Malachi Martin

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Person.png Malachi Martin  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Jesuit, priest, author)
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Born23 July 1921
Died27 July 1999 (Age 78)
Alma materCatholic University of Louvain
ExposedSecond Vatican Council
Interest ofWilliam H. Kennedy

Malachi Brendan Martin is known for his writings about the Catholic Church.

Life and education

Originally ordained as a Jesuit priest, he became Professor of Palaeography at the Vatican's Pontifical Biblical Institute. From 1958, he served as secretary to Cardinal Augustin Bea during preparations for the Second Vatican Council. Disillusioned by Vatican II, he asked to be released from certain aspects of his Jesuit vows in 1964 and moved to New York City, where he later became an American citizen.


His 17 novels and non-fiction books were frequently critical of the Vatican hierarchy, whom he believed had failed to act on the Third Prophecy revealed with the Fátima prophecy.[1] Among his most significant works were The Scribal Character of The Dead Sea Scrolls (1958) and Hostage To The Devil (1976) which dealt with Satanism, demonic possession, and exorcism. The Final Conclave (1978) was a warning against Soviet espionage in the Holy See via Soviet spies in the Vatican.


  • Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Living Americans (1976)
  • The Final Conclave (1978)
  • King of Kings
  • Novel of the Life of David (1980)
  • Vatican: A Novel (1986)
  • The Pilgrim (1964)
  • The Encounter (1970)
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church (1981)
  • The New Castle: Reaching for the Ultimate (1982)
  • Rich Church, Poor Church: The Catholic Church and its Money (1984)
  • There is Still Love: Five Parables of God's Love That Will Change Your Life (1984)
  • The Jesuits: The Society of Jesus and the Betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church (1987)
  • The Keys of This Blood: The Struggle for World Dominion between Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev, and the Capitalist West (1990)
  • Windswept House: A Vatican Novel (1996)

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