It was said that in the heyday of Communism in various countries, communists tried to infiltrate the Church to convert her to the Communistic ideology. This certainly happened to the bishops and clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church.
There was a try also in the Catholic Church of Poland and perhaps in some senior ranking officials in the Vatican. Certainly during the time the Nazis there were Catholic bishops who sympathized with some of the ideologies of Hitler.
It is also said that in Europe and in Italy and perhaps in the Vatican City State, that high ranking Church officials were Masons. European Masonry is much different than the USA's version and there remains a virulent anti-Catholicism. In fact Pope St. John Paul II reiterated the Church's historic censure of this group in the 1980's following a major scandal in Italy involving high ranking Church personnel and the Masons. Up until that time, there was a sort of detente with the Masons and Catholics in this country were allowed to join for fraternal reasons and insurance, etc. But no more.Catholics are not permitted to be Masons by Church law and the edict of Pope St. John Paul II.
I print below an article below from an evidently fundamentalist Protestant publication. One might read into this article a bit of homophobia but I think we can't underestimate the lobby of the homosexual community to mainstream their ideology concerning sex, public sexual expression and same sex marriage and a sort of dictatorial fascism concerning this lobby that is highly well financed with promoters in high place in the most important areas of communication, the old and new medias as well as entertainment.
Given the recent spike in lawsuits against the Catholic Church from so-called Catholics and non-Catholics who worked in our schools and then entered same-sex marriage only to be dismissed from employment with the Church's institutions, one has to think there is an agenda to change the Church through these sorts of tactics and to infiltrate the Church with people who have an ideological agenda against the Church's teaching on sexuality, chastity and marriage, anti-Catholicism in disguise similar to the other examples I report above, an infiltration of sorts.
I do not print the following as an endorsement of the entire contents of this Protestant publication but as something that should be pondered, critiqued and evaluated.
Lively, president of Abiding Truth Ministries, said that with insiders on the offensive such as Vicky Beeching, a British-born artist who has become popular among evangelicals in the U.S., he expects “attacks on Christians in America like we’ve never seen before.”
He explained that after the Stonewall riots in 1969, homosexual activists banded together to oppose every American institution that did not fully accept and promote homosexual behavior.
The first victory was over the American Psychiatric Association, and within 40 years, every other group had been conquered, he said. The Boy Scouts were the latest to fall, just a year ago.
Now, the only organization left is the church, he said.
“All of their battle-hardened activists and enormous resources are all directed at the church,” he said.
The problem is that church leaders haven’t been preparing for such a fight, Lively said, and don’t really know what the movement is about.
Beeching revealed she is a lesbian in an interview last week with the Independent newspaper of London.
“What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love. I feel certain God loves me just the way I am, and I have a huge sense of calling to communicate that to young people,” she said.
Lively, however, said Beeching represents “the drawing back of the tide before a tsunami” and an indicator of “how bad this is going to get.”
He’s published a brochure for pastors that explains what the Bible says about homosexuality.
“Not a single biblical passage portrays homosexuality positively,” the brochure says. “Jesus unequivocally condemned ALL sexual sin including homosexuality by affirming the ‘one flesh’ paradigm of Genesis.”
It contends a “dangerous modern heresy called ‘gay theology’ is infiltrating the Christian church at an alarming pace.”
“Many believers, fearful of being called ‘haters,’ are trivializing the threat by calling homosexuality ‘just another sin,’” it says.
“But from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible teaches that homosexuality is NOT ‘just another sin.’ It is a symbol of extreme rebellion against God and harbinger of His wrath.”
He said his goal is to put the brochure into the hands of every pastor and Christian leader in America and around the world so they have a biblical explanation for why homosexual behavior is sinful.
Lively noted one of the founders of the “gay” agenda, Herbert Marcuse, expressed a desire to see the “disintegration of the … monogamic and patriarchal family.”
“One last barrier to ‘gay’ cultural hegemony remains: the Christian church,”
The case is significant because a ruling against him would mean that an international agenda based on anti-biblical standards could trump the U.S. Constitution’s freedom of speech and religion.
U.S. District Judge Michael Posner has let the case brought against Lively by an African group called Sexual Minorities Uganda, or SMUG, proceed.
SMUG calls Lively’s speech against homosexual behavior a “crime against humanity” in violation of “international law.” The plaintiffs allege the Alien Tort Statute in the United States allows them to make the charge in a U.S. court.
But Lively’s attorney, Horatio Mihet of Liberty Counsel, says his client’s preaching is protected by the Constitution.
“We believe SMUG’s claims are firmly foreclosed, not only by the First Amendment right to free speech, but also by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kiobel, which eliminated Alien Tort Statute claims for events that allegedly occurred in foreign nations,” he said.