I have read some of these conspiracy theories and it seems to me that people give the free masons too much credit.
I am not sure if people really intended for things to go so bad in the Catholic Church, or there was a huge conspiracy by the Masons to completely destroy faith of countless people. I really doubt the people modifying the liturgy and trying out new models of the Church really had that in mind.
Many really care for the Church and thought that changing would open it up and bring more people to Christ.
The problems that we had today probably weren’t envisioned as some grand scheme by people. This is just the way it turned out and we need to correct some of the horrible things that have happened but some of the things people say seem pretty out there. (Like Paul VI having a mason connection or an imposter pope, etc)
I know a lady who really cares for the Catholic Church who works hard trying to run it and dedicated her life to trying to bring people to Jesus. She is a sister who doesn’t wear a habit and is in favor of female priests, but this is just because this is part of the mindset of her circle in the Catholic Church. She doesn’t hate it or want to destroy it, and I am pretty certain she is not affiliated with the Masons, but just is the end result of progressive thinking, questioning Catholic truth.
Just a big domino effect.