At the turn of this century, the Catholic philosopher Alice von Hildebrand published Soul of a Lion," a book about her late husband Dietrich von Hildebrand. When it appeared, Latin Mass Magazine interviewed her and asked her more about what she and her husband, whom Pope Pius XII informally called ‘the 20th century Doctor of the Church’ had to say about modernism's infiltration of the Church.
Alice said that Dietrich believed that after Pius X’s condemnation of the heresy of Modernism together with its' main doctrine evolution in the encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis: On the doctrine of the Modernists (http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius10/p10pasce.htm) its adherents went underground, and like the traitor Judas, they then took a much more subtle and practical approach. Like the devil they spread doubt by asking questions about the great supernatural interventions throughout history, such as the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection and Holy Eucharist:
"They knew that once faith--the foundation-- totters, the liturgy and the moral teachings of the Church would follow suit. My husband entitled one of his books The Devastated Vineyard. After Vatican II, a tornado seemed to have hit the Church..." (Present At the Demolition: An Interview with Dr. Alice Hildebrand, sanctepater.com, July 26, 2010)
Dr. Hildebrand notes that within recent years two books have been published in Italy confirming her husband's belief that there has been a "systematic infiltration" of the Church by diabolical enemies:
"During the last ten years of his life...I witnessed him many times in moments of great sorrow, and frequently repeating, 'They have desecrated the Holy Bride of Christ.' He was referring to the 'abomination of desolation' of which the prophet Daniel speaks." (ibid, sanctepater.com)
In the essay, "The Paganization of Biblical Studies," Dr. Peter Jones, Professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, Calif., identifies modernism as a form of neo-Gnostic paganism, or mystical pantheism which together with its most important doctrine evolution emerged out of the Renaissance.
The respected historian James Webb affirms this in his two books, “The Occult Underground: The Dawn of the New Age” and “The Occult Establishment.” Webb meticulously traces the rise of modernism and describes its adherents, who were apostate Christians, as an occult intelligentsia. Webb sees the Renaissance as a spiritually traumatic time in which the spiritual roots of many influential people at the top of society were shaken free of Christianity, and like a dog returning to its’ own vomit, they eagerly embraced the ancient traditions long since discarded by Christian theism that were sweeping into Christendom at that time.
Webb’s main point is that since the Renaissance, a powerfully influential occult community existing at the highest levels of society has been both the intelligentsia and the real powers behind what has been variously called the Progressive Underground, the Anti-Establishment, Anti-Tradition, and the Counter Culture, the aim of which is twofold: first, the total destruction of the Old Order based on Christianity, and second, the creation of a socialist or communist New World Order which is to rise like a Phoenix out of the smoldering ashes of the Old Order.
Modernism's first real manifestation was at the University in Tubingen where an apostate Christian theologian named Ferdinand Baur (1792-1860) had formed a school of theology which would raise questions about the Christian faith, a tactic designed to undermine its status as the fount of truth and moral law through destructive criticism. Among areas which came under attack were the person of Jesus Christ, the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo, the fall and nature of sin, the authority of the Bible, the way of spiritual salvation, apostolic tradition and Church doctrine.
In the essay," From Old Age Gnosticism to New Age," an historical analysis of the impact of secret societies and mystery religions from the 16th century to the modern era, researcher Alan Morrison writes that the approach to Scriptures inaugurated at Tubingen owed much to the philosophy of Georg Hegel (1770-1831), a philosophical heir of ancient gnosis:
"...Hegel's early writings were very much influenced by Christoph Oetinger (1702-1782), the gnostic Kabbalist and disciple of both Jakob Boehme and Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1722)." (SCP Journal, Vol. 28:4-29:1, 2005, p. 33)
In his book, "Scientific Mythologies," James A. Herrick traces the modern 'aliens from outer-space' idea back to mystics such as Emanuel Swedenborg who claimed to not only receive telepathic secrets from spirits but to have visited populated planets during out-of-body experiences. (p. 43)
Swedenborg was an important member of the occult intelligentsia and his influence is far-reaching. From Hegel and Kant to the occult theosophist Madame Blavatsky (who strongly influenced Hitler) to points in between and on into our own time to psychologist J.B. Rhine, a vast array of science fiction writers (i.e., H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, Steven Spielberg) and numerous evolutionary scientists.
