There are plenty of catholic cults on rise, because Catholicism is resistant to change due to widespread use of its texts, its use of canon law which prevents the evolution of its faith. People unable to see quick change, and faced with novel challenges of life often fall prey to these new cults which often have similar structure:
- They invoke the importance of St. Mary in the grand scheme of things. Some cults even go as far as to claim St. Mary as something that existed before she was born as a human.
- They invoke the importance of St. Elijah in the grand scheme of things. Some cults even claim St. Elijah has re-incarnated amid them. Some cults are more modest, they only claim about being forerunners to St. Elijah.
The similar structure shared by these cults is designed to win over Catholics.
The cults are also eager to be declared official by the real Catholic Church. So these cults work like start-ups. They gather enough followers for the new version of the faith and then somehow, convince the Church to “acquire” the cult.
Unlike the evolution of protestant churchs which in the absence of a monopolistic agency which controls the canon, are driven just by the imagination of the independent church leaders, the Catholic church works more like the pharmaceutical industry. The big player acquires successful startups.