Below is a work of fiction – a “future history” of the “Church of Nice”, with a fictional supposition of where current events will logically lead us. Only God knows at this point. I hope that we do not travel this path. However, the world and the church has allowed “Love” to be redefined to include: acceptance of false religions, allowance of sinful behavior, acceptance of false doctrines, refusal to expose or rebuke evil, and ignoring the truth if it might offend anyone. Maybe we should stop for just a moment, and think carefully about the potential consequences of our actions.
Back in the year 2014 – at a synod on the family the Catholic Church decided to open the sacraments to those in irregular marriages previously considered mortally sinful. Those who were divorced and remarried without annulments, those who openly lived together and eschewed marriage, homosexual “families”, etc…
The world states demanded this change, the people demanded it too. There were marches and protests, rallies were held. laws were passed, and petitions were flooded to bishops. Many of those who dissented and believed that God was everlasting and unchanging were marginalized or publicly scourged in words and action. The rallying cry had gone up – Jesus came for the sick and the well have no need for a doctor, so cast the well out. The traditionalists were marginalized and vilified even though they were the fastest growing segment of the church at the time.
The result of this change has been years coming – as it is now 2030. The Catholic Church in changing doctrine had lost the faithful. Many became sedevacantists, others joined the now very small SSPX having been radicalized by their treatment at the hands of the “church of nice”, and others simply retreated from organized religion altogether and stuck to the Catechism as best they could. Some of these people formed communities and are assisted by former priests and bishops who also could not accept the changing of infallible doctrine. Many people just could not accept that the Church would cast off the faithful and replace them with the willfully disobedient – in their anguish and despair they cried out to the Church, but their pleas were met with insults like “homophobe”, “judgmental”, and “pharisee”.
Marriages are rare now, as one does not have to be married to live together and have children – much less to receive the Eucharist at the mass. Divorce is rampant since faithful Catholics no longer feel that they have an obligation to God and the Church to keep their vows. After all, the new ruling on admission to the sacraments meant that there was no penalty for divorce and remarriage anyway – and a law without teeth is no law at all.
The Eucharist was the biggest change though – before it was something of great reverence to the faithful who believed in the real presence. However, once people were encouraged to partake of the body of Christ in mortal sin – the belief in the real presence faded even further until like a flickering light it winked out and darkness enveloped.
In 2018, led by progressives angry that the church served alcohol to underage children and alcoholics during mass in the distribution of Communion, the church bowed again to public pressure and replaced the sacramental wine with grape juice. They Church also relented on the real presence under public pressure and adjusted the doctrine to say it was a symbol of the real presence. This was perfectly allowable in the “Church of Nice”, after all “adjusting doctrine” was not really changing it.
The year of the first Gay Marriage and the first Female ordination was 2020. Bowing again to progressive public pressure the Church ordained its first female priest who performed the first Gay wedding in New York, NY. The whole city was a flood of rainbows and sparkle-ponies in celebration. The news media and state governments praised the Church and people cheered. But contributions and regular weekly attendance kept falling. With all the positive media attention they were sure that they were successfully bringing the church into the 21st century and that if they did so – the congregations would return en mass, bringing their checkbooks and vocations with them.
In 2019, the Church repudiated Humane Vitae – allowing Artificial Contraception and Genetic Manipulation of embryo’s in an supposed act of compassion. There was much talk about the suffering children bring to families, and about how these unwanted children would suffer. There was more talk about how not allowing birth control led to abortions. This was just what the people wanted, and the church was flush with her success after allowing gay marriage and enthusiastically changed doctrine yet again. Fewer and fewer faithful attended mass regularly and donations dropped off even more precipitously after a brief surge.
In 2022 the Church reversed it’s stand on Abortion – claiming that radical population control served a greater good than the sacrifice of children and allowed people to make a choice of moral conscience (just as they had with fetally sourced vaccinations) because the birth of their child might consume resources that meant others would die eventually, and could lead to grave damage to the earth because of supposed overpopulation.
Now as I write this as the Catholic Church is bankrupt – forced to sell off most all of it’s Churches. Seminaries are now closed for lack of vocations, and people have lost any semblance of the original church as more than a distant memory. There are a few monasteries here and there that have survived, and those few who cling to religion at all now cling to a from of progressive humanism in which we worship our own greatness instead of God’s. The Church was not the destination of the masses demanding change, just another immovable obstacle to change that was in their path.
A world where so many decided they surpassed God and that with the Church of Nice we had founded a new religion. A religion that did not need priests or churches, schools or seminaries, a pope or a curia. It was decided that there was no hell or purgatory because nothing was really a sin. The whole of the law was now do as thou wilst. Humanity reveled in their brilliance at supplanting God— for a time…
With the collapse of Doctrine, Dogma, and Sin came the collapse of ethics and morals because they were religiously based. If anything went, and nothing was a sin, and without the fear of just punishment — the world began to slide backwards into anthropological regression. Small communities like the one around me are bound now not by religion per say – but rather by a strict moral code for which major violations result in banishment. It was not just Catholics who could not accept the so called social progress – that resulted in a dystopian society where nobody even knows right from wrong anyone and horrific acts are committed in the name of the greater good. There are buddhists, christians, jews, muslims, and others all living here in harmony now, bound together by a moral and ethical code. Sometimes, in the dark of the night, I try to tell myself in dreams that this was what God intended. It brings a momentary smile, but I know in my heart that humanity failed him yet again.