Because the churches allowed it?!
I guess if you are willing to just go slower, you can do anything…
They are doing this with countries here.
And they are doing this with churches, below.
You just twist, obfuscate, and deny (lie) until you get what you want.
And it’s a great test of sorts: If the churches will swallow it – anyone will.
The second point of agreement was that the churches of the European countries had allowed this erosion to occur, usually by inaction but sometimes by active collaboration with forces of secularism.
-Alan Jacobs, The Year Of Our Lord 1943 (Amazon)