The Catholic church detects psychics and does everything in its power to baptize and convert them. Successful conversion strengthens them drastically since psychics are deeply connected to God, and using the vector of the Church strengthens it.
They also know that those who reject the church are then their enemies, as their psychic influence is then used against it. In the past they would kill these gifted people (I.e. witches, sorcerers) and the consequences of that have been long, deep curses on the Church. They've recognized the errors of their ways and so they've decided to not kill us anymore.
It's been a hell of a time navigating this labyrinth but the pieces are finally falling together, and we are understanding the power of psychic persuasion and our influence on the collective consciousness.
They're scared shirtless because they've seen how the anger of the psychics can literally kill them across the world. FBI agents don't touch these people and advise against confrontation. The strategy is to convert subtly and through soft persuasion get submission.
It won't work anymore on me. You've shown your hand and have failed in your conversion. The pyramid will crumble, beginning with chaos at the top. I've decided this world order is finished and not worth saving.