The Unz Review:ㅤThe Smoke of the Synagogue, by Lawrence Erickson

The Unz Review:ㅤThe Smoke of the Synagogue, by Lawrence Erickson

20-03-24 04:25:00,

“From some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.”

Paul VI’s unwittingly appropriate words in his 1972 homily have formed the basis of much speculation from Catholics as to what, exactly, is this smoke of Satan, and how is it connected to Church affairs, scandals, and the decline in reverence witnessed in most parishes since Vatican II? As a supporter of Vatican II, Paul VI was not pointing at any specific infiltration of the Church in this case, but rather the fact that Vatican II did not have its intended effect. Later in his homily, Paul VI says, “It was believed that after the Council there would come a sunny day for the history of the Church. Instead, a day of clouds, storms, darkness, searching, uncertainty has come.”[1]…9.html However, just because Vatican II did not produce the effect hoped for by Paul VI, doesn’t mean it did not produce the change that someone else intended. To find who that someone might be, it’s useful to start with the famous first principle for identifying suspects: Cui Bono? (Who gained?) The Atlantic recently posted an article by a liberal Jewish writer describing the post war era, up until now, as the “Golden Age of American Jews.” The writer describes how this era was one of cultural ascendency for American Jewry, and of course this happened alongside the legal recognition and rise of the state of Israel. While the writer paints a picture of supposedly benign Jewish influence in arts,

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