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I wrote earlier that @EWTN helped publish Taylor Marshall’s Infiltration, which claims Francis's election was engineered by Masons. . Dr. Mirus of @FormTheCulture calls the book “an all-time classic … in the category of conspiracy theories.” …
... A certain EWTN executive is on the board of Infiltration publisher @SophiaInsPress. I wrote to him prior to the book’s publication to ask how EWTN could back such trash: .

The executive said he would read the book. I heard nothing further from him. …
… But now it is clear what @EWTNews President/COO Dan Burke thinks of Taylor Marshall’s Infiltration. Burke just interviewed Marshall for @ewtnradio: facebook.com/rccsdan/videos…

EWTN thus backs a book that @dlongenecker1 notes “throw[s] red meat to disgruntled traditionalists."…
… Just what does Infiltration say to make it worthy of support from the proudly “orthodox” @EWTN (owner of @CNAlive/@NCRegister)?

Nudged by Burke, Marshall does declare his"love" and "filial piety" for Pope Francis: facebook.com/rccsdan/videos…. (But no mention of “obedience.”)...
… And Marshall dares listeners to find anything in Infiltration that “trashes the pope”: facebook.com/rccsdan/videos….

In a way, he’s right. The EWTN-backed book doesn’t trash “the pope.”

Rather, it trashes ALL popes from Pius XII on. See @ScottEricAlt: patheos.com/blogs/scotteri…...
… Marshall (p. 111) faults Pius for sacking “stalwart Thomist” confessor Fr. des Lauriers. He omits that des Lauriers later went to SSPX, left when Lefebvre tried to reconcile with Rome (calling him "Pontius Pilate"), & was illicitly consecrated a bishop by renegade Bp. Thục...
… And Marshall derides Pius’s next confessor, Cardinal Bea, as a Modernist who “worked with unbridled determination to appease Jewish rabbis” and would later draft Vatican II’s Nostra aetate. Another apparent crime was Bea's introducing a psalter based on the original Hebrew. …
... Cardinal Montini, St. Paul VI, is a villain here. Admired by the “Jewish-American” Saul Alinsky (p. 110), he's a “radical cardinal undermining the final days of ailing Pope Pius XII” (p. 111). Pius is “under the spell” of “false friends” Bea, Bugnini, & Montini (p. 112). ...
... It’s impossible to believe Mother Angelica would have tolerated such lurid anti-papal conspiracies, laced with anti-Semitism, for a single second. Why does @EWTN help publish them? Why does @EWTNews President/COO Dan Burke help spread such vileness masked as “orthodoxy”?...
… There are simply too many instances of pope-bashing in Infiltration to include in a single thread. So, rather than list them all, following are some final examples, including ones that fulfill Taylor Marshall’s challenge to find a page in the book that trashes Pope Francis ...
… Marshall (p. 227) claims Francis endorsed the UN’s 2030 Plan regarding “reproductive rights” and population control. (See screenshot on the following tweet.) That's a base falsehood. In fact, the Holy See _dissented_ from those aspects of the plan: holyseemission.org/contents/state… ...
... And Marshall says “Saint Pius X would have placed Pope Francis under the ban of Modernism”!

Yet, as noted, he tells @EWTNews President Dan Burke he's not trashing the pope -- and Burke agrees!

Apparently, to EWTN brass, it's now _laudable_ to call the pope a Modernist ...
... Apparently too, the @EWTN leadership supports Marshall’s conclusion that the only answer is to “recognize & resist” the Supreme Pontiff, Vatican II, & ANY Magisterial teaching one considers erroneous – since the Magisterium hasn’t spoken infallibly ex cathedra since 1950! ...
… Ironically, Marshall’s concluding argument is exactly that which Charlie Curran and other Humanae vitae dissenters used to avoid submitting to the pope -- the one that Ford and Grisez refuted in their widely cited 1978 Theological Studies article: twotlj.org/Ford-Grisez.pdf
… Marshall’s conclusion likewise runs counter to Lumen gentium 25. That may not matter to Marshall, since he believes he may “in good faith and conscience” dissent from Vatican II. But it should matter to the once-faithful @SophiaInsPress and its publishing partner @EWTN. …
... Perhaps @EWTN should put the following questions to its theology advisers:

1) How is the obstinate will to “resist” the pope not schism, per Canons 751 and 752?

2) Does not @EWTN, by promoting a book urging resistance to the Supreme Pontiff, risk inciting schism? ...
... On a personal note, I'm sorry to have to criticize EWTN. There are many faithful people there who work with great professionalism. My issue is not with them but with leadership that promotes a book that vilifies modern popes and promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. ...
... As a faithful Catholic author and professor who is between jobs, I have nothing to gain from alienating an "orthodox" Catholic media empire, and everything to lose. Liberal universities aren't about to hire a pro-life, pro-chastity theologian who opposes gender ideology. ...
But there are times in life when one has to take a stand even if it causes one to lose friends & risk being long out of work. For me, this is one of those times.

Please join me in praying for the Holy Father & for the unity of the Church. Mary, Queen of Heaven, ora pro nobis.
For ease of reading, I have created a @threadreaderapp page containing the above tweets on @EWTN's and @EWTNews's disturbing endorsement of Taylor Marshall's Infiltration, a book propounding reprehensible anti-papal and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories:

threadreaderapp.com/thread/1164438…
@threadreaderapp @EWTN @EWTNews On a related topic, I tweeted earlier on a recent interview where Cardinal Burke amiably listened to -- & gave at least partial credence to -- conspiracy theories denying the validity of Francis's election.

Here is a @threadreaderapp page for that thread: threadreaderapp.com/thread/1161921…
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