Saturday, February 17, 2018
PRE-VATICAN II CHURCH WAS WAY MORE INCLUSIVE THAN ANY PROGRESSIVE OR CONSERVATIVE CONGREGATION-EMPHASIZED PARISH TODAY
It seems to me when the emphasis is on the congregation as is the case in many Ordinary Form parishes, factions do develop both on the left and the right. By this I mean that those on the left encourage those who do not conform to Church teaching to be flamboyant about it by making it known they are gay, or bi or trans or lgbtq and to look the part if they so desire. In allowing this the parish is being very inclusive not only of the person(s) but also the sin(s) of the person.
On the right in these kinds of parishes, with the focus on the congregation, one only wants those who are like them and don't want to be associated with those who flaunt their sins in a public way. In this scenario where even conservative Catholics in ordinary form parishes focus on who belongs to the parish, there is an exclusivity of sorts.
Whereas prior to Vatican II, Catholics and their visitors knew to go to Church in their Sunday best to please the Lord and not offend the sensitivities of reverence and awe before God or scandalize others.
A homosexual Catholic in the 50's who might have been living a secret life but going to confession regularly about it, no one would have known his sex life business or try to "out" the person or peer into the person's personal life. And no one would have cared to know about anyone's sex life in or out of marriage. Voyeurism was frowned upon. And certainly voyeurs would have kept it a secret from the congregation if they were one.
Thus, I would say the inclusiveness of the pre-Vatican II Church was expected. All Catholics, be they sinners, even public sinners, were required to attend Mass by way of fear of mortal sin and eternal punishment if one freely chose not to attend Sunday Mass.
But there was respect and prudence for the Church, her teachings and expectations about proper attire and not impinging on other people's space by hand holding, kissing, touching, and revealing the details of one's life be it holy or not.
In other words, pre-Vatican II inclusiveness was and is more inclusive than the faux inclusiveness of today's Church.