Hegel was another important member of the occult intelligentsia. He closely studied the magic traditions, including ancient Egyptian Hermeticism, esoteric Kabala, and theosophy as well as mesmerism, psychic phenomena, dowsing, precognition, and sorcery. He professed belief in a pantheistic Earth Spirit and informally aligned himself with Hermetic societies, the materialist-Freemasons, and the pantheist-Rosicrucian's. (Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition, Glenn Alexander Magee, 2001)
In reworking Hegel's dialectic, Karl Marx incorporated into his own form of evolution-- dialectical materialism — the Hermetic magic of Hegel's system.
Hermeticism is the secret science of magic created by Hermes Trismegistus Thoth who lived in ancient Egypt. In his Biographia Antiqua, the English occultist Frances Barret wrote that Hermes,
"....communicated the sum of the Abyss, and divine knowledge to all posterity."
The 'Abyss' refers to either eternally existing matter or spontaneously generated matter. In any case, the foundations of Hermeticism are forbidden knowledge, gnosis revealed to Hermes during an out-of-body encounter with The Great Dragon described in The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurias Trismegistus. Calling itself Poimandres, the Mind of the Universe, the Dragon transformed itself into a glorious being of Light and proceeded to 'illuminate' Hermes with the forbidden knowledge that would eventually find its' way into Hegel's dialectic and from there into Marx's dialectical materialism and Darwin's materialist philosophy. (www.themystica.com/)
Charles Darwin received the idea of evolution from his grandfather Dr. Erasmus Darwin who was a neo-pagan monist known to attend séances. As master of the famous Masonic Canongate lodge in Edinburgh he had close ties with both the Jacobin Masons, the organizers of the bloody revolution in France, and with the infamous Illuminati, whose diabolical cause was overthrow of the Church and destruction of Christendom. Thus Erasmus Darwin was an important name in European Masonic anti-religious organizations engaged in revolutionary activism. Erasmus Darwin mentored his grandson Charles:
"Dr. Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802) was the first man in England to suggest those ideas which were later to be embodied in the Darwinian theory by his grandson, Charles Darwin (1809-1882) who wrote in 1859 Origin of Species." (Scarlet and the Beast, Vol. II, John Daniel, p. 34)
In this light, it makes sense that Darwinism is a Gnostic myth, as Dr. Wolfgang Smith, physicist and mathematics professor at Oregon State University argues:
"...As a scientific theory, Darwinism would have been jettisoned long ago. The point, however, is that the doctrine of evolution has swept the world, not on the strength of its scientific merits, but precisely in its capacity as a Gnostic myth. It affirms, in effect, that living things created themselves, which is in essence a metaphysical claim....Thus...evolutionism is a metaphysical doctrine decked out in scientific garb....it is a scientistic myth. And the myth is Gnostic, because it implicitly denies the transcendent origin of being; for indeed, only after the living creature has been speculatively reduced to an aggregate of particles does Darwinist transformism become conceivable. Darwinism, therefore, continues the ancient Gnostic practice of deprecating 'God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth.' It perpetuates...the venerable Gnostic tradition of 'Jehovah bashing.'" (From Old Gnosticism to New Age I, Alan Morrison, SCP Journal Vol. 28:4-29:1, 2005, pp. 30-31)
By far the most heretical and destructive incursion into divine truth was the assertion of the immanence of God at the expense of His transcendence (separateness from His creation). At bottom, this assertion is an expression of both the Abyss (monism) and mystical pantheism, or the immanentization of "the Christian eschaton," as the learned political philosopher Eric Voegelin put it in "Science, Politics & Gnosticism."
