Friday, April 13, 2018
ARE RANK AND FILE CATHOLICS MORE CONFUSED TODAY COMPARED TO FIVE YEARS AGO?
To be honest with you, I don't know if Catholics are more confused than five years ago.
What I do know is that Catholics are leaving the Church to become nones, which means they are losing their Catholic Faith, but this has been happening for the last 50 years.
I do know that the same old, same old, in terms of so-called "renewal" isn't helping.
I do believe if we save the liturgy, God will save the Church. Say the black and do the red aren't ostentatious or punctilious, the Holy Father's English translation notwithstanding.
The EF Mass imposed on congregations isn't the answer either--that has to happen in a voluntary way.
But a more faithful celebration of the OF Mass will go a long way, with the following adaptations encouraged as Cardinal Sarah has done:
Chanting the propers
No ad libbing
More Gregorian Chant, either in the vernacular or Latin
Kneeling for Holy Communion
And receiving the Precious Blood by way of intinction
Doctrinal confusion has been rampant for the last 50 years and I am not sure if Pope Francis has actually increased it or not in rank and file Catholics who don't really pay attention to what is happening in the universal Church that much.
All they seem to be concerned about is going to Mass, if they go. And that's it.
But then there are the churchy parishioners, who are concerned about their parish and its gossip.
But apart from a few Catholic geeks, no one, except those into blog reading seems more confused to me than usual.