The main cause of this crisis is Satan, the Devil, the leader of the fallen angels. He is the Father of Lies and the sworn enemy of Jesus Christ. Pope Leo XIII summarised the history of mankind, saying that “the race of man…’through the envy of the Devil [is] separated into two diverse and opposite parts…The one is the kingdom of God on earth…The other is the kingdom of Satan…” (Humanum Genus, 1884).
However, Satan has established a chain of causality over the centuries to wage his war against Christ and to bring about the current crisis in His Church. The aim of this crisis is to bring as many souls into his kingdom and out of Our Lord’s.
Protestantism in the 16th Century marks the initiation of this chain of causality. Protestantism was the revolt of men against Tradition and the authority of the Church. Luther and the other so-called reformers established the false principle that individuals were the interpretors of Divinely Revealed Truth, instead of the Church.
Once this principleof false liberty was established in relation to the Church, Satan had succeeded in inserting the thin edge of the wedge – all he had to do was widen the gap. Once men had severed their dependence on the Church as Teacher of Divinely Revealed Truth, they then began to say that the individual was the measure of all truth. This attitude can be summed up by the term Liberalism. This liberalism logically deteriorated more and more, leading eventually to the pure skepticism which underlies Modernism.
During the period following the so-called Reformation, these ideas of false liberty were spread throughout the Protestant world, giving rise to a movement ironically termed the Enlightenment. Secret Societies known as the Freemasons and the Illuminati were born from this liberal movement. These Secret Societies were the declared enemies of the Church and vowed to infiltrate and subvert It by introducing their “doctrine into the midst of the young clergy, as well as deeply into the monasteries. In a few years, by the force of things, this young clergy will have overrun all the functions; …they will be called to choose a Pontiff who should reign. And this Pontiff, like most of his contemporaries, will be necessarily imbued with the Italian and humanitarian principles that we are going to begin to put into circulation” (Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita, published by Cardinal Crétineau-Joly with the approbation of Pope Gregory XVI in 1861).
This subversion was attempted at the turn of the 20th Century via Modernism, which was the fruit of the skeptical philosophy of the liberals applied to the Catholic Faith. However, Pope Saint Pius X uncovered the Modernists at the time and exposed their false ideas in his Encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis. He called Modernism “the sewer of all heresies”. Saint Pius X further remarked in this Encyclical that the Modernists thought that “their place is and remains within the Church in order to gradually transform the general awareness… At the clerical seminaries and the universities they lie in wait for professorships so as to pervert them visibly into chairs of corruption”.
Despite his best efforts, this great Pope only managed to put the Modernists underground. They remained, waiting for their opportunity, continuing to spread their errors while hypocritically pretending to submit to the Church. Pope Pius XII condemned them once more in his Encyclical Humani Generis and Modernist theologians were severely sanctioned on his watch.
However, in 1958, Angelo Roncalli was elected John XXIII, the predicted Pope who was imbued with liberal principles. He called the Second Vatican Council, and rehabilitated the Modernist theologians who had been ostracised by Pope Pius XII. At the First Session of the Council, the Modernist bishops of the Rhineland (France, Germany, Belgium and Holland) succeeded in rejecting all the preparatory documents (many of which had been in line with Catholic Truth). The rehabilitated Modernist theologians then became the “experts” whose liberal ideas formed the basis of the new documents of Vatican II.
One of the liberal Rhineland bishops, Cardinal Suenens called Vatican II “the French Revolution in the Catholic Church”, in other words, the triumph of liberal and Freemasonic principles.
At Vatican II, therefore, the men of the Church (some consciously, others perhaps less so) made their peace with the Kingdom of Satan, represented by the liberal ideas of Freemasonry, which had been condemned by the Popes for centuries. Instead of condemning the world inspired by these false principles, the world which Christ said He did not pray for, the men of the Church began to court its favour. Marcel Prelot, Senator for the Doubs region in France stated: “We had struggled for a century and a half to bring our opinions to prevail within the Church and had not succeeded. Finally, there came Vatican II and we triumphed. From then on the propositions and principles of liberal Catholicism have been definitively and officially accepted by Holy Church”.
This capitulation of the bishops towards liberalism spread inevitably to the Clergy, and from it to the ordinary Catholic in the pew, leading to the crisis of Faith and Morals which we are living through today. Ordinary Catholics now live by the principles of liberalism – it is no longer the Church in the Name of Christ which determines what they believe and how they act, but their own opinion.