Saturday, April 7, 2018
QUESTIONING THE CATHOLICITY OF THE SSPX AND MAIN STREAM POST VATICAN II CATHOLICISM
In the helicon days of the Church prior to Vatican II in 1950's USA, Catholicism was at its apex in being catholic. Over 90% of Catholics, the good, the bad and the ugly, attended Mass each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation and even the most tepid Catholics treasured the cultural aspects of being Catholic.
Today, in our less catholic Catholic Church, some places in the once powerful, majority Catholic states and cities like New York are lucky (dare I say blessed) to have 12% of Catholics actually attending Mass. Not very catholic, no?
That brings me to the SSPX who value Catholicism prior to Vatican II especially its 1950's expression. They don't get the catholicity of Catholicism of that period. Parishes were not elitist fighting against other members of the Church. As long as no one bragged about their peccadilloes, went to Confession in order to worthily receive Holy Commuion, or simply did not go to Holy Communion, parishes were dragnets of the good, bad and the ugly of Catholicism.
SSPX, though, has become elitist and thus not catholic. They have done so by design.
The post Vatican II Catholic Church has become less catholic not by design or choice but by attrition and loss of Catholic identity and the culture of Latin Rite Catholicism. Liberalism in the Church, in religious orders and in people's lives has been an unmitigated disaster pure and simple, but the aging "hippie" Catholics of the 1960 and 70's, my age and much, much older, either have brain cells that have hardened, or they remain in a grotesque form of denial, or they have a death wish for the Church. I pray it isn't the latter!
What has made the post Vatican II mainstream Catholicism less catholic?
1. Telling Catholics that if they aren't speaking, singing and actively participating, they aren't good Catholics and deserved to be shamed even if spiritually there is a superabundance of actual participation. You'd think a priest, bishop and pope would be grateful that even a "bump on a log" kind of participating Catholic is better than not having that bump there at all!
If they aren't doing something more than attending Mass on Sunday, like being an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a lector, a catechism, an usher, a choir member, a cantor, an altar server, a volunteer, they aren't really good Catholics!
Never mind that they have strong Catholic families and live their Catholic lives in the public square and observe the precepts of the Church. But because they are institutionally churchy, they aren't good Catholics.
2. Loss of Catholic idenity based upon ignorance of the faith, history, culture and expectations of what it means to be a Catholics. When Catholicism assimilates the secular agenda, why be Catholic?
There might be other reasons that we are less catholic today, what would you say?
And how do we get SSPX parishes more catholic?