Annon | June 4th, 2019
Out of all the periods in Church history, the century that seems to be least understood and most shrouded in mystery is oddly enough the 20th century. Reading a history of the Church in the 20th century has always felt incomplete, like the pieces weren't all coming together. It was a century of unimaginable change in the Church, yet no history can fully explain what led up to these earth shattering changes. How did the Church so completely reject so much of its tradition and doctrine? Historians have a rather clear picture of the Church in the 13th century during the tumultuous Pontificate of Boniface VIII and the Church in the 4th century as it combated the Arian heresy. Some details of the Church's doing is these centuries might have been lost but we understand the general zeitgeist of the period. Why then is it that the century closest to our time is so poorly understood? What pieces are missing? Dr. Marshall's book excellently fills in the gaps to help us understand just what happened during this important time.While the book begins with an overview of communist and free-masonic ideas and agendas it quickly moves into examining the history of prominent cardinals as well as every pontiff from Leo XIII to Francis. In this way it prevents itself from reading like a tinfoil hat conspiracy theory and instead moves from prelate to prelate citing personal biographies and communications to show that each one became more and more open to secular and modernist ideas all the way up until our current time. In this way Dr. Marshall is able to track these ideas and see where they infiltrated the Church and who propagated them. There is no doubt that modernism, socialism and secularism have entered the Church. You don't need Dr. Marshall's to tell you that, simply go to mass at the nearest Church, watch the liturgy and listen to the homily. What this book does is pinpoint how these ideas entered the Church and helps us understand how things came to be how they are.