These images are from a bar in Fells Point, Maryland (which is actually a downtown section of Baltimore). One wonders if the patrons at this bar (there is a Catholic Church a block up the street)are Catholics but see nothing wrong with what this bar provides:
We all lament the state of Catholic catechesis of our young since Vatican II. As well we all lament the loss of reverence and respect for things sacred, not only to Christianity, but all religions.
I cannot believe that Catholics properly formed prior to Vatican II to respect the sacred, whether of their own religion or the religions of others would have been so glib as the patrons of this bar in Baltimore shown above that they would patronize such a bar and that the bar would not have removed offending symbols because of the outrage of Catholics over what they have in their bar. Evidently there has been little or no concern or outrage about what this bar has.
But Catholics have been cooked in a slow cooker of irreverence since Vatican II ( and not knowing they were being cooked since is was so slow) and the ensuing "iconoclasm" of this period that happened to Catholic spirituality, devotions, our church buildings and yes our liturgy. Catholics in Baltimore especially in the 1970's would have been treated to images like these in some of their churches (I know as I lived there in the 1970's):
The images above are a far cry from what most Catholics would have experienced prior to Vatican II that formed them to have respect for the sacred and never mock or misuse anything sacred or resembling the sacred, even if not blessed. I was taught to properly bury or burn religious articles that no longer could be used for religious purposes so much respect did we have for that which represents the sacred.
Do you think Catholics who have a steady diet of this type of devotion and spirituality would stand still for the type of sacrilege promoted in the Fells Point bar above and even young people who had this type of devotion, would they patronize such a bar?