It was a stark message, coming as it did just days before start of the much-feared and very hyped Synod on Synodality in Rome — a convocation of Catholic hierarchy, clerics, and other voices in convocation over the Church and tweaks and changes and postures toward matters such as female priests and blessing of gays or even same-sex “unions.”
While the Vatican already ruled against blessing unions themselves (February 22, 2021), and Francis warned two years ago about being bullied into “gender” politics, the concern remains that the Vatican will soften its approach, and on September 25, 2023, at Medjugorje, Our Lady hardly put the matter to rest, saying, “Dear children! I call you to a strong prayer. Modernism wants to enter your thoughts and rob you of the joy of prayer and the encounter with Jesus. Therefore, my dear little children, renew prayer in your families, so that my maternal Heart may be joyful as in the first days, when I chose you and when prayer resounded day and night – and heaven was not silent, but in this place of grace it gave peace and blessing in abundance.”
It was that word “modernism” that rang the tocsin.
In the Church, that relates to stripping altars of traditional art, conforming the liturgy to hip culture, and in general veering even slightly from the path of Catholicism, which dates back twenty centuries.
Francis himself is famous for visiting the tradition-bound Basilica of Saint Mary Major, praying before a picture of Mary and Child there, and instituted another picture depicting Our Lady Untier of Knots at St. Anne Church in the Vatican — a small church just emanating deep and ancient spirituality. At least as far as the ornate and devout nature of church buildings, the matter assured with the current Pontiff. Moreover, he signed off on that 2021 document, from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that said a flat “negative” to the idea of blessing gay unions.
There has been a restriction on Latin Mass, however, and so one waits to see the outcome — if there is a discernible one — of the Synod, which has been largely pushed from the news by the crisis in Israel.
Meanwhile, in society in general, what is modernism?
Explains a “chat” source:
Modernism is a broad cultural, artistic, and intellectual movement that emerged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, primarily in Europe and North America, though it had global implications and influences. The movement was a deliberate departure from traditional forms and an exploration of new narrative techniques and artistic expressions. While it encompassed a wide range of fields, from literature to architecture, some common themes and characteristics include: