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Complotto contro la Chiesa by Maurice Pinay - Summary


The book presents a detailed investigation into a perceived conspiracy against the Roman Catholic Church, arguing that various external and internal forces, including communism, modernization, and secret societies, are collaborating to undermine the Church's foundations.

Key Themes

Conspiracy Against the Church

  • The conspiracy is described as a multifaceted effort to dilute the Church's doctrines and traditions, likening the modernization efforts to the reforms of historical figures like Calvin and Zwingli.
  • It suggests that these efforts are disguised as attempts to update the Church but have hidden motives aimed at opening doors to communism and precipitating the downfall of Christianity.

Role of Vatican II

  • The text alleges that the Second Vatican Council is being used as a vehicle for implementing these radical changes, with evidence pointing to secret plots by high-ranking officials within communism and secretive powers.
  • A "fifth column" within the Church's hierarchy, influenced by freemasonry and communism, is suggested to be working towards adopting these reforms.

Impact of Modernization and Secret Societies

  • The book argues that the push for modernization within the Church serves the interests of these conspiratorial forces rather than the faithful, with a significant focus on the influence of secret societies like Freemasonry.

Historical and Ideological Context

  • The narrative situates the conspiracy within a broader historical and ideological battle, emphasizing the antithetical nature of communism and its goals against the Church's teachings and the concept of individual human dignity.

Tactics and Strategies

  • Detailed strategies used by the conspirators are discussed, including gradual reforms to weaken resistance from within the Church and exploiting internal divisions.


  • Warning and Call to Action: "Complotto contro la Chiesa" serves as both a warning about the existential threats facing the Roman Catholic Church and a call to action for its defenders to recognize and combat these influences from within and without.