Gus Lloyd of Seize the Day was having a discussion on Mass attendance by Catholics. In 1955 it was about 75% of Catholics each Sunday. Today it is in the 30% range but lower in the northeast.
Why is that?
One caller said that non-denominational sects have strong outreach to include as many people as possible and when they get them in the door it is fun to go to church with a rock band like experience, a hip preacher dressed in a hip way and a great 30 minute motivational talk. When you leave you feel good.
I would say that it is a loss of Catholic identity, spirituality and liturgical universality since Vatican II. And no one cares if Jesus founded the Catholic Church or not in this malaise. So any church or no church will do.
The style of celebration of the pre-Vatican II Mass was set and rigid and did no vary from parish to parish. There was no creativity and the priest didn't matter nor did the homily or sermon. That all changed with Vatican II and the priest now matters, his homily better be good or else and creativity with music and a number of other things causes the Mass to be different from parish to parish and country to country. In other words, your personal tastes are way more important in 2018 than in 1955. In 1955 your personal tastes did not matter except if you preferred a low or high Mass.
For me, the fact that Jesus' founded the Catholic Church was and is the most important and that He said the gates of hell shall not prevail against her. That is the bottom line for me and keeps me a Catholic.
Obviously there are peripheral issues that have hurt us which is also tied into the loss of clergy and laity Catholic identity--the sex abuse scandal and the manner in which the bishops have dealt with it. This is a great turn off and if you are coloring book Catholic, with a coloring book Mass and piety, how can you survive as a Catholic?
What do you think?