Voegelin writes that within Western thought there has persisted a deep-seated tendency to transfer Christian hopes and symbols from an otherworldly orientation to an "intramundane range of actions." In other words, whereas Christianity in the Roman Empire had achieved the de-divinization of the natural world, society, and man, the Gnostic revolution seeks to undo and reverse all of this, thus it has for its purpose,
"....a change in the nature of man and the establishment of a transfigured society." (Voegelin, The New Science of Politics & Gnosticism, chapter 4)
The change in the nature of man refers to the necessity of unmaking man so he is no longer God's spiritual image-bearer. This can only occur after the living creature has been speculatively reduced to an aggregate of particles. Only then does Darwinist transformism of man into divinized superman become conceivable:
"...the evolution of man into superman — was always the purpose of the ancient Mysteries, and the real purpose of modern Masonry is not the social and charitable purposes to which so much attention is paid, but the expediting of the spiritual evolution of those who aspire to perfect their own nature and transform it into a more god-like quality. And this is a definite science, a royal art, which it is possible for each of us to put into practice..." (The Meaning of Masonry, W.L. Wilmhurst, p. 47)
In "The Gnostic Tradition and Renaissance Occultism," Catholic philosopher and historian Thomas Molnar (1921–2010) summarizes the entire program of the Gnostic revolution as the spontaneous bent,
"...of the archaic mind which predominated in most parts of the world and which threatens to prevail once more in our time the temptation. to identify God and self, to recognize in the soul a divine substance, indeed the seat of divinity." ("The Gnostic Tradition and Renaissance Occultism," Thomas Molnar, The Journal of Christian Reconstruction, Vol.1, No.2, 112, 1974)
Due to accommodation by seminarians, Christian thinkers, Popes, bishops, nuns, priest, pastors, and other clergy, neo-Gnostic mystical pantheism together with its primary doctrine evolution has successfully infiltrated, absorbed and radically reinvented and inverted the Bible, beginning with the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo which it has supplanted with evolution.
Since its' inception, its main purpose has been the importation,
"...into the church via the use of Christian terminology...the various historic expressions of pagan notions, in particular, the denial of God's transcendence. In this sense, the first "liberals" were the Gnostics. Certainly a form of Gnosticism, sometimes called proto-Gnosticism is behind the denial of the incarnation in the Johannine epistles, and of the resurrection in the early and later Paulines. Interestingly, the Liberals of the modern period have had a great admiration for the proto-Gnostics, in particular, Marcion. In A.D. 150, Marcion, a theologian from Pontus in Asia Minor, was excommunicated from the Church in Rome for heretical teaching. He dismissed God the Creator, the Old Testament, the Mosaic law, and three of the gospels. From the few epistles of Paul that he accepted, he expunged Old Testament quotations and claimed to worship the "alien god" behind the God of Scripture." (Dr. Peter Jones, 2007, truthxchange.com)
In his acclaimed work, “New World Order: The Ancient Plan of Secret Societies,” former newspaper editor and publisher William T. Still reveals that modernism and its' New World Order (i.e.,Communism and Fascism) have their origins in Luciferian Illuminism and summarizes the occult intelligentsia's program in the following five points:
1. Abolition of all ordered governments and national boundaries
2. Abolition of private property and inheritances
3. Abolition of national boundaries and patriotism
4. Abolition of family life and the institution of Biblically instituted marriage, and the establishment of cradle-to-grave state-controlled communal education
5. Abolition of all religion with particular emphasis upon supernatural Christianity and faithful Judaism
Because modernists disavow the Fall, they hold that Lucifer is not the devil but rather a being of good, the first free thinker, a seething force of evolution, the genetic creator of man, and the angel of evolution while the living God is evil and Jesus Christ just another mortal after the fashion of Buddha.
Now we know not only with what and by what means the desecration of the Holy Bride of Christ has occurred, but by who---the devil.