Modernism threatens the Church like no other heresy because modernism refuses to argue the Church’s doctrines openly and directly. Instead, modernism attempts to sap the Church of its relevance. Rather than attack the doctrines of God openly like previous heresies, modernism simply distracts the modern man by offering the allure of materialism. For example, instead of flatly denying the existence of God with philosophical arguments, moderns learn to embrace agnosticism by asserting that religion is not as important as other things in life like patriotism or “making a better world for our children.” (Source)
When you just can’t put your finger on the foundation of movements like Free the Children, it all comes into focus when you remember what modernism really is. Without Christ at the Center and focus of all our corporal acts of mercy, the social justice movements just become an exercise in philanthropy (which is fine in and of itself but that is NOT what the Catholic Church or its Mission is about)….and when you throw in family planning and promoting abortion…it becomes diabolical.
The devil is no dummy. He knows how to mix water and wine.