Not to believe in evil is not to be armed against it.
Father Malachi Martin was and remains an interesting and controversial character. Whether it was the Jesuits or exorcism or the scandals that now plague the Roman Catholic Church, Father Martin had much to say about all of these things and was in the middle of all of it. What you think of what he said depends upon what you think of the man. Was he a devout man of the cloth upholding the faith and the Magisterium? Or, was he just a crackpot given to wild conspiracy theories in Catholic Cuckooland? Your answers to those questions will determine what you think about Father Martin's "factional" novel, Windswept House. As a pure work of fiction, it is not very good, and I would advise you to read Tolkien or Cormac McCarthy. But the claim is that Windswept House is not fictional but is actually factual with enough fictionalizing to obscure names of real people and events that really transpired. On that basis, Windswept House becomes an absolutely fascinating and disturbing read.
The straightforward gist of the novel is this. Sometime around Vatican II, a secret society of priests and prelates in the Roman Catholic Church who worshiped and served Satan performed a ritual of satanic enthronement in the Vatican. Since such a thing might be detected, the Rome part of the ritual was performed in an out of the way sanctuary under renovation while a simultaneous ceremony involving the rape and abuse of a little girl was performed in the basement of a church in Greenville, SC. One of the priests alleged to be involved in this criminal act of depravity was this man:
In death, Cardinal Bernadin remains a controversial figure. He was a modernist and rumored to be a homosexual and an enabler of other homosexual priests including pedophiles. He was also the most powerful Cardinal in the American church. In Windswept House, Bernardin's identity is obscured as "Cardinal Leonardine of Centurycity." Martin did a poor job of obscuring the Chicago cardinal's true identity, and I think this was intentional. According to the book, Benardin/Leonardine was the priest who defiles and rapes the little girl in the Greenville, SC, part of the satanic enthronement ritual.
This is explosive stuff. It is a sin to calumniate someone. Calumny is equal to murder except that murder is permanent. Calumny can be fixed. To make these allegations against a deceased prince of the church is a serious matter. Yet, Martin either wanted the world to know, or he wanted to merely smear a good man he did not like and hide behind the creative license of a fiction writer. Windswept House offers similar treatment to other real life people turned into fictional characters. A key to these characters can be found here.
The aftermath of the satanic enthronement ceremony is detailed in the novel as the Roman Catholic Church is overtaken by a modernist/globalist cabal in the Vatican and the Church becomes corrupted by sodomites and pedophiles with a powerless Slavic Pope/John Paul II sitting back and doing little to nothing. When Windswept House came out in the late 90's, such stuff could be dismissed as fictional crap except we now know that Father Martin was right. Those things really did happen, and Father Martin looks prophetic in hindsight as he clearly saw the sex abuse scandal before anyone else did.
And this is the crux of the issue of this book. Windswept House is an important and monumental book if it is actually based on true events. Father Martin said that 80% of Windswept House was true. The satanic enthronment ceremony really happened. People were murdered to keep them silent. One of those people may have been Father Martin himself who died apparently from a cerebral hemorrhage from a fall in his apartment. But there are those who speculate that Father Martin did not fall but was murdered. If murder was an option for these people, it is easy to understand why Martin chose fiction instead of non-fiction as the vehicle of choice. From what I have read, Father Martin was working on the non-fiction account of things at the time of his death.
And this is the mystery of Father Martin. Either Martin was a devout, sincere, and honest priest calumniated for going against the Jesuits and other modernists in the Church. Or, he was a crackpot. This duality is what makes Father Martin such an enigma. He either told unpleasant truths, or he was a pathological liar. Personally, I have read and tried hard to discredit the man in order to dismiss what he wrote. But the more I learn about the man is the more I believe he was the bona fide real deal. All of the allegations against the man have turned out to be baseless while all the things he has said about his enemies and archenemies have turned out to be true so far. I believe Windswept House is a thinly disguised fictional treatment of real events. Every Catholic should read it. It is a depressing but revealing book. And if I am mistaken and Father Martin really was a crackpot and a liar, may God have mercy on his soul.