Anyone who reads my blog know that my stomach is sickened by the recovery of the 1970's Church in the 2010's actually beginning around 2013.
It is a Church that cares less about personal morality, like the below the belt type moral issues, but a Church more on fire (at least the elites who promote it) about social justice, the environment, the death penalty, war and peace, nuclear weapons, pollution and the like. I am not saying that Catholicism isn't about caring for the material and spiritual but that for most Catholics most of these things are beyond their control, unlike personal morality, such as the below the belt type things, and most of the social justice issues allow for a divergence of belief or embrace.
For example, I am personally opposed to the death penalty in most cases. I am not in agreement with Pope Francis that it must be opposed in every case because the Church has never opposed the death penalty in every case. To make this dogmatic will cause people to leave the Church.
Social justice people make poverty into an idol. Thus liturgically speaking we get the blah of Pope Francis in his disdain for the pageantry and beauty of the papacy, especially recovered by Pope Benedict.
When I went into the seminary in 1976, the very same type of vestments that Pope Francis prefers is what our seminary used. Accoutrements of the altar were very bland, ugly and certainly avoided gold and the like. Ceramic accoutrements was the liturgical jewel.
It is no secret that Pope Benedict's papacy engendered excitement at the rediscovery of Catholicism and its beauty (which is't to say that the poor are neglected). Converts were being made, young men were considering the seminary and traditional orders of religious were blossoming. The liturgy was improving.
Thus, the very progressive "Tablet" of the United Kingdom (their National Chismatic Reporter) has a stunning article coming from a source like this which prefers this kind of progressive Catholicism but now knows its deleterious effect on Catholics:
Data suggests that the more a religious movement
is concerned with progressive causes, the more likely it is to rapidly
However satisfying to its practitioners, the emphasis on social justice is clearly not attracting more worshippers. Almost all the religious institutions most committed to this course are also in the most serious decline, most notably mainstream Protestants but also, Catholics and Reform and Conservative Jews. The rapidly declining Church of England, which is down to 2 percent share among British youth, is burnishing its progressive image by adding the use of plastics to its list of Lenten sacrifices, but seems unable to serve the basic spiritual and family needs of their congregants.