Modernism is the synthesis of all heresies. It is a disease which has infiltrated the Church. Seeing Modernism for the evil it was, Pope St. Pius X wrote the encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis (On Modernism).
This is must read material for any Catholic who wishes to adhere to the dogmas, doctrines, and truths of Catholicism. The encyclical can be read on Papal Encyclicals. If you are looking for a good synopsis, I suggest reading The Old Evangelization’s excellent series on the subject.
Another excellent work is Rev. J.B. Lemius, O.M.I.’s Catechism of Modernism, in which he asks questions about Modernism and uses Pope St. Pius X’s encyclical to respond. In it, a question is asked about Modernism within the clergy:
Q. Holy Father, are these hidden enemies, who cause anxiety to your paternal heart, to be found among Catholics? Are they found in the ranks of the priesthood?
A. Yes. Many belong to the Catholic laity; nay, and this is far more lamentable, many belong to the ranks of the priesthood itself, who, feigning a love for the Church, lacking the firm protection of philosophy and theology, nay more, thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the enemies of the Church, and lost to all sense of modesty, vaunt themselves as reformers of the Church.
These prophetic words ring true during this time. Many clergy could care less about the salvation of souls and in turn present themselves as caring by presenting a false gospel about being good and merciful to those around you.
They have become careerists by being promoted within the hierarchy of the Church, by being appointed Bishops, and even Cardinals.
They are willing to deny Christ, Our Risen Lord, and present a Christ who is a mere man. Hiding behind a curtain of ‘mercy’, they take cheap shots at any faithful Catholic who dare to defend Christ.
These rotten men who don’t deserve any of the pomp which stems from their office, lead numerous souls away from Christ and His Church, by giving them a false Christ.
We saw the evil of Modernism unfold with last year’s Synod on the Family with a botched attempt to rewrite Church law in regards to giving communion to adulterers, re-married, and those engaged in the sin of sodomy.
These wicked men have laid the ground work for their comrades throughout the Church to begin the further destruction from within. Buckle your seat belts, we are in for a bumpy ride with this year’s Synod, and the aftermath caused by both.