If what Michael Vortex says in the video below is true, that most Catholics, clergy and laity, no longer believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist, then the Church, meaning the clergy and laity are in need of reform.
But is this true, that most clergy and laity don't believe in "transubstantiation" as is classically taught by the Magisterium and is a dogma of the Catholic Church?
I don't know! Certainly in the last 50 years we have seen a decline in Catholic faith and morals even by Catholics who attend Mass regularly. But more damning, is the fact that today in some places like Europe and the northeast in the USA, only 12% of Catholics bother to attend Mass which means 88% of Catholics no longer take the Mass seriously enough to attend. That, I would suspect, means they don't believe in the Real Presence of Christ at Mass and that they have become atheists or agnostics.
So the alarm that Michael Voris rings, rings true on that level.
But what about Catholics who believe in transubstantiation, but have not experienced the classical model of reverence due our Lord and His real presence in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? The youth Mass in the post below this one would be a case in point. Reverence as understood by the Church up until Vatican II has been dismantled for more and more practicing Catholics turning our liturgies into the celebration of another kind of Christian denomination, neo-Protestant and certainly not Catholic from how reverence is shown and experienced in the Mass, especially the 1962 Roman Missal form of the Mass.
I often wonder what Rip Van Winkle would have thought if were a Catholic and fell asleep in the 1950's and woke up today and attended a typical parish Catholic Mass. How would he describe it? In fact, we could find that out from teenage and young adult Catholics who have only attended the SSPX Masses here and in Europe and who have never attended a typical parish Ordinary Form Mass. I would love to hear their impressions as it would be very Rip Van Winkle like, no?
So, for those who do believe in transubstantiation, is it the type of reverence or lack thereof that has formed them and is this the problem?
In terms of those in mortal sin, especially institutionalized mortal sin, for the Church to suggest that they can receive Holy Communion while persisting in mortal sin is quite disturbing. Of course, even prior to Vatican II individual Catholics in mortal sin may have gone to Communion. But even with nearly 95% of Catholics attending Mass prior to Vatican II, it would have been a rather minuscule number compared with the much larger number today in a much smaller population of Catholics attending Mass.
If the Church is institutionally allowing some, not all, Catholics to receive Holy Communion in a public state of mortal sin, institutionalized mortal sin, then wouldn't one have to say the Church, meaning the clergy and laity, are in need of continuing reform?
And finally, the Church does have a strong social justice streak that was reinforced by papal teachings in the 1800's. However, back then and up until the 1960's there was certainly a hierarchy of what it means to be Church-based upon sacramental theology and reverence. Without a strong sacramental theology and reverence and the understanding that the Mass includes the Church Militant, Triumphant and Suffering, social work in the Church just makes us another Non Governmental Organization (NGO) like the Salvation Army, Unitarians and the like. Atheists can assist in social justice just as well as Catholics for the desire to love and care for each other is in our genes as a result of having been created in the image and likeness of God. Catholicism, on the other hand, and our unique understanding of salvation history is a gift given, learned and lived in this life as we seek to know, love and serve Jesus Christ here and now in order to be happy with Him forever in heaven.