Sometimes my readers simply focus on the dismal state of the liturgical life of the Church and they comment that if only the EF Mass would supplant the OF Mass and that the OF Mass should be suppressed like the EF Mass was in 1970, that all our dones and nones would return to the Church. But would they?
Apart from the fact that Catholics are all over the place concerning what constitutes "good" liturgy, there are all kinds of reasons why we have dones and nones.
Of course the hypocrisy of the clergy unveiled these past fifty years has something to do with it and not just hypocrisy, but corruption.
Of course for the past 50 years a loss of Catholic identity and trying to reinvent Catholicism over and over again with little or no positive results may have something to do with it.
BUT LETS FACE IT; IT IS ALL ABOUT SEX.
1. First, Catholics wanted the ban on artificial birth control lifted. When it wasn't those who wanted it were done.
2. Then there are Catholics who want abortion without guilt. When the institutional church didn't comply, they were done.
3. Then there are Catholics who want to divorce and get married and be in good standing with the Church without the hassle of intrusive annulment procedures that might succeed or not. They are done.
4. Then there are Catholics who want same sex marriage and of course they are done too.
I suspect with young Catholics today, the Church's teaching homosexuality is seen as discrimatory and against their beliefs. It is equated with institutionalized racism.
This attitude of younger Catholics and today's culture in general, that the Church is the cause of anti-homosexual bigotry is going to cause the Church to continue to make dones and nones.
How can we maintain orthodox Catholic teaching and yet be pastoral with those who are homosexual and actively so?