Bella Dodd born Maria Isabella Visono in Picerno, Italy in 1904 came to America at age six. She was college educated in The United States, and later acquired a PHD and law degree. She became a Communist and later in life converted back to the Catholic faith in 1952 by “Archbishop” Fulton Sheen.
While in the American Communist Party of which she was a passionate and high-ranking member for many years, she had headed up a special operation to place more than eleven hundred young men in Catholic seminaries, all of whom were agents of the Communist Party.
This parable relates to the story of Bella Dodd.
“Some enemy has done this.”—Jesus, telling the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, in Matthew 13:28. The expanded version: “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. So, the servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ ‘No,’ he said, ‘if you pull the weeds now, you might uproot the wheat with them.’”
There has been an intentional infiltration into the Catholic Church: an enemy of the Church, or a group of enemies, has acted according to a precise satanic plan. This is the testimony of Dr. Bella Dodd taken from her lecture at Fordham University in 1953:
“In the late 1920s and 1930s, I personally put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to weaken the Catholic Church from within. The idea was for these men to be ordained and progress to positions of influence and authority as Monsignors and Bishops…”
“Right now, they are in the highest places where they are working to bring about change in order to weaken the Church’s effectiveness against Communism. These changes will be so drastic that you will not even recognize the Catholic Church”.
“Of all the world’s religions, the Catholic Church was the only one feared by the Communists, for it was its only effective opponent. The whole idea was to destroy, not the institution of the Church, but rather the faith of the people, and even use the institution of the Church, if possible, to destroy the faith through the promotion of a pseudo-religion, something that resembled Catholicism but was not the real thing”.
“Once the faith was destroyed, there would be a guilt complex introduced in 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 religions and philosophies. The Communists would then exploit this openness in order to undermine the Church.”
Other Communist theoreticians of Dodd’s time, such as the Italian, Antonio Gramsci, (founded the Italian Communist Party in 1921) also had the idea to weaken the Church as an effective fighter against communism. This meant taking a slow path to infiltrate the Church and get Catholics to lose the faith little by little. This plan was eventually called “Operation Outstretched Hand.”
More specifically, it was to promote a pseudo-religion, a fake Catholicism but with enough look and feel to seem real. This plan would then introduce a guilt complex so that the Church would apologize for past activities, and then embrace other religions’ ideas “as a way to get along”. The intent of Dodd and Cramsci (and all Communists) is to change the Catholic Church; to advance the newer ways and teachings.
Today’s Vatican II Church does not need any explanation for its un-Catholic Masses.
If you attend a Vatican II “Mass” you will see that it has changed tremendously. You will hardly recognize anything that resembles the Latin Tridentine Catholic Mass that’s been in use from the late fourth century (Greek was in use in the early years) which the Council of Trent codified in 1570 and approved the Roman Missal for use in God’s one and only True Church.
What then are these bizarre Vatican II changes?
You enter the Novus Ordo’s worship building which looks much like a Masonic lodge hall, for the Saturday afternoon “Motu” Mess. People are talking, laughing, chewing gum. Most are casually dressed. The tabernacle is nowhere in sight, so instead of genuflecting, people bow toward a “table.” The crucifix is absent; it won’t be brought out until the entrance procession.
The cantoress approaches the microphone, bareheaded and wearing culottes. “Good afternoon,” she beams. “Welcome to the Eucharist of the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary time. Please stand to greet our celebrant, “Father” Preistor,” (*Preistor: Combination of a Priest and Pastor. Used when confusion is present regarding predominate religion) as we sing our opening song, On Eagles’ Wings.” A small band of piano, guitar, and drums accompanies the opening song. The procession enters from the back of the temple; a female crucifer, two alter girls, a lectoress in street clothes carrying the Novus Ordo lectionary aloft and finally “Father” Preistor in a Novus Ordo alb-cum-chasuble, all smiling and singing along loudly.
The Asperges ceremony before Mass is omitted, as the thought of washing away sins is deprecated. The congregation remains standing as “Father” Preistor recites the Protestantized “Opening Prayers,” while the band launches into the Kyrie and Gloria from the newly-composed Mass of the New Order written in jazz style. “Father” Preistor then sits down for the “Liturgy of the Word,” imported substantially from the Anglican prayer book and read entirely in the vulgar tongue (or tongues) from the lectern. The band performs its rendition of Taste and See following the “First Reading.” After the “Second Reading,” the cantoress renders the Oecumenical Alleluia.
After the Gospel is read in a vulgar tongue by a married lay deacon (deacons have never been allowed to be married), “Father” Preistor gives a brief “homily” on social justice and global warming. “It is a mortal sin not to use florescent bulbs,” he warns the congregation. After the We Believe is recited by the congregation, two Lesbians bring forward the “bread,” looking for all the like of shortbread cookies, and the grape juice for the “consecration.” Meanwhile the lectoress leads the congregation in the Protestant Bidding Prayers, praying for all politically correct groups and causes.
