Dodd gave voluminous testimony on Communist infiltration of Church and State before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in the 1950s. In a lecture at Fordham University during that time, Dodd unveiled what would seem to be an uncanny prophecy of future chaos in the Church. The lecture was attended by a monk whose account of the talk is presented in Christian Order:
I listened to that woman for four hours and she had my hair standing on end. Everything she said has been fulfilled to the letter. You would think she was the world's greatest prophet, but she was no prophet. She was merely exposing the step-by-step battle plan of Communist subversion of the Catholic Church. She explained that of all the world's religions, the Catholic Church was the only one feared by the Communists, for it was its only effective opponent.
The whole idea was to destroy, not the institution of the Church, but rather the Faith of the people, and even use the institution of the Church, if possible, to destroy the Faith through the promotion of a pseudo-religion: something that resembled Catholicism but was not the real thing. Once the Faith was destroyed, she explained that there would be a guilt complex introduced into the Church ... to label the "Church of the past" as being oppressive, authoritarian, full of prejudices, arrogant in claiming to be the sole possessor of truth, and responsible for the divisions of religious bodies throughout the centuries. This would be necessary in order to shame Church leaders into an "openness to the world," and to a more flexible attitude toward all religions and philosophies. The Communists would then exploit this openness in order to undermine the Church.
Does any of this sound familiar? Unless you have been comatose since Vatican II, you would be aware that Bella Dodd was describing the state of the Church of the New Order today. Today, post-conciliar churchmen wallow in guilt over the Church's "intolerant" past rather than glory in the fact that the Church made our vaunted western civilization, make public apologies for the alleged sins of dead Catholics but fail to recognize their own greater sins against the living faithful, and extol the virtues of other religions while ignoring the lethal aims of Reformation Protestants, Communist Russian Orthodox, and Muslim radicals.
Bella Dodd was no prophet. She merely told us what the infiltrators of the Church were planning to do. And, lo, they have done it, in the process making fools and patsies even of popes, cardinals, and bishops and turning them to serve "the dark side," whether wittingly or unwittingly.