It appears to me, that even from the highest levels of the Church, we no longer are asking people to be in a state of grace to receive the Sacraments of the Church. And in some dioceses around the world, think Germany, Holy Communion is regularly given to non Catholics, especially non Catholic spouses and without any requirement of the Sacrament of Penance even suggested to them.
And of course, the opening of Holy Communion to those in adulterous relationships is becoming the norm in many places too.
I had a discussion this morning about the fact that many parents still, thank God, are requesting baptism for their Children, but the parents do not practice their faith at all and have no real intention of seeing to it that their children will be catechized in the faith, make subsequent sacraments and attend Mass each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation.
This new phenomenon which began shortly after Vatican II and seems to be on steroids now seems to me to make the Sacraments of the Church good luck charms or magic or at least that anyone can feel some kind of connection to Jesus and the Church regardless of any commitment on their part to repent and be free of sin in receiving the Sacraments.
How many couples when they get married, request the Sacrament of Penance before their Nuptials and today we know that many Catholics, perhaps a majority, are living together in sin prior to their marriage or at least fornicating regularly and without any thought of the ramification of mortal sin on their souls.
What to do, what to do, oh what are we to do? Throw in the towel or become rigid, ossified Catholic fundamentalists who have no hint of pastoral concern and love for a wayward world?