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In Martin's apocalyptic scenario, Pope John Paul II is a geopolitican whose aim is a new world order, the Grand Design of God on earth, a global government rooted in a recognition of universal interdependence. The other chief players in the "millennium end-game" are "hardcore Leninist" Gorbachev, bent on world domination, and the West's rulers, said to be eager to maintain the status quo as they condone "sinful structures" such as Third World exploitation. Martin ( The Jesuits ) contends that the Pope has allowed the Church to split into politicized factions and willfully ignores "rampant decadence and unfaith" among churchmen. He spins a dramatic tale in this long, unpersuasive saga, which purports to be a behind-the-scenes probe of the Vatican's role in the collapse of the Iron Curtain. Author tour.
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A former Jesuit, Martin, also author of the best-selling The Final Enclave ( LJ 5/15/78) and The Jesuits ( LJ 4/1/86), contends that Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev, and international business leaders are in competition to establish one world government and that this competition will end by the end of this century. The book claims to be an inside account of what the Pope is doing to win this geopolitical struggle and how he played an instrumental role in the collapse of the Iron Curtain. Martin's previous works, all highly critical of Vatican politics, have provoked discussion and disagreement, and this book should be no different. Written with all the intrigue of a spy novel, this is an interesting and controversial commentary. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/90..
- John Broderick, Stonehill Coll., North Easton, Mass.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (September 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671747231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671747237
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a masterful analysis of modern geopolitics. It is different from other books on the subject in that it adds a vertical or spiritual ingredient to the often horizontal only analysis of history. This allows the author to delve deeper into the meaning and consequences of world politics as they exist today. It also provides plausible explanations to modern world events. Malachi Martin rightly contends that unless one takes into account the fact that there is a spiritual warfare going on at the same time, modern history and geopolitics make no sense.

The book seeks to look at history through the eyes of John Paul II, a pope and a master in geopolitics. John Paul II, Martin contends, was a man singularly prepared for his time through life experience, nationality, culture and education, much like St. Paul was the best man to christianize the world through his combination of Jewishness, Roman citizenship and Greek education. John Paul II was aware of his role and place, and once Martin explains the centrality of the history of Poland and the identity this provides to John Paul II, his fixation with geopolitics as his battle field for man's soul becomes a lot clearer and many a question is answered regarging John Paul II's papacy.

In the book, Martin identifies the two main players vying for world domination in the spiritual sphere today and thus lays the ground for his historical analysis: materialism with the East and West in their communism and capitalism, which Martin places on one side together -- and the Catholic Church, the only truly geopolitical spiritual organization in existence today. One of the two sides must win, for they cannot coexist. Either materialism coopts or conquers the Church or the Church ends materialism and Christianizes man again.
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I thought that this was excellent and fast-moving, despite it's intimidating size and subject matter. Fr. Martin writes succinctly and beautifully, his research and knowledge of the subject are obvious. I always obtain many insights from his writing, and this is no different. Wonderful insights into the geopolitical plans of all the various international power brokers. A striking part for me was the succinct history of Poland, from the time that they were just tribes, to the civilizing of Eastern Europe, their 3 pacts with God and the Church, and the history of Cardinal Wyzinski and Cardinal Wojtyla, and the role they played in the history of that great Catholic country. Fr. Martin helped me to understand a little bit where Pope John Paul is coming from, although the events have progressed 6 years beyond the scope of the story. I also sensed Fr. Martin's great love for Pope John Paul II. I have loved every book I've read by Fr. Martin. May God rest his soul.
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Malachi Martin was a prolific excorcist and an advisor to two popes. He knows what he is talking about. Without this book, you'll have a hard time ever getting this kind of insider's knowledge about the evils of the impending global government (official in May 2001) and the Vatican. Unfortunately, this book is out in the middle of a heated debate between those who champion Vatican II (Novus Ordo Mass) and those who don't. Both sides claim to be completely right. Niether will consider their own flaws, or look at the good points in the other. It's an old war in the Church, and both sides are missing out on some great points. Both sides are very bigoted toward each other. In the middle of it all, is Father Malachi Martin, just trying to tell it like it is. Both Masses are technically valid, WHEN they are executed and followed carefully, and Father Martin says that, but the real problem facing us is the new global government. Watch out for some very strange changes in 2001. For those who want to know what to expect, this book will give you some great clues. Basically, we'll be enslaved by communism. The Humanist Manefesto of the U.N. is the same as the Communist Manefesto. In this book, Father Martin explains how the Fatima prophecy was right after all.
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The Keys of this Blood is not only profound scholarship, but galvanizing drama as well. Martin's fluid prose is addictve as he superbly chronicles the geo-political poker game between the Vatican, Russia, and the West. In addition, this is a far more superior study of Pope John Paul II than Carl Bernstein's and Marco Politi's recent His Holiness (1996, Doubleday). Consistent with his oeuvre, Martin is critical of Vatican II policies and how they feverishly feed into socialism. With his brilliant examination of Antonio Gramsci and his unheralded yet highly influential brand of clandestine Marxism, one really must wonder if Communism is as crippled as the media has let on.
Martin indicts many as he exposes some of the shocking Faustian alliances the Church has made over the years. Moreover, Martin is truly convincing in his assertion that the Church has been infiltrated by full-fledged Marxists, a point that he examines in his highly controversial 1987 best-seller The Jesuits.
This is a must-read for all pious Catholics who worry about the Church's survival.
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