November 13, 2006

Pope Paul VI: “from some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.”

[Update alert]

That is my translation of what the Vatican published as words that Pope Paul VI spoke in a homily on 29 June 1972.

It's necessary to read the whole homily to know the context of those often quoted words.

Click HERE for the complete account of the homily in Italian on the Vatican website.

Click HERE to read my translation of it.

UPDATE! Click HERE for Jimmy Akin's good analysis of the Vatican's published text.


Anonymous Bob Farrell said...


When I first stumbled upon Fr. Malachi Martin, I thought he must be some kind of nut case.

A priest I greatly respect told me that Fr. Martin's charges about direct satanic infiltration of the clergy is considered to be valid by many Church leaders.

Do you consider this to be part of
to what Pope Paul VI refers in this quote?

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Holy Father's words leave no doubt that the smoke of satan is not the Council itself, but rather the spirit of Vatican II.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Would you give any credence to the views expressed by Dr Alice von Hildebrand that the Catholic Church was deliberately
infiltrated by Communists?

I am a recent convert (I was received at Easter this year) and looking at the state of the Church and reading about the events of the last 40 years it really seems as if the Church has been attacking itself (which Pope Paul VI also said). If we accept the reality of Evil then it is difficult to look at what has happened to the Church other than in terms of Evil (hopefully only temporarily) gaining the upper hand.

Blessed Virgin pray for us all.


4:18 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey Smith said...

I just heard a story from a retired priest here in Toledo. Back in the sixties, a priest got up in front of a group of other priests, including the one who told the story, ripped a rosary apart, threw it on the ground, and said "there, that's the last you'll ever see of the rosary." Sort of illustrates the point, doesn't it?

7:38 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

While we must maintain a prudent concern, I would not give in to fear and anxiety.

The Gospels tell us that Christ himself underwent temptations from the evil one.

The Gospel says the evil one entered one of the handpicked apostles, Judas.

It should be NO SURPRISE AT ALL that men in the Church may fall prey to the sway of evil.

That is the way it has been since the original sin.

Yet, we must also hold that the Son of God is a member of our humanity, and that the Holy Spirit is also at work.

8:53 AM  

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