Sunday, September 10, 2017
THE VAST MAJORITY OF CATHOLICS WHO STILL ATTEND MASS, ARE HAPPY WITH THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS
Most Catholics could care less about the politics of the Catholic Church and the current polarization that Catholic geeks on the left and right spill so much ink, adrenaline and rage over.
Progressive Catholics like those who comment on Praytell are on cloud nine over Pope Francis' authoritarian style of promoting their liberal agenda for the liturgy in the most pre-Vatican II way--a bit of hypocrisy no?
And traditional Catholics who comment here and on blogs like Fr. Z's are as apoplectic over Pope Francis and his authoritarian progressive agenda as the Praytell types were over Pope Benedict's authoritative decrees on the liturgy, especially allowing for the 1962 Roman Missal and a strict translation of the Latin into the vernacular and the restoration of pre-Vatican II externals.
But most rank and file Catholics don't give a flip, the 12 to 25 % of Catholics who still attend Mass.
The reasons why almost 88% of Catholics and in some places even more, don't attend Mass any more are very complex.
It starts with the disillusioned traditional Catholics of the 1960's who gave up on the Church and their children who embraced a less authoritarian Church and Catholics who rebelled against the discipline of the Church of the 1950's. The next generations of CAtholics were malformed in Catholic identity and on many levels.
Modern Catholics see the Magisterium of Secularism with its authoritarian agenda promoted by the liberal media and politicians as important than the traditional magisterium of the Church and her teachings on morality.
Modern Catholics embrace birth control, abortion, same sex marriage or simply living together, open marriage and anything that pleases the individual. A live and let live policy pervades and is viewed as being loving. Anything that criticizes what an inidividual wants or makes him happy is seen as unloving.
Thus modern Catholics leave the Church for non denominational sects that have happy, upbeat and like a rock concert and foster good feelings and friendships but don't interfere in people's sex lives.
Or modern Catholics simply become "nones" completely secular with politics their new religion.
It isn't the style of the Mass or the various means by which the Latin might be translated into the vernacular that cause them to leave the Church. They could give a flip about ad orientem or facing the people. They don't know Catholic spirituality, devotion of theology.
Thus the Church is still tracking to be a smaller Church composed of people who want the Church to be like non-denominationals when it comes to the style of worship and happy clappy music or allows for all kinds of sexuality to include birth control and abortion without guilt.
The EF Mass appeals only to a few liberals and a few conservatives. The OF Mass is the main course and what a well-celebrated OF Mass looks like is as individual and the individuals who express their views.