What do a prophecy from 1917, Trident nuclear submarines and an interchurch organization have to do with one another? Colquhoun, in his historically astute essay, argues that they may augur troubled times as predicted by Scripture.
Beginning with a prophecy commonly referred to in Catholic teachings as the Third Secret, Colquhoun constructs an argument that the Vatican’s allegedly contradictory writings on the prophecy hide a deeper, more troubling development: the invalidation of Mass, specifically the transubstantiation of the Host. In Colquhoun’s view, this invalidation is caused by the acceptance of Anglican and Protestant churches by the Catholic Church through the formation of an interchurch association in the U.K., which the author sees as being rooted in Soviet machinations stretching back to World War II. Alongside the invalidation of Mass, Colquhoun sees a political dimension to these intrigues, in that British defenses are vulnerable to Russian imperialism via impending Scottish independence, which will lead to the removal of Trident nuclear submarines from Scottish waters, thus weakening the U.K.’s nuclear deterrent program. All these events and factors, Colquhoun argues, point to the inevitable rise of the Antichrist. Readers who do not share Colquhoun’s strong Catholic beliefs may find his conclusions and some of his asides—particularly his depiction of a controversial radio show in Scotland and his efforts to have the church censure the priest behind it, which does much to illuminate Colquhoun’s mindset—difficult to accept. But even skeptics may find value in his historical research, which is substantial without being pedantic. He draws equally well from church scholarship and historical works to substantiate his arguments, and his writing is thoughtful and informative as he constructs arguments with precision and clarity. Even more welcome, Colquhoun makes his points with concision, relating enough exposition to make his concepts clear without stalling his momentum.
Regardless of whether one agrees or not on religious grounds, fans of 20th-century U.K. history in particular will appreciate this fine example of well-researched, thoughtful historical writing.