Matt C. Abbott
By Matt C. Abbott
June 6, 2019

A new book by Dr. Taylor R. Marshall has elicited strong, divergent reactions from concerned Catholic writers, including Dr. Jeff Mirus, co-founder of Christendom College and founder of Trinity Communications and; and Julia Meloni, who holds a bachelor's degree from Yale and a master's degree from Harvard.

On May 31, Mirus published a rather scathing review of Marshall's book at (excerpted; click here to read Mirus' review in its entirety):
    To my great sadness, Sophia Institute Press has just published Taylor R. Marshall's Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within. The publisher is offering it under its 'CRISIS Publications' imprint, designed to address problems 'with clarity, cogency, and force' through books that are 'destined to become all-time classics.' Infiltration is certainly an all-time the category of conspiracy theories.

    It is hard to know where to begin a review, since discussing the book is rather like pointing out the absurdity of a crazy relative who always has an answer to every objection, pulled out of a world that exists only in his head. The fundamental stupidity of the book arises from the author's felt need to explain the normal human condition in terms of a series of conspiracies....

    In the midst of this inescapable jumble, Taylor Marshall has offered readers a rehash of the same tired Traditionalist narrative which instantly – but deceptively – puts him and his allies in the right. He even has all the same tired old heroes, like Cardinal Ottaviani (who famously opposed Paul VI on the matter of liturgical reform, after having caused John XXIII to retreat from Rome occasionally just to escape the constant neo-scholastic nitpicking) and Archbishop Lefebvre (who famously launched an allegedly superior Catholic movement rooted in disobedience to the Vicar of Christ).

    I have been told that many people encouraged Sophia Institute Press to publish this book, with only a few dissenting voices (mine, for one), but this can only mean that Sophia is far more firmly rooted in Traditionalism than its previous offerings had led us to believe, and that most of those invited to give an opinion were from that single camp.

    At the very end, the book includes a list of the alleged members of the 'Infiltration Launch Team' who are said to have read the book prior to publication and to be helping in promotion. It may be an unprecedented step in publishing, since I estimate the number of names at over 2,000. But again, from what pool of desperate predisposition were these people drawn? When a book this obviously bad is touted as sure to become an all-time classic, something is terribly wrong with the whole process.
Julia Meloni has a far different opinion of Marshall's book.

In a June 4 article at Crisis, Meloni wrote (excerpted; click here to read her review in its entirety):
    Today, as the fire of revolution burns in the Church, Dr. Taylor Marshall's bracing, important new book Infiltration offers an illuminating 'historical diagnosis' for our present ecclesial malaise. Adroitly weaving together papal documents, Marian apparitions, historical data, and original research into the mysterious center of gravity known as St. Gallen, Switzerland, Marshall convincingly shows that the sparks of Church crisis far predate both Pope Francis and Vatican II....

    In his foreword, Bishop Schneider states: 'As Pope Leo XIII noted when he opened the secret Vatican Archives, in researching and exposing historical facts – even if they are compromising and troubling – the Church has nothing to fear.' Marshall's book thus grapples with many disconcerting pieces of information: testimony alleging that the main architect of the Novus Ordo Missae, Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, was a secret Freemason; evidence that the liturgy under his leadership was Protestantized; proof that the controversial Vatican II document Nostra Aetate was masterminded by a man who ultimately left the priesthood and lived as an openly homosexual crusader for 'gay rights'; and evidence that numerous other theological engineers of Vatican II were suspected of Modernism under Pius XII....

    Recalling Pope Francis's subversive statements on conscience and an allegedly God-willed 'diversity of religions,' Marshall says the revolutionaries finally have a pope whose philosophy 'is essentially that of a nineteenth-century member of the Freemasonic Carbonari.' Under Infiltration's capacious gaze, the Francis pontificate thus emerges as the unsurprising outcome of a long history of corrupting ideas. Surveying that historical genealogy equips us to better recognize the errors flourishing under this pontificate – and to vigorously resist them.
Tom Allen, director of marketing for Sophia Institute Press, provided me with the following statement:
    I'm sorry that Dr. Mirus is so sad about our publishing Infiltration, which endeavors to make sense of the problems facing the Church in our time. Dr. Marshall's work is an important contribution to those honestly seeking answers to the roots of the present crisis. It is well presented, well supported, and insightful. In Infiltration, Dr. Marshall offers a compelling narrative that documents the growing ascendance of secularism within the Church over the past century. In fact, his narrative makes sense of the bizarre problems that have dominated Church news and that have sadly undermined the moral authority of our bishops and priests at a time when we need them most.
Below are the titles of the book's chapters and appendices. Click here to order a copy of Infiltration directly from the publisher.

    Foreword, by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, p. ix

    Acknowledgments, p. xv

    1. The Smoke of God and the Smoke of Satan, p. 3

    2. Alta Vendita: Satan's Revolution in Tiara and Cope, p. 9

    3. Our Lady of La Salette, p. 19

    4. Attack on the Papal States in 1870, p. 27

    5. Pope Leo XIII Sees Demons Gather on Rome, p. 33

    6. Infiltration of the Church by Secret Societies and Modernism, p. 41

    7. Our Lady of Fatima, p. 55

    8. Conclave of 1922: Pope Pius XI, p. 75

    9. Communist Infiltration of the Priesthood, p. 83

    10. 1939 Papal Conclave: Pius XII, p. 91

    11. Pius XII as the Pope of Fatima, p. 97

    12. Communist Infiltration of the Liturgy, p. 103

    13. Woeful Illness of Pius XII: Three Crypto-Modernists, p. 107

    14. Mysterious Conclave of 1958, p. 113

    15. Pope John XXIII Opens the Third Secret, p. 117

    16. Vatican II – Modernism on Parade, p. 127

    17. Conclave of 1963: Paul VI, p. 131

    18. Crypto-Modernism and Nouvelle Théologie, p. 133

    19. Theological Infiltration of Vatican II, p. 137

    20. Infiltration of the Liturgy, p. 147

    21. Ottaviani Intervention against Pope Paul VI, p. 153

    22. Archbishop Lefebvre and the Traditionalist Resistance, p. 155

    23. Resistance to the Novus Ordo Missae, p. 157

    24. Infiltration of the Vatican Bank under Paul VI, p. 165

    25. Infiltration and the Mysterious Death of John Paul I, p. 171

    26. Infiltration of John Paul II's Pontificate, p. 179

    27. Sankt Gallen Mafia: Homosexuality, Communism, and Freemasonry, p. 195

    28. Ratzinger versus Bergoglio in the Papal Conclave of 2005, p. 209

    29. Infiltration and the Plot against Benedict XVI, p. 213

    30. Infiltration of the Vatican Bank and the Butler of Pope Benedict XVI, p. 217

    31. Infiltration and the Election of Pope Francis, p. 223

    32. Solving the Current Crisis, p. 229

    33. Spiritual Weapons against Demonic Enemies, p. 243


    Who's Who in This Book, p. 249

    Timeline of Popes in This Book, p. 261

    Vatican Secretaries of State, p. 263

    Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita, p. 265

    Both Versions of the Secret of La Salette, p. 275

    Timeline of Liturgical Changes, p. 287

    Dates of Indults for Communion in Hand, p. 291

    Timeline of the Life of Ex-Cardinal McCarrick, p. 293

    Photo Credits, p. 299

    Index, p. 301
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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media, and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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