despise sacredness in the liturgy, traditional
sexual morality and the constant teachings of the Church on respecting human life from conception till natural
death. There are priests, bishops and cardinals who fully promote the gay agenda. Do they know that they are seeking
the destruction of the Catholic faith? Why do they remain in the Church?
Both Mirus and Marshall share a similar view, to some extent, on the Second Vatican Council:
it is a valid council and when it reiterates the constant teaching of the Church on matters of faith and morals,
it is infallible.However, its pastoral recommendations are not granted the charism of infallibility.
Marshall's book has helped me greatly. After Amoris Laetitia,
I admit I had certain bitter thoughts about our current crop of Church leaders. I now realize that they are the
fruits of a revolution that started well before them and even well before the Second Vatican Council. Marshall
has adopted a certain sensationalist writing style that I am somewhat uncomfortable with. But, in my view, he covers
all the important topics in one book and that is quite an achievement: the Marxist infiltration and Fatima, the
Modernist infiltration and the century old Masonic infiltration.
When we read about sexual deviancy among the clergy, financial corruption in the Vatican and
demonic hatred of the Faith by those claiming to be Catholic, we should not be surprised. Marshall is right: the
Church has been infiltrated. Mirus is right: the infiltration is no big secret anymore, if it ever was.
Were I to review a book by Francis de Sales, for example, I could in good conscience recommend
it to everyone. In this case, I cannot do the same. What I can say is that in my case, my appreciation of Catholic
Tradition has been enhanced by reading this book. so I will recommend it for some but not others.
Copyright ©; Dr Pravin Thevathasan 2020
Version: 11th July 2020