Thursday, October 21, 2010
CAUSUALITY AND DECLINE IN THE POST VATICAN II CHURCH, STATISTICAL EVIDENCE FOR PHILOSOPHY STUDENT FROM FR. GREELEY!
Press the link at the end of my comments for Andrew Greeley's sociological analysis! I'VE UPDATE THIS WITH AN ADDITIONAL LINK TO A FINE ARTICLE THAT HAS EVEN ANOTHER LINK TO ANOTHER FINE ARTICLE. GOOD READING IN ALL OF THESE LINKS; WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT BLOGS AND LINKS?
In my previous post, Philosophy Student questions the causality of the post Vatican II revolution in the Church and the subsequent decline in the Catholic Church measured by Mass attendance. There are numerous factors to account for this causality. My contention is that it was fomented by priests, nuns and brothers in parish and Catholic school settings of the 1960's and 1970's that challenged the laity, to ask questions, dissent from Church teaching (i.e. birth control and Humanae Vitae) protest the war and burn draft cards (Barrigan brothers)and offered the laity the most unusual forms of the revised Mass, on beach blankets, using coke and pretzels and other unusual ritual actions. In other words, they did little to help in a smooth and orderly transition to an authentic Post Vatican II Church, where the laity were inspired by priests, nuns and brothers to use their reason to understand some of the more challenging moral teachings of the Church regarding sexuality and birth control. Rebellion was the name of the game and the fruit of it has been handed on from one generation to the next.
On top of that there was a take over of the Catholic liturgy by radical liturgists who set forth a new iconoclasm, stripping ornate churches of altars, pulpits and art and substituting a Protestant decor. The tabernacle was dethroned and Eucharistic adoration ridiculed, popular devotions banned and devotion to Mary and the saints mocked. This was a clerical and sister/brother led phenomenon that led the laity into the malaise we now experience. Many of these priests, sisters and brothers then abandoned their vows/promises, left the Church, got married and joined the hippie movement. One cannot underestimate the destabilizing influence of this phenomenon on Catholics of the pre-Vatican II era who followed clergy, nuns and brothers scrupulously in religious matters and thought they were being led properly by the same after Vatican II>
To say that none of this impacted pre-Vatican II Catholics and their practice of faith based upon the authority of priests, nuns and brothers is not to know what pre-Vatican II Catholics underwent with radical priests, nuns and brother leading the way and undermining the faith with the drivel of the "spirit of the council" ideology that led a very huge number of these priests, sisters and brothers out of the Church.
For statistical evidence from the popular sociologist Father Andrew Greeley writing for America Magazine in 2004, press this sentence to find the LINK (FOR PHILOSOPHY STUDENT IN PARTICULAR).
Another point of view, with an additional link within the article, all supporting causality! PRESS THE SENTENCE!