Modernism is at the root of the current crisis in the Church. But what is it, and where did it come from ?
Ultimately, Modernism came from Protestantism. In the 16th Century, Martin Luther declared that man no longer needed the Church to tell him the Truth of God; every individual was capable of deciding what God did or did not reveal. Basically, every man was his own pope !
As time went on, this individualist or subjectivist way of thinking spread like a cancer in the Protestant countries. To cut a long story short, philosophers and thinkers began to say that, if the individual could decide what was or was not part of revealed truth, then the individual could also decide what was or was not part of truth full stop ! These thinkers were mainly (logically) from Protestant Germany. They were men such as Kant, Hegel and Heidegger (to name but a few).
Gradually, Catholic philosophers and theologians began to be infected by these German subjectivist philosophies. They absorbed the false (and insane) notion that truth is determined by the individual and is therefore something that comes, not from outside, but from within the individual. Because individuals change over time, they said (quite logically) that truth also changes and evolves over time.
When these people applied these crazy principles to the Catholic Faith, they came up with what we call “Modernism”.
The Modernist crisis came to a head at the turn of the Twentieth Century under the Pontificate of Pope Saint Pius X. He wrote a famous encyclical called Pascendi Dominici Gregis (i.e. Feeding the flock of the Lord) where he denounced the Modernists. He said that, because they denied truth and reality (making them subject to constant evolution), their theories were “the synthesis of all heresies”. By denying that anything could ever be true or real, they denied the reality of God and the authority of His spokesman, the Church.
By this encyclical, Pope Saint Pius X saved the Church from imminent danger. However, the Modernist theologians did not do the honest and upright thing and simply leave the Church. No, instead they hypocritically decided to lie low, waiting for a better time. Meanwhile, they continued to spread their poison wherever they could in the Church.
Then, in the 1940′s, Pope Pius XII realised that the danger was imminent once more. As a result, he wrote his encyclical Humani Generis, condemning the latest form of the mutant heresy. Many modernist theologians were sanctioned under his watch, and the Church was saved once more from clear and present danger.
However, Providence mysteriously permitted the election of Pope John XIII (Angelo Roncalli) at the death of Pope Pius XII. Pope John decided to call a Council and insisted on rehabilitating some of those Modernist theologians who had been sanctioned by his predecessor.
These “theologians” (unworthy of the name) became the periti or “experts” at Vatican II. Their poisonous thought lies at the murky base of the documents of this Council, at which Modernism finally triumphed (in appearance only, and only for as long as God permits, however). The results of this Modernist Council have logically been shipwreck in the Faith for uncountable millions the world over, and consequently the undoubted loss of their souls.