A Papacy Fit for the End Times

The Holy See has become a playground for secular causes and worldly pursuits, keeping Catholicism on a decline that started with the implementation of the liturgical reforms of the Vatican II Council in 1969 and created the new order of the Mass. Many of the bells and smells of the traditional Latin Mass disappeared before the churchgoers, replaced by a Protestantized liturgy and architecture that diminished the physical beauty and majesty of the church. Latin gave way to the vernacular. Priests turned their backs on the crucified Christ to hoist chalices and patens before the congregants. Disposal of the kneeling rails brought priests off the altar and communicants to their feet to receive and manhandle Communion with unclean hands. The solemnity and sanctity of the Gregorian chants gave way to church choirs with modernist hymns and ensembles of drums and guitars that often turned the celebration of Christ into an evangelical hootenanny.

The current pontiff, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who inaugurated the name Francis, has upended liturgy and tradition to bring the struggling Vatican II reforms across the finish line. He has hastened the abolition of the Latin Mass and berated its practitioners in the United States as a “strong reactionary element.”  That rhetoric is catnip to those intent upon targeting religious conservativism, with the FBI reporting that some enclaves of the ancient liturgy harbored anti-Semitic members of the “hard-right nationalist movement.”

Aligning his pontificate with the globalist doctrine, Francis has established the new Synodal Church, giving it an ecumenical shape corresponding with the earthly fixations of climate activism, LGBTQ causes, replacement migration, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This secular idolatry has mocked God’s work and twisted church teachings on morality. Those sitting in the pews can expect overbearing sermons on the evils of fossil fuels, excessive meat consumption, and pleas for almsgiving supporting border immigration policies eliminating national cultures.

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