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Bella Dodd -- How Communists Subverted the Catholic Church

September 20, 2018

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(left. In 1952, Bella Dodd, a former member of the CPUSA executive 
testified to a Senate Committee 
about Communist subversion

Illuminati = Cabalist Judaism = Freemasonry = Communism = Satanism  

Below, Randy Engel explains that Communists infiltrated
and brought the church into disrepute. 

Protocols of the Elders of Zion-17:
"When the time comes finally to destroy the papal court...we shall come forward in the guise of its defenders...[Jesuits?] By this diversion we shall penetrate to its very bowels and be sure we shall never come out again until we have gnawed through the entire strength of this place." 

Bela Dodd describes Communism as "a strange secret cult" whose goal is the destruction of Western (i.e. Christian) Civilization. Millions of naive idealists ("innocents") are tricked by its talk of helping the poor, but it cares only for power. For example, Dodd found there was no social research at party headquarters. "We are a revolutionary party, not a reform party," she was told. (163) The goal is to destroy not to improve.

The Rite of Sodomy (2006) Ch. 18
by Randy Engel

After their debriefings by the FBI and appearances at public and closed-door Congressional hearings, a number of Communist Party defectors took their stories directly to the American people. Bella Dodd was among these brave souls. 

Born in Italy in 1904, into a Catholic family of nine children, Maria Asunta Isabella Visono joined her immigrant family in the United States six years later. Despite the language barrier, she became an excellent and highly motivated student. After graduation from high school, she attended Hunter College, where like Elizabeth Bentley, her exceptional talents attracted the attention of Communist professors who served as talent spotters for CP/USA and Soviet GPU and NKVD recruiters. She then went on to New York University School of Law after which she became an active member of the CP/USA.

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In her autobiography School of Darkness, Bella Dodd describes her total absorption by the Party to the exclusion of any meaningful personal and family life and her 21-year rise up the CP/USA ladder from legal counsel specializing in labor matters to a political powerhouse in the Soviet-controlled East Coast apparatus. She became the head of the New York State Teachers' Union and a specialist in the infiltration and control of various educational-related organizations.[i] She was also active in women's groups such as the Congress of American Women and numerous Communist "peace" fronts.

Her fall from grace and expulsion from the Communist Party in the early 1950s eventually led her to the doorstep of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in New York and a return to the Catholic faith.

During this time period, Dr. Dodd was subpoenaed for Senate Committee hearings regarding areas in which she had particular expertise - Communist infiltration of labor unions and educational institutions.

Her testimony was always concise, direct and truthful.  Dodd also embarked on a series of private lecture tours for Catholic audiences in which Dodd spoke of the infiltration of churches by Soviet agents and Communist fellow travelers.[ii]

 She [Bella Dodd] said that of all the world's religions, the Catholic Church was the only one feared by the Communists, for it was its only effective opponent.

 Speaking as an ex-Communist, she said: "In the 1930's, we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within." The idea was for these men to be ordained and then climb the ladder of influence and authority - to come to be Monsignors and Bishops. Back then she said, "Right now they are in the highest places, and they are working to bring about change in order that the Catholic Church will no longer be effective against Communism." 

She also said that these changes would be so drastic that "you will not recognize the Catholic Church." Once these men had become bishops, their influence could be widely spread because "Bishops beget bishops" and these agents would use their influence to elevate and promote clergymen who are not necessarily dedicated Communists, but who were of a progressive and liberal mentality, and whose influence could be counted on to foster a new philosophy and theology within the ranks of the clergy. 

(left, future Pope Francis)

Once the clergy were infected they would pass this infection to the laity. The whole idea was to destroy, not the institution of the Church, but rather the Faith of the people ...through the promotion of a pseudo-religion: something that resembled Catholicism but was not the real thing. Once the Faith was destroyed, then the dismantling of the institution would take place.' She explained that there would be a guilt complex introduced into the Church . . . to label the "Church of the past" as being oppressive, authoritarian, full of prejudices, arrogant in claiming to be the sole possessor of truth, and responsible for the divisions of religious bodies throughout the centuries. This would be necessary in order to shame Church leaders into an "openness to the world" and to a more flexible attitude toward all other religions and philosophies. The Communists would then exploit this openness in order to undermine the Church.

What is to be made of Dr. Bella Dodd's statements on the Communist infiltration of the Catholic Church beginning with Lenin and continuing into the Cold War era and perhaps beyond? Certainly, her claim that the Communists had drawn up plans to infiltrate the American clergy and other religious institutions was supported, at that time, by the testimony of other Communist defectors like Manning Johnson and Elizabeth Bentley. At first, her statement that "we," presumably the Soviets, placed 1,100 men into the priesthood seems extravagant, but when one recalls that the CP/USA recruited some 35,000 teachers and professors and that the KGB included not only thousands of agents but also several million "cooperators," then that number does not appear to be out of line. 

Further, in 1969, Dr. Richard Day, the National Medical Director of Planned Parenthood and an Eastern Establishment figure repeated many of the same statements that Dodd had made. The date of the Day speech was March 20, 1969 and the occasion was a meeting of the Pittsburgh Pediatric Society. In "Family Planning: Infant Mortality, Gene Frequency, Abortion and Other Considerations," Dr. Day described the workings of a New World System that he said was already in place and functioning. 

Among other things, this New World System would replace traditional religion with a new belief system that excluded doctrine and morals, but it would appear to be the real thing, said Day. Of special interest to the Homosexual Collective is the prediction of Dr. Day that "homosexuals would be given permission to act out." As if on cue, the Stonewall Inn riots, "a flashpoint" in the history of the Homosexual Collective that laid the foundation for the modern Homosexual Movement made national and world headlines in June 1969, just three months and one week after the Day speech. The Day lecture is analyzed by Dr. Larry Dunegan of Pittsburgh in a series of tapes and interviews with Randy Engel produced by the U.S. Coalition for Life, Export, Pa.

From the testimony of Dodd and other former members of the CP/USA and former Soviet intelligence agents working in the U.S., we know that both Lenin and Stalin invested the majority of their espionage talent, time and finances in the infiltration and subversion of trade unions, the labor movement, key government posts, "think-tanks" and foundations, industrial and military installations, local, state and national political parties and other secular American institutions. This does not mean, however, that the Soviets were any less successful in smaller-scale projects they undertook including the subversion of religious institutions including the Roman Catholic Church. 

Unfortunately, while there appears to be no dearth of evidence on the successful penetration of Protestant seminaries, churches and sects in the U.S. by the Soviets from the 1930s onward, we have no comparable record of the Communist infiltration of the Catholic Church including Catholic seminaries, and churches and its hierarchical bureaucracy.

However, to suggest, as some skeptics have, that since Catholic seminaries and houses of religious formation are relatively  "closed societies," they are immune from Communist subversion is to ignore the facts before us. After all, Soviet master spy Richard Sorge successfully penetrated the highest levels of Japanese society and government, which were believed to be impenetrable by Western intelligence.[iii]

Certainly, there were serious obstacles to infiltrating Catholic seminaries from the 1930s to the 1950s, that was not present in the case of their Protestant counterparts such as the requirement of celibacy and systematic vetting and close monitoring by superiors. The attrition rate among those Communist and Socialist radicals who volunteered or were pressured into these assignments must have been very high.

In his autobiography, the well-known historian Will Durant confesses that after graduation from high school in 1907 he got caught up in a flight of socialist euphoria and decided to infiltrate the priesthood in order to "work from within to lead the Catholic Church in the United States to cooperate with the socialist movement."[iv] His experiment lasted for three years until a bad conscience got the better of him and he left Seton Hall in New Jersey for a career in journalism and a beautiful girl named Ariel, who became his wife.

Despite the hardships involved, however, some Soviet agents must have made it through to ordination. The key to their future success would lie in avoiding parish work and securing a desk job in a Chancery or with the National Catholic Welfare Conference. The latter would provide the agent with an opportunity for advancement up the bureaucratic ladder, with a minimum of intrusion of religion, to a position of power and influence in AmChurch. 

With the wholesale relaxation of standards of admission to Catholic seminaries and the precipitous decline in discipline and morals of seminarians and ordained clergy that marked the Vatican II Revolution, and the establishment of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/U.S. Catholic Conference in Washington, D.C. in 1966 at the height of the Cold War, the doors were open to subversion on an even greater scale.[v] At the NCCB/USCC, a well-placed Soviet agent wearing a Roman collar would be capable of inflicting maximum damage to Catholic Church both in the U.S. and in Rome.

[i] Budenz estimated that the CP/USA had recruited as many as 35,000 professors and teachers, many dues-paying Party members. New York City universities and colleges such as Columbia University were major targets of Soviet propaganda and recruitment as were teachers' unions. 

[ii] In the 1950s, a young novice at St. Vincent's Archabbey in Latrobe, Pa. by the name of Brother Joseph Natale said he was present at a public lecture in which Bella Dodd discussed the Soviet infiltration of the Catholic Church. Brother Joseph left St. Vincent's before taking final vows and went on to establish Holy Family Monastery in Berlin, N.J., which offered the traditional Mass of the Roman rite. The monastery also contained a Catholic printing office. Forty years after Brother Joseph heard the Dodd speech, he recalled, "I listened to that woman for four hours and she had my hair standing on end. Everything she said has been fulfilled to the letter." His recollections were first recorded in the fall 1989 issue of "Crying in the Wilderness," a newsletter printed by the brothers at Holy Family Monastery.

[iii] See Gordon W. Prange, Target Tokyo - The Story of the Sorge Spy Ring (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1984).

[iv] Will and Ariel Durant, A Dual Autobiography (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1977), 35.

[v] It should be remembered that Catholic seminaries and the national bureaucracy of the NCWC and the NCCB/USCC were not the only Catholic institutions to be infiltrated. Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel in The Venona Secrets cite the Paulist Order as a target of Soviet subversion as well as the Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus and various Catholic trade unions. For an expanded explanation of the Communist  "Outstretched Hand" policy see Francis J. Murphy, Communists and Catholics in France 1936-1939 The Politics of the Outstretched Hand (Gainesville, Fla.: University of Florida Press, Monographs in Social Science, no. 76, 1989).


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Comments for "Bella Dodd -- How Communists Subverted the Catholic Church"

RL said (September 20, 2018):

Again Henry thank you for posting this excellent article by a very brave lady who is writing extensively about what has happened to the Roman Catholic church well if anyone has eyes to read then read this article it has been spoken about for years , the late Father Villa sent by heaven to exposed these enemy's of Christ mentions much more in his books with Doctor Franco his associate research and the truth shall set you free if you do not live in illusions but Reallty

Essel said (September 20, 2018):

Beautiful presentation, which will never be repeated enough.

I only regret that it has a universally widespread mistake:

"Francis" is NOT pope. A pope is not just an elected member of the Curia (even assuming that the election is not rigged). To be truly pope, Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth, the chosen one of the curia must, before God, accept the charge. That is to say, to work for the good of the Church (a supernatural society and not a political organisation according to the Marxist conception, universally widespread today).

Now, regarding "Francisco" and all his predecessors since Roncalli (alias John XXIII) included, it is easy to see - whether one has or not faith, just be intellectually honest and know a minimum of doctrine) that is not the case. They even worked to destroy it (if it were possible).

Resuming analogically Aristotelian hylemorphism, we can say that these men (Roncalli, Montini, ... usque ad Franciscus) were at best (!) Pope "materialiter" but not "formaliter". They were not formally popes, the form being what makes a thing what it is. A bit like a police chief statutorily appointed to his post but secretly protect the brigands and organize the destruction of society (it must exist!).

What I have just said (and which can be developed) is not a personal idea but a result of Catholic doctrine. Alas, and this is not new, many "faithful" prefer men to God and not be ostracized by saying the disturbing truth. Like the famous "chosen people" preferred the gift to the Giver !!!

Debra said (September 20, 2018):

How do you subvert something that was birthed from LIES (on steroids) and Paganism from the very beginning (The Christian Jesus-God is a pagan sun god who has nothing to do with the historical, biblical or extra-biblical Yeshua), satanic (blood sacrifice is satanic and redeems no one), communistic (top-down hierarchical structure/slavery) and a religious Disneyland (Constantine’s faux cross, Christ and kingdom)? People are whistling by the graveyard if they think Christianity (Catholic or Protestant) has anything to do with Jesus. The kingdom is within. Communists were wasting their time trying to subvert an institution that was already subverted!

Tony B said (September 20, 2018):

These Communist priests would have been just the right age to have participated in the "Vatican II" conquest of the Vatican by Freemasons and Satanists. V2 has turned Catholics, those who didn't bale out of the farce, into Protestant non-believers in the most important commands made by Christ to His followers, as I have learned from personal acquaintance with some members of V2 Churches.

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at