The parable Jesus tells us today about the bad seed growing alongside the good may not surprise us, because we know very well that there are bad people in the world along with the good. But when we take a careful look we see that Jesus is not talking about the world, but about the Kingdom of Heaven. Within the field of the Church herself, the devil has planted his bad seed, of which Judas is the prototype: "And during the supper, the devil… already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him…" (John 13:2).
Of course, Our Lord was not just talking about apostolic times, but about the Church in every age, until the harvest, which is perhaps very near. But if the "weeds" have not yet been gathered into bundles to burn, that means they are still among us, plotting their evil schemes to ensnare the innocent, and provoking revolution.
"How then does it have weeds?" There is a revolution within the Church. A revolution is the complete overthrow of the former order and the establishment of a new one. Such was the French Revolution of 1789, which overthrew the monarchy and the Church in France, executing the rightful and innocent king and queen, thousands of bishops, priests, and religious, and hundreds of thousands of innocent French citizens. The Revolution was ultimately the work of Freemasonry, which had already been condemned by the Church half a century before.
The Revolutionaries were not about to stop there. An apostate priest named Canon Roca was already saying at the end of the 1800s: "The liturgy, ceremonial, ritual and regulations of the Roman Church will shortly undergo a transformation at an ecumenical council... the Papacy will fall; it will die under the hallowed knife which the Fathers of the last Council will forge. The papal Caesar is a host (victim) crowned for the sacrifice" (Bishop Rudolph Graber, Athanasius and the Church of Our Time, p. 35). A prominent French Freemason (Yves Marsaudon, Ecumenism as Seen by a Traditional Freemason), wrote that as of 1908: "the goal is no longer the destruction of the Church but rather to make use of it by infiltrating it" (Bishop Graber, pp. 38-39).
This had already been the plan of the Masonic secret societies for generations. They were to lay snares for the clergy in the sacristies, seminaries and monasteries, which would have them following "a revolution dressed in papal tiara and cope," thinking they were following the banner of the Apostolic Keys. (John Vennari, Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita).
Freemasonry being the "Mother", as Pope Pius XII called it, Communism was a "spin-off" of what had happened earlier in France. In the year 1936 orders were issued from the Communist Party in Moscow that suitable young men be secretly prepared to enter seminaries and monasteries to be ordained as priests. Manning Johnson, a former official of the Communist Party in America gave the following testimony in 1953 to the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC):
"The Communist leadership in the United States realized that the infiltration tactic in this country would have to adapt itself to American conditions… In the earliest stages it was determined that with only small forces available to them, it would be necessary to concentrate Communist agents in the seminaries. The practical conclusion drawn by the Red leaders was that these institutions would make it possible for a small Communist minority to influence the ideology of future clergymen in the paths conducive to Communist purposes… This policy of infiltrating seminaries was successful beyond even our Communist expectations."
Mrs. Bella Dodd, also a prominent member of the Communist Party, was converted to Catholicism in 1952, and began to reveal the tactics of the Party: "In the 1930s we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within… Right now they are in the highest places in the Church." She said that in the future "you will not recognize the Catholic Church." This was a dozen years before Vatican II began.
"The whole idea," according to someone who attended one of Dodd's talks (Bro. Joseph Natale) "was to destroy, not the institution of the Church, but rather the Faith of the people, and even use the institution of the Church, if possible, to destroy the Faith through promotion of a pseudo-religion: something that resembled Catholicism but was not the real thing. Once the Faith was destroyed, she explained that there would be a guilt complex introduced into the Church… to label the 'Church of the past' as being oppressive, authoritarian, full of prejudices, arrogant in claiming to be the sole possessor of truth, and responsible for the divisions of religious bodies throughout the centuries. This would be necessary in order to shame the Church leaders into an 'openness to the world,' and to a more flexible attitude toward all religions and philosophies. The Communists would then exploit this openness in order to undermine the Church." Have we not been witnesses?
And so the implanted "weeds," Masonic and/or Communist bishops and cardinals, made their way in 1961 to Rome for the opening of Vatican II, where they joined their fellow "weeds" in wresting control of the proceedings from the true bishops and cardinals, carrying out their program of destroying the faith of the people. Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens proclaimed that Vatican II was 1789 (the French Revolution) within the Church. After the Council, the Grand Orient (Masonic) Lodge in France reported a "gigantic revolution in the Church" calling it "a prelude to victory" (Bishop Graber, p. 71).
Bishops and priests have been the primary victims of the Revolution, and for them we must pray that they will recover the fullness of their faith and return to the true Church. The infiltrators are not bishops or priests at all. Ordination in their case was an empty ritual, a farce. They have usurped the office of bishop or pastor, and they are bad seeds, wolves in sheep's clothing, lying in wait to deceive and pervert the others. Since then the weeds have spread, as weeds do, teaching in the seminaries, preaching in the parishes, governing in the dioceses, reigning in the chanceries, taking over Catholic schools and universities. Even non-Catholic sources speculate that their evil influence is responsible for the scandals rocking the Church in the United States and other countries.
We can take some comfort in the fact that the "church" they lead, and which is falling into ruin, is not the true Church, but a "pseudo-religion," the false Masonic church. Our recourse, our "weapons of mass destruction" of the false church are first the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and then the Holy Rosary, through which Our Lady becomes "as awe-inspiring as bannered troops." May she, with St. Michael and all the Holy Angels, and with our prayers, be victorious in the battle! May the reign of Christ the King begin!