The impact of Marxism/Freemasonry on modern culture

By Donal Anthony Foley –

This is the first in a series of articles in Soul Magazine on the subject of how Freemasonry and Marxism have undermined the family and impacted modern-day society, in light of Church teaching and the message of Fatima.

The mention of Marxism in connection with Fatima points to Our Lady’s words to the children in July 1917, when she asked for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.

She went on to say, “If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”

These articles will expand on the implications of this reference to the “errors of Russia,” and look at what led up to those errors under Russian Communism in the 20th century, and how they have since encouraged and facilitated what St. John Paul II described as a “culture of death” in opposition to the “civilization of love” that he called for.

But we need to go back a long way to chart the development of the ideas that led up to the full-blown errors of Russia after the Russian Revolution, to at least the time of the Reformation in the 16th century, and even beyond that to truly see the origins of the problems facing the family and society in the world today.

The Protestant Reformation, which started in 1517 in Germany, under Martin Luther, exactly 400 years before Our Lady appeared at Fatima, was a revolt against the Catholic Church and Christendom, the medieval Catholic society that had gradually grown up to embrace the European continent. It was definitely not a “reform” movement.

Although the Renaissance—the rebirth or rediscovery of ancient paganism, which spread from Italy in the 14th and 15th centuries—had weakened Christendom, it was the Reformation that split it apart into Protestant and Catholic enclaves and led ultimately to the development of modern society through historical events, including the Enlightenment and the French and Russian revolutions.

We could say that the Reformation might well have happened earlier, and perhaps had more serious effects, if not for the work of Sts. Francis and Dominic in the early 13th century. By focusing on poverty as a religious ideal, they, and St Francis in particular, helped save European society at the time from becoming too materialistic and money-oriented. And traditionally, St. Dominic is regarded as the saint to whom Our Lady revealed the Rosary, a devotion that has had such an impact on Church life over the last eight centuries.

Similarly, in the pre-Reformation period, St. Vincent Ferrer’s preaching undoubtedly strengthened Catholicism in a large part of Europe, helping to prevent the Reformation, when it did happen, from overwhelming the Church.

When the Protestant revolt took place, the great saints of the Catholic or counter-Reformation, particularly St. Ignatius Loyola as well as the Jesuit order he founded, were raised up to rebuild the Church. But the damage had been done by Luther and his followers, and instead of being able to focus their energies on reforming the Church, St. Ignatius and other saints had to rather shore up Catholicism, which was fighting for its life in many places.

Although Luther claimed to be purifying the Church, the strange paradox is that it was his actions, and those of his followers, particularly Calvin, which led to the secularization of European culture in succeeding centuries, as humanism and capitalism grew in strength and influence, and as society moved from a God-centered to a more man-centered approach.

But while all this was beginning to happen, God was at work through the apparitions of Our Lady at Guadalupe in Mexico, and then subsequently at various places in Europe, particularly in France. At Guadalupe, a great movement of conversion among millions of Aztecs laid the foundations for a Catholic Latin American culture in the New World, just as millions were being lost to Protestantism in the Old World.

The tragedy is that North America would probably also have become Catholic if only England had remained faithful to Catholicism, since it was the defection of England under the Tudors which ensured that as the United States gradually developed, it did so with a mainly Protestant culture rather than a Catholic one.

Succeeding articles will look at what happened during the Enlightenment, which followed on from the Reformation, and was closely linked with the scientific revolution that began in the 16th century. Also known as the Age of Reason, this was a period beginning in the 17th century that rejected Church teaching as backward-looking. But as we will see, far from being a great leap forward for mankind, it was only another stage in the process of the rejection of God and Catholicism, which has created our modern Godless society.

Donal Anthony Foley is the author of a number of books on Marian Apparitions, available at

This article appears in our Spring 2018 issue of Soul Magazine, available in our gift shop, or by subscription here.



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  1. Very interesting

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