A Texas lawyer, Sylvia Demarest, has for many years tracked allegations against priests throughout the United States. In a WorldNetDaily article, She told the Washington Post that her updated list of priests who stand accused of molesting children will reach 1,500 names--representing about 2 percent of the 60,000 priests who have served in the United States since 1984" (Catholic bashing and pedophile priests, March 25, 2002).
According to an article in The Boston Globe, the Church has repeatedly declined to undertake its own study of the prevalence of homosexual or sexual abuse among priests.... The article also says that Roderick MacLeish Jr., a Boston lawyer, said 90 percent of the nearly 400 sexual abuse victims he has represented are boys, and three-quarters of them are post-pubescent. Fr. Donald B. Cozzens, a seminary rector in Ohio and author of The Changing Face of the Priesthood, emphasized, roughly 90 percent of priest abusers targeted boys as their victims.
Fr. Fiore, in an interview with WorldNetDaily, insisted, "The problem is not clerical pedophilia," Fiore told WND, "but homosexuality." The distinction is important, Fiore noted, because most victims of Catholic clergy abuse are adolescents. "Strictly speaking," Fiore stated, "pedophilia is the sexual molestation of a pre-pubescent child of either sex," but the overriding problem is the abuse of older children from 12 to 18. "More than 90 percent of the cases," Fiore observed, "involve the clerical molestation of teen-age young men."
The article goes on to say that Fiore was a close friend of priest/author Malachi Martin and supplied Martin with significant material for his later works ('Gay' culture in Catholic Church grows, Toby Westerman, March 24, 2002). This point is significant because one of the last books Malachi Martin wrote before he died was Windswept House, a riveting novel which described a satanic ritual in the Vatican that was simultaneously coordinated with another similar ritual taking place in South Carolina. Many people regard his book a mere fiction, but Martin's affirmation that his book described a real satanic ritual at the Vatican was confirmed by John Loeffler, host of the Steel on Steel radio show. Mr. Loeffler personally asked Fr. Malachi Martin (who had been a regular guest on his show) about the reported dedication to satan within the Vatican:
"You know Malachi confirmed--the first part of his book, Windswept House--he confirmed the dedication of the Vatican to satan in a secret ceremony that occurred unknown even to the Pope at that time, that he managed to pick up. And I did ask him, 'Was this true? Did it happen?' And he [Fr. Martin] said, 'yes, it did.'" - John Loeffler (July 29, 2000 radio show)
Malachi Martin: Dispelling the myths
By Jon E. Dougherty
© 1999 WorldNetDaily.com
After WorldNetDaily published my obituary of Dr. Malachi Martin last week, I was contacted by one of his closest friends and confidants who wanted the opportunity to clear up some errors and misconceptions about a great Catholic man.
Fr. Charles Fiore, who spoke with me at length over the weekend, wanted both critics and supporters to know one thing if they knew no other -- that, first and foremost, Malachi was always a fully functional and -- in the eyes of the Church -- "legal" priest, as well as an avid defender of the traditional Catholic Church.
"I want people to know that after 25 years as a Jesuit, Malachi did in fact receive a special dispensation personally from Pope Paul VI regarding his status within the Church," Fr. Fiore said. "That is perfectly rare, but also perfectly within the rights of the Holy See to grant."
"But Malachi also received permission to remain a priest and made sure he told Paul VI that he desired to keep his vow of chastity so he could continue his work as a laicized priest," Fr. Fiore told me. Malachi still gave Mass, still heard confession, and still was, in fact, a priest in every sense of the word.
Fr. Fiore, who lives in the Diocese of Madison, Wis., and belongs to the priestly fraternity of St. Peter, knew Fr. Martin for over 20 years. He worked, by personal request, as an editor for several of Malachi's best-selling books, and spoke with him at least weekly. In fact, he told me he had spoken with Malachi just a week or so before his death and had discussed, among other things, his newest book -- a nonfiction piece about Vatican power as the Church approaches the third millennium.
Regarding that book, "Primacy: How the Institutional Roman Catholic Church Became a Creature of the New World Order," Fr. Fiore said Malachi indeed believed it would be "his most controversial and important work." However, far from being fiction, the book would have dealt exclusively "with power and the papacy," and would have "analyzed the revolutionary shift in the ancient dogma of primacy that lies at the heart of what many now see as the first breakdown of papal power in two millennia."
In short, it was a book fashioned after one of the things Malachi was most noted for -- his uncanny ability to see through and predict the hidden geopolitics of the Vatican and its "complex global dealings with governments and nations."
"Among his legacies," Fr. Fiore said, "is a decades-long public record of predicting the unthinkable and getting it right every time. Malachi foretold events over the last 30 years that seemed unbelievable at first, but that in the end changed the lives of generations of men and women in every quarter of the world."
"The battle that concerns Martin is the fundamental survival of belief in God, and the struggle that supercedes our individual faiths is the one between us and those who would destroy all faiths," wrote Alan Caruba of Malachi once for "The Jewish Future."
"That was Malachi -- a traditionalist to the end," Fr. Fiore said. There goes that myth.
In fact, what Fr. Martin anguished over the most was the trend away from centuries-old traditions within the Church, and the disunity among religions -- the latter a frequent subject of our current Holy See, Pope John Paul II. Fr. Fiore told me -- and this was echoed by Malachi personally when I interviewed him on a radio show in 1997 -- that Fr. Martin could see the trend towards "liberalization" of the Catholic Church as early as 1964, when Paul VI released him from his vows of obedience and poverty. And he didn't like what he saw and foresaw.
"That was a main reason why Malachi asked to be released," Fr. Fiore said. "He knew that as a Jesuit with an ironclad vow of obedience, he could never speak out against the subversion he saw happening even back then. He had told Paul (VI) that the change of doctrine contained within Vatican II and other political changes were against his conscience."
The rest is, as they say, history. Malachi's books, as well as his scholarly writings, all reflect this point of view and were always uppermost in his mind until his last day. Throughout his commercial writing career -- which amounted to 16 works, many of them bestsellers -- Fr. Fiore said he was continually amazed at the accuracy of his work.
"His last book, 'Windswept House,' for example, was 80 percent factual, by Malachi's own admission to me," Fr. Fiore said. "Many of his works were that accurate."
That did not earn him praise from every sector of the Church, however, and Fr. Fiore -- a Church traditionalist and often outspoken critic of Church policies in his own right -- knows how cynical and potentially damaging that can be to a priest. Credibility often became an issue as forces within and without -- interested in maintaining a "less-than-traditional direction" for the Church -- attacked Malachi's work as a nonsensical impossibility. But, in reality, they could never refute it.
So there it is -- my corrected epitaph for a man who always put God first, not religion. My thanks to Fr. Fiore for setting me -- and those who also appreciated, admired and respected Malachi -- straight.
"May the Lord be with you," Fr. Martin. We'll miss you.
Jon E. Dougherty is the author of "Illegals: The Imminent Threat Posed by Our Unsecured U.S.-Mexico Border."