The Catechism condemns “millennialism”… some believe it condemns just the idea of a physical reign of Christ on earth before the Second Coming, while others use a broader interpretation since the Catechism also condemns the idea that a political system could lead to a perfect heaven-like “utopia” on earth (ie: Marxism).
How does all this relate to the “time of peace” that is prophesied in various **approved **Catholic mystics? I’ve understood it to mean a time of greater conversion, more Saints, greater sanctity, a Catholic monarch and a great Pope, etc… but it would not be a time where sin is impossible, as it would later cool off and the antichrist would come. Not everyone in this time would be a saint, it would just be a time of the “social reign of Christ”. For example, the middle ages could be called as being MORE of a social reign of Christ than what we have today, just based on the current separation of Church and State, and the State being unwilling to follow the Church’s morality.
Is this understanding different from “millennialism” that the CCC talks about? how do we understand the writings of these mystics? how are they different also from the medieval millennialists ie Joachim of Fiore