The Smoke of Satan: How Corrupt and Cowardly Bishops Betrayed Christ, His Church, and the Faithful and What Can Be Done About It

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Amidst the torturous decline of the public Church since the 1960s, the sexual abuse scandal, which erupted anew in 2018, poses one of the greatest challenges of the darkest period Catholics have faced since the Reformation. In The Smoke of Satan, veteran Catholic journalist Philip Lawler explains why the crisis is even more severe than when it first commanded headlines in 2002 and how the failure of Church leaders involves many in the highest echelons.
In this unflinching look at the crisis threatening the Church and her members, Lawler:

  • Shows how the sexual abuse scandal is not a question only of pedophilia, but also of homosexual activity within the clergy
  • Explains how Catholic bishops developed a habit of covering up serious problems to avoid the serious divisions that have developed within the faith since Vatican II
  • Exposes a catastrophic rupture in Church unity that caused a breakdown in morals and discipline among priests, bishops, and laity, paving the way for the current crisis
  • Reveals the growth of a faction within the Vatican that is ready to make peace with secularism
  • Details the charges in the explosive “Vigano testimony” and the efforts by Vatican officials to ward off a thorough investigation
  • Concludes with a program for reform, led by faithful lay Catholics, demanding a new policy of candor and a forthright proclamation of Church teaching

This crisis, brought about by the failures of bishops and clerics, has been allowed to fester long enough. It is well past time for serious action to be taken at every level before more lives are ruined, more souls are lost, and more fractures divide the Church.

In these pages, Lawler details the problems besetting the Church and lays out a clear plan to overcome them in order that the Church and her members may once again thrive and bring souls to Christ.

Philip F. Lawler
TAN Books
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5 Reviews

  • 5
    We all need to know

    Posted by Joan H. on Apr 8th 2023

    I read this book last year and bought two more copies to share with friends who need to be aware of …

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  • 5
    A chilling reality for all

    Posted by PATRICIA H. on Feb 27th 2023

    A chilling reality for all Faithful about what occurred while many of us slept.ù However this work a…

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  • 5
    Smoke of Satan

    Posted by LORRAINE E. on Feb 25th 2023

    Jesse Romero is very knowledgeable. This was an informative book. Must read to bolster our faith in …

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  • 4
    The Church on earth is called to be the Church Militant

    Posted by Dcn. G. on May 31st 2022

    In my view, this is a very good book, this is one book among many that address cultural evils outsid…

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  • 5
    I suspected such things, I

    Posted by Isabel W. on May 21st 2022

    I suspected such things, I am happy that someone wrote about it; I didnt know how bad , the situatio…

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