After the “Presto” Eucharistic Prayer, (so called because it is over before you know it), with its revised “consecration” to conform to the heresy of universal salvation, the congregation launches into one of the familiar acclamation songs imported from Protestant services. Shortly after, the congregation recites the Lord’s Prayer in the vulgar tongue, with the de rigueur Protestant ending, hands joined across the pews.
When communion-time arrives, all of the congregation, confessed or not, fasting or not, including known public sinners, divorced-and-remarried with New Churcher’s approval (or perhaps annulled in a “quickie” divorce) approach, many taking “communion” in the hand from the “Eucharistic Ministress” while the Preistor sits in his giant Protestant “presider’s” chair. Some also receive grape juice from a ceramic goblet crudely fabricated by schoolchildren. A few folks try to kneel, but they interrupt the flow of the line and thus receive a hostile glare from the ministress. When they return to their seats, most of the congregation sits without making any thanksgiving.
When the Preistor proclaims, “The Eucharist is finished. Thank God,” the band strikes up a rousing rendition of When the Saints Come Marching In. As soon as the Preistor leaves the table, the congregation practically trips over him on the way out, eager to get in those few extra holes of golf before nightfall.
Has the Communist intention to change the Catholic Church succeeded?
It has not succeeded. EVEN IF CATHOLICS FAITHFUL TO TRADITION ARE REDUCTED TO A HANDFUL, THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE THE TRUE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST.” (Coll. Selecta SS Ecc. Patrum, Caillau and Guillou Vol. 32. pp. 411-412)
We are the ones who are happy: we who remain within the Church by our faith, who hold firmly to the foundations of the faith which has come down to us from Apostolic Tradition. And if an execrable jealousy (Communism) has tried to shake it on a number of occasions IT HAS NOT SUCCEEDED. No one, ever, will prevail against our faith and we believe that God will give us our Churches back some day just as He has done so with the Japanese that were deprived of His One True Church for 250 years.
The Novus Ordo “Mass” (actually a service), in any version, must be rejected as non-Catholic, sacrilegious, scandalous, blasphemous, idolatrous, and INVALID because it fails to meet certain criteria established in Catholic dogmatic and sacramental theology for a valid Mass pertinent to Pope Leo XIII’s Apostolicae Curae.
St. Robert Bellarmine described best the Protestant style “Catholic” New Mass and Protestant services when he said:
“When we enter ornate and clean Basilicas, adorned with crosses, sacred images, ALTARS and burning lamps, we most easily conceive devotion. But on the other hand, when we enter the temples of the heretics, where there is nothing except a CHAIR for preaching and a TABLE for making a meal, we fell ourselves to be entering a profane hall and not the House of God.”
In 1917 Our Lady came to Fatima to help mankind save our souls from falling into the bottomless pit of Communism in the treacherous days ahead. Because of the work of Lucifer and his devils, her message has been almost completely ignored by the Church leaders.
It started in the early 1930s when Pius XI did not respond to our Lady’s request to consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart. Our Lord told Sister Lucy in the Apparition at Rianjo in 1931: “Make it known to My ministers that given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of my request, they will follow him into misfortune.
On 13 October 1917, attended by a crown of more than 70,000 that had gathered in Fatima, Portugal in response to a prophecy made by three shepherd children, Lucia Santos, Francisco and Jacita Marto, the prophecy was that the Virgin would appear and perform miracles on that date. Newspapers, including an atheist’s newspaper, published testimony from witnesses who said that they had seen extraordinary solar activity, such as the Sun appearing to “dance” or zigzag in the sky, careen towards the Earth, or emit multicolored light and radiant colors.
In August 1941, Sister Lucia wrote her third memoir in which she described the apparition of 13 October 1917. She said that the Virgin told them:
“God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The [First World] war is going to end; if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. (Pius XI preferred to follow the policy of ecumenism rather than the command of Our Lady as did all Popes since Benedict XV).
Had these popes consecrated Russia to her Immaculate Heart there would have been no World War II.
1. Russians would have been converted by the millions, and many of them would thus have attained salvation instead of suffering damnation as Schismatics.
2. The terrible apostasy in the Church we have been suffering for so long—and which grows worse daily—would not have occurred. How many Catholics would still be following the doctrine of the true Faith, instead of being set off the path by the Progressivism, which has dominated the Church openly after Vatican II with the introduction of the Novus Ordo Missae.
3. All the subsequent wars would have been averted, and the world, most probably, would have entered the Reign of Mary.
If Pius XI had made the Consecration of Russia even in the last year of his Pontificate, i.e., 1939, all the consequences listed above would not have happened. They are the results caused by the Communist party via Bella Dodd who placed more than eleven hundred young men in Catholic seminaries.
Pray the Rosary, wear the Brown Scapular, and pray for the conversion of those misguided concocters of the Holy Mass that claim to be Catholic—but are not.
Bill Metallo, President, Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette