September 6, 2007 at 8:43 am #1734
I’ve come across “Hostage to the Devil” by Malachi Martin. Not wanting to waste time with the writings of a possible loon, I went to Catholic Answers and Wikkipedia to find out his background. Seems everyone agrees he was controversial and the detractions center on allegations of sexual impropriety, these allegations being made years after his death. He also stands accused of subscribing to various conspiracy theories.
So, can anyone here give me some background information on the man? I know he was a Jesuit who was relieved of his duties, after his death the head of the order said he was able to continue celebrating Mass in private and kept his vows of chastity. Seems he avoided gratuitous publicity, refusing to divulge what occured during an interview with the Son Of Sam killer, David Berkowitz. He also seemed to have been a thorn in the side of traditionalists and reformers alike.
I’m reading the book and it’s a page turner! My mind still isn’t made up regarding the author yet.September 6, 2007 at 1:41 pm #8585
He seems to have been a man who knew where the market was best for his writing skills. He was rabidly anti-traditionalist, but then seemingly over night started penning controversial and unsubstantiated books for that sold like hotcakes among traditionalists. His books gained a cult following, and he alined himself with some people who followed seers, and where themselves cultlike, rather than following the Church. At one point it is said that he married.
He spoke of his obedience to the Church, yet gathered around himself priests and laymen who say that he encouraged the building of an “underground Church” and encouraged men to go to the Old Catholics for ordination because the Church was corrupt from the head down.
A man of many contradictions, and from one site to another you will read different accounts of what he said or allegedly said. From what I have seen and read, he seemed to have been a very confused, possibly manipulative man. Rather than clearing up controvercial rumors about himself and his status, he seemed to use them to sell his novels.
As a novel writer his books are gripping. As a historian and leader I’d say don’t get caught in his sway. I’ve made no bones about my love for the Traditional Liturgies of the Church, Eastern and Western. But as Catholics it is the Pope who holds the office of Peter and has the promise of our Lord that He will keep faithful to His Church, not a priest who has no faculties or authority to teach in public, most of all one who is alleged to have attempted to establish a parallel underground Church.September 7, 2007 at 12:49 am #8586
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LARobert – I knew you’d have the answer ” title=”Wink” />September 7, 2007 at 8:15 pm #8587
I don’t know if knowing the answer is always good. What I do know (unfortunatly after going through the seminary with the schismatic Lefebvrerites.) Is that when one separates oneself from Christ and His vicar, one leaves oneself in a the position of a ship without a sail or rudder. The ship cast adrift in a hostile sea has little hope of setting anchor at it’s destination. It was no error on our Lord’s part to choose someone as his vicar who could safely guide a ship to port.September 16, 2007 at 7:10 pm #8600
Fr. Martin seems to have been an excellent priest. He was multi-talented.
The following is the forwared to the Thunder of Justice that he wrote